DanceMN News - October 9, 2019








The task is possibility. The presentation is a process of learning. Work with me. Work for me. I'll dance for you. When is limitation generative? What feels good? What follows? Who's there? Who gives a care? Who is selling it?

Work/Lifelong Choreographies is part of the Art and Health Residents show Walk Back To Your Body, at the Weisman Art Museum. Through this past year's residency Anna Marie Shogren questioned the sense of community and paths for human connection within senior assisted living and long term care residences. This current approach invites individuals to try on physicalities common for people of advanced age with a collection of wearable pieces, designed and constructed in collaboration with designer Caroline Albers, to display opportunities of need and openings for vitality.

Join Shogren attempting the task of this installation, Wednesdays and Fridays from 12:00-4:00pm, through December 2019. No performances October 16 and 18, or November 29.

Weisman Art Museum | 333 E River Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Anna Marie Shogren-, (917) 530-4172

Max Washington, an ex-convict recently released from jail, reconnects with his family and the community of dancers he left behind when he began a life of crime. Will he resist the pressure to return to his criminal ways or find redemption in dance?

Tap is writer/director Nick Castle’s love letter to tap dancing. Starring Gregory Hines as anti-hero Washington, this movie also features Sammy Davis Jr. in his final film appearance as well as cameos by legendary tap dancers Bunny Briggs, Jimmy Slyde, and Harold Nicholas. Similar to the classic movie musicals that Tap shares cinematic DNA with, the plot is secondary to the amazing dancing that is the real star.

MPAA Rated: PG-13
1 hours, 51 minutes

In conjunction with Dorrance Dance’s Myelination.

Northrop | 84 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Northrop UMN-, (612) 624-2345

Producer, Director, and Choreographer Davon Suttles, in partnership with Keane Sense of Rhythm and the Minnesota State Arts Board, presents MELANIZED.

MELANIZED is a multimedia tap show about living as a person of color (POC). Through tap dance, live music, and film we'll address systemic racism. We'll also showcase the beauty that comes with living as a person of color by exploring various art forms created by POCs such as gospel, R&B, and konnakol.

A unique artist market pre-show happens before each performance from 6:00pm-7:30pm.
Tickets available for all shows through Brown Paper Tickets.

DONATION EVENT: Proceeds from the Friday, October 11 performance will be donated to the immigrant assistance organization, American Immigration Council. This event is pay as able/pay what you'd like. All are welcome. This performance is for people eighteen and older.

Week Two Show Dates:
Thursday, October 10
Friday, October 11 - Pay what you'd like night!
Saturday, October 12
Sunday, October 13

Hennepin Theater Trust | 900 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN

The vibrant and versatile MDT dancers take on works ranging from cutting-edge contemporary to transcendent classical. Featuring new works by Zach Manske and Alanna Morris-Van Tassel, as well as Loyce Houlton’s "Boccherini Dances."

Friday, October 11 at 7:30pm
Saturday, October 12* at 7:30pm
Sunday, October 13 at 3:00pm
Friday, October 18* at 7:30pm
Saturday, October 19 at 7:30pm
Sunday, October 20 at 3:00pm

*Includes post-show discussion

General admission adults: $35
General admission students/seniors: $25
Priority seating: $50


Become an MDT Season Subscriber and get 30% off the $35/25 ticket price PLUS priority seating. More information at:
Learn about our season:

The Lab Theater | 700 N 1st St, Minneapolis, MN
Justin Leaf-, (612) 338-0627

Thriving off the success of their first year as a company and school, Ballet Co.Laboratory invites you to the second annual start-of-season performance and fundraiser:

On Our Terms
October 12, 2019
At Ballet Co.Laboratory Studios

In 2018, Ballet Co.Laboratory made their debut at this event, and it will continue to mark the start of each professional and pre-professional season to come. This in-studio experience serves as a coming-together of the entire community to inspire one another towards our ever-brightening future.
Attendees will see the full company in their first performance of the season alongside upper level students of the School of BCL. There will be sips and bites accompanying a chance to bid on silent auction items. Come eat, mingle with the company, see a performance, and join the Ballet Co.Laboratory family!

Photo: Caroline Yang.

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

October 13, 12:00-1:00PM!

Join us in the studio for a behind-the-scenes look at Notes From a Seance. This event is free to attend and you may even walk out with a BOGO ticket code!

Notes From a Seance is a dance-theater, modern-day exposé of 19th century pop culture celebrity, Russian occultist Helena Blavatsky. She rose to fame as part of the Spiritualist movement of the 1870s and claimed her travels took her to Tibet where she trained in the “Ancient Wisdom” she then passed on to her Theosophy devotees. From magic tricks to sensual distractions, step into Madame B.'s world this Halloween.

The company of eight extraordinary dancers are familiar to Twin Cities audiences. Laura Selle Virtucio is Madam B. with Joe Crook as The Professor and Mirabai Miller as The Acolyte. Andrew Lester, Megan McClellan, Scott Mettille, and Emilia Bruno are The American Phrenologist, The Girl Expelled From Convent School, The Jesuit, and The Somnambulist. They are joined by newcomers Doug Hooker and Elliana Vesely.

Barbara Barker Center for Dance, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Back by popular demand!

DanceCo brings its train-themed, family-friendly production Expectation Station to the SteppingStone Theatre in St. Paul.
Narrated by “Engineer Paul” of the Choo Choo Bob’s Train Show and featuring live music performed by the Roe Family Singers, nine professional dancers and actors perform this one-hour, interactive original narrative that is fun for young and old alike!

A pre-show movement workshop will teach kids about trains as well as movement elements from the production which can be utilized during audience participation.

Daytime shows during MEA Week!
Wednesday-Friday, October 16-18 at 10:00am
Saturday, October 19 at 2:00pm
Sunday, October 20 at 10:00am and 2:00pm - ASL translated

Adults: $16
Seniors and children ages two through eighteen: $14
Free lap passes for kids under two!

DanceCo will also tour this production to the Schwan Performing Arts Center in Marshall, MN for a public performance on October 26 at 3:00pm.

SteppingStone Theatre | 55 Victoria St, St. Paul, MN
Brittany Keefe-, (612) 234-1481

On Wednesday, October 16 Lakes & Legends is hosting ARENA DANCES for Pints & Previews!

