DanceMN News - February 7, 2018








Join Twin Cities Ballet and The Cowles Center for an engaging and informative conversation about the inspiration, process, and vision guiding the world premiere of Twin Cities Ballet’s all-new original production of Pink Floyd's The Wall: A Rock Ballet, featuring live music on stage by St. Paul-based band Run Like Hell; and set and costume painting by renowned Twin Cities Chicano artist, Jimmy Longoria.

This panel discussion will be led by TCB Artistic Directors and Co-Choreographers Denise and Rick Vogt, who will be accompanied by Run Like Hell founder and bandleader Todd Bernston and set and costume painter Jimmy Longoria. This is an opportunity to delve deep into the normally unseen aspects forming the creation of this one-of-a-kind Minnesota collaboration. Explore the conception, collaboration, music, story, and design of this unique work, and the process of bringing the vision and ideas to life through art, music, and dance.

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

Open to all in the Twin Cities dance community, Roundtable Discussions are held three times a year for artists to network and discuss opportunities and challenges in the industry. The Cowles Center hopes Roundtable Discussions can become a space for artists and arts administrators to gather and seek personal guidance, guidance for the dance community, or to simply catch up with one another.

Date: February 8
Time: 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Location: The Cowles Center Conference Room, second floor

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

Laura Holway’s "12,828 Days in This Body" pairs a series of screenprints with a movement duet, and examines the body as archive, the shifting nature of memory, and the imprints of biology.

Performed with Erika Hansen, the piece is being presented by the Minnesota Center for Book Arts as part of the MCBA/Jerome Book Arts Mentorship exhibit.

Please join us for our final two events!

Thursday, February 8 at 5:00pm
Saturday, February 10 at 11:00am

Performances are free, and last approximately fifteen minutes. No reservation needed.

Minnesota Center for Book Arts | 1011 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN
Laura Holway-

Join ARENA DANCES at WORKSHOP for an exclusive fundraiser event featuring an enchanting private performance by ARENA DANCES. Mingle with Artistic Director Mathew Janczewski and the dancers while you enjoy complimentary wine, chocolate, cheese, and music by the cellists of jelloslave.

$45 suggested donation/person, payable online or at the door.

February 8, 6-9pm
1300 Quincy St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Torre Edahl-

“Prouvost’s work is messy, funny, and playful, but it is also always serious.” —Art Newspaper

For this world premiere, inquisitive French-born conceptual artist Laure Prouvost presents her first major production for the stage. The winner of the 2013 Turner Prize, Prouvost is known for weaving together fiction and fact to create complex and humorous stories that challenge the ways we create our own life histories. Expect an unpredictable yet thoroughly charming experimental mash-up of video work, dance, immersive stage décor, and choral music. Prouvost is joined by artist Sam Belinfante, renowned dance artist Pierre Droulers—one of Belgium and France’s leading choreographers—and musicians from Minnesota and New York.

Presented as part of the Walker exhibition Laure Prouvost, October 12, 2017–February 11, 2018.

Walker Art Center | 725 Vineland Pl, Minneapolis, MN
Destanie Martin-Johnson-, (612) 375-7651

On the second Tuesday of each month from noon to 1:00 p.m. bring your lunch to Landmark Center in St. Paul and enjoy a “taste” of the SPB training and company repertoire. Free and open to the public. Landmark Center is located at 5th Street West on Rice Park in downtown Saint Paul.

Enjoy excerpts from Bella Luna on February 13, 2017.
Noon-1:00 p.m.

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

Wednesday, February 14, 6:30 pm
Best Buy Theater
FREE and open to the public

This series of seven choreographic commentaries explores the richness of human relationships through the choreography of Jean-Christophe Maillot, artistic director of Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo.
Created for the 20th anniversary of Monaco’s Festival Printemps des Arts, the film also features seven original music compositions paired with the choreographer’s creations.

Northrop at the University of Minnesota | 84 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Cyrus Northrop-, (612) 624-2345

Composers, are you interested in finding a dance collaborator? Choreographers, are you interested in finding a composer collaborator? 
Composers and choreographers, are you interested in finding out more about each others’ work?

Please join us as the American Composers Forum and The Cowles Center team up to host a meet-up for composers and choreographers. Come for a reception to meet other artists, and stay for the dress rehearsal of Contempo Physical Dance’s Vulcão, a masterpiece collaboration between choreographer Marciano Silva dos Santos, composer Divanir Antonio Gattamorta, and Contempo’s unified and fiercely athletic cast of dancers.

Once we receive your RSVP we’ll send you a request for information (photo and link to your website or a link to video/audio samples of your work). We’ll collect all information on a web page and send you a link so that you can learn about each others’ work prior to the event.

