DanceMN News - May 16, 2018








Dear DanceMN Reader:

We of the Steering Committee wish to extend a warm welcome into spring! Thank you for playing a vital part in our Minnesota dance community. Your contributions to the art are acknowledged, valued and noted here!

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Non Edwards-


Please join us at Apple Valley High School for a night of dancing with choreography by staff, students, and guest choreographers in all styles of dance. This show will highlight the many facets of dance performance and education by presenting art that provokes thought, emotion, and entertainment! Come see the diverse body of Apple Valley High School students as they dance to iconic music with references to historical dance figures and iconic dance moments.

Tickets are $5 for students/seniors, $7 for adults, and free for children aged five and under, available in person or online at
Box office is open one hour before each performance, cash/check only. All seats are general admission.

The NEW Kid’s Dance Ensemble, featuring students from our community in grades three through six, will perform a dance at the opening night performance on Thursday, May 17 at 7:00pm!

Apple Valley High School | 14450 Hayes Road, Apple Valley, MN 55124

The Right Here Showcase is a mini-festival of contemporary performance—dance, music, theater, art—that showcases, highlights, and supports Minnesota-based mid-career performing artists who create original work.

On this final weekend of the showcase, Brian J Evans gives his final performances in the Twin Cities before taking off for grad school in Seattle, and Rory Wakemup brings community together in "LEDGERCRAFT," a playful and theatrical interactive hybrid of Minecraft and ledger art, the haunting drawings made by Native American artists in the late 19th century. “My art is like a kite in the thunder storm. I just hold on and hope I don’t get struck by lightening."—Rory Wakemup

Come support the immense diversity of the Twin Cities' performing arts scene.

"A terrific sampler of the arts community's most innovative perspectives"—Star Tribune

Make your reservations now!

Off-Leash Art Box | 4200 54th St E, Minneapolis, MN 55417
Paul Herwig-, (612) 724-7372

Engaging with issues of community, power, and identity, up-and-coming and established Twin Cities' hip hop choreographers challenge notions of what hip hop dance is and will be.

Mixtape Side B artists include: Al Taw’am, Darrius Strong, Herbert Johnson III, Joelle Fernandez, J-Sun, and BIONIK.

From the artists:
We are a comm(unity) of artists investigating issues of power, tradition, and identity through dance forms in the continuum of Hip Hop culture. A reflexive and intersectional lens is used in our explorations of these forms from their origins to current incarnations. Practitioners in many of these forms like Krump, House, and Rocking do not identify as Hip Hop dancers so we employ the term “urban and street expressions” to be respectful of each style’s history and culture.

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

Many people have told me, "You should write a book."
Here it comes, but not on paper—on stage!
More storyteller than writer, I resisted writing—too much computer time! I feel most alive and at ease telling stories, like I did at Patrick's Cabaret over the years.

A Few Tales - Faerie & Otherwise
May 18-20
Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm
Sunday at 2:00pm

Me, on stage, telling stories—my most at-home mode—honed over decades of hosting the cabaret. Get tickets or more information at link below.

The structure is based on TV's "Jeopardy".
The audience will choose among six categories, with six choices in each category to determine the evening’s stories.

Six decades: 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s, 10s
Six categories: Resisting, Making Dances, Being Gay and HIV+, Being Naked, Creating Spaces, and Audience Choice.

Where better to launch this adventure than Open Eye's intimate storefront, home to me and my cabaret for a decade!

Open Eye Theatre | 506 E 24th Street, Minneapolis, MN
Patrick Scully-, (612) 205-1512

Join TU Dance Center students, families, faculty and staff at our annual bake sale! Your contribution will help us raise funds to cover production expenses for the TU Dance Center 2018 Student Showcase—a culminating event celebrating the hard work of our students!

Saturday, May 19

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

St. Paul Ballet and Element Gym will be hosting a rummage and bake sale to help raise funds for the School of St. Paul Ballet Scholarship Fund and the Element Foundation!

How to get involved:
Sunday, May 20

We will be collecting donated items for the sale May 7-18 at the St. Paul Ballet front desk. As you begin your spring cleaning consider putting aside some items for SPB and Element Gym. Please only provide items that are clean, in good shape and ready for our guests to purchase for themselves.

We are looking for volunteers to help bake goodies, price items and aid in set-up/tear-down of the event.
If you are interested in volunteering or providing baked goods, please email Andrea.