From 6:00-9:00pm, come grab a glass (or two!) of the cities' best craft beer, catch some pop-up performances of Mathew Janczewski's newest work One Room, and get an inside look at ARENA's creative collaboration with costume designer Trevor Bowen.

No tickets or RSVP necessary. Pups are welcome!

Wednesday, October 16
6:00-9:00PM, come and go as you please

All the info here:

To learn more about One Room, check out

Lakes & Legends Brewing Company | 1368 Lasalle Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

HIJACK in partnership with McKnight Artist Fellowships program, The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts, and The Cedar Cultural Center announce the premiere of a new dance work by Mexican choreographer Galia Eibenschutz (2019 McKnight International Choreographer) featuring Minneapolis dancers Julia Gavin Bither, Lelis Brito, Eben Kowler, Theresa Madaus, Judy Holo Shuī Xiān, Laurie Van Wieren and the HIJACK duo of Kristin Van Loon & Arwen Wilder.

The original music score will be performed live on drums by NYC-based, multi-talented artist Katelyn Farstad.
Farstad will open the evening with a set of original songs as her alter-ego Itch Princess.

Performances are at the Cedar Cultural Center.
Two nights: Wednesday, October 16 and Thursday, October 17 at 7:30pm.
Tickets: $15, available at

The Cedar Cultural Center | 416 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN
Kristin Van Loon-, (612) 229-0585

TU Dance opens its sixteenth season at The O'Shaughnessy with performances featuring two company premieres by Artistic Director Uri Sands.

"Something Amber" (2012), originally commissioned by Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program, is a full company work inspired by an illustrious string composition by neoclassical composer Vladimir Martynov. "Tracks" (2018), a full company work set to the legendary sounds of R&B music’s The O’Jays and originally commissioned by Ailey II, references the markings, wounds, and scars that our history leaves on us. The program also features reprisals of Ronald K. Brown’s "Clear as Tear Water" (2005), a solo originally created for Artistic Director Toni Pierce-Sands; and Sands’ "Salve" (2017).

October 18-19, 7:30pm
October 20, 2:00pm

Tickets: $24-$34. Discounts for students, seniors, military, MPR.
Box office: or 651-690-6700.

Photo: Michael Slobodian.

The O'Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University | 2004 Randolph Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105
Abdo Sayegh Rodríguez-, (612) 367-6681

Northrop and the Twin Cities Tap Festival present
Dorrance Dance
Saturday, October 19, 7:30 pm
Carlson Family Stage

"Jungle Blues"
"Three to One"
with live music

After their triumphant Northrop debut in 2015 with The Blues Project, Michelle Dorrance and her remarkable company of dancers return to dispel all of our pre-conceived notions about tap dance and fill the Northrop stage with rhythm and joy! Springing from Dorrance’s prodigious imagination and embodied by an ensemble of dancers as diverse and multi-faceted as tap dance itself, Myelination provides a fitting climax to this year’s Twin Cities Tap Festival.

Northrop | 84 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Northrop UMN-, (612) 624-2345

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

Judith Howard
Carleton College Dance Lab
2Fik (Montreal)
BLB Ticketline: 612-825-8949 for reservations.
Full-service restaurant and bar in theater.

Hosted and curated by Laurie Van Wieren.

In its seventeenth 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. The final 9x22 will take place on November 27, with a celebratory party and performance on January 22, 2020, at its home for over 16 years, the Bryant-Lake Bowl Cabaret Theater.

Bryant-Lake Bowl Cabaret Theater | 810 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN
Laurie Van Wieren-

“With this new reimagining of Swan Lake, [Michael Keegan-Dolan] elevates it to a place of bleak, funny and astoundingly poetic beauty.” —The Guardian (UK)

Thursday, October 24-Saturday, October 26, 8:00 pm
Sunday, October 27, 2:00 pm

Swan Lake/Loch na hEala
with live music.
Choreography by Michael Keegan-Dolan.
Contains mature content.

In this gorgeous, large-scale contemporary adaptation of the famous story ballet Swan Lake, the lake is black plastic, the prince is suicidal, the swans wear convent frocks, and the set is an assemblage of concrete and steel. From the imagination of Michael Keegan-Dolan, one of Ireland’s foremost dance-theater makers, comes a world of magical realism with a beauty as fierce and rugged as the land itself. Ancient Irish mythology meets modern Ireland head-on in a performance laced with comic vignettes and raw, exquisite movement. The piece has become an international hit since its sold-out premiere at the Dublin Theatre Festival. This rare US presentation includes an emotionally textured Nordic- and Celtic-infused score, performed live by Dublin’s Slow Moving Clouds.

Program length: 75 minutes.

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

Twin Cities Ballet invites you to celebrate Halloween with a special interactive performance event featuring mythical and magical creatures and a creative costume contest, culminating with an interactive zombie dance!

The performance features dances by emerging choreographers for the Halloween season, followed by a reception of spook-tacular treats and refreshments.

Performances will be held at Lakeville Area Arts Center:
Kids' Edition: 11:00am
Evening: 7:00pm

Lakeville Area Arts Center | 20965 Holyoke Avenue Lakeville MN 55044
Rick Vogt-, (952) 898-3163

The Jesuit. The Somnambulist. The Professor. The Acolyte...and Madame B.

No, not a costume party guest list. These characters will take the stage for our Halloween revival of Notes from a Seance, a dance-theater work about a fake 19th century spiritualist who dupes a motley crew of followers into a world of card tricks, soothsaying, and carnal knowledge on the living room rug. Shapiro & Smith's dancers lend their athletic virtuosity to expose a powerful truth that's as real today as 150 years ago: the charlatan leads because the fooled allows it.

The New York Times calls Notes from a Séance “quirky and sharp-witted.” Amidst hysteria and hypnotism, frauds and true-believers, Notes from a Séance is sure to be an otherworldly experience.

The performance contains brief nudity. Trick-or-Treaters in costume are welcome at Thursday's Halloween evening show. Watch us dance before heading out to your frightful night activities.

October 31-November 2 at 8:00PM.

Barbara Barker Center for Dance at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Part performance, part participation, this unique event invites you to both witness and experience the electricity of dancers and music-makers creating art together in the moment as they explore connections between the social and the staged.

