DanceMN News - October 14, 2020

DANCEMN UPDATES

PERFORMANCES and EVENTS

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

OTHER DANCE NEWS

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,
Rahila Coats, Penelope Freeh, Joanne Gordon, Jim Lieberthal, Kaya Lovestrand, Alys Ayumi Ogura, Abdo Sayegh, and Anat Shinar

Contact:
DanceMN Steering Committee- admin@dancemn.org

PERFORMANCES and EVENTS

AMP proudly presents its first screendance film, What Never Was. The film is a nine-minute work made to honor and reimagine the creative work of Alternative Motion Project’s canceled ninth season performance. While this film draws inspiration from the work that never got to see the stage, we did not set out to simply recreate choreography that already existed and put it on camera. We wanted to build a new creation that has its own unique identity.

Produced by Kristin Howe and Joanna Lees
Directed and Edited by Joanna Lees
Cinematography by V. Paul Virtucio
Lighting Design by Tony Stoeri
Music by Michael Wall
Movement by the performers in collaboration with Kristin Howe, Joanna Lees, Erinn Liebhard, and Brenna Mosser
Filmed on location at The Lab Theater

View the film for free: https://vimeo.com/461636823

To support the work, make a donation to AMP via our website or Venmo (@moveBIG).
http://www.alternativemotionproject.org

Contact:

Dancing While Somali
Part 17 of MN Dance & the Ecstasies of Influences
Speakers: Zakariye Aden, Osman Ali, Awale Kore, Mohamoud Osman Mohamed, Ayan Mohamud, and Bilan Osman

Saturday, October 18 at 2:00pm

Live stream conversation via YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/EastsidefreedomlibraryOrg/featured

Dancing While… is a three-part mini-series—within the larger discussion series, MN Dance & the Ecstasies of Influences—that centers individual stories by dance practitioners and organizers from immigrant and refugee communities in Minnesota.

Hosted by and in collaboration with East Side Freedom Library.
In partnership with The Somali Museum of Minnesota’s Dance Troupe.
Curated and produced by Michèle Steinwald.
Documented by Tori Hong, Kristin Van Loon, and Flywheel Media Productions.

Funded by Metropolitan Regional Arts Council’s Arts Project Support Grant and Minnesota Historical Society’s Minnesota Historical & Cultural Grant.

Photo courtesy of The Somali Museum Dance Troupe.

Contact:
Michèle Steinwald- michele@44artsproductive.com, (612) 607-4246

Northrop presents:
GALLIM: A new dance film by Andrea Miller and Helix Films, based on BOAT
2020-21 Northrop Season
Thursday, November 19, 7:30 pm CST
Online performance, including artist conversation.

In-demand choreographer Andrea Miller’s dances emphasize the contrasts of being human—the grotesque and the sublime, the chaos and the elegance—with movement both primal and poetic. Through an innovative creative collaboration with Northrop, Miller’s company, GALLIM, debuts an evocative new dance film adapted from Miller’s 2016 piece BOAT which explores what it looks like, feels like, and means to be searching for home.

Featuring the music of Northrop’s pipe organ played by University Organist Dean Billmeyer and the Twin Cities-based PopUp Choir in the score, the film takes viewers on a journey of people becoming undone, floating adrift, holding each other, building bonds, and allowing hope and dignity to grow anew.

Contact:
Amy Nelson- northrop@umn.edu

GALLIM: Virtual Happy Hour
Featured Guest: Michelle Dorrance, Artistic Director of Dorrance Dance
Wednesday, October 21, 5:00-6:00 pm CDT
Streaming online
FREE and open to the public. Link provided after registration.

Join choreographer, Artistic Director, and Gallim Founder Andrea Miller and featured guest Michelle Dorrance, Artistic Director of Dorrance Dance, for a live-streamed happy hour conversation about the evolving field of dance and the arts.

Michelle Dorrance (Dorrance Dance Artistic Director/Choreographer/Dancer) is a New York City–based artist. Mentored by Gene Medler (North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble), she studied under many of the last master hoofers. Career highlights include: STOMP, Derick Grant’s Imagine Tap!, Jason Samuels Smith’s Charlie’s Angels/Chasing the Bird, Ayodele Casel’s Diary of a Tap Dancer, Mable Lee’s Dancing Ladies, and playing bass for Darwin Deez.

Contact:
Amy Nelson- Northrop@umn.edu

Ranee, Aparna, and Ashwini Ramaswamy share a series of solo Bharatanatyam performances as part of the TEDxMinneapolis' 2020 virtual conference.