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

As Ragamala Dance Company celebrates its 25th anniversary, hear from the family who founded and runs Ragamala—Ranee Ramaswamy and daughters Aparna and Ashwini Ramaswamy— about the company's journey, including film excerpts of dance and music by Perimeter Productions.

Discover how first-generation Indian immigrant artists created the company and turned it into an internationally-celebrated touring ensemble that weaves together the historical, the ancestral, and the personal.

Free admission, registration recommended

Minnesota History Center | 345 W Kellogg Blvd, St. Paul, MN 55102
Minnesota History Center Box Office-, (651) 259-3015

9x22 Dance/Lab
8:00 PM (7:00 doors), $6-$16: pay as able

Alys Ayumi Ogura
Emily Michaels King
Halie Bahr

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-

After successful performances at the Southern Theater in February, Time Track Productions presents INVISIBLE at Hamline University’s Drew Fine Arts Center/Anne Simely Theater in St Paul.

See the critically acclaimed INVISIBLE, an hour-long movement/theater/media work for eleven women, ages 25-78—luminary performers from our community including Mary Easter, Becky Heist, Ann Marie Wittenberg, Sharon Picasso, Thern Anderson, Sandy Agustin, Roxane Wallace, Kaori Kenmotsu, Kealoha Ferreira, Leila Awadallah and Paula Mann.

WHEN: Thursday and Friday, May 24 and 25 at 7:30 pm

TICKETS: $15 general admission. Cash, check and credit card accepted at the door.
Advance tickets/reservations:

The Anne Simely Theater in The Drew Fine Arts Center at Hamline University | 1530 W Taylor Ave, St. Paul, MN
Paula Mann-, (651) 276-7982

Two fifteen-minute dance pieces are among the five works-in-progress featured in the kick-off week of Red Eye's 34th annual New Works 4 Weeks festival.

"SCRAP MEANING," Kaya Lovestrand's duet with Kathleen Pender, proposes a world where confusion is satisfyingly articulate.

In her solo "USWE(I)" dance-maker Arneshia Williams examines concepts of inclusion and exclusion, self and community, and the points where physical and spiritual realms intersect.

Also in the line-up are three multimedia pieces by Alana Horton and Patrick Marschke, Anna Johnson, and Billy Noble.

8:00PM, Thursday-Saturday, May 24-26
7:00PM Sunday, May 27

New this year, catch all four weeks of the festival for just $50 ($30 students) - a 20 percent savings.
More details at

Red Eye Theater | 15 W 14th St, Minneapolis, MN
Miriam Must-, (612) 870-7531


In Here's How (Refuted), Anat Shinar draws on a long-time obsession with self-help literature. Along with Kara Motta and Kristin Van Loon, Shinar posits that minimal effort brings about maximal change, as long as one believes it can. Integrating movement, text, and installation, Shinar crafts a space in which clarity and disorientation overlap, reflecting how her struggle with anxiety manifests externally.

Sharon Picasso’s The Speculative Sentence inserts chance as a factor in what is illuminated on stage. Using motion detector lights, hand-held light wands, and other practicals, the piece is a fascinating study of the spaces in between—the idea that we can’t necessarily choose what we reveal or hide about ourselves, and often what connects us with one another can be equally random. Featuring dancers Brian J. Evans, Heidi Kalweit, Jesse Neumann-Peterson and Erin Thompson.

8:00PM Thursday-Saturday, May 31-June 1
7:00PM Sunday, June 3

Red Eye Theater | 15 W 14th St, Minneapolis, MN
Miriam Must-, (612) 870-7531

Kaleena Miller Dance presents a new tap dance work, featuring music from JT Bates' album Open Relationships.

Thursday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, June 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 10 at 2:00 p.m.

General admission: $20 in advance, $24 at the door
Students and seniors 65+: $12
ARTshare members: Free

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

TU Dance Artistic Directors Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands and School Director Laurel Keen invite you to the TU Dance Center 2018 Spring Student Showcase. Students from the Children and Teen and Pre-Professional divisions will perform in works by TU Dance Artistic Director Uri Sands, TU Dance company dancers and TU Dance Center teaching artists. The advanced students of the Pre-Professional Program will be featured in a new work by TU Dance Center alumna Daonna Lewis in collaboration with the High School For Recording Arts and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, supported by a grant from the Marbrook Foundation. Please join us in celebrating these young dancers and all of their hard work!

