PERFORMANCES and EVENTS
Annie Hanauer, Cowles Visiting Artist and program alumna, is creating a new piece of choreographic work with dance major students for the spring dance concert, Spring in the Winter. This informal showing of Annie Hanauer's work will include a Q&A.
Free and open to the public:
Friday, February 14, 4:30pm
Annie Hanauer is an independent contemporary dancer, choreographer, and teacher based between London and France, originally from Minnesota, USA. She regularly collaborates with other artists as a performer, initiates her own choreographic projects, and leads classes and workshops internationally.
Taking a contemporary twist on Shakespeare's classic, Collide Theatrical's reimagined Romeo & Juliet is told through various styles of dance and features a pop score from artists like Aerosmith, Rihanna, Sting, U2, and more.
The palpable chemistry from real-life fiancées Rush Benson and Renee Guittar lead an ensemble featuring thirteen dancers, two featured vocalists including the Dakota's Katie Gearty, and a string trio. This classically cutting-edge retelling is one you won't want to miss.
Featuring Rush Benson and Renee Guittar, Rebecca Abroe, Heather Brockman, Doug Hooker, Grace Janiszewski, Brittany Keefe, Grace Kidder, Joey Miller, Betsy Nelson, Nicole Riebe, Chelsea Rose, Miranda Shaughnessy, Brian Sostek, and Elly Stahlke.
Tickets: $33-$39, fees included.
To purchase tickets, please visit bit.ly/CTRnJ2020
Photo: Shelly Mosman.
“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.
Nic Lincoln and Venus De Mars at Bryant Lake Bowl Theater
Two shows remaining!
February 16 and 23 at 3:00pm
Too Much is an abstract dance piece performed and choreographed by Nic Lincoln. This mesmerizing work cleverly examines the importance of trying and the positive influence of failure. Lincoln is joined by local rock legend Venus De Mars, who sings solo for the first half of the performance. This show doubles as a performance art piece and a call to action.
Rehearsals for Too Much were incubated by the Cowels Center’s Generating Room Project, and preparations in Lincoln’s living room. “It would make sense that this piece was born from rehearsals in my apartment…I’ve been sourcing ideas for my work by dancing around my living room late at night since I was a kid. Why should I stop now?” –Nic Lincoln.
Call to Remember
Leslie Parker, Amara T. Smith, mayfield brooks, and Vie Boheme
February 20-22, 7:30pm
Call to Remember is a shared offering of improvisation, experimentation, and conjuring; exploring Black pedagogy, artistry, and activism in dance. Launching a yearlong collaboration, four nationally-renowned dancers will come together in Minneapolis for the first time ever to create a work that prioritizes Blackness and explores remembrance as a means to cultivate community.
Leslie Parker is a daughter, sister, dance artist, performer, improviser, choreographer/maker, educator, and founder of Leslie Parker Dance Project. Amara Tabor-Smith is a dancer, choreographer/performance maker and the artistic director of Deep Waters Dance Theater. mayfield brooks is a movement-based performance artist, vocalist, urban farmer, writer, and wanderer based in New York. Vie Boheme is a multimodal artist– a dancer, singer and choreographer– currently based in Minneapolis.
For the second season in a row, the school of Ballet Co.Laboratory presents Laboratory II; a mixed repertory performance featuring the advanced level students of the School of Ballet Co.Laboratory. New works by six local, emerging choreographers from the BCL company and community highlight different styles of dance to showcase young talent and new perspectives.
Saturday, March 21
Photo: Tim Pate.
Inspired by the scientific-artistic discipline of visual art conservation, Tweezer Burn asks, what should we take with us and what should we leave behind? Where do we store the crumbs? What are we faking and how can we fake it even harder? A Toot production, directed by Eric Larson, Tweezer Burn brings together a trio of dynamically strange performers (Neva Dalager, Leif Hove, Jo Kellen), a cabinet full of curious hand-tools, a library of performance styles, and plenty of secrets. There will be gloves, there will be solvents, and by the end of the run there won’t be any art left.
Featuring human-sized apparatuses designed by Max Hoaglund.
Featuring vivid lighting design by Valerie Oliveiro.
Featuring unwanted visual art from a dozen local artists.
