DanceMN News - November 6, 2019









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Non Edwards-


Photographer Bill Cameron has an exhibition up for the next month.

Gallery 122 at Hang It presents Moments of Motion, a two-person exhibition featuring works by Bill and Todd Cameron, a father and son duo showcasing their respective artistic mediums of dance photography and glassblowing. Bill Cameron has a passion for photographing the vibrant motion of dancers. He enjoys the challenge of capturing these movements and achievements of marvelous dancers, even in difficult conditions.

These images are mostly from dance performances or dress rehearsals, but there are also a few nude studies.
Bill has been a great supporter of the Twin Cities dance scene—now it's time to support his work!

The show is up through November 22.
Reception: Saturday, November 9, 12:00-2:00pm

Gallery 122 at Hang It | 122 SE 8th St, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Christina at Hang It-

Mathew Janczewski brings his rich and viscerally honest voice to the TEK BOX stage with a one-of-a-kind performance.

Mark your calendars for this full-evening work 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.

Thursday, November 7 at 7:30pm
Friday, November 8 at 7:30pm
Saturday, November 9 at 2:00pm
Saturday, November 9 at 7:30pm

With Thanksgiving around the corner, bring a canned food item to the show for 10% of your ticket!

Visit for tickets!

TEK BOX | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN

Join us this Thursday, November 7 at 6PM in the lobby of the TEK BOX for the gallery opening of visual artist Natalia Berglund, featured artist of the weekend at ARENA DANCES’ premiere of Mathew Janczewski’s newest work One Room.

Thursday, November 7
Complimentary drinks and appetizers.

Natalia Berglund is a multidisciplinary visual artist who works in a variety of different mediums, with a primary focus on portraiture. Her latest body of work is inspired by Orthodox iconography and fashion photography. Drawing parallels between the high drama of ancient Russian icons and contemporary representations of women in the media, Natalia’s work explores the tension inherent in modern ideals of femininity.

At once both rejecting and embracing traditional religious portraiture, her current work is sensual, powerful and unafraid to challenge both Russian and American ideals of what it means to be a woman.

Natalia’s work will be on display and for purchase throughout the run of One Room:
Thursday, November 7 at 7:30pm
Friday, November 8 at 7:30pm
Saturday, November 9 at 2:00pm
Saturday, November 9 at 7:30pm

TEK BOX Lobby | Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN

A grand celebration for the opening of CO•MOTION and Young Dance! Come celebrate the grand opening of CO•MOTION Center for Movement and the new home of Young Dance this Friday, November 8 from 4:00-10:00 p.m. Enjoy music, food, movement, and fun! Bring your friends and experience mini-sessions of CrossFit, dance, yoga, drumming, boxing, and other movement practices throughout the building.

At Young Dance:
Student performances scheduled from 5:00-8:30 p.m.
Open Family Dance classes scheduled at 5:30, 6:00, and 7:30 p.m.
Dance party, games, raffle prizes, food, and fun!
All are invited! Activewear or clothing that is comfortable to move in is encouraged, if participating in a movement class/experience.

Since 1987, Young Dance has encouraged youth in our community to build body and spirit through the art of dance. Our mission is to transform lives through movement. We are an inclusive community where creativity flourishes and all are encouraged to aspire to artistic excellence.

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

“With Inoah, [Beltrão] proves that he can start the world and the language of hip-hop again with each creation.” —Libération

With his Rio-based, ten-person crew Grupo de Rua, choreographer Bruno Beltrão deconstructs hip hop to fully realize the potential of the street form’s translation to the stage. With utter virtuosity, Beltrão combines sophisticated stage craft with contemporary dance and raw hip-hop, rapid-fire cadences, athletic suppleness, and gravity defying artistry. In this rare US performance, Grupo de Rua unleashes popping and breaking in a masterwork of urgent choreographic invention. It’s a heart-stopping dance of stylistic brilliance.

Program length: 60 minutes.

$28. $22.40 Walker members.

