DanceMN News - October 11, 2017









Open to all in the Twin Cities dance community, Roundtable Discussions will be held three times a year for artists to network and discuss opportunities and challenges in the industry. The first topic discussed will be: How do you currently network and find dance resources in our community?

Springboard for the Arts, McKnight, and MRAC will all be represented at the discussion to share the artist resources that they have available!

Date: Thursday, October 12
Time: 3:30-5:00pm
Where: The Cowles Center Conference Room, second floor

Beverages and snacks provided.
Register here:

The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts, 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Elyse Chambers-, (612) 206-3643

“Like a bolt from the blue, an extended flash of lightning and beauty. Just about an hour full of grace and movement. Absolute magic.” —La Libre Belgique

Revered Belgian dance master Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker and Spanish-born choreographer Salva Sanchis present a new quartet set to John Coltrane’s essential 1965 album, A Love Supreme. Meticulous form and raw energy combine as each of the four male dancers reflects one of the recording’s instrumentalists: Coltrane, pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison, and drummer Elvin Jones. This interplay is translated literally into a dance in which the choreographers perfectly interweave improvisation and composition. Since its premiere in February 2017, critics have heralded this as a not-to-be missed dance masterwork.

For more information:

Walker Art Center | 725 Vineland Pl, Minneapolis, MN

Miami-based Cuban American choreographer and dancer Rosie Herrera returns to the Twin Cities for the first time in five years with two new works:

"Cookie’s Kid" is a solo dance theater work that seeks to explore what is inherited muscle memory. The first solo work by Rosie Herrera, it utilizes her unique and diverse performance background ranging from cabaret, classical music, and urban and contemporary dance as a way to explore and dissect the oppression of toughness.

"Carne Viva" is an exploration into the violence of transcendence. Loosely translated to mean “open wound,” "Carne Viva" builds upon the themes of religion and romance for a work that is much sparser and physical than Herrera’s previous work. Brutal and elegant, "Carne Viva" is a visceral journey into the dichotomy of power within relationships.

Special offer for DanceMN readers: use the code "COOKIE" when booking online to get half off!

The O'Shaughnessy | 2004 Randolph Ave, St Paul, MN 55105
Ross Willits-

There’s just one evening this fall where everyone comes away a winner. On Saturday, October 14, The Art of Boxing. The Sport of Ballet. will confound your expectations and bring you to your feet.

Enter the arena-theater, where you can hear the performers breath and feel the emotional power from the ring or the stage. It’s a dance, a workout, a match and a performance that highlights the grace and dynamism of movement.

St. Paul Ballet’s Artistic Director, Zoé Emilie Henrot and Element Boxing Director, Dalton Outlaw bring together boxers and dancers to share the spotlight and highlight the grit and grace needed to stay on your feet for three acts or six rounds.

Dress up or dress down. Make it a date night or a girls’ or guys’ night out. Enjoy the show and stay to dance and meet the cast. Don’t miss it. It will be one for the books!

The High School for the Recording Arts | 1166 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN
Zoe Henrot-, (651) 690-1588

DanceCo proudly presents Expectation Station October 17-22 at the beautiful Avalon Theater, home of In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre. This train-based family-friendly production will run for one hour. We are presenting ten daytime and evening performances during MEA week! ALL TICKETS $10!

Featuring your favorite train songs performed live by the Roe Family Singers and "Engineer" Paul Howe (of the Choo Choo Bob's Train Show), this original dance production by Matthew Keefe includes the talents of Twin Cities dancers Heather Cadigan-Brockman, Brittany Keefe, Jennifer Pray, Benjamin Johnson, Stephen Schroeder, Brian Sostek, and theatre artist Rebecca Surmont. This all-ages, family-friendly performance will delight young and old alike.

Please join us as we launch DanceCo's first self-produced production!

The Avalon Theater | 1500 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Matthew Keefe-, (612) 234-1481

University of Minnesota Dance
in partnership with the
McKnight International Choreographer Fellowship, Cowles Center
Panel Discussion: African Contemporary Dance in a Global Context

Salia Sanou (Burkina Faso), 2017 McKnight International Choreographer, Cowles Center
Michel Kouakou (Minnesota / Cote d'Ivoire), Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota Dance Program
Gregory Maqoma (South Africa), Cowles Visiting Artist, University of Minnesota Dance Program
Moderator: Ananya Chatterjea, Professor, University of Minnesota Dance Program
Translator: Hakim Abderrezak, Associate Professor, University of Minnesota Department of French and Italian

Wednesday, October 18, 7 pm
Barbara Barker Center for Dance, Studio 100 | University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Free, first-come seating.

Nora Jenneman-

University of Minnesota Dance informal studio showing:

Newly commissioned work by Gregory Maqoma, Cowles Visiting Artist
Thursday, October 19, 4:30 pm

Barbara Barker Center for Dance - Studio 100
Followed by question/answer discussion with the artist. Free, first-come seating.