Producer: Eben Kowler, Donations Manager: Zoe Cinel.
Friday, February 21 at 8:00pm
Saturday, February 22 at 8:00pm
Sunday, February 23 at 2:00pm
Friday, February 28 at 8:00pm
Saturday, February 29 at 8:00pm
Sunday, March 1 at 2:00pm
Run time is two hours including intermission.
Saturday, February 22, 7:30 pm
Sunday, February 23, 2:00pm
Carlson Family Stage
with live orchestra
Choreography by George Balanchine
Created in 1967, and considered the first abstract full-length ballet, George Balanchine’s Jewels is a masterpiece—and a master class—on the history, beauty, and diversity of ballet technique. The French romanticism of "Emeralds," danced to Fauré’s dreamy score; Stravinsky’s driving, jazzy energy for "Rubies" that seems to suggest urban America; and Tchaikovsky’s regal, glittering evocation of the imperial court of Russia in "Diamonds" all combine to create a treasure chest of dance, performed by one of America’s most vibrant companies.
SPARK theater + dance invites you to attend an open rehearsal of the creation process Colors in Motion.
This is an informal showing with six movers and two musicians creating sounds and physical pictures on the theme of colors. This showing may be approximately fifteen to 20 minutes, followed by a discussion and refreshments. All ages are welcome.
ASL interpreted. It is a fully ADA compliant facility, with two ADA all-gender bathrooms and ADA compliant entryways, it has its own 20-space parking lot with a Metro Mobility easy access drop off right outside the main door, and the entire facility has a single floor with zero elevation changes for maximum mobility. It is accessible by public transportation, with a bus stop for two major bus routes right outside its doors and light rail just five blocks away. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Join us February 26 at Martina Restaurant to celebrate the collaboration of Berit Ahlgren and Nathan Keepers as they anticipate their theater/dance premiere, Give Ear, running March 13-14 at the Cowles Center.
Enjoy a three course meal by Chef Daniel del Prado, paired beverages by Marco Zappia, a silent auction, and light entertainment.
These tax deductible tickets directly support the amazing artists involved: Leslie O'Neill, JuCoby Johnson, Mirabai Miller, Christian Warner, JT Weaver, Randy Reyes, Jordan Lovestrand, Isaiah Langowski, and Jesse Cogswell.
Please use this link to purchase ticket:
University of Minnesota Dance presents
Spring in the Winter
Directed by Joanie Smith
Choreography by visiting artists Annie Hanauer, J-Sun Noer, and Dance Major students
Back by popular demand, TCB’s groundbreaking original rock ballet returns. The production enjoyed unprecedented success at its world premiere at The Cowles Center in 2018 and has had repeated and strong demand for encore performances. This year, the event moves south and will be performed at Lakeville South Theater as part of a fundraising program supporting the Lakeville Area Arts Center.
The Wall traces the life of “Pink,” and follows his transformative journey of loss, alienation, insanity and redemption. Through its insightful original interpretation of Pink Floyd’s story and music, TCB brings this classic rock masterpiece to life like never before!
Tickets: $25-$30, all fees included, via https://twincitiesballet.org/tickets.
Ample free parking, easy access off of I-35, less than 30 minutes south of Minneapolis/St. Paul.
Friday, February 28 at 7:30pm
Saturday, February 29 at 7:30pm
“Technically stunning and resoundingly human.” —Post and Courier (Charleston, SC)
Saturday, February 29
Movement innovator and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Kyle Abraham draws from myriad sources (hip hop culture, classical music, visual arts) to create his urgent, expressive choreography. Showcasing his malleable sensibility and virtuosic nine-member company A.I.M, the program includes Abraham’s intensely intimate new solo "INDY," a fleeting work of shifting personas; "Drive," a hypnotizing feat of athleticism within a clublike atmosphere; and "Meditation: A Silent Prayer," grounded by visual artist Carrie Mae Weems’s potent text invoking police violence against African Americans. The evening’s diverse range of works also includes the all-female "state" by Andrea Miller (Gallim), a trio of arresting and evocative movement, and Trish Brown’s "Solo Olos," exploring the dynamic between movement and structure.
Co-presented by Walker Art Center and Northrop, University of Minnesota.
