DanceMN News - August 8, 2018








African Roads, American Streets (ARAS) is a family-friendly, fun-filled show featuring a strong mix of urban and cultural performances unveiling a unique story of multiculturalism and solidarity based on the creator's childhood journey from Liberia to New York. A multi-faceted, multicultural fun-filled production depicting African dance, heart thumping drumming, music, spoken word, and urban dance!

Ritz Theater Mainstage
August 8 at 10:00PM, August 10 at 5:30PM, August 12 at 2:30PM

“There’s lots of kinetic joy and cultural pride in this family-friendly piece” —Star Tribune
“[A] celebration of multiculturalism, Hip-Hop, and African dance." —Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine
"[T]hey move with intensity, rubber-band flexibility, and infectious joy.” —City Pages

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

Ritz Theater (Mainstage) | 345 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN, 55413
Edna Stevens-, (612) 354-6997

Stark Dance: Politics Religion Sex presents a dichotomy of provocative works to rile you up and get you thinking about things you shouldn’t, as well as evocative, very human works to keep you thinking about things you should.

Award winning choreographer Daniel Stark presents three dances that reverberate with fierce movement, compelling images and palpable emotions: the power and pettiness of media in television; the mockery (or perhaps too realistic representation) of our current American state of affairs in "Politics Religion Sex"; and the excitement, both thrilling and disquieting, of watching moments meant to be private in "Peek." The cast is highlighted by superstars of the Twin Cities dance scene as well as of some of its best emerging artists.

Only three shows left! It's not to be missed!
August 9 - 5:30PM
August 10 - 8:30PM
August 12 - 7PM

Tickets: or at the door.

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


Presented by Sharon Picasso // Picasso Projects

An Interdisciplinary performance of movement, light installation, personal history and immersive sound.

8pm: Thursday, August 9 - pay-as-able
8pm: Friday, August 10
8pm: Saturday, August 11
5pm: Sunday, August 12

$15 at the door; $12 in advance.

Tickets and information:

Sharon Picasso

Collaborating Artists:
Heidi Kalweit
Masanari Kawahara
Jesse Neumann-Peterson
Erin Thompson
Sharon Picasso

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

Red Eye Theater | 15 W 14th St, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Sharon Picasso-, (612) 600-4903

MEDUSA storms the Fringe, more fiery than ever! This fiercely provocative and visually stunning outdoor production, set amidst the night sky and circle of trees in Logan Park, is back by popular demand.

Medusa's full story is scarcely known beyond her vilified ending. Vox Medusa dance company and Infiammati FireCircus join forces to honor the compelling myth of Medusa's transformation from Athena's loving and devoted priestess to demonized gorgon. This year's Fringe production holds the same intoxicating music and virtuosic vocal and dance performances, along with new poignant video environments and even more heart-stopping fire battle choreography.

MEDUSA is presented in three more shows at 8:30pm: August 10, 11, 12.

Find us at the field near the corner of Jefferson and Broadway NE in Logan Park, 680 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413. Audiences should bring blankets or collapsible chairs for seating. The Minnesota Fringe Festival does not allow late seating.

Kristin Freya-, (612) 251-5754

Erin Sheppard presents Book of Shadows at the Minnesota Fringe Festival.

With witchcraft as the underlying theme, spells are cast through dance and storytelling. Dances range in style from hip hop to lyrical while spells written by Taj Ruler during her thirteenth year tie each piece together.

Performed by Erin Sheppard, Taj Ruler, Jessica Chad, Regan Saunders, Coralee Kaivo, Caroline Sable, Rhett Romsaas, Derek Meyer, and Paige Seigrist.

Saturday, August 11 at 1:00pm
Sunday, August 12 at 2:30pm

Minnesota Fringe single show admission $10, weekday day pass $19, and weekend day pass $25.

