PERFORMANCES and EVENTS
8:00 PM (7:00 doors), $6-$15: pay as able.
BLB Ticketline: 612-825-8949 for reservations.
Full-service restaurant and bar in theater.
Hosted and curated by Laurie Van Wieren.
The time has come. This is the last 9x22. Get your ticket now!
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.
Join us in a celebratory party and performance that will take place on January 22, 2020 at 8:00PM 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.
“A tasty evening of the here-and-now in Minnesota dance.” –City Pages
Celebrating Minnesota dance and performance while expanding a post-Thanksgiving tradition at the Walker, this year’s Choreographers’ Evening is curated by SuperGroup—the deliriously inventive performance collaboration of Erin Search-Wells, Sam Johnson, and Jeffrey Wells. The evening features a diverse array of thirteen fresh, provocative, compelling, and experimental works by ever-evolving local dancemakers.
Come early to experience a preshow featuring performances by Erika Hansen and Leah Nelson in the Hennepin Lobby, then take a seat in the theater for a showcase of eleven works.
Choreographers’ Evening 2019 features Emily Gastineau, Erika Hansen, Mathew Janczewski, Cecil Neal, Leah Nelson, Margaret Ogas, Sharon Picasso, Eva Reed and Piper Rolfes, Kayla Schiltgen, Judith H. Shuǐ Xiān, Deja Stowers, Shanan Tolzin and Kristina de Sacramento, and Julie Warder.
Preshow Performances at 3:30 and 6:30 pm.
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:
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.
Thought in Motion
presented by University Dance Theatre
Choreography by Cowles Visiting Artists Andrea Miller, Leslie Parker, and Robert Moses
Directed by Erin Thompson.
“Mike Hadreas, the artist better known as Perfume Genius, has always been a physically expressive performer, and he’s made dance a crucial part of his generally stunning live shows and videos. And now he’s about to make it a focus.” —Stereogum
The beautifully constructed dance worlds of Seattle-based choreographer Kate Wallich meld with the gloriously ornate theatrical music of pop/electronic hero Perfume Genius to create the evening-length The Sun Still Burns Here. This radical integration of dance and live music features outstanding performers burning through a postmodern swirl of classical and contemporary movement. The piece delves into what the artists describe as “a spiritual unraveling of romantic decay,” which will “undeniably lure you and immerse you somewhere far from the workaday world“ (Seattle Times).
Copresented by the SPCO’s Liquid Music Series.
Following sold-out performances last year at The Lab Theater, Rhythm Street Movement breathes 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. http://www.rhythmstreetmovement.com
Artistic Directors Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands and School Director Laurel Keen invite you to the 2019 Winter Student Showcase at TU Dance Center.
Students from levels four and five of the Pre-Professional Program will be featured in new works by School Director Laurel Keen, TUDC teaching artist Herb Johnson III, and TU Dance company member Amanda Sachs. The evening will also include the premiere of a trio performed and created collaboratively by TU Dance company apprentice Samantha Meryhew and TU Dance company trainees Samantha Lewis and Connor Simone. Please join us in supporting and celebrating these young dancers!
December 6 and 7 at 7:00pm.
Tickets: $12.00, general admission.
To purchase tickets, visit http://www.tudance.org/winter-student-showcase-2019/.
Photo: Laura Kane Scher Photography.
Join ARENA DANCES Artistic Director Mathew Janczewski, along with special guests Shane Larson and Sarah Baumert, at The Southern Theater for a conversation about fostering and sustaining your artistic practice.
This FLOORWORK will focus on class approach: how do you nourish your physical and mental self through movement practices? What are the barriers keeping you from taking class more often? How would you reshape the class culture in the Twin Cities?
Saturday, December 7
Come and go as you need
Sarah Baumert is a certified yoga teacher, yoga therapist and Feldenkrais practitioner. She has a committed passion for helping people move beyond their pain and into a body and a life, that creates joy and pleasure.
Shane Larson is a Twin Cities native dancing with the Bill T. Jones company in NYC. During his time in New York City, he has branched out to collaborate with punk musicians, filmmakers, improvisational music ensembles, and site-specific visual artists.
A live flamenco performance by 2017 McKnight Dancer Fellow Sachiko “La Chayí” and flamenco guitarist Ross "El Vecino" Fellrath. Special guest guitarist Michael Hauser will join them.