The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

The Southern Theater and Time Track Productions proudly present:


Choreography by Paula Mann

February 15-17.
Four performances: Thursday at 7:30 pm, Friday at 7:30 pm, and Saturday at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm.

Time Track Productions presents INVISIBLE, an evening-length movement/media work that explores the narratives and perspectives of women navigating the aging process. The performing company of eleven women ranging from ages 25 to 77, including luminary performers from the Twin Cities dance community: Mary Easter, Becky Heist, Ann-Marie Wittenberg, Sharon Picasso, Thern Anderson, Sandy Agustin, Roxanne Wallace, Kaori Kenmotsu, Kealoha Ferreira, Leila Awadallah, and Paula Mann. Media by Steve Paul, sound score by Michelle Kinney and Chris Cunningham.

The Southern Theater | 1420 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454
Paula Mann-, (651) 276-7982

Take a walking tour of The Cowles Center and see an incredible evening of dance all in one night with our new Historic Tour and Performance Packages!

Join Artist in Residence Sally Rousse as she takes you back to 1888 when The Cowles Center’s complex was first built as a Masonic Temple. Learn about the Unique Theater, which stood in what is now the main lobby and where Charlie Chaplin had some of his earliest performances; and experience The Goodale Theater, formerly The Shubert, whose history dates back to 1910 when it opened the same day as its sister theater, The Fitzgerald in St. Paul. Hear Sally’s personal anecdotes while walking through our studios and end your night with a performance by one of Minnesota’s leading professional dance companies.

Tours occur select Fridays at 6:15 PM.
Tour and Performance ticket packages are $30.

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

Forces acting within the earth, generally unseen by humans, manifest themselves in awesome displays of fiery power. Vulcão is a masterpiece collaboration between choreographer Marciano Silva dos Santos, composer Divanir Antonio Gattamorta, and Contempo’s unified and fiercely athletic cast of dancers. Featuring the company’s dynamic Afro-Brazilian contemporary dance fusion, the work takes inspiration from volcanoes. Also slang in Brazilian Portuguese to describe someone extremely desirable or detested, Vulcão goes beyond nature to reveal parallels found in human personalities and relationships. From shifting tectonic plates to fluid and viscous lava, the work pushes the dancers’ physicality and displays their unyielding vitality.

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

“Playful and profound in equal measure, highlighting the imperfect but astonishing physical body as it moves through a computationally driven world.” —Contemporary Performance

A fascinating articulation of the body and mind in motion, MEETING is a choreographic study stripped to the bare essentials and combined with a minimalist, invented-instrument concert. This playfully precise work from Australia pairs Antony Hamilton’s compulsive choreography with Alisdair Macindoe’s obsessive machine-making practice. While the two performers share the stage with 64 robotic percussion instruments, a relentless stream of activity unfolds, all propelled by the meditative pulse of the mechanized beat. MEETING composes the body, the space, and the robots into a delightful and riveting movement/sound installation.

50 minutes.

Walker Art Center | 725 Vineland Pl, Minneapolis, MN
Destanie Martin-Johnson-, (612) 375-7651

Wednesday, February 21, 6:30 pm
Best Buy Theater
FREE and open to the public

Company Wang Ramirez founders Honji Wang and Sebastian Ramirez performed and choreographed for Madonna’s "Rebel Heart" tour. This film follows the course of that 82-city world tour, and features tracks from Madonna’s most recent album as well as classics from her back-catalogue. With spectacle befitting the queen of reinvention, this film captures the high drama and amazing performances of the material girl and her coterie of back up dancers.

Northrop at the University of Minnesota | 84 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Cyrus Northrop-, (612) 624-2345

St. Paul Ballet invites you to our open rehearsal for our fifth anniversary performance at the Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts. Come see how the dancers work every day to prepare for performances and catch a sneak peek of the repertoire that will be performed on March 9 and 10! This rehearsal is FREE and open to the public. We hope you'll join us!

February 23 from 11:30-3:00pm.

655 Fairview Ave N, St. Paul, MN
Zoe Henrot-, (651) 690-1588

Ballet Minnesota presents Beethoven's 9th Symphony at The Cowles Center for Dance, February 23 and 24, 2017, as a part of their 30th anniversary season.
A Ballet Minnesota original, Beethoven's 9th Symphony features choreography by Artistic Director Andrew Rist. Special guest artist Robert Cleary, the Ballet Minnesota company, and advanced dancers from Classical Ballet Academy tell the story of Beethoven's life through movement set to one of the composer's most famous works.

Guest artist Robert Cleary of Kanopy Dance reprises his role as Beethoven, for which he won rave reviews when the piece debuted in 2008. This stunning modern story ballet has not been presented in its entirety since then. Comprised of four movements, Beethoven's 9th Symphony is a one-of-a-kind work that transforms music into movement.