Theatre in the Round | 245 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN, 55454

Rhythmically Speaking 10/2018 is an evening of original work by local and national artists, celebrating ten years of Rhythmically Speaking supporting creation in American vernacular dance forms like jazz, tap and hip hop styles. The choreographers featured on this tenth installment of the Rhythmically Speaking annual show are Gabriel Anderson & Laura Selle-Virtucio, Leila Awadallah, Melissa Clark, Brandi Coleman (Dallas, TX), Karla Grotting, Jolene Konkel, and Emma Marlar. RS Artistic Director Erinn Liebhard will also be presenting a new work.

The show runs:
August 16 - 7:30pm
August 17 - 7:30pm*
August 18 - 2:00pm*
August 18 - 7:30pm
*Post-show talk back with the artists

Wanna get hyped up for the show? Come to our summer class series with Zenon's Friday Morning Jazz: Fridays, 9:30-11am, taught by show choreographers.

Join us for this lively and highly-anticipated show!

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

Immerse yourself in colorful classical, semi-classical, Bollywood, and regional solo and group performances at IndiaFest! Several of the biggest Indian classical dance and theatre groups based in Minnesota perform at this year's festival, including Ananya Dance Theatre, Nritya Kalakshetra Group, and Ragamala Dance Company.

IndiaFest is an annual celebration of the rich heritage, traditions, diversity, and culture of India, featuring delectable Indian cuisine from local restaurants, foot-tapping live Bollywood music, dance performances, cultural displays, and a large bazaar. With fun activities for adults and kids of all ages, IndiaFest invites you to learn about the traditions and cultures across India; enjoy henna, face painting, kite flying, chess, or cricket; or practice some yoga and meditation.

IndiaFest is FREE and open to all. Festival hours are 11am-9pm.

Minnesota State Capitol Grounds | 75 Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. BLVD, St. Paul, MN 55155
India Association of Minnesota-

January 1983, East Grand Forks. It might have been just another two-week dance residency in the elementary schools but the Arts & Crafts Guild (local sponsors for the residency) asked me to bring Shinders to Shinders, a 1982 film celebrating Hennepin Ave, for them to see. I mistakenly agreed.

7:00am, -30 degrees F. The breakfast screening of the film on day two of the residency was a disaster. Could an artist involved with this be safely allowed in their classrooms? Had they invited Lucifer himself into their midst? It seemed time for responsible adults to mobilize.

This was just the start! Things got worse, including a "weekend away". The Prairie Gay Community in Fargo had organized a GLBT Dance in Wolverton. The entire town of Wolverton showed up to inform those "visiting" that we were not welcome. Things got even worse.

Come hear the whole true story. See Shinders to Shinders in its entirety, relive Hennepin Avenue of the early 1980s.

All six dancers from the film will be at the show on Saturday, August 25—a 36-year reunion!

The Open Space | 2637 27th Ave S, Suite 207, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Patrick Scully-, (612) 205-1512

Each year three exceptional Minnesota dance artists receive the coveted honor of a McKnight Dancer Fellowship. To celebrate them, we commission a solo dance for each from a choreographer of their selection. The 2016 and 2017 McKnight Dance Fellows have selected an outstanding group of local, national, and international dance artists to bring their choreographic imaginations to new works expressly tailored for these exceptional performers. The result is SOLO, an evening of six fascinating world premieres. The Fellows and their selected choreographers include:

Lisa "MonaLisa" Berman (2016 Dancer Fellow) - Victor Quijada (Montreal)
Chris Hannon (2016 Dancer Fellow) - Gina Patterson (Wyoming)
Herb Johnson III (2017 Dancer Fellow) - Tight Eyez (Las Vegas)
Krista Langberg (2017 Dancer Fellow) - Karen Sherman (Minneapolis)
Sachiko “La Chayí” Nishiuchi (2017 Dancer Fellow) - Pepe Torres, Luis Peña, Angelita Vargas (Spain)
Chitra Vairavan (2016 Dancer Fellow) - Eiko Otake (New York)

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


The School of St. Paul Ballet offers drop in classes and summer camps all summer long. Join us in the studio this summer, whether you are just beginning your dance journey or continuing your dance education. We have camps for all ages!

