DanceMN News - January 8, 2020








Join Young Dance and bring your family and friends to The Lowbrow for dinner!

Monday, January 13, 4:00-10:00pm
The Lowbrow will donate 10% of your bill to Young Dance. Take-out included.
Dinner reservations may be made for parties of six or more by calling 612-208-0720. Seating is otherwise first come, first served.

The Lowbrow is committed to bringing scratch-made comfort food to your plate using locally farmed, sustainably grown ingredients.

Since 1987, Young Dance has encouraged youth in our community to build body and spirit through the creative art of dance. The dance students and company collaborate with professional artists, forge meaningful community partnerships and push the boundaries of the art and practice of dance.

The Lowbrow | 4244 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Jennifer Glaws-, (612) 423-3064

Ballet Co.Laboratory brings another Ballet Tuesday to the Landmark Center. This program will showcase the company and trainees of Ballet Co.Laboratory for a class demonstration, some classical variations, and some corps de ballet work. Come watch and enjoy classical music, tutus, and learn about the ballet artform.

Tuesday, January 14, 2019
12:00pm at the Landmark Center

Zoe Henrot-, (651) 313-5967

1. A score is a cut
2. Language is a motor
2. Desire creates an object
3. Objects are in circulation
4. Circulation means exchange
5. Bodies desire proximity
6. Proximity begets value
7. Repetition begets value
8. Repetition begets value
9. Value means we gotta get out of here

Concept and scores: Emily Gastineau
Performance: Emily Gastineau, Valerie Oliveiro, Anna Marie Shogren, Judith Holo Shuǐ Xiān
Sound design: Sasha T. Todryk

If everything is [electric] then I am too
January 15, 2020, 7:00-9:00pm at MOVO

If everything is [consuming] then let’s start over
January 30, 2020, 7:00-9:00pm at Fresh Oysters Performance Research

MOVO | Ivy Building for the Arts #206, 2637 27th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Emily Gastineau-

Walker commission.

“A dense, audacious and wickedly funny work that … contains multitudes and unflinchingly bears their weight.” —New York Times

Movement artist Miguel Gutierrez’s second Walker commission provocatively investigates identity politics, Latinx clichés, and Western concepts of form, drawing from (in part) the influences of the groundbreaking 1981 feminist anthology This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color. Gutierrez and five diverse Latinx performers amplify stereotypes to move past respectability politics within an unstable environment of bodies, light, sound, and text (in Spanish, with surtitles). The chaotic, playfully erotic production concludes with an over-the-top version of an absurdist telenovela.

Contains nudity and sexual content. Please note: there is no late seating.
Program length: 90 minutes.

On Thursday, join the artists for a meet and greet in the Cityview Bar after the performance. On Friday, stay for a Q&A with the artist.

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

Jawaahir's 27th annual Henna Party is the perfect place to warm you up on Sunday, January 19.
New this year: buy your reservation in advance and you are automatically entered into the henna raffle!
Bring a cushion to start the afternoon off right with a short performance from Jawaahir at 2:30pm.
Then put on your own hip scarf when we open the dance floor to you, your friends, and family.
Enjoy a snack when you’re done shimmying and be sure to try your hand at the henna we provide.

There are two raffles. The first is a chance to win professionally applied henna from our very own Jawaahir member and henna artist of Ancient Traditions Mehndi, Angela!
There’s also a chance for you to win a session of belly dance classes through The Cassandra School.

Make your paid online reservations now at! Adults are only $10 each and children aged ten and under are only $5 each when accompanied by an adult. This is the perfect family friendly event!

3010 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, MN
Jenny Piper-, (612) 872-6050

8:00 PM (7:00 doors), $6-$15: pay as able.
Dance performances from 8:00-9:00pm have sold out, but party will continue in theater, lanes, and restaurant.

Just come!

Paula Mann
Chris Schlichting
and Special Guest
BLB Ticketline: 612-825-8949 for reservations.
Full-service restaurant and bar in theater.

Hosted and curated by Laurie Van Wieren.

A celebratory party and performance will take place on January 22, 2020, with performances by the very first 9x22 dance artists at its home for over sixteen years, the Bryant-Lake Bowl Cabaret Theater, featuring DJ Corinne Caouette.

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.

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

Walker commission.

“Like the best science fiction, Lewis’s work is most successful in its insistence that the spare can be made spectacular.” —Artforum

Four performers delve into a deconstructed landscape of water in this dark, theatrical meditation on showbiz, the surreal, sensuality, and the end of times. Created by Berlin-based/US choreographer Ligia Lewis, a rising star in Europe’s world of performance, the work quickly departs from Gothic melodrama to poetically wrestle with the concept of “will.” Deploying an ingenious movement vocabulary with song, text, and a string of pearls, the performers unpack gender and race, hopelessness and potential, alienation and belonging.