Cowles Center | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Carolyn Will-, (612) 414-9661

“Get Happy” at Surly! Join AMP’s artists and enjoy Surly beer and appetizers, a silent auction, an exclusive performance by AMP, and even more live entertainment in Surly’s great atmosphere.

This event directly impacts our outreach residency programs and helps to compensate our artists and collaborators for the valuable work they do.

Monday, February 26

Surly Brewing Company
2nd Floor Scheid Hall
520 Malcolm Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

In order to provide the best event possible for our patrons, pre-purchased tickets or RSVP strongly preferred. To RSVP, email

UNABLE TO ATTEND? You can still support AMP and the event!
Make a 100% tax-deductible contribution through AMP’s website OR send a check to: 5740 36th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55417.


Romeo and Juliet
Tuesday, February 27, 7:30pm and Wednesday, February 28, 7:30pm
Carlson Family Stage

Young love and centuries-old hate: with its primal passions, timeless themes, and heart-rending music that many regard as the greatest ballet score ever written, Romeo and Juliet has inspired the world’s greatest dance-makers. Internationally-acclaimed French choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot conveys all of the drama of this poignant, timeless masterpiece in a moving two-act version. His company, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, is in demand the world over for its iconic productions and the glorious technique and impeccable artistry of its 50 exquisite dancers. They make their Northrop debut with this powerful tale of tragic love that will captivate ballet enthusiasts and new audiences alike.

Northrop at the University of Minnesota | 84 Church St SE Minneapolis, MN 55414
Cyrus Northrop-, (847) 721-1913

Pink Floyd's The Wall: A Rock Ballet
March 1-3, The Cowles Center

Twin Cities Ballet is excited to announce the world premiere of its all-new original full-length rock ballet to Pink Floyd’s The Wall, with live music by the band Run Like Hell, and costume and set painting by Jimmy Longoria. This groundbreaking event—a Minnesota first—features an incredible collaboration of local talent and demonstrates TCB’s artistic vision, innovation and its dancers’ versatility.

TCB interprets the original Pink Floyd rock opera’s music, themes, story arc, and lyrics through the prism of contemporary events, societal fears, threats, and social media. This show will resonate with modern audiences and prove to be both relevant and accessible.

Adding the combination of great dancing and great LIVE music, this show is one of the must-see events of the year.
Don't miss this exciting event, get tickets today before shows sell out!

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

The Theatre Arts and Dance Department presents its annual spring concert under the direction of Joanie Smith featuring choreography by Chris Schlichting, Leah Nelson, Michel Kouakou, and dance major students.

Four showings total with two showings on both March 2 and 3, 2018 at 6:00pm and 8:30pm.
Barbara Barker Center for Dance - Studio 100.

Amy Esposito-, (612) 625-5380

This northern Indian dance company will perform two works celebrating the many seasons of India.

Katha Dance Theatre premieres "Ritusamhara – The Seasons," a dance celebrating the six seasons of India, and "Baromase Tero Parbon," which also honors the seasons by depicting some of the thirteen festivals within the year. The dynamic dance concert incorporates authentic Kathak dance, as well as Asian Indian poetry, music, and costumes of the highest artistic quality.

"Ritusamhara – The Seasons" was inspired by poetry written seventeen centuries ago by the great Kalidasa. This romantic, rhythmic story follows a couple’s evolving emotions as they journey through the changing seasons. Original music was composed by Sharat Chandra Srivastava, New Delhi, India; and choreography is by Katha Dance Theatre founder and artistic director Rita Mustaphi.

Tickets $15-$29 with discounts available:
Ticket Office: 651-690-6700.

The O'Shaughnessy | 2004 Randolph Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105
Rita Mustaphi-, (612) 709-0138

Welcome the return of longer spring days at A Drink and A Dance with Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater! Come for a performance of Artistic Co-Director Suzanne Costello’s newest work, Terra Incognita, and stay for drinks, mingling, and a brief talk back with SPDT company artists.

Terra Incognita blends movement, film, and voice to explore the emotional underpinnings of nature’s seasons as metaphors for the stages of life. This work features the SPDT company artists alongside an intergenerational chorus of community members who intone the passage of time.
V. Paul Virtucio’s film design and Merritt Rodriguez’s scenic elements elaborate on this movement montage that travels from fiercely physical to serene and sublime.

Friday, March 2, at 7:30 PM
$12 General | Artist rate: $5-12
Available only at the door - includes one drink ticket!

