DanceMN News - June 24, 2020

DANCEMN UPDATES

WORKSHOPS, INTENSIVES, MASTER CLASSES and OPEN HOUSES

AUDITIONS, JOBS and OPEN CALLS

SERVICES and SPECIAL OFFERS FOR DANCERS

ONGOING CLASSES

DANCE WRITING, REVIEWS and PODCASTS

DANCEMN UPDATES

Dear Minnesota Dance Community,

DanceMN grieves the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Philando Castille, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, Eric Garner, and the growing list of Black and Brown people at the hands of police. We stand in solidarity for the fight for justice with our BIPOC communities and are committed to working to end systemic racism.

As a repository for the dance community, resources will be included in DanceMN newsletters moving forward. We encourage our readers to submit as well. We hope that this will help disseminate important information, allowing us all to support, lean on, and push each other to take action.

Black Lives Matter.

DanceMN’s Steering Committee,
Penelope Freeh, Joanne Gordon, Jim Lieberthal, Kaya Lovestrand, Alys Ayumi Ogura, Abdo Sayegh, and Anat Shinar

Contact:
DanceMN Steering Committee- admin@dancemn.org

WORKSHOPS, INTENSIVES, MASTER CLASSES and OPEN HOUSES

The Young Dance Summer 2020 schedule and registration is available—revised and reimagined for quality and safety.

Whether you are starting your dance journey, exploring Young Dance for the first time, or using the summer to expand your dance skills and practice—we have something for you!

Joys of Dancing Together: ages one to three with a caretaker.

Creative Movement One: ages three to five.

Creative Movement Two: ages five to seven.

Dance a Story—Creative Movement and Storytelling Camp: ages three to six.

Create! Dance and Photography Camp: ages eight to twelve.

Dance Pass to Explore: a variety of offerings for ages seven to eighteen.

Pre-Season Performance Company and Urban Dance Camp: ages seven to eighteen.

Summer classes and camps began Monday, June 15, and will be offered through distance learning until federal guidelines permit a safe return to in-person programming.
To register and for more information, visit http://youngdance.org/summercamps.

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

Our fantastic summer of dance kicked off at the beginning of June, and there is still time for you to join us! We are offering online-only options, as well in-person classes that will follow social distancing through limited class size, staggered start times, and sanitizing procedures. Please contact the studio with any questions.

- July 6-24: July Intensive, with rigorous professional training by Artistic Directors Rick and Denise Vogt and guest teachers Gary and Muriel Joyce, formerly with Bavarian State Opera Ballet. Culminates with a student showcase. Ages eight and up. AUDITION REQUIRED for Upper Division and Advanced Division II.

- August 10-21: Grand Prix Variations Workshop. Designed to benefit all dancers with a focus on classical variations, artistry, quality, and technique. Ages ten and up. AUDITION REQUIRED.

- July 6-August 13: Weekly evening classes for all ages, Creative Dance through advanced students and adults!

Come dance with us this summer!

Ballet Royale Minnesota | 16368 Kenrick Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044
Contact:
Rick Vogt- info@BalletRoyaleMN.org, (952) 898-3163

Enjoy classes from artists all around the world all month long. Master classes will take place via Zoom on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:30am-12:00pm Central Time. Only $5/class!

Series teaching artists include Mara Driscoll, dancer for the Metropolitan Opera; Claire Davison, member of American Ballet Theatre; and Andrea Mislan, local dance and musical theater artist.

Please sign up for class beforehand to reserve your spot. Don’t have a MindBody Profile with Ballet Co.Laboratory? Make one today!
Click the ‘Sign Up’ button next to the master class you want to attend to reserve your spot.

Make sure you prepare your home studio before class to enjoy your full dance experience with these inspiring artists.

276 E Lafayette Frontage Rd, St. Paul, MN
Contact:
Maria Vitelli- info@balletcolaboratory.org, (651) 313-5967

Dance Pass to Explore - taught through Zoom!
A variety of classes for ages seven and older running June 22-July 16.

Purchasing a "Dance Pass to Explore” allows a dancer to participate in dance when best works with their schedule by selecting any of the classes in their age group.
Classes include: Modern/Jazz Combination, Ballet, Modern, Hip Hop, and All Abilities Dancing with Young Dance Teaching Artists Jennifer Glaws, Anat Shinar, Gabby “The Baddie” Abram, and Gretchen Pick.