Contains mature content.
Program length: 60 minutes.

On Thursday, join the artists for a meet and greet in the Cityview Bar after the performance. On Friday, stay for a Q&A with the artists.

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

FOR THE LOVE OF DANCE has a remarkable lineup of talent this year. Sharing various styles of dance is what this show is all about. National award-winning MN K-pop Dance Crew (MKDC) will be performing K-pop. All Day Studio will be bringing urban street dance. Heart and Soul Dance Team and Carleton College Ballroom DT will showcase ballroom. Celestial Paladins bring Asian and Chinese folk dance.

Contemporary, lyrical, jazz, kick, and hip hop are covered by JAMM Dance Co., Studio 4 Dance, South Metro Dance Academy, Synergy Dance Center, DanceWorks, the Lakeville Starliners, and Just For Kix. Dance-Twirl MN will bring their award-winning twirling teams. PIM Arts HS from Eden Prairie will perform, and Darby’s Dancers will bring their unmatched spirit and love of dance.

10% of the profits will be given to benefit Dancers Against Cancer.

FOR THE LOVE OF DANCE is a fundraiser hosted by the FHS Senior Party committee.

Event details are on our website:

Farmington High School | 20655 Flagstaff Ave, Farmington, MN 55024
Nancy Aarestad-, (651) 341-7520

with live music

Created for the City of Liverpool to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Pepperland is a joyous display of Mark Morris’ choreographic wit and musicality. Ethan Iverson’s original score reimagines selections from the iconic 1967 album in bold new arrangements performed by a lively jazz ensemble of trombone, theremin, vocals, sax, keyboards, and percussion. Morris’ dancers—dressed in a riot of Carnaby Street colors—demonstrate why this dancemaker is noted as “the most successful and influential choreographer alive, and indisputably the most musical” (New York Times). It’s a “can’t miss” evening for lovers of contemporary dance and music!

Northrop | 84 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Katie Hare-

This new performance created by Joshua Lorris, The Hourglass Series, comes to Bryant Lake Bowl and Theatre the first Wednesdays of the month starting in February.
Pop-Up Improv is joined by guest performers each night rounding out a star-studded cast of improvisers. It will be an evening of spontaneous new work that audiences can’t miss.

Doors open at 7:00. Show starts at 8:00.
$8 in advance, $10 at the door.

Bryant-Lake Bowl and Theater | 810 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Joshua Lorris-

Join us for what critics have called, "The Best Kept Theater Secret" in this limited engagement.

Following a sold-out run in 2014, COLLIDE THEATRICAL reimagines Shakespeare's classic as a modern love story told entirely through different styles of dance – including tap, jazz, and ballet. With a lively score of contemporary and pop hits played by a live string quartet and featuring vocalist Katie Gearty (Dakota Jazz Club), this is one classically cutting-edge retelling you won't want to miss.

Art Thou Fortune's Fool?
For $150, you and a companion enjoy:
• Two premier front row tickets
• Cabaret-style seating
• A bottle of sparkling wine
• A shareable dessert

Love a Loathed Enemy.
Come one, come all - Montagues AND Capulets alike are encouraged to intermingle.
Save 20% on groups of ten or more.

The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts | 528 Hennepin, Minneapolis, MN 55403

“An exquisite tableaux and glorious score…an ingenious, hybridized fusion of Sufi and Carnatic music” —Chicago Tribune’s Best of 2019

Conceived and choreographed by Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy, Written in Water is a large-scale, multimedia experience where dancers and musicians move freely between composition and improvisation, activating the space by negotiating snakes and ladders—which represent the heights of ecstasy and depths of longing.

Forging new artistic paradigms, Iraqi-American composer/musician Amir ElSaffar leads a five-person musical ensemble with a distinct alchemy of Iraqi, jazz, and South Indian instruments. The piece unfolds amidst lush paintings commissioned from visual artist V. Keshav (Chennai, India) projected on the stage floor and upstage scrim.

The Ordway | 345 Washington St, St. Paul, MN 55102
Sasha Blinnikova-, (612) 824-1968


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

Photo: Karin Lynn.

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

As part of Improvisation Sundays at The Open Space, Pop-Up Improv is facilitating a compositionally-focused jam for all levels of movers.

We begin with a warm up that explores elements like “Yes, And, Or”, group sense, entrance, exit, and The Six Viewpoints. The open jam that follows continues with the same compositional focus as the group practices these skills in an open container. In this crafted, low risk, fun environment, we spontaneously create and celebrate the impermanence of making a “one time only” work of art together.

Pop-Up Improv is Tori Casagranda and Joshua Lorris. They use practice-based research of group improvisation.

This workshop series is in conjunction with the Hourglass Series, a new performance series coming to Bryant-Lake Bowl and Theater February 2020.
Check out the other offerings of Improvisation Sundays at

January 12, February 9, March 8, April 5
$10-20 sliding scale.
Drop-ins are welcome.