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

University of Minnesota Dance Musician Showcase
Featuring Cowles Visiting Artist Timothy Russell

Saturday, November 9, 7:30 pm
Free and open to the public

Join the University of Minnesota Dance Program for a showcase of performances between musicians and dancers, featuring composer Timothy Russell, Cowles Visiting Artist. The various performers will be presenting several unique views on collaboration, improvisation and the connection between music and dance.

Barbara Barker Center for Dance, Studio 100 | University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Nora Jenneman-

Join Ballet Co.Laboratory at Minneapolis Institute of Art’s November Family Day.

Enjoy music, dance, and activities, and then take a free class for both kids and adults lead by a Ballet Co.Laboratory teaching artist. All abilities are welcome.

Sunday, November 10
Minneapolis Institute of Art - Wells Fargo Room, first floor
11:30am, 1:00pm, 2:00pm

Zoe Henrot-, (651) 313-5967

Join the Young Dance Company at the Minneapolis Institute of Art during their Family Day this Sunday, November 10. The company will present two 45-minute performances at 12:00pm and 1:30pm in the Pillsbury Auditorium on the second floor.

The Young Dance performing company is made up of youth ages seven to eighteen. Dancers work with professional artists to investigate and collaborate on choreography relative to a selected theme. Their work is presented in venues throughout the year and in a season finale concert each spring.

Since 1987, Young Dance has encouraged youth in our community to build body and spirit through the art of dance. Our mission is to transform lives through movement. We are an inclusive community where creativity flourishes and all are encouraged to aspire to artistic excellence.

Minneapolis Institute of Art | 2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Jennifer Glaws-, (612) 423-3064

Ballet Co.Laboratory brings another Ballet Tuesday to the Landmark Center for some holiday dancing and spirit.

Join the artists of the company as they transform into the characters of Wonderland and offer audiences of Ballet Tuesday a sneak peak of their holiday performance, Nutcracker in Wonderland.

Tuesday, November 12
12pm at the Landmark Center

Zoe Henrot-, (651) 313-5967

As part of her Generating Room: Open Proposal Initiative, Arneshia Williams invites those interested in movement, creative processes, and improvisation to an interactive and informal sharing of her latest research, Rela/y.

This lunch hour rehearsal session of Rela/y will highlight the beginning stages of artistic formation focused on relationships between varied movement practices, human beings, and improvisation. We will explore themes of restoration and community tied to the questions: What does restoration look like for you? For me? For us? Come ready to snack, engage in dialogue, and witness.

November 12
Free to attend!

Target Education Studio at The Cowles Center | Second Floor, 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Give to the Max Day is Thursday, November 14, 2019.
As a THANK YOU your support, Twin Cities Ballet is offering several FREE events throughout the day.

11:00 - noon: Open Company Rehearsal
Noon - 1:00pm: Give to the Max Celebration Reception, refreshments provided.

For our 2019/2020 season, Twin Cities Ballet is striving to exceed last year’s goal of $30,000 in new donations and grants. This money will pay for our Educational Outreach Programs and our new production The Ruby Slippers: A Wizard of Oz Ballet, which revisits the iconic tale with magic, humor, and the dynamic dancing and storytelling TCB is renowned for.

This year in conjunction with Give to the Max Day, if Twin Cities Ballet receives $2,500 in sustaining donations by the end of November, it will receive a corporate match of an additional $2,500 from Ballet Royale Minnesota, effectively doubling your donation! To become a sustaining donor please visit:

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

The Christopher Watson Dance Company presents GRAVITY, showcasing an eclectic array of intriguing new dance pieces by artistic director Watson and company members Becky Heist, Sarah LaRose-Holland, Sarah Hauss, and Jennifer Mack.

The concert addresses themes of the intricacies of relationships, resilience in the face of challenge, and celebrating and reckoning with the stages of life. Musical accompaniment ranges from Rachmaninoff's romantic instrumentation to a raucous score by contemporary British composer Nils Frahm. The fifteen member company is comprised of multi-generational dancers.