Dance Expressions on Saturday mornings for ages four through six, ongoing drop-in class.

“Parent and Me” dance classes: ages two and a half through four—hablamos Español.

Cinderella Dance Camp: ages six through nine, first through third grades, August 6-9.

Paddington Bear Dance Camp: ages four through six, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten, August 13-16.

Dance, Art and Yoga Camp: ages five through eight, first through third grades, August 13-16.


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

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).

Ballet Royale Grand Prix Variations Workshop—back by popular demand!
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.

Registration is still being accepted for all intensives, call for details today!

Rick Vogt-, (952) 452-3163

Get a jump start on registering your dancer for classes next year!

Ballet Royale will be holding multiple registration open houses:

August 9 and 16:

September 5:
11:00am–1:00pm and 5:30–8:00pm

Come tour our beautiful facility, learn about our diverse class offerings from our staff members, and get help registering for 2018-2019 classes. This event is FREE and open to all!

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

The Dance Blitz, a CREO tradition, is our most comprehensive camp and is offered to both intermediate/advanced level students. This year our master instructors are Danielle Maas of Nevada Ballet, Anna Roehr of St. Paul City Ballet, Cory Mills of Spark Theater, Karis Sloss of Eclectic Edge Emsemble, and Kaleena Miller of Kaleena Miller Dance. Each day begins with a warm-up class, followed by electives including ballet, jazz, hip hop, tumbling, pointe, contemporary/modern, and more!

Dance Blitz Ballet/Contemporary
Grades six through twelve; levels four through seven.
August 13-17, 10:00am-2:00pm

Dance Blitz Jazz/Composition/Rhythm
Grades six through twelve; levels four through seven.
August 20-24, 10:00am-2:00pm

CREO is a wholesome, creative, joyful dance studio serving Twin Cities communities in and around Wayzata and Minnetonka.

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

Butoh is a contemporary Japanese performance art form that began in the late 1950's. Originally started as an anti-establishment, anti-traditional dance theater, Butoh explores the relationship between our mind and body, and it questions soicety's perceptions of the body and ideas of "beauty." Though it is considered an underground art form, Butoh is practiced all over world.

This one-day workshop is for people who want to experience Doushin Butoh. The essence of Doushin Butoh is “Resonance,” beyond idea or concept. It can only be felt and experienced.

Come and experience the power of Resonance!

When: Thursday, August 9: 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Tuition: $25

Heart of Tao Resonance Art | 2322 Garfield St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418
Gadu Schmitz-, (612) 703-7501

Join visiting guest artist Marcus Jarrell Willis for a modern/contemporary master class at TU Dance Center. The class is a blend of familiar Horton-based technique exercises with other modern release forms and an exploration of the continuous development of Mr. Willis's own signature language through gestural and contemporary forms of modern dance movement. This class is for advanced/pre-professional dancers.

Saturday, August 11: 11:00am-12:30pm
$16 per person. Class cards accepted with additional $4.
To pre-register, visit

Photo Credit: Stéphane Chouan

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

Ground Breaker Movement Labs presents a ten-week Open Source Forms/Skinner workshop.

Open Source Forms (OSF) is guided by the philosophy that the source of creativity and wisdom is available in each of us. OSF offers methods to access the depth, specificity, integration and freedom in movement. OSF grew fluidly out of “Skinner Releasing Technique”, an innovative approach to dance and movement training developed by Joan Skinner in the early '60s. This form uses image-guided work on the floor to ease tension and promote an effortless kind of moving, integrated with alignment of the whole self. Skinner instructor Stephanie Skura developed this practice further and named this continued work Open Source Forms.