Saturday, December 7
6:00 PM. Door opens at 5:00 PM.
TICKETS: $12 with seating
AY QUÉ CALOR (SO HOT!)
Zorongo heats up December with flamenco music, song, and dance. Don’t miss solo premiere choreographies by the Zorongo dancers directed by Susana di Palma, sung by La Conja, and music performed by Juanito Pascual and Ben Abrahamson.
Purchase tickets: $20 advance or $22 at the door.
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, December 10, 2019
The Landmark Center
Forecast Public Art and Ananya Dance Theatre’s Shawngram Institute for Performance & Social Justice co-host the last Forecast/Forward series event of 2019.
At this second part of the two-part conversation on decolonizing public art, we center performance art, visual art, and cultural organizing. Artists Kealoha Ferreira and Olivia Levins Holden will explore how artists are standing up and fighting back against colonization, from Puerto Rico to Mauna Kea, and how this impacts the future of public art in the U.S.
The discussion will be facilitated by Candida Gonzalez.
December 12, 2019
Incubation, reflection, performance and feedback: Nic Lincoln creates a solo for himself to perform.
Showings of the work in progress followed by moderated discussion from the audience will help to inform his process of creation. This project marks an exciting new chapter in his artistic journey.
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 Ave in St. Paul, the snowy banks of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, and the 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
Back by popular demand! Rhythmically Speaking presents CHILL: the entire Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack, played live and danced!
As the weather chills, our dancers 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.
Minnesota Dance Theatre’s beloved holiday tradition returns to the State Theatre with Tchaikovsky’s iconic score, Loyce Houlton’s imaginative choreography, and the thrilling dancers of the MDT company and school. Featuring the 44-piece Nutcracker Orchestra conducted by Philip Brunelle, this spectacular dream fantasy creates magical memories for generations to share.
Friday, December 13 at 7:30pm
Saturday, December 14 at 3:00pm
Sunday, December 15 at 3:00pm
Friday, December 20 at 7:30pm
Saturday, December 21 at 3:00pm
Sunday, December 22 at 3:00pm
Monday, December 23 at 1:00pm
Tickets start at $30.
Students/senior discounts available.
Available at http://www.ticketmaster.com or through the State Theatre Box Office: 1-800-982-2787.
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
Ignite the magic of the season at Ballet Minnesota’s 32nd annual holiday favorite The Classic Nutcracker. The beloved ballet 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 https://oshag.stkate.edu/event/ballet-mn-the-classic-nutcracker-2019/ 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.
Highly-pedigreed dancers will perform the lead signature roles. Violeta Angelova will reprise the role of Sugar Plum Fairy and Ballet Master Matthew Prescott will return to dance the role of Cavalier.
Join Zenon Dance Zone on December 13 and 14 at 7:30pm.
The Zenon Dance Zone Fall Concert celebrates new works by Yuki Tokuda and Jennifer Mack, plus special guest artists!
Zone offers adult dancers of all ability levels, ages, and dance styles the opportunity to challenge themselves in a session-long program. Dancers can choose from two tracks: the Performance Track—designed for dancers to work with local choreographers and have the opportunity to perform while having access to unlimited dance classes; or Technique Track—a dance class program where dancers focus on increasing skills and challenging themselves with new styles of movement. Students are selected through a relaxed audition and are offered a subsidized rate on tuition.
Winter 2020 Zone auditions will held on Saturday, December 21, 2019 and January 4, 2020.
See website for additional details, https://zenondance.org/zone/.
All are welcome and tickets will be available at the door.
Katha Dance Theatre is teaming up with musician and composer J.D. Steele on Shaamya - Of Equality, a new dance work that celebrates the legacy of the late writer and activist Kazi Nazrul Islam.
Inspired by Nazrul's poem of the same name, Of Equality attempts to draw parallels between the experiences of today's oppressed communities with those expressed by Nazrul in his time. In portraying his work through a mixture of classical Indian dance choreographed by Rita Mustaphi, original songs by Steele, and poetry by playwright Ifrah Mansour, Of Equality shows that Nazrul's work echoes today's political and artistic climates, transcending time and place. This is a work-in-progress performance, with a full production coming in 2020.
Tickets: pay what you can, maximum $10. Available from the Southern, date to be announced.
Run time: 40 minutes, followed by a 20-minute post-show discussion.