Celebrating its 40th anniversary season, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo was founded in 1974 by a group of ballet enthusiasts for the purpose of presenting a playful, entertaining view of traditional, classical ballet. In parody form and en travesti, Les Ballets Trockadero first performed in the late-late shows in Off-Off Broadway lofts. The Trocks, as they are affectionately known, quickly garnered a major critical essay by Arlene Croce in The New Yorker, and combined with reviews in The New York Times and The Village Voice, established the company as an artistic and popular success.
The original concept of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo has not changed. It is a company of professional male dancers performing the full range of the ballet and modern dance repertoire, including classical and original works in faithful renditions of the manners and conceits of those dance styles.
Mini-Narnia: The Ballet is a delightful abbreviated version of Twin Cities Ballet’s adaptation of the classic story The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Suitable for all ages, this version is less than an hour and is performed by cast members from Twin Cities Ballet’s full-length production.
Performances are at 11:00am and 2:00pm on Saturday, March 28.
Our 2:00pm performance is a sensory-friendly show suitable for children and families with autism and sensory-processing disorders.
What makes this a sensory-friendly show?
-House lights remain on
-Doors remain open for exiting theater as needed
-Use of tablets/smartphones allowed (no videos or photos of performance)
-Designated “Quiet Zone” available throughout performance
-Meet and greet with performers before the show to familiarize audience members with the characters
-Recorded music to control volume
-No flashing lights, stage fog/smoke, or sudden sounds
WORKSHOPS, INTENSIVES, MASTER CLASSES and OPEN HOUSES
As part of Improvisation Sundays at The Open Space, Tori Casagranda is facilitating a workshop series on improvisation for all levels of movers.
We will experience improvisation in solo, duet and group. We will make play a priority, meaning this should be fun! As we warm up our own bodies and minds, we also cultivate our group awareness. We can sense each other and can be inspired by one another. We will dive into different scores, which are like rules, to set up a structure for the improvisation.
Restrictions yield creativity. Within the scores, we deepen our explorations of movement and spontaneous creation. We end up making a “one time only” work of art together. Come investigate, explore, experience and play!
Check out the other offerings of Improvisation Sundays at https://www.citwincities.com/theopenspace.
March 1 and 29
$10-20 sliding scale.
Drop-ins are welcome.
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 at the Bryant-Lake Bowl and Theater, March 4 and April 1.
Check out the other offerings of Improvisation Sundays at https://www.citwincities.com/theopenspace.
March 8 and April 5
$10-20 sliding scale.
Drop-ins are welcome.
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
Summer Session: June 13–July 25, 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
Summer Session: June 13–July 25, 2020
Teaching Artist: Rosa Prigan
SUMMER DANCE CAMPS for ages four through seven.
Week-long camps and day experiences in a variety of themes.
Teaching Artist: Michelle Ludwig
Photo: Karin Lynn.
INTRODUCTORY LABORATORY for ages seven through ten.
A ballet workshop geared towards young dancers interested in studying ballet and dance more in depth during the summer. A 90-minute ballet class followed by a class of a different dance genre such as modern, character, and musical theatre. Dancers will focus on positions, proper alignment, and musicality. Dancers from this class may matriculate into the Pre-Professional Program in Fall 2020. This Laboratory is ideal for BCL Level 1 students.
June 16, 18, 23, and 25
Tuesdays and Thursdays
July 21, 23, 28, and 30
Tuesdays and Thursdays
Teaching Artist: Anna Roehr and Guest Teaching Artists
Two different two-week sessions for dancers ages ten through 20. Every day will begin with ballet technique and different dance forms such as contemporary, modern, African dance, pointe strengthening, conditioning, men’s class, and Beyond the Mirror sessions. In the Company Repertoire Laboratory dancers will learn directly from our professional company artists. Dancers will learn company repertoire including Gentle Human, An American in Paris, Freddie – Break Free, and more!