They draw from the artistic traditions and spirituality of their South Indian heritage to create dance works that contemplate how humans receive, interpret, codify, preserve, and re-create culture. In their TEDx presentation, the Ramaswamys each perform a solo from Ragamala Dance Company's upcoming production, Fires of Varanasi, which evokes a richly elaborate ritual where time is suspended and humans merge with the divine. Through images that reflect the cosmic trinity of Varanasi, India—sacred pilgrimage routes, The Ganges River, and the patron deity Shiva—the creators imagine a metaphorical crossing place.

Contact:
Sasha Blinnikova- admin@ragamaladance.org, (320) 310-3605

Join Twin Cities Ballet and Little Red Riding Hood as she travels throughout Lakeville on a quest to visit Grandma, meeting other fairy tale favorites along the way including little pigs, blind mice, and of course, the Big Bad Wolf! This fun new spin on the classic tale includes an interactive educational narrative geared toward younger audiences or those new to ballet. Prior to the performance there will be a fun optional clue to clue real life quest showcasing Lakeville’s landmarks and attractions; a great community event for the whole family!

In-person tickets are spaced to adhere to current social distancing guidelines and are limited to 25% of the theater capacity.

Two performances:
Saturday, October 24, 2:00pm
Sunday, October 25, 2:00pm

Photo credit: Thomas McCartney.

Lakeville Area Arts Center | 20965 Holyoke Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044
Contact:
Denise Vogt- info@TwinCitiesBallet.org, (952) 452-3163

Dear Dance Community, last week I tested positive for COVID-19, therefore I am moving my premiere to a completely virtual format. We hope you will support our transparency and our decision.

Heritage Sites
Set in an enigmatic space containing a bathtub, we initially see an interplay between the water and each dancer as they tentatively touch, experience, and immerse themselves in it. Filmed on location in St. Paul, the dancers eventually transcend the confines of the tub to the floor of the space. Musser's soundtrack and Myren's camerawork amplify the vulnerability of the dancers' performances, grounding us in the moment.

Each screening is followed by a discussion with Alexandra and a Guest Speaker on a topic related to her artistic process or ethos. Q&A to follow. 60 minute run time.

October 24: 5:00pm with Erin Thompson. 7:00pm with Emily Madigan.
November 7: 5:00pm with Patrick Scully. 7:00pm with Joseph Hall.

Tickets: $20 suggested ticket price. Additional pay-as-able prices available.

Contact:
Alexandra Bodnarchuk- alexandrabodnarchuk@gmail.com, (412) 605-4590

Join Threads Dance Project for a virtual encore presentation of Objet de Desir Inaccessible (Unattainable Object of Desire).

Saturday, October 24: 7:00-8:00pm
Sunday, October 25: 7:00-8:00pm

Threads Dance Project created a work inspired by Marie Benoist’s painting "Portrait d’une Negress", which hangs in the Louvre. The 1800 premiere of this painting was described by critics as a “Tache (stain)”. The critics’ denigration of the image of a Black woman over two hundred years ago is still emblematic of society today. Choreographed by Threads Artistic Director Karen L. Charles, the work addresses the issues of race and sex depicted in works of art, and how they manifest themselves in society both past and present.

The Saturday evening presentation via Zoom will begin with a conversation with Karen L. Charles. Sunday's showing will be followed by an audience discussion and Q&A with Charles and performers.

Tickets: $25.00

Contact:

Dancing While Karen
Part 18 of MN Dance & the Ecstasies of Influences
Speakers: Pkwa Htoo, Ma Moe Win, Sarmoo Kwee, Eh Smwee, Sar Wait, and Wah Htoo

Saturday, October 25 at 2:00pm

Live stream conversation via YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/EastsidefreedomlibraryOrg/featured

Dancing While… is a three-part mini-series—within the larger discussion series, MN Dance & the Ecstasies of Influences—that centers individual stories by dance practitioners and organizers from immigrant and refugee communities in Minnesota.

Hosted by and in collaboration with East Side Freedom Library.
In partnership with Karen Organization of Minnesota.
Curated and produced by Michèle Steinwald.
Documented by Tori Hong, Kristin Van Loon, and Flywheel Media Productions.

Funded by Metropolitan Regional Arts Council’s Arts Project Support Grant and Minnesota Historical Society’s Minnesota Historical & Cultural Grant.

Photo courtesy of Wah Htoo.

Contact:
Michèle Steinwald- michele@44artsproductive.com, (612) 607-4246

Northrop and Dance Theatre of Harlem present:
Dance Theatre of Harlem, live online rehearsal and artist conversation.
Thursday, October 29, 7:00 pm CDT
Live stream.
Pick your price. Free option available.