Friday, June 8, 7:00pm
Saturday, June 9, 2:00pm and 7:00pm

Tickets: $15.00, general admission.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Rarig Center at the University of Minnesota | 330 21st Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Laurel Keen-, (612) 440-9028

We (Minnesota Malayalee Association) are proud to present Padmashri Shobana and her ensemble as she performs her world famous composition Trance. This is a fusion dance drama performed for the first time ever with live musicians.

For a glimpse of the entrancing performance, visit:

For reviews from the performance held in Chicago on May 4, 2018:

Online tickets can be purchased using the link:

Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For that and for any further inquiries, please contact us.

Thank you!

Minnesota Malayalee Association-


Experience Kathak dance and music of India from a legendary cast in Parampara - The Tradition.

Katha Dance Theatre welcomes its guru, the king of Kathak, Pandit Birju Maharaj, along with Grammy-winning tabla wizard Ustand Zakir Hussain. These stars of India will perform in Minnesota for ONE NIGHT ONLY in celebration of Maharaj's 80th birthday.

The dance master is joined by three generations of Kathak dancers, his prime disciple, Saswati Sen, and three musical masters of South Asia. Parampara - The Tradition promises all the graceful expression found in Kathak dance accompanied by fiery emotion from the musicians. The preset program gives way to spontaneous moments of improvisation. These strokes of brilliance produce fully unique jam sessions, which create a one-of-a-kind experience. A treat for dance and music lovers of all kinds.

Tickets: $100 VIP (with backstage meet-and-greet), $75, $60, $40, $25

The O'Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University | 2004 Randolph Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105
Jennifer Mulvey-, (612) 418-8417

ICON SAM: Temple Dances is an historical, hysterical romp that takes place in the doorways, studios, alleys, and hallways of 528 Hennepin Avenue. Now The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts, this building has been many things, most notably a Masonic Temple. The roaming show features choreography by award-winning local dancemakers Wynn Fricke, HIJACK, Lise Houlton, Judith Howard, Judith Brin Ingber, Sally Rousse, and others; and explores notions of transition and inclusiveness.

ICON SAM: Temple Dances is a traveling experience throughout the eight marbled floors of The Cowles Center. Due to the site-specific nature of the performance, there is very limited capacity. Limit: 40 tickets per show.

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

Off-Leash Area Presents:

Inbox @ the Art Box
Directed by Sarah Hauss
June 14, 15, 16 at 7:30 PM.
Tickets: sliding scale, $10-$25

Off-Leash Area presents Inbox @ the Art Box, directed by Sarah Hauss and presented in our new intimate performance space, the Off-Leash Art Box. Inbox @ the Art Box is a grass-roots, artist-centered, and must-see new event, highlighting the incredible quality and diversity of Twin Cities professional dance on a single stage.

Come witness some of the freshest and fiercest dance in the city.
Your Inbox Is Full!

4200 E 54th St, Minneapolis, MN 55417


Dance with Ballet Royale this summer!

Ballet Royale's summer intensives are comprehensive day programs providing the finest professional instruction for all ages. Master teachers join our renowned faculty to give professional instruction in a structured and focused setting, including Dierdre Chapman (former First Soloist with England's Royal Ballet) and Courtney Elizabeth Stewart (former Soloist with San Francisco Ballet).

- June "Spring into Summer" Intensive, featuring Progressing Ballet Technique. June 11-29. NO AUDITION REQUIRED. Intermediate/advanced to professional.
- Male Dancer Intensive, June 11–15. Ages ten and older.
- July Summer Intensive, July 9-27. AUDITION REQUIRED FOR UPPER DIVISION. Students ages eight through professionals.
- Ballet Royale Grand Prix Variations Workshop, August 6-17. AUDITION REQUIRED. Ages ten and older.
- Pointe Preparatory Workshop, August 19-24. Girls ages eleven and older.
- Youth Ballet August Jump-Start, August 20-24.

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

Have your little dancer (ages four through nine) join Ballet Royale this summer for our Creative Story Ballet Day Camps!

Ballet Royale offers two separate sessions, June 16 and July 14, where children have the opportunity to experience the joy of dance and performance! Children will have the opportunity to perform a short age-appropriate dance inspired by a Disney movie. Workshop includes a short in-studio performance for family and friends.

June 16 and July 14
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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

TU Dance Center offers its second eight-week session of adult workshops during the 2018 Spring Session.

Session 2: April 9 - June 4. No classes May 28.

Cost: $15.00 individual class drop-in rate, cash, check or debit/credit card 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

Join TU Dance Artistic Directors Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands and TU Dance Center faculty and guest artists for the 2018 TU Dance Summer Program and Intensive.