JSB TEK BOX at The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Saturday, March 3, 7:30pm
Carlson Family Stage

She’s a dancer raised in Germany by Korean parents, trained in ballet, but fascinated by hip hop and martial arts. He was born in the south of France and catapulted from gifted b-boy to international dancer and choreographer. Together, Honji Wang and Sébastien Ramirez have created Company Wang Ramirez and they make their Northrop debut with Borderline, a dreamlike work that combines hip hop, contemporary dance, acrobatics, visual poetry, and the illusion of weightlessness. Aerial rigging allows the dancers new powers of movement, letting them defy gravity as they struggle against the forces of restraint. With original music by lacrymoboy, these stunning technicians burst out flurries of looping, spiraling shapes with fluid control, using each others’ bodies as counterweights, balanced at impossible angles.

Northrop at the University of Minnesota | 84 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Cyrus Northrop-, (612) 624-2345

Sunday, March 4, 2018
2:00p – 4:00p
FREE and open to the public
To RSVP, call 651-282-3115 or reserve your spot online.

Join us as Minnesota Dance and the Ecstasies of Influences continues with Part 15: Dance and Social Justice, with speakers Karen Charles, Ananya Chatterjea, Deneane Richburg, Patrick Scully, and Arwen Wilder.

It is no coincidence that dance and politics both create movements. Intersecting bodies and social concerns have always brought voice to marginalized communities and causes. Local dance makers create awareness and calls for actions through performances filled with dance and humanity. Find out what motivates their desires to make a difference and insert politics into their art.

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts | 345 Washington St, St. Paul, MN 55102
Sarah Wiechmann-

St. Paul Ballet has asked audiences to select the best of five seasons for a multifaceted anniversary celebration at The Cowles Center. From poignant to moving, with a bit of charm and verve, SPB takes its cue from audience favorites in classical and contemporary ballet. This program will include the one-act story ballet Bella Luna by Peter Davison and "Locked Key" by Zoé Emilie Henrot. Bella Luna, which premiered at The Cowles Center in 2014, is inspired by the traditional characters and situations of Commedia dell’Arte. This Tristan and Isolde-inspired tale of tragic love plays out under the glow of the beautiful moon as Izzy and Arlo’s love proves to be no match for deceit. Each show will also have a different Audience Choice work that will only be seen at that show.

"Peter Davison's charming and heartbreaking work...hit all the right marks, weaving an enchanting tale with a sense of wonder." - Sheila Regan, Star Tribune

Andrea Lane-, (651) 690-1588

Curio Dance returns with their seventh show –Drop the Mic: Metamorphosized– a dynamic evolution of the company’s top pieces from the past six productions. Joined by live musicians in the musical genres of classical, hip hop, Latin, and R&B, Metamorphosized pairs new forms of dance like contemporary, breaking, jazz, funk, pointe work, and Brazilian zouk. The all-star cast of staple Twin Cities performers, including local favorite hip hop artist Maria Isa, will unite their movement and voices in this show about transformation.

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


Join us in the SPB studios this February and learn classic 1920s swing dances including the Charleston, Jitterbug, Shag, Balboa and Lindy Hop! No dance experience necessary. Students may dress in comfortable clothes. Please bring jazz shoes, ballet slippers, or clean tennis shoes. Workshop is open for teen and adult students.
4:30-6:00pm ∣ Wednesdays, February 7, 14, 21 and 28
$20.00 per single class, $65.00 for entire workshop of four classes.
Preregister to hold your spot in the workshop by calling the SPB Office 651-690-1588.

Master Teaching Artist – Valeria Kochubei
Valeria began dancing Lindy Hop in 2011, she became a transplant to Minneapolis in 2015. For the past half-decade, she has worn many Lindy "hats"—student, teacher, choreographer, performer, and competitor. She teaches at Uptown Swing under the direction of Peter Strom and Naomi Uyama. Valeria looks forward to spreading her knowledge and excitement for Lindy Hop to all those around her.
Photo: Ben Hajkal

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

TU Dance Center offers two sessions of eight-week adult workshops during the 2018 Spring Session.

Session 1: January 29 - March 24
Session 2: April 9 - June 4. No classes March 26 - April 8 or May 28.

Cost: $112.00 per eight-week workshop, per session. Preregistration is required for the full eight-week session, completed online or in-person at TU Dance Center. $15.00 individual class drop-in rate, cash or check at TU Dance Center.

Midday Adult Beginning Modern with Thern Anderson
Mondays, 12:00-1:30pm

Adult Beginning Ballet with Tina Anderson Wallum
Tuesdays, 12:00-1:30pm

Evening Adult Beginning Modern with Thern Anderson
Wednesdays, 7:00pm-8:30pm

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

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 on top of each other. 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.
Participants should wear comfortable clothes and be prepared to dance barefoot or in socks. It is advisable to bring a bottle of water and a towel for use after class.