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

Midwest School of Ballet and Edina Park and Rec are offering a new INCLUSIVE Beginning Ballet for students ages three through six. Older students may get instructor approval.

Saturdays, February 1-15: 1:00-1:45pm.
Saturdays, April 11-25: 1:00-1:45pm.

This is a beginner class that incorporates age-appropriate motor skills to teach the basic fundamental movements of ballet. Instructors use methods designed to encourage exploration and foster creativity. For all children ages three to six of varying abilities. Edina Park and Rec offers support as needed and available. Please provide information regarding your unique needs at registration.
Students may wear a leotard, tights, and ballet shoes, or they may wear a t-shirt and leggings or shorts. Wear comfortable clothing that is easy to move in on the floor as well as standing.

Edina Senior Center | Classroom #1, 5280 Grandview Square, Edina, MN
Eileen Kamp-, (612) 564-8672

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!

Eight-week session: December 9-January 27
Mondays, 5:30-7:00pm
Drop-ins welcome! $15.00/class, payable by cash, check or card at TU Dance Center.

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

TU Dance Center offers two sessions of eight-week adult workshops during the 2020 Spring Session.

Session 1: February 3-March 25
Session 2: April 13-June 8. No class May 25.

Cost: $120.00 per eight-week workshop, per session. Pre-registration is required for the full eight-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.

Mid-day 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

Join Young Dance for Dance Together on Monday mornings and Wednesday evenings starting January 6 and 8!

Children ages one to three 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. 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

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

Off-Leash Area co-Artistic Director Jennifer Ilse is teaching an inversion dance workshop at the Off-Leash Art Box!

Jennifer's inversion dance is an ever-growing vocabulary that is fluid and strong, soft and powerful, while working the body with economy of movement. Drawing from modern dance and movement vocabularies in capoeira, yoga, gymnastics, Hawkins, and contemporary approaches to movement, build your movement possibilities with the full body in contact with the floor (and the walls)!

Monday, January 13: 6:00-7:30pm
For experienced dancers who have not done much work supporting themselves upside down but would like to learn! 

Wednesdays, January 8 and 15: 6:00-7:30pm
For experienced dancers who have practiced some form of inverted movement in dance or in other movement forms such as gymnastics, yoga, capoeira, etc.

$5-15 sliding scale.

Contact Jennifer for questions and information.

Off-Leash Art Box | 4200 E 54th St, Minneapolis, MN 55417

The GYROKINESIS® Method is a rhythmic, flowing system of exercise sharing concepts with ballet, modern dance, yoga, Pilates, and meditation. Benefits include:
-A great workout
-A moving meditation
-Reduced back and joint pain
-Strength throughout increased flexibility and range of motion
-Improved posture and alignment
-Greater connection and awareness throughout the body, and
-Cross-training for dancers.

Start 2020 with a new training system!

Mondays, Fridays, and Sundays
through Sunday, February 2
Morning class: 10:30-11:30am
Afternoon class: 4:00-5:00pm
Dance Apt 1 | 2518 Portland Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Park on the street on Portland or surrounding streets. Dance Apt 1 is in the green building with the large evergreen off the front porch.

Wednesdays, 4:30-6:00pm
January 8, 15, 22, and 29
Carleton Artist Lofts | 2285 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN 55114
Park in the overflow lot at the SE corner of LaSalle and University or on surrounding streets. Dance studio is in the lower level of Building B. Dial 051 at any callbox to be buzzed in.

Please arrive a few minutes early.
Class fee $10-20, cash or check.
RSVP is helpful but not necessary!

A short video produced by Headquarters:
My Trainer profile:
Facebook Event:

GYROKINESIS® is a registered trademark of Gyrotonic Sales Corp and is used with their permission.


This class will consist of an intricate technical jazz warm-up, followed by the teaching of a combination from COLLIDE's production of Romeo & Juliet, focusing on style, technique, and intention.

Friday, January 10
Level: Intermediate/advanced
$16, pay at the door.

About the instructor: Regina is the Artistic Director/Founder of COLLIDE Theatrical Dance Company and member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Union. After a decade of working in both NY and LA, Regina returned to the Twin Cities in 2013 to found COLLIDE. Her choreography work can be seen at The Guthrie Theater (A Christmas Carol 2018 and 2019) History Theatre, and Old Log Theater; and she has created over eleven full-length productions for COLLIDE. Regina is a Gus Giordano certified instructor, and Influential teachers include Andy Blankenbuehler, Tony Award-winning choreographer of Hamilton.

The Academy at COLLIDE | 755 Prior Ave N, Ste 235H, St. Paul, MN 55104

Come for a masterclass with our guest teacher Ryo Munakata (Minnesota Ballet) as well as auditions for our intensive ballet camp 2020!