INTERMEDIATE LABORATORY for ages ten through fifteen:
June Session: June 15-26, 2020
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
July Session: Company Repertoire Laboratory
July 20-31, 2020
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
ADVANCED LABORATORY for ages thirteen through 20:
June Session: June 15-26, 2020
July Session: Company Repertoire Laboratory
July 20-31, 2020
Teaching Artists: The Company of BCL, Flavia Garcia, Susana Di Palma, Jessika Enoh Akpaka
Join us for Flow Space, an atmosphere that allows for the act of “pure play” to help dance artists use more capacity, intellect, sense, courage, and imagination in their movement styles. Conducted by director of The DASH Ensemble, Gregory Dolbashian, the class is a highly developed series of improvisational tools and games that warms and pushes both the mind and the body to break habits and fulfill more presence. Games and tasks work both on the individual and in tandem, so that Flow Space creates a community for progress, inspiration, and most of all, discovery. Classes are for dancers aged sixteen and older.
Open/Company class: Tuesday, February 18, 9:30-11:00am.
Cost: $15/class or $130/ten-class card; payable by cash, check, debit/credit card, or class card at TUDC.
Master Class: Saturday, February 15 from 2:00-3:30pm.
Cost: $16; online pre-registration recommended.
Photo: Joseph Heitman.
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
Adult Beginning Ballet with Tina Anderson Wallum
Evening Adult Beginning Modern with Thern Anderson
The GYROKINESIS® Method is a rhythmic, flowing system of exercise and corresponding breathing patterns that shares concepts with ballet, modern dance, yoga, Pilates, and meditation. Build greater strength and flexibility throughout an increased range of motion. Excellent cross-training, or as a standalone workout.
Morning Class: 10:30-11:30am
Sunday, Monday, and Friday
Dance Apt 1 | 2518 Portland Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Park on surrounding streets. Dance Apt 1 is in the green building with the large evergreen off the front porch. Press the buzzer for #1.
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!
GYROKINESIS® is a registered trademark of Gyrotonic Sales Corp and is used with their permission.
Photo: Bill Cameron.
Join us on Saturday, February 15 for the February Dance Jamboree at Young Dance: a mini festival of classes for body, mind, and soul.
Saturday, February 15
9:15-10:00am: Family Dance, taught by Gretchen Pick. Ages one through five with caretaker. Crawlers and walkers welcome.
10:00-11:00am: Hip Hop, taught by Gabrielle "The Baddie" Abram. Ages seven through eleven.
10:00-11:00am: West African Fusion, taught by Deja Joelle. Ages twelve and up.
11:00-12:00pm: Modern Dance, taught by Tori Casagranda. Ages eight through twelve.
$5/class for a currently enrolled Young Dance student, $10/class for an individual not currently enrolled in Young Dance. Bring a friend and share Young Dance!
For class descriptions, visit our Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1463889157111695/.
To register, call or email Jennifer Glaws.
What are you composed of? What is your potent activator of the reality? You're invited to remember, revisit, reconstruct and reactivate who you are through a series of embodied questions. Utilizing contact improvisation, Authentic Movement, and butoh elements, we will turn our bodies into a utopia for memories and dreams. Please bring your journal or paper and pen if you have. This three-hour-long intensive is open for any curious people with some movement background.
Sunday, February 16
Ryuta Iwashita (they/them) lives as a movement/performance artist and facilitator/educator in New Orleans after living in Japan for 25 years. Their lexicon of improvisation derives from martial arts, contact improvisation, butoh, and their life being fluid between two countries. They host CI events in New Orleans and have facilitated workshops for CI and dance improvisation in Japan, China, and the U.S. including Tulane, Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation, West Coast CI Jam, and Queer Lab and Jam at Earthdance.
Surface Tensions: A Ground Movement Workshop with J-Sun Noer
Tuesday, February 18, 4:30pm
What does it mean to live in a world without verticality that is still deeply connected to this world? In this workshop, we explore the ground as home, not as a place to fall to or get away from—it is where we live. We crawl, roll, and spin using our backs, sides, and stomachs as we navigate the space. Pushing and pulling, we experiment with how to help each other in this world. I will be teaching specific techniques from break(danc)ing but also ask participants to bring their own movement practice into the collaborative space. Don't have a movement practice? Don't worry! No experience is necessary for this workshop!
Free; limited spaces available.