See schedule for Dance Pass to Explore and register on our website: http://youngdance.org/summercamps

Young Dance summer classes and camps began Monday, June 15 and will be offered through distance learning until federal guidelines permit a safe return to in-person programming.

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

In compliance with CDC guidelines regarding coronavirus prevention, we are keeping our Doushin Butoh Experience Workshop on Zoom.

Butoh is a contemporary Japanese performance art form that began in the late 1950's. Originally started as an anti-establishment, anti-traditional dance theater, butoh explores the relationship between our mind and body, and it questions society's perceptions of the body and ideas of "beauty." Though it is considered an underground art form, butoh is practiced all over the world.

This workshop is for people who want to experience Doushin Butoh. The essence of Doushin Butoh is “Resonance,” beyond idea or concept. It can only be felt and experienced.

Come and experience the power of Resonance!

Two Thursdays, June 25 and July 2: 6:30-8:00pm
Dates are subject to change.

For more information and to sign up for our mailing list, go to: https://www.facebook.com/doushinresonance/ or visit: https://squareup.com/store/doushinresonance.

Tuition: $25

Contact:
Gadu Schmitz- doushinresonance@gmail.com, (612) 703-7501

Attend an exciting and rigorous ballet-based program featuring Artistic Directors Denise and Rick Vogt with master and guest teachers, including Gary and Muriel Joyce, formerly with Bavarian State Opera Ballet. For three weeks, students will receive the finest professional and personalized instruction, allowing them to reach their full potential.

Classes include ballet, pointe, preparation for pointe, modern, jazz, character, variations, men’s class, Progressing Ballet Technique®, hip hop, pas de deux, enrichment classes, and more. Students will be highlighted in an end of program summer showcase performance.

Our programs adhere to social distancing by limiting class size, staggering class times, and offering a mix of in-person and online classes. In-person classes are nearly full, however there is still room in our online-only program!

Ages eight and older.
Divisions I and II: no audition required
Advanced Division II and Upper Division by invitation or audition only.

Ballet Royale Minnesota | 16368 Kenrick Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044
Contact:
Rick Vogt- info@BalletRoyaleMN.org, (952) 898-3163

NEW DATES for July and August. Safe Studio Standards will be strongly enforced.

FAMILY DANCE for ages two through four with a parent/guardian.
A 45-minute class held in sessions for parents and their young dancer.
Saturdays, 10:30–11:15am
July 11–August 15, 2020

PRE-BALLET for ages four through six.
A 45-minute class held once a week that introduces young dancers to ballet positions, textures of movement, expression, and musicality.
Saturdays, 9:30–10:15am
July 11–August 15, 2020

SUPERHERO CAMP for ages four through seven.
Build your superhero cape and dance your way through our obstacle course!
July 6–10, 2020
12:00–3:00pm

SPACE DANCE CAMP for ages four through seven.
Learn about planets, stars, and all that’s in between through dancing and movement!
August 3-7, 2020
9:00am–12:00pm

Teaching Artist: Michelle Ludwig
Space is limited!

276 E Lafayette Frontage Rd, St. Paul, MN
Contact:
Maria Vitelli- info@balletcolaboratory.org, (651) 313-5967

In compliance with CDC guidelines regarding coronavirus prevention, we are keeping Beginning Doushin Butoh Workshop on Zoom.

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, such as quieting down your daily consciousness and creating movements that are novel and unique to the individual body.

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 potential is welcome!

Thursdays, 6:30-8:00pm

Tuition: $135

2020 schedule, dates are subject to change:
Summer Term: July 9, 16, 23, 30; August 6, 13, 20, 27

For more information, go to: https://www.facebook.com/doushinresonance or visit: https://squareup.com/store/doushinresonance.

Contact:
Gadu Schmitz- doushinresonance@gmail.com, (612) 703-7501

Calling all youth dancers! Join ZenONLINE for a week of exploring dance in a variety of styles!

Not sure if your dancer has a style they like best, or looking for a way to try out something new? This sampler camp will explore a minimum of four different dance styles to build confidence and creative moves. It also includes technique classes each day that will explore a variety of dance styles and choreography to build your dancers skill and creativity.

Camp Zenon is split into two age groups:
Ages six through nine, and ages ten through fourteen.
All levels are welcome!

Register and learn more at: http://conta.cc/39fJDXN

Contact:
Erika Martin- erika@zenondance.org

Give your young dancer the joy of dance and performance! Each workshop will be inspired by a different Disney story and will include a short performance at the end of the workshop. Choose your dates, or take both remaining camps!

