DanceMN News - July 17, 2019







Inbox@ArtBox opens this Thursday with new works by eleven Twin Cities choreographers. Directed by Sarah Hauss in partnership with Off-Leash Area, Inbox celebrates the artistic diversity and stylistic range of Twin Cities’ professional dance with this open auditioned opportunity for choreographers to present their work.

The 2019 Inbox choreographers are:
Tori Casagranda, Lily Conforti, Jennifer Glaws, Samantha Heggem, Juliana Johnson, Zoe Koenig, Jose Luis, Alys Ayumi Ogura, Jill Patterson, Charlie Vail, and Christian Warner

2019 panelists are Jesse Schmitz Boyd and MerSaides McCoy along with Sarah Hauss.

July 18, 19 and 20 at 7:30pm

TICKETS: Sliding scale, $10-25.
Online at: or call 612-724-7372.

Off-Leash Art Box | 4200 54th St E, Minneapolis, MN 55417
Jennifer Ilse-, (612) 724-7372

Thursday-Saturday, July 18-20 at 8pm
Post-show dialogue with the artists July 19.

Leslie Parker
crystal, smoke n’ spirit(s)...
Inspired by Alexis Pauline Gumbs’ spill: scenes of black feminist fugitivity and Octavia E. Butler’s Wild Seed, this dance incites memories of (self) love, feminist theory and worlds derived of individual inner/outer realities, encouraging healing from past trauma(s). Dramaturgy by Alexis Pauline Gumbs.

Jonathan van Arneman
Atlantis 13
“Our mothers were pregnant African women thrown overboard while crossing the Atlantic on slave ships. We were born breathing water as we did in the womb.”
A reimagination of a whitewashed history, where Black bodies share in a common knowledge of self to find and create peace, even in the worst of circumstances. Choreographic collaboration with Peace Madimutsa.

Tickets: $20 in advance; $25 at the door.
Box Office: or 651-690-6700.

Frey Theater at St. Catherine University | 2004 Randolph Ave, St. Paul, MN
Michèle Steinwald-

Please join us for an artist conversation with the artists of JEALOUSY, a performance installation that was made for the HAIR+NAILS storefront and ran for six shows last week.

JEALOUSY creators Heidi Eckwall, Ryan Fontaine, and HIJACK (Kristin Van Loon & Arwen Wilder) in a conversation with artists Julia Gavin Bither and Claire King:
Friday, July 19 from 6:00-7:00pm in the HAIR+NAILS backyard sculpture garden.

Followed by the opening reception for the HAIR+NAILS summer group show from 7:00-10:00pm.

HAIR+NAILS | 2222 1/2 E 35th St, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Kristin Van Loon-, (612) 229-0585

Monday, July 22 at 7:30.
Tickets are pay what you can and are purchased at the door.

Join us at the bar for a local beer, glass of wine, pop, or a snack starting at 6:30, then enjoy the show at 7:30!

Good Night at The Southern on July 22 will preview new works by four local artists. The program features music artist PaviElle, choreographers Berit Ahlgren and Elena Hollenhorst, dance groups Wailing Babies + Kelvin Wailey, and dance company Rhythmically Speaking.

Good Night at The Southern is a monthly series that highlights new ideas, works in progress, and previews. It is an opportunity for artists to share their upcoming work, and for audiences to get a first glance into what’s coming up in the Twin Cities arts scene. Three to five companies or artists are selected for a different Monday night each month with performance genres ranging from theater, dance, music, comedy, spoken word, and more.

The Southern Theater | 1420 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454
Tori Breen-, (612) 340-0155

8:00 PM (7:00 doors), $6-$15: pay as able.

9x22 Dance/Lab SOLO: Margot Bassett Silver
BLB Ticketline: 612-825-8949 for reservations.
Full-service restaurant and bar in theater.

Twice a year, 9x22 SOLO presents the work of a single choreographer in a piece of new choreography in any style. 9x22 SOLO offers a choreographer an opportunity to showcase their latest choreography (solo or ensemble) with a singular focus with an in-depth discussion. Whether it is a 30-minute piece or three ten-minute pieces, 9x22 SOLO offers the choreographer a transitional step between appearance in a lineup and the obligations of a full-length performance. In its sixteenth year of supporting dance exploration by local and visiting choreographers, 9x22 Dance/Lab has become known as a place where seasoned and new choreographers can present their work and discuss it with an informed and engaged audience.

Bryant-Lake Bowl Cabaret Theater | 810 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN
Laurie Van Wieren-, (612) 501-2551

Off-Leash Area is making their debut at the Minnesota Family Fringe with the return of their visual smorgasbord Paws and Effect.