Photo: Ashwani Chopra.
WORKSHOPS, INTENSIVES, MASTER CLASSES and OPEN HOUSES
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: January 16–February 20, 2020
Spring Session: April 16–May 21, 2020
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: January 11–February 15, 2020
Spring Session: April 11–May 16, 2020
Teaching Artist: Rosa Prigan
Photo: Karin Lynn.
We are so thankful for YOU! Thank you for making our community at Ballet Co.Laboratory so bright.
Join us for a special Thanksgiving weekend Intermediate drop-in ballet class, featuring Minnesota Opera violinist Emilia Mettenbrink and Artistic Director Zoé Emilie Henrot!
Saturday, November 30
Class card accepted, single class $17!
Come enjoy the music and dance!
The three-day workshop consists of a one-hour Gaga/dancer class and a one-hour choreographic process rooted in the Gaga lens.
Gaga/dancer classes offer a framework for users to connect to their bodies and imaginations and enjoy the pleasure of movement in a welcoming, accepting atmosphere.
Ahlgren spent a year in Tel Aviv, immersed in Gaga teacher training, between 2011-2012. She has been teaching Gaga nationally and internationally since, as well as choreographing her own body of work through a lens of the Gaga language. A personal and human take to the choreographic process allows each dancer an opportunity to move authentically, expressing their curiosities and passions through movement.
Thursday, December 12, 4:00-6:00pm
Friday, December 13, 4:00-6:00pm
Saturday, December 14, 10:00am-12:00pm
Cost: $75.00*, online pre-registration required.
*$60.00 for university students with valid student ID.
Photo: Isabel Fajardo.
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
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.
Ages six to thirteen, limited class size.
Saturday, November 30
Cost: $40, includes special gift!
Join teaching artist Deja Stowers for “We Dance TU”, a dance session that prioritizes BIG BODIES. Utilizing African-based movement, discussion, self–love/affirmation, and accumulative choreography, this space is for all who were told they were “too (something)” to be a dancer—even if you were the one who told yourself. This space is to make discoveries in your body, your creativity, your YOU!
Sunday, December 1, 11:00am-12:30pm
Sunday, December 8, 11:00am-12:30pm
Cost: $5.00/sample class; online pre-registration required.
December 9-January 27
Cost: $112.00 for full eight-week session; online pre-registration required.
Butoh is a contemporary Japanese performance art form that began in the late 1950's. Originally started as an anti-establishment, anti-traditional dance theater, butoh explores the relationship between our mind and body, and it questions society's perceptions of the body and ideas of "beauty." Though it is considered an underground art form, butoh is practiced all over world.
This one-day workshop is for people who want to experience Doushin Butoh. The essence of Doushin Butoh is “Resonance,” beyond idea or concept. It can only be felt and experienced.
Come and experience the power of Resonance!
Thursday, December 5: 6:30pm-9:00pm
Class fees: $499.00-regular.
Materials fee: Manual-$50.00. Video: $20.00-recommended, or streaming: $10.00.
ACE (CEP115931 (1.6))
PMA (Prov# 100070, Crs# 9518 (16.0))
Reformer 2 includes intermediate exercises and modifications designed for group and individual instruction. Teaching successful classes and sessions to clients at different levels of ability is emphasized. Included are a variety of programs designed to keep your clients inspired.
Reformer 1 and Movement Principles
Additionally, Paragon is offering Reformer 2 training December 11 and 18; and January 8 and 15 from 3:00pm-7:00pm each day. If you are interested in these times please contact the studio to register.
For more information: http://www.pilates.com/education
This all-abilities movement class offers a fun and inclusive approach to dancing. Created by Kate Wallich in 2010, Dance Church® is a communal space for people who want to move their bodies. Classes are hosted regularly in Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, and New York, and have popped up in cities worldwide. Get lost dancing and sweat (a lot) together—it’s the dance party you wish you had last night.
During the 90-minute class, participants are guided through a series of movement cues accompanied by a curated playlist of multi-genre pop music. The program is designed for people of all shapes and sizes, levels, abilities, backgrounds, and identities. No previous training is required but open-mindedness is a prerequisite.
Presented in conjunction with the performance Kate Wallich + The YC x Perfume Genius: The Sun Still Burns Here, December 5–7.
Space provided by the Cowles Center.