Classes for ages three and four will be offered online only via Zoom. Our July and August workshops for ages five through nine are currently planned to be in person (subject to change), with limited enrollment in order to maintain social distancing.

Ages three and four:
Online via Zoom
9:30-10:00am
July 18 and August 15

Ages five through nine:
In person at Ballet Royale, with limited class size (subject to change).
10:00-11:00am
July 18 and August 15

Ballet Royale Minnesota | 16368 Kenrick Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044
Contact:
Rick Vogt- info@BalletRoyaleMN.org, (952) 898-3163

NEW, UPDATED DATES! Safe Studio Standards will be strongly enforced.

Two two-week sessions for dancers ages ten through 20. Every day will begin with ballet technique and include contemporary, modern, pointe strengthening, conditioning, and more. In the Company Repertoire Laboratory, dancers will learn company repertoire directly from our professional company artists, including Gentle Human, An American in Paris, Freddie – Break Free, and more!

INTERMEDIATE LABORATORY for ages ten through fifteen.

July Session: July 20-31, 2020
AND/OR
August Session Company Repertoire Laboratory: August 17-28, 2020
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
12:30–4:30pm

ADVANCED LABORATORY for ages thirteen through 20.

July Session with Master Teaching Artists: July 20-31, 2020
AND/OR
August Session Company Repertoire Laboratory: August 17-28
Monday-Friday
10:30am–4:30pm

Master Teaching Artists: Da’Rius Malone, Susana Di Palma, Jessika Enoh Akpaka. Space is limited! Virtual options available.

276 E Lafayette Frontage Rd, St. Paul, MN
Contact:
Maria Vitelli- info@balletcolaboratory.org, (651) 313-5967

NEW, UPDATED DATES! Safe Studio Standards will be strongly enforced.

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.

July Session:
July 21, 23, 28 and 30
Tuesdays and Thursdays
5:00–7:30pm
Virtual option available!

August Session:
August 18, 20, 25 and 27
Tuesdays and Thursdays
5:00–7:30pm
Virtual option available!

Teaching Artist: Anna Roehr and Michelle Ludwig
Space is limited!

276 E Lafayette Frontage Rd, St. Paul, MN
Contact:
Maria Vitelli- info@balletcolaboratory.org, (651) 313-5967

This focused ballet and variations workshop specializes in preparing dancers for performing or competing in national ballet competitions. Following daily classical ballet technique class, dancers learn classic 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.

This workshop has both in-person and online-only options. In-person classes will adhere to social distancing through limited class sizes and staggered class times. Please see our website for our full safety procedures.

Video auditions due July 1, 2020.

Ballet Royale Minnesota | 16368 Kenrick Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044
Contact:
Rick Vogt- info@BalletRoyaleMN.org, (952) 898-3163

Monday-Thursday, August 31-September 3
9:30am-12:00pm
Ages eight to twelve

Experience the joy of dance while learning the elements of photography. Explore how images can inspire choreography and creativity!

Each day will consist of a group photo walk to help participants focus on their photography goals and let them practice the new skills they’ve learned. During these photo walks, they will develop and hone their visual acuity. The participants will then apply the elements of photography to movement sessions in the studio. Students will participate in movement exercises of creation and dance technique. A digital device with photography capabilities needed, but not required.

This camp is planned to happen at Young Dance with appropriate safety measures in place, in accordance with federal and MN state guidelines. If federal and MN state guidelines do not allow, this camp will happen virtually.

To register and for more information, visit http://youngdance.org/summercamps.

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

AUDITIONS, JOBS and OPEN CALLS

Request for proposals!

6 FEET / 6 SOLOS is an open proposal program through The Cowles Center created in response to COVID-19 and how this year has created an environment for isolation and necessitated connection in ways we’ve never experienced before. Open to artists of all styles, ages, backgrounds, and abilities, this initiative invites artists to create a solo that will be performed to a live audience as well as live-streamed in The Cowles Center’s Target Education Studio.

Six proposals will be selected to present at The Cowles Center on Wednesday, September 23, 2020.
Artists will be given a $500 stipend, the opportunity to participate in a professional photo shoot, and granted 20 hours of free rehearsal space at The Cowles Center.