Nora Jenneman-

A collective of local dance companies present GORGE, the void where dance meets rock. GORGE is a four-part performance series where no show is ever dull. DaNCEBUMS performs each evening with their riotous approach to dance in "Press Kit." Next, April Sellers Dance Collective recreates their work "The Animal Corridor" with a new cast member. Alternating performances with ASDC, Samantha Johns and Nona Invie create an ode. Finally, Detroit-based Kristi Faulkner Dance closes out every night (and their tour to Minneapolis via the GRUNT network) with "Four Letter Word."

Thursday, October 19, 7:30 p.m. — DANCEBUMS, SELLERS, FAULKNER

Friday, October 20, 7:30 p.m. — DANCEBUMS, JOHNS, FAULKNER

Saturday, October 21, 7:30 p.m. — DANCEBUMS, SELLERS, FAULKNER

Sunday, October 22, 2:00 p.m. — DANCEBUMS, JOHNS, FAULKNER

Facebook event:
Buy tickets:
$5 tickets with the code "dancelife".

Promotional image by Galen Higgins.

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

Dust off your hat and clean up your boots... The award-winning The Three Bonnies returns! 

The Three Bonnies is an exhilarating, funny, frightening, sexy multimedia piece using video, dancers, horses and the blues to explore the challenges of male-female relationships. It will have you tapping your toes and thinking about that guy or gal you left behind.

Moving in rhythm to country and blues, the common threads of body language, communication, and emotion are woven through movement, storytelling, and video of both people and horses to tell a very human story of the ways we interact with each other and how we can learn from the natural world. 

Featuring choreography by DA dance Artistic Director Denise Armstead with Sharon Picasso, Gerry Girouard, Cade Holmseth, Christine Maginnis, and Brian Evans.

The Celtic Junction Arts Center | 836 Prior Ave N, Saint Paul
The Celtic Junction-

Thursday, October 19:
The Twin Cities Tap Festival Showcase features the best local tap talent and youth tap ensembles, including Keane Sense of Rhythm Youth Tap Ensemble, MinnesoTAP, and the stage debut of Elite Tap Feet – an elite group of teen tap dancers from around Minnesota.

Friday, October 20 and Saturday, October 21:
The Twin Cities Tap Festival Concert shines a spotlight on the dynamic and ever-changing art of tap dance. The concerts will feature live music accompanying the best in local and national tap artists including Dianne “Lady Di” Walker, Jason Samuels Smith, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Mark Yonally, and local talent Ricci Milan, Rick Ausland, and Joe Chvala and Karla Grotting. Also featured are Minnesota tap and percussive dance companies the Flying Foot Forum, Keane Sense of Rhythm, Kaleena Miller Dance, Rhythmic Circus, Buckets and Tap Shoes, and Elite Tap Feet.

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

Public interview:

Contemporary African Dance - A Conversation with Germaine Acogny
Moderated by Professor Ananya Chatterjea

Friday, October 20, 4:30 pm
Barbara Barker Center for Dance - Studio 100
Free, first-come seating. This event is made possible through the Sage Cowles Land Grant Chair.

Nora Jenneman-

Keane Sense of Rhythm professional tap company is performing "Bach's Partita" choreographed by Lane Alexander, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm at the Cowles Center as part of the Twin Cities Tap Festival.

Keane Sense of Rhythm Youth Tap ensemble is performing Thursday October 19 at the Cowles Center at 7:30pm as part of the student showcase. They will perform "Canto de Osannha" choreographed by Charles Renato and "I want you back" choreographed by Megan Wind.

Cathy Wind-, (612) 986-1944

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 the cycles of the seasons and how nature and life form an intricate, interwoven web.

This will be the final performance as a part of our 2015 Knight Arts Challenge project, we hope you can join us for this celebration.

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
Music Composition – Jyothishmathi Sheejith
Sound Engineering and Design – Sai Shravanam
Directorial Guidance – Dipankar Mukherjee
Poetry Transcreation – Meena Natarajan


The O’Shaughnessy | 2004 Randolph Ave, St Paul, MN 55105
Suchi Sairam-

DIAVOLO | Architecture in Motion® uses dance to explore the relationship between the human body and its architectural environment. Artistic Director Jacques Heim steers DIAVOLO’s diverse team of dancers, designers, choreographers and engineers to create visceral and awe-inspiring works that reveal how we are affected emotionally, physically and socially by the spaces we inhabit.

Throughout the course of our human experience, we teeter between vulnerability and control, losing and reshaping ourselves as we traverse though our daily lives and work. A full evening experience in two parts, L.O.S.T. [LOSING ONE'S SELF TEMPORARILY] features Diavolo’s newest works – “Passengers” and “Cubicle” – and boldly tackles the essence of what both divides and unites us.

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts | 345 Washington St, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102
Jeff Miller-

9x22 Dance/Lab

8:00 PM. Doors at 7:00. $6-16.

1. Amal Rogers

2. Molly Kay Stoltz (with Hilde DeRoover)

3. Our Little Works (Maria Tordoff, Amelia Morris, Marissa Jax)

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-

This fall at The Cowles Center, Minnesota Dance Theatre turns its focus to the future. Honoring the company’s longstanding commitment to the cultivation of new dances, MDT Artistic Director Lise Houlton has commissioned three world premieres pairing beloved local artists and innovators with MDT’s exceptionally versatile performers. Drawing from their extensive performing experience with such respected local companies as James Sewell Ballet, TU Dance, and Black Label Movement and from their own distinctive aesthetic exploration, choreographers Penelope Freeh, Darwin Black, and Elayna Waxse will each create a never-before-seen work for an evening that promises to be an electrifying and eclectic celebration of the Twin Cities’ vibrant dance community.