For more info visit our website:

Minnesota Ballet School | 14675 Martin Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Kirill Bak-, (612) 501-9208

Come visit us at the Off-Leash Art Box during our Winter Open House!

Bring a friend and take a tour of the space, learn about upcoming events and productions, enjoy some yummy treats and beverages, or just warm up and say hello. We'd love to see you!

Sunday, January 12 from 3:00-5:00pm.

Off-Leash Art Box | 4200 54th St E, Minneapolis, MN 55417

Join us for an exciting week of classes! This five-day intensive offers two different programs: one for beginning/intermediate students ages twelve to sixteen, and one for advanced students ages seventeen through 24.

The beginning/intermediate program will focus on conditioning for the body; technique classes in ballet, modern and African; and workshop classes which will explore choreography. The advanced program will offer a stronger focus on the workshop component. Dancers will begin each day with a ballet, modern, or African technique class, followed by a two-hour workshop class which will explore both improvisatory techniques and phrase work. This intensive offers students a chance to not only strengthen their technique but also uncover new ways of thinking about movement as they begin a new year.

Cost: $260- Beginning/Intermediate; $290- Advanced.
Online pre-registration required.

Photo: Laura Kane Scher Photography.

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

Friday: 4:00-8:00pm
Saturday: 11:30am-7:00pm
Sunday: 9:30am-5:30pm

Class: $549.00
Manual: $50.00
Streaming Video: $10.00

ACE (CEP116078 (1.80))
PMA (Prov# 100070, Crs# 9523 (18.0))

Trapeze Table/Cadillac/Tower
Prerequisite: Reformer III or Reformer certificate

The Balanced Body Trapeze Table/Cadillac/Tower training provides a thorough introduction to Trapeze Table and Tower exercises as well as applications for beginning, post-rehabilitation and advanced clients. This training is appropriate for students working with the Allegro® or Allegro 2 Tower of Power®, Half Trapeze and Wall Tower as well as those working with full Trapeze Tables.
Additionally, Paragon is offering this course on Wednesdays, January 22 and 29, and February 5 and 12 from 3:00-7:30pm each day. Contact the studio for more information.

Paragon Pilates & Physical Therapy | 5101 Vernon Ave S, Suite 2A, Edina, MN 55436
Cari Riis Stemmler-, (952) 405-9765

January 18-19, 2020
Teaching Artist: Christian Warner

March 14-15, 2020
Teaching Artist: Anna Goodrich

May 9-10, 2020
Teaching Artist: Zoé Henrot

Photo: Karin Lynn.

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

As part of Improvisation Sundays at The Open Space, Joshua Lorris is facilitating Barbara Dilley’s Red Square Practice.

There is a red square in the space, we all sit to its sides. The square, our bodies, movement, sound, speech, text, light, objects begin to speak, and the image arises. They all come together as allies of the moment revealing the possibility of creation.

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

Beginning Doushin Butoh Workshop is designed as a pre-requisite for Doushin Butoh Workshop in order to learn the basic physical methods of Subbody Butoh Method and basic meditation techniques of Spring Forest Qigong. ​​​​​​​​​

This workshop will focus on the essential aspects of Doushin Butoh:

- Quiet down the daily consciousness and listen to the subtle body signals.
- Go beyond our physical, psychological, and social bounds in order to create movements that are novel and unique to the individual body.
- Resonate with other bodies.
- Go into meditative state using Spring Forest Qigong techniques.

Doushin Butoh Workshop is a group process and this workshop requires no previous dance experience. Anyone who would like to explore his or her hidden creative potentials is welcome!

Thursdays, 6:30-8:00pm

2020 schedule, dates are subject to change:
First Term: January 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20, March 5, 12, 19.

Tuition: $135

Heart of Tao Resonance Art | 2322 Garfield St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418
Gadu Schmitz-, (612) 703-7501

Sunday, January 26, 2019
1:00-4:00 pm
$5-15.00 donation, sliding scale.
Please pre-register to

Presenters: Barbara Nordstrom-Loeb LMFT, BCDMT, CMA, SEP, WOS

This workshop will use discussion, experiential exercises and practical details to introduce the field of Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT). Join us to learn about a psychotherapy that uses movement, dance, creativity and body awareness to promote change, growth, and wellness. This workshop is for interested students, psychotherapists, health care practitioners, and other professionals.
Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT) is a systemic body-mind approach integrating movement and embodied awareness with verbal expressions to facilitate psychological goals. Movement and body patterns provide a basis for clinical assessment and guide psychotherapeutic interventions. DMT is rooted in ancient wisdom and became a field in the 1960’s in the US. It is currently recognized and practiced throughout the world.