Bob DeBoer (trumpet)
Ozzy Dris (house + hip hop dance)
Maurice Fields (swing dance)
Steven Hobert (piano)
Reid Kennedy (drums)
Erinn Liebhard (jazz + modern dance)
Megan Mahoney (bass)
Crissy Tolson (modern + jazz dance)

Social Animals brings together concert and social dancers, and musicians of various instrumentations and backgrounds, to cross-train and improvise together in performance in one on ones, double duets, and as a full group. Held at the Icehouse rather than a traditional theater and featuring a dance floor open to all after the show (ICEHOUSE’s weekly Sunday night dance party, Nightchurch), Social Animals seeks to gnaw at the gap between "dance you do (social) and dance you view (staged)."

Icehouse MPLS | 2528 Nicollet Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Erinn Liebhard-

"Kiona and the Little Bird Suite"
"As Night Falls" (excerpts)
"Crying Men"

Influenced by their Pacific Island heritage, Black Grace’s unique fusion of contemporary and traditional movement has earned acclaim from audiences and critics across the globe. Their first Northrop appearance will feature a wide variety of works that are eloquent, yet elemental; athletic, yet spiritual; accompanied by body percussion and live drumming. In "Crying Men," artistic director Neil Ieremia explores the impact of colonization and the loss of matriarchal balance in Pacific culture, with a focus on the concept of masculinity.

Northrop | 84 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Northrop UMN-, (612) 624-2345

ARENA DANCES' Mathew Janczewski brings his subtle, rich, and viscerally honest choreographic voice to to the TEK BOX stage with a one-of-a-kind performance.

Mark your calendars for this full-evening dance performed by an all-female sextet, against the backdrop of Nils Frahm’s experimental, ethereal, and contemplative music. A theme of personal and collective power will prevail, as the dancers negotiate the space around them, and each other, with movement that builds layer by layer, working toward a powerful resolution. Crafted collaboratively between Janczewski and the dancers, the piece is an intentional meditation on a larger social question:

How do we come together in one room, face conflict, and negotiate, so that we can find strength as one collective voice?

An apt and urgent question in such a historically divisive and turbulent time.

November 7-9

Visit for tickets!

TEK BOX Theater | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403


FAMILY DANCE for ages two through four with a parent/guardian.
A 45-minute class for parents and their young dancer to explore movement together.
Thursdays, September 12–October 17, 2019
Teaching Artist: Michelle Ludwig

PRE-BALLET for ages four through six.
A 45-minute class held once a week for six weeks that introduces dancers to ballet and dance expressions. Dancers will focus on ballet positions, textures of movement, and musicality.
Saturdays, September 21–October 26, 2019
Teaching Artist: Rosa Prigan

Photo: Karin Lynn.

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

INTRODUCTORY BALLET TECHNIQUE for ages ten through fourteen.
A 75-minute class held twice a week for three weeks that introduces dancers to ballet. Dancers will focus on ballet positions, proper alignment, and musicality.
Saturdays: October 12, 19, 26.
Teaching Artist: Zoé Henrot

Photo: Karin Lynn.

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

Dive into the language of ballet in an introductory ballet class for teens and adults through the collaboration of Ballet Co.Laboratory and Alliance Francaise. Learn the meaning behind the movement vocabulary as well as the movement itself. No dance experience necessary!

Tuesdays, September 24–October 29, 2019

Teaching Artists: Zoé Henrot and Marie Beuvart.

Photo: Karin Lynn.

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

Ballet Co.Laboratory presents a special "Nutcracker in Wonderland" workshop for dancers ages four through twelve over MEA weekend!
The workshop will take place on Thursday, October 17, and Friday, October 18 from 9:00am-12:00pm at the BCL studios in St. Paul.
Dancers can elect to come one or both days.

Dancers will begin their day with a ballet and dance movement class in two groups: ages four to seven, and ages eight through twelve. Along with Teaching Artists Michelle Ludwig and Rosa Prigan, dancers participate in storytelling and crafts, and learn repertoire from "Nutcracker in Wonderland." The workshop will culminate on Friday with a Mad Hatter Tea Party, where dancers will have the opportunity to make White Rabbit and Cheshire Cat masks and other crafts, learn to balance a teacup, meet the professional company artist characters in their costumes, and enjoy tea party snacks. Join us for this wild and whimsical workshop!

Thursday, October 17
Friday, October 18

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

MotionArt is offering workshops for movers of all ages and abilities interested in learning more about their bodies in motion. The first of the series is Moving Anatomy, an introduction to skeletal and muscle anatomy. Participants will apply this knowledge to increase awareness, learn more efficient movement patterns and help in the prevention of injuries. Instructional methods include the presentation of information, demonstrations using a skeleton and other instructional models, hands on learning, movement exploration, discussion, and reading materials. This workshop is broken down into four sessions, with three remaining:

Pelvic Girdle, Hips, Thighs: October 19, 1:00-4:00pm
Knees, Ankles, Feet: November 2, 1:00-4:00pm
Shoulder Girdle, Arms: November 16, 1:00-4:00pm
$35 per day.

Pam Gleason, Director of MotionArt, will present the workshop. She holds a Master’s degree in Kinesiology and a BS in Health and Safety Education with Dance and Psychology minors.

Center for Performing Arts | 3754 Pleasant Ave S, Minneapolis, MN
Pam Gleason-, (612) 990-6019

Classes have started again at Zorongo Flamenco. Come dance with us!

6:30-7:30pm: Open Level Intensive Technique
7:30-8:30pm: Intermediate/Advanced Choreography

6:30-7:30pm: Flamenco Fun
7:30-8:30pm: *NEW* Recorded Repertoire

9:30-10:10am: PALOMITAS - children ages five to seven
10:15-11:00am: PALOMAS - children ages seven to twelve
11:00-12:00pm: Beginning Flamenco
12:00-1:00pm: Open Level Intensive Technique
1:00-2:00pm: Intermediate/Advanced Choreography
2:00pm-3:00pm: Physically Integrated Flamenco

To find prices and register, please go online to

Zorongo Studio | 3715 Minnehaha Ave S, Ste C, Minneapolis, MN 55406
G. Michael Bargas-, (612) 234-1653

TU Dance Center offers two sessions of six-week adult workshops during the 2019 Fall Session.

Session 1: September 3-October 14
Session 2: October 15-December 2. No classes November 25-December 1.

Cost: $85.00 per six-week workshop, per session. Pre-registration is required for the full six-week session, completed online or in-person at TU Dance Center. $15.00 individual class drop-in rate, cash, check or debit/credit card at TU Dance Center.