Registration for all ten weeks: $60.
Drop-in: sliding-scale $5-$10 per class.
Email Jennifer to register or with any questions.
Taught by OSF certified instructors Jennifer Arave and Joshua Lorris.

Sundays, August 12-October 14
Ground Breaker Movement Labs
at Water Bar and Public Studio.

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

Join us for TU Dance Center's annual open house and summer intensive showcase on Saturday, August 18 from 10:00am - 1:30pm. Prospective students for the fall session will have the opportunity to participate in sample classes, tour the facilities, observe summer intensive students taking class, ask questions about our programs, and register!

The summer intensive showcase will feature the 2018 TU Dance Advanced/Pre-Professional Summer Intensive students sharing new work created by Uri Sands and Marcus Jarrell Willis.

10:00-10:30am: Modern-based Children Sample Class
10:30-11:15am: Modern-based Teen/Adult Sample Class
12:30-1:30pm: Summer Intensive Showcase

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

Have your young dancer aged four through nine join Ballet Royale for our final Creative Story Ballet Day Camp of the Summer!

Ballet Royale is offering one more session this summer—August 18—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 Frozen!
Workshop also includes a short in-studio performance for family and friends

August 18
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Register your dancer today!

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

MDT's biannual Open Division Open House includes free ballet class for adults, discounted class cards, and an MDT company showing. Open Division classes are open to adults and teens ages sixteen and older.

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


Sunday, August 26
11:00am – 1:30pm: Discount class cards available in sixth floor lobby
11:15am – 1:15pm: FREE Intermediate-Advanced Ballet with Pointe in Studio 6A
11:30am – 1:00pm: FREE Beginning Ballet in Studio 6B

Get ten percent off MDT class cards from Monday, August 20 through Sunday, August 26. MDT class cards have no expiration date. Cash, check, or credit cards are accepted. A three percent processing fee is added to credit card transactions.

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

St. Paul Ballet serves over 400 students through classes at our studios year-round. Our mission is to reduce barriers to the art of ballet.

Ballet is for every body, at any age, in any walk of life.

Join us during our Open House and Health Fair to learn more about classes being offered this fall, meet SPB faculty, browse our gently used dance wear sale, and learn from local health professionals about how to take care of your body as a dancer and athlete!

Saturday, August 25: 10:00am-2:00pm.

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

Join Ballet Royale Minnesota for their 2018 open house celebration:

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Come see Ballet Royale's beautiful facility, participate in a free class, and enjoy face painting, coloring, and other fun surprises.

This event is FREE and OPEN to the public!

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


We are a well-established ballroom dance club located in Appleton, Wisconsin with exciting employment opportunities available. Get extensive training throughout your employment with us. The club is growing and we would like to offer a chance to grow with us. This is a salaried position with paid training and benefits.

Call us at 920-731-8851 or email Take the first step in a skill that will last a lifetime!

For more information:

1004 S. Olde Oneida St, Appleton, WI 54915
Terry Irwin-, (920) 731-8851

Academy of Russian Ballet is seeking young, encouraging, disciplined female instructors for students ages three through eight, starting in fall 2018.

Applicant guidelines:
Dancing experience required.
Must enjoy working with and be able to connect with children.
Must be willing to adhere to school curriculum guidelines.
Must be well organized and professional.
The pay is negotiable based on experience.
Resume accepted at the email below.

For more information about the school visit:

14675 Martin Dr, Suite 400, Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Kirill Bak-Stepanoff-, (612) 501-9208

Zenon Dance Company and School is looking for an energetic Youth Hip Hop Instructor for the fall! Known for our comfortable atmosphere and reasonable class rates, Zenon welcomes all dancers, regardless of age, ability, or experience. Classes are taught by the area’s leading independent instructors who bring out the unique potential of each student, from the beginning child or adult to the professional-level dancer.
Zenon’s youth classes are for students ages three through fourteen. Class sizes are small, allowing for focused one-on-one attention. Youth classes are capped at fifteen students.