Mend Studio | 314 Clifton, Third Floor Ballroom, Minneapolis, MN
Barbara Nordstrom-Loeb-, (612) 916-1829

As part of Improvisation Sundays at The Open Space, Lindsay Forsythe is offering a series of Score Work Labs. Scores will be offered and also generated by the participants. We will dive into longer form scores in duets, trios and group. What is a score? It is direction with guidances and rules to adapt to within a dance. An example: In a duet, your right arm always pushes, your left arm pulls, travel a diagonal from one corner of the room to the other, and pause at any time. Scores can range from simple to complex. Art materials, journaling, or objects may enter the explorations as well. It’s a lab for experimentation, fun, and discovery! Any curious person is welcome. Lindsay would like to eventually generate performance opportunities for this kind of work as well if that is of interest.

One Sunday a month beginning in January.

$10-20 sliding scale.
January 26, February 23, March 22, and April 19.

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

Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) examines the subtle meanings within all patterns of movement and physical actions. Using experiential explorations, improvisation, observation and class discussion, this class will provide a beginning understanding of LMA observation, improvisation, and application skills in relationship to cross-cultural/diversity issues. Specific attention will be paid to uses of LMA in relationship to clinical practice and application.

The course is pre-approved by the American Dance Therapy Association for Alternate route R-DMT. 30 hour/2 credit.
Instructor: Barbara Nordstrom-Loeb MA, MFA, BC-DMT, LMFT, CMA, SEP; WoS
Questions: Barbara Nordstrom-Loeb/Embodying Psychotherapy- or 612-916-1829.
Payment to: Embodying Psychotherapy, 4632 York Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55410

Fred Astaire Studio | 1975 Seneca Rd #700, Eagan, MN 55122
Barbara Nordstrom-Loeb-, (612) 916-1829

Friday: 4:00pm-8:00pm
Saturday: 11:30am-6:00pm
Sunday: 9:30am-4:30pm

Class: before January 13- $449.00; regular- $499.00.
Manual: $50.00.
Video: $20.00 (recommended).
Streaming video: $10.00.

ACE (CEP136868 (1.60))
PMA (Prov# 100070, Crs# 9503 (16.0))

Enhanced Pilates Mat completes the mat training by adding rings, rollers, bands and balls to the traditional Mat exercises. In addition, Enhanced Mat includes functional exercises for the upper and lower body expanding the Mat work beyond the core to develop whole body strength and flexibility. The Balanced Body programming system is introduced to make class design easy, effective and fun. Adding props to a mat class makes them more dynamic, creative and accessible and clients love toys!
Additionally, Paragon is offering this course on Wednesdays, February 19 and 26, and March 4 and 11 from 3:00pm-7:00pm each day. Contact the studio for more information.


Paragon Pilates and Physical Therapy
Cari Riis Stemmler-, (952) 405-9765

Interested in jazz? This workshop is for you.
Interested in improvisation? This workshop is for you.
Interested in just gettin' groovy? THIS WORKSHOP IS FOR YOU!

Long-time Zenon jazz dance teacher and emerging force in jazz improvisation for performance Erinn Liebhard is excited to collaborate with local trumpet player Bob DeBoer to share this new workshop! This one-time only, two-hour experience is focused on jazz improvisation skill-building for dancers AND musicians who are interested in being musically-responsive in the moment and in a jazz way.

Rescheduled from December 30 due to weather, we bring this workshop to you on Saturday, February 1 at 2:00pm.

We'll warm up together, spend time exploring different tools (including groove investigation, motif manipulation, and building connections between soloing musicians and dancers), and we'll finish with a jam. Come explore improvisation through the lens of Erinn's vibrant groove and interaction-driven approach to jazz, and invite your musician friends - their ticket in is their instrument!

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

Learn dances from the classic ballet Swan Lake!

Experience the timeless choreography, luxuriate in the gorgeous music, and enjoy dancing with an ensemble. Appropriate for intermediate to advanced levels, ages fourteen and up. Pointe shoes optional.

Two Sundays:
Sunday, February 16 and Sunday, February 23
MDT Studio 6A
Teacher: Jennifer Murry

Registration fee: $50


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


Off-Leash Area is seeking a multi-generational, diverse cast of women dancers for our next production (including all dancers who identify as or are perceived as women). Led by co-artistic director Jennifer Ilse and in collaboration with See Change Treble Choir, a 40-person multi-generational women’s choir, the project is about women and aging within contemporary Western culture.

This project welcomes women of all ages and cultural, racial, and ethnic backgrounds. Dancers with physical disabilities and limitations are also strongly welcomed into this project, particularly those experiencing physical changes that occur within an aging body. There will be walking and moving on feet and also moving with the full body on the floor.

Dancers will be paid a minimum of an $800 stipend for the project. Rehearsals will begin in February with a work-in-process showing in June and final performance in November. Please visit our website for information about audition times.

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

APPLY NOW! The Cowles Center is looking for three new artists to each lead four consecutive classes for the spring workshop series of Pivotal Moment, March-May 2020.
Workshops should be geared toward advanced students.