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

Mixing the thrill of Halloween with the vibrancy of dance, Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota brings back Art in Motion: Ballet Spooktacular to the metro this fall at the hauntingly beautiful Lakeville Area Arts Center!

The performance will feature multiple dances inspired by zombies, ghouls, and spooky Halloween characters, culminating in a thrilling dance finale for audiences to join!

The excitement doesn’t stop there-audience members young and old are encouraged to come dressed up in their favorite Halloween costume to try to snag the "Most Creative Costume" prize and have fun at the spook-tacular Halloween party following the performance.

Kick off the Twin Cities Ballet 2017-2018 season and celebrate Halloween with this unique Halloween event at The Lakeville Area Arts Center on October 27 at 7:30pm. A special kids edition will be performed October 28 at 11:00am!

Lakeville Area Arts Center | 20965 Holyoke Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044

Under the artistic direction of Emmy Award winner Travis Wall and co-created with Nick Lazzarini, Teddy Forance, and Kyle Robinson, SHAPING SOUND is an electrifying mash-up of dance styles and musical genres brought fully to life on stage by a dynamic company of contemporary dancers.

In "After the Curtain," these visual musicians continue to dazzle audiences as they tell the story of a man fighting to find his creative voice after the death of his one true love. Heart-wrenching, breath-taking and ultimately uplifting, this is one dance show that audiences will remember forever.

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts | 345 Washington St, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102
Jeff Miller-

Threads Dance Project’s tenth season show promises an exciting evening of all-new works. Artistic Director Karen L. Charles taps into her previous career as a computer analyst and mathematician to inspire her new work–"Uncertain Reality." The dance explores the concept of chaos theory as it relates to the world we live in. Human beings fear chaos despite its existence all around us-in trees, rivers, and our own human biological system. Charles will show the complexity and beauty of chaos through movement and interactive technological imagery, in collaboration with projection artist Miko Simmons. "Uncertain Reality" will invite the audience into a chaotic world necessary for our existence.

Additionally, Threads will share the world premiere of a new work by Salia Sanou (Burkina Faso/France), the 2017 McKnight International Choreographer.

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

Mathew Janczewski’s ARENA DANCES is pleased to present The Architect, an evening-length solo for longtime ARENA dancer Timmy Wagner. It is an intimate exploration of the beginnings of a creative idea and the playful process of completing that creation. The idiosyncratic and intricate movement will be heightened with an interactive set design by fabric artist Margarita Jane Arguedas plus text contributions and dramaturgical support by Rachel Jendrzejewski and projection design by Meena Mangalvedhekar.

The Architect draws from the collaborative work of these specific artists, exploring real time processes and the questions that arise: “Where did this or that idea come from? How has one’s own journey or interpretation revealed itself?”

The Architect
Friday, November 3 | 8:00 PM
Saturday, November 4 | 8:00 PM

Tickets: $18 general admission

JSB TEKBOX at the Cowles Center | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Mathew Janczewski-

Zenon Dance Company will celebrate its 35th Anniversary at The Cowles Center with a program featuring three world premieres, as well as classic pieces from the company’s repertoire.

The three new works include world premiere pieces by Penelope Freeh, Michelle Boulé (of New York), and Alex Springer and Xan Burley (of New York).

Zenon will also reprise five repertory works for the program including "Ezekiel’s Wheel" by jazz choreographer Danny Buraczeski, "Blessing of the Earth" by Wynn Fricke, "Storm" by Daniel Charon, "Like an Octopus" by Susana Tambutti, and "Hotel Tango" by Mariusz Oleski.

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

"Mini-Nutcracker" is a delightful abbreviated version of Twin Cities Ballet’s classic A Minnesota Nutcracker designed to introduce children to the magic of this family holiday classic.

This beloved holiday tradition, with soaring music by Tchaikovsky, promises to hold the attention of even the youngest theatergoer!
Suitable for all ages, this version is less than an hour, and performed by cast members from Twin Cities Ballet’s full-length production. A perfect holiday mini-treat for the whole family!

Event Information:
WHEN: November 28, 2017
TIME: 11:00 am
WHERE: Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044

Easily purchase tickets online, by calling 952-985-4640, or at the performance!



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. Final class October 14.

NEW: Baby-Wearing Ballet. Our Baby-Wearing Ballet class at St. Paul Ballet gives parents and caregivers the chance to bond with baby while getting exercise! This beginning level ballet class offers abdominal work and stretching, followed by a ballet barre and center exercises to music, while wearing baby in your carrier. It is recommended that new mothers talk with their doctor at their six week postpartum appointment to be sure they can safely participate in class. All caregivers are welcome to participate in class.
Tuesdays, 10:45am - 11:45am

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

This one-day 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!

When: Saturday 10:00 am - 1:00 pm, October 14, 2017

Where: Heart of Tao Resonance Art, 2322 Garfield St. NE, Minneapolis 55418

Tuition: $25

To register, please complete online registration form at:

For more information about workshop, please contact Gadu.