-Experience working with and/or instructor children ages six to eleven years old.
-Knowledge of hip hop choreography and hip hop class instruction.

Please send your resume and a video of your choreography to Amber Todd, our School Coordinator.

Zenon Dance Company and School, 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Amber Todd-, (612) 338-1101

For works in progress of all media: theatre, dance, visual art, music, film, and new media.

CFPA will choose three Twin Cities-based artists—of any media and at any stage in their career—to make a new piece that in some way addresses ritual and resilience: ritual of all types (secular, cultural, religious, spiritual, mundane, ceremonial, invented, reinvented, quoted, etc.) and ritual’s relationship to/with/around resilience.

Residency begins September 20, 2018 and presentation will take place on the evenings of December 14 and 15, 2018.
Full details at:

Application fee: $40. Please pay here: http://PayPal.Me/cfpampls/40
Application will not be considered until payment is received.
Application Form:

Application Deadline: September 1, 2018

CFPA | 3754 Pleasant Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55409-1227
Jennie Ward-

Borealis Dance is seeking one male dancer to join the cast of Threads of My Cloth: The Hmong Journey to America.

Asian and racially diverse movers; actors who move well; and hip hop, ballroom, or classically trained dancers are encouraged to contact Artistic Director, Danielle Ricci.

Minneapolis performance dates: October 4-5, 2018 plus touring opportunity.
Performance stipend available.

Danielle Ricci-, (512) 541-6187

The Resistance Movement is seeking motivated and charismatic fitness instructors to teach dance, Pilates, 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 and music-driven. We’re looking for part-time individuals to teach four to twelve classes per week (or more for program development or administrative roles).

• Teach four to twelve classes per week or more.
• Have two to four years of experience in the fitness industry, Pilates, gymnastics or dance (may be willing to train the right person transitioning into the field).
• Experience with the MVe chair, aerial or bungee cords a plus.
• Knowledge of basic anatomy and physiology.
• Must be willing to train and complete mandatory training program. We have developed our own method and instructors must learn/teach it.

Visit our social media and website for more information:

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

Christopher Watson Dance Company is seeking additional male dancers for new works choreographed by Christopher Watson and Becky Heist.
These are paid positions.
The rehearsal period will be September 9 - December 14. Dancers may work with one or both choreographers.

Rehearsals will be:
Wednesday evenings, 6:30-8:00 PM and Sundays, 11:30 AM-1:30 PM for Becky Heist’s piece.
Fridays, 10:00 AM -1:00 PM for Christopher Watson’s piece.
Rehearsal venues TBA.

Informal showing of the new works in January or February. Additional performances TBA.

Christopher Watson-, (612) 670-0839

Train at the School of St. Paul Ballet!

Level placement for the Pre-Professional Division is determined by the Placement Class on Saturday, August 18 from 12:00 – 2:00 pm.

This is for any current or incoming year-round dancers aged twelve to eighteen.
Female dancers must have at least six months of pointe training for this Placement Class.
Females should wear a solid color leotard, pink footed tights, hair in a classical bun, ballet slippers and bring pointe shoes.
Males should wear black tights, a white fitted shirt and ballet slippers.
For new dancers to SPB, please reserve your spot in Placement Class by contacting School Director, Laura Greenwell. We look forward to seeing you!

Parents of dancers younger than age twelve, please email School Director Laura Greenwell for level placement for your dancer.

Please do not hesitate to ask our staff for any questions regarding placement or our leveled program.

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

Are you an advanced tap dancer aged thirteen to nineteen? Join us on Friday, August 24 to audition for our elite teen ensemble—performing at this year's tap festival with guest choreographer Star Dixon!