Pivotal Moment is a curated program created by The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts which allows dancers and choreographers to create their own four-session class based in a particular technique and/or rooted in investigating new choreographic material and ideas. Pivotal Moment classes are a welcoming environment for university students, recent graduates, and those new to the Twin Cities dance community, ages eighteen to 26 who have pursued or are currently pursuing a BA or BFA in Dance, to explore material, experiment with teaching, and receive peer-to-peer feedback.

Applications due Friday, January 24!

The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts | 528 Hennepin, Minneapolis, MN 55403

WIM Dance Festival
April 11, 2020 at 2:00pm
Located at Kohler Center

WIM Dance Festival is a showcase of dance of all genres taking place at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.
Selected choreographers/groups will show an existing work (twelve minutes maximum) in one afternoon of shared performances for an audience of all ages.

No fee to apply.
Choreographers must reside in Wisconsin, Illinois, or Minnesota.
Submission forms close on January 19, 2020 at 11:59PM CST.

Selected persons will receive:
-$200 stipend per person/group.
-Free production costs.
-Video of performance.


John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI

Commission for Beloit College students!
Calling choreographers to submit work to be toured by the company of seven dancers and presented at the WIM Dance Fest on April 11, 2020 at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.

Deadline: Sunday, January 19 at 11:59pm.
-Stipend of $1200 plus lodging for two to three nights.
-Food on campus.
-The choreographed work will be toured and performed by the company at local schools and community spaces, and in the WIM Dance Festival at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.
Transportation costs not included.

Residence in Wisconsin, Illinois, or Minnesota.
Completed works will be accepted.
Dance must accommodate seven dancers.
Time limit of ten minutes.
Appropriate for an audience of all ages; no violence, nudity, or explicit profanities.
The work must be completed and ready to be set on dancers February 2020.
Available to rehearse in person or over Skype during company hours.


Beloit College, Beloit, WI
Gina Tai-, (414) 828-3428

Don’t miss out on the world premiere of The Ruby Slippers: A Wizard of Oz Ballet! This brand new production is Twin Cities Ballet’s adaptation and retelling of the classic story The Wizard of Oz. Auditions are open to all!

Sunday, January 26, 2020
2:30pm: Registration
3:00-4:00pm Mandatory Parent’s Meeting
3:45-4:45pm: Audition for dancers YBI-YBIV (or ages twelve and under if non-Ballet Royale student)
4:45-6:15pm: Audition for AYI and higher (or thirteen and older if non-Ballet Royale student)
$25.00 audition fee. Please bring check or cash day-of.

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

Auditions for Ballet Royale’s summer intensive programs are coming up!

The July Intensive is an exciting and rigorous ballet-based program, featuring classes in ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, character, variations, men’s class, Progressing Ballet Technique®, and more! The July Intensive includes group outings to help the dancers bond with their classmates and make life-long friendships, and concludes with a Summer Showcase performance.

In our August Grand Prix Solos and Variations Workshop, dancers will take daily ballet and pointe or men’s class, learn classical ballet variations, and receive advanced personal coaching. This workshop benefits all dancers, whether preparing for a competition, an upcoming performance, or simply wanting to polish and improve their artistry, technique, and quality.

First Audition: Sunday, February 9
Second Audition: Sunday, April 5
11:30am: Registration. 12:00pm: Audition.
$25 audition fee, cash or check only.

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


The application for McKnight Fellowships in Dance and Choreography opens Wednesday, January 15.

The final deadline is: Monday, March 30, 2020 at 3pm CST. Please plan to submit your application early.

The intent of this program is to recognize and support mid-career artists living and working in Minnesota who demonstrate a sustained level of accomplishment, commitment, and artistic excellence.

We will offer two free online webinars about the application materials and process: February 3 at 12:00pm and March 16 at 6:00pm.
See separate posting in this newsletter with instructions on how to register for these sessions.

For guidelines and more information:

McKnight Fellowships for Dancers:

McKnight Fellowship for Choreographers:

Mary Ellen Childs, Program Director
Dana Kassel, Program Associate

The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts | 528 Hennepin, Minneapolis, MN 55403

McKnight Fellowships for Dance and for Choreographers will hold two webinars for all interested applicants.
Monday, February 3: 12:00pm–1:00pm
Monday, March 16: 6:00pm–7:00pm

These free sessions, led by Program Director Mary Ellen Childs, will be accessed through the online meeting site Zoom.
RSVP to, and you will be sent a link to enter the webinar by internet browser on a computer or smart phone.

This information session will focus on frequently asked questions regarding the application materials—the artistic statement, resume, and work sample. Participants will be able to ask questions via an online chat feature, or are encouraged to submit a question by email when you RSVP.