Please RSVP: email@example.com
ACE (CEP116071 (1.6))
PMA (Prov# 100070, Crs# 9475 (16.0))
Streaming video: $10.00
Build the body from the inside out with Anatomy in Three Dimensions™. Learn the structure and function of bones, joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments as well as the origin, insertion, and action of the major muscles of movement by building them yourself on a specially designed skeleton. There is no better way to learn anatomy! Learn how muscles move by experiencing each muscle group in action and relating these exercises to functional movement. This course covers the body from the knees through the shoulders. The lower leg and arm are covered in additional courses.
Paragon Pilates and Physical Therapy
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.
February 23, March 22, and April 19.
Enjoy a master class for intermediate to advanced ballet students with Peter Davison, choreographer of Ballet Co.Laboratory’s upcoming performance, An American in Paris. The class will take place at Ballet Co.Laboratory’s studios with a drop-in fee of $17, class cards accepted. Read more about Peter Davison and pre-register on our website: https://www.balletcolaboratory.org/teen-and-adult-dropin-program!
Tuesday, February 25
Ballet Royale Minnesota’s Ballet Beyond Barriers: Adaptive Dance Program is an inclusion program designed for children of all abilities and needs. It is ideal for both girls and boys, ages eight through fifteen, who are interested in exploring a new way of moving through dance, and will focus on rhythm, musicality, and gross motor skills while pushing the barriers of each child’s everyday capabilities. All classes are led by a ballet instructor along with a physical therapist and a live musician.
Classes are held on Sundays, 11:00am-12:00pm.
This six-week session will culminate with an in-studio showcase for families.
We would love for you to come dance with us!
You can view a short video about the program here: https://youtu.be/ZeUh3zaJ7uA
*If your child has a CSG grant or CDCS waiver, Ballet Beyond Barriers may be added into your budget.
Barbara has recovered from the flu, and she will be in the Cities in March to recoup the time she lost.
Friday-Sunday, MARCH 6-8, 2020
Note the new location in Northeast Minneapolis, plenty of free street parking!
Saturday, March 7
Special three-hour Stretch and Placement class
Barbara can give focused individualized attention and detail in this longer class.
Day-of drop-in available. RSVP is helpful, but not required.
LEAP YEAR SPECIAL: Register by February 29 via PayPal and this extended class is only $45.00.
Stretch and Placement Classes
Daily practice of Klein Technique™
Friday, February 6
Sunday, February 8
$20-25 sliding scale per class.
To sign up/preregister via PayPal:
Choose "send to family and friends," to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Email Jennifer Arave at email@example.com if you are having trouble with payment or for more information.
Enjoy a class and excerpt of Trockadero repertoire taught by Ballet Master of Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo, Raffaele Morra.
Dancers will learn excerpts of classical repertoire; as performed by the world’s great ballet companies as well as the Trocks’ satirical version.
Please pre-register. 25 student maximum. Presented in partnership with the Ordway.
Tuesday, March 10
Read more about Raffaele Morra and pre-register on our website:
March 14-15, 2020
Teaching Artist: Anna Goodrich
May 2020: Ballet Repertoire
May 9-10, 2020
Teaching Artist: Zoé Henrot
Photo: Karin Lynn.
Nonverbal expression is fundamental to human experience and communication. This didactic and experiential course will use lectures, discussions and movement experiences to introduce basic Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT) approaches when working with persons with behavioral health issues.
Participants will also learn about the history and development of DMT and selected DMT interventions. Non-verbal multicultural perspective will be emphasized throughout the course. No prior movement or dance experience or expertise is required for this course. “If you can walk, you can dance” (Zimbabwe proverb).
This course is approved by the American Dance Therapy Association, for Alternate Route R-DMT credit.
Instructors: Barbara Nordstrom-Loeb MA, MFA, BC-DMT, LMFT, CMA, SEP; WoS and Paul Sevett MA, BC-DMT, LICSW
AUDITIONS, JOBS and OPEN CALLS
Katha Dance Theatre (KDT), a classical Indian dance company based in the Twin Cities, seeks three male dancers to perform as guest artists in its upcoming performances of Black Candle (May 2020 at the Cowles Center) and Shaamya - Of Equality (October 2020 at the Park Square Theatre). Led by Artistic Director Rita Mustaphi, KDT features some of Kathak's greatest performers and tirelessly works to make the art form relevant and accessible.
