Zenon Dance School has made the decision to postpone this weekend's virtual open house in order to keep a focus on BIPOC voices in our community and the March for Black Lives.
We stand in solidarity with our community and many of you that have spent this week taking action in many different ways to demand Justice for George Floyd and care for our city. Zenon is committed to diversity and inclusion, we reaffirm our conviction that racism has no place -- anywhere.
Please see today's email for a message from our leadership team that includes resources about how you can take action.
Our summer session will begin as scheduled on June 7, 2020.
Registration for adult and youth classes is now open through MindBody: costa.cc/39fJDXN
We invite you to use Promocode: VIRTUALOH20 for 20% off class cards this weekend.
PERFORMANCES and EVENTS
In April 2020, in the midst of the pandemic, Patrick Scully resurrected Patrick's Cabaret reconnecting artists and audiences. The shows continue through our tumultuous times, as we address the pain and the beauty of our current world, as we demand true justice for George Floyd.
The shows all happen in Zoom.
Stay home, stay safe, and go to the show!
The next show is Saturday, June 6 at 7:30 Central Time.
Featuring artists across North America, all treasured in Minnesota:
Chris Aiken & Angie Hauser
The Sutter Brothers - Bart & Ross
WARNING: Artists may cross disciplines!
Suggested ticket price $15, on the pay-what-you-can honor system. Tickets at http://patrickscully.org/payment.htm
The zoom room number is 889 222 8899. The password is 911411911
For details on what these artists are going to do, click on https://tinyurl.com/PatCabDancePlus.
See you at the show!
Photographer: Kari Mosel
WORKSHOPS, INTENSIVES, MASTER CLASSES and OPEN HOUSES
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, or purchase the full virtual June master class series card for $55 and attend the entire series!
Teaching Artists include Kinsun Chan, Director of Tanzkompanie Theater St. Gallen and Theatertanzschule; Flavia Garcia, National Ballet of Cuba and Dance Theatre of Harlem; Adrian Fry, Principal Artist with Ballet West; and more!
Please sign up for class beforehand to reserve your spot in the master class(es) you want to attend. Make sure you prepare your home studio before class to enjoy your full dance experience with these inspiring artists.
We are busy planning and restructuring our incredible summer of dance! 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.
- June 8-26: "Spring into Summer" with Progressing Ballet Technique® cross-training. NO audition required.
- June 15-19: Male Dancer Intensive. Ages ten and up.
- July 6-24: July Intensive, with rigorous professional training, Artistic Directors Rick and Denise Vogt, and guest teachers, and a student showcase. Ages eight and up. AUDITION REQUIRED for Upper Division.
- 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!
Unlike any other in Minnesota, this intensive is a great way to kick off the summer!
For motivated dancers: Experience Ballet Royale’s groundbreaking training featuring Progressing Ballet Technique® cross-training, the industry’s most advanced and cutting edge regimen specifically designed to improve ballet dancers' core stability, weight placement, alignment, and muscle memory. This program will maximize improvement and accelerate students’ progress and is crucial for those preparing to attend summer intensive programs.
NO AUDITION REQUIRED. Intermediate/advanced through professional, ages eleven and up. Girls must have completed a minimum of one year en pointe.
We are offering both online-only options and in-person classes structured to maximize safety and minimize health risks. Planned steps include limiting class size and building access, online components, staggering class times, continuation of sanitizing/social distancing measures already in place, and more.
Unique in Minnesota, this week-long intensive is for motivated, aspiring male dancers ages ten through adult. Classes held 12:30-2:30pm.
Designed by former professional ballet dancer Rick Vogt, this program focuses on strength, power, technique, and performance. These classes provide a rare opportunity for men and boys to gain invaluable skills and insights beyond those presented in mixed classes. Students receive individualized attention and coaching from the state’s foremost male ballet teachers. Classes include ballet technique, targeted strength training, and classical variations.
Invitation or pre-approval required.
We have adapted our summer intensive programs to have all new online class options. In person classes will adhere to social distancing by having smaller class sizes, classes staggered throughout the day, and other safety measures. For dancers who are unable to take in-person classes, we are also offering Ballet Virtuale for all of our summer intensives.
CREATIVE STORY BALLET DAY CAMPS
Give your young dancer the joy of dance and performance! Each month's 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 all three!
Classes for ages three and four will be offered online only via Zoom.
Our June 20 workshop for ages five through nine will also be online. Our July and August workshops for this age group 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
June 20, July 18, and August 15
Ages five through nine:
Online via Zoom
Ages five through nine:
In person at Ballet Royale, with limited class size.
July 18 and August 15
Please see our website for more information or to register online: http://www.BalletRoyaleMN.org.
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: 6:30pm-8:00pm
Dates are subject to change.
Sign up for our mailing list at: https://www.facebook.com/doushinresonance/
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, modern, jazz, character, variations, men’s class, Progressing Ballet Technique®, hip hop, pas de deux, enrichment classes, and more. Unique to this intensive, students will be highlighted in an end of program summer showcase performance.
Our summer programs adhere to social distancing by limiting class size, staggering class times, and offering a mix of in-person and online classes. We also offer the option of taking classes online only. Morning ballet only and variable length options are available; however, dancers who register for the full program will receive priority placement.
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 potentials is welcome!