The Children and Teen Summer Program introduces the joy of creative movement and beginning dance technique to students aged five through 20. Classes, divided by age, provide a comprehensive base on which to expand by developing body awareness, coordination, balance, flexibility, strength and musicality. July 9-28, 2018.

The Pre-Professional Summer Intensive is a rigorous course of study integrating modern, ballet, African, conditioning, workshop and repertory work for students up to age 24. The program has five levels. For level placement, please contact us at or 612-605-1925. Placement can be determined by attending an open class at TU Dance Center (by appointment only), by submitting a video link (modern and ballet phrase), or during the first day of the intensive. July 30-August 18, 2018.

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

There's still time to sign up for DanceBreak2018 with Don't You Feel It Too?, happening now through Friday! Join our group to create defiant joy and random acts of dance kindness.

Do something daring. De-stress. Get some exercise. Change the patterns of the world toward more freedom and joy! Take dance breaks every day or join a daily group session. You can do it wherever you are, whenever you have a few minutes. Grab headphones, play your pocket music, and dance in the streets!

To sign up and learn more, visit

Presented by Don’t You Feel It Too?


New York City Guest Artist Barbara Mahler will lead a three-day workshop in Klein Technique this May. Klein Technique is a cohesive movement system that connects the body and mind. The result, over time, is a clarity and sureness of movement, fluidity, and a new level of understanding the innate intelligence of one's body. When the bones are aligned we become connected and grounded, efficient, and alive. Firmly grounded in the principles of change, possibilities, and efficiency through the tools of the process, Klein technique weaves together theory and practice.

May 18 - 5:00-7:30 PM
May 19 - 10:00-2:30 PM
May 20 - 11:00-2:00 PM

Register here:
Student Rate - $140
Standard Rate - $195

$50 deposit due to secure registration.
Check or Paypal accepted, email for further instruction.

The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts, Target Education Studio, Second floor | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Jennifer Arave-

Join Eclectic Edge Ensemble and Karla Grotting for a jazz master class!

Sunday, May 20
11:30am - 1:00pm

EEE Guest Artist Karla Grotting will be teaching a jazz master class for intermediate/advanced dancers eighteen years and older. The class will be followed by a Q&A with the choreographer, and scholarships are available. To register, email

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to the legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts, Studio 2B | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Karis Sloss-

These sessions will explore phrase work, improvisation, writing, and voice exploration, providing multiple access points to participants’ own creative fire. Play with movement experiences that feel strange, discombobulating, and cathartic as a means of unlocking expression.

Laura Levinson is a mixed-media movement artist from a technical dance background. Her work has been described as “a taut energy, eventually unbound into repetitive but increasingly bold movement” (Caroline Palmer, Big Dance Town Blog).

Class: May 21
9:30-11:30 AM

Geared towards university dance students, graduates, and young professionals who are new to the Twin Cities, Pivotal Moment provides accessible space for artists to explore material, experiment with teaching, and receive peer-to-peer feedback. This program is supported through The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts.

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

Contact Improvisation Twin Cities hosts a monthly live music jam every third Monday. All levels are welcome to join in an evening of pop-up collaboration between a rotating roster of incredible local musicians and the Twin Cities' CI community. Leave your phone at the door to connect, dance, listen, move, and be moved!

Interdisciplinary artist, dance musician, and theorist, Manjunan Gnanaratnam will be the musician for May’s Monday night Music Jam! Learn more:


May 21 at 6:30pm
$10-$20 suggested donation
Space and marketing support for CI Music Jam is provided by The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts.

The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts, Target Education Studio | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Lindsay Forsythe-, (347) 512-0892

As part of Artist in Residence Sally Rousse's upcoming ICON SAM: Temple Dances June production, Sally is partnering with Don't You Feel It Too? for free movement sessions. The first part, led by certified Gaga teacher Berit Ahlgren, brings bodies of all backgrounds and experiences together to tune into simple images, warming up the mind and flesh. After a discussion break, we tune into our own portable music and dance for ourselves and for the common good, followed by a final discussion. Warm up your heart and soul and move among your community!

In order to participate in Don't You Feel It Too? please bring earbuds and your favorite pocket music. Extra earbuds will be provided if you do not have any. No previous dance experience needed.

All sessions will begin in The Cowles Center lobby/entrance. No pre-registration required.

Thursday, May 24: 5:30 PM.

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

Zenon Dance Summer Workshop Week: Tuesday, May 29 - Friday, June 1.