Friday, November 15 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 16 at 7:30pm
Sunday, November 17 at 2:00 pm

Tickets: $20, students $15.
Box Office: 612.206.3600

TEK BOX | The Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN
Becky Heist-, (612) 388-0309

Guitarist Ross "El Vecino" Fellrath and dancer Sachiko “La Chayí” are back for performances at Mortimer's.
Dancers Molly Kay Stoltz (Zorongo Flamenco), Deb Siegel (Anda Flamenco), Wang Ping, and singer Rachel Milloy will join them.

Saturday November 16
6:00 PM

TICKETS: $12, with seating. Only 34 seats available.

Mortimer's | 2001 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN
Sachiko Nishiuchi-, (612) 999-5520

Tuesday, November 19

Zoë Koenig and the cast of Cloud Cover invite those with an interest in environmental art to a roundtable discussion on the role art can play in responding to and coping with climate change. What role(s) is art uniquely positioned to inhabit in this moment of crisis? What sorts of messages and emotions should be foregrounded? Are there risks in such undertakings?

Target Education Studio at The Cowles Center | Second Floor, 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Inspired by the “brain in a vat” thought experiment, where experiences are simply figments in a disembodied brain, Proxy leaves the repetitious, unexamined world to discover what lies behind the veil of the reality accepted as truth. Dancers become cartographers, creating a stage-wide image of coordinates, waves, and lines. Like a morphing inkblot, your discoveries lie in precisely how much you let yourself see.


Proxy Masterclass
Friday, November 15, 6:15pm
Cost: $15

Meet the Artist: Pre-Show Discussion
Friday, November 22, 6:00pm
Second Floor Target Education Studio
Cost: Free!
Attendees enjoy beverages and light hors d’oeuvres while learning directly from the Artistic Director about the history of the company and the investigative process of the performance.

The Cowles Center | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

On opening night, The Cowles Center invites you to join us before the performance for an inside look into the process and vision behind Crash Dance Productions. At this free event, attendees will enjoy complimentary wine and light appetizers while learning first hand from Proxy Co-Directors about the history of the company and the investigative process of the performance they are about to see.

Friday, November 22 at 6:00pm
Secpnd Floor Target Education Studio
Free to attend!

Participants get a 20% off voucher for 2019/20 season tickets!

The Cowles Center | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Ever wanted to see a behind-the-scenes look at a ballet? Experience a Nutcracker in Wonderland company and school rehearsal at Ballet Co.Laboratory.

Watch as the company and school prepare for their December performances, get excited, buy tickets, enjoy refreshments, and observe for as long as you like!

Come and go as you please and get a sneak peak of the dancing, costumes, and wonder of Nutcracker in Wonderland.

Saturday, November 23

Ballet Co.Laboratory Studios | 276 E Lafayette Frontage Road, St. Paul, MN
Zoe Henrot-, (651) 313-5967

Pianist Rie Tanaka and choreographer/ballet dancer Yuki Tokuda are thrilled to present a unique collaboration, titled MIRAGE.

We will take you on a journey to the mystical side of nature, featuring compositions by Chopin, Couperin, Dukas, Ravel, and Saint-Saëns. The music will be transformed into motion by Yuki’s original choreography, and together we will create a magical experience that we hope to share with you.

Piano - Rie Tanaka
Choreographer - Yuki Tokuda
Dancers - Haruna Asanuma, Hannah Benditt, Erika Ellis, Jennifer Mack, Yuki Tokuda

Saturday, November 23, 3:00pm and 7:00pm
Sunday, November 24, 3:00pm

Early bird: $15, limited amount available.
General: $20. Students: $10.
Tickets available at
Service fee applies.

Schmidt Artist Lofts | 900 W 7th St, St. Paul, MN, 55102

You are invited to "The Mini-Nutcracker," a delightful abbreviated version of Twin Cities Ballet's classic, A Minnesota Nutcracker. "The Mini-Nutcracker" is designed to introduce children to the magic of the family favorite.