Ballet Royale is pleased to offer a brand new Winter Intensive this year!
This NEW program, designed for the intermediate/advanced dancer, will focus on being audition ready with specialty classes for variations and artistry.
Intensive dates and times:
Friday, December 27: 10:00am-2:00pm
Saturday, December 28: 10:00am-3:00pm
Sunday, December 29: 10:00am-2:00pm
Included with this intensive:
-Headshot and arabesque photo by professional photographer.
GUEST INSTRUCTOR: Lirena Branitski
A Russian native, Lirena was first soloist of the Kiev State Theatre of Opera and Ballet and a frequent guest performer at the famed Bolshoi Theatre. She has performed as a soloist and principal dancer throughout Europe, Canada, and South America. Ms. Branitski has decades of teaching expertise and is one of the Twin Cities most recognized and respected figures in the ballet community.
Cost: $325 per dancer
Learn the basics of ballet alongside other adults and teens, ages sixteen and up. Fundamentals I is a basic introduction for the absolute beginner. Fundamentals II is slightly more advanced and can be taken repeatedly until ready to progress to the beginning level open classes.
Fundamentals I with Hassan Ingraham
Winter Session: January 7 - March 24
Fundamentals II with Zachary Tuazon
Fall Session: January 9 - March 26
Register here: https://bit.ly/2vTAmpc
Each course includes twelve classes and costs $160. Receive a $10 discount when you register at least two weeks in advance.
Other upcoming sessions:
Spring Session: April 7, 2020 – June 25, 2020, twelve weeks
Summer Session: July 7, 2020 – August 27, 2020, eight weeks
JANUARY 2020 SESSION: CONTEMPORARY MODERN DANCE
January 18-19, 2020
Teaching Artist: Christian Warner
MARCH 2020 SESSION: SWING DANCE
March 14-15, 2020
Teaching Artist: Anna Goodrich
MAY 2020 SESSION: BALLET REPERTOIRE
May 9-10, 2020
Teaching Artist: Zoé Henrot
Photo: Karin Lynn.
AUDITIONS, JOBS and OPEN CALLS
Come be a part of our fun and creative team! Mayer Arts is looking for assistant and lead instructors. Great pay!
-Teaching Assistant needed ASAP for a fun preschool theater class in Woodbury. Thursdays from 5:15-6:00pm, until December 12.
-Musical Theater Instructors after school Monday-Friday, 2:30-4:00pm in Edina and Plymouth. Instructors do not have to be available every day. Classes start mid-January and run through May.
-Musical Theater Instructor in Woodbury. Thursdays, January 16-April 12, 5:15-8:00pm.
-Dance Instructor in Mounds View. Wednesdays, 5:15-7:45, January 22-May 13.
-Dance Instructor in Bloomington. Tuesdays, 4:15-7:30pm, January 7-May 26.
For more information, visit www.mayerarts.com/employment/
Zenon Dance School is accepting applications for choreographers interested in working with Zenon Dance Zone Performance Track students in a choreographic process ending with a performance.
Winter/Spring Zone Session: January 6–May 31
Summer Zone Session: June 8–August 31
As a Zone choreographer you will:
-Work with Zone students to either create a new dance or refine an existing piece.
-Have access to students who are passionate and committed dancers from a variety of dance backgrounds and have been selected through auditions.
-Be provided rehearsal space!
-Be compensated with 20 free dance classes, or 20 hours of personal rehearsal space, or a split of the two (good for one year).
-Have your work produced over two evenings as part of the Zenon Dance Zone concert.
Please send your resume and a link to video samples of your choreography to Danielle Robinson-Prater.
Heart of Dance is looking for Teaching Artists. We are looking for dancers, actors, arts educators, teachers, and yoga instructors who enjoy using theatrics to engage students. Watch our video to learn more: https://youtu.be/kazTEvWeCEg.
For more information: http://www.HeartOfDanceMN.org; http://www.DancingClassrooms.org
People of color and multilingual speakers encouraged to apply, as we serve a highly diverse student population.
Pay: Teaching- $25-30/class; Meetings/administration- $15/hour.
Applicant must be available to attend training January 6-10, 2019, 9:00AM-5:00PM at Tapestry Folkdance Center in Minneapolis.
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.
Email resume, cover letter, and two references to email@example.com to apply!