Saturday, February 10, 5:00-6:00pm

$15 drop-in rate: cash, check or credit/debit card at TUDC.

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

Chair and Barrels Teacher Training

Friday, March 9 to Sunday, March 11, 2018

Friday: 3:00pm - 8:00pm
Saturday: 11:30am - 7:00pm
Sunday: 9:30am - 6:30pm

Fee: $499.00 until February 8. $549.00 regularly.

Prerequisite: Reformer III or Reformer certificate

The Balanced Body Pilates Chair training includes exercises and variations for both the original Wunda chair and the split pedal Combo chair. The chair is great for doing strengthening work with athletic clients and as an addition to group programming in combination with the Mat. This course includes exercises and programming for both personal training sessions and classes.

The Balanced Body Barrels training includes exercises and variations for the Ladder Barrel and Step Barrel. The Step Barrel and Ladder Barrel add variety to personal training sessions or classes. This course includes exercises and programming for both personal training sessions and classes.

Paragon Pilates and Physical Therapy | 5101 Vernon Ave S, Suite 2A, Edina, MN 55436
Cari Riis Stemmler-, (952) 405-9765

Mission: To empower and advocate for the parent-artist, both employee and freelance, in collaboration with theatre organizations in order to raise awareness of parent-artist obstacles in the theatre and create work-life balance interventions, healthy work culture, stable protocols, and accessible pathways to employment.

PAAL is a national network and resource hub built to stimulate conversation that breaks barriers and stigmas of parenthood in the theatre arts while promoting and generating solutions and initiatives.

Regina Peluso is the Minneapolis representative for PAAL and will be hosting its inaugural forum on February 11, 2018 from 3:00-5:00pm at The Ritz Theater. All parent-artists are invited to join the conversation! For more information please visit:

The Ritz Theater | 345 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

These classes will offer a physically and mentally challenging space for participants to explore intentionality of movement for the theatrical stage, and the electric potential of community building.

Gabrielle Dominique is a 2017 graduate of St. Olaf College where she earned degrees in Dance and Theatre. A South Minneapolis native, she has had the opportunity to work professionally in the Twin Cities as a performer, choreographer, and director over the past three years. Her work has been featured at St. Olaf College, Artistry, Theater Latté Da, Guthrie Theater, Flying Foot Forum, and Ordway Center for the Performing Arts.

Classes | February 12, 19
Time - 9:30-11:30 AM
Location: The Cowles Center, fifth floor, Studio 5b

Pivotal Moment classes are geared toward university dance students and graduates as well as young professionals who are new to the Twin Cities, pursuing a professional career in dance.

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

CoreAlign Instructor Training 1: Foundations

Friday, February 16 to Friday, March 23, 2018:
February 16: 4pm - 8pm
February 23: 4pm - 8pm
March 16: 4pm - 8pm
March 23: 4pm - 8pm

Course Fee: $475
Materials: $80

The CoreAlign provides a superior environment for training gait, balance, core stability, and sport-specific movements in a flexible and dynamic environment. CoreAlign 1: Foundations includes the theoretical basis of the CoreAlign method along with essential exercises to illustrate the full potential of the CoreAlign.
The course includes:
-60+ exercises designed to build functional movement skills for daily life and athletic pursuits.
-Exercises in standing, plank, all fours and supine positions.
-Progressions and regressions to address clients at different levels of ability.
-How to work with clients with injuries and special populations.

CoreAlign 1 will change the way you train.

Paragon Pilates and Physical Therapy | 5101 Vernon Ave S, Suite 2A, Edina, MN 55436
Cari Riis Stemmler-, (952) 405-9765

Monday, February 19, 2018
10:00 am - 11:30 am
SPB Studios, 655 Fairview Ave N, St. Paul, MN
$15 drop in or use your SPB class card.

Peter brings over 38 years of diverse performing experience to the studio. A founding member of the trio Airjazz, he has performed at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, New Zealand International Festival of the Arts, BAM, and the Hong Kong Arts Festival. He has also been a member of David Taylor Dance Theater, Jan Justis Dance Company, Kim Robards Dance, 3rd Law Dance/Theater, and has performed principal roles with Boulder Ballet since 1987. Peter received the Arts Innovation Award from the Colorado Federation of the Arts and the Performance Fellowship from the Colorado Council on the Arts. He has choreographed works for several Colorado-based companies, some of which have been restaged on SPB. He is a recipient of the 2009 Ballet Builders Award for Choreography, from New Choreographers on Pointe in New York City.
Photo by Sue Daniels

Andrea Lane-, (651) 690-1588

Are you interested in trying out for your school's dance team? Are you a dance team dancer looking for a spring recital opportunity? Come dance with us!