Friday, August 24, 2018
4:00 - 6:30pm

- No need to prepare a choreographed piece for the audition.
- Dancers must be between the ages of thirteen and nineteen at the time of the audition, as well as be advanced tap dancers.
- No audition fee. However, if selected, you will be responsible for a $150 participation/choreography fee.
- Dancers selected must be available for rehearsals this weekend and performances during the Twin Cities Tap Festival, October 18-21, 2018.

Rehearsal dates/times are:
Saturday, August 25: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Sunday, August 26: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Sunday, September 16: 10:00am - 11:30am
Sunday, September 30: 10:00am - 11:30am
Sunday, October 14: 10:00am - 11:30am

Ballare Teatro | 4259 Minnehaha Ave S, Minneapolis, MN

COLLIDE Theatrical is seeking childcare providers for our company classes every Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30am-11:00am at Ashley Ballet Arts in Golden Valley, starting on August 28, 2018.

Pay will be $15 an hour. You will have a least two children to watch, and you earn an extra $5 for each additional child.
Please contact Meredith Casey and be prepared to provide us with one reference.

COLLIDE is committed to allowing parents to continue their dance training and careers by providing them with affordable childcare during our company class.

Ashley Ballet Arts Academy | 1000 Boone Ave N #360, Golden Valley, MN 55427
Meredith Casey-, (612) 715-6020

20% Theatre Company’s 2019 Q-STAGE: New Works Series seeks proposals from Minnesota-based, queer-identifying, early career artists in need of stage space and resources to further develop and share new work with each other and the community.

Four applicants will be selected to participate in a six-month development process, taking place from November 2018 through April 2019, including independent work, open rehearsals, group workshops and sharings, critical feedback sessions and production meetings; culminating in public performances May 6-19, 2019 at Phoenix Theater in Minneapolis.

Applicants can be writers, performers, creators, directors, musicians, choreographers, performance-makers, etc., or a group of artists working together.

This is a PAID opportunity!

HOW TO APPLY: Click here for more information and to fill out the application online:
DEADLINE: Friday, August 31, 2018 at 11:59pm.

20% Theatre Company
Kristen Stoeckeler-, (612) 227-1188

Zenon is looking for a choreographer to create an eight- to ten-minute piece for the Zone Fall Performance students.
Rehearsals start the week of September 17, and there will be approximately thirteen weeks for rehearsal, with the final performance happening December 14 and 15.
Performance group sizes typically range from two to six dancers, though they can be larger.
Choreographers receive 40 hours of personal studio time or 40 drop-in classes at Zenon.

Any interested parties should send resume and video links to Stephanie Nusser.
Auditions for dancers will take place on September 8, 2018. Choreographers are encouraged to attend.

Zenon Dance Company and School | 528 Hennepin Ave #400, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Stephanie Nusser-, (612) 338-1101


The Intent to Apply for the 2019 McKnight Dancer and Choreographer Fellowships is now open. For guidelines and application information go to our website:

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. Support for individual artists has been a cornerstone of the McKnight Foundation’s arts program since it began in 1981. The foundation recognizes that the arts cannot flourish or enhance community life without the ideas, energy, and drive of individual artists, and that artists cannot make these contributions without unfettered creative time.

Mary Ellen Childs-


Looking for an affordable, accessible performance space? Off-Leash Area's Art Box checks all the boxes:

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

The Art-Box is accessible by: Light Rail Blue Line (50th or 54th St stations), Bus #22 and #7 (some walking), or a fifteen-minute bike ride from Lake and Minnehaha.

Rehearsal/class use:
$12/hour for 20 hours or more in a single booking

Small performance use:
$500 for one week
$200 for one day

Off-Leash Art Box | 4200 54th St E, Minneapolis, MN 55417

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.

Contact Jenny Piper for pricing and availability.

Jenny Piper-, (612) 872-6050

The Open Space (aka Mindful Motion Tai-Chi Academy in The Ivy Arts Building in Seward neighborhood) has space available for rehearsals, classes and informal performances.