Gadu Schmitz-, (612) 703-7501

The 2017 McKnight International Choreographer, Salia Sanou (Burkina Faso/France), will be in residence in Minneapolis October 8 through November 4.

McKnight Community Class Series
Now – November 11

Salia will offer classes in two locations this week.
Saturday, October 14, 10:00 am - 11:30 am, Contemporary African Dance
Target Education Studio at the Cowles Center (accompanied by live drummers).
To register:

You may also join Threads Dance Project for their morning company classes at Lundstrum Center for Dance. Salia will teach Wednesday, October 11, 9:00 am – 10:00 am.

For more information about Salia’s residency:

Mary Ellen Childs-

Sundays in October
6:00pm - Corekinetics Yoga
7:15pm - Urban Contemporary Dance

October 8, 15, 22, 29 at TU Dance Center

The foundation of Vie’s yoga practice and professional dance maintenance, CoreKinetics Yoga is a stylized guided vinyasa practice centered around core strength that bridges breath and flow to continuous dance motion. It nurtures the independence of yogi artists to hear the guidance and move continuously.

Sneakers required! A combination of house dance, contemporary modern, and improvisational speaking with the body through rhythm, this class is a glimpse into the signature style of Vie's stage performance as a vocal recording artist. Rhythm-based foot work, wide grounded movements through space, and space and guidance to speak with the body in relationship to music.


Kristi Faulkner Dance is known for their highly physical and humorously theatrical work that embodies difference and challenges gender roles. KFD creates thought-provoking, visceral experiences that generate meaningful conversation and social exchange.

All classes $15.00

Floor Work
Wednesday, October 18: 10:00am - 11:00am
Participants will develop an intimate connection to the floor and investigate multiple points of contact for achieving efficiency moving in and out of the floor in high-energy phrase work that challenges the participants' athleticism.

Contemporary/Modern Technique
Thursday, October 20: 11:00am - 12:00pm
Kristi Faulkner's unique brand of quirky, irreverent, and exhaustive movement. Explosive phrases juxtaposed with subtle gesture will challenge the participants' athleticism and artistic expression. Movers will be required to access their individual performance skills to bring a unique expression and rhythmic sensibility to the movement.

Zenon Dance School | The Cowles Center Fourth Floor, 528 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403
April Sellers-, (612) 558-8209

Explore the magical world of fairy tales and fairy tale creatures through music, art, and movement! This class will take you on a journey to learn the dragon dance of China, the fairy reel of Ireland, and to create magical crafts including a handmade book of global fairy tales! This class will stimulate the imagination through legendary literature, develop dance technique, and familiarize your child with diverse music from around the world. For ages four through seven.

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

DIAVOLO | Architecture in Motion® uses dance to explore the relationship between the human body and its architectural environment. Artistic Director Jacques Heim steers DIAVOLO’s diverse team of dancers, designers, choreographers, and engineers to create visceral and awe-inspiring works that reveal how we are affected emotionally, physically, and socially by the spaces we inhabit.

This master class combines many components of performance skills: ballet, modern, acrobatics, martial arts, gymnastics, theatrical presence, partnering, improvisation, composition, and their signature style of movement called Architecture in Motion® (the integration of structure and object into movement). Trust and teamwork exercises throughout the class challenge participants to engage dance in new and interesting ways.

Dancers should come with athletic shoes, pants and knee pads.
Ages fourteen and older. Intermediate skills or higher recommended.
$7 per person. Space is limited. To RSVP, call: 651-282-3115

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Drake Room | 345 Washington St, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102
Jeff Miller-

Ballet Royale Minnesota and Northrop Dance Series are sponsoring a special master class that will be taught by Rebecca Krohn, principal dancer and ballet mistress of New York City Ballet. A pianist from NYCB will accompany the class. All area intermediate through advanced students and professional dancers are invited.

Date: October 27, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Location: Ballet Royale Minnesota
Cost: FREE for all participants

Pre-registration is not required, but advance notification of attendance is appreciated.
Ballet Royale is just 20 minutes south of both downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul off I-35. Free parking!

Ballet Royale Minnesota | 16368 Kenrick Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044

The grand opening of the Art Box is coming!

Saturday, October 28: Nokomis Neighborhood Day
Open House
1:00 to 2:30pm - Includes snacks and beverages, a tour of the new theater, an opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for serious prizes, and to meet the Off-Leash Area artistic directors, Jennifer Isle and Paul Herwig.
2:30 to 3:15pm - Children’s Creative Movement Workshop taught by dance creator and educator Jesse Schmitz-Boyd.
3:15 to 4pm - Theater Workshop for all ages led by Old Gem Theater that is sure to be a hit!

Sunday, October 29: Sample classes and Dance Party!
Free Sample Adult Classes
1:00 to 1:45pm - Jennifer Ilse’s popular and unique Inversion Modern Dance class.
2:00 to 2:45pm - Paul Herwig’s Performance and Design class
Tour and Dance Party
7:00 to 10:00pm - Tour of space and dance party with local R&B/Rap artists Pete & Doug.