Learn more about proposal requirements, application closing dates, and more, here: http://thecowlescenter.org/6-feet-6-solos
Questions can be forwarded to Elyse Chambers at echambers@thecowlescenter.org

Contact:

SERVICES and SPECIAL OFFERS FOR DANCERS

Resources to Support the Minneapolis Protests:
https://rb.gy/nln3vx

Resource to End Police Violence in America:
https://www.joincampaignzero.org/#vision

Black-Led Arts Organizations to Support Now:
https://www.mprnews.org/story/2020/06/03/twin-cities-black-artists-need-...

Contact:
DanceMN Steering Committee- admin@dancemn.org

ONGOING CLASSES

Erin’s advanced level contemporary/modern Zoom class through Zenon Dance School includes floor work, standing warm-ups, and phrase work, all designed to enhance the healthy use of joints and muscle groups as dancers release their weight fully into the support of the ground. Experiential awareness, body mapping, improvisation, and creative work are included as dancers channel their own expressive artistry within the movement. The delightful Dean Magraw will accompany on guitar.

Thursday mornings, 9:30-11:00am

Registration is open through Zenon's MindBody portal and closes ten minutes before class.
See you (virtually) soon!

Promocodes: EDU2020 for students; PRORATE for professionals.

For more information:
http://conta.cc39fJDXN

Contact:
Erika Martin- info@zenondance.org

The GYROKINESIS® Method is a rhythmic, flowing system of exercise performed seated, standing, or on all fours. Participants connect to their breath while developing functional strength and creating more space in the body. Do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions.

60-minute GYROKINESIS® Method classes:

Mondays, 10:30am: https://zoom.us/j/597696618

Mondays, 4:30pm: https://zoom.us/j/86282134731

Tuesdays, 6:00pm: https://zoom.us/j/88563791248

Fridays, 10:30am: https://zoom.us/j/556949877

Sundays, 10:30am: https://zoom.us/j/637871744

75-minute class GYROKINESIS® Method and Awakening the Senses:

Saturdays, 4:15-5:30pm: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84200915925

Class fee $5-20 to http://www.paypal.me/nonedwards

Private sessions available.

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

Contact:

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.

VIRTUAL DANCE CLASSES

MotionArt is offering opportunities to dance during these uncertain times through our virtual classes on Zoom. Adult classes will continue, and we added a new beginning class for adults of any age who want to explore modern dance for the first time. It’s never too late to start!

Paying the regular rate helps keep our organization afloat; however, no one will be turned away for inability to pay. There is also an option to pay what you can.

Please go to http://www.motionartmn.org to sign up for classes.

Basic Beginning Modern Dance
Tuesday, 5:00-6:15pm
May 12-June 2

Intermediate Modern Dance
Wednesday, 10:30am-12:00pm
Ongoing

Ageless Dance
Thursday, 4:30-5:45pm
Ongoing

Mixed Level Modern Dance
Saturday, 4:00-5:30pm
Ongoing

Contact:
Pam Gleason- pamgleason@msn.com, (612) 990-6019

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

MotionArt is offering ways for children to dance during these uncertain times through our virtual classes on Zoom.

Please go to http://www.motionartmn.org to sign up for classes. There are various options for payment/donations, and no one will be turned away for inability to pay.

Ages three to five:
Friday, 12:00-12:30pm

Ages five to seven:
Saturday, 10:00-10:45am

Ages seven to nine:
Saturday, 11:00-11:45am

Ages ten to twelve:
Friday, 3:00-4:00pm

Contact:
Pam Gleason- pamgleason@msn.com, (612) 990-6019

Continue your dance journey and take virtual classes with Ballet Co.Laboratory. Whether you are a level student or a drop-in student at the school of Ballet Co.Laboratory or just looking for class, check out our Community Connections and Summer 2020 pages on our website to see virtual classes available to you! Classes that are offered include: ballet classes, Pilates for dancers, yoga for dancers, and more.

Teen/Adult Drop-in Classes: Please sign up in advance for class. $10/class or purchase a ten-class card for $90.

Pre-Professional Drop-in Classes: These classes are for dancers ages six through eighteen. Please sign up in advance for class. $5/class or purchase a ten-class card for $45.

Contact:
Maria Vitelli- info@balletcolaboratory.org, (651) 313-5967

Join our online learning community of all ages, sizes, and levels of experience to participate in the creative expression, health, and fitness benefits of Middle Eastern dance. The beauty of this dance form is that it makes you feel wonderful in your own body, no matter its size or shape.