It's a beautiful old warehouse space, 3000 square feet, with lovely wood floors and a high ceiling. The space is currently available on:
Monday, 2:00-5:30pm
Tuesday, until 5:30pm
Wednesday, 2:00-5:30pm
Thursday, until 5:30pm
Friday, until 5:00pm and after 7:30pm
Saturday, after 12:30pm
Sunday all day.

Rates are negotiable, with discounts for renting bigger blocks of time and/or long term.

Rates start at $15/hour for daytime rehearsal.

Email or text Patrick.

The Open Space | 2637 27th Ave S, Suite 207, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Patrick Scully-, (612) 205-1512

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

655 Fairview Ave N, St. Paul, MN

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

Andrea Lane-

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

As the Midwest’s largest non-profit dance complex, The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts serves as Minnesota’s flagship for dance, presenting world-class productions each season in its historic theater in the heart of downtown Minneapolis. The Cowles Center complex houses three theaters, nine rehearsal studios, and some of Minnesota’s leading dance schools.

Subject to availability, The Cowles Center has three studios for rent as well as a conference room. All studios have sprung floors and mirrors. Rental spaces are generally intended for dance rehearsals, classes, workshops, auditions, readings, and small meetings.

For more information or to rent space, visit or submit a rental request form:

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

Every first and third Thursday.

Ground Breaker Movement Labs and Water Bar Public Studio offers an OPEN STUDIO every first and third Thursday from 6:00-9:00pm for Open Studio for Movers. This is your opportunity to have access to Water Bar’s (non-traditional: no mirrors or barres) movement studio. Wooden dance floor, but not sprung. Work on whatever you wish in a shared movement space.

Spend the time working on a new or continuing project, we are open to anyone needing movement space! If you are working with music we ask that you are prepared to work with headphones if there are others in the room.

Contact Jennifer Arave with questions.

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


Summer session began on Monday, June 18 and will run for ten weeks, ending on Sunday, August 26.

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.

Drop in class price is only $18! Each class is 90 minute—a perfect way to try belly dancing and see if it’s right for you.
We also have class cards that allow students to take unlimited classes within a calendar month at $105 for beginner-level classes.
Please remember to check “Today's Classes” on our website,, often to see if your class has been cancelled or has any notifications.

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

Erin Thompson teaches advanced and intermediate level modern dance classes at Zenon this summer. Advanced classes will be two hours long. Classes explore experiential anatomy, ease and efficiency of movement, and power from the ground in locomotion.

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

Intermediate Modern at Zenon
Tuesdays, 4:30pm-6:00pm

$15 per 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

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-12:00pm

BALLET FUNDAMENTALS I - Preregistration required
Next session begins September 4
Tuesday, 7:00-8:30pm

BALLET FUNDAMENTALS II - Preregistration required
Next session begins September 6
Thursday, 7:00-8:30pm

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

Open Professional Classes:
Join us Monday-Thursday 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

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

Midwest School of Ballet is offering Beginning Adult Ballet this Summer!

Times: SATURDAYS, 9:30-11am

Instructor: MARCIA KEEGAN teaches Ballet for Midwest School of Ballet at the Edina Community Center. She also teaches with Zenon Dance School, Minnesota Dance Theatre, Phipp's Center for the Arts (Hudson, WI), and Continental Ballet. She began her training in Minneapolis with Frank Bourman and continued her training in France with Rosella Hightower, returning later to teach for Ballet Arts Minnesota.

Learn the basics of ballet alongside other adults. Ballet classes are a great way to gain strength and flexibility, improve posture and balance, and reduce stress in a non-competitive atmosphere.

Drop-ins are welcome.

Edina Community Center | 5701 Normandale Rd, Edina, MN 55424
Eileen Kamp-, (612) 564-8672

Midwest School of Ballet's fall enrollment is open, offering classes for all ages.

Ballet Fundamentals I, II, III: ages three through eight.
Age-appropriate motor skills and musicality are developed with basic, fundamental ballet movement and terminology through creative exercises. The classes build on 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.