Workshops are $15 drop-in.

Tuesday, May 29
9:30am - 11:30 am: Modern/Somatics with Deborah Jinza Thayer
1:00pm - 2:00pm: Afro Fusion with Edna Stevens
5:30pm - 7:00pm: Intermediate 1 Ballet with Marcia Keegan
6:30pm - 7:30pm: Jazz Funk with Laura Osterhaus
7:00pm - 8:30pm: Contemporary Experiements with Leslie Parker

Wednesday, May 30
9:30am - 11:00am: Contemporary Experiments with Leslie Parker
12:00pm - 1:00pm: Strengthen and Stretch with Cindra Halm
5:30pm - 7:00pm: Beginning 1 Ballet with Marcia Keegan
7:00pm - 8:00pm: Irish Dance with Hannah Schwarze

Thursday, May 30
9:30am - 11:30am: Modern/Somatics with Deborah Jinza Thayer
1:30pm - 2:30pm: Tap with Dorian Brooke
2:30pm - 3:30pm: Music Theater Jazz with Dorian Brooke
5:30pm - 7:00pm: Improvisation with Janet Skidmore
7:00pm - 8:00pm: Breaking with Cheng Xiong

Friday, June 1
12:00pm - 1:30pm: Intermediate 2 Ballet with Becky Stanchfield

Zenon Dance Company and School | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Fascinated by the raw dynamic of street dance and by the subtlety of classical forms, choreographer Victor Quijada and his company, RUBBERBANDance Group—based in Montréal—have been knocking down barriers between the different types of movement styles for over fifteen years. This training system was first developed to create a common language between performers of opposite movement backgrounds; namely, in the collaboration between "classically trained contemporary dancers" and "auto-didactic b-boys". Assisted by company member, Amara Barner, Victor will lead a three-hour workshop in the RUBBERBAND METHOD. This method consists of tools and exercises and that amplify awareness of the body, add possibilities to locomotion, and heighten decision-making in improvisation and performance. Space for this workshop is extremely limited!

When: Wednesday, May 3:| 6:00-9:00pm
Cost: $20, cash only. Registration required.

Photo: Carolyn DiLoreto

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

Taught by Janet Skidmore

Thursday, May 31, 2018
5:30 - 7:00pm

We will explore group improvisation for performance. How can we choreograph a dance together in the moment? We’ll have a brief warmup, then practice generating solo movement that the group can follow. There will be an emphasis on copying each other’s movement. We'll practice leading and following in partners and in the group. We’ll also explore stillness, repetition and unison as elements in choreography, and we'll call attention to interior and exterior awareness in improvisation performance.

Zenon Dance | 528 Hennepin Ave, Fourth Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Zenon Dance School-, (612) 338-1101

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

$525. Registration deadline EXTENDED: due this FRIDAY, MAY 18.

The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts, Studio 2B | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis MN 55403
Mathew Janczewski-

For young adults to adults, with live music, pre-professional level.
Monday–Friday, June 11–29, 2018.

A three-week summer training program three hours each day, five days per week will introduce Yorchha™, our contemporary Indian dance aesthetic, in technique classes that build in complexity over three weeks and include learning a short piece from our repertoire.

The deadline for submitting applications is May 25, 2018. We are accepting applications on a rolling basis. We will respond to all applications within ten days or less with our decision. Applications are processed on a first-come, first-serve basis until we reach capacity at 40 participants.

For information and to apply:

Join us for the first set of activities in our new dance and community space on University Ave in St. Paul, one and a half blocks west of the Lexington LRT station.

Ananya Dance Theatre | 1197 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN 55104

Intermediate Musical Theater Jazz Intensive

Students ages ten to fourteen: looking to improve your performance or physical technique? Get a step ahead this summer!
This week-long workshop will allow dancers to experiment with a variety of dance styles, train with numerous esteemed instructors, and master musical theater choreography in repertoire class. This week will culminate with a performance for family and friends on the last Friday of the session.

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

Shapiro & Smith Dance is looking forward to dancing with you!

Our summer workshop is for intermediate and advanced dancers and the focus is learning and performing dances from our repertory. The work is technically challenging, inherently musical and marvelously expressive. We hope you’ll join us!

Shapiro & Smith Dance Summer Workshop:
July 2–13, 2018, Monday through Friday. Saturday, July 7 will replace Wednesday, July 4.

10:00am–11:00am: Warm-up/Technique
11:00am–1:00pm: Repertory Rehearsal
Taught by the artists of Shapiro & Smith Dance and Joanie Smith.