Paws and Effect is a visually rich, surreal production exploring the adventure of a girl who doesn’t fit in and a stray dog she befriends, who teaches her how to show love and acceptance to others and to herself. The performance blends company choreographer Jennifer Ilse’s highly theatrical movement with Paul Herwig’s elaborate visual set design using live projected animation. Performers include Off-Leash Area’s own Jennifer Ilse, Katie Kaufmann, and Lily the doberman.

This show, which features a dog, will be performed at the Barker Center for Dance in Minneapolis. The "Barker" Center. We swear this is a coincidence.

The Minnesota Family Fringe is a juried sub-festival of the popular Minnesota Fringe Festival, centered on kid-friendly performances.

Saturday, July 27, 1:00pm
Sunday, July 28, 2:30pm
Friday, August 2, 7:00pm
Saturday, August 3, 5:30pm
Sunday, August 4, 1:00pm

Barker Center for Dance | 500 21st Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454
Jennifer Ilse-, (612) 724-7372

‘Tis true, ladies and gents—Fringe show tickets are on sale now!

Join M-SHE Productions on our newest adventure, FOLKLORE, a vampire Romeo and Juliet.

Let us entertain you with a sensory-filled production. Fierce and athletic performers will dance in the styles of: contemporary, jazz, hip hop, tap, musical theatre, and acro-dance. Take in the sonic masterpiece sound of original music and remixes of 30 Seconds to Mars. The rumble of the drum replaces their long lost heartbeats, while the guitar whispers on your skin. You'll be surrounded by two opposing covens, with the classic twisted love story between them.

August 2, 8:30pm
August 4, 1:00pm
August 7, 10:00pm
August 10, 7:00pm
August 11, 5:30pm

Tickets available at:

Rarig Center Arena | 330 21st Ave S, Minneapolis, MN

Get Happy at Surly Brewing Company while we help JumpstART AMP's upcoming season!

Mingle with AMP's artists and enjoy:
- Surly beer and appetizers
- Ballroom lesson with Gordon Bratt
- Live music by Joel Shapira
- Exclusive performance by AMP
- Silent auction featuring dozens of local businesses

This event directly impacts our outreach programs and helps to compensate our artists for the valuable work they do.

TICKETS: $30, $15 for children twelve and under.
Purchase tickets at

ACCESS for students.
MEANINGFUL for audiences.
PERFORMANCES for artists.

We can't wait to see you there for a fun and exciting event!

Unable to attend?
You can still support the event with a 100% tax-deductible contribution.
Visit our website for more details.

Photo: Morning Light Photography.

Surly Brewing Company | Scheid Hall, Second Floor, 520 Malcolm Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414


The Advanced Pre-Professional Summer Intensive is designed for students (ages seventeen to 24) who are interested in strengthening technique, developing their artistry, and participating in a professional-level creative process. Students will work with TU Dance Artistic Directors Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands, TU Dance Center teaching artists, and guest artists Marcus Jarrell Willis (New York) and Maurya Kerr (San Francisco), who will be creating with the students during the three-week intensive.
July 29–August 17, 2019.

For level placement, please contact School Director Laurel Keen at or 612-440-9028.

Photo: Laura Scher.

TU Dance Center | 2121 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN 55114
Laurel Keen-, (612) 440-9028

FAMILY DANCE for students ages two through four with a parent/guardian.
A 45-minute class held in sessions for parents and their young dancer to explore movement together.
Two sessions:
Saturdays, June 15-August 1, 2019: 10:30-11:15am OR
Thursdays, June 20-August 1, 2019: 12:15-1:00pm
Teaching Artist: Michelle Ludwig

DISNEY CAMP for ages four through six.
Visit all of your favorite characters! Students will spend their morning making crafts, acting stories, and learning about time, space, and speed through movement.
July 29-August 2, 2019: 9:00am-12:00pm
Teaching Artist: Michelle Ludwig

276 E Lafayette Frontage Road, St. Paul, MN
Zoe Henrot-, (651) 313-5967

BCL will be holding exciting and diverse summer camps, workshops, laboratories and more all summer long for all ages and abilities! Please visit our website for details.

DANCE LABORATORY for ages seven through ten.
July 8-19, Monday/Wednesday
Includes ballet technique and others and special Beyond the Mirror educational sessions.

PRE-POINTE/BEGINNING POINTE for ages ten through fourteen.
August 5-16, Monday/Wednesday/Friday
July 8-19, Monday/Wednesday/Friday
Includes ballet technique and pointe and different dance forms such as contemporary, partnering, musical theater, modern, conditioning and educational sessions.