2020 schedule (dates are subject to change):
Summer Term: July 9, 16, 23, 30; August 6, 13, 20, 27
FAMILY DANCE for ages two through four with a parent/guardian.
A 45-minute class held in sessions for parents and their young dancer.
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.
July 11–August 15, 2020
FAMILY DANCE EXCURSION for ages four through seven.
Friday, June 19 from 12:30–2:30pm
SUPERHERO CAMP for ages four through seven.
Build your superhero cape and dance your way through our obstacle course!
July 6–10, 2020
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
Teaching Artist: Michelle Ludwig
NEW, UPDATED DATES!
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, pointe strengthening, conditioning, men’s class, and Beyond the Mirror sessions. In the Company Repertoire Laboratory, dancers will learn company repertoire directly from our professional company artists, including Gentle Human, An American in Paris, and Freddie – Break Free!
INTERMEDIATE LABORATORY for ages ten through fifteen:
July 20-31, 2020
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
August Session Company Repertoire Laboratory
August 17-28, 2020
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
ADVANCED LABORATORY for ages thirteen through 20:
July 20-31, 2020
August Session Company Repertoire Laboratory
Teaching Artists: The Company of BCL, Flavia Garcia, Susana Di Palma, Jessika Enoh Akpaka
NEW, UPDATED DATES!
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 21, 23, 28 and 30
Tuesdays and Thursdays
August 18, 20, 25 and 27
Tuesdays and Thursdays
Teaching Artist: Anna Roehr and guest Teaching Artists.
GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS and SCHOLARSHIPS
Request for Proposals for MOMENTUM: New Dance Works 2020-2021
Momentum: New Dance Works is an independent program supported by an organizational grant from The Jerome Foundation. Festival performances will be co-presented by The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts and Walker Art Center. The program’s festival runs July 8-10 and July 15-17, 2021 in the McGuire Theater at Walker Art Center.
The Request for Proposals .pdf is now online!
Questions about the application process?
Email email@example.com to be in touch directly with DejaJoelle and Michèle Steinwald.
EXTENDED: Applications for MOMENTUM: New Dance Works are now due on Monday, June 8, 2020 by 6:00pm.
For more information: https://www.thecowlescenter.org/Momentum
Photo by Alice Gebura. Atlantis13 choreographed by Jonathan van Arneman for Momentum 2018-19.
Join our online learning community of all ages, sizes, and levels of experience for 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 one hour in US Central Time, held through Zoom.
$15 per class, or 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.
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
May 12-June 2
Intermediate Modern Dance
Mixed Level Modern Dance
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://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:
Ages five through seven:
Ages seven through nine:
Stay in shape and take virtual classes with Ballet Co.Laboratory. Whether you are currently a level 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.
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.
TU Dance Center is offering the following virtual classes to the community with no charge.
Please join us!
Tuesdays, 10:00-11:00am: Intermediate/Advanced Ballet with Penny Freeh and Abdo Sayegh
Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/322489956
Wednesdays, 10:00-11:00am: GYROKINESIS® Method with Wendy Anderson. Please have an armless chair/stool and yoga mat/blanket readily available.
Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/254720746
Fridays, 10:00-11:00am: Afro-Contemporary with Alanna Morris- Van Tassel
Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/746489791
For updated open class schedule visit http://www.tudance.org/openschedule/.
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, 9:30-11:00
Beginning Thursday, June 11, 2020
Registration is open through Zenon's MindBody portal and closes ten minutes before class.
See you (virtually) soon!
For more information:
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.
DANCE WRITING, REVIEWS and PODCASTS
Join us every Thursday for a new podcast hosted by ARENA Dances Artistic Director Mathew Janczewski and company dancer Joe Crook. This week’s episode features Erin Thompson.
Erin's performance career began at the Minnesota Dance Theatre in 1970. From there she went on to dance for Montreal’s jazz choreographer Peter Georges of Les Ballets Jazz and spent a thrilling decade in New York City with the post-modern companies of Nina Wiener of Twyla Tharp Dance and world renowned choreographer Bebe Miller.
Since moving back to Minneapolis in 1990, Erin has performed with a myriad of companies (listen in to find out who!), including her own company 45 Chartreuse. As a choreographer, she has worked with a broad range of dancers in the Twin Cities - infusing her unique, witty charm into the work of these companies! This multi award winning artist also carries a long teaching legacy and continues to share her knowledge today.
Visit http://www.arena-dances.org to listen, or wherever you get your podcasts!
OTHER DANCE NEWS
The Cowles Center congratulates the six Minnesota dance artists selected for 2020 McKnight Fellowships for Choreographers and Dancers.
2020 McKnight Dancer Fellows:
Marciano Silva Dos Santos
2020 McKnight Choreographer Fellows:
HIJACK (Arwen Wilder and Kristin Van Loon)
Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy
McKnight Artist Fellowships increase the exploratory opportunity, economic stability, and productive capacity of artists by providing unrestricted support for mid-career artists and discipline-specific artistic and professional development opportunities.
The McKnight Foundation funds individual artist fellowships in fourteen program areas. The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts is the administrative home for the McKnight Fellowships for Choreographers and Dancers.
Guidelines for the 2021 McKnight Fellowships for Choreography and Dance will be available in Summer 2020 at http://www.mcknightdancechoreo.org.