DanceMN News - August 9, 2017









A Pocketful of Jewels: Dance Gems from North Africa and the Near East is engaging entertainment of earthy dances wrapped in gloriously colorful costumes. Artistic Director Cassandra Shore is your tour guide, delivering informative cultural contexts to the dances and fascinating info about the costumes, dance, and music! Learn about when, where, why, and how you would be able to see these dances (or not!) when visiting the region. A family friendly and most enjoyable hour!
Jawaahir will be performing at Ritz Theater on August 9 and 12. Go to to purchase an all-day pass wristband. For more information, go to

Ritz Theater, 345 13th Ave NE Minneapolis, MN 55413
Jenny Piper-, (612) 872-6050

A finely crafted showcase of contemporary dances titled Interplay | still & moving which explores through movement the seasons of life, expansive love, compassion, the bliss of wisdom and the flow of the soul. At Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408. Ample parking located behind the theater. Tickets available through Day passes start at just $16!

Performance Schedule:
Wednesday, August 9, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, August 11, 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 12, 1:00 p.m.


Medusa's full story is scarcely known beyond her vilified ending as a monster and destroyer of men. Vox Medusa dance company and Infiammati FireCircus join forces to honor the powerful myth of Medusa's transformation from Athena's loving and devoted priestess to demonized gorgon. Infiammati spins fire to bring to life Medusa's emotional state and the destruction of her innocence, while Vox Medusa unfolds her tale of sorrow and redemption. MEDUSA is a fiercely provocative and visually stunning outdoor production set along the bank of Boom Island Park. This poignant story is retold by passionate artists collaborating through contemporary dance, fire performance, a video projected set, and an original electronic music score accompanied by live vocalists. Vox Medusa has earned the Fringe Audience Choice Awards in 2014 and 2015.

MEDUSA is presented August 9-12 at 8:30pm each evening.
Audience may bring blankets or collapsible chairs for seating if desired.

Boom Island Park - 724 Sibley Street NE Mpls 55413. The outdoor performance space is next to playground.
Kristin Freya-, (612) 251-5754

Eighteen-year-old Mariana Thompson is wrapping up ten years at Circus Juventas with a starring role in the summer spectacular, Nordrsaga. As Eir, leader of the Valkyries, she is featured in some of the show's most awe-inspiring moments, including a variety of trapeze acts and a duo skating routine where she is airborne much of the time. She is also a part of one of Nordrsaga's most spectacular highlights, a custom-designed Russian cradle act, featuring a fifteen-foot swinging Viking ship and four flyers, four catchers
and four pumpers who move the ship, creating a whirlwind of aerial acrobatics, brute strength and fearlessness.

Nordrsaga runs through August 13 under the Big Top at 1270 Montreal Ave., St. Paul. The story is told through the cirque nouveau style, combining artistic storytelling with wondrous physical feats in the tradition of Cirque du Soleil. Tickets are available through Ticketworks (, 612-343-3390, or by calling the Circus Juventas Box Office, 651-699-8229.

Susan Ritt-, (651) 335-1834

Gemma Isaacson, Laura Levinson, and Kerry Parker perform "Repressed Midwest" in the Patrick's Cabaret Fringe show Wait, didn't Patrick's Cabaret close?

Saturday, August 12 at 4:00PM
MCd by Scott Artley
Sharing the bill with:
Big Gay Mexican
Bollywood Dance Scene

Dancers singing, dancers speaking, dancers dancing. Bad/rad performers unleash their inner demons despite living in the repressed Midwest. 'Tain't nobody's business if they do.

ONE PERFORMANCE ONLY! Each show features a different lineup. Fringe day passes available at all venue box offices.

Intermedia Arts | 2822 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis

I bow to the wheel of six seasons
Cycles of birth and death
Each season bestows gifts
Enchanting our hearts
Bringing abundance to our earth

Inspired by Kalidasa’s 4th century Sanskrit poetry Ritu Samhara and Vivaldi’s 18th century work Le Quattro Stagioni, Ritu – The Seasons is an original Bharatanatyam work, exploring of the cycles of the seasons, and how nature and life form an intricate, interwoven web.

Ritu – The Seasons is performed by a cast of talented young Twin Cities Bharatanatyam dancers to a professionally recorded original soundtrack.
Concept, Choreography and Artistic Direction – Suchitra Sairam

Ritu - The Seasons premiered in January 2017 at Hamline University - join us to experience this production performed outdoors in beautiful Mears Park.


Suchi Sairam-

Sachiko “La Chayí”, recipient of the 2017 McKnight Dancer Fellow, and international touring artist Xianix Barrera will share their inspirations and interpretations of the soulful art of flamenco at Icehouse Minneapolis on August 13. They will be joined by the sultry voice of Olivia Rojas from Phoenix alongside Minneapolis' own guitarist Trevor May.

Pleases go to the Icehouse link for tickets and more information including the artists bios and sample videos.