Additional classes:
Level II+
Ballet for Teens and Athletes
Beginning/Intermediate Adult Ballet

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

Come experience vinyasa yoga and contemporary Indian Yorchha classes at Ananya Dance Theatre’s Shawngram Institute for Performance and Social Justice.
Company artists Kealoha Ferreira and Dr. Alessandra Williams guide participants through the principles of these forms to charge breath and body with rhythm, groundedness, and flow.

No pre-registration necessary. First class is always free!
Drop-in class: $13. Five-class card: $60. Ten-class card: $110.

Week of August 7-14, 2018:
Tuesday, August 7, 9:30-11am: Yorchha - Intermediate/Advanced
Friday, August 10, 6:00-7:30pm: Introduction to Yorchha
Saturday, August 11, 8:30-10:00am: Introduction to Yorchha
Sunday, August 12, 9:00-10:00am: Vinyasa Yoga - all levels
Tuesday, August 14, 9:30-11:00am: Yorchha - Intermediate/Advanced

For August’s class calendar, visit

Shawngram Institute for Performance and Social Justice | 1197 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN 55104

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-

There is still time to enjoy the excitement of dance this summer with Ballet Royale Minnesota!

Ballet Royale offers many opportunities for all levels and ages—pre-ballet, youth, teen, adults and pre-professionals—to continue their growth throughout the summer.

- 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.

There is still time to register! Visit the Ballet Royale website 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!

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

Beginning August 7 and continuing through November, Threads Dance Project offers open company class for dancers ages sixteen and older, intermediate through professional level.

Help us kick off our first week back with a FREE class August 9!

Tuesdays, 9:00 - 10:30am: Ballet
Thursdays, 9:00 - 10:30am: Modern

Classes are regularly $12. Free parking.

Classes run seasonally with the rehearsal schedule.
To receive updates on open company classes you can:
Join the Facebook group:;
Get added to the Open Class email list by contacting Rehearsal Manager Karen Christ Aalgaard.

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

Come dance with Ballet Royale this summer!
Registration is still being accepting for the following summer programs:

- Youth Ballet Levels I-IV
- Adult Ballet Basics
- Preparation for Ballet
- Mommy/Daddy and Me
- Creative Dance I, II, and III
- Introduction to Ballet
- Intermediate/Advanced Ballet and Pointe

Visit to learn more about classes and register today!

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

#GetYourAsstoClass at Zenon this Friday from 9:30-11am to enjoy Rhythmically Speaking's (RS) collaboration with Friday Morning Jazz! This summer series offers up perspectives on jazz dance from the RS 10/2018 show choreographers: this week's instructor is RS Artistic Director and Zenon Instructor Erinn Liebhard. For more on Erinn, this series, and to learn more about the August 16-18 performances at the Southern Theater, visit:

See you Friday morning!

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

Pivotal Moment provides accessible space for artists to explore material, experiment with teaching, and receive peer-to-peer feedback. Geared toward university dance students, graduates, and young professionals who are new to the Twin Cities, the series provides space for young artists who are looking to challenge themselves with like-minded professionals. Participants receive one free hour of rehearsal space for each session they attend.

Come move with your peers every Monday of the summer for another chance to learn from this season’s Pivotal Moment teachers: Brenna Mosser (August 13 and 20) and Leila Awadallah (August 27).

Class: 9:30-11:00am, Feedback: 11:00-11:30am
Location: The Cowles Center second floor, Target Education Studio
Cost: FREE

This program is supported through The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts.

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

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.

August 13: Warm-up and Jam

6:30-9:00pm. Doors at 6:00pm.
$10-20 suggested.

All are welcome!

Open Space/Mindful Motion Tai-Chi Academy in the Ivy Arts Building | 2637 27th Ave S, Suite 207, Minneapolis, MN
Lindsay Forsythe-, (347) 512-0892