This beloved holiday tradition with soaring music by Tchaikovsky promises to hold the attention of even the youngest theatergoer. Suitable for all ages, this version is less than an hour and is performed by cast members of Twin Cities Ballet's full-length production. A perfect holiday treat!

Tuesday, November 26
11:00am and 6:00pm

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

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

Colleen Oster
snem DeSellier
Nate Kay
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.

A celebratory party and performance will take place on January 22, 2020, with performances by the very first 9x22 dance artists: Chris Schlichting, Paula Mann, and Colin Rusch, at its home for over sixteen years, the Bryant-Lake Bowl Cabaret Theater.

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

Open Rehearsal
Tuesday, December 3
5:00PM - 7:00PM

Zoë Koenig’s new work, Cloud Cover, bridges dance and scientific inquiry as it seeks to understand different psychological responses to looming, indeterminate environmental catastrophe. Cloud loss remains one of the largest sources of uncertainty in climate change models. How do we move within that uncertainty? How can we also make space for play and pleasure? Observers are invited to witness the creative process and participate in the research through dialogue in two open rehearsals.

About the program:
The Cowles Center's Generating Room: Open Proposal Initiative is an application-based program that invites Minnesota-based artists or organizations to submit project proposals twice a year. Through the initiative, artists are provided with marketing support and 100 hours of free studio space over the course of six months to generate movement, community and discussion without the barrier of studio rental fees.

Target Education Studio at The Cowles Center | Second Floor, 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Following sold-out performances last year at The Lab Theater, Ricci and his crew at Rhythm Street Movement breathe new life into Who Brought the Humbug? at The Cowles Center. A performance jam-packed with high-energy music, Broadway-style theatrics, and out-of-this-world tap dancing, this performance is one wildly creative, interactive, holiday show the whole family can enjoy.

Ain’t no mullet, let’s party in the front!
For $150, you and a companion enjoy:
• Two premier front row tickets
• Cabaret-style seating
• A bottle of sparkling wine
• A shareable dessert

Let’s get ELF’d up!
Avoid the awkward holiday ham, bring the whole family or office to this tap jam! Save 20% on groups of ten or more.

About Rhythm Street Movement
Rhythm Street Movement is a Minnesota–based company. Their mission is always to entertain and inspire audiences through dance, music, theatrics, and storytelling.

The Cowles Center | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Back by popular demand! Rhythmically Speaking presents . . . CHILL: the entire Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack, played live and danced!

As the weather chills, our dancers will chill into choreography and improvisations set to the groovy jazz tunes of Vince Guaraldi’s playful and nostalgic Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack, played live by a quartet of excellent local musicians! This show expands on Rhythmically Speaking’s original production from last December. If you saw it last year, join us again. If you missed it, now you get another chance!

Come enjoy a drink and/or a meal, and bring kiddos—the show is family-friendly and folks twelve and under are free!
Another good reason to come early for the matinee performances on December 14 at 2:00pm and December 15 at 4:00pm: artist Brad Erickson will be with us for half an hour before and after the shows, creating complimentary Peanuts-style caricatures for anyone who would like one.

Tickets and more info at link below. See you at the show!

Amsterdam Bar & Hall, 6 W 6th St, St. Paul, MN 55102

Ballet Co.Laboratory presents your holiday favorite with a whimsical twist! Nutcracker in Wonderland tells the story of grown-up Clara home from college for the holidays. During her family’s annual party, she reencounters her grade school friend Patty. Together they rediscover the magic of their childhood and realize the freedom of possibility within adulthood. In true Nutcracker form, nutty Uncle Drosselmeyer brings the Mouse Queen and King to life, along with other Wonderland creatures. Clara and Patty waltz through the land of snowflakes and meet all your Wonderland favorites including the mischievous Cheshire Cat, the ever-late White Rabbit, the mesmerizing Caterpillar, and the spiteful Queen of Hearts.

