DanceMN News - August 15, 2018








Join us for Rhythmically Speaking 10/2018, an evening of original work by local and national choreographers inspired by 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. This week's instructor is Brandi Coleman.

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-

Dear Dance Enthusiasts,

Please come to The McGuire Theater at Walker Art Center on Thursday, August 23, 6:30 - 8:30pm for a work in progress showing and discussion of Public Love. This new dance work, co-created and performed by Jessica Cressey, Non Edwards, Allie Hankins, Sam Johnson, Alanna Morris-Van Tassel, Valerie Oliveiro—and directed by Morgan Thorson—will premiere in December. At this gathering, we hope to create an intimate space so that we can share what we have made so far, ask and answer questions, as well as engage in conversation that will guide us into the next phase of making. Your thoughts, images, discoveries, and feedback will be greatly appreciated. Please RSVP to the email below. Thank you so much for your consideration, and we hope to see you next week.



McGuire Theater at the Walker Art Center | 725 Vineland Pl, Minneapolis, MN
Morgan Thorson-

just information,
a group show.
Featuring visual and performance work by:

Brian Hart
Lexi Herman
Martin Gonzales
Alex Adkinson
Kate Slezak
Little Works Dance Collective
Dean Hawthorn

at 2001 A Space Gallery

August 24 and 25

2001 A Space Gallery | 2001 5th St NE, Minneapolis, MN

January 1983, East Grand Forks. It might have been just another two-week dance residency in the elementary schools but the Arts & Crafts Guild (the 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 film 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.

Hear the whole true story. See Shinders to Shinders in its entirety.
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

Mark your calendars for Off-Leash Area's inaugural BARK!ART Dog and Art Festival, September 15 from 12pm-8pm and September 16 from 12pm-5pm at the Off-Leash Art Box—our new theater in the Nokomis neighborhood of Minneapolis.

A two-day, family-friendly event, BARK!ART will be hosted by Off-Leash Area with community partner Canine Coach, voted #1 Dog Trainer in the Twin Cities since 2005. BARK!ART will bring together two communities ​beloved by Off-Leash Area—dogs and art—in a festival featuring:

An all ages talent show.
Dog-related business and artisan booths.
Off-Leash Area's new show Paws 'n' Effect, starring a real dog! Shows on Saturday, September 15 at 1pm, 4pm, and 7pm, and Sunday, September 16 at 1pm and 4pm.

PARTICIPATE in the talent show, REGISTER for a booth, or LEARN more and get excited here:

4200 E 54th St, Minneapolis, MN 55417

Join Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota for their annual company preview performance and reception Saturday, September 29 at 7:00pm to celebrate its new season and welcome its new and returning professional company members and apprentices!

Learn about the exciting performances coming up this season; meet and mingle with its Artistic Directors, board, staff, and dancers; enjoy refreshments, and watch a preview performance by the company!

There will also be many opportunities for you to support TCB throughout the night, with a silent auction, handmade items for sale, and performance tickets available for purchase!

FREE and open to the public: families, friends, supporters, and dance enthusiasts are all welcome!

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


There is still time to 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).

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!

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

Thursday, August 16:

Wednesday, 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

#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 (and the last in our series of guests) is this year's out-of-town artist, Brandi Coleman. Brandi is a long-time member of revered Chicago company Jump Rhythm Jazz Project and is currently a Guest Artist in Residence at Southern Methodist University. Come dance with her when you've got the chance!

For more on Brandi, this series, and to learn more about the August 16-18 performances of Rhythmically Speaking at the Southern Theater, visit:

See you Friday morning!

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

Theater maker Emily Mendelsohn investigates the making of cross-cultural performance. At CFPA, she will lead a workshop and presentation that supports multidisciplinary artists and movers to (1) open up their personal constellations of identity, history and culture, and (2) integrate what's discovered into their creative practice. You are invited to bring your personal geography to the research process, which will culminate in a public presentation. This two-day workshop explores the transformational potential – for artists and audiences – in understanding “where we are” as we strive to honor and envision who and where we want to be, and will help dancers and movers explore a creative process that investigates the intersections of identity, place and performance.

Schedule: Workshops on Friday, August 17 (6:30-9:30pm) and Saturday, August 18 (10:30am-1:30pm).
Presentation on Saturday, August 18 (7:30-9:30pm).
Sliding scale of $85-$180.
Register at the link below.

Center for Performing Arts | 3754 Pleasant Ave S, Minneapolis, MN

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

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!
This workshop also includes a short in-studio performance for family and friends.