PRE-PROFESSIONAL CLASSES for ages thirteen through 20:

July 15-26, Monday-Friday, 10:00am-4:00pm
Guest Teaching Artists: Pavielle Versalles and Christian Warner

August 5-16, Monday-Friday, 10:00am-4:00pm
Guest Teaching Artists: Claire Davison and Joseph Morrissey

Photo: Karin Rice.

276 E Lafayette Frontage Road, St. Paul, MN
Zoe Henrot-, (651) 313-5967

BALLET TECHNIQUE LABORATORY for ages ten through fourteen.
A 75-minute class held twice a week for three weeks that introduces dancers to ballet.
August 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21.
Monday and Wednesdays, 5:30-6:45pm
Teaching Artist: Rosa Prigan

276 E Lafayette Frontage Road, St. Paul, MN
Zoe Henrot-, (651) 313-5967

Dance is rich with many techniques, repertoires and histories. Immerse yourself in weekend workshops all summer long! These workshops are geared towards adult dancers ages fifteen and older and will introduce different styles in addition to ballet technique classes.

August session: Ballet Repertoire
August 10-11, 2019
Teaching Artist: Anna Goodrich

276 E Lafayette Frontage Road, St. Paul, MN
Zoe Henrot-, (651) 313-5967

Dance with Ballet Royale this summer! Our workshops include guest teachers, the renowned Ballet Royale faculty, and Twin Cities Ballet Principal dancers Marissa Debenedictis and Natalie Rossi. If you are wanting to polish and improve artistry, technique, and quality, and grow as a dancer, Ballet Royale is the place for you this summer.

-July 8-August 16: Six weeks of evening classes for dancers ages toddler to adult!
-August 5-16: Ballet Royale Grand Prix Variations Workshop. AUDITION REQUIRED—contact us for details on placement and registration. Ages ten and up.
-August 18-23: Pointe Preparatory workshop. Girls ages eleven and older.
-August 19-23: Youth Ballet August Jump-Start.
Plus much more!

Ballet Royale Minnesota | 16368 Kenrick Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044
Rick Vogt-, (952) 898-3163

Ananya Dance Theatre and the Shawngram Institute present Body/Mind/Funk/Time: a master class with dance theater artist Michael Sakamoto.

Butoh and hip hop performance each grew out of conditions of socio-economic crisis in the post-World War Two era in Japan and America, respectively. Working from elements inspired by both dance practices, Michael Sakamoto leads students through a series of movement and image exercises in order to demonstrate his unique blend of intercultural embodiment and contemporary dance theater. Come ready to sweat as well as challenge your assumptions about identity. $35.

Michael Sakamoto is an interdisciplinary artist active in dance, theater, media, and photography as well as a published scholar. His ensemble, solo, and visual works are dedicated to fostering cultural dialogue and sustainability. Michael has been presented in a wide range of venues in fourteen countries throughout Asia, Europe, and North America. Michael holds an MFA in Dance and PhD in Culture and Performance from UCLA, and is currently Assistant Professor in Dance at University of Iowa. More information at

Ananya Dance Theatre | 1197 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN 55104
Kealoha Ferreira-, (651) 683-2986

Ballet Royale introduces a focused ballet and variations workshop specializing in preparing dancers for performing or competing in national ballet competitions.
Following daily classical ballet technique and pointe or men’s class, dancers learn classic ballet variations and receive advanced personal coaching. With guest teachers, Ballet Royale faculty, and Twin Cities Ballet Principal dancers Marissa Debenedictis and Natalie Rossi.

This workshop benefits all dancers, whether preparing for a competition, an upcoming performance, or simply wanting to polish and improve artistry, technique, and quality.
Students will also have the opportunity to perform in an in-studio showcase performance at the end of the workshop.
This workshop offers two separate levels and is for dancers ages ten and older.

Ballet Royale Minnesota | 16368 Kenrick Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044
Rick Vogt-, (952) 898-3163

Ballet Royale Minnesota is celebrating its first ten years! We provide the best classical ballet training combined with cutting edge anatomical/physiological advances and knowledge in a healthy, nurturing and non-competitive environment. Ballet Royale is also the first in Minnesota to fully integrate groundbreaking Progressing Ballet Technique® cross-training classes into its curriculum, and since its inception has run a Heath and Wellness series that includes nutrition, injury prevention, and healthy mind-body awareness.

You are invited to our registration open house dates to meet our incredible faculty, tour our state of the art facility, and register for 2019-2020 classes.