St. Paul Performances:
Friday, December 13, 2019 at 7:30pm
Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 7:30pm
Saturday, December 15, 2019 at 2:00pm

Menomonie, WI Performances:
Friday, December 20, 2019 at 7:30pm
Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 2:00pm

The Huss Center for Performing Arts
Zoe Henrot-, (651) 313-5967

Ballet Minnesota’s 32nd annual holiday favorite The Classic Nutcracker returns to The O’Shaughnessy on the campus of St. Catherine University:

December 13-15, 2019.

Ticket prices range from $21 to $46, with discounts for students, seniors and groups.
To purchase tickets, visit or call The O’Shaughnessy box office at 651-690-6700.

The magic is brought to life by a cast of more than 130 dancers including nationally known dancers in feature roles, Ballet Minnesota company veterans and apprentices, and students from Classical Ballet Academy. This year marks Robert Cleary’s landmark 21st appearance in the production as the mysterious Godfather Drosselmeyer. “Robert has an amazing stage presence and a deep understanding of humanity that shines through in his performances,” said Andrew Rist, co-founder of Ballet Minnesota.

The O'Shaughnessy at University of Saint Catherine | 2004 Randolph Ave, St. Paul, MN
Susan Ritt-, (651) 335-1834

We are proud and excited that this year marks Twin Cities Ballet’s tenth year of Nutcracker at Ames Center. The show has grown over the years, and was given a fresh new twist in 2015, becoming A Minnesota Nutcracker and adding local settings and flare while retaining all the familiar traditions and magic loved by so many. A Minnesota Nutcracker is enhanced by all new custom designed and painted Minnesota-centric backdrops, and named by MPR as one of the "Twelve Essential Holiday Season Events."

Dancers perform to the iconic Tchaikovsky music, highlighted with backdrops depicting historic Rice Park and Summit Avenue in Saint Paul, the snowy banks of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, to a magnificent palace of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Performances are held at Burnsville's Ames Center
Friday, December 13 at 7:00pm
Saturday, December 14 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm
Sunday, December 15 at 1:00pm and 4:30pm

Ames Center | 12600 Nicollet Ave, Burnsville, MN 55337
Rick Vogt-, (952) 898-3163


Tori Casagranda is facilitating a workshop series on improvisation for all levels of movers.

We will experience improvisation in solo, duet, and group. We will make play a priority, meaning this should be fun and exciting! As we warm up our own bodies and minds, we also cultivate our group awareness. We can sense each other and can be inspired by one another. We will dive into different scores and deepen our explorations of movement and spontaneous creation. We end up making a “one time only” work of art together.

Come investigate, explore, experience, and play!

Sunday, November 17


$10-20, sliding scale.
Drop ins are welcome.

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

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

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

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.
Winter Session:
Thursdays, January 16 – February 20, 2020
10:00 – 10:45am
Spring Session:
Thursdays, April 16 – May 21, 2020
10:00 – 10:45am
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.
Winter Session:
Saturdays, January 11 – February 15, 2020
9:30 – 10:15am
Spring Session:
Saturdays, April 11 – May 16, 2020
Teaching Artist: Rosa Prigan

Photo by Karin Lynn

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

Come to Open Studio this Sunday for the Red Square Laboratory!

This practice developed by Barbara Dilley invites us to inhabit the images that arise from an open space and an open mind. All are invited to offer an image. All are invited to simply witness and hold space as a “well wisher.” All are welcome and no performance or audience experience required.


Email Joshua Lorris for questions.

The Open Space | The Ivy Building, Suite 207, 2637 27th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Joshua Lorris-

MONDAY, November 11
$10 per person. Ages sixteen and older.
Space is limited. Advance registration required.

To register, call: 651.282.3115 or secure your spot online:

Come enjoy a great class, learn a musical theater dance combination, and get tricks for a great dance audition along the way. How to pick up choreography quickly, where to stand, what to wear, what to focus on – get your questions answered and have a great time with our amazing dance master, Andrea Mislan.