WHERE: Barbara Barker Center For Dance
PUBLIC SHOWING: Friday, July 13 at 12:00pm

Registration/information contact:
Cost: $395. Payment due June 25.
Note: Fifteen percent discount if paid by June 15.
Payment should be sent to:
Shapiro & Smith Dance
Barker Dance Center
500 21st Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Barbara Barker Center For Dance
Laura Virtucio-


Audition call for male company members.

Minnesota Dance Theatre is holding auditions for male dancers who are highly skilled in both classical ballet and contemporary technique. Auditions will be held in MDT’s Studio 6A at The Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis.

Employment will commence August 6, 2018 for the 2018-2019 season. The contract has a minimum of 30 weeks and includes health benefits.

MDT presents annual performances of Loyce Houlton’s Nutcracker Fantasy and Carmina Burana, fall and spring performances, and participates in artist residencies, outreach programming, and various special projects.

Please RSVP ASAP. Send resume, headshot, YouTube/Vimeo video excerpt, and desired date for audition to Artistic Director Lise Houlton at

Justin Leaf-, (612) 338-0627

Allegro School of Dance and Music is looking to add to their team of rock star teachers!

Ten hours weekly, beginning September 4, 2018.
Genres could include jazz, modern, acro-dance, tap, or children's work. Experience not required in every area.
Our students are various ages and abilities.

The ideal candidate will have:
Choreographic opportunities
Performance Company leadership
Educational training opportunities

Send cover letter and resume to:
Act today, opportunities for the ideal candidate could start before September!

Allegro School of Dance and Music | Rochester, MN
Janet Johnson-, (507) 288-0125

Twin Cities Ballet has openings for paid male company dancers and unpaid male and female apprentices for the 2018-2019 season!

Male Company Position:
Soloist and Principal level, competitive salaried position. Season runs approximately September 2018–May 2019: 34 weeks.

All Dancers:
Applicants must have strong classical ballet foundation and contemporary (modern) technique, excellent performance skills, good work ethic, and a desire to continually grow and advance both technically and artistically.

To arrange an audition, contact TCB directly: or 952-452-3163.

TCB is an innovative professional ballet company that creates original high-quality performances, including our most recent sold-out show Pink Floyd's The Wall: A Rock Ballet. TCB introduces and promotes the artistry, discipline, and athleticism of ballet and other dance forms to and for Minnesota communities.

Rick Vogt-, (952) 452-3163

Seeking motivated and charismatic fitness instructors to teach Pilates, dance or suspension bungee classes.

The Resistance Movement is a boutique fitness studio located in Lowertown, St Paul. Classes fuse Pilates, yoga, dance and strength exercises with suspended resistance cord for a total-body experience. Classes are upbeat, music-driven, unique and fun to take and learn.

Instructors needed to teach four to ten classes per week or more. Classes include Pilates (mat and chair), dance cardio, barre and aerial bungee. Instructors will only teach one or two categories of classes, not all the classes.

Successful applicants must have two to four years of experience in the fitness industry, Pilates, gymnastics, dance or barre. However, The Resistance Movement may be willing to train the right person transitioning into the field.

Mandatory three-day training to learn our format. If you can't commit to three-day unpaid training, don't respond. We will train those interested in Pilates classes, no certification is required. Serious inquires only.

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

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. All levels of experience are welcomed, and will be considered.

To apply please click the link below. You will be taken to a very short online application form.

Bryant-Lake Bowl Cabaret Theater | 810 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN
Laurie Van Wieren-

Momentum: New Dance Works is a hugely respected platform for commissioning and presenting original contemporary dance of all genres, featuring works created by four early career/emerging choreographers/choreographic collaborations based in Minnesota. The program is hosted by The O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University, in partnership with Walker Art Center and Movement Research (NYC). In addition to financially supporting and presenting the new creations, the fourteen-month process combines professional development and creative process exchanges, and culminates in a two-week performance festival on July 11-13 and 18-20, 2019 at the Frey Theater.


For more info: or contact Michèle Steinwald, below.

Momentum is supported by a grant from the Jerome Foundation.

Photo: STRONGmovement, Momentum 2017, by Alice Gebura

Michèle Steinwald-

Saturday, May 19, 2018, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Location: Anthony Middle School Theater, 5757 Irving Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419

Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Location: Center for Performing Arts, 3754 Pleasant Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409

SEEKING YOUTH ages seven to eighteen for the 2018-19 season.
The Young Dance company is a group of passionate dancers ages seven to eighteen committed to exploring themselves and their world through dance. Young Dance company members take dance classes, learn dances from professional choreographers, create dances themselves, and perform throughout the year.