Adult: $20 in advance / $23 at the door
Kids (twelve and under): $12 in advance / $15 at the door

Icehouse Minneapolis, 2528 Nicollet Ave S, Minneapolis
Sachiko Nishiuchi-

Rhythmically Speaking 2017
When: August 17-19 at 7:30pm, August 19 at 2pm
Where: The Illusion Theater
Tickets and Info:

Rhythmically Speaking is proud to be in our ninth year of supporting local and national choreographers creating within jazz and American vernacular dance forms. This year's annual production, running August 17-19 at the Illusion Theater in downtown Minneapolis, explores how rhythm and groove serve as means to both escape and connect, and features work by Karla Grotting, O’Calla Joslyn, Erinn Liebhard (RS Artistic Director), Kaleena Miller, Laura Osterhaus, Jeffrey Peterson (Minnesota-bred, Pennsylvania-based) and Abigail Whitmore.

Join us to experience dance works that explore needed escape and the sense of connection that let's us thrive. See you at the show!

The Illusion Theater, 8th Floor of 528 Hennepin Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Vivify - A Still Life in Motion explores the kinetic possibilities of iconic visual art. Minnesota Dance Collaborative is excited by the challenge of reinterpreting classic works of art through the mediums of music and movement. Dancers will bring to life the elements of art with a focus of the visceral connection of color and emotion. Though the majority of dances are choreographed to instrumental music, we seek to honor the voice of the artists we highlight by using their own statements as a way to transition from dance to dance and color to color.

Friday, August 18, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 19, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 20, 2 p.m.

General admission: $20 in advance, $24 at the door.
Seniors/Students/Children: $15
*VIP reception after the show on Friday, August 18 with the purchase of a $30 VIP ticket.
Fringe button holders receive a discount!

The Southern Theater | 1420 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis MN 55454

Crash Dance Productions presents: You Are Here. Inspired by principles of phenomenology, universal laws, existentialism, and determinism, You Are Here seeks to identify the fleeting, reflective conscious under lenses of the past and the future. If the universe is absolute, and time is independent, consciousness becomes the process in which we assign meaning to the world around us, forming a reality convoluted by interpretation. But time moves both ways, turning even a moment of awareness into a web of then and now, of there and here.

The Lab Theater | 700 North 1st Street Minneapolis, MN 55401

MN Dance and the Ecstasies of Influences wraps ups three seasons at The Cowles Center. As we prepare to hand over the final documents to the Performing Arts Archives (PAA) at the University of Minnesota Libraries, we invite you to contribute your story as well. Join us in a conversation around what has been collected, where these stories take us, and how we can fill in the gaps for the next generation of artists, researchers, and advocates.

The Performing Arts Archives was established in 1971 by the University of Minnesota Libraries for the preservation and study of the records relating to the history of theatre, music, dance, and associated organizations in Minnesota. Its goal is to document as fully as possible the activities of individuals and groups in both professional and amateur performing arts throughout the state. Dance collections include the archives of Minnesota Dance Theatre, James Sewell Ballet, Ananya Dance Theatre, and Zorongo Flamenco to name only a few.

Andersen Library, 222 21st Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454
Michèle Steinwald-

Ragamala Dance Company presents: Alarmél Valli - internationally acclaimed Bharatanatyam dancer/choreographer, accompanied by a musical ensemble from South India.

Ragamala Dance Company launches its 25th anniversary home season with an evening of dance by the legendary Alarmél Valli. Artistic Directors Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy have been studying under Ms. Valli since 1984; their training with this master artist formed the foundation of their aesthetic and has been fundamental to the work of the company.

Acclaimed internationally for her ability to turn a traditional grammar into a subtle, deeply internalized, personal dance poetry, Alarmél Valli’s dance is uncompromisingly classical, but is, at the same time, an undeniable language of self-expression.

Alarmél Valli Artist Talk
The Moving Temple: Dance and the Divine
September 14 at 7pm | $15

Alarmél Valli Bharatanatyam Performance
September 16 at 7:30pm | $29

*A $40 package for both events is available for purchase.

The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts, 528 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403
Ann Erickson-, (612) 206-3630

9x22 Dance/Lab

8:00 PM (7:00 doors), $6-16

1. Gabriel Mata

2. Alejandra Iannone

3. TBA

Bryant-Lake Bowl Cabaret Theater
810 W Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55408-2846
BLB Ticketline: 612-825-8949 for reservations.
Full-service restaurant and bar in theater.

9x22 Dance/Lab features unfettered dance exploration. A discussion moderated by choreographer/curator Laurie Van Wieren follows each piece, giving audience and choreographer alike the opportunity to react and explore the work together. 9x22 Dance/Lab was founded in August 2003. Each month, three choreographers show work of varying styles and experience. 9x22 has become known as a place where seasoned and new choreographers can present their work and discuss it with an informed and engaged audience.

Laurie Van Wieren-

Imagine a boxing ring and a stage on either side of a gymnasium with the audience in between. Created by the SPB’s Artistic Director Zoé Emilie Henrot and Element Boxing’s Director Dalton Outlaw, The Art of Boxing. The Sport of Ballet. is a community event created from a common vision to build equity, inclusivity and community through the art of movement.

Whether you come for the boxing, the ballet or both, this event is a truly unique cultural experience that pushes the boundaries on what we do and do not perceive to be art and sport in the modern athletic culture.

Saturday, October 14, 7-10pm at The High School for the Recording Arts, 1166 University Ave. W. in St. Paul.

$50 includes one complimentary cocktail or beverage, self-service hors d’oeuvres and petit fours buffet, and row seating.