Off-Leash Art Box | 4200 50th St. E, Minneapolis, MN 55417
Jennifer Ilse-, (612) 724-7372

with Cari Riis Stemmler and Ginny Massie

Friday, November 3, 2017 to Sunday, November 5, 2017
Friday: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Saturday: 11:30 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Prerequisites: Mat 1
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.

Fee: $449.00 by October 12, $499.00 regularly.
Materials: $80.00

Paragon Pilates & PT | 5101 Vernon Ave S, Suite 2A, Edina, MN 55436
Ginny Massie -, Cari Riis Stemmler-, (952) 405-9765

Learn about Dance/Movement Therapy and the transformative power of movement!

Dance/movement therapy (DMT) focuses on the understanding and use of movement, body awareness, and dance with persons who have psychological and behavioral issues. The introductory course introduces basic DMT theory and skills with an emphasis on multicultural perspectives for working with non-verbal behaviors. Students study 1) the diverse and universal role of movement and dance as a healing, transformative modality; 2) the history and development of DMT; 3) movement intervention skills.

Contact: Barbara with the details below; or Paul: 651-291-0942.

Center for Performing Arts | 3754 Pleasant Ave, Minneapolis, MN
Barbara Nordstrom-Loeb-, (612) 916-1829


Academy of Russian Ballet is searching for a male dancer with classical background for Nutcracker production.
Performance dates: December 15-17, four shows.
For details, contact Kirill Bak.

Kirill Bak-, (612) 501-9208

Ragamala Dance Company presents Ode to Navarathri at Walker Art Center's Free First Saturday, November 4, 2017.

Ragamala's annual Ode to Navarathri pays homage to the Indian festival of Navarathri Kolu, a time when south Indian families welcome neighbors into their homes for a celebration rooted in the sharing of art. Ragamala invites you to share a short performance during Ode to Navarathri in a showcase curated by Ragamala Dance Company. Performances are open to everyone in our Twin Cities community—professionals and amateurs, youth and adults, performers of all media and styles.

Performances will take place in the Walker Cinema from 11–12pm and 1–2pm on Saturday, November 4.

Submission Deadline: Monday, October 16, 2017.
Notification Deadline: Monday, October 23, 2017.

Submission form and more information at:

Walker Art Center, 725 Vineland Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Erik Madsen-Bond-, (612) 824-1968

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville, MN is looking for a choreographer/female soloist for a Christmas production. Choreographic style will be contemporary ballet/lyrical, approximately four minutes in length, performed with live orchestra and choral ensemble.

Dancers interested in auditioning will choreograph for the music and be asked to perform a one minute section of their choice. Transportation assistance can be provided or audition can be submitted by video. Additional details, including amount of stipend, will be provided upon contacting Dawn Ridgway.

Rehearsal/Performance Dates:
Rehearsal: Thursday, December 14 from 6:30 – 7:15 pm
Rehearsal/Performance: Saturday, December 16 from 3:00 – 6:30 pm
Performance: Sunday, December 17 from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Dawn Ridgway-, (612) 396-9357


I would like to alert you to the St. Olaf College Alumni Dance Scholarships. These merit-based dance scholarships are awarded to students with exceptional dance talent and strong interest in making dance a part of their college career. Awards of $4,000 and $8,000 per year are open to dance majors and non-dance majors. This renewable merit-based award is potentially a $32,000 four-year scholarship. Recipients are required to participate in one of the department's performing companies (or a comparable performance-based project) and a movement intensive class each year.

There will be a scholarship audition on Friday, October 20, at 2:00 pm in the Center for Art and Dance. Please encourage your dancers to visit our website at for more information, and to apply and to register for the October 20 audition. If you have questions or need more information, do not hesitate to contact me. I can be reached via the contact information below.

Center for Art and Dance, Studio 1 | St. Olaf College
Heather Klopchin-, (507) 786-3070


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. Only two blocks from the Lake Street/Midtown light rail station, and on the 7, 21, 27, and 53 bus routes, fully handicapped accessible, off-street parking and bike rack.

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 and a small sitting area.

Visit our website at for photos and more information.
Email or call Jenny Piper for pricing and availability.

Jenny Piper-, (612) 872-6050

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

Performance hall capacity: 75 (zoned for 100).
Rehearsal studio capacity: 12 (zoned for 23).

Wall-to-wall sprung wood floor.
Full compliment of lighting, sound, and video equipment (inventory available upon request).
Collapsible 4x4 audience risers of various heights for maximum flexibility in arranging your audience seating.
120 very cushy padded folding chairs.
Two ADA all-gender bathrooms.
On-site parking with 20 spaces (includes one ADA space).

Accessible by: Light Rail Blue Line (50th or 54th Street stations), Bus #22 and #7

Rehearsal/Class Use:
$15 per hour.
$12 per hour for 20 hours or more in a single booking.
Small Performance Use:
$500 for one week.
$200 for one day.
Includes a small inventory of equipment.

$1,200 for one week.
$500 for single weekend day (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday).
$300 for single weekday (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday).
$20 per hour for rehearsals/classes.
Equipment included for performances.

Off-Leash Art Box | 4200 50th St. E, Minneapolis, MN 55417
Jennifer Ilse-, (612) 724-7372


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

Advanced Modern
Thursdays - 9:30am-11:00am, with Dean Magraw on guitar!