Midday Adult Beginning Modern with Thern Anderson
Mondays, 12:00-1:30pm

Adult Beginning Ballet with Tina Anderson Wallum
Tuesdays, 12:00-1:30pm

Evening Adult Beginning Modern with Thern Anderson
Wednesdays, 6:00pm-7:30pm

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

LAST WEEK to register for TCTF workshops and master classes!

If you'd like to register for a class that's full, choose the "WAITLIST" for that class.
NOTE: You won't be charged for a waitlisted class unless space opens up. We'll notify you if you get in.

Twin Cities Tap Fest:
October 17-20, 2019
Join us in celebrating our fifth year of classes, concerts and community!
New this year, we’re offering more classes, more artists, and three unique performances!

Festival Showcase: Thursday, October 17 at The Cowles Center
Festival Concert: Friday, October 18 at The Cowles Center
Dorrance Dance: Saturday, October 19 at Northrop

TCTF19 line-up:
Sarah Reich
Bril Barrett
Jeannie Hill
Evan Ruggerio
Brinae Ali
Ellen Keane
and featuring Dorrance Dance members, co-presented with Northrop:
Michelle Dorrance
Nicholas Van Young
Elizabeth Burke
Christopher Broughton
Claudia Rahardjanoto



Invitation to Belonging: A Fall Weekend Workshop hosted by Young Dance
An investigation into the ways the arts create and sustain inclusive communities for teens and adults.

Friday, October 18, 6:30-8:30pm
Saturday, October 19, 10:00am-3:30pm. Lunch included.
Sunday, October 20, 12:00-4:00pm. Community celebration at 3:00pm.

Through movement and theater arts, individuals ages twelve and older will explore building blocks of trust, communication of personal ideas, and collaborative creativity. The weekend will culminate in an informal public performance and celebration. Teaching artists include H. Adam Harris, Jeffry Lusiak, Gretchen Pick, and more!

Fee: $75; financial assistance available. $50 if already enrolled in Young Dance class or company programming.

To register and for more information, visit

CO•MOTION Center for Movement | 655 Fairview Ave N, St. Paul, MN 55104
Jennifer Glaws-, (612) 423-3064

Are you a dancer or actor interested in breaking into the commercial or film industry in the Twin Cities? This is a rare opportunity to get all the information you need from legitimate industry leaders.

Join us at The Academy at COLLIDE Theatrical Dance Company.
Cost: $80/day or $150 for both days.
Workshops can be taken separately for $30 each.

Space is limited! Register now by call or email. For ages thirteen and older.

Saturday, October 19
2:00-3:00pm: Aiyana Ruggiero, Talent Agent, Owner of Ruggiero Models and Talent
3:00-4:00pm: Headshot and Resume Session with Shelli Manzoline
4:00-5:00pm: Theatre Etiquette with Peggy O'Connoll

Sunday, October 20
2:00-3:00pm: The Acting Biz with Beth Chaplin
3:00-4:00pm: Acting on Camera with Beth Chaplin and Shelli Manzoline
4:00-5:00pm: Dance on Camera with Ryan Hall, Film Maker

755 Prior Ave N, Suite 235 H, St. Paul, MN 55104


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 looking for a new instructor to join our staff.

Details include:
Teaching children ranging in age from preschoolers to grade schoolers.
Dance forms include creative movement, ballet, hip hop, jazz or any other dance form you like. We are open to new classes.
Hours include subbing for classes during the week and weekends starting ASAP, and teaching your own classes starting in January.

Two years or more experience teaching children.
Ability to create your own lesson plans.
Ability to communicate with both children and their parents.

To apply, email your resume to

Gretchen Bierbaum -, (612) 385-4218

Work exchange students are eighteen years of age or older, are passionate about dance, and are interested in helping to build the BCL community. The student and director will agree on a set shift schedule. For more information please e-mail

One hour of work = one 90-minute class.
Each shift is three to four hours during weekday evenings depending on class schedules and availability.
Tasks include but are not limited to checking in students for class, answering questions, assisting parents and students as needed, answering the phone and general e-mail, sweeping/mopping the lobby and bathrooms, taking out the trash, and other administrative tasks as assigned by the director.

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

Seeking: transgender, intersex, and non-binary performance artists, dancers, actors, musicians, designers and technicians.

IN THE SPIRIT is an original concept rock show and performance hybrid that is inspired by Venus DeMars' pioneering life-long journey as a transgender performance artist, rockstar, and activist as well as those that inspired her along the way. Surrounding a rock show environment, a narrative unfolds from the beginnings of coming out to full gender confirmation surgery in this multidisciplinary production that combines a live rock band, movement, and out of this world visuals. Venus DeMars will also star in the production and front this production band.

Audition dates:
Sunday, October 13 and Monday, October 14
Time slots will be ten minutes each.

Performance Artists/Actors/Singers: any variety of monologue/poem/speech/song.
Dancers: any sample of a dance you'd like.
Musicians: There will be a rock band setup at the auditions but if you'd rather bring your own instrument you can plug in at the studio.

Please submit an inquiry to After you submit your inquiry, someone from The BAND Group will be in touch with more details.

If you have a headshot or photograph and artistic resume of yourself to send with your inquiry please feel free to include that in your email. However, if you do not have that information you may write about your experience in the body of the email. Include in your availability for the audition/tryout dates.

The BAND Group:
Beyond Acceptance No Discrimination.
-Adrian Lopez-Balbontin, Jackie O’Neil, Jex Arzayus, Julia Amundson, Kaitlyn Larsen, Kjer Whiting

Adrian Lopez-Balbontin-

Local choreographer Jolene Konkel is looking for guest artists as well as company members for upcoming performance opportunities and dance company launch in 2020. Choreographic work embodies technical movement driven by musicality and athleticism that explores both innovation and tradition in a context of community and hope. Looking for experienced jazz and modern dancers with a strong ballet foundation.

Auditions will be conducted in a class format from 3:00-5:00pm at Creo Arts and Dance.
Please bring resume and headshot.
Rehearsals one to two days per week at Creo, starting the week of October 21.
Performances are March 7, April 3 (Guests of UNWSP), and June 26-27.

For more information please e-mail Jolene Konkel at

Photo: Bill Cameron.