Thursday, August 15: 5:30pm-8:00pm
Tuesday, August 20: 5:30pm-8:00pm
Saturday, August 24: 11:00am-3:00pm—Open house celebration with sample classes, performances from current students, fun crafts, and much more!
Thursday, September 5: 11:00am-1:00pm and 5:30pm-8:00pm

Ballet Royale Minnesota | 16368 Kenrick Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044
Rick Vogt-, (952) 898-3163

On Saturday, August 17, Ballet Royale is offering a Little Mermaid-themed Creative Dance Workshop for ages four to nine.
We are ready to dance under the sea!
Give your young dancer the joy of dance and performance.

The workshop is 10:00am-12:00pm and will include a short performance at the end of the day.

Ballet Royale Minnesota | 16368 Kenrick Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044
Rick Vogt-, (952) 898-3163

ADT’s dancers demonstrate and discuss excerpts from Sutrajāl, premiering September 20. The opportunity for attendees to then join the dancers in making movement together is always a highlight of this annual event!

Free admission.
Tuesday, September 3

Free parking available on University Ave after 6:00pm and on Dunlap and Griggs Streets. One and a half blocks west of the Lexington Green Line station. Bicycle rack available.

Ananya Dance Theatre is a contemporary dance company, comprised of women artists of color, with roots in the traditions of East Bengal and based in Saint Paul. The company’s tradition-based performance style is called Yorchha, a contemporary reworking of classical Odissi, vinyasa yoga, and the martial art Chhau. The company’s artistic process is an active, creative force called Shawngram–drawn from the Bangla word for resistance.

Ananya Dance Theatre | 1197 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN 55104
Kealoha Ferreira-, (651) 683-2986

Ballet Royale Minnesota is excited to announce our new adaptive dance workshop, Ballet Beyond Barriers, held on Sunday, September 15 at 1:00pm.

This one-hour workshop is specially designed for children ages eight through thirteen with physical disabilities and movement disorders, including but not limited to dystonia, cerebral palsy, and spina bifida.

Under the guidance of a medical professional and Ballet Royale faculty, each participating child is paired with a student dancer from Ballet Royale for a unique exploration of music and movement. Together with their peers, students will develop body awareness, coordination, and balance in a traditional studio environment. The workshop is accompanied by live music and each student will receive a uniform t-shirt and a Ballet Royale certificate upon completion of the workshop.

For more information and to register, please contact Ballet Royale.

Ballet Royale Minnesota | 16368 Kenrick Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044
Rick Vogt-, (952) 898-3163


Straightline Dance Fitness offers recreational dance classes for children.
In a supportive and nonjudgmental environment, we explore our physical abilities and learn how to use movement to nourish our brains, bodies, and souls.

We are starting to plan our fall kids classes and are looking to add some new teachers to our staff. We are also looking to expand our formats offered, so any format is welcome! If you have experience teaching and love working with kids we want to hear from you.

Send your resume and references to:, and fill out the application at:

We will contact you for an interview.

Gretchen Bierbaum-, (612) 385-4218

Ballet Co.Laboratory’s professional company is seeking male dancers for the 2019-2020 season.

Dancers must have strong classical technique but be versatile in contemporary and modern styles.
This is a paid position.
Dates TBD, August 2019-June 2020.
Please contact the Artistic Director to set up an audition class:

276 E Lafayette Frontage Road, St. Paul, MN
Zoe Henrot-, (651) 313-5967

Mayer Arts is seeking dance and musical theater instructors for the 2019-2020 school year!

Locations and days/times needed:

Mondays in Maplewood
5:15-8:00pm: beginning ballet, tap, and jazz.

Tuesdays in Bloomington
4:15-7:30pm: tumbling, beginning ballet, tap, and jazz.

Saturdays in Shoreview
Six-week sessions in fall and winter/spring:
1:30-3:30pm: musical theater

Tuesdays in Circle Pines
Six-week sessions in fall and winter/spring
6:00-8:00pm: musical theater

Go to for more information! Come join our fun and creative team!

Gina Mayer-, (952) 836-5651

Looking for dynamic and expressive dancers who want to work collaboratively, challenge themselves with a diverse range of styles and material, and dance with multiple choreographers both near and far. If this is you, come Move BIG with AMP!

Ideal candidates to join our community of artists should have strong technical backgrounds, attention to detail, experience with contact/partnering and have an inquisitive and community-building nature. Dance degree preferred.

RSVP strongly preferred by July 18 to

Friday, July 19, 2019

Bring a headshot, resume, and schedule availability to the audition.