Dance Theatre of Harlem joins Northrop live from their October residency at Kaatsbaan to share an open rehearsal featuring Robert Garland's "Higher Ground," a Northrop-co-commissioned work. This live rehearsal, shared online, will include DTH repertoire rehearsed during the residency in addition to two sections of "Higher Ground," set to socially conscious songs from Stevie Wonder's early 1970s recordings. Between sections of rehearsal, moderator Robert Garland, Artistic Director Virginia Johnson, and Northrop Advisory Board member Robyne Robinson, with company artists, will discuss the ballet and their creative process. Includes Q&A with audience members.

Contact:
Amy Nelson- northrop@umn.edu

Dancing While Hmong
Part 19 of MN Dance & the Ecstasies of Influences
Speakers: Melvina Cha, Cheng Xiong, Shawn Vue, Lue Thao, Mai Moua Thao, Nancy Xiong

Saturday, November 1 at 2:00pm

Live stream conversation via YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/EastsidefreedomlibraryOrg/featured

Dancing While… is a three-part mini-series—within the larger discussion series, MN Dance & the Ecstasies of Influences—that centers individual stories by dance practitioners and organizers from immigrant and refugee communities in Minnesota.

Hosted by and in collaboration with East Side Freedom Library.
In partnership with Hmong Museum.
Curated and produced by Michèle Steinwald.
Documented by Tori Hong, Kristin Van Loon, and Flywheel Media Productions.

Funded by Metropolitan Regional Arts Council’s Arts Project Support Grant and Minnesota Historical Society’s Minnesota Historical & Cultural Grant.

Photo of dancer Shawn Vue.

Contact:
Michèle Steinwald- michele@44artsproductive.com, (612) 607-4246

Foods for the Soul: Food Rituals in the Diaspora
Thursday, November 5, 5:30pm Central Time
Online event.
FREE and open to the public. Link provided after registration.

In India, food is symbolic of Annapurna - the goddess of food and nourishment - and is an integral part of ritual and festival. Novice and aspiring chefs alike can join this cooking demonstration presented by award-winning Twin Cities chef Raghavan Iyer, who will discuss the interconnectedness of food, art, and ritual in India with Ragamala Dance Company's Co-Artistic Directors Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy.

Cozy up to your computer and learn about these dishes, or cook along with the group to make a meal in your own home!

Contact:
Amy Nelson- northrop@umn.edu

November 6 is your chance to catch a virtual sneak peak of 2021 performances from THE MXITAPE Collective, HATCH Dance and STRONGMovement, and Ballet Co.Laboratory!

Start the day-long celebration for The Cowles Center's fall benefit with a musical theatre/jazz class from Renee Guittar at noon, followed by a cocktail class with Rush Benson that evening before the performances. The day will culminate in a virtual dance party with Djenane Saint Juste that you won't want to miss!

En Avant! is free to attend with registration. A suggested donation of $50 supports dance programming. Register to attend at any donation level by October 15 and you’ll also be entered to win a Cowles Center branded tote bag, wine and cheese pairing from France44, and a print by Philipo Dyuali.

To register and learn more, visit: http://www.thecowlescenter.org/en-avant

The Cowles Center | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN
Contact:

Adults, looking for something new, different, and just a bit naughty? Leave the kids at home and join Twin Cities Ballet's professional dancers for a brand new cabaret style spin on the classic holiday ballet. With a nod and a wink, this original parody show shatters ballet stereotypes as it combines humor, fun, the unexpected, and a splash of the risqué, in an evening of adult fun and good cheer.

Suitable for ages 17+.

November 27 at 9:00pm
November 28 at 9:00pm

Tickets on sale soon!

Covid-19 precautions: performers and audience members will be masked, and ticket sales will be limited to 25% theater capacity to ensure social distancing.

Photo Credit: Thomas McCartney.

Lakeville Area Arts Center | 20965 Holyoke Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044
Contact:
Denise Vogt- info@TwinCitiesBallet.org, (952) 452-3163

WORKSHOPS, INTENSIVES, MASTER CLASSES and OPEN HOUSES

A virtual safe space for participants age 18+ to generate movement while preserving and tending to their mental health. Sessions are 30% discussion-based. The curriculum focuses on using Dance and Body to heal from, confront, and identify emotional pain in the body. How does one use this not for performance but for personal growth and enlightenment?

SESSION 1 (4 weeks):
Thursday, 6:30-7:30pm
October 15-November 5

SESSION 2 (4 weeks):
Thursday, 6:30-7:30pm
November 12-December 10
NO class on November 26.

Cost: $60/participant.
Interested students financially affected by COVID-19 and unable to afford the workshop fee, please contact us at education@tudance.org or 612-605-1925.