$300 includes a high-top table with seating for four people in addition to one complimentary cocktail or beverage each and self-service hors d’oeuvres and petit fours buffet.

Zoe Henrot-, (651) 690-1588


Youth Ballet August Jump-Start Intensive:
August 21–25, 2017, Monday – Friday, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Two separate levels. For students ages seven and older, entering youth ballet 1, 2, 3, or 4 in the fall term.
This one-week intensive program is for motivated young dancers who want to get a head start and have additional focused ballet technique training before the fall term.
Consisting of two separate levels, this course includes daily classical ballet technique class, introduction to pre-pointe training, and choreography from Twin Cities Ballet’s The Nutcracker.

Youth Ballet Pointe Preparatory Workshop:
August 20 – 25, 2017, Sunday 2:00 – 4:00pm and Monday–Friday, 5:30 – 7:30pm
A unique six-day immersion program in August for girls ages eleven or older with four or more years classical ballet training (entering Advanced Youth Ballet or its equivalent) in fall term. Get a head start on learning this unique, most identifiable and advanced skill of ballet for girls—dancing en pointe.

Ballet Royale Minnesota, 16368 Kenrick Avenue, Lakeville, MN 55044

Dance with Ballet Royale Minnesota next year!

Easily register for the fall term at Ballet Royale and save big! Staff will be on hand to answer questions about the diverse range classes and programs offered, and help students sign-up for classes. Register before or on September 1 for the 2017-2018 school year and receive $10 off registration fee!

August 10 and 17: 5:30pm–8:00pm.
September 6: 11:00am-1:00pm, 5:30-8:00pm.

Ballet Royale Minnesota, 16368 Kenrick Avenue, Lakeville, MN 55044

Project 52 Dance Company's national award-winning competition teams are excited to welcome new members to the family!

We are auditioning dancers for the 2017/2018 dance season company during our two-week camps:

Monday through Thursday,
August 7 - 11 and August 14 - 17

Ages twelve and older: 9am to 12 noon

Ages eight to eleven: 9am to 12 noon

Ages six and seven: 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Ages four and five: 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Company placement packets will be available for pick up on Monday, August 21 after 3pm.

Visit our website for more information:

Project 52 Dance Company | 7668 Washington Ave S | Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Maria Silva-, (952) 884-8000

Give your little ones a fantastic time this summer, join Ballet Royale for our final Creative Story Dance Day Camp!

Give your boys and girls (ages four through nine) the joy of dance and performing! Students with or without prior ballet training will have fun and stretch their imaginations in this focused, single-day workshop as they create and perform a short, age-appropriate dance inspired by the animated movie Frozen.

Under the attentive guidance of professional dance instructors, students incorporate fundamental ballet technique as they learn rhythm, musicality, creativity, and simple costume and set design. Family and friends are invited to join an in-studio performance at the end of the session!

DATE: August 12
TIME: 10:00am – Noon

Ballet Royale Minnesota, 16368 Kenrick Avenue, Lakeville, MN 55044

FREE EVENT • Learn about Shyamali: Sprouting Words, our 2017 production, and how to watch abstract, metaphoric dance. Our Audience Empowerment Workshop/Open Rehearsal happens Thursday, August 17, 6:30pm-8pm.

This event is FREE, open to the public, and takes place at the Frey Theater in The O’Shaughnessy complex at St. Catherine University, 2004 Randolph Avenue, Saint Paul.

ADT dancers will perform excerpts from Shyamali. These excerpts will alternate with questions and conversations between the workshop attendees and the dancers. An opportunity for attendees to participate with the dancers in making movement from Shyamali will end the workshop.

The O’Shaughnessy offers free parking, and is accessible via bus and bus transfers from the Blue and Green LRT lines:

Engaging Dance Audiences is administered by Dance/USA and made possible with generous funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.


Please join us for a Flow Space class with guest artist Gregory Dolbashian.

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. These exercises are all methods that Gregory has developed and utilized to create movement with The DASH. The artists learn confidence not just in themselves but also in the environment that they are a part of. 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.
This class is for dancers sixteen years old and older.

Thursday, August 17, 6:00-7:30pm. Cost: $16.00. Online pre-registration required.

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

Continental Ballet Company is hosting an open house for registration for fall classes. CBC offers excellent classical training for all ages, affordable tuition, adult professional instructors, annual student recital, and a unique opportunity to study where there is also a professional company.

Riet Velthuisen is the Founder/Director of Continental Ballet Company. Riet is originally from Holland where she danced professionally with several European companies including the Dutch National Ballet.

Open House: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Bloomington Center for the Arts
Genevieve Spooner-, (952) 563-8562

Please join us for the TU Dance Center Open House and Summer Intensive Showcase on Saturday, August 19 from 9:30am-2:00pm. There are numerous events happening throughout the day, including an open Children's Sample Class from 9:30-10:00am and an open Teen/Adult Sample class from 10:00-10:45am. Other classes are open for observation and information about our upcoming Fall Session will be available.

The Summer Intensive Showcase will take place from 12:30-2:00pm. The Showcase will feature the 2017 TU Dance Summer Intensive students sharing new work created by Uri Sands and Gregory Dolbashian, workshop creations, and class demonstrations.

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

Ballet Royale is excited to host a master class with Deirdre Chapman, former First Soloist with England's Royal Ballet.