The ideal dancer will have a background in tap, since Kathak dance features complex rhythmic components as well as lyrical movement. It is traditionally performed in bare feet. This position is open to dancers of all ages and racial and cultural backgrounds. Rehearsals for Black Candle, which depicts South Asian women's strength in the face of oppression, begin in early spring.
This is a paid position. To apply, please submit a resume and short video recording exemplifying your dance ability to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline: February 14.
Ray Terrill Dance Group is currently mobilizing for presenting the nineteenth annual Dances at the Lake Festival, occurring at the Lake Harriet Rose Garden in Minneapolis.
The two FREE concerts will be presented June 26-27, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.
Professional individual dance artists, adult, and youth companies are invited to submit proposals for consideration. Include: a link to website, or artist bio, brief description of planned dance (maximum seven minutes), number of dancers involved. This is a family-friendly event. Keep in mind, this is an outdoor public performance performed on grass. Reply via email to email@example.com.
Information about the Dances at the Lake Festival is available at http://www.dancesatthelakefestival.com.
Pro level male partner needed! Professional lead that knows proper lift technique or is willing to learn, or an advanced dancer willing to train and work hard for salsa and bachata cabaret. There is a competition coach in place, training in other dance genres in place, training here and at various congresses where I'll be teaching and where our coach will also be. There is a gymnastics trainer also in place.
You MUST be willing work, learn, and grow both individually and as a professional partnership. Must be willing to travel with notice.
Please contact me for details.
Let's do this!
Twin Cities Ballet is holding company auditions for our 2020-2021 season on March 29.
TCB is an innovative professional ballet company that is reigniting passion for ballet through original high-quality performances.
The audition is open to non-Ballet Royale dancers interested in:
Company: Soloist and Principal level, competitive salaried position, 34-week season.
Apprentice: Unpaid Apprentice positions for dancers eighteen and older seeking performance opportunities, training, and artistic development.
Trainees: High school-age trainees, for those who wish to receive the finest training available and perform with a professional company.
Sunday, March 29, 2020.
Please bring a copy of your CV, headshot, and a first position arabesque (women en pointe) at the time of registration.
No audition fee for professional and apprentice dancers. Dancers interested in Trainee positions, please bring a $25 audition fee; cash or check only.
Threads Dance Project is seeking an ethnically diverse group of dancers ages 21 and older, both men and women. Rehearsals begin on August 3, 2020. This is an opportunity to perform in a new Ordway Theater commission next November, as well as other events. Threads is seeking versatile dancers that are quick learners and are fluent in a variety of dance forms.
AUDITIONS WILL BE HELD:
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Registration and warm up time: 9:00am-9:30am
Located at Lundstrum Center for the Performing Arts, offering free parking.
Dancers must bring a headshot and resume.
Contact Karen, below, for further information.
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.
Sunday, April 5
11:30am registration, 12:00pm audition.
$25 audition fee, cash or check only.
GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS and SCHOLARSHIPS
The application for McKnight Fellowships in Dance and Choreography is now open.
The final deadline is: Monday March 30, 2020 at 3:00pm 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 a free online webinar about the application materials and process, March 16 at 6:00pm.
See separate posting in this newsletter with instructions on how to register for this session.
For guidelines and more information:
McKnight Fellowships for Dancers
McKnight Fellowship for Choreographers
For more information:
McKnight Fellowships for Dance and for Choreographers will hold one more webinar for all interested applicants.
Monday, March 16, 6:00pm–7:00pm
This free session, led by Program Director Mary Ellen Childs and Associate Dana Kassel, will be accessed through the online meeting site, Zoom. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org, 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:
SERVICES and SPECIAL OFFERS FOR DANCERS
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!
This is the final week to rent the Art Box at the following discounted rental rates. Discount ends February 15!
- $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.
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 email@example.com
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 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, no dance socials, and no Irish shoes or tap shoes permitted. Rental fees may change at the discretion of Jawaahir Dance Company.
St. Paul Ballet has three brand new studios available for rent in our new home at CO•MOTION! Our space includes free parking and is just three blocks from the Fairview-University LRT Station. We are also accessible by bus (#67) which stops in front of our building.
All studios have sprung floors with Marley-type flooring, one-wall of mirrors, HVAC, barres affixed to the walls as well as additional portable barres, pianos and sound systems.