DANCE TEAM AUDITION WORKSHOP: Wednesdays, 4:30-6:00pm, February 28 through March 31
First, join us for four weeks of dance team audition preparation! Whether you are interested in auditioning for your school's dance team, or simply looking to improve your stamina, power, precision, turns, kicks, and leaps, this class is for you!

DANCE TEAM PERFORMANCE CLASS: Wednesdays, 4:30-6:00pm, April 4 through June 9
Hungry for more? This class is designed for dancers interested in an energetic, precision-focused performance opportunity. Dancers will perform in our year-end recital on June 9. Whether you are preparing to audition for your school's dance team or simply interested in growing as a dancer and exploring new dance styles, this class is for you!

Dancers entering ninth through twelfth grade are welcome.

To register, please visit

CREO Arts & Dance Conservatory | 1250 Wayzata Blvd E, Wayzata, MN 55391
Betsy Nelson-, (612) 636-6893

FLOORWORK: a new series of discussions about the practice of making dance, by Mathew Janczewski.

Join ARENA DANCES founder and Artistic Director Mathew Janczewski, along with special guests (to be announced!) at The Southern Theater for an conversation and sharing of ideas, knowledge and resources for the field of dance. The first FLOORWORK will focus on production: how to take an idea from concept to the stage.

Friday, March 9
9:30am - 11:00am
The Southern Theater
Suggested donation of $5; no one turned away for lack of funds.

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

Developed for pre-professional and professional dancers, ARENA DANCES' annual INSTINCT Intensive taps into your creative potential through technique and the creation of a new dance through improvisation and composition. Artistic Director Mathew Janczewski will focus on the creation of a new sextet to be premiered at The Fitzgerald Theater in Fall 2018.

Students will participate in a daily technique class and choreography development rehearsal, ending with a public showing of the work created. Students will receive a professional video of their final performance. Summer Intensive students are also considered for apprenticeships with ARENA DANCES.
June 11-16, 2018 | Monday through Saturday
10:00am – 3:00pm, with a lunch break.

Studio 2B in The Cowles Center

Registration must be completed by May 5. $75 discount for early registration by April 15.

The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis MN 55401
Mathew Janczewski-


CREO Arts and Dance is looking for vibrant, encouraging, disciplined instructors for summer 2018 and fall-spring employment opportunities.

Expertise needed specifically for creative movement, hip hop, jazz, and contemporary, for students ages three to eighteen.

Applicant Guidelines:
- Dance degree or professional performance experience preferred
- Minimum one year teaching experience
- Must enjoy working with and be able to connect with children ages three to eighteen
- Must be willing to adhere to school curriculum guidelines
- Must be well organized, professional, a team player, and possess strong interpersonal and relational skills
- Must consent to and pass background check and drug test prior to hiring

CREO is a non-competitive dance studio committed to building strong, creative, commitment-minded, joyful, wholesome artists.

CREO Arts & Dance Conservatory | 1250 Wayzata Blvd E, Wayzata, MN 55391
Christa Anderson-

Join Ballet Royale Minnesota this summer! Ballet Royale Summer Intensives are comprehensive day programs providing the finest professional instruction for all ages, for those students striving to reach their full potential. Master teachers join renowned faculty and guest instructors to give professional instruction.

February 11, 2018
Time: 12:00pm. Registration opens at 11:30 am.
Cost: $25 non-refundable audition fee; cash or check only.
Location: Ballet Royale Minnesota, 16368 Kenrick Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044

Audition for the following intensives:
1. July Full-Day Summer Intensive, variable length options. AUDITION REQUIRED for Upper Division. Prerequisite: completed a minimum of one year of pointe for girls; five or more years classical ballet training.

2. August Ballet Royale Grand Prix Variations Workshop. AUDITION REQUIRED for Upper Division. Prerequisite: completed a minimum of one year of pointe for girls; five or more years classical ballet training.


Join Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater (SPDT) for a masterclass in their critically-acclaimed performance work, integrating emotional and physical movement vocabulary with vocal and theatrical expression.

SPDT is looking for guest performers of all ages (must be eighteen or older) with intermediate/advanced movement experience for the reprise of their recent work, MATINEE, at The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts, May 11-13, 2018. The masterclass will also serve as an audition for those interested in joining the company as guest performers in MATINEE.

Saturday, February 17, 11:00am-1:00pm | Target Education Studio at The Cowles Center

For the rehearsal/performance schedule and more information, please visit SPDT's website:

The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Kathleen Pender-

Inspired by the creators’ personal narratives around mental health and mental illness, Persephone is an original interdisciplinary devised piece that is equal parts story and movement, which first premiered at the Minnesota Fringe Festival in August 2017.