$15 per 90-minute class, $1 off for professionals; $140 for a ten-class card.

Zenon Dance School | The Cowles Center Fourth Floor, 528 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Erin Thompson-, (612) 221-3186

Minnesota Dance Theatre's Open Division offers drop-in ballet classes for adults and teens ages sixteen and older. (Preregistration is required where indicated.)

• Classes seven days a week
• All levels
• Piano accompaniment
• Spacious studios in the heart of Minneapolis
• A noncompetitive atmosphere

Thursday, 6:30-7:00pm

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

BALLET FUNDAMENTALS - Preregistration required
Next Session: January 2 - March 22
Tuesday and/or Thursday, 7:00-8:30pm

PILATES - Preregistration required
Next Session: January 18 - March 8
Thursday, 8:15-9:15am

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

Minnesota Dance Theatre's Open Division offers a weekly 30-minute Floor-BarreⓇ Technique class with Sally Rousse. This class is open to adults and teens ages sixteen and older.

Thursdays, 6:30 - 7:00pm
Studio 6B
$5/class (MDT pointe-class cards may apply.)

Floor-BarreⓇ is a ballet-based class sitting and laying on the floor that creates long, exquisite lines. Doctor-recommended for injury prevention and recuperation, it promotes correct alignment and refines technique with correct, proper muscular usage; strengthens joints; and develops maximum turn-out and extension.

Sally Rousse leads a multi-faceted life in dance that includes performing, teaching, curating, choreographing, and writing. She recently completed Floor-BarreⓇ certification in Paris and is certified in Reiki and Brain Gym® as well.

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

Fall session runs October 2 - December 17. The Cassandra School offers year-round belly dance classes, including six Level 1 classes for students ranging from two left feet to Jawaahir company members continually honing their skills. All ages, levels, shapes, and sizes welcome! Belly dance is a great total body workout that builds core strength, is easy on your joints, and increases your flexibility. Drop in class price is only $18 and each class is 90 minutes-a perfect way to try belly dancing and see if it’s right for you. Also, student discounts are available this session. PLUS, we have class cards that allow students to take unlimited classes in a calendar month at $105 for beginner-level classes. Go to for details and register TODAY!

Classes are at these locations:
In Minneapolis at 3010 Minnehaha Ave, next to the police station.
In Bloomington at 9050 Lyndale Ave So, in the Great Bear Center.

Jenny Piper-, (612) 872-6050

FREE classes with Keane Sense of Rhythm, Fridays 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm at Can Can Wonderland.
Shoes provided.

Open Technique Classes:
Sundays, starting September 10
Beginning Tap: 1:00pm
Intermediate Tap: 1:00pm-2:15pm
Advanced Tap: 2:15pm-3:30pm

Youth Tap Ensemble: technique, improvisation, choreography, history, and performance opportunities.
Fast Track (Intermediate): 1:00pm-4:00pm
Performing Line (Advanced): 2:15pm-6:15pm

Adult Classes
Tap Hour 1 Beginning: Monday nights, 6:30pm-7:45pm
Tap Hour 2 Intermediate: Monday nights, 7:45pm-9:00pm
Teacher-only Class: Thursdays, 11:00am-12:15pm
Tappy Hour 1 and 2: Wednesdays, 10:15am-11:30am

Come join us, everyone welcome!

Cathy Wind-, (612) 986-1944

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

Intro to Ballet - ages seven through twelve. Students with little to no ballet experience. Thursdays, 4:30-5:30pm.

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

Open Professional Classes
Join us Monday-Friday from 10-11:30AM and take your morning ballet class from some of the Twin Cities' finest teachers. $10 professional rate (please bring copy of current contract to verify). Note: These classes are attended by St. Paul Ballet Company. Check our website/other listings for holiday schedule and any potential class cancellations due to SPB community events or performances. Teaching artists are subject to change.

Mondays, 10:00-11:30am: Laura Greenwell
Tuesdays, 10:00-11:30am: Barbara Weinstine
Wednesdays, 10:00-11:30am: Jeffrey Hankinson
Thursdays, 10:00-11:30am: Maureen Haworth
Fridays, 10:00-11:30am: Laura Greenwell

Intermediate Open Classes
St. Paul Ballet has teen and adult intermediate and advanced open classes six days a week!
Mondays, 7:30-9:00pm: Zoé Henrot
Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30pm: Laura Daugherty, followed by Adult Pointe, 8:30-9:00pm.
Wednesdays, 7:30-9:00pm: Anna Goodrich
Saturdays, 10:00-11:30am: Deborah Nettell

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

Dance is wonderful to increase flexibility, coordination, balance, and strength. We are thrilled to provide ballet classes geared specifically towards athletes through our drop-in program. Study ballet with other athletes and coaches in our conveniently located Hamline-Midway studios. Ages fourteen and older.

Thursdays, 3:30-4:30pm | Teaching Artist: Antonio Lopez

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

We are still taking registrations for our Young Dancers Program at St. Paul Ballet for ages four through six. Learn the joy of movement with our Anne Green Gilbert BrainDance certified teacher Mary Coats.