Andrea has performed all over the country from ballet to jazz, from Celine Dion to Bob Fosse. She has performed around the Twin Cities in the Ordway's Smokey Joe's Cafe, Guthrie's Guys and Dolls, West Side Story, Cyrano de Bergerac, and Chanhassen Dinner Theater's Holiday Inn. She has also performed title roles and choreographed for several Collide Theatrical productions.

Roy Wilkins Auditorium, Studio 3 | 175 W Kellogg Blvd, St. Paul, MN 55102
Chloe Chambers-, (651) 282-3115

The Cowles Center and Crash Dance Productions present Proxy: the master class. Join CDP directors and company members for a contemporary dance class. Participants will be led in a warm-up and improvisational exercises, and learn repertoire from the upcoming show Proxy which will be performed at The Cowles Center November 22-24.

Friday, November 15
Class Instructor Directors Rachel Doran & Laura Sukowatey
Class Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Cost: $15, cash or card

Class participants will receive a discount code for 20% off tickets to Cowles Center season performances.

Drop in or Pre-register:

Hothouse | 2303 Kennedy St NE, Suite 420, Minneapolis, MN 55413

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 one remaining:

Shoulder Girdle, Arms: November 16, 1:00-4:00 pm, $35

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

Come experience the magic and joy of the season, and join Ballet Royale for our annual in-studio workshop and performance, Le Petit Nut!

Ballet Royale will be offering a holiday workshop for dancers ages four to nine years old to learn a mini Nutcracker dance.

Le Petit Nut includes the two hour creative choreography class and performance, and audiences will also receive a sneak peak of A Minnesota Nutcracker by Twin Cities Ballet dancers. Holiday cookies will be offered following the performance. There is limited space available, so sign up soon for this new and fun holiday opportunity!

Ages four to nine, limited class size.
Saturday, November 30
Performance at 12:00pm
Cost: $32

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

Advanced Masterclass
Saturday, November 30

Intermediate Masterclass
Sunday, December 1

Celtic Junction | 836 Prior Ave, St. Paul, MN
Cathy Wind-, (612) 986-1944

Come experience the magic and joy of the season, and join Ballet Royale for our new adaptive dance workshop, Le Petit Nut.

Inspired by the Twin Cities Ballet's production of A Minnesota Nutcracker, Le Petit Nut: An Adaptive Dance Workshop will bring out the Sugar Plum Fairy and Toy Soldier in your child. The themed class will explore the characters and music of this holiday favorite.

This workshop is an inclusion class designed for kids of all abilities and needs. It is ideal for boys and girls who are interested in exploring new ways of movement through dance, and will focus on rhythm, musicality, and gross motor skills while pushing the barriers of the child's everyday capabilities. The workshop will be led by a ballet teacher and supported by a physical therapist.

Registration is limited - please sign up online by November 15.

Ages six to thirteen, limited class size.
Saturday, November 30
Cost: $40, includes special gift!

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


Award-winning Twin Cities-based dancer-choreographer, Alanna Morris-Van Tassel, is seeking an Administrative Assistant to manage the flow of choreographic commissions, tours and creative projects in 2019/2020.

I am looking for an individual who embraces the mission of AMVTP and has strong organizational ability. The individual must be highly disciplined, have the ability to create efficient, digital and practical information systems and have great communications skills.

The ideal candidate for this job is resourceful, visionary, and a good problem solver. AMVTP’s Administrative Assistant must also thrive in social settings, as attending some meetings with collaborators and funders is of value.

This position is an average of six hours/week.
Positions begins November 2019-November 1, 2020 with the possibility of January 2020 OFF.
Pay rate is $15/hour.

For details and to apply:

Alanna Morris-Van Tassel-

The Walker Art Center is seeking actors, dancers, musicians, and members of the public to activate ten artworks testing the boundaries between stillness and aliveness.

Presenting works from the early 20th century to today, the exhibition The Paradox of Stillness: Art, Object, and Performance, on view April 18–July 26, 2020, examines the notion of stillness as a performative and visual gesture. Approximately 35 people will be cast to cover 20 distinct roles.