Company members meet twice a week throughout the year, September-May. They meet once during the week in an age-specific group and on Saturday for a mixed-age rehearsal or class.

Previous dance experience is preferred, but not necessary.
Auditions are informal, just like taking a dance class.
Attendance required at only one date.

Jennifer Glaws-, (612) 423-3064

Zenon Dance School's Zone Program will host its audition on June 2, 2018 at 10:00am.

Zone is a scholarship program for all levels of dancers looking to expand their dance experience, hone personal technique, or have an opportunity to perform locally. Two program tracks are available:

Technique: for dancers of ALL levels and backgrounds looking to enhance creative and technical skill and explore dance styles.
Performance: for intermediate/advanced-level dancers looking for opportunities to work with local emerging choreographers and perform.

Tuition for this program covers free dance classes at Zenon for the Summer Session.

The relaxed audition consists of ballet and modern dance and typically lasts an hour, with informational meetings to follow.
Interested dancers must register to audition before Friday, June 1, 2018.
For more information and to register to audition, please visit

Zenon Dance Company and School | 528 Hennepin Ave, Studio 4B, MInneapolis, MN
Jane Raine-, (612) 338-1101


Calling all Fringe Festival artists! The Off-Leash Art Box is offering discounted rental rates to all Fringe performers when you book ten or more hours of rehearsal time:

Studio Space - $10/hour (regularly $15/hour)
Performance Space - $15/hour (regularly $25/hour)

The Art Box offers both studio and performance space, with wall-to-wall sprung wood floors and a great variety of audience seating options. Join a growing network of incredible artists and community members who are making the Art Box home for their next rehearsal, performance, or event!

To learn more about features and rental rates, visit our website:

4200 E 54th St, Minneapolis, MN 55417

St. Paul Ballet is unveiling its newest specialized summer 2018 training workshop, the SPB Company In-Residency Program!

With participation in this program, three professional company dancers from SPB will come to your studio to give challenging classical and contemporary ballet training in tailored, customized classes based on your studio needs.

The SPB Company In-Residency Program is offered in one-, three- or five-day workshops this summer. Classes may include ballet, pointe, classical repertoire, men’s technique, pas de deux, contemporary choreography, variations, nutrition, dance history, conditioning for dancers, yoga for dancers, and other specialized lectures such as “how to audition,” and “mental tips for better performances/competitions.” Studio dancers will create a connection with this professional dance company and school.

To learn more or reserve SPB company staff for this program please contact SPB Artistic Director, Zoé Henrot.


St. Paul Ballet offers spacious studio space for rent when available.

St. Paul Ballet
655 Fairview Ave N,
St. Paul, MN

Located conveniently at the intersection of University Ave and Fairview Ave N.

Andrea Lane-, (651) 690-1588

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

TU Dance Center has studios that are 33x56 feet (Studio One) and 21x46 feet (Studio Two) with sprung floors and Marley-type surface, fixed and portable barres, mirrors, pianos, sound equipment, high ceilings, and natural light. The Center also features an air conditioned green room, kitchenette and dressing room, and free off-street parking.

TU Dance Center is convenient to both Minneapolis and St. Paul from I-94/Vandalia exit. Find us on the north side of University Avenue, one block east of Vandalia, located directly behind Subway on the building's east side.

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


Erin Thompson teaches 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

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: July 10 - August 30
Tuesday and Thursday, 7:00-8:30pm

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

Only a few classes left of the session - don't miss your chance to take this awesome modern class!

Tuesdays, 9:30-11am

An eclectic blend of contemporary, modern and postmodern styles engaging the dancer in full-body movements spanning a dynamic range from subtle to explosive. Concepts involving varying points of initiation, ease of movement, and the utilization of momentum are emphasized. Movement vocabulary is focused on crafting a dancer both athletic and evocative; phrases are created to challenge the mind and body. The atmosphere in class tries to create a feeling of inclusiveness, creativity, playfulness and interaction.

Hennepin Center for the Arts | 528 Hennepin Ave, Suite 400, Minneapolis, MN

Midwest School of Ballet offers classes for all ages.

Ballet Fundamentals I, II, III - ages three to eight: Age-appropriate motor skills and musicality are developed with basic, fundamental ballet movement and terminology through creative exercises. Moving up into levels builds further into infusing elements that will prepare them for the traditional ballet class format.

