DanceMN News - December 6, 2017







Dance Revolutions
Directed by Erin Thompson

Whiting Proscenium Stage
Rarig Center, University of Minnesota
December 7 - 10, 2017

Tickets: 612-624-2345

University Dance Theatre ignites the stage December 7-10 with a blaze of fresh talent illuminating our Dance Program’s mission to promote contemporary dance in a global context. Two newly commissioned works, one by Sidra Bell known for viewing the human condition through a distinctly female lens, and another by South Africa’s Gregory Vuyani Maqoma, will premiere. Witness the rhythmic power of award-winner Susan Marshall’s "STOP" (2013) and the ominous "An Unkindness of Ravens" (2014) created by Carl Flink, Black Label Movement artistic director and faculty artist. Erin Thompson directs on the Whiting Proscenium Stage. Artistic residencies supported by the Sage Cowles Land Grant Guest Artist Endowment.

Nora Jenneman-

Tickets for the beloved holiday classic with a Minnesota twist are on sale now, and selling fast – buy yours now so you don't miss this iconic holiday 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.

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

Tickets: $20 – $38, can be purchased in person at the Ames Center Box Office or via Ticketmaster at 800-982-2787 or

Friday, December 8, 7:00pm
Saturday, December 9, 2:00pm
Saturday, December 9, 7:00pm
Sunday, December 10, 1:00pm
Sunday, December 10, 4:30pm

Ames Center | 2600 Nicollet Ave, Burnsville, MN 55337

TU Dance Artistic Directors Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands and School Director Laurel Keen invite you to the 2017 TU Dance Center Level Four and Five Student Showcase. Students from Level Four and Five of the Pre-Professional Program will be featured in works by Artistic Director Uri Sands and TU Dance company dancers Elayna Waxse and Christian Warner. The evening will also include guest appearances by members of the TU Dance company. Please join us in celebrating these young dancers and all of their dedication and hard work!

December 8 and 9 | 7:00pm
Frey Theater at St. Catherine University
General Admission

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit

The O'Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University | 2004 Randolph Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105
Laurel Keen-, (612) 440-9028

"The soundtrack has inspired ballet but never social dance, better fitting the music’s surf-jazz feel—why the show’s titled CHILL, along with the wintry air and, of course, you, nursing a beer." - Minnesota Monthly

"Erinn Liebhard is a local choreographer and dancer who mixes a lot of ebullience and humor into her creations. For this new work at the Amsterdam Bar, she and a group of collaborators will perform pieces to Vince Guaraldi’s music for the cartoon TV special, A Charlie Brown Christmas, performed by local jazz-rock combo GST." - St. Paul Pioneer Press

Curious? Love the music? Looking for a unique holiday performance option? Join us for CHILL! Thanks, Minnesota Monthly! Shows are THIS SATURDAY, December 9 and next Saturday, December 16 from 2:00-3:30pm - lunch and bar service starts at 11:00am and seating for the show is first come, first served, so get your ticket in advance (visit the included link) and arrive early!

Amsterdam Bar & Hall | 6 West 6th St, St. Paul, MN 55102
Erinn Liebhard-

On the second Tuesday of each month from noon to 1:00 pm bring your lunch to Landmark Center in St. Paul and enjoy a “taste” of the SPB training and company repertoire. Enjoy excerpts from our holiday show Clara's Dream from The Nutcracker! Free and open to the public. Landmark Center is located at 5th Street West on Rice Park in downtown St. Paul.

December 12, 2017. Noon-1:00pm. FREE!

Landmark Center | 75 5th St W, St. Paul, MN 55102
Michelle Ludwig-, (651) 690-1588

Join The Cowles Center and James Sewell Ballet as we ring in the holidays with Myron Johnson’s irreverent and inventive classic Nutcracker (not so) Suite.

Set in 1960s New York City, young Marie and her socialite mother, Mama Flo, throw the swankiest soiree in town. With appearances by Barbie, Ken, and a host of colorful characters, Nutcracker (not so) Suite is this season’s spiciest take on The Land of Sweets.

Starring Bradley Greenwald as Mama Flo!

Feeling adventurous? For a slightly racier version of the show, attend one of our Naughty Nutcracker performances on December 22, December 28, and December 30!