To register or for more information please visit: http://www.tudance.org/movements-in-meditation/

Photo by Maya Clark of Culture Piece Magazine

TU Dance Center | 2121 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN
Contact:
Laurel Keen- education@tudance.org, (612) 605-1925

Young Dance and Push Fitness have teamed up to offer a family conditioning class for dancers and dance enthusiasts. This class, taught by Janine Watkins from Push Fitness, will introduce a conditioning regimen that will allow dancers the opportunity to build strength and stamina to complement their dance training and prevent injuries.

Fridays, 4:00-5:00pm
Ages ten and older. Families encouraged.
Drop-ins welcome! Families receive 1/3 off tuition for each additional family member who joins.

Young Dance offers Creative Movement, Modern, Ballet, Choreography, Hip Hop, Afro-Modern, Dance and Technology, Conditioning, and All Abilities dancing for individuals living with and without disabilities. Young Dance is committed to making dance accessible to all interested participants.

Our academic year programming runs through May 27, 2021. For 2020-21 class information and registration visit: http://www.youngdance.org/class-schedule.

Young Dance | Fairview Business Center, 655 Fairview Ave N, St. Paul, MN 55104
Contact:
Jennifer Glaws- jennifer@youngdance.org, (612) 423-3064

Two Fridays remain for our Create! Dance and Photography Workshop.

Fridays, October 16 and 23
4:30-6:00pm
For ages eight through fifteen.
Location: Outdoors at Como Park. Participants will meet at the Como Park Butterfly Lot for drop off and pick up.

Experience the joy and fun of dance while learning the elements of photography and how images can inspire choreography and creativity! Each class 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. They will then apply the elements of photography to movement scores and short, informal and sometimes improvised, dance performances. The artists will work to explore and integrate principles of dance and photography to make creations that are both physically and visually exciting!

Led by Young Dance teaching artist and professional photographer Blake Nellis.
To register: http://www.youngdance.org/class-schedule

Contact:
Jennifer Glaws- jennifer@youngdance.org, (612) 423-3064

Gut, Bones, Ground:
(Re)Connecting to plant magic and the lower body
Registration: https://forms.gle/CEhFdarjB6H1d8yK6

While this time requires that we gather for class in virtual space, we recognize that we are still three-dimensional beings connected to our own locations and body-stories. This class seeks to build our connection to both our immediate physical surroundings, and to one another across distance and through the ether.

Sex, magic, dirt, herbs, pelvis, land.
This class synthesizes herbalism*, somatics, and improvisational movement to ask: What is the connection between healing our relationship to the lower body - particularly the gut and pelvis - and healing our relationships to one another and to wounded land? This class grows out of my ongoing choreographic research connecting plant magic/earth, queerness/sex, and the healing of toxic whiteness.

*Herbalism is a useful tool that helps cultivate and protect a way of thinking that honors right relationship, reciprocity, and resourcefulness - using what is available, not taking more than we need, and supporting the inherent wisdom of the body. AND - my training is in Western Eclectic Herbalism, which is also situated in the context of this country: violence, genocide, appropriation and erasure are part of its story, too. I invite us in this class to remember both the beauty and the shadow side of this healing tool together.

Open to all who are curious!

Space and marketing support provided by The Cowles Center's Generating Room program. Laura Levinson is a 2020 Generating Room Artist. Learn more: https://www.thecowlescenter.org/generating-room-laura

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

Virtual course via Paragon Pilates and PT

Friday: 10:00am-12:30pm and 3:00-5:30pm
Saturday: 10:00am-12:30pm and 3:00-5:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am-12:30pm and 3:00-5:30pm
Monday: 12:00-1:00pm

Prerequisites: Mat 1
Class Fee: $499.00
Manual: $50.00
Streaming Video: $10.00
ACE (Hours: 1.6 Course: CEP115917, Provider: )
PMA (Hours: 16 Course: 10325, Provider: 100070)

Intermediate/Advanced Exercises
Mat 2 includes the remaining intermediate and advanced level exercises as well as essential movement principles and training tips for advancing clients to the higher levels. Pilates for sports-specific activities are also covered.

For more information:
https://www.pilates.com/education/education-finder

Contact:
Cari Riis Stemmler- cari@paragonpilatespt.com, (952) 405-9765

Dancing Together: A child and parent/caregiver creative movement class. Virtual only.

This virtual workshop is designed for children ages 2-4 and their parent/caregiver who are interested in a shared movement experience that engages the senses of curiosity and play. Both child and caregiver will participate in developmentally appropriate movement exercises that incorporate elements such as effort, shape, and tempo. Music will play an essential role in the class as students will be asked to respond to sounds as well as make sounds themselves. Participants will be encouraged to join at their own comfort level with the understanding that observation is often the best form of learning with younger children. This class will give children and caregivers the opportunity to learn more about themselves and one another through the art form of dance.