More information on AMP at

Photo: Bill Cameron.

Studio 5B at The Cowles Center for Dance and Performing Arts | Fifth Floor, 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

The Walker Art Center and guest curator SuperGroup are seeking Minnesota dance makers of all forms to be presented in this year’s Choreographers’ Evening, which will take place at 4:00pm and 7:00pm on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at the Walker.

Auditions will be held on:

Sunday, August 18, 1:00–5:00pm
Monday, August 19, 5:00–9:00pm
Tuesday, August 20, 5:00–9:00pm

To sign up for an audition time slot, and for all other details, please visit:

• Choreographers must live in Minnesota
• Works can be up to and may not exceed seven minutes
• Works in progress are accepted
• Live auditions are in ten-minute intervals
• Video submissions are accepted, although live performance is strongly preferred

For questions, please contact guest curator SuperGroup at or Walker staff Kayva Yang at

Walker Art Center | 725 Vineland Place, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Destanie Martin-Johnson-


TU Dance Center is offering its spacious dance studios for rent when available.

TU Dance Center has studios that are 33x56 feet (Studio One) and 21x46 feet (Studio Two) with sprung floors and Marley-type surface, fixed and portable barres, mirrors, pianos, sound equipment, high ceilings, and natural light. The Center also features an air conditioned green room, kitchenette, dressing room, and free off-street parking.

TU Dance Center is convenient to both Minneapolis and St. Paul from I-94/Vandalia exit. Find us on the north side of University Ave, one block east of Vandalia, located directly behind Subway on the building's east side.

TU Dance Center | 2121 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN 55114
Abdo Sayegh Rodríguez-, (612) 367-6681

Minnesota Dance Theatre has three studios available for hourly rental. The studios are located on the sixth floor at the Cowles Center for Dance & The Performing Arts. All studios have sprung floors covered with Marley, mirrors, ballet barres, a piano, and a sound system.

Studio 6A: 3286 square feet; approximately 45' x 65'
Studio 6B: 1563 square feet; approximately 27' x 53'
Studio 6C: 929 square feet; approximately 15' x 38'

Rates for artists and nonprofit rehearsal:
Studio 6A: $15/hour
Studio 6B: $12.50/hour
Studio 6C: $10/hour
To schedule a artist/nonprofit rental:

Rates for auditions and classes:
Studio 6A: $30/hour
Studio 6B: $25/hour
Studio 6C: $20/hour
To schedule an audition/class rental:

Rental fees may be paid with cash, check, or credit card. Make checks payable to MDT. A three percent processing fee is added to credit card purchases.

MDT Studios at The Cowles Center | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN
Jane Scheidel-, (612) 338-0627

The Jawaahir Dance Company Minneapolis location is conveniently located at 3010 Minnehaha Ave, next door to the police station. Only two blocks from the Lake Street/Midtown light rail station, and on the 7, 21, 27, and 53 bus routes. Over 2000 square feet with windows, two mirrored walls, and a sprung hardwood floor. Off-street parking and bike rack. Fully handicapped accessible. $20 per hour.*

The Bloomington location is at 9050 Lyndale Avenue in the lower level of the Great Bear Center. Bright space of 900 square feet with one full mirrored wall and one partial. Floor is tile on concrete—NOT a sprung wood dance floor. Double ballet barres. Small sitting area. Free parking in lot. Not handicapped accessible. $15 per hour.*

*Rates quoted are for dance-related rentals only. Rates may change at the discretion of Jawaahir Dance Company. Sorry, no Irish shoes or tap shoes permitted.

Jenny Piper-, (612) 872-6050

If you need rehearsal space for your fall show, or want to do an end of summer workshop, The Art Box has deals for you!

Plenty of AC—or not if you prefer to dance it hot!
Sprung wood floors in both spaces.
Our own parking lot, plus easy light rail and bus access.

Main space: regular rate $20/hour, but our End of Summer deal is $15/hour, $12/hour for 20 hours or more.
Studio: regular rate $15/hour, End of Summer deal $12/hour, $10/hour for 20 hours or more

Contact Jennifer Ilse to reserve or for more info:

Full space details at

Off-Leash Art Box | 4200 54th St E, Minneapolis, MN 55417
Jennifer Ilse-, (612) 724-7372

Three beautiful new studios are available for rent at Ballet Co.Laboratory.

Studio One and Studio Two are 52 feet by 25 feet. Studio Three is 32 feet by 25 feet.
We have two gender neutral restrooms, changing rooms, a comfortable lobby space with wifi access, and ample seating. The entire facility is HVAC heated and cooled. Free parking available in front of the studio.