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

Ballet Minnesota celebrates their milestone 30th anniversary of performing The Classic Nutcracker at The O’Shaughnessy with highly-lauded ballerina, Dusty Button, performing the signature role of Sugar Plum Fairy. Rasta Thomas (Bad Boys of Dance) will dance the role of Cavalier.

The performances take place at The O'Shaughnessy, December 15-17, 2017.
Ticket prices range from $21 to $46 with discounts for seniors, students, active military and groups.
To purchase tickets, visit, or call The O’Shaughnessy box office at 651-690-6700.

Ballet Minnesota’s high-caliber stage production brings the Nutcracker story to life with flying sparks in the sword battle, snowflakes drifting to the stage in the Land of Snow, a grandfather clock that grows in size, and exquisite, hand-made costuming designed by Ballet Minnesota co-founder Cheryl Rist.

Susan Ritt-, (651) 335-1834

Minnesota Dance Collaborative proudly presents its fourth annual production of HoliDaydream!

Experience the magic and heart of Minnesota Dance Collaborative's unique company as talented dancers perform a variety of dance styles to the backdrop of a familiar yet ever-changing tale created by the collaboration of MDC's storytellers and actors. We invite you to become a part of our new holiday tradition!

“A fantasy tale of dance and drama - your holiday reimagined.”

Show dates and times:
Friday, December 15, 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 16, 2 pm and 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 20, 2 pm

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

Join the School of St. Paul Ballet and the East Metro Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, December 17 at 2:00pm for music and dancing. The performance will feature festive holiday music plus excerpts from the ballet Clara’s Dream, set to music from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker.

More information and tickets at

4200 Pioneer Drive, Woodbury, MN
Laura Greenwell-, (651) 690-1588

The carnival is rolling back into town!

M-SHE Productions Dance Company and students from all over Minnesota are coming together for two theatrical Victorian carnival dance performances of L'Heure De Minuit.

There will be: live original music, whimsical dancing of a variety of styles, sideshow acts, carnival games with a twist; and, of course, prizes, carnival food, and the smell of sweet fun!

Parker and Maggie are excited to bring their fantasy world to you for two nights at the fabulous Minnsky Theatre on Saturday, January 13 at 7:30pm and Sunday, January 14 at 12:30pm.

Audience members are encouraged to dress in masquerade ball attire and masks.
Let's bring in the new year with a bang! Kids of all ages and adults still young at heart, grab your best friend and your granny too. It is coming and we promise that you don't want to miss out. Be careful, you might be lured into the carnival!

Minnsky Theatre, 1517 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413


Minnesota Dance Theatre offers ballet classes for absolute beginners, ages sixteen and older. The twelve-week winter session begins January 2 and continues through March 22.

Three options:

• Tuesdays at 7pm - $160

• Thursdays at 7pm - $160

• Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm - $320

Register by December 19 for a discount!

Zachary Tuazon, the teacher for Ballet Fundamentals, has been an MDT company dancer and faculty member since 2015. He received his BA in Dance Pedagogy from Butler University and also received training from the Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.

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

Emma Marlar will lead two more classes in the December series of Pivotal Moment. Classes in this series will be process- and exploration-based within the contemporary dance genre with an emphasis on the need to move and sweat together. Learn material and develop your own improvisational scores!

Classes | December 11, 18
9:30-11:30 AM
Cowles Center second floor, Target Education Studio

FREE TO ATTEND! Registration:

Classes are geared toward university dance students and graduates as well as young professionals who are new to the Twin Cities and pursuing a professional career in dance. Pivotal Moment is designed to provide accessible space for artists to explore material, experiment with teaching, and receive peer-to-peer feedback.

For more information, contact Elyse Chambers.

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

Klein Technique, as taught by Barbara Mahler, is a cohesive integration of body and mind, based on the principles of change, possibilities, and a better functioning body. It is a technique grounded in the principles that what helps us to function at our optimum efficiency are simple ideas, exercises, and practice; the demands being the same in dance as everyday life.

Friday, December 8, 7pm-9:30pm
Saturday, December 9, 11am-3pm
Sunday, December 10, 11am-3pm

Registration: Online registration is closed but you can still pay at the door at the workshop this weekend.
Fee: $195.00

Thank you, Cowles Center, for the donation of the space!

Parking for the workshop can be found at the public library, the entrance is off of 4th Avenue.