For information about the guidelines and eligibility, plus detailed video about the online application process:

Mary Ellen Childs-


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
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 for Dance and the Performing Arts | 528 Hennepin, Minneapolis, MN 55403

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:
Fill out a Renter Profile Form:

The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts | 528 Hennepin, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Paula Vasquez Alzate-

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

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


Photo: Karin Lynn.

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

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

One hour of work = one 90-minute class

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

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

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

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. Sorry, no party rentals and no dance socials. Sorry, no Irish shoes or tap shoes permitted. Rental fees may change at the discretion of Jawaahir Dance Company.

3010 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, MN
Jenny Piper-, (612) 872-6050

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

Book the performance space or studio space now through 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 at for booking.

Off-Leash Art Box | 4200 E 54th St, Minneapolis, MN 55417

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

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:

The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts | 528 Hennepin, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Free to attend.

Join Mary Ellen Childs and Dana Kassel from The Cowles’ McKnight Fellowship Programs for a session on how to make a compelling video work sample. This event is free to attend. Lunch will be provided.

Topics will include:
Work sample tips for applicants for McKnight Dancer and Choreographer Fellowships.
Creating work samples for other grants and uses.
General tips on work sample order, selection, length, and quality.

The McKnight Fellowships for Dancers and Choreographers has been a part of The Cowles Center’s offerings since 2015. Each year we award six $25,000 unrestricted grants to dance artists (three dancers and three choreographers) and provide additional support for career and artistic development.

This workshop will be useful to McKnight applicants, as well as anyone who needs to create a video sample for any other use.

Target Education Studio at The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts | 528 Hennepin, Second Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55403


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.

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 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

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

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

Tuesdays, 4:00–5:00pm

Mondays, 11:30am–12:00pm

Mondays, 7:00–8:15pm

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

Saturdays, 9:15–10:30am

Saturdays, 10:30am–12:00pm

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

Photo: Karin Lynn.

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

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

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

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

Photo: Karin Lynn.

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

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

Photo: Karin Lynn.

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

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 through five explore these elements through playful, structured activities allowing them to expand their movement vocabulary, develop body awareness, and gain self-confidence. Children ages five through seven explore the dance elements while being introduced to new movement skills and the creation of their own dances. Children ages seven through nine expand their creative and kinesthetic awareness while learning basic technical skills and movement vocabulary of modern dance as well as improvising and choreographing their own dances. No previous experience necessary for any age category.

Winter Session begins January 26, 2020

Ages three through five:
Friday, 10:15-11:00am
$110 for the nine-week session.

Ages five through seven:
Saturday, 4:00-5:00pm
$110 for the nine-week session.

Ages seven through nine:
Wednesday, 4:30-5:30pm
$120 for the nine-week session.

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

Midwest School of Ballet is offering Beginning Adult Ballet and Beginning/Intermediate Teen/Adult Ballet!
Spring session begins January 11, but registration is on-going!

SATURDAYS, 9:30am-11:00am: Beginning Adult I/II (PIM). Instructor: Angela Ericson.

SATURDAYS, 10:40-11:55am: Beginning Adult I/II Ballet Featuring Floor Barre (EHS). Instructor: Sally Rousse.

MONDAYS, 5:30pm-7:00pm: Intermediate Teen/Adult Ballet (PIM). Instructor: Lara Ciganko.

TUESDAYS, 5:30pm-7:00pm: Beginning/Intermediate Teen/Adult Ballet (PIM). Instructor: Lara Ciganko.

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.

Performing Institute of Minnesota (PIM) | 7255 Flying Cloud Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55344 ​
Edina High School (EHS) | 6754 Valley View Rd, Edina, MN 55439

Eileen Kamp-, (612) 564-8672

Midwest School of Ballet's spring session starts soon. Ongoing registration for our Eden Prairie (PIM) location.

Ballet Fundamentals I, II, III for ages three through eight:
Age-appropriate motor skills and musicality are developed with basic, fundamental ballet movement and terminology through creative exercises. Classes build on infusing elements that will prepare students for the traditional ballet class format.

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

Additional classes:
Pre-Pointe/Pointe (Level II+)
Ballet for Teens and Athletes, ages eight through twelve
Beginning/Intermediate Adult Ballet

LOCATIONS: Performing Institute of Minnesota and Edina High School.

Eileen Kamp-, (612) 564-8672

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
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

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.

It’s not too late to sign up for all classes, from our Creative Dance Program and Mommy/Daddy and Me classes, through our adult/teen classes, and our FREE Boys' Program!

Please see our website for full class offerings and information about class placement. We would love for you to come dance with us!

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

We are still accepting registrations for Ballet Royale's Creative Dance program! Spring classes run from January 3 through May 16. Our Celebration of Dance performance will take place on Sunday, May 17.