CREO Arts and Dance Conservatory | 15102 Minnetonka Industrial Rd, Minnetonka, MN 55345
Jolene Konkel-, (612) 760-8370

Rhythmically Speaking is seeking choreographic submissions through October 25 for The Cohort, our twelfth multi-choreographer production, running August of 2020 at the Southern Theater. Like last year's reimagined annual production, we will select from an open call one “local” (Minnesota-based) choreographer to make a new work alongside RS Artistic Director Erinn Liebhard, and two “visiting” choreographers (based outside Minnesota) to revisit a piece of their repertoire.

We are dedicated to producing work that reflects socio-cultural histories of, and innovations in, as wide a range as possible for jazz and American social dance-related forms that share the elements of groove, interaction, and improvisation. If this opportunity piques your curiosity at all, we hope you'll throw your hat in the ring! Full details and submission form can be found at the link below. We look forward to seeing your work, and thank you for your interest in ours!

Photo: Bill Cameron


Join the pre-professional students and professional company artists of Ballet Co.Laboratory on the stage this holiday season!

Open to all drop-in students.
Saturday rehearsals.
Learn more about performing on stage.
Be part of the party scene!

Saturday, October 26 at the Ballet Co.Laboratory Studios

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


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

Get my advice affordably! I've joined Springboard for the Arts' team of Artist Career Consultants, offering consultations to individual artists and groups.

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If you think that my experience may be of use to you, sign up for a consultation, and request me.
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In a consultation, I get to know you, help you set goals, and develop strategies to reach them.

Check out the Career Consultation FAQ.

Springboard's consultations are priced (suggested fees) between $0 to $75/hr. They ask you what you are able to pay. Springboard subsidizes these consultations, so they encourage you to pay as much as you truly can afford.

308 Prince St, Suite 270, St. Paul, MN 55101
Patrick Scully-, (612) 205-1512

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 9050 Lyndale Ave 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. Rental fees may change at the discretion of Jawaahir Dance Company. Sorry, no Irish shoes or tap shoes permitted.

Jenny Piper-, (612) 872-6050

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, and 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.


Photo: Karin Lynn.

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

Located in Uptown Minneapolis near the intersection of Lake St. and Lyndale Ave, Ragamala Dance Company has two beautiful studios open to rent. For more information about availability and scheduling contact Sasha, below.

Studio One: 1400 square feet, one full-mirrored wall, iPod capability, Marley floor.
Studio Two: 390 square feet, iPod/CD capability, wood floor.

711 W Lake St. Minneapolis, MN 55408
Sasha Blinnikova-, (612) 824-1968

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 Rodrígeuz-, (612) 367-6681

Expose your students to a professional dance environment with a field trip to TU Dance Center.

Students will tour TU Dance Center, have conversations with members of TU Dance company, watch the rehearsal process, come onto the dance floor for a brief movement exploration, and have a short Q&A.
This may also be combined with a dance class for students in our upstairs studio upon request.

Schedule this visit on its own or in conjunction with one of our educational performances for a more in-depth, comprehensive experience.

TU Dance Center | 2121 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN 55114
Kaitin Kelly Benedict-, (651) 505-3264

WINTER RENTAL DISCOUNTS! Book the performance space or studio space at the Off-Leash Art Box between December 15 and February 15 at the following discounted rates:

Performance Space
- $1000/week, exclusive use. Regularly $1200.
- $350/day (weekend). Regularly $500.
- $15/hour for classes or rehearsals. Regularly $20.
- $12/hour if you book 20 hours or more. Regularly $15.

Studio Space
- $12/hour for classes or rehearsals. Regularly $15.
- $10/hour if you book 20 hours or more. Regularly $12.

Check our website for more detailed information. Contact Jennifer Ilse at for booking.

The Off-Leash Art Box is a professionally equipped, fully flexible intimate performance and rehearsal venue with sprung wood floors and full lighting, sound, and video equipment. The space is perfect for classes, rehearsals, productions, and more!

​4200 East 54th Street, ​Minneapolis, MN 55417
Jennifer Ilse-, (612) 724-7372


The following teen/adult classes are open at St. Paul Ballet—come and dance in our BRAND NEW studios!

Adult and Teen Fundamentals
For the adult with no ballet experience! Learn the basic steps, class etiquette, and more. Ages thirteen and older. Continuous enrollment.
Mondays, 7:30-8:30 pm. Instructor: Leta Triebold
Wednesdays, 6:00-7:00 pm. Instructor: Leah Galles

Adult/Teen Beginning
For the student who enjoyed ballet as a child or has had six months or more of classical ballet classes. Ages thirteen and older. Drop in classes!
Wednesdays, 7:15-8:30 pm. Instructor: Stephanie Moffet-Hugg
Saturdays, 9:00-10:15 am. Instructor: Helen Hatch

Adult Open Ballet
For the adult dancer with a minimum of one year of classical ballet experience. Drop in classes!
Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00, with Pointe 8:00-8:30 pm. Jayson Douglas
Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30 pm. Leah Gallas
Thursdays, 10:00-11:30 am. Christina Onusko
Thursdays, 7:00-8:30 pm. Christina Onusko
Saturdays, 10:15-11:45 am. Helen Hatch

St. Paul Ballet | 655 Fairview Ave N, St. Paul, MN 55104
Malina Sixtos-, (651) 690-1588

Who says you're "too old" for ballet? St. Paul Ballet believes that ballet is for everyone—come and join this welcoming community of life-long dancers! Ballet isn't just for the young: it's also for the young at heart!

Adult Life-Long Ballet
A gentle ballet class for dancers of all ages, eighteen to 100! At least one year of classical ballet experience required. Drop in.
Tuesdays, 10:00-11:30 am. Instructor: Christina Onusko

Single class rate: $15
Barre only class rate: $10
Senior citizen single class rate: $9, for those 60 and older, with a valid ID.
Post-secondary student single class rate: $12, with a valid student ID.
Professional dancer single class rate: $10. Please show current artist contract, pay stub or program.

Six-class card: $85, good for three months from date of purchase.
Twelve-class card: $132, good for four months from date of purchase.
Four-week unlimited class card: $140.

St. Paul Ballet | 655 Fairview Ave N, St. Paul, MN 55104
Malina Sixtos-, (651) 690-1588

NEW CLASS at St. Paul Ballet!