This master class is open to the public, and is a wonderful privilege for advanced students (with a minimum of one year of pointe) through professional!

Class will take place at Ballet Royale Minnesota on Tuesday, August 22, from 10:00am - 12:00pm, followed by a meet and greet at Ballet Royale Minnesota.

Master Class Fee: $35

Ballet Royale Minnesota, 16368 Kenrick Avenue, Lakeville, MN 55044

Minnesota Dance Theatre's Open Division Open House gives adults and teens (sixteen and older) the opportunity to sample ballet classes for free. All levels are welcome!

Saturday, August 26
8:45am-12:30pm Discount class cards available, sixth floor lobby
9:00am-10:20am FREE Beginning-Intermediate Ballet, Studio 6A
10:25am-10:35am MDT company showing, Studio 6A
10:40am-Noon FREE Advanced-Professional Ballet, Studio 6A

Sunday, August 27
11:00am-1:30pm Discount class cards available, sixth floor lobby
11:15am-1:15pm FREE Intermediate-Advanced Ballet with Pointe, Studio 6A
11:30am-1:00pm FREE Beginning Ballet, Studio 6B

Special limited-time offers:
• Ten percent off class cards
• 50 percent off tickets to MDT's Fall Season at The Cowles
Offers are valid Monday, August 21 through Sunday, August 27.

Check, cash, or credit card are accepted. A three percent processing fee is added to credit card transactions. MDT class cards have no expiration date.

MDT Studios at The Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis
Justin Leaf-, (612) 338-0627

2017 SPB Open House

10:00am-2:00pm ⎟ Saturday, August 26

Join us at our studios for our annual Open House! Talk to health professionals at the Take Back the Tutu Health Fair, register for classes, meet the SPB faculty, shop our gently-used dancer wear sale and enjoy a short movement class!

Questions? Contact School Manager Laura Greenwell ( or Artistic Director Zoé Henrot (

655 Fairview Ave N, St Paul
Laura Greenwell-, (651) 690-1588

Come to Ballet Royale's 2017 Registration Open House celebration!

At the end of August, Ballet Royale Minnesota will be holding their annual open house school celebration for all our wonderful families and friends of Ballet Royale and our community.

Saturday, August 26, 2017
11:00am–3:00pm at Ballet Royale Minnesota

Come see our beautiful facility, take part in a sample of pre-creative classes available, and enjoy face painting, and other fun activities and surprises.

This event is FREE and OPEN to all, so invite friends and family to help us kick off another great Ballet Royale school year!

Ballet Royale Minnesota, 16368 Kenrick Avenue, Lakeville, MN 55044

Katha Dance Theatre (KDT) has opened registration for our fall classes.
Fall classes start on September 9.

Classes for beginning adults are Sundays, 9:30am-10:30am in Hopkins.
Classes for beginning children (six years and older) are Saturdays, 9:30am-10:30am in Hopkins.

Complete details on location, classes, registration and tuition fees can be found at our website. The registration deadline for new students is September 1. Register today – space is limited.

Christy Spillman George-, (763) 533-0756

Are you a dancer? Do you know a medical professional that works with dancers?

Then this conference is for YOU!

The MN Dance Medicine Foundation's annual conference is being held this fall!
It will focus on the unique demands of the foot and ankle of the dancer.

Medical Professionals Day: September 23
Topics covered at the conference:
-Musculoskeletal imaging related to the dancer
-Evaluation and treatment of dance injuries
-Strengthening techniques
-Balance and proprioceptive techniques
-Self care and clinical care treatment approaches

Dancer Day: September 24
Topics covered at the conference:
-How to achieve better turnout
-Proper stretching technique
-Strengthening techniques for leaps and turns
-Balance training
-Self-care techniques

Aimes Center/Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave, Burnsville, MN 55337
Kyle Klaas-, (952) 405-9765


Ashley Ballet Arts Academy seeks qualified professional male dancers to perform as our Nutcracker, Mouse King, Arabian Prince, and Snow King.

Four performances: December 15-17.
Technical and dress rehearsals: December 12-14, 5-9pm.
Location: Ives Theatre in Bloomington, MN.

Most choreography can be learned from our 2016 performance DVD. Weekend rehearsals at ABAA studios in November/December work flexibly with the artist’s schedule.

As ABAA's mission is to enrich lives through the art and joy of dance, we take pride in a positive but polished rehearsal and performance environment. We look forward to working with professionals who will inspire our students with their experience and artistry. A generous stipend is offered based on experience, as well as rehearsal and performance schedule.

Thank you for your consideration; we look forward to hearing from you!

Ashley Burkland-, (763) 703-3920

A teaching opportunity has become available! We are looking for teachers with availability on Saturdays.

A successful candidate will have the following qualities:
-Interest in working with dancers aged seven to twelve years old.
-General musical knowledge of tempo, time signatures and phrasing, and ability to work smoothly with live piano accompaniment.
-Passion for arts and interest in working for a non-profit organization.
-Promptness, reliability, sound judgment, and excellent attendance are essential.
-Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
-Experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures a plus.
-Able to maintain confidentiality of information.

High school diploma required.
College dance program or professional dance experience preferred.
ABT Pre-Primary – Level 3 certification preferred.

For more information on our background, or more specifics such as responsibilities and compensation, visit our website.