276 E Lafayette Frontage Road, St. Paul, MN
Zoe Henrot-, (651) 313-5967


Learn Kathak this summer with Katha Dance Theatre! Kathak is a classical style of Indian dance characterized by intricate, lyrical movements and rhythmic footwork. We created the summer session with the intention of helping current students retain the technique they learned throughout the school year as well as invite first-time students to learn Kathak! Drop-ins are welcome, so this is a perfect opportunity to jump in and try a class without committing to an entire term.

Classes will take place on Saturdays, June 1-29 and July 13-27. Our Kathak Introduction class is great for dancers with no prior Kathak experience, and it costs $27 to drop in. To inquire about class times or placements, get in touch with us at

Learn more and register at

5806 W 36th St, St. Louis Park, MN 55416

Erin Thompson teaches intermediate and advanced level modern/contemporary dance classes at Zenon and TU Dance this summer. Classes explore experiential anatomy, ease and efficiency of movement, and power from the ground in locomotion.

Advanced Modern/Contemporary at Zenon
Thursdays, 9:30-11:15am
with Dean Magraw on guitar!

Intermediate Modern/Contemporary at Zenon
Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30pm

Advanced Modern/Contemporary at TU Dance
Friday, July 19
with Andrew Bocher on drums.

Zenon Dance School in The Cowles Center | Fourth Floor, 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
TU Dance Center | 2121 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN 55114.

Erin Thompson-, (612) 221-3186

TU Dance Center offers a variety of open classes in ballet, Horton-based modern, West African, Gaga, improvisation, and contemporary techniques. Classes are for intermediate and advanced levels.

Teaching artists include Toni Pierce-Sands, Berit Ahlgren, Wendy Anderson, Laurel Keen, Alanna Morris-Van Tassel, Abdo Sayegh, and Erin Thompson.

For current class listings, please visit the link below. Schedule is subject to change. Cost: $14/class, $120/ten-class card.

Find us on the north side of University Avenue, one block east of Vandalia, located directly behind Subway on the building's east side. There is free parking in the lot in front of TU Dance Center.

Photo: Jeffrey Stene.

TU Dance Center | 2121 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN 55114
Laurel Keen-, (612) 440-9028

MDT's Open Division offers drop-in ballet classes for adults and teens ages sixteen and older.

• Classes seven days a week
• All levels
• Piano accompaniment
• Spacious studios in the heart of Minneapolis
• A noncompetitive atmosphere

Sunday, 11:30am-1:00pm
Tuesday, 7:00-8:30pm

Monday, 7:00-8:30pm, Pointe 8:30-9:00pm
Saturday, 9:00-10:30am

Wednesday, 7:00-8:30pm

Sunday, 11:15am-12:45pm, Pointe 12:45-1:15pm

Monday–Friday, 9:30-11:00am
Thursday, 7:00-8:30pm
Saturday, 10:30am-12:00pm

MDT Studios at The Cowles Center | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN
Justin Leaf-, (612) 338-0627

Summer Session began on Monday, June 17 and runs for ten weeks.

Belly dance is a great total body workout that builds strength, is easy on your joints, and increases your flexibility. You will learn basic movements and then build upon them.

Beginning classes are $160 for the ten-week session. Make up classes may be made up during summer session only.
We also have monthly class passes that allow students to take unlimited classes within a calendar month at $105 for beginner-level classes. Or you may come to class and pay $18 each time you attend.

Registration is open for you NOW at! Please visit our website often to check “Today's Classes” for any notifications or cancellations that may occur for your class.

Classes are at these locations:
In Minneapolis at 3010 Minnehaha Ave, within the Hook & Ladder complex.
In Bloomington at 9050 Lyndale Ave S, in the Great Bear Center.

Jenny Piper-, (612) 872-6050

MotionArt’s mission is to share the art of dance and the joy of movement with people of all ages and abilities. We strive to enrich lives by fostering creativity, body awareness, and self-expression in a fun, non-competitive, welcoming environment. Classes begin with floor and standing warm-up to strengthen, stretch and balance the body. Included are sequences that focus on joint articulation, balance, foot work, and preparing the body to move through space. Concepts drawn from the infinite possibilities of time, space, and energy are explored through given movement combinations and improvisation.

Center for Performing Arts (CFPA) | 3754 Pleasant Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Lake Harriet Spiritual Center (LHSC) | 4401 Upton Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410

Wednesdays, 10:15-11:45 AM at CFPA. Cost $15.

Saturdays, 4:00-5:30 PM at CFPA. Cost $15.