Join James Sewell as he leads a workshop for body and mind integration and wellness. The class activates participants by interweaving complex patterns and intent-full movement to improve strength, flexibility, and coordination. Truly for any age or ability—the accessible and fun series of activities allow the participants to progress at their own pace. Drop in.

Wednesdays, 10:00-11:00 am
Instructor: James Sewell

Single class rate: $15
Senior citizen single class rate: $9, 60 and older, with ID.
Post-secondary student single class rate: $12, with student ID.
Professional dancer single class rate: $10, with current artist contract, pay stub, or program.

Six-class card: $85 valid three months from date of purchase.
Twelve-class card: $132 valid four months from date of purchase.
Four-week unlimited class card: $140, valid four weeks from date of purchase.
Six-month unlimited class card: $612, valid six months from date of purchase.

St. Paul Ballet | 655 Fairview Ave N, St. Paul, MN 55104
Malina Sixtos-, (651) 690-1588

The benefits of ballet training are numerous for all athletes. We welcome you to bring your athletic prowess to St. Paul Ballet and join a class specifically designed for you!

Ballet for Athletes
Cross train and condition with ballet exercises in this 60 minute class to add balance, flexibility, stability, coordination and mental focus to your training. Ages fourteen and up. Drop in classes!

Fridays, 7:00-8:00 pm. Instructor: Da’Rius Malone

Single class rate: $15
Senior citizen single class rate: $9, 60 or older, with ID.
Post-secondary student single class rate: $12, with student ID.
Professional dancer single class rate: $10, with current artist contract, pay stub or program.

Six-class card: $85, valid three months from date of purchase.
Twelve-class card: $132, valid four months from date of purchase.
Four-week unlimited class card: $140, valid four weeks from date of purchase.
Six-month unlimited class card: $612, valid six months from date of purchase.

St. Paul Ballet, 655 Fairview Ave N, St. Paul, MN 55104
Malina Sixtos-, (651) 690-1588

Katha Dance Theatre was founded over 30 years ago with the intention of making Kathak dance accessible and relevant in Minnesota. Today, we are still working toward that mission through providing Minnesotans with Kathak dance education from some of the art form's greatest performers. Now in two locations, KDT offers world-class educational programs to dancers of all abilities and skill levels. Join us in the studio and learn more about this elegant, exhilarating form of classical Indian dance.

Fall classes are currently in session at KDT's St. Louis Park studio and at our new Woodbury satellite location, Stage Left Dance Co, Studio B. Come join our welcoming, supportive community of dancers!

The full schedule, featuring options for absolute beginners to advanced Kathak dancers ages six and above, is available at

If you have Kathak experience but are new to KDT, email us at to determine your class placement.

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

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

Advanced Modern/Contemporary at Zenon
Thursdays, 9:30-11:00am
with Dean Magraw on guitar!


Zenon Dance School in The Cowles Center | Fourth Floor, 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Erin Thompson-, (612) 221-3186

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
Thursday, 7:00-8:30pm

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

BALLET FUNDAMENTALS I and II - Preregistration required
Tuesday and Thursday, 7:00-8:30pm
January 7, 2020–March 26, 2020, twelve weeks
April 7, 2020–June 25, 2020, twelve weeks
July 7, 2020–August 27, 2020, eight weeks

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

Fall Session began on Monday, October 7 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 fall 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

Ballet Royale is celebrating our first ten years as Minnesota's premier ballet academy for students of all ages!

We provide the best classical ballet training combined with cutting edge anatomical/physiological advances and knowledge in a healthy, nurturing and non-competitive environment.

You can still sign up for all classes, from Mommy/Daddy and Me through our Pre-Professional Performance Track program, adult/teen classes, and our FREE Boys' Program!

To view our full offerings, please visit our website at or call us today.

We would love for you to come dance with us!

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

Ballet Royale Minnesota offers classes for all ages, including teens and adults of every level of experience. Adult Beginner and Advanced Beginner classes are designed for teens and adults with no or very limited ballet or modern experience. Adult Open Ballet classes are geared toward the intermediate level teen or adult dancer with some prior ballet experience on a flexible, balanced level.

New this year - Progressing Ballet Technique for Adults!

Class options:
Monday: 7:30-8:30pm - Ballet for Teens
Tuesday: 7:45-9:00pm - Adult Beginning Ballet
Thursday: 7:00-8:30pm - Adult/Teen Intermediate/Advanced Ballet
Thursday: 7:00-9:00pm - Adult/Teen Intermediate/Advanced Ballet with Pointe
Saturday: 8:00-9:00am - Adult Progressing Ballet Technique®

Please contact us for morning and more advanced class options!

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

There are still a few spaces available in Ballet Royale's FREE Boys' Ballet program. Don't miss this great opportunity!

Unique in Minnesota, this innovative program is designed specifically for boys and taught by male teachers. Ballet Royale understands the importance of providing targeted opportunities for boys in addition to the myriad of mixed classes available to both genders. To this end, Ballet Royale offers FREE boys' classes for Pre-Ballet Creative Dance, general Boys' Dance cross training, and Ballet for Boys.

Ballet Royale’s boys' classes are for students five and older, with or without prior dance experience, and are developed and taught primarily by former professional dancer Rick Vogt. These classes focus on strength, stamina, conditioning, coordination, focus, and agility in a fun, creative atmosphere. Whether the goal is to pursue dance itself or to cross-train for other sports, Ballet Royale’s Boys' Dance training benefits boys of all ages and abilities.

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

GENTLE TEEN/ADULT BALLET for ages fifteen and older
Mondays, 10:00–11:30am
Thursdays, 10:00–11:30am

INTERMEDIATE TEEN/ADULT BALLET for ages fifteen and older
Tuesdays, 6:30–8:00pm, with pointe class following
Fridays, 10:00–11:30am
Saturdays, 10:30–12:00pm, with pointe class following

Tuesdays, 4:00–5:00pm

TEEN/ADULT BALLET CONDITIONING for ages twelve and older
Mondays, 11:30am–12:00pm

Mondays, 7:00–8:15pm

ADVANCED TEEN/ADULT BALLET for ages fifteen and older
Mondays, 10:00–11:30am
Tuesdays, 10:00–11:30am
Wednesdays, 10:00–11:30am
Fridays, 10:00–11:30am

Saturdays, 9:15–10:30am

Saturdays, 10:30am–12:00pm

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

Photo: Karin Lynn.