Saturday, 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

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

Ground Breaker Movement Labs present 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 and offers methods to access the depth, integration and freedom in movement. OSF grew fluidly out of “Skinner Releasing Technique”, an innovative approach to dance/movement training developed by Joan Skinner in the early '60s, often using image-guided floor work to ease tension, promoting 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.

For all movers!

Per class: $5-$10 sliding scale

Taught by OSF certified instructors Jennifer Arave and Joshua Lorris.

Dates: Sundays through October 14, 2018.

Ground Breaker Movement Labs at Water Bar and Public Studio.

Email or text Jennifer for more information.

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

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 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

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

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

Fall Series
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 PM
September 12 - December 5
Drop-in: $10
Membership: $90. Includes all classes, a pair of season tickets, and 20 percent discount to season performances at The Cowles Center.

Register here:

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

Movement is a language, but how do we know its meaning? How can we understand movement's nuanced power to communicate? Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) examines the subtle meanings within all patterns of movement and physical actions. Participants will study the communicative and expressive nature of all forms of movement from a multicultural lens. The course is pre-approved by the American Dance Therapy Association for Alternate route R-DMT. 30HR/2CR

To pay and to register: Embodying Psychotherapy, 4632 York Ave South, Minneapolis. MN 55410

Barbara Nordstrom-Loeb is a dance/movement therapist, licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Laban Movement Analyst, Somatics/Body Therapist, Mindell ProcessWorker and a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. She has extensive diversity/multicultural experience. She teaches at UMN, and has taught in Estonia, as a Fulbright Scholar, in Lithuania, China, and South Korea.

Dance Studio | 1975 Seneca Rd. #700, Eagan, MN
Barbara Nordstrom-Loeb-, (612) 916-1829

Balanced Body Movement Principles

Friday, September 14 - Sunday, September 16, 2018
Friday: 4:00-8:00pm
Saturday: 11:30am-6:00pm
Sunday: 9:30am-4:30pm

Early bird—until August 23: $499
Regular fee: $549
Materials: $95

This course includes anatomy, assessment, biomechanics, and foundational exercises needed to become a successful Pilates teacher, personal trainer or movement educator. The course mixes information on how the body works with basic exercises to illustrate the information in movement. Broken down into five categories: Whole Body Movement, Trunk Integration, Lower Body Strength and Power, Upper Body Strength and Balance, and Dynamic Flexibility, Rest and Relaxation; the Movement Principles provide a solid foundation for training in any environment, with any equipment. The focus on practical understanding of common movement patterns prepares instructors to be excellent at problem solving, goal setting and learning new exercise techniques with ease.

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

Come join us for tap dance classes and refreshments!

If you're looking for a place to take dance class, you will find a home at Keane!

Check out our website, we have videos and other cool stuff:

Adult Classes
Kids' Classes
Many levels of beginning tap classes

Your first class FREE!
Check out Can Can Wonderland for Tap Hour every Friday, 4-6pm!
Free, and we provide the shoes.

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


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

Minnesota Ballet Theatre is seeking professional and experienced ballet dancers for the Nutcracker:
Snow Queen, Sugar Plum and Cavalier.
All positions are paid.
Shows on December 14, 15 and 16; total of four shows.
Send resume to

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

Midwest Youth Dance Theatre is seeking a teacher for three classes on Saturdays from 10:15AM-1:00PM for the upcoming school year.

These classes include one for preschoolers, one for five- to seven-year-olds, and one for seven- to nine-year-olds.
Basic tap and ballet skills needed as well as a love of kids!
We have been an established studio in the Roseville area for 24 years.
Good pay, good people!

Midwest Youth Dance Theatre | Roseville, MN
Janet Blacik-, (651) 644-2438

Midwest Youth Dance Theatre is looking for a hip hop teacher to teach a teen hip hop class on Tuesday evenings for the upcoming school year.
We are a well established studio in the Roseville area for 24 years.
We offer good pay and a great environment.

Midwest Youth Dance Theatre | Roseville, MN
Janet Blacik-, (651) 644-2438

The Resistance Movement is a movement studio in Lowertown, St. Paul. Classes are upbeat and music-driven and fuse Pilates, yoga, dance and strength exercises with suspended resistance cords.

• Teach four to eight classes per week (or more for individuals seeking administrative or program development roles). Categories of 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).
• Have two to four years of experience in the fitness industry, Pilates, gymnastics or dance or barre. We 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 complete mandatory unpaid three-day training program to teach classes. We have developed a specific method, and instructors must learn our method.

Submit your resume and cover letter.

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

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

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 at email and phone below.

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.

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

Does your poodle like to doodle? Does your dachshund like to dance? Does Rover do more than just roll over? Then you should enter with them in Off-Leash Area's BARK!ART Dog and Art Festival talent show September 15 and 16! All ages welcome to participate, and individual, family or group submissions are encouraged!