Next Session: October 31-November 21, 4 weeks
Saturdays, 10:00-10:45am
Tuition: $60

Photo by Laure Kane Scher Photography

TU Dance Center | 2121 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN
Contact:
Laurel Keen- education@tudance.org, (612) 605-1925

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

This one-day workshop is for people who want a first-time experience of Doushin Butoh. The essence of Doushin Butoh is “resonance,” an experience beyond idea or concept that can only be felt.

In this class, the students are guided in simple repetitive movements that we call “conditioning.” As students you will be guided into a movement meditation and experience the connection between your body, mind and the universe.

Come and experience the power of Resonance!
Thursday, November 12
6:30-8:00pm
Tuition: $20

Contact:
Gadu Doushin- gadu@doushinresonance.com, (612) 703-7501

AUDITIONS, JOBS and OPEN CALLS

Threads Dance Project seeks a Company Manager.

Threads is a vibrant dance company and organization, about to open a dedicated space for a diverse community to learn, experience, create and connect through movement. The Threads Dance Nexus will open later this fall, with new programming and opportunities for growth.

The Company Manager is responsible for marketing and PR, administrative activities associated with programming (i.e. procuring technical support staff, creating and executing contracts, surveys, event analysis and tracking), and processing payables and receivables in conjunction with Threads accounting services, records management, and federal and state non-profit compliance filings.

Deadline for Applications: October 19
Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to: threadsdance@gmail.com.

Contact:
Karen Charles- threadsdance@gmail.com

The Young Dance performing company is holding auditions for youth, ages seven to eighteen, for the 2020-21 season. The Company is a group of passionate dancers committed to exploring themselves and their world through dance. Company members take dance classes, collaborate with professional choreographers, create dances themselves, and perform throughout the year. We encourage anyone excited about dance to audition.

Saturday, October 24, 10:45-11:45am
Held online through Zoom.
To register, email info@youngdance.org or call 612-423-3064. Participants will then receive the Zoom meeting information.

The 2020-21 season, HOMECOMING, features exciting new works created by Young Dance Company Alumni Eben Kowler, Emmet Kowler, Shana Crawford, Aubrey Donish, and Patty Mullaney; YD Teaching Artist Gabrielle Abram; and YD graduates Eva Reed and Lexi Samara. In addition, YD Alum Aneka McMullen will offer a series of five masterclasses celebrating the community-conscious roots of hip hop.

Young Dance | Fairview Business Center, 655 Fairview Ave N, St. Paul, MN 55104
Contact:
Jennifer Glaws- jennifer@youngdance.org, (612) 423-3064

SERVICES and SPECIAL OFFERS FOR DANCERS

Collide is looking for a work-study student in exchange for complimentary bi-weekly jazz and ballet class with the company!
Minimum commitment of 3-5 hours per week.

Contact Regina via email for more information.

Collide Theatrical | 755 Prior Ave N, Ste 235H, St. Paul, MN
Contact:
Regina Peluso- regina@collidetheatrical.org, (651) 395-7903

PiM Arts High School will have four large studios that are available on weeknights between 4:30-10:00pm, and on Saturdays/Sundays from 9:00am-5:00pm to rent.

Our wide hallways allow for easy distancing, and our new HVAC system provides consistent air turnover in the space. There is plenty of room for parking and easy access to highways.

PiM Arts High School | 7225 Flying Cloud Dr, Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Contact:
Matt McFarlane- mmcfarlane@pimartshs.org, (952) 224-1340

The Twin Cities Hospitality and Events Workers’ Relief Fund supports workers who have lost income due to business closures and event cancellations related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Twin Cities Hospitality relief effort is intended to be open to all workers in the events and hospitality industries, and will be prioritized based on level of hardship. We are offering these relief efforts to workers who are facing financial distress due to COVID-19 related work reductions.

Visit: https://tinyurl.com/y2dj9f9d to apply.

Resource submitted by Dana Kassel.

Contact:
Non Edwards- news@dancemn.org

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@dancemmn.org

ONGOING CLASSES

The GYROKINESIS® Method is a rhythmic, flowing style of exercise performed seated, standing, and on all fours. Classes connect you to your breath, center you in your core, and create more space in your body.

Beginners welcome any time. This work has a deep and lasting impact. You will build strength, connection to and from the core, and skill with internal perception. Reach out with any questions.

60-minute GYROKINESIS® Method classes:

Mondays, 10:30am
Fridays, 10:30am
Saturdays, 1:00pm
Sundays, 10:30am

Links for classes are found at http://www.nonedwards.com/classes.
Suggested class fee $5-20 to http://www.paypal.me/nonedwards.
Private sessions available, please email me with interest.