The casting call is available at:

For more information: Do not hesitate to reach out to Project Manager Eben Kowler at or 612.253.3412 with questions about the schedule, rehearsals, performer requirements, or application process.

Walker Art Center | 725 Vineland Place, Minneapolis, MN 55403

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 East Lafayette Frontage Road
Zoe Henrot-, (651) 313-5967

Perform in new and reimagined works by local choreographers on March 21, 2020 at SteppingStone Theatre. Audition open to all dance students ages eleven through 20. Rehearsals will take place January-March 2020.

Sunday, November 7, 2019, 12:00 – 2:30pm
Registration, 11:00am – 12:00pm

Choreographers include…
Juliana Johnson
Christian Warner
Zoé Henrot
Anna Roehr
Brittany Pate

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

Seeking experienced and versatile dancers with excellent modern/contemporary technique: solid partnering skills, strong stage presence, and proficiency in full-body movement spanning a wide range from subtle to explosive.

Stark Dance is excited to be presenting its third performance in the Twin Cities on May 29 and 30 at the Cowles Center. The rehearsal process will begin in December and continue until the show in May. Rehearsals will meet once/twice a week. This is a paid position.

We will be holding two auditions.
The first is Sunday, November 10 from 5pm to 7pm, and the second is Thursday, November 14 from 6pm to 8pm.
Dancers are encouraged attend both, but it is not required.
There is no fee to audition.

About Stark Dance:

Questions: or

Photo: Bill Cameron.

Studio 2B at Cowles Center 528 Hennepin Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55403
Daniel Stark-, (319) 241-2692

Email your resume, cover letter and two references with email addresses and/or phone numbers.
Must be received by November 25, 2019 to be considered for this spring.
Rochester auditions: December 2, 2019 12:00PM-3:00PM; Callbacks: December 9, 2019

Applicant must be available to attend training January 6-10, 2020 9:00 AM-5:00 PM at Tapestry Folkdance Center in Minneapolis.

For those hired as Teaching Artists, a stipend will be added to your first paycheck after the start of the residency for your training time.
Breakfast and lunch will be provided for all candidates during training.
Travel and hotel will be paid for Rochester candidates.

Training commitment is non-negotiable, please do not apply if you’re unable to commit to attending training.
Acceptance into training is not a guarantee of employment.
Candidates must successfully complete training and meet our qualifications and standards to be hired as a Teaching Artist.

Rochester, MN
Christy Dobbratz-

The sixth annual Right Here Showcase is on!

This is an open call for applications/proposals to participate in the 2020 Right Here Showcase.

The application, eligibility requirements, FAQs, and information about past Showcases can be found on the website at

Artists propose a 45-60 minute new work, thorough revision of a past work, or completion of a current work.
RHS provides $1000 fee, as well as administrative, marketing, and technical support.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: midnight, Tuesday December 31.
PERFORMANCE DATES: May 28-29-30-31, June 4-5-6-7
VENUE: The Off-Leash Art Box

Four artists will be chosen, with two each on a split bill performing on one of the two weeks of the Showcase.

For more information:

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


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 wi-fi access and ample seating. The entire facility is HVAC heated and cooled. Free parking available in front of the studio.


Photo by Karin Lynn

276 E Lafayette Frontage Road
Zoe Henrot-, (651) 313-5967

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

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

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

Rates for auditions and classes:
Studio 6A: $30/hour
Studio 6B: $25/hour
Studio 6C: $20/hour

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


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

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

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

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

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 to seven explore the dance elements while being introduced to new movement skills and the creation of their own dances. Children ages seven to 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 to five:
Fridays, 10:15-11 AM
Through November 15.
$110 for the nine-week session

Ages five to seven:
Saturdays 4:00-5:00 PM
Through November 16.
$110 for the nine-week session

Ages seven to nine:
Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30 PM
Through November 15.
$120 for the nine-week session

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

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

Fall Session began 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 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 drop in to class and pay $18 each time you attend.