Our program is a professionally developed and comprehensive program drawing on decades of dance and music teaching experience, which offers an incomparable experience for children from walking age through six years old. These innovative classes encourage musicality, imagination and self expression through the art of dance and music. There is also a separate class specifically designed for five- and six-year-old boys that may be taken instead of or in addition to the general Pre-Ballet Creative Dance classes.

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

Interested in improving your jazz dance technique? Want to brush up on your skills before your next audition? A bit rusty but want to get back in shape? Looking to just dance for the “JOD” (Joy of Dance)? Our Adult/Teen Open Classes are the perfect fit!

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

**Not seeing a class time or level that works for you? Email us at and give a suggestion! We would love to hear from you.

2019/2020 Drop-in Class Rates
Single class = $16.00
Five-class card = $75.00
Ten-class card = $140.00

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

Winter Session began on Monday, January 6 and runs for ten weeks.

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

Beginning classes are $160 for the ten-week session. Make up classes may be made up during Winter 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 our website often to check “Today's Classes” for any notifications or cancellations that may occur for your class.

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

Jenny Piper-, (612) 872-6050

Zenon offers a variety of youth classes for ages three through seventeen years old. Join us this winter session to explore a diverse selection of dance styles and build confidence through movement.

Ages three through five:
Creative Movement: Mondays, 9:30-10:15am
Creative Movement: Wednesdays, 9:30-10:15am
Creative Movement: Sundays, 2:00-2:45pm

Ages six to nine:
Ballet: Sundays, 11:15am-12:00pm
Hip Hop: Sundays, 12:00-12:45pm

Ages ten to fourteen:
Jazz: Sundays, 11:00am-12:00pm
Ballet: Sundays, 12:00-1:00pm
Modern: Sundays, 1:00-2:00pm

Ages fourteen to seventeen:
Teen Modern: Wednesdays, 6:00-7:00pm

Zenon Dance School | 528 Hennepin Ave #400, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Erika Martin-, (612) 338-1101

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: $15/class, $130/ten-class card.

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

Photo: Jeffrey Stene.

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

The School at TU Dance Center's 2020 Spring Session registration is now open!
The session runs from February 3-June 13.

The TU Dance Pre-Professional Program is a five-level intensive course of study integrating modern, ballet, African, and repertory work for students up to age 23.
There will be a placement class for new students ages eleven through 23 on Thursday, January 23.
4:30pm-5:00pm: Registration.
5:00pm-6:30pm: Ballet and modern.

The TU Dance Children and Teen Program introduces the joy of creative movement and beginning dance technique to students aged two through nineteen. Classes, divided by age, provide a comprehensive base on which to expand by developing body awareness, coordination, balance, flexibility, strength, and musicality.

Flexible payment plans and financial aid are available.

Photo: Laura Kane Scher Photography.

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

The Open Space is offering Contemplative Dance Practice (CDP) with Lindsay Forsythe:

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

Thursday mornings 10:00-11:15am

$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-

Erinn Liebhard and Karla Grotting are excited to keep the tradition of Friday morning jazz dance class at Zenon alive and kickin'!
We are back for Winter Session 2020, which runs through March 13 for our class. Come on out to our multi-level (skewing intermediate-advanced), multi-generational classes for a through warm-up, some improvising, rhythmically-complex across-the-floors, and groovy combos!


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

All Levels Yoga
Mondays, 9:30-10:30am
with Kaitlin Craven

Focused on vinyasa strength and alignment, Kaitlin encourages all bodies to make empowering self-realizations, take risks, and discover the pleasure of movement. She is a certified yoga instructor and professional dancer interested in helping others find a sense of calm and presence in their body.

Can't make Monday? Want more than one class a week? Not to worry, Ariel Linnerson teaches a similar All Levels Yoga class every Saturday, 9:00-10:00am.

Zenon Dance School | 528 Hennepin Ave #400, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Erika Martin-, (612) 338-1101

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.

No class January 20

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 11:30-12:30pm.

Take advantage of the free parking and come play with us in CREO's beautiful, sprung-floor studio!

Photo: Erik Saulitis.

CREO Arts & Dance Conservatory | 15102 Minnetonka Industrial Rd, Minnetonka, MN 55345

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.

Foundations in Yorchha Technique
9:00-10:00am with Kealoha Ferreira
January 18 and 25. February 1, 8, and 29. March 7, 14, 21, and 31. April 4, 11, 18, and 25. May 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30.

Introduction to Yorchha Technique
6:30-8:00pm with Kealoha Ferreira
January 24 and 31. February 7 and 28. March 6, 20, and 27. April 3, 10, 17, and 24. May 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29.

Advanced Yorcha Technique
9:30-11:00am with Kealoha Ferreira
January 21 and 28. February 4, 11, and 25. March 3, 10, 17, and 24. April 7, 14, 21, and 28. May 5, 12, 19, and 26.

Learn more about Yorchha in text and video:

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