Studio 2: 40’x40′ with upright piano
Studio 3: 40’x40′ with upright piano
Studio 4: 46’x36′ with grand piano
For information about rentals by-the-hour please contact Isabel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Expose your students to a professional dance environment with a field trip to TU Dance Center.
Students will tour TU Dance Center, have conversations with members of TU Dance company, watch the rehearsal process, come onto the dance floor for a brief movement exploration, and have a short Q&A.
This may also be combined with a dance class for students in our upstairs studio upon request.
Schedule this visit on its own or in conjunction with one of our educational performances for a more in-depth, comprehensive experience.
Barbara Mahler will be offering one-hour Zero Balancing bodywork sessions for $65-$80, Friday-Sunday, March 6-8. Contact Jennifer, below, to schedule an appointment.
Developed by Fritz Frederick Smith, MD in the early 1970s, Zero Balancing is a powerful body-mind therapy that uses skilled touch to address the relationships between energy and structures within the body. Following a protocol that typically lasts 30–45 minutes, the practitioner utilizes finger pressure and gentle traction on the bones and joints to create fulcrums, or points of balance, around which the body can relax and reorganize.
Zero Balancing can address specific issues and enhance overall feelings of wellness. ZB feels great and often provides these lasting benefits: improved feelings of health and well-being; stress release and enhanced energy; reduced pain and discomfort; increased balance, stability and mobility with heightened feelings of connection.
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!
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 http://www.kathadance.org. If you have kathak experience but are new to KDT, email us at email@example.com to determine your class placement.
Join us for a variety of classes that you won't be able to find anywhere else in the Twin Cities, including bodyART, broadway jazz, commercial jazz, heels, and more!
For a full class listing or to register, visit us at http://www.evolutionstudiomn.com.
GENTLE TEEN/ADULT BALLET for ages fifteen and older
INTERMEDIATE TEEN/ADULT BALLET for ages fifteen and older
Tuesdays, 6:30–8:00pm, pointe class following
Saturdays, 10:30–12:00pm, 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, following Level 3 Technique, 1:30-2:30pm
Photo: Karin Lynn.
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 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.
Fundamentals is for the adult with no ballet experience! Learn the basic steps, class etiquette, direction of movement, and more. Ages thirteen and older. Continuous enrollment.
Monday, 7:30-8:30pm with Leta Triebold
Wednesdays, 6:00-7:00pm with Leah Gallas
Our adult/teen beginning classes are for the student who enjoyed ballet as a child or has had six months or more of classical ballet classes. Ages thirteen and older.
Wednesdays, 7:15-8:30pm with Stephanie Moffet-Hugg
Saturdays, 9:00-10:15am with Helen Hatch
DROPIN CLASS PRICES:
Single class rate: $15
Senior citizen, ages 60+, single class rate: $9
Post-secondary student single class rate: $12, with student ID
Professional dancer single class rate: $10
CLASS CARD RATES:
Six-class card: $85
Twelve-class card: $132
Four-week unlimited class card: $140
Six-month unlimited class card: $612
The pre-professional curriculum at St. Paul Ballet provides professional training in classical ballet based on the Vaganova method. All classes are accompanied by accomplished pianists. Advancement is determined by the students’ progress in developing technical skills, strength, and artistry. Parental support is encouraged and welcomed.
New students ages eight through eighteen will need to arrange a placement class for the Upper or Lower School in the pre-professional division. The class will include technique (Level 3) and pointe (Level 4-6) and will be observed by the teacher. Female dancers should wear a black or solid color leotard, pink footed tights, pink ballet slippers and pointe shoes, if applicable, and hair in a neat and firm bun in back middle of head. Male dancers should wear a fitted white tee shirt, black tights and black ballet slippers.
We welcome new students at any time! Please call or email for more information 651-690-1588 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keane hosts weekly classes for all levels of dance.
TAPPY HOUR - Adult tap
Tappy Hour I - Beginning
Tappy Hour II - Beginning/Intermediate
Tappy Hour I and II - Beginning/Intermediate
And at Can Can Wonderland, every Friday, 4:00-6:00pm. Shoes provided.