655 Fairview Ave N, St Paul
Laura Greenwell-, (651) 690-1588

A teaching opportunity has become available! We are looking for teachers with availability on Saturdays.

A successful candidate will have the following qualities:
-Interest in working with dancers aged four to six years old, and a desire to grow the Young Dancer Program with the School of St. Paul Ballet.
-Passion for arts and interest in working for a non-profit organization.
-Promptness, reliability, sound judgment, and excellent attendance are essential.
-Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
-General musical knowledge of tempo and phrasing.
-Experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures a plus.
-Able to maintain confidentiality of information.

-High school diploma required.
-College dance program or professional dance experience a plus.
-Young children’s dance teacher training a plus, such as: ABT Pre-Primary – Level 3 certification and BrainDance.

655 Fairview Ave N, St Paul
Laura Greenwell-, (651) 690-1588

The Cowles Center is hiring an Education Intern from September through May to coordinate all national workshops on CILC database and manage the technical needs of The Cowles Center’s distance learning workshops and residencies. This position also provides administrative support to other programs within the Education Department. This is a stipend-based internship working approximately fifteen hours per week with some evening and weekend hours needed. The ideal candidate has a degree (or is obtaining a degree) in the performing arts or arts administration.

If interested please send a letter of interest and resume with references to Elyse Chamber, Education Manager:

Apply by: August 18


Choreographers’ Evening will take place on Saturday, November 25, 2017. A fierce advocate for the thriving Twin Cities dance community for 30 years, guest curator Megan Mayer creates work concerning the body, tiny emotional undercurrents, minimalism, mimicry, wry humor, loneliness, fake bad timing, and exacting musicality.

Friday, August 18: late afternoon
Saturday, August 19: mid-afternoon

Email Megan at to schedule a live audition, to arrange a video audition, or to tell me your best joke about dance admin!

• Auditions are in ten minute intervals
• Pieces may not exceed seven minutes
• Video submissions are accepted
• Choreographers must live in Minnesota

Walker Art Center McGuire Theater, 725 Vineland Pl, Minneapolis

Back to school is upon us! The St. Paul Ballet Placement Class for pre-professional division levels four through six (ages eleven through eighteen) will take place on Saturday, August 12 from 12-2 pm. Please have female dancers wear a solid color leotard, pink footed tights, and bring ballet slippers and pointe shoes. Male dancers should wear a fitted white short-sleeve shirt, black tights and black ballet slippers. Placement Class is required for entrance into the pre-professional program.

655 Fairview Ave N, St Paul
Laura Greenwell-, (651) 690-1588

Open audition call for Minnesota Dance Collaborative's 2017 Fall/Winter Company! Fill your fall and early winter with fun community performances and our fourth annual production of HoliDaydream at the Southern Theater, December 15-17!

Auditions: Saturday, August 12, 1-4pm. Callbacks: Sunday, August 13, 1-4pm.
If unable to attend, video submissions are accepted and must be received by August 11.

Open to male and female adult and youth dancers with intermediate to advanced level of dance training, acting experience is a plus. Audition format: learn short dance combinations and perform in small groups for judges. Potential audition dance styles include: ballet, tap, hip hop, jazz, high kick, contemporary, musical theatre. Bring a recent headshot and dance resume, wear form-fitting dance attire and hair secured back.

Rehearsals to begin Sunday, September 10. Performers MUST be available the entire week of December 11.

Schmidt Artist Lofts, 900 7th St W, St Paul MN 55102

Are you an advanced tap dancer aged thirteen to nineteen? AUDITION FOR ELITE TAP FEET!

Elite Tap Feet is an elite group of teen tap dancers from around the state who are selected to perform at the annual Twin Cities Tap Festival. This year's Elite Tap Feet choreographer is none other than Nicholas Van Young! We hope you'll join us at the audition. Note: if you are chosen, rehearsals with Nick will begin later that day!

- No need to prepare a choreographed piece for the audition.
- Dancers must be between the ages of thirteen and nineteen at the time of the audition and be advanced tap dancers.
- No audition fee.

IF YOU ARE CHOSEN, rehearsal will immediately follow the audition (from 12:30-4:30pm) and a $150 choreography fee will be due at that time.

The weekend schedule is as follows:
Saturday, August 19: 12:30 - 4:30 pm - Choreography
Sunday, August 20: 10:00 - 1:00pm - Choreography

Full rehearsal and performance details here:

Ballare Teatro, 4259 Minnehaha Ave S, Minneapolis

CDP2 is a pre-professional contemporary dance company for teen and adult dancers. CDP2 members will be selected through audition, and will have weekly class and rehearsals at Straightline Dance Fitness in northeast Minneapolis. Dancers will train in CDP’s unique contemporary aesthetic, and learn repertory that will be performed at various shows throughout the year.

-Is for dancers ages sixteen and older (sixteen-year-olds must be in grade eleven for the 2017-2018 academic year);
-Is a tuition-based program;
-Is for dancers committed to developing contemporary dance technique, deepening their knowledge of dance composition, and exploring the limits of improvisational movement;
-Will provide opportunities for guest performances, teaching, assisting, and intern roles with the company;
-Is a supplemental program to dancers’ school/studio/team training, designed to enrich understanding of concert dance;
-Is a one evening per week, year-long commitment.