We're looking for acts where you and your dog do a short two- to three-minute performance together. Examples may include: you singing a song with your dog barking on cue words, a dance with you and your dog, a theater scene with you and your dog as characters - it can be as serious or ridiculous as you like! Acts must be family-friendly. Be inspired and let your imagination run wild!

To enter:
Visit the Bark!Art Talent Show webpage:, fill out the registration form, and submit a short video audition along with the $10 entry fee by August 20. Chosen acts will be notified by September 1!

4200 E 54th St, Minneapolis, MN 55417

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 below 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

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.

Kristen Stoeckeler-, (612) 227-1188


The McKnight Fellowships for Choreographers and the McKnight Fellowships for Dancers awards $25,000 fellowships to Minnesota mid-career dancers and choreographers.

If you plan to apply for a fellowship, you must submit your Intent to Apply by September 5. If you miss the Intent to Apply deadline, you may still submit a final application. However, you will not receive important updates and help with the application.

Once you have submitted your Intent to Apply you will be notified regarding the final application process. This application will become available after January 16, 2019 and the final deadline for the full application will be April 3.

Full guidelines and application can be found here:



For additional help or questions regarding guidelines please contact Mary Ellen Childs at

Mary Ellen Childs-


Great location at 3010 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis. Jawaahir Dance Company studio at the corner of Minnehaha and Lake next door to the police station. Over 2000 square feet with windows, two mirrored walls, and a sprung hardwood floor. Off-street parking and bike rack. Only two blocks from the Lake Street/Midtown light rail station, and on the 7, 21, 27, and 53 bus routes. Fully handicapped accessible.

Bloomington location at 9050 Lyndale Avenue in the lower level of the Great Bear Center. Bright space of 900 square feet with one full mirrored wall and one partial. Double ballet barres. Small sitting area.

Visit our website at for photos and more information.
Contact Jenny Piper for pricing and availability.

Jenny Piper-, (612) 872-6050

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

4200 E 54th St, Minneapolis, MN 55417

The Resistance Movement is a movement studio in Lowertown, St Paul. Classes are upbeat and music-driven and fuse Pilates, yoga, dance and strength exercises with suspended resistance cords.

The Work Exchange program is available to participants wanting to take classes or use studio time. In exchange for taking one class, you volunteer one hour at the studio doing administrative and light cleaning tasks. We try to fit tasks to your specific skill set and interests. Administrative tasks could include answering phones, checking in clients or creating social media and/or blog posts. The swap may also be used for studio time for those needing a practice/rehearsal space. Participants must commit to at least two hours a week for a period of at least one semester.

This is a great opportunity to enhance your dance training/technique and learn to prevent injury. Email us indicating why you are interested in the program, potential work hours, and any particular interests.

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

Every first and third Thursday, 6pm-9pm

Water Bar will be open from 6:00-9:00pm for Open Studio for Movers. This is your opportunity to have access to Water Bar’s non-traditional movement studio and work on whatever you wish in a shared movement space. The three Open Studio hours every first and third Thursdays are free and 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.

If you are the only person in the space we have a Bluetooth speaker you can utilize.

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

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-

Want to discuss opportunities for individual dance artists?
Need to understand press releases for your next show?
Trying to revise your teaching artist curriculum?
Don’t know where to start with individual donations?

Free 30-minute consultations with The Cowles Center’s seasoned dance administrators are now available. The Cowles Center hosts open Office Hours the second Wednesday of each month. Sign up to discuss a grant you’re writing, connect with marketing on tips to promote your show, or touch base with the education staff about outreach opportunities and career development.

Sign up at:


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


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

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.

Our drop in class price is only $18! Each class is 90 minutes—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

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

Times: SATURDAYS, 9:30-11:00am

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:
Pre-Pointe/Pointe (Level II+)
Ballet for Teens and Athletes (ages eight through fourteen)
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

Eileen Kamp-, (612) 564-8672

Vinyasa Yoga and Yorchha (contemporary Indian dance) classes at Ananya Dance Theatre’s Shawngram Institute for Performance & Social Justice charge breath and body with rhythm, groundedness, and flow. Company artists Kealoha Ferreira and Dr. Alessandra Williams are your guides through the principles of these forms.

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

Tuesday, August 14, 9:30-11am: Yorchha - Intermediate/Advanced
Friday, August 17, 12:00-12:50pm: Vinyasa Yoga - All Levels
Friday, August 17, 6:00-7:30pm: Introduction to Yorchha
Tuesday, August 21, 9:30-11:00am: Yorchha - Intermediate/Advanced
Tuesday