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

Ballet Co.Laboratory's mission is to create, develop, and inspire artists and communities through collaboration with the art of ballet.
Interested in signing up for the Full-Term Program? We offer serious classical ballet training for ages seven through eighteen. Collectively, our staff brings over 80 years of ballet instruction to our studios.

Level 1: ages seven through nine
Level 2: ages ten through thirteen
Level 3: ages eleven through fifteen
Level 4: ages thirteen and older
Level 5: ages fourteen and older

Weekly classes include technique, pointe, and repertory. Multiple performance opportunities offered throughout the year. Head to our website for more information.

Photo: Karin Lynn.

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

For ages eleven through eighteen:
A class for male dancers to dive into technical training that will deepen their understanding of their dancing.
Students must take the one-hour Level 3 Technique class before Men’s Technique to be warm and ready for turns and jumps.

Saturdays, September 2019–May 2020
2:30-3:30pm, after 1:30-2:30pm Level 3 Technique

Photo: Karin Lynn.

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

Midwest School of Ballet is offering Beginning/Intermediate Teen/Adult Ballet!
Fall classes in session. Ongoing registration accepted. Drop-ins are welcome.

Saturdays, 9:30-11:00am.
At Edina Community Center (ECC) with Angela Ericson.
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.

Mondays, 5:30-7:00pm
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:00pm
At PIM with Lara Ciganko

Mondays, 7:00-8:00pm
At PIM with Lara Ciganko

Tuesdays, 7:00-8:00pm
At PIM with Lara Ciganko

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

Midwest School of Ballet offers classes for all ages.

BALLET FUNDAMENTALS I, II, III for ages three through eight: Age-appropriate motor skills and musicality are developed with basic, fundamental ballet movement and terminology through creative exercises. Moving up into levels builds further into infusing elements that will prepare them for the traditional ballet class format.

BALLET LEVEL I, II, III for ages eight and older: The traditional ballet format of barre and center work is emphasized with proper alignment, technique, musicality, and artistry. Student musicality and quality of movement is developed to produce artistic distinction and expression between supple, graceful, strong, and bounding movement.


MODERN: ages ten and older.

Ballet for Teens and Athletes
Beginning Adult Ballet

Classes held at:
Performing Institute of Minnesota (PIM) | 7255 Flying Cloud Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55344 ​
Edina Community Center (ECC) | 5701 Normandale Ave, Edina, MN

Eileen Kamp-, (612) 564-8672

MotionArt focuses on nurturing children’s individual creativity while facilitating their understanding of the dance elements of space, time and energy. Children ages three to five explore these elements through playful, structured activities allowing them to expand their movement vocabulary, develop body awareness, and gain self-confidence. Children ages five through seven explore the dance elements while being introduced to new movement skills and the creation of their own dances. Children ages seven through nine expand their creative and kinesthetic awareness while learning basic technical skills and movement vocabulary of modern dance as well as improvising and choreographing their own dances. No previous experience necessary for any age category.

Ages three through five:
Fridays, 10:15-11:00 AM
September 20-November 15
$110 for the nine-week session

Ages five through seven:
Saturdays, 4:00-5:00 PM
September 21-November 16
$110 for the nine-week session

Ages seven through nine:
Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30 PM
September 20-November 15
$120 for the nine-week session

Center for Performing Arts | 3754 Pleasant Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Lisa Lange-, (612) 396-6077

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

Intermediate/Advanced Ballet
Mondays, 10:00-11:30am with Riley Thomas Weber

Intermediate/Advanced Theater Jazz
Wednesdays, 10:00-11:30am with Regina Peluso

Interested in improving your jazz technique, brushing up your skills before your next audition, or looking to just dance? Our Adult/Teen Open Classes are the perfect fit!

5:30-6:30pm: Beginning Tap with Rush Benson
6:30-7:30pm: Intermediate Tap with Rush
7:30-9:00pm: Intermediate/Advanced Theater Jazz with Rush and Regina, alternating

6:00-7:30pm: Intermediate Jazz with Chelsea
7:30-9:00pm: Intermediate/Advanced Ballet and Pointe with Heather

5:30-7:00pm: Intermediate/Advanced Jazz with Regina and Andrea, alternating
7:00-9:00pm: Intermediate/Advanced Ballet and Pointe with Hannah

6:00-7:30pm: Intermediate/Advanced Contemporary with Elayna
7:30-9:00pm: Intermediate/Advanced Ballet and Pointe with Hannah

12:30-2:00pm: Acting for Dancers

755 Prior Ave North, Suite 235 H, St. Paul, MN 55104

World Dance
Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 pm
Ages eleven to eighteen.

World Dance returns to our 2019-20 roster with an exciting line-up of dance forms to experience and dedicated instructors to learn from.
Instruction in Haitian, West African, and contemporary Indian dance.
The class will rotate instruction and be taught by Djenane Saint-Juste of Afoutayi Dance, Whitney McClusky of Duniya Drum & Dance, and Kealoha Ferreira of Ananya Dance Theatre.

Haitian Dance: September 25-December 11
West African Dance: January 8-February 26
Contemporary Indian Dance: March 4-May 13

Our 2019-20 session has started, though we have an open enrollment policy. Our academic year programming runs September 19, 2019-May 16, 2020. All of our classes are taught by professional artists and dance educators with post secondary degree education.

To register and for more information, visit

CO•MOTION Center for Movement | 655 Fairview Ave N, St. Paul, MN 55104
Jennifer Glaws-, (612) 423-3064

Young Dance offers creative movement, modern, ballet, choreography, hip hop, West African dance, contemporary Indian dance, Haitian dance, and all abilities dancing for individuals living with and without disabilities. Students of all levels and backgrounds enjoy our collaborative and creative approach to dance! Young Dance is committed to making dance accessible to all interested participants.

Join us this year in our new space at the CO•MOTION Center for Movement.

Our 2019-20 session has started, though we have an open enrollment policy. Our academic year programming runs September 19, 2019-May 16, 2020. All of our classes are taught by professional artists and dance educators with post secondary degree education. Three performances are scheduled during the academic school year to showcase what the students have been working on in their classes.

Visit for class schedule and registration details.

CO•MOTION Center for Movement | 655 Fairview Ave N, St. Paul, MN 55104
Jennifer Glaws-, (612) 423-3064

At the Ragamala School students receive classical training in the dynamic style of Bharatanatyam carefully created by the internationally renowned Padma Bhushan Alarmel Valli, considered to be one of India’s greatest living masters. Under the direction of Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy, Ragamala is committed to preserving this lineage and passing it on to the next generation of dancers.