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

Contact:

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
Fall classes begin on Thursday, September 17, 2020.

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

Kathak is a traditional North Indian dance form founded on four pillars of movement: rhythmic footwork, pirouettes, facial expressions, and gestural storytelling. It is a beautiful, elegant art form that is still evolving today. Katha Dance Theatre (KDT) is pleased to offer the finest Kathak education online (via Zoom) this session, which means that our classes are open to dancers across the globe.

We offer classes for dancers of all backgrounds and skill levels. If you have Kathak experience but are new to us, email info@kathadance.org a bit about your background and we will determine your class placement.

A class for students new to Kathak is on Tuesday evenings from 7:30-8:30pm CT.

Enrollment is a two-step process: 1) Registration (via electronic form) and 2) Payment.
Learn more and enroll here: https://kathadance.org/school/classes/fall-session-2020/

Contact:
Rita Mustaphi- info@kathadance.org

COLLIDE holds ongoing bi-weekly company class at their home studio in St. Paul.

In person attendance is limited and by reservation only. You can also join us virtually on Zoom!

Tuesday, 10:00-11:30am: Ballet
Thursday, 10:00-11:30am: Jazz

Classes are $15.
Our space offers free and easy parking.

Scholarships and work-study options are available. Dancers of color highly encouraged to contact us.

Instructors on rotation include Renee Guittar, Regina Peluso, Heather Brockman, Rush Benson, Chelsea Rose and Betsy Nelson.

Collide Theatrical Dance Co | 755 Prior Ave N, Ste 235H, St. Paul, MN
Contact:

Don’t You Feel It Too? is the thirteen-year practice of moving our brave, honest, loving and ridiculous selves.

DYFIT addresses our present needs for racial healing and cultural change by offering parallel embodied practices of joy and belonging. Everyone is welcome in their respective caucus groups or to the Open Practice. No previous experience is necessary. In this new format the work will be more specific and authentic within and across groups.

Wednesday, October 14: 5:30-7:00PM: BIPOC Practice at George Floyd Square

Thursday, October 15: 5:00-6:15PM: White Allies Practice at West River Pkwy & 24th St E

Saturday, October 17: 2:00-3:15PM: BIPOC Practice online

Tuesday, October 20: 5:30-6:30PM: Open Practice online

Contact:
Asher Edes- asher@dyfit.org

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

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

Wednesday
9:30am: Improvisation/Composition with HIJACK
5:30pm: Intermediate Contemporary/Modern with Kelli Miles*
5:30pm: Beginning Ballet with Lisa Erickson
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: Jazz with Erinn Liebhard and Karla Grotting
12:00pm: Intermediate Ballet with Penny Freeh

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

Register online today!

Contact:
Erika Martin- info@zenondance.org

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.

We offer ongoing dance classes during these uncertain times both virtually on Zoom and outside (maintaining physical distance). 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, or contact Pam for info.

Ageless Dance
Monday, 2:00-3:15
Outside near Lake Harriet weather permitting. Contact Pam for info.

Beginning Modern Dance
Tuesday, 5:00-6:15pm
Zoom

Intermediate Modern Dance
Wednesday, 10:30am-12:00pm
Outside near Lake Harriet OR Zoom if raining. Contact Pam for info.

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

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

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. 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. 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.

We offer ways for children to dance during these uncertain times through Zoom and outdoor classes. 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 through five: Friday, 12:00-12:30pm

Ages five through seven: Saturday, 10:00-10:45am
Outside in Painter Park weather permitting. Contact Pam for info.

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

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

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

Join our online learning community of all ages, sizes, and levels of experience to participate in the creative expression and 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 75 minutes in US Central Time, held through Zoom, and $15 each. Purchase four or more classes and receive a $2 discount per class. You may register online at http://www.cassandraschool.com using PayPal or a credit card. Be sure to choose, register, and PAY 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

Join this new, cohort-led class series offering weekly classes on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9:30-11:30AM.

The concept of Moving Target sprung out of ARENA DANCES’ previous Floorwork conversation centered around the current class climate in the Twin Cities. This conversation spoke to the need, hunger, and interest for consistent, rigorous and inspiring classes for professional dancers, taught by fellow professionals. As a collective, Moving Target aims to offer classes that prioritize rigor, diversity of contemporary aesthetics, variety of class content, and commitment.

Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30AM at Tapestry Folkdance Center
Saturdays, 9:30-11:30AM at The Cowles Center, studio TBD. Email Mathew if you plan to attend.