Go to http://www.cassandraschool.com to choose your classes and learn from home!
Each class is one hour, US Central Time, held through Zoom.
$15 per class. Purchase four or more classes and receive a $2 discount per class.

You may register online at http://www.cassandraschool.com using PayPal or credit card.
Be sure to choose and register for your class ahead of time, as class registrations close at 8:00pm CT the night before class.

The Cassandra School and Jawaahir Dance Company are not responsible for injuries sustained during classes.

Contact:
Jenny Piper- genmanager@jawaahir.org, (612) 872-6050

Zenon Dance School will continue virtual movement class this summer with ZenONLINE!

Wednesday
9:30am: Improvisation/Composition with HIJACK
5:30pm: Beginning Ballet with Anne Lentz
7:00pm: Beginning/Intermediate Jazz with Jennifer Glaws

Thursday
9:30am: Advanced Contemporary/Modern with Erin Thompson
5:30pm: Afro Modern with Roxane Wallace
7:00pm: Intermediate Modern with Dustin Haug

Friday
10:00am: All Levels Jazz with Erinn and Karla
12:00pm: Intermediate Ballet with Penny Freeh

Saturday
9:00am: All Levels Yoga with Ariel Linnerson
10:30am: All Levels Tap with Dorian Brooke
12:00pm: Beginning Ballet with Benjamin Johnson

Monday
5:30pm: Cardio Dance Jam with Ariel Linnerson

Tuesday
9:30am: gaga/people with Berit Ahlgren
5:30pm: Hip Hop with Arturo Miles
7:00pm: Beginning Jazz with Allison Rubin-Forester

Registration closes ten minutes before class begins with MindBody!

Contact:
Erika Martin- erika@zenondance.org

Zenon's virtual summer session has begun, and at Friday Morning Jazz, we'll be leaning further into the history of this beautiful, resilient, powerful form and seeking ways to promote active anti-racism within our work. If dancing again will help you fully feel your humanity, join us this week (with Erinn teaching) for a body-centric, music-driven, history-infused hour of wrestling with and finding joy in jazz.

Erinn's approach to jazz emphasizes groove, interaction and improvisation, is inspired by both social and concert dance movement, and is driven by jazz music. To check out her playlist that prioritizes Black artists, and to gain access to this week's highlighted anti-racism resource, visit our Facebook group page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/fridaymorningjazzclass/.

To register for class, visit http://www.zenondance.org and sign up at least ten minutes prior to class to receive the Zoom link to join us. We look forward to dance with you Friday!

- Erinn Liebhard and Karla Grotting

Contact:
Erinn Liebhard- ekliebs@gmail.com

Ballet Royale is offering six weeks of evening classes for dancers of all ages, from Creative Dance to adults! Class sizes are limited to maintain social distancing, and we also offer an online-only option via Zoom for dancers who prefer to take class from home.

Creative Dance II:
Wednesdays, 5:15-6:00pm

Creative Dance III:
Wednesdays, 6:15pm-7:00pm

Preparation for Ballet and Introduction to Ballet:
Thursdays, 5:30-6:30pm

Youth Ballet I and II:
Tuesdays, 5:15-6:15pm

Youth Ballet III and IV:
Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30pm

Adult Ballet Basics:
Tuesdays, 7:45-8:45pm

Adult/Teen Intermediate and Advanced Ballet and Pointe:
Thursdays, 6:45-8:45pm

Adult Progressing Ballet Technique®:
Saturday, 10:00-11:00am

Ballet Royale is Minnesota’s foremost ballet academy and leads the dance community with its original groundbreaking classes and incomparable training. We would love for you to come dance with us! Please see our website or contact us with any questions: http://www.BalletRoyaleMN.org.

Ballet Royale Minnesota | 16368 Kenrick Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044
Contact:
Rick Vogt- info@BalletRoyaleMN.org, (952) 898-3163

DANCE WRITING, REVIEWS and PODCASTS

Message from Alonzo King and LINES Ballet:
https://blog.linesballet.org/2020/06/05/alonzo-king/

Dance Magazine Op-Ed: Where is Your Outrage? Where is Your Support? by Theresa Ruth Howard:
https://www.dancemagazine.com/dance-companies-black-lives-matter-2646141...

Podcast: Seeing White:
https://www.sceneonradio.org/seeing-white/

Contact:
DanceMN Steering Committee- admin@dancemn.org