The Lab Theater | 700 North 1st Street Minneapolis, MN 55401

Minimum Requirements:
•Minimum third-year college student
•Marketing and social media
•Passionate about the Twin Cities art community
•Schedule availability during business hours
•Google and Microsoft Office
•Highly organized
•Customer service oriented
•Comfortable working independently

Key Responsibilities
•Administrative duties:
o Answer phones
o Field/reply to emails
o Office organization
o Database management/update
•Marketing/Social Media:
o Creating and implementing marketing strategies for upcoming events
o Building social media stock images
o Creation of social media templates
•Part-time, unpaid internship
•Contracted through December 2017
•Chosen candidate receives unlimited free classes from Zenon Dance for duration of contract.
•If you are interested in specific areas of marketing, business strategy or certain skills you would like to hone (admin, communications, design), there is room for that in this position.

528 Hennepin Ave, Suite 400, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Sydney Ward-, (612) 338-1101

Zone is an intensive fourteen-week study and performance program for adults. It offers students the opportunity to study with area choreographers and perform in a showcase.

Auditions are being held September 9 at 10:00 AM in Studio 4B. In order to participate, you MUST register by September 1, 2017! Registration can be done online on our website or by emailing our Managing Director, Jane Raine (contact information below).

There are two separate Zone tracks available: Performance and Technique. The performance track will have a showcase at the end of their intensive. Both tracks are catered towards adults eighteen and older. They are for both the non-professional seeking fulfillment or a new hobby and for the pre-professional seeking connections and movement growth.

528 Hennepin Ave, Suite 400, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Jane Raine-, (612) 338-1101


The McKnight Fellowships for Choreographers and the McKnight Fellowships for Dancers award $25,000 fellowships to mid-career Minnesotan choreographers and dancers.

If you plan to apply for a 2018 Fellowship, you must submit your Intent to Apply by September 6. If you miss the Intent to Apply deadline you may still submit a final application. However, you will not receive important updates and help with the application, and your live performances will not be viewed by the panel.

Once you have submitted your Intent to Apply you will be notified regarding the final application process. This application will become available after January 15, 2018 and the deadline will be in early April.

Full guidelines and application can be found here:

Mary Ellen Childs-


Located in Uptown Minneapolis near the intersection of Lake St. and Lyndale Ave, Ragamala Dance Company has two beautiful studios open to rent. For more information about availability and scheduling contact Sarah Abdel-Jelil at

Studio 1 - 1400 square feet, and has one full-mirrored wall, iPod/CD capability, Marley floor.
Studio 2 - 390 square feet, iPod capability, wood floor.

711 W Lake St. Minneapolis, MN 55408
Sarah Abdel-Jelil-, (612) 824-1968

Large Nutcracker tree for sale.

Barbi Lee Dance is no longer performing The Children's Nutcracker and would like to sell the large tree backdrop. The tree is twelve feet tall and eight feet wide, professionally painted on muslin. Rolls up for storage. Framed at the top and bottom.

If interested, please contact Barbi at

Barbara Lotsberg-, (952) 935-2299

St. Paul Ballet is doing some storage cleaning and has found several costumes and props that we will no longer be using, and are planning to sell. We would love for these costumes and props to see the stage again! Are you looking for some court dresses, a fireplace, maybe even a scene drop? Please see the costumes and props available at the link below.

We have a few other pieces for sale that are not yet pictured as well. Feel free to come by our studios and see some of these pieces in person!

Please reach out to Brennan Benson, assistant to the Artistic Director, if you have any questions or are interested in giving any of these items a new home!

655 Fairview Ave N, St Paul
Brennan Benson-, (651) 690-1588

Located conveniently at the intersection of University Ave. and Fairview Ave. N., St. Paul Ballet offers spacious studio space for rent when available.
All studios include ballet barres, wall mounted mirrors, sound system and Marley sprung flooring. Parking is free and the light rail transit stop is three short blocks away.
For more information on hourly rate, availability and scheduling, please contact Andrea Lane with the information below.

655 Fairview Ave N, St Paul
Andrea Lane-, (651) 690-1588

Great location at 3010 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis. Jawaahir Dance Company studio at the corner of Minnehaha and Lake next door to the police station. Over 2000 square feet with windows, two mirrored walls, and a sprung hardwood floor. Off-street parking and bike rack. Only two blocks from the Lake Street/Midtown light rail station, and on the 7, 21, 27, and 53 bus routes. Fully handicapped accessible.

Bloomington location at 9050 Lyndale Avenue in the lower level of the Great Bear Center. Bright space of 900 square feet with one full mirrored wall and one partial. Double ballet barres. Small sitting area.

Visit our website at for photos and more information.
Email Jenny at or call 612-872-6050 for pricing and availability.

Jenny Piper-, (612) 872-6050

Zenon dance is offering studio space for rent.

Zenon's studios are in downtown Minneapolis in the Cowles Center. We have two spacious studios that can be rented. Both are large rooms featuring: large windows, sprung floors with Marley, ballet barres, full length mirrors on one wall, sound system that is compatible with a headphone jack, heated/air conditioned spaces, and pianos.

For availability and space request forms please visit:

528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Sydney Ward-, (612) 338-1101

TU Dance Center is offering its spacious dance studios for rent when available.