Professional level dancers of all styles are welcome.
Drop-in participation, $14/class.
Commit to attending Tuesdays or Saturdays (or both!) to receive $10/class rate.

Upcoming teachers: Abigail Whitmore - October 13 and 20

Contact:
Mathew Janczewski- arenadances@gmail.com

House of Modern Dance is excited to bring you fall season classes! We began on September 12 and will continue through January 9, 2021. There are classes for everyone from age seven through all adults interested in movement. Students will learn the foundations of modern dance through technique classes and performance opportunities, developing the skills it takes to be a professional in today’s world of dance.

House of Modern Dance classes provide opportunities for all students to gain technique, strength, and healthy living, as well as provide a gateway to release energy or stress in a safe, productive and positive way! Great location in south Minneapolis, COVID protocols in place.

House of Modern Dance | 6015 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419
Contact:
Ms. Carmilla Rose- homd.minnesota@gmail.com, (612) 581-4110

This four-week ballet technique workshop emphasizes alignment, placement and somatic awareness. The class consists of barre and center work that focuses on balance, classical line and connecting steps.

SESSION 1 (4 weeks):
Tuesdays, 10:00-11:00am
October 6-October 27
Single classes also available.

SESSION 2 (4 weeks):
Tuesdays, 10:00-11:00am
November 3-December 1
NO class on November 24.

Cost: $60/participant or $15/single class*
To register or for more information please visit: http://www.tudance.org/fall2020-adult-beginning-ballet/
Interested students financially affected by COVID-19 and unable to afford the workshop fee, please contact us at education@tudance.org or 612-605-1925.

*For drop-in participants, registration/payment must be received by 7:00pm the night before class. Zoom link will be emailed by 9:00pm that evening.

TU Dance Center | 2121 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN
Contact:
Laurel Keen- education@tudance.org, (612) 605-1925

Join us for ongoing open classes!

CoMoCollective offers small group classes to keep artists moving safely together during this uncertain time. For safety, class sizes are limited, temperatures are taken upon entrance, and masks are required throughout class. Pre-register to reserve your space; follow the link to sign up: http://www.communitymovementcollective.com!

October 13: 10:00-11:30AM Intermediate Advanced Ballet with Sally Rousse and live music by Franco Holder
October 15: 10:00-11:30AM Intermediate Advanced Ballet with Penny Freeh
October 17: 10:00-11:30AM Modern with Penny Freeh
October 20: 10:00-11:30AM Intermediate Advanced Ballet with Sally Rousse and live music by Franco Holder
October 22: 10:00-11:30AM Intermediate Advanced Ballet with Yuki Tokuda
October 24: 10:00-11:30AM Contemporary with Da'Rius Malone
October 27: 10:00-11:30AM Intermediate Advanced Ballet with Sally Rousse and live music by Franco Holder
October 29: 10:00-11:30AM Intermediate Advanced Ballet with Helen Hatch
October 31: 10:00-11:30AM Intermediate Advanced Contemporary Ballet with Elayna Waxse

$15 class; $10 virtual class (link sent prior to class); $10 barre only.

Hot House MPLS | 2303 Kennedy St NE, Suite 420, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Contact:
Hannah Benditt- HannahBenditt@gmail.com, (952) 215-6227

Young Dance offers Creative Movement, Modern, Ballet, Choreography, Hip Hop, Afro-Modern, Dance and Technology, Conditioning, and All Abilities dancing for individuals living with and without disabilities. Students of all levels and backgrounds enjoy our collaborative and creative approach to dance! Young Dance is committed to making dance accessible to all interested participants.

Our academic year programming runs September 16, 2020 through May 27, 2021. All of our classes are taught by professional artists and dance educators with post secondary degree education. Three performance opportunities are scheduled during the academic school year - at the end of each trimester - to showcase what the dancers have been working on in their classes.

We can't wait to dance with you!

For 2020-21 class information and registration visit: http://www.youngdance.org/class-schedule.

Young Dance | Fairview Business Center, 655 Fairview Ave N, St. Paul, MN 55104
Contact:
Jennifer Glaws- jennifer@youngdance.org, (612) 423-3064

Young Dance programming integrates individuals living with and without disabilities as equal participants in the exploration, creation, and performance of dance.

All Abilities Dancing 1
Ages seven to eleven.
Wednesday, 5:30-6:30pm
Saturday, 11:15am-12:00pm
Creative Dance for youth living with and without disabilities. This class will focus on positive body awareness, creativity, teamwork, motor coordination, and personal expression.

All Abilities Dancing 2
Ages eleven and older.
Wednesday, 5:30-6:30pm
Participants develop skills of improvisation, partnering, and choreography with an emphasis on communication, collaboration, and performance.