Music and Movement: age five. One 45-minute lesson per week. Pick either Wednesday or Saturday for the semester. This is a developmentally appropriate dance class for five-year-olds, emphasizing movement and musicality. The young dancer will become excited to learn dance patterns while engaging in and learning a variety of dance skills.

Dance Fundamentals: age six. One one-hour lesson per week. Pick either Wednesday or Saturday for the semester. This is a developmentally appropriate dance class for six-year-olds. Dancers gain strength, flexibility, and self confidence, and are encouraged to create in collaboration with others.

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

Join Midwest School of Ballet. Classes are offered at two locations: Performing Institute of Minnesota (PIM), 7255 Flying Cloud Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55344; and Edina Community Center (ECC), 5701 Normandale Road, Edina, MN 55424.

Ballet Fundamentals I for ages three and four:
Saturdays, 9:00-9:45am (PIM), 9:15-10:00am (ECC)
Thursdays, 5:15-6:00pm (PIM)

Ballet Fundamentals II for ages five and six:
Saturdays, 10:00-11:00am (PIM), 10:00-11:00am (ECC)
Thursdays, 6:00-7:00pm (PIM)

Ballet Fundamentals III for ages six through eight:
Tuesdays, 5:00-6:00pm (PIM)

Ballet Level I for ages eight and older:
Wednesdays, 5:15-6:45pm (PIM)

Ballet Level II:
Tuesdays, 6-7:30pm (PIM)
Wednesdays, 5:15-6:45pm (PIM)

Ballet Level III:
Mondays, 5:30-7:00pm (PIM)
Tuesdays, 6:00-7:30pm (PIM)
Wednesdays, 5:15-6:45pm (PIM)

Mondays, 5:30-7pm (PIM).
Saturdays, 11:30-1pm (ECC) - Teens and athletes, ages nine through fourteen!

Mondays, 7:00-7:30pm/7:00-8:00pm (PIM)

Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30pm (PIM)

Eileen Kamp-, (612) 564-8672

Join Ballet Royale Minnesota’s FREE Boy's Program!

Unique in Minnesota, this is an innovative program designed specifically for boys that is both created and taught by male teachers. These classes focus on strength, stamina, conditioning, coordination, focus, and agility in a fun, creative atmosphere.

Classes include:
- Boys Creative Dance Adventures
- Boys Dance
- Ballet for Boys I and II
- Boys Intermediate Ballet
- Boys Cross-Training Class

Ballet Royale’s Ballet for Boys classes are for students ages five to seventeen, with or without prior dance experience, and are developed and taught primarily by former professional dancer Rick Vogt.

Participants just need enthusiasm, commitment, and regular attendance.

Class registration is ongoing, JOIN TODAY! Tuition is pro-rated if you start mid-term

Ballet Royale Minnesota | 16368 Kenrick Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044

Ballet Royale Minnesota, official school and home of Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota, offers a wide variety of programs, providing classes from toddlers taking their first steps in our ground breaking Mommy and Me classes, teens stepping into a professional dance career, adults revisiting or practicing their first plies, to professionals wanting to augment their training.
Our unique offerings range from comprehensive training programs, including Progressing Ballet Technique, to customized plans and private coaching.

Ballet Royale offers:

- NEW Babywearing Ballet Class
- NEW tap program
- Pre-Ballet Creative Dance
- Mommy/Daddy and Me
- Youth, Adult and Teen Ballet
- Professional Trainee Division - a day program, by audition only.
- FREE Boys Program for ages five through nineteen.

Registration is ongoing and accepted throughout the year! Tuition is pro-rated if you start mid-term.

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

Mathew Janczewski is teaching intermediate modern dance classes at Zenon. This class will be a study of how certain fundamentals of modern dance technique such as alignment, balance, centering, and momentum intersect with the experience of being embodied. Warm-up exercises will incorporate conditioning and somatic exploration. Guided improvisation will be used as a means of generating material and excavating content to feed our creative curiosity.

Intermediate Level 2 Modern
Saturdays: 10:00am-11:30am
Cost:$15 per 90-minute class; $140 for a ten-class card.

Photo by Aaron Warkov.

Zenon Dance School | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis MN 55403
Mathew Janczewski-

Geared toward university dance students and young professionals who have been creating or producing movement in the Twin Cities for three years or less, this program provides accessible space for artists to explore material, experiment with teaching and receive feedback. Classes and open studio time are free to attend in exchange for one volunteer commitment to The Cowles Center’s fall season.

CLASSES | 9:30-11:30 AM
October 16 | Abigail Whitmore, BFA University of Minnesota
November 6, 13, 20 | Amal Rogers, MA Mills College
December 4, 11, 18 | Emma Marlar, BFA University of Minnesota

OPEN STUDIO | 4:00-6:00 PM
October 11, 18
November 8, 15, 20
December 6, 13, 20

Register here:

Target Education Studio, Second Floor
The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts
528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Elyse Chambers-, (612) 206-3643

Join us for an invigorating, community-oriented dance class for adults 50+ who love a healthy, active lifestyle. MovementWise participants explore a wide variety of dance forms, from social dance and modern to ballet and percussive dance. Whether you’re a veteran of dance or a newcomer, we welcome you to come enjoy the benefits of MovementWise.