TU Dance Center has studios that are 33x56 feet (Studio 1) and 21x46 feet (Studio 2) 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 and 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 Avenue, one block east of Vandalia, located directly behind Subway on the building's east side.

TU Dance Center, 2121 University Ave. W., St. Paul, MN 55114
Abdo Sayegh Rodriguez-, (612) 367-6681


Erin Thompson teaches summer modern dance classes at Zenon. Classes explore experiential anatomy, ease and efficiency of movement, and power from the ground.

Advanced Modern
Thursdays - 9:30am-11:30am, with Dean Mcgraw on guitar!

Intermediate Modern
Tuesdays - 4:00-5:30pm

$14 per 90-minute class ($1 off for professionals); $130 for a ten-class card.
$16 per two-hour class ($1 off for professionals); $150 for a ten-class card.

Zenon Dance School | 528 Hennepin Avenue | Cowles Center, Fourth Floor
Erin Thompson-, (612) 221-3186

Minnesota Dance Theatre's Open Division offers drop-in ballet classes for adults and teens (sixteen and older).

• Classes seven days a week
• All levels from absolute beginner to advanced professional
• Live piano accompaniment
• Beautiful, spacious studios in the heart of downtown Minneapolis
• A noncompetitive, welcoming atmosphere

BALLET FUNDAMENTALS - Preregistration required
Fall Session: September 5 - November 21
Tuesdays and/or Thursdays 7:00-8:30pm

Sunday, 11:30am-1:00pm
Tuesday, 7:00-8:30pm

Monday, 6:45-8:15pm, Pointe 8:15-8:45pm
Saturday, 9:00-10:30am

Wednesday, 7:00-8:30pm
Thursday, 7:00-8:30pm, Pointe 8:30-9:00pm

Sunday, 11:15am-12:45pm, Pointe 12:45-1:15pm

Monday–Friday, 9:30-11:00am
Saturday, 10:30am-Noon

MDT Studios at The Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis
Justin Leaf-, (612) 338-0627

Dance Expressions - ages four through six. Students explore their imaginations by moving their bodies through space. Saturdays, 8:45-9:30am.

Ballet 1 - ages seven through eleven. Students with little to no ballet experience. Saturdays, 1:00-2:00pm.

Adult Fundamentals Ballet - ages thirteen and older. For the adult with no ballet experience! Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30pm.

Adult Beginning Ballet - ages sixteen and older. For the student who enjoyed ballet as a child or has had three or more months of classical ballet. Wednesdays, 7:30-8:45pm and Saturdays, 8:45-10:00am.

Adult Life Long Ballet and Conditioning - ages eighteen and older. A gentle ballet class for dancers of all ages! Mondays and Thursdays, 10:00-11:30am and 11:30-12pm.

655 Fairview Ave N, St Paul
Andrea Lane-, (651) 690-1588

Children's Drop-In Classes
The School of St. Paul Ballet is offering Ballet 1 on Saturdays from 1-2 pm.
Ballet 1 is for dancers who are ages seven through eleven who have little to no ballet experience. Classes will cover the basics of ballet and are designed to give children the foundation for moving into the leveled program of the SPB school if desired. This class is optimal cross training for children who also study complimentary arts, such as theater, circus, Irish dance, gymnastics, figure skating or other sports.
Ballet 1 is taught by Elaina Sutula.

655 Fairview Ave N, St Paul
Andrea Lane-, (651) 690-1588

We invite you to St. Paul Ballet’s “Parent and Me” dance class, for our youngest dancers and their parents! Enjoy and explore the fundamentals of movement, music and rhythm in this developmentally appropriate class. Young dancers will be engaged through artistic body and brain connection through the joy of movement. Dress: Clothing that allows for fluid movement and stretching. Bare feet.

Te invitamos a la clase de baile "Padres y yo" de St. Paul Ballet para nuestras más pequeños bailarines y sus padres! Disfruta y aprende los movimientos elementales. Disfruta de la música y el ritmo. Estas clases están diseñada para el aprendizaje de niños y niñas. Los bailarines serán atrapadas por el arte corporal y la conexión cerebral a través de la alegría del movimiento.

655 Fairview Ave N, St Paul
Andrea Lane-, (651) 690-1588

Summer Evening Mommy/Daddy and Me Class

Classes run through August 18, Wednesdays: 6-6:30pm

Join us this summer for a unique opportunity for parents and toddlers to engage in a fun, instructive activity together!

The first of its kind in Minnesota, Ballet Royale's original Mommy/Daddy and Me classes offer a unique opportunity for parents and toddlers to engage in a fun, instructive activity together, incorporating rhythm, musicality, listening/following instructions, and imagination.

This class is for adults of any age and children who are able to walk with minimal assistance, up to three years old.

Ballet Royale Minnesota, 16368 Kenrick Avenue, Lakeville, MN 55044

Ballet Royale offers a variety of wonderful classes for teens and adults this summer, from beginner through professional!
Applications are still being accepted, so come live the dream this summer and dance with Ballet Royale!

Summer term evening ballet classes running through August 18, 2017:
Ballet Basics: Tuesdays, 8:00–9:00pm. For adults and teens with little or no previous ballet training.

Intermediate–Advanced Ballet and Pointe: Thursdays, 7:00–9:00pm. For adults and teens with previous ballet training, at least two years of pointe.