With the Fringe production as our jumping-off point, we will use this second production as a period of new development in order to refine movement, narrative, and intention. Additionally, we are excited to develop new relationships with other artists in the community as we strive to create a process and product that is truly collaborative. All artists will receive compensation in the form of a $150 stipend as well as an equal share from any additional box office revenue.

Seeking dancers/movers who are comfortable speaking and devising.

February 17 or 18 - Pick one.
2:00 - 5:00 pm
Ivy Arts Building

Rehearsals will begin Saturday, March 3. Performances are May 4-6.
RSVP to with a resume.

Ivy Arts Building | 2637 27th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406


The McKnight Fellowships for Choreographers and Dancers annually awards three $25,000 fellowships to Minnesota choreographers and three $25,000 fellowships to Minnesota dancers. The awards are unrestricted and can help an artist set aside periods of time for study, reflection, experimentation, and exploration; take advantage of an opportunity; or work on a new project. This program is funded by The McKnight Foundation and administered by The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts.
To apply:
(1) Choreographer applicants, go to:
Dancer applicants, go to:
(2) Carefully read the guidelines on this page and watch the instructional video.
(3) To begin your application, click the APPLY NOW button.
(4) If you did not submit an Intent to Apply in September 2017, you will be prompted to create an account before you begin an application.
Deadline: April 4, 2018 at 3pm CST

Mary Ellen Childs-


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 Piper for pricing and availability.

Jenny Piper-, (612) 872-6050

We are excited to offer the Art Box stage and studio spaces for rental to the Twin Cities performance community! The Art Box features wall-to-wall sprung wood floor in both studio and performance spaces, as well as a full complement of lighting, sound and video equipment. Join a growing network of incredible artists and community members who are making the Art Box home for their next rehearsal, performance, or event!

For more information on features and rental rates, visit our website:

4200 East 54th St, Minneapolis, MN 55417

Videography ~ Editing ~ Design
by Tamara Ober

Dancer and choreography reels
Editing for grant applications
Video documentation
Promotional clips for shows
Original video design for new works (music, dance, theater, interdisciplinary)

Also now editing video samples for McKnight Dancer/Choreographer Fellowship applications, due in April. Sign up now for an appointment in March!

Please contact me for more information and to inquire about pricing.


Tamara Ober-, (763) 228-3405

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

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


MDT's Open Division offers drop-in ballet classes for adults and teens ages sixteen and older.

• 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: April 3 - June 21
Tuesday and Thursday, 7:00-8:30pm

PILATES - Preregistration required
Next Session: March 22 - May 10
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 winter. 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

Give yourself the gift of dance in the New Year! Winter session began 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 any notifications.
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! Make up classes may be made during this Winter Session only.

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

Boys' 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.

Boys' Club – drop-in for boys ages seven through eleven.
1-2 pm, Saturdays

FREE to dance!

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

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

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. Conditioning Class from 11:30-12pm.

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

Open Professional Classes:
Join us Monday-Friday from 10:00AM - 11:30AM and take your morning ballet class from some of the Twin Cities' finest teachers. Teaching Artists: Laura Greenwell, Jeffrey Hankinson, Maureen Haworth, Deborah Nettell, and Barbara Weinstine.

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

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

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

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

Ballet Fundamentals III - ages six through eight:
Saturdays, 10-11am (PIM)
Tuesdays, 5-6pm (PIM)

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

Ballet Level II:
Tuesdays, 6:00-7:30pm (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, 5:30-7:00pm (PIM)
Saturdays, 9:30-11:00am Beginning Adult Ballet (ECC)
Saturdays, 11:30-1:00pm Ballet for Teens and Athletes (ECC)

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

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

Eileen Kamp-, (612) 564-8672

Ballet Royale Minnesota, official school and home of Twin Cities Ballet, offers a wide variety of programs, providing classes for toddlers taking their first steps, teens stepping into a professional dance career, adults revisiting or practicing their first plies, and professionals wanting to augment their training.

Recognized for its innovative and groundbreaking programs and diverse class offerings, Ballet Royale provides individuals of all ages and abilities the finest professional training in a healthy, nurturing and non-competitive environment. Tuition is pro-rated if you start mid-term!

Registration is ongoing and accepted throughout the year, including for upcoming winter semester!
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

Ballet Royale: an extraordinary place to dance!

Rick Vogt-, (952) 452-3163

Join Ballet Royale Minnesota’s FREE Boys' Program!

Unique in Minnesota, Ballet Royale's innovative Boys' Program is designed specifically for boys and 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 - ages five to seven
- Boys' Dance Cross-Training - ages seven and older
- Ballet for Boys I and II - ages seven and older
- Boys' Intermediate Ballet - by approval and invitation

Ballet Royale’s Ballet for Boys classes are for students ages five to nineteen, 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!