Students of all levels and backgrounds enjoy our collaborative and creative approach to dance!
Our academic year programming runs September 16, 2020-May 27, 2021.
For class information and registration visit: http://www.youngdance.org/class-schedule.

Young Dance | Fairview Business Center, 655 Fairview Ave N, St. Paul, MN 55104
Contact:
Jennifer Glaws- jennifer@youngdance.org, (612) 423-3064

Ballet Royale is Minnesota's premier ballet academy for students of all ages!

We provide the best classical ballet training combined with cutting edge anatomical/physiological advances and knowledge in a healthy, nurturing and non-competitive environment.

You can still sign up for all classes, from Creative Dance through our Pre-Professional Performance Track program, adult/teen classes, and our FREE Boys' Program! Online classes through our Ballet Virtuale program and in-person classes are available.

To view our full offerings and Covid-19 safety precautions, please visit our website at http://www.BalletRoyaleMN.org or call us today.

We would love for you to come dance with us!

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

You are invited to partake in advanced level open class with the dancers of James Sewell Ballet! We offer both virtual and limited in-person options through October.

Tuesdays through Thursdays, 11:00am-12:30pm
Tuesday: Eve Schulte, ballet
Wednesday: JSB Artist in rotation, various voices and dance forms—see website for most up-to-date offerings
Thursday: James Sewell, coordi-ballet

Sliding scale $5-15 for both virtual and in-person options.
Please email info@jsballet.org to reserve your in-person place. Limit of nine dancers, so save your spot now!
Visit http://www.jsballet.org/classes to connect.

The Cowles Center | Studio 2B, 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN
Contact:
Eve Schulte- info@jsballet.org

WEDNESDAYS
10:00am-11:15am, Central Time
Zoom

Each week: Move BIG from home with Alternative Motion Project! Move and sweat in a weekly online contemporary movement practice that explores mobility, length, momentum and 3-D expansion, while pushing the boundaries and physicality of a smaller space. Come as you are in the space that you have! Suitable for pre-professional/professional movers.

Register at least 30 minutes prior to class. The Zoom link will be sent to your email address within 24 hours of the class time. You will need a Zoom account to access the practice.

This class offering is free/donation-based. Contributions will directly support instructors. To donate, send money via Venmo(@moveBIG) or AMP’s website.

We’ll virtually see you soon!

REGISTRATION:
October 14 – https://forms.gle/y3qK8HWmu8Zas7Li9
October 21 – https://forms.gle/k2ruawzeHzudFWUq8
October 28 - https://forms.gle/RBGY81SFRMqvApyq7

Questions? Email AMP.

Photo by V. Paul Virtucio

Contact:

DANCE WRITING, REVIEWS and PODCASTS

ARENA DANCES’ new season of Studio Stories is underway!
This weekly podcast is hosted by Artistic Director Mathew Jancewski and company dancer Joe Crook. This week, we sat down with artist Robin Stiehm.

Robin Stiehm's dance career spans four decades, beginning as a soloist for the ballet company Minnesota Dance Theatre. In 1989, Robin transitioned to modern dance and worked with New Dance Ensemble. Robin began choreographing shortly after and formed her own group, Dancing People Company. During her Minneapolis years, Robin’s work received support from many foundations, as well as the prestigious Bush Artist Fellowship. In 2003, she relocated the company to Ashland, Oregon. Over the next thirteen years in Ashland, Robin developed strong professional dancers and created an innovative high school program that introduced modern dance to many hundreds of students in rural southern Oregon.

Studio Stories will air each Thursday at noon with new guests. Visit http://www.arena-dances.org to listen!

Contact:

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

OTHER DANCE NEWS

Join TCB for an exciting full season of safe, live, in-person performances!

TCB has responded to the pandemic’s threats and restrictions by thinking outside the box, and has used the innovation and creativity TCB is known for to create a full roster of unique in-person events. Keeping the health and safety of its dancers, staff and audience foremost in mind, upcoming events incorporate outdoor spaces, limited audience, and inventive use of performance venues.

2020-21 Season:
October 24-25 - FunQuest: Little Red Riding Hood
November 27-28 - A Naughty Nutcracker
December - A Minnesota Nutcracker Adventure and Storybook Nutcracker Workshop
March - Dracula, Romeo & Juliet, and Distance, Sociably—mixed repertory
May - The Ruby Slippers: A Wizard of Oz Ballet

We hope you will join us live and in-person for a unique season of ballet!

Photo credit: Thomas McCartney.

Ballet Royale Minnesota | 16368 Kenrick Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044
Contact:
Denise Vogt- info@TwinCitiesBallet.org, (952) 452-3163