Red Eye's Works-In-Progress program supports emerging performance makers in the creation of new work, to be presented as part of the New Works 4 Weeks Festival in May 2020.
Works-In-Progress provides artistic, production, and administrative developmental support over a six-month period for a cohort of four to five selected artists/artistic collaborations. A hallmark of the program is a series of critical response feedback sessions facilitated by Red Eye artists. Artists selected are supported with rehearsal space, providing the opportunity to explore and experiment with conceptual and staging ideas over an extended timeframe. Works-In-Progress is linked to Red Eye’s Isolated Acts program, with both functioning as key components of the annual New Works 4 Weeks festival, which will be presented May 28-31, 2020 at In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre.
Application deadline: Tuesday, December 10.
Ananya Dance Theatre invites skilled dancers and performers who are committed to
• physical, intellectual, and emotional stamina
• professional rigor, and
• social justice choreography.
An audition will be held Sunday, December 15, 2019, 10:30am-12:30pm, at the Shawngram Institute for Performance & Social Justice.
Please arrive at 10:00am to make introductions and orient to the space. The audition will take place within the context of company class. Please come ready to dance. We will work barefoot. There is no financial charge to participate in the audition; no reservations or tickets are necessary. Call backs will be scheduled for a later time.
For examples of recent productions:
Sutrajāl: Revelations of Gossamer (2019), excerpt 3:31: http://www.ananyadancetheatre.org/dance/sutrajal-revelations-of-gossamer/
Shaatranga: Women Weaving Worlds (2018), excerpt 5:01: http://www.ananyadancetheatre.org/dance/shaatranga-at-t
The DanceBARN Festival is an annual event that brings professional dancers, choreographers, and dance educators together for one week of dancing, creating, relaxing, and performing in the heart of the lake, Battle Lake, Minnesota. July 20-26, 2020.
NEW this year! The DanceBARN Festival 2020 theme will be dance and music collaborations!
Battle Lake has an incredible music scene and this year we're taking full advantage of it! Not only will each class have live accompaniment, but we will help nurture three collaborations between local musicians and guest choreographers. There will be opportunities to create for stage and site specific performances.
Applications DUE December 31.
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 http://www.righthereshowcase.weebly.com.
Artists propose a 45-60 minute new work, thorough revision of a past work, or completion of a current work.
RHS provides a $1000 fee, as well as administrative, marketing, and technical support.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: midnight, Tuesday December 31.
ANNOUNCEMENT: January, TBA
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.
SERVICES and SPECIAL OFFERS FOR DANCERS
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.
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.
In support of Toot’s upcoming performance Tweezer Burn, we are pre-selling 24 “vessels” that will be constructed in front of an audience over the course of six performances. Tweezer Burn is a performance that uses the scientific and aesthetic discipline of art conservation to spiral around questions about the historical present, dilettantism, and the value of restoration at the end of the world.
Performers will produce the contents of the transparent glass vessels by disassembling and restructuring fragments of artwork (paintings, sculptures, photographs, textiles, and more) donated whole by local visual artists.
We are pre-selling each vessel for $200 in an effort to raise funds for Tweezer Burn. Vessels will be presented to their purchasers at a private March 2020 ceremony envisioned by local performance maker Samantha Johns.
Tweezer Burn premieres February 21-23, 28-March 1, 2020 at Du Nord Craft Spirits.
More information in linked Google doc: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1oAYYT1GCj_zweF0tDhj6hN_3er75UZzw.
Photo: Valerie Oliveiro.
Looking for affordable space for rehearsals, performances, workshops, or events? Consider renting the Off-Leash Art Box!
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.
WINTER DISCOUNT! Book the performance space or studio space between December 15 and February 15 at the following discounted rates:
- $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.
- $12/hour for classes or rehearsals. Regularly $15.
- $10/hour if you book 20 hours or more. Regularly $12.
More detailed information is available on our website.
Please contact Jennifer Ilse for booking.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
The Cowles Center offers affordable office space leasing in the historic Masonic Temple building. Spaces range in size from 150 square feet to 2000 square feet. If you would like to learn more information about leasing office space at The Cowles Center or would like to set up an appointment to view available spaces, please contact email@example.com
The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts serves as Minnesota’s flagship for dance, presenting world-class productions from our dynamic professional dance scene and providing administrative, rehearsal, and studio space at 50% below market value for non-profit dance, performing arts, and cultural organizations.