Registration is open for you NOW at! Please visit the website often to check “Todays' 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

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 pointe class following
Fridays, 10:00 – 11:30am
Saturdays, 10:30 – 12:00pm 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 – 12pm

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

Photo by Karin Lynn

276 East Lafayette Frontage Road
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 7-18. 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 by Karin Lynn

276 East Lafayette Frontage Road
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 by Karin Lynn

276 East Lafayette Frontage Road
Zoe Henrot-, (651) 313-5967

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, Wendy Anderson, Kenna-Camara Cottman, Laurel Keen, Alanna Morris-Van Tassel, Blake Nellis, 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

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 (Fundamentals I) and Thursday (Fundamentals II), 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

Dance classes for beginner through adult tap!

We believe dance is for everyone from novice through professional; for adults challenged with balance, bone density, and memory; and building community.

Your first class is FREE.

Beginner classes every Friday at Can Can Wonderland.

Check us out at

Celtic Junction | 836 Prior Ave, St. Paul, MN
Cathy Wind-, (612) 986-1944

Join Young Dance for Dance Together on Mondays and Wednesdays this Fall.

Children and their caregivers discover the joys of dance through movement games, stories, and songs. These early classes introduce children to group learning environments, while using movement to develop strong bonds with their caregivers and cooperatively work with others in the class. Children also develop large and fine motor skills in classes that emphasize observation, exploration, manipulation, imitation, and repetition. For children ages one to three with a caregiver (crawlers and walkers welcome).

Classes are held at the new Young Dance studios in the CO•MOTION Center for Movement (address below).

Mondays 10:00-10:45 a.m.
Taught by YD instructor Gretchen Pick

Wednesdays 5:15-6:00 p.m.
Taught by YD instructor Julia Davidson

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

Find rhythm, groundedness, and flow with dance classes at Ananya Dance Theatre's Shawngram Institute for Performance & 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: 6:30pm-8:00pm
November 8, 15; December 6, 13, 20

Introduction to Yorchha with Lizzette Chapa: 10:30am-12:00pm
November 23

Foundations in Yorchha with Kealoha Ferreira: 9:00am-10:00am
November 10, 17; December 8, 15

Advanced Yorchha with Kealoha Ferreira: 9:30am-11:00am
November 12; December 10, 17

Advanced Yorchha with Lizzette Chapa: 9:30am-11:00am
November 19

Introduction to mat Pilates with Lizzette Chapa: 9:00am-10:00am
November 6, 13

Ananya Dance Theatre | 1197 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN 55104

The Open Space is offering Contemplative Dance Practice (CDP) with Lindsay Forsythe on Monday and Thursday mornings:
This is an hour-long movement meditation, with a structure in three parts: the first 20 minutes is sitting/stillness, the second 20 minutes is personal awareness practice/movement, and the third 20 minutes is open space/group 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-

Friday Morning Jazz is now 10:00-11:30am! Sleep in a little this Friday and then #GETYOURASSTOCLASS! Your fearless leader this week is Karla Grotting.

From Karla:
Drop-ins Welcome. Jazz Amnesty aways in force. Come join me for a multi-level, body-friendly, music-based, history-infused, community-centered jazz class. We're waiting for you! We love to dance with friends, old and new!

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 4th Floor | 528 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403
Erinn Liebhard-

Pivotal Moment fall workshop series. Drop-in every Monday for a free class, through December 2.



Pivotal Moment is a program for young dancers and choreographers to develop their own four-session class series based in a particular technique and/or rooted in an investigation of new choreographic material and ideas. Classes are a welcoming environment for university students, recent graduates, and those new to the Twin Cities dance community to explore material, experiment with teaching and receive peer-to-peer feedback. Workshops are geared toward intermediate/advanced students, ages eighteen to 26.

Additional program benefits: Participants receive one free hour of rehearsal space to be used at their discretion for each class of Pivotal Moment they attend within a series.

Target Education Studio at The Cowles Center | Second Floor, 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

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.

November 11: 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


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!
January 22, 2019, with performances by the very first 9x22 dance artists: Chris Schlichting, Paula Mann, and Colin Rusch.

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