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

Ballet Royale's Creative Dance program is a professionally developed and comprehensive program drawing on decades of dance and music teaching experience, which offers an incomparable experience for children from walking age through six years old.

These innovative classes encourage musicality, imagination, and self-expression through the art of dance and music. We will have fun being fairies and dragons, beating on drums, and galloping like wild ponies, all in a fun, safe, nurturing environment.

Ballet Royale Creative Dance Classes:
- Mommy/Daddy and Me, for toddlers to three years old.
- Creative Dance l, for ages three to four.
- Creative Dance ll, completed Creative Dance l or five years old/new Ballet Royale.
- Creative Dance lll, completed Creative Dance ll or six years old/new Ballet Royale.
- Preparation for Ballet, completed Creative Dance lll or seven years old/new Ballet Royale.
- Boys' Creative Dance Adventures, ages five and six.

Registration is now open!

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

Threads Dance Project offers open company class for ages sixteen and older for intermediate through professional dancers.

Tuesdays, 9:00am - 10:00am: Ballet | Thursdays, 9:00am-10:00am: Modern
Classes: $10
FREE parking!

Thursday February 8 will be taught by Tapestries 3.0 Guest Choreographer Alexandra Bodnarchuk. This class will incorporate a conglomerate of exercises and explorations derived from modern dance techniques and movement theater. This includes the four levels of touch (skin, follicle, muscle, bone), basic partnering techniques, a movement theater warm up in articulation and contrast, and physical explorations of space, width, length, and resistance. Dancers will be asked to bring this exploration into their execution of phrasework.

Thursdays, February 22 and March 1: Vie Boheme

Lundstrum Center for the Performing Arts | 1617 N 2nd St | Minneapolis, MN 55411
Karen Christ Aalgaard-

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. There is 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

Come join us at COLLIDE Theatrical's company class!

Thursday, February 8
9:30am: Ballet
with Riley Thomas Weber

Ashley Ballet Arts Academy | 1000 Boone Ave N #360, Golden Valley, MN 55427

Sarah Baumert teaches a Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement lesson every Friday morning 9-10am. These classes will be by donation, while Sarah finishes her training.

The Feldenkrais Method® is a form of somatic education that uses gentle movement and directed attention to improve movement and enhance human functioning. Through this method, you can increase your ease and range of motion, improve your flexibility and coordination, and rediscover your innate capacity for graceful, efficient movement. These improvements will often generalize to enhance functioning in other aspects of your life.

The Feldenkrais Method is based on principles of physics, biomechanics and an empirical understanding of learning and human development. By expanding the self-image through movement sequences that bring attention to the parts of the self that are out of awareness, the method enables you to include more of yourself in your functioning movements. EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

The Beautiful Studio | 2242 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN
Sarah Baumert-, (612) 327-0411

Wanna kick off your weekend getting your groove on in the studio while connecting it to your other dance trainings?
Come to Friday Morning Jazz - we'll deliver!


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

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.

First Monday of the month: Underscore
Third Monday of the month: Music Jam
Warm-up/jam other Mondays.

February 12: Jam at the Beautiful Studio.

6:30-9:00pm; 6:00-9:00pm for Underscore.
$10-20 suggested.

All welcome!

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

Ongoing class this spring 2018. Tuesdays at 1:30pm.

Join Leslie Parker for a rigorous physical exploration of the intersections between thought and movement, the real and the representational, the past and the present, freestyle and improvisation, flow and disruption. This class is informed by forms of the African Diaspora in a contemporary moment – an investigation of presence as embodied performance states that are multi-layered and multi-faceted to generate empathetic choices in dance-making… and while dancing them. In this class, we will challenge neutrality as norms, promote greater awareness of impulses, and apply intersectionality as a means to “unpack” our internal and external input so that a new kind of expression may emerge.

To register for classes go to

Inquire at Zenon Dance Company and School for available class passes.

See you soon!

Leslie Parker-

March 14 – April 11

Sevillanas can be danced by anyone! This class will break down and explain the structure of Sevillanas. This is a folk dance; perfect technique is NOT the goal. The goal is to move, enjoy the music, dance with cool people, and HAVE FUN!

No special footwear or clothing required; but please no dark-colored rubber soled shoes as they mark the floor. Barefoot dancing is fine! Singles or couples are welcome to register.

$50: single five-class session.
$90: couple five-class session. A couple can be ANY two people; female/female, male/female, male/male.
$12 per person per class drop-in - cash only, due at the beginning of the class.

Studio Sendero | 308 Prince St, Suite B100, St. Paul, MN 55101
Tara Weatherly-, (612) 203-6188