Cowles Center, Target Studio | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Jennifer Arave-, (612) 432-1512

Come observe a class, bring your family and friends, and register at the Young Dancer Open House!
December 20, 5:00-7:00pm. Ages two and half to eight years old.

Classes include Parent and Me, the Introduction to Ballet drop-in class, Boy’s Club, Creative Movement for ages four through six, Beginning Ballet, and Level 1.
Second semester classes begin January 3, 2018.

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

Intermediate and advanced tap classes focused on building technique, musicality, and improvisation, especially as it relates to choreography.

All dancers get the opportunity to work with live musicians while creating work and performing!

The Saturday class culminates in an informal FREE showcase at 4:30PM at Can Can Wonderland across the street!

Youth Tap Ensemble members will receive a discount after registration.
$25 musician fee is included.

Celtic Junction | 836 Prior Ave, St. Paul, MN
Cathy Wind-, (612) 986-1944

Enhance your dance technique with Pilates mat classes!

Eight Thursdays, January 18 - March 8

8:15 - 9:15am in Studio 6C

Instructor: Kari Schire

Cost: $80

Register by January 4 for a discount!

Register here:

Kari Schire is a Stott Certified Pilates instructor. Her classes focus on core strength, proper alignment, and moving more efficiently. As a professional dancer, she also focuses on creating harmony for the body's natural imbalances.

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


We are hiring dance teachers to teach competition, technique, and recreational dance classes. We are also adding dance teachers to our substitute list.

We have current openings for dance teachers with jazz, jazz technique, acrobatics, contemporary, and hip hop experience. Please email or call for more information.

Thank you!

VELOCITY Dance and Theater | 1250 Park Rd, Chanhassen, MN
Lucy Morrissey-, (612) 743-6106

I am looking to hire ten individuals to perform the role of audience in a work titled The Claque (for Astroturf). Performers will be asked to inhabit a series of conventionally recognized audience response patterns, potentially including but not limited to: crying, laughing, gasping, clapping, weeping, shouting, and cheering.

The Claque (for Astroturf) will take place outdoors at Bloomington Central Park on the two evenings before the Super Bowl, as part of Illuminate South Loop:

Performers must be available for a mandatory rehearsal on December 30 and both performances on February 1 and 2 (no exceptions), and will be paid $100 for the entire commitment.

More information on the piece, the schedule, and how to get involved at:

Emily Gastineau-

Alternative Motion Project seeks a costumer designer to design and construct costumes for it's seventh season performance March 23-25 at The LAB Theater. Experience working with dancers is preferred and candidates must be able to complete the task in a timely manner on a resourceful budget. Stipend provided. Please send work samples, resume, and price quote to:

Kristin Howe-, (952) 843-3408

The Cowles Center invites Minnesota-based artists or organizations to submit proposals for engagement and community events that bring a unique perspective, discussion, and/or education opportunity to the Minnesota arts community. Selected artists and organizations will work with Cowles Center staff to produce an event rooted in dance that serves a specified community and provides access to quality arts experiences. Proposal applications opened on November 1, 2017, with two to three artist selections in January 2018.

Who is eligible:
Pre-emerging, emerging, and established artists of any medium, dance companies, community arts organizations.

Fill out the proposal form:

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

Call for Proposals — Red Eye’s 34th annual Works-In-Progress Program

Geared toward emerging artists who are developing new ideas for the stage, this program encourages applications from those who are ready to delve deeply into a new work and who are eager to engage in critical discourse with others along the way. Applications are due today, December 6, 2017. Performances in May, 2018.

More information/application form:

Pictured: "Expatria" by Pedro Pablo Lander, Works-In-Progress 2016. Credit: Bill Cameron


St. Paul Ballet is seeking a male dancer trained in ballet and contemporary ballet for SPB's March 9-10, 2018 performances at The Cowles Center for Performing Arts.
Rehearsals will start on January 16, 2018. Artist must be available for rehearsals during the day 10:00am-2:00pm, Monday-Friday from January 16-March 9, 2018. Position is paid.

When: Friday, January 5, 2018 10:00am-12:00pm
Where: SPB Studios, 655 Fairview Ave N, St Paul
RSVP: Please email and attach your resume, full body dance photo and headshot.

Zoe Henrot-, (651) 690-1588


The Resistance Movement is offering studios to rent when requested and available.