On October 11: Class with guest teacher Kaleena Miller from the Twin Cities Tap Festival!

Date: Wednesdays, now-December 6. No class on November 22.
Time: 6:30-8:00pm
Price: $90 membership includes all twelve classes, a pair of free tickets and 20 percent off of performances; or $10 drop-in per class.
Location: The Cowles Center - Target Education Studio, second floor.

The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Jessi Fett-, (612) 206-3640

October 12, 16–19
9:00am – 10:00am
Price: $5/class. Cash only.

Monday and Wednesday classes taught by Salia Sanou.
Tuesday and Thursday classes taught by Karen L. Charles.

Classes taught by Salia Sanou are open to intermediate/advanced dancers. Classes taught by other teachers are open to all dancers.

Free parking at the Lundstrum Center for Performing Arts!

Lundstrum Center for the Performing Arts | 1617 N. 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55411

Come get your groove on with Erinn Liebhard at Friday Morning Jazz this week! She means it too: her approach to jazz is heavy on understanding the groove of the music and how to interact with it and the other dancers in the room. #GetYourAsstoClass to infuse yourself with social and musical connection to start your weekend!

Zenon Dance School | The Cowles Center Fourth Floor, 528 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Erinn Liebhard-

In this class students will explore many aspects of partnering technique, from sharing weight to exploring levels of touch. Students will learn how to safely and successfully make contact and support another body in space, and may be challenged to choreograph short partnering phrases or collectively solve creative problems. Partners and experience are helpful but not necessary as every class will be tailored to the group of dancers who attends each week.

Classes are held on Saturdays from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm.

Alexandra Bodnarchuk is a Minneapolis-based dance artist who hails from Pittsburgh, PA. She has worked with STAYCEE PEARL dance project, Attack Theatre, and Mark Conway Thompson. Her work has been presented in venues throughout Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, and New York City. She holds a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Ohio University and currently moves with Black Label Movement.

Zenon Dance School | The Cowles Center Fourth Floor, 528 Hennepin Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Alexandra Bodnarchuk-

Edna Stevens teaches African Fusion Explosion classes at Zenon this fall. It's a combination of contemporary African dance moves and great vibes. Fall classes run until December 23. Don't miss out!

Come learn some of the most popular modern African dances such as Ndombolo, Coupe, Decale, Gweta Soukous, Azonto, Skelewu, and Shoki. Dance to hit African music including Kuduro, Hipco, Afrobeats, and Afrohouse!

Saturdays - 4:00-5:00pm, in Studio 4A.
Cost: $15 per 60-minute class/$140 for a ten-class card.

Zenon Dance School | The Cowles Center Fourth Floor, 528 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Edna Stevens-, (612) 354-6997 is a professional, contemporary dance company located in the Twin Cities. Company members work together to choreograph/train while sharing their passion for dance with the local community. Now in its thirteenth season, CDP upholds the vision of its founding members: the creation and performance of dance should be a shared experience between artists and viewers alike. CDP is hosting Sunday night open class for youth and adult dancers. The company seeks to share their enthusiasm for creation, collaboration, and the art of movement with other local dancers.

4:00 - 5:30 pm: Open Company Class
$10, cash, check, or card at the door, or pre-purchase a class pass at:

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

This weekly contact improvisation jam will begin with a focused warm-up led by some of the most experienced movers in the Twin Cities. We will explore how our bodies move while in physical contact with each other, focusing on mass, gravity, momentum, and inertia. We will train in sensory awareness, partnering skills and improvisation. Warm-up will be playful, meditative, and acrobatic. An open jam follows.

The Underscore is a long-form improvisation structure created by Nancy Stark Smith. It progresses through states, ranging from internal exploration and connectivity to the earth, to energetic interactive dancing with others. A talk-through at the beginning and a "map" taped to the wall depicting over 20 symbols and their definitions will guide the dance.

October 16: Warm-up/Jam with Blake Nellis at Cowles Center
October 23: Warm-up/Jam with Robert Haarman at Beautiful studio
October 30: Warm-up/Jam with Timmy Wagner at Beautiful Studio

Warm-up and jam: $10-20, jam: $5, Underscore: $5-10

Beautiful Studio, 2242 University Ave, Suite 214, St. Paul, MN | Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts Center, 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN
Lindsay Forsythe-, (347) 512-0892


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 Ingram-Lile.

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 Ingram-Lile.

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

Tickets for the beloved holiday classic with a Minnesota twist are now on sale!
All shows sold out before opening night last year, so get your tickets early so you don't miss the show!

Twin Cities Ballet’s original A Minnesota Nutcracker is a cherished holiday treasure and one of the most-attended holiday dance events in the Twin Cities. While retaining all the magic and familiar traditions loved by so many, A Minnesota Nutcracker adds local flare with Minnesota settings and custom-designed Minnesota-centric backdrops.

Accompanied by the iconic Tchaikovsky music, Clara, Drosselmeyer, and guests dance and dream from historic Rice Park and Summit Avenue in St. Paul, to the snowy banks of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, to the magnificent palace of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

A Minnesota Nutcracker promises delightful entertainment for the whole family, from ballet novices to loyal patrons alike.