Mondays, 5:00-6:15 PM at LHSC.
Thursdays, 4:30-5:45 PM at CFPA. Cost $15.

Pam Gleason-, (612) 990-6019

Walk in ready to grow. Leave evolved.
Providing a safe space for adults to learn and practice.

Are you an adult looking for a studio geared specifically towards you? Then evolution studio is the space you’re looking for!

We are a new studio based in Uptown, Minneapolis. Our classes are geared towards adults and their busy lifestyles. Most of our classes are a one-time, drop-in event. No need to commit to a weekly schedule, make it when you can. We want this to be a safe space to try new things as an adult—that’s why our classes are for students eighteen and older, and in some cases the minimum age is even older.

We offer classes at all levels, from beginner to professional, and feature the work of teachers and choreographers in the Twin Cities area.

Full schedule and registration available at:

evolution studio
dance + fitness + more

711 W Lake Street, Suite 510, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Regan Saunders-, (612) 618-1691

Mondays, 10:00-11:30am
Thursdays, 10:00-11:30am

Mondays, 11:30am-12:00pm

Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00pm with pointe class following
Fridays, 10:00-11:30am
Saturdays, 10:30-12:00pm with pointe class following

Wednesdays, 6:30-7:45pm

Saturdays, 9:15-10:30am

Mondays, 10:00-11:30am
Tuesdays, 10:00-11:30am
Wednesdays, 10:00-11:30am

*These classes will not be held on the following days:
Week of July 15, week of July 22, week of August 5, week of August 12.

Teaching Artists include: Anna Goodrich, Jeffrey Hankinson, Zoé Henrot, Justin Leaf, and Christian Warner. Class cards available.

276 E Lafayette Frontage Road, St. Paul, MN
Zoe Henrot-, (651) 313-5967

Start your weeks refreshed and focused, full of energy and prepared for whatever lies in the week ahead. It is possible…with vinyasa yoga at Ballet Co.Laboratory!
Join teaching artist Rosa Prigan on Mondays for a 75-minute class that will focus on strengthening the whole body, as well as stretching and restorative postures. You will leave empowered and ready to take on the week. This class is perfect for people who have never rolled out a yoga mat as well as advanced practitioners.

Summer is a great time to establish a routine. Sign up online at our website or just show up to the studio. Students may use their ten-class card towards yoga.

Mondays, 7:00-8:15pm
Ages twelve and older.
Teachers: Rosa Prigan

276 E Lafayette Frontage Road, St. Paul, MN
Zoe Henrot-, (651) 313-5967

Add a class to your dance routine this summer with yin yoga at Ballet Co.Laboratory. This is an hour-long gentle yoga class that stretches the connective tissues of the body through yoga postures held for three to five minutes.

Summer is a great time to establish a routine. Sign up online at our website or just show up to the studio. Students may use their ten-class card towards yoga.

Thursdays, 11:30am-12:30pm
Ages twelve and older.
Teaching Artist: Zoé Henrot

276 E Lafayette Frontage Road, St. Paul, MN
Zoe Henrot-, (651) 313-5967

The Dance Lab is now open in Northeast Minneapolis!

Whether you are a seasoned mover or actor or you want to explore an accessible movement class, The Dance Lab has classes that challenge and inspire all students:

Salsa and swing
Hip hop
Mat Pilates
Vinyasa yoga
Breathwork Journey
Dance Journey, and
Women's circles.

We train the whole dancer—body, mind, and spirit.
Visit for more info!

California Building | 2205 California St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

Midwest School of Ballet is offering Beginning/Intermediate Teen/Adult Ballet!

Summer session has begun. Drop-ins are welcome. Fall session starts September 21.

Beginning Adult Ballet
SATURDAYS, 9:30-11:00am.
Edina Community Center (ECC) with Lisa Erickson.
Learn the basics of ballet alongside other teens/adults in a non-competitive atmosphere.
Ballet classes are a great way to gain strength and flexibility, improve posture and balance, and reduce stress.

Beginning II/Intermediate Ballet and Beginning Pointe II.
Ballet: 4:15-5:45pm, Pointe: 5:45-6:45pm.
With Lara Ciganko/Meave Donohue.

Performing Institute of Minnesota - PIM | 7255 Flying Cloud Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55344 ​
Eileen Kamp-, (612) 564-8672

Summer classes at Midwest School of Ballet:

Thursdays at PIM
Six-week session: June 27-August 8. Start now—pro-rated options available!
Fundamentals I for ages three and four: 5:15-6:00pm.
Fundamentals II/III for ages five through seven: 6:00-7:00pm.
Pre-Teen Ballet for ages eight through twelve: 7:00-8:15pm.