Drop-in Technique on Sundays
1:00-2:15pm - Intermediate
2:15-3:30pm - Advanced
Youth Classes on Sundays
1:00-2:15pm - Beginning tap
1:00-2:15pm - Intermediate
2:15-3:30pm - Advanced
Youth Tap Ensemble: a training ground for improvisation, choreography and history. For information send an email to Cathy@tapcompany.org.
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.
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.
Registration Still Open!
Flexible payment plans and financial aid are available.
Photo: Laura Kane Scher Photography.
TU Dance Center offers a variety of open classes in ballet, Horton-based modern, West African, Gaga, improvisation, and contemporary techniques. Classes are for intermediate and advanced levels.
Teaching artists include Toni Pierce-Sands, Berit Ahlgren, Wendy Anderson, Kenna-Camara Cottman, Laurel Keen, Alanna Morris-Van Tassel, Blake Nellis, and Abdo Sayegh.
For current class listings, please visit:http://www.tudance.org/openschedule/
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.
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 www.citwincities.com/theopenspace.
Thursday mornings, 10:00-11:15am
$5-10 suggested donation.
Blake Nellis is teaching Contact Improvisation for all levels of movers at The Open Space.
$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.
#GetYourAsstoClass for Friday Morning Jazz at Zenon, this week with Karla Grotting! She's been planning a love-themed class for Valentine's Day for OVER A WEEK, so it's sure to be good!
"Come to FMJ on Valentine’s Day! We’ll be reveling in all kinds of love songs, including those that invoke its symptoms and side effects. Add your favorites to my Spotify playlist soon if you want to dance to them on Friday. Open level. Drop-ins encouraged. Jazz Amnesty always in force!"
To find the link to Karla's Spotify playlist for class, head to our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/fridaymorningjazzclass/.
Not already a part of the group? Request the join to receive updates on class themes, guest teachers and more!
Looking forward to grooving with you!
Contact Improvisation Twin Cities hosts a monthly live music jam every third Monday. Come join us to connect, dance, listen, move, and be moved!
February 17: MUSIC JAM with Brandon Musser:
Brandon is a music composer, producer, designer, and performer;
a sound artist with blood from Pittsburgh and an address in Minneapolis.
Branton's recent media are composition for dance, techno, and large performative installation, and Brandon's current work investigates the physical materialization of sound within the performer/viewer and producer/consumer codependency. Through a performative installation, Brandon explores the fundamental qualities of what this codependency is and how this relationship dictates performance’s definition.
Doors at 6:00pm.
All are welcome!
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.
There will be NO SPARK Lab this week. SPARK Lab will resume April 6, 2020.
Take advantage of the free parking and come play with us in CREO's beautiful, sprung-floor studio!
Photo: Erik Saulitis.
Find rhythm, groundedness, and flow with contemporary 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 with Kealoha Ferreira: Saturday, 9:00am-10:00am.
February 29; March 7, 14, 21, 28; April 4, 11, 18, 25; May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30.
Introduction to Yorchha with Kealoha Ferreira: Friday, 6:30pm-8:00pm.
Febraury 28; March 6, 20, 27; April 3, 10, 17, 24; May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29.
Advanced Yorchha with Kealoha Ferreira: Tuesday, 9:30am-11:00am.
February 25; March 3, 10, 17, 24; April 7, 14, 21, 28; May 5, 12, 19, 26.
Learn about Yorchhā, our contemporary movement technique, with text and video explanation: http://www.ananyadancetheatre.org/philosophy/yorchha/
OTHER DANCE NEWS
The Right Here Showcase highlights and showcases the area's most original performance makers. In this sixth year of the mini-festival, we present these four powerhouse artists:
▪ Benjamin Domask-Ruh, physical theater artist
▪ Jesse Neumann Peterson, dancer, choreographer, and visual artist
▪ Sam Johnson, performance maker
▪ Davu Seru, musician and improviser
Benjamin Domask-Ruh combines the skill and technique of juggling with the theory and philosophy of clown in a unique blend of circus and theatre.
Jesse Neumann Peterson is a visual and performing artist and choreographer, and a recipient of a Sage Award for Outstanding Dance Performance.
Sam Johnson is a founding core member of Supergroup, and with Supergroup is a McKnight Choreography Fellow.
Davu Seru is a drummer and improvisor, presenting a composition for dance, projections and percussion.
May 28-31, June 4-7.