Intermediate–Advanced Ballet Only (NO Pointe): Thursdays. 7:00–8:30pm, For adults and teens with previous ballet training.

Creative Story Ballet Day Camp: August 12, 10:00am–12:00pm. Students participate in a showcase performance.

Upcoming Workshop and Intensive:
Youth Ballet - August Jump Start Intensive: one week, August 21–August 25, 5:30–7:30 pm.

Youth Ballet-Pointe Preparatory Workshop: one week, August 21–August 25, 5:30–7:30 pm.

Ballet Royale Minnesota, 16368 Kenrick Avenue, Lakeville, MN 55044

Fall 2017 session registration is now open at The School at TU Dance Center! The Fall 2017 session runs from September 5 - December 9.

The TU Dance Pre-Professional Program is a five-level intensive course of study integrating modern, ballet, African, and repertory work for students up to age 23. There will be a placement class for new students (ages eleven through 23) on Saturday, August 26 from 10:00 - 11:30am (check-in from 9:30 - 10:00am). The placement class will consist of 45 minutes of ballet and 45 minutes of modern.

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

Financial aid and payment plans are available.

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

For the teen or adult dancer with more than five years of classical ballet experience. Ages sixteen and up.
Mondays 10:00-11:30am | Teaching Artist: Marianne Raub
Tuesdays 10:00-11:30am | Teaching Artist: Barbara Weinstine
Wednesdays 10:00-11:30am | Teaching Artist: Jeffrey Hankinson
Thursdays 10:00-11:30am | Teaching Artist: Maureen Haworth
Fridays 10:00-11:30am | Teaching Artist: Laura Greenwell

655 Fairview Ave N, St Paul
Andrea Lane-, (651) 690-1588

Midwest School of Ballet is offering summer classes! Enrollment still open, pro-rated options available.

Thursdays through August 17, 2017

9:30-10:30am: Ballet Fundamentals I/II. Ages three to five.
Age-appropriate motor skills and musicality are developed with basic, fundamental ballet movement and terminology through creative exercises. New and returning students are welcome.

10:30-12pm: Ballet for Teens and Athletes. Ages eight to eighteen.
Designed to help athletes in any sport such as gymnastics, soccer, tennis, football, hockey, swimming, skating and more to cross-train and improve physical skills in their chosen sport. New and returning students are welcome.

6:00-7:00pm: Ballet Fundamentals II/III. Ages five to eight.
Fundamental ballet movement, terminology, musicality and creativity is emphasized while infusing elements that will prepare students for the traditional ballet class format. New and returning students are welcome.

Performing Institute of Minnesota (PIM) | 7255 Flying Cloud Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55344 ​
Eileen Kamp-, (612) 564-8672

Come groove with us at Friday Morning Jazz - one more chance to get down with Erinn this session! This class is dedicated to historically-rooted, musically and socially-driven approaches to jazz dance. With a thorough warm-up, improvisation exploration, grounded movement combinations and awesome dancers to share energy with, this class is a great way to kick off your weekend. If you moved with us the last week, we'll continue the Ben Williams combination.

See you Friday!
- Erinn Liebhard (and Karla Grotting)

Zenon Dance Company and School, Cowles Center 4th Floor | 528 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403
Erinn Liebhard-

Come dance alongside the company every Sunday! This 90-minute class includes ballet and/or jazz-based warm up and technique, advanced contemporary combination, and extensive improvisation. Each week is taught by a different CDP company member. All ages welcome.

Sundays from 4:00-5:30
$10 at the door, or pre-purchase class.
Free street and lot parking.

Straightline Dance Fitness: 34 13th Ave NE Suite 104, Minneapolis, MN 55413


Located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, Suite 505 of The Cowles Center boasts 868 square feet of open space with an additional 271 square feet of private office or secondary space. You’ll have easy access to an arts-focused environment in this building that houses numerous arts nonprofits, dance companies, and rentable studio space.

Rent is $1443.68.

*Furniture in photo belongs to current tenant.

For more information or to inquire about availability, please contact Randy, below.

The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts, 528 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403
Randy Ingram-Lile-, (612) 206-3611

Located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, Suite 701 of The Cowles Center has 379 square feet of open space with stunning views of downtown overlooking Hennepin Avenue. You’ll have easy access to an arts-focused environment in this building that houses numerous arts nonprofits, dance companies, and rentable studio space.

Rent is $405.86.

*Furniture in photo belongs to current tenant.

For more information or to inquire about availability, please contact Randy, below.

The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts, 528 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403
Randy Ingram-Lile-, (612) 206-3611

Announcing the 2017/2018 St. Paul Ballet season! Celebrating 20 years of bringing ballet to the Twin Cities.

Lakes Area Music Festival - August 9, 2017

The Art of Boxing. The Sport of Ballet. - October 14, 2017

Clara’s Dream from The Nutcracker - December 1, 2 and 3, 2017

The St. Paul Snowblower Ballet - January 28, 2018

Audience Choice Fifth Anniversary Program at the Cowles Center - March 9 and 10, 2018
VOTE NOW to see your SPB favorites on stage!

Carmen: 1920s NYC - May 12 and 13, 2018

Zoé Henrot-, (651) 690-1588