The Resistance Movement has two beautiful studios with hardwood, sprung dance floors. Studio one is 800 square feet with full front and partial stage left mirrors lit by large windows. Studio two is 600 square feet with front and stage right mirrors along with sliding doors for privacy. Both studios have a surround sound feature, sprung floors, natural light and light dimming options.

The fitness boutique has secure free lockers, luxurious showers, water station, seating area and locker room for use.

The Resistance Movement is located in Lowertown, Saint Paul off I-94/35. We are also located three blocks from the Green Line Union Depot stop! There is parking along the street. Parking is free on Sundays and weekdays before 8:00am!

The Resistance Movement | 205 E 7th Street, St. Paul, MN 55101
Trisha Low-, (651) 225-8878

The Resistance Movement Fitness is offering a Movement Exchange Program. This program is open to students, artists, dancers and those who need a scalable way to take movement classes or rent studio space.

The Movement Exchange Program will require students to volunteer at the front desk, clean studios or other small tasks in exchange for their choice of classes or studio rental. For every hour worked, the student will receive the equal amount of class time or studio rental.
Those who wish to inquire in The Movement Exchange Program must provide The Resistance Movement a proof of artistry work in the Twin Cities, proof of student status, or other reason to be involved in our exchange program.

For further details, please email and provide your name, why you want to take part in our exchange program, and whether you are a student, artist, dancer or other.

The Resistance Movement | 205 E 7th Street, St. Paul, MN 55101
Trisha Low-, (651) 225-8878

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.
Contact Jenny Piper for pricing and availability.

Jenny Piper-, (612) 872-6050

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

New programming at The Water Bar & Public Studio

Every first and third Thursday, starting January 4, 2018

Water Bar will be open from 6:00-9:00pm for Open Studio for Movers. This is your opportunity to have access to Water Bar’s non-traditional movement studio, and work on whatever you wish in a shared movement space. You can spend the time working on a new or continuing project, or find the time useful for socializing and brain storming with other movers. The three Open Studio hours every first and third Thursdays are free and open to anyone needing moment space! If you are working with music we ask that you are prepared to work with headphones if there are others in the room.

Looking forward to this open studio!

Jennifer Arave

Water Bar & Public Studio | 2518 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN
Jennifer Arave-, (612) 432-1512


bodyART® is a non-spiritual, fully-functional training system, specifically designed to augment and complement your dancing and flexibility training.

Created by Robert Steinbacher, the class follows a five-phase system that progresses fluidly through energy arrival, expansion, circulation, descent, and relaxation. The bodyART format is a fully integrated mind-body experience, that incorporates elements of control/release technique, modern dance, strength conditioning, physical therapy exercises, and yin yang philosophy. You will leave this class fully energized and beautifully connected to your body and mind.

The Resistance Movement is the only studio in Minnesota to offer bodyART®. See what all the buzz is about...

The Resistance Movement is located in Lowertown Saint Paul off I-94/35. We are located three blocks from the Green Line - Union Depot stop, making it accessible for everyone to Join The Movement!

The Resistance Movement | 205 E 7th Street, St. Paul, MN 55101
Trisha Low-, (651) 225-8878

MDT'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

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 Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Erin Thompson-, (612) 221-3186

Midwest School of Ballet is offering classes at two locations:
Performing Institute of Minnesota (PIM): 7255 Flying Cloud Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Edina Community Center (ECC): 5701 Normandale Road, Edina, MN 55424.

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

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

Ballet Fundamentals III for ages six through eight:
Saturdays, 10-11am (PIM)
Tuesdays, 5-6pm (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, 5:30-7pm (PIM)
Tuesdays, 6-7:30pm (PIM)
Wednesdays, 5:15-6:45pm (PIM)

Mondays, 5:30-7pm (PiM)
Saturdays, 9:30-11am Beginning Adult Ballet (ECC)
Saturdays, 11:30-1pm Ballet for Teens and Athletes (ECC)

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

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

Eileen Kamp-, (612) 564-8672

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, Suite 400, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Mathew Janczewski-

TU Dance Center offers a variety of open classes in ballet, Horton-based modern, West African, Gaga, improvisation, and contemporary techniques. Classes are for intermediate and advanced levels.

Teaching artists include Toni Pierce-Sands, Berit Ahlgren, Kenna Camara-Cottman, Penny Freeh, Laurel Keen, Michel Kouakou, Blake Nellis, and Abdo Sayegh.