Ballet Level I, II, III - ages eight and older: The traditional ballet format of barre and center work is emphasized with proper alignment, technique, musicality, and artistry. Student musicality and quality of movement is developed to produce artistic distinction and expression between supple, graceful, strong, and bounding movement.

Pre-Pointe/Pointe (Level II+).

Ballet for Teens and Athletes.
Beginning Adult Ballet.

Modern - ages ten and older.

Classes held at:
Performing Institute of Minnesota (PIM) | 7255 Flying Cloud Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55344 ​
Edina Community Center (ECC) | 5701 Normandale Rd, Edina, MN 55424

Eileen Kamp-, (612) 564-8672

Register now for Midwest School of Ballet's Summer classes.

Location: PIM - Performing Institute of Minnesota, Eden Prairie
Classes taught by Lara Ciganko.
June 11-15: 9AM-3PM.
Ages nine through fourteen.
In this week-long session students will experience classes in ballet and modern each day, variations, choreography, folk dance and more.

Location: PIM ​
Classes taught by Eileen Kamp.
THURSDAYS, June 18-August 3
Fundamental I - ages three and four: 9:30-10:15am OR 5:15-6:00pm
Fundamental II - ages five and six: 10:30-11:30am
Fundamental II/III - ages five through seven: 6:00-7:00pm
Pre-Teen Introduction to Ballet - ages eight through fourteen: 7:00-8:15pm

Location: ECC - Edina Community Center
Classes taught by Marcia Keegan.
TUESDAYS, June 12-August 14
Fundamental I - ages three and four: 9:00-9:45am
Fundamental II//III - ages five through seven: 10:00-11:00am
Ballet for Teens and Athletes - ages eight through fourteen: 11:00-12:30pm

Adult Ballet: Thursdays and Saturdays

Eileen Kamp-, (612) 564-8672

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.
1:00pm-2:00pm, Saturdays
FREE to dance!

655 Fairview Ave N, St. Paul, MN
Laura Greenwell-

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 11:30-12:00pm.

655 Fairview Ave N, St. Paul, MN
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.
Teaching Artists: Laura Greenwell, Jeffrey Hankinson, and Deborah Nettell.

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

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-

Join Ballet Royale Minnesota this summer!
Ballet Royale offers a wide variety of summer term classes for all ages and levels, specialty workshops, and intensives:

- Pre-Ballet Creative Dance, ages three through six
- Creative Story Ballet Day Camps, ages four through nine
- Summer Intensive Programs, boys and girls ages seven and older
- Pointe Preparatory Workshop, girls ages eleven and older
- Classical Ballet, day and evening, beginner through advanced, all ages
- Youth Ballet August Jump-Start Intensive, for boys and girls

Register today!

Ballet Royale Minnesota | 6368 Kenrick Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044
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 so JOIN TODAY!

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

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, Blake Nellis, Kerry Parker, Abdo Sayegh, Erin Thompson and Elayna Waxse.

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

Advanced company class is held every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30am-11:00am at Ashley Ballet Arts in Golden Valley.
Free parking, drop-ins welcome, only $10.

Advanced Jazz will be taught by special special Guest Teacher Myron Johnson this Thursday, May 17!

Collide Artistic Director Regina Peluso will be teaching Advanced Musical Theater Jazz on Thursdays for the rest of May.

Take Ballet with Riley Webber every Tuesday in May.

All are welcome!

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

Friday Morning Jazz and Zenon Dance Company and School are teaming up with Rhythmically Speaking during the summer session for an exciting twist on class!

Zenon jazz instructors Erinn Liebhard, Karla Grotting and Mary Ann Bradley will open and close the session, with the choreographers of Rhythmically Speaking 10/2018 each offering a class highlighting their perspectives on jazz and its interaction with other American vernacular dance forms. All are welcomed to join us for a summer sampler of different approaches to groove-driven musicality!

In conjunction, there will also be three special events:
Celebrating Ten Years of RS: June 22 from 11:00am-12:30pm
Minnesota Jazz Dance Company Reunion: during class time on July 20
Critical Conversation - What IS American Vernacular Dance?: August 3 from 11:00am-12:30pm

For teacher schedule and details on these events, visit the provided link, and #GetYourAsstoClass for one more spring session class with Karla this Friday, May 18!

Zenon Dance Company and School, Studio 4A | Cowles Center Fourth Floor, 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403