Introductory Classes
Sundays, 3:30pm-4:30pm

The Ragamala School also welcomes students with prior experience in Bharatanatyam to audition for upper level classes. Please contact us at 612-824-1968 or before registering for classes beyond the introductory level.

711 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Sasha Blinnikova-, (612) 824-1968

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, Kenna-Camara Cottman, Penny Freeh, Laurel Keen, Alanna Morris-Van Tassel, Kerry Parker and Abdo Sayegh.

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

The Open Space is offering Contemplative Dance Practice (CDP) with Lindsay Forsythe on Monday and Thursday mornings:
This is an hour-long authentic movement meditation, with a structure in three parts: the first 20 minutes is sitting/stillness, the second 20 minutes is personal awareness practice/authentic movement, and the third 20 minutes is open space/group authentic movement. Please bring a pillow, blanket, or bolster for your personal sitting comfort if you have one, otherwise one will be provided.

Please visit The Open Space on Facebook to read a more detailed description of the practice, or visit


$5-10 suggested donation.

Everyone welcome!

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

Blake Nellis is teaching Contact Improvisation for all levels of movers at The Open Space.

Thursdays, 6:30-8:00pm

$10-20, sliding scale.

From the CITC (Contact Improvisation Twin Cities) guidelines:

What is Contact Improvisation?
There is much to say, because the form is continually evolving. But in short, CI is a social movement practice involving the exploration and research of one’s body in relationship to the floor, space, and others through movement awareness, touch, and sharing weight. Techniques include rolling point of contact, sliding, giving and receiving weight with a shared center of gravity, following momentum, and listening with body and senses. The form welcomes people of all abilities, races, genders, and places of origin.

The Open Space | Ivy Building, 2637 27th Ave S, Suite 207, Minneapolis, MN
Blake Nellis-

Sleep in a little this Friday and then #GETYOURASSTOCLASS!

Friday Morning Jazz is now running 10:00-11:30am, and this week, Karla Grotting will be leading you through a body-centric warm up, groovy across the floors and a unique combo that highlights the movement in the music. Karla and co-teacher Erinn Liebhard are excited to continue this class with Zenon during their Fall Session, which will run every Friday from now through December 20.

Consider packing your lunch and ballet shoes to stick around for Intermediate Ballet with Penny Freeh - her class is in Zenon 4B from 12:00-1:30pm!

See you Friday!

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

Keane Sense of Rhythm's mission is to preserve, present, create and expand the boundaries of American tap dance. We accomplish our mission through education, creation of new works, performances, presenting tap events, collaborating with other artists, and investing in talented youth.

Does your son or daughter LOVE to tap dance? Interested in signing up for our fall program? We offer pre-professional tap dance training for ages seven through fourteen. Collectively, our directors and staff bring over 100 years of tap dance history and education to each student.

Weekly classes include accelerated technique and choreography for kids who already know they love tap but are always looking for more. No experience necessary!
Tuition is charged monthly.

KSR is a family run company that's inclusive to all races, cultures, and views. Give Ellen a call for a stress-free, yet informative conversation to see if KSR is right for your young dancer.

Celtic Junction Arts Center | 836 Prior Ave N, St. Paul, MN 55104
Ellen Keane-, (651) 263-7226

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.

October 14: Warm-up and jam
6:30-9:00pm. Doors at 6:00pm.
$10-20 suggested.

All are welcome!

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


Rhythmically Speaking is partnering with Ballet Co.Laboratory this fall to offer an open teen/adult jazz class.

Mondays, 7:00-8:30pm through December 16!

This drop-in class is inspired by three ideas at the heart of jazz and other American social dance-inspired forms: groove, interaction, and improvisation.

RS Artistic Director Erinn Liebhard's classes always include a thorough warm-up, innovative across-the-floor sequences and groovy combinations that inspire dancers to connect with themselves, one another, the music, and the moment. All are welcome at this open teen/adult class that skews toward intermediate/advanced in level. For more information on pricing, registration, and the class itself, visit:

See you in class!

Ballet Co.Laboratory | 276 E Lafayette Frontage Rd, St. Paul, MN 55107


I was contacted recently by Ken Majerus, a friend of the late Rael Lamb. Ken is looking for video of "MUDBIRD," which Rael performed in a Walker Art Center Choreographers' Evening in May of 1983. WAC does not have a video. Does anyone who was in the show have any?

WAC Auditorium
Choreographers' Evening
Wednesday, 4 May, 1983

I Believe in Miracles: Michael Engel
Shells: Judith Howard, Dancer
Part II from Women: Nancy Ostrow, Frances Kimmel, Cynthia Stevens
St. Lawrence Dawn: Wendy Ansley, Dancer; Tom Kanthak
Lollygagging: Colleen Callahan, Judith Howard, Pauline Kacher
Mudbird: Rael-Robert Lamb, Dancer
33: Mary Beth Elchert, Julie Elchert
The Clarity of the Sky Prevents its Falling: Wendy Weinrich
Tap Data: Diane Aldis, Georgia Stephens
Outer Cosmic Rotations: Carol Wicklund, Julie Elchert, Mary Beth Elchert
...another job well done: Terri Kruzan, Wendy Oliver

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The final 9x22 will take place on November 27.

9x22 Dance/Lab was founded in August 2003 by Laurie Van Wieren. Each month, three choreographers show work of varying styles and experience. This dance showcase and discussion is moderated by Van Wieren and follows each piece, giving audience and choreographer alike the opportunity to react and explore the work together. 9x22 has become known as a place where seasoned, new choreographers, and visiting artists can present their work and discuss it with an informed, interested audience. Since inception, over 500 choreographers and 1500+ dancers have performed at the Dance/Lab reaching more than 6,000 audience members. 9x22 Dance/Lab has become a meeting place for artists and audience.

Come and celebrate 9x22 Dance/Lab!
9x22 Dance/Lab: October 23, 2019 - Judith Howard, 2Fik, Carleton College Dance Lab
9x22 Dance/Lab: November 27, 2019 - Nate Kay, Snem DeSellier, Colleen Oster
9x22 FAREWELL PARTY! January 22, 2019

Bryant-Lake Bowl Cabaret Theater | 810 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN
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