For current class listings, please visit the link below. Schedule is subject to change. Cost: $14/class, $120/ten-class card.

Find us on the north side of University Avenue, one block east of Vandalia, located directly behind Subway on the building's east side (free parking in the lot in front of TU Dance Center).

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

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 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, including for upcoming winter/spring semester.
Tuition is pro-rated if you start mid-term.

Ballet Royale Minnesota | 6368 Kenrick Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044
Rick Vogt-, (952) 452-3163

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-semester.

Ballet Royale Minnesota | 6368 Kenrick Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044

Keep on top of your ballet skills over the winter break, join Ballet Royale drop-in ballet classes!

Intermediate through professional. Adults and Ballet Royale Advanced Youth I, II, and higher levels are welcomed and encouraged to attend, and advanced students or professionals from everywhere are welcomed.

$5 cash for each class. Payment due at the beginning of class.

Ballet Royale Minnesota| 6368 Kenrick Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044

Berit Ahlgren is teaching Gaga in December!
December 6, 22, 26, 29

Gaga/people classes are open to people ages sixteen and older, regardless of their background in dance or movement. No previous dance experience is needed. Gaga/people classes last for one hour and are taught by dancers who have worked closely with Ohad Naharin. Teachers guide the participants using a series of evocative instructions that build one on top of the other. Rather than copying a particular movement, each participant in the class actively explores these instructions, discovering how he or she can interpret the information and perform the task at hand. Gaga/people classes offer a creative framework for participants to connect to their bodies and imaginations, increase their physical awareness, improve their flexibility and stamina, and experience the pleasure of movement in a welcoming, accepting atmosphere.

Suggested donation of $10.

Cowles Center studio 5B | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN
Berit Ahlgren-, (651) 233-0217

Come get your groove on at Friday Morning Jazz before the holidays hit! If you've been feeling a need for groove, funk, and musical and personal connection, or appreciate a historically-rooted yet presently-innovating approach to jazz movement, come on out to class - we'd love to have you!

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

Every Friday starting December 1, 2017: 11:30am-1:30pm at Water Bar and Public Studio.

Tuning Score is an improvisational movement practice guided by a set of “scores”. This practice is about developing a relationship between your body and the space, your body itself and with others' bodies, and how your body might respond to others, to uncertainty, and to its orientation and directionality. This practice is joyful and also head-scratching at times. You will be in the company of others in a similar place. This work is often done with eyes switching between the states of open and closed.

Payment: "pay what you can" donation

If you wish to come or to receive more specifics about the practice, send an email to Jennifer Arave.
This practice is open to all levels of movers, all are invited to explore.

Parking is available one block north of Central on Lowry behind the large church.

Water Bar & Public Studio | 2518 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN
Jennifer Arave-, (612) 432-1512

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. No partners or experience is necessary.

Alexandra Bodnarchuk is a Minneapolis-based dance artist who hails from Pittsburgh, PA. She currently moves with Black Label Movement (BLM) in addition to pursuing her own choreographic projects.

See you in class!

Zenon Dance School | 528 Hennepin Ave #400, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Alexandra Bodnarchuk-

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.

December 11: Warm-up/Jam at Beautiful Studio
December 18: Open Music Jam at Cowles

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

Beautiful Studio | 2242 University Ave, St. Paul and The Cowles Center Target Studio, second floor | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis.
Lindsay Forsythe-, (347) 512-0892

Boy’s Club is an introduction to ballet, conditioning, flexibility, and technique particular to male dancers. Plenty of jumping and strength exercises. Boys in the class also have the opportunity to perform in the School of St. Paul Ballet Spring Showcase in May 2018.

What to wear: white shirt, black shorts or tights, black ballet slippers.

Boy’s Club – Drop-in for boys ages seven through eleven.
Begins January 6, 2018.
1-2 pm on Saturdays.
FREE to dance!

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

Give yourself the gift of dance in the new year! Winter session begins on Monday, January 8, 2018 and will run for ten weeks, ending on Sunday, March 18.
Belly dance is a great total body workout that builds strength, is easy on your joints, and increases your flexibility. You will learn basic movements and then build upon them. Please remember to check “Today's Classes” on our website often to see if any class has been cancelled or has a notification.
Beginning classes are only $160 for the ten-week session. Students get a $10 discount, 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