The Cowles Center has three studio spaces available for rent as well as a conference room. All studios have sprung floors and access to a sound system.
All reservations are managed through The Cowles Center Booking Calendar. After filling out a one-time rental profile form, an invitation is sent to set up an account. Once you receive a booking invitation, you will be able to manage all reservations, cancellations, and payments on your own. Users may use the Rental Calendar to book now and pay later by saving a valid debit or credit card to their rental account. Bookings will be charged after the cancellation notice time frame has expired.
View the Cowles Center Booking Calendar:
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.
Want to discuss opportunities for individual dance artists?
Need to understand press kits for your next show?
Trying to revise your teaching artist curriculum?
Don’t know where to start with individual donations?
Free 30-minute consultations with The Cowles Center’s administrative staff. Participants can sign up to discuss a grant they're writing, connect with marketing on tips to promote a show, or touch base with the education and community engagement staff about outreach opportunities and career development. Occurs every second Wednesday of the month, 9:00am-5:00pm. Registration required.
Erin Thompson teaches advanced level contemporary/modern 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
with Dean Magraw on guitar!
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
11:00-12:30pm: How to Speak Musician
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.
We are excited to announce a brand new class for Kathak beginners of all ages! Join us at our St. Louis Park studio on Sundays at 9:00 a.m. starting November 24!
New students: your first class is free! This is a commitment-free opportunity to try out a beautiful, exhilarating dance form at no cost to you.
The full schedule, featuring options for absolute beginners to advanced Kathak dancers ages six and above, is available at http://www.kathadance.org.
If you have Kathak experience but are new to KDT, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to determine your class placement.
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
Monday, 7:00-8:30pm, Pointe 8:30-9:00pm
Sunday, 11:15am-12:45pm, Pointe 12:45-1:15pm
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
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.
We are mid-session, but you can still dance with us! Just come to class and drop-in; pay $18 for each hour and a half class you attend. Or, we have monthly class passes that allow you to take unlimited classes within a calendar month for only $105. Purchase those at class or online at http://www.cassandraschool.com.
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.
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
INTERMEDIATE ADULT MODERN
Wednesdays, 10:15-11:45 AM at CFPA. Cost $15.
MIXED LEVEL ADULT MODERN
Saturdays, 4:00-5:30 PM at CFPA. Cost $15.
DANCE FOR THE AGELESS
Mondays, 5:00-6:15 PM at LHSC.
Thursdays, 4:30-5:45 PM at CFPA. Cost $15.
GENTLE TEEN/ADULT BALLET for ages fifteen and older.
INTERMEDIATE TEEN/ADULT BALLET for ages fifteen and older.
Tuesdays, 6:30–8:00pm with pointe class following
Saturdays, 10:30–12:00pm with pointe class following
TEEN/ADULT PROGRESSING BALLET TECHNIQUE CONDITIONING for ages twelve and older.
TEEN/ADULT BALLET CONDITIONING for ages twelve and older.
ADVANCED TEEN/ADULT BALLET for ages fifteen and older.
BEGINNING BALLET 2
Teaching artists include: Anna Goodrich, Jeffrey Hankinson, Zoé Henrot, Justin Leaf, Christian Warner, and Leah Gallas.
Class cards available.
Photo: Karin Lynn.
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: https://www.balletcolaboratory.org/preprofessional-program-2019
Photo: Karin Lynn.
Beginning men's technique 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 Level 3 Technique—1:30-2:30pm
Photo: Karin Lynn.
Midwest School of Ballet is offering Beginning/Intermediate Teen/Adult Ballet!
Drop-ins are welcome.
Beginning Adult Ballet
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.
Beginning II/Intermediate Ballet and Beginning Pointe.
MONDAYS and TUESDAYS.
Ballet: 5:30-7:00pm, Pointe: 7:00-8:00pm.
Performing Institute of Minnesota (PIM) with Lara Ciganko.
Join Midwest School of Ballet for classes offered at two locations:
Performing Institute of Minnesota - PIM | 7255 Flying Cloud Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Edina Community Center - ECC | 5701 Normandale Road, Edina, MN 55424.