Saturdays at Edina Community Center - ECC
Adult Beginning Ballet
June 1-August 10.

Mondays at PIM
June 17-August 5.
Ballet: 4:15-5:45.
Pointe: 5:45-6:45pm.
Drop-ins welcome!

Performing Institute of Minnesota - PIM | 7255 Flying Cloud Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55344 ​
Eileen Kamp-, (612) 564-8672

From our youngest Mommy/Daddy and Me dancers to advanced dancers and adults, everyone can train at Ballet Royale this summer.
We are offering once a week evening classes on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday (which day of the week depends on the class) for six weeks beginning the week of July 8.
Join Ballet Royale, Minnesota's premier classical dance academy, and grow!

Classes offered:
Youth Ballet I and II
Youth Ballet III and IV
Adult Ballet Basics
Preparation for Ballet
Mommy/Daddy and Me
Creative Dance I
Creative Dance II and III
Ballet for Boys
Introduction to Ballet
Intermediate/Advanced Ballet and Pointe

Please contact Ballet Royale for placement and enrollment. We look forward to working with you!

Ballet Royale Minnesota | 16368 Kenrick Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044
Rick Vogt-, (952) 898-3163

Anyone can do it.
Don’t You Feel It Too? is the simple and beautiful act of dancing your inner life in public. It is a form of movement meditation that transforms the self while taking action in the world. Participants feel stress relief, resilience, compassion, connection, and belonging.

Thursday, July 18
Powderhorn Park | 3400 S 15th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Meet at the Powderhorn Park Recreation Center.

Tuesday, July 23
Rondo Community Library | 461 Dale St N, St. Paul, MN 55103
Meet in the entryway of Rondo Library.

Everyone is welcome. No previous experience is necessary. The session is 90 minutes long.
BRING: your favorite pocket music and earbuds. We’ll have extra earbuds if you forget. Wear good shoes for moving on pavement and dress for weather.

Michael Thurston-

#GetYourAsstoClass Friday morning for another installment of Erinn Liebhard's jazz dance class, which focuses on groove, improvisation, and interaction with yourself, others, and the music!

Whether you are taking class consistently or it's been awhile, all are welcome to this multi-level, multi-generational jazz class that skews toward intermediate-advanced. We look forward to sharing in the music with you Friday!

Zenon Dance Company and School, Studio 4A | Cowles Center Fourth Floor, 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Erinn Liebhard-

Find rhythm, groundedness, and flow with dance classes at Ananya Dance Theatre's Shawngram Institute for Performance and Social Justice. No pre-registration or shoes necessary.

First class: Always free! Drop-in class: $13. Five-class card: $60. Ten-class card: $110.

Introduction to Yorchha with Kealoha Ferreira.
Fridays, 6:30pm-8:00pm
July 19, 26; August 2, 9, 16

Foundations in Yorchha/Buniyaad with Kealoha Ferreira.
Sundays, 9:00am-10:00am
July 21, 28; August 4, 11

Ananya Dance Theatre | 1197 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN 55104
Kealoha Ferreira-, (651) 683-2986

Join Crash Dance Productions for an open contemporary dance class every Sunday.

Instructed by a different company member each week, dancers will be led in a contemporary warm up followed by progressions, improvisation, and an advanced combination, all in a welcoming environment. This class is open to all ages—come dance with us!

Open contemporary class:
Sundays, 4:00-5:30pm
Cash, check, or card at the door, or pre-purchase a class pass at:

Spotlight Productions Dance Studio | 1030 Lone Oak Rd #119, Eagan, MN 55121

This weekly contact improvisation jam will begin with a focused warm-up led by some of the most experienced movers in the Twin Cities. We will explore how our bodies move while in physical contact with each other, focusing on mass, gravity, momentum, and inertia. We will train in sensory awareness, partnering skills, and improvisation. Warm-up will be playful, meditative, and acrobatic. An open jam follows.

The Underscore is a long-form improvisation structure created by Nancy Stark Smith. It progresses through states, ranging from internal exploration and connectivity to the earth, to energetic interactive dancing with others. A talk-through at the beginning and a "map" taped to the wall depicting over 20 symbols and their definitions will guide the dance.

July 22: Warm-up and jam, led by Blake Nellis

6:30-9:00pm. Doors at 6:00pm.
$10-20 suggested.

All are welcome!

Ivy Building | 2637 27th Ave S, Suite 207, Minneapolis, MN
Lindsay Forsythe-, (347) 512-0892