Ballet Fundamentals I for ages three and four:
Saturdays, 9:15-10:00am at ECC, PIM
Thursdays, 5:15-6:00pm at PIM
Ballet Fundamentals II for ages five and six:
Saturdays, 10:00-11:00am at ECC, PIM
Thursdays, 6:00-7:00pm at PIM
Ballet Fundamentals III for ages six through eight:
Saturdays, 11:00-12:00pm at ECC
Tuesdays, 5:00-6:00pm at PIM
Ballet Level I for ages eight and older:
Wednesdays, 5:15-6:45pm at PIM
Ballet Level II:
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:00pm at PIM
Wednesdays, 5:15-6:45pm at PIM
Ballet Level III:
Mondays, 5:30-7:00pm at PIM
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:00pm at PIM
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:00pm at PIM
Mondays, 5:30-7:00pm at PIM
Saturdays, 9:30-11:00am - Beginning Adult
Teens and Athletes, ages eight through twelve:
Saturdays, 11:30am-1:00pm at ECC
Mondays, 7:00-8:00pm at PIM
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, Abdo Sayegh, and Lillian Stillwell.
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.
Join Young Dance for Dance Together on Mondays and Wednesdays.
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.
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 http://www.youngdance.org/class-schedule.
Young Dance programming integrates individuals living with and without disabilities as equal participants in the exploration, creation, and performance of dance. All Abilities Dancing classes offer an environment that focuses on working together, learning from each other, and communicating through each individual’s unique movement language.
All Abilities Dancing One, ages seven to eleven
Mondays, 6:00-7:00 pm
Creative Dance for youth living with and without disabilities.
This class focuses on positive body awareness, creativity, teamwork, motor coordination, and personal expression.
Taught by Charisse Ponder and Kathleen Pender.
All Abilities Dancing Two, ages eleven and older
Thursdays, 5:00-6:30 pm
Participants develop skills of improvisation, partnering, and choreography, with an emphasis on communication, collaboration, and performance.
Taught by Gretchen Pick, Andrea Zimmerman, and Charisse Ponder.
To register, visit: http://www.youngdance.org/class-schedule.
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!
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 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 http://www.BalletRoyaleMN.org or call us today.
We would love for you to come dance with us!
Monday, 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 through 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.
Join us December 2, 9, and 16 in the studio without paying a class fee.
Company Class with SPARK is a creative safety zone for professional performers to hone acting, dancing and ensemble skills in a weekly class. Class begins with a dance warm-up, followed by either a dance phrase, short choreography assignment, or ensemble experiments. Class concludes with theater games, exercises, and/or exploration.
Following Company Class with SPARK, class participants have the option to participate in explorations led by Artistic Directors Corey and Betsy Mills during SPARK Lab from 11:30am-12:30pm.
Take advantage of the free parking and come play with us in CREO's beautiful, sprung-floor studio!
Public transportation: If requested 24 hours in advance, a Transit Link ride can be arranged from Ridgedale. Call Metro Transit for more information.
Photo: SPARK theater + dance. Pictured: Gaia Mencagli and Chase Perkins.
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.
December 2: Underscore facilitated by Blake Nellis
6:30-9:00pm. Doors at 6:00pm.
All are welcome!
Who is dancing? What are we dancing about? Why do we dance together?
Using methods developed while dancing and choreographing in Europe, this class will approach these questions in a physical and creative dance practice. The warm-up will focus on the physical principles of movement: mobilization, coordination, strength, and flexibility. A learned phrase will then be expanded and elaborated upon, exploring intention, limitations, rhythm, and swarms. Together participants will go beyond technical execution to discover the movement’s potential. Designed for professional and advanced dancers, this class is open to all.
December 6 and December 13
Cost: $14/class, $120/ten-class card; payable by cash, check, or card at TUDC.
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
December 6, 13, 20
Foundations in Yorchha with Kealoha Ferreira: 9:00am-10:00am
December 8, 15
Advanced Yorchha with Kealoha Ferreira: 9:30am-11:00am
December 10, 17
Held on the first Friday of every month, this event is open to all ages and levels of ability.
We begin with a half-hour warm-up and then improvise together based on movement ideas offered by individuals in the group. As we dance, we enjoy practicing remaining present in the moment, responding to other dancers, finding new ways of moving, and discovering form as it emerges. Come to dance, to observe, or to do a little bit of both!
Live accompaniment provided by musician/percussionist Bruce Wintervold.
Friday, December 6, 2019
Suggested donation $5-$15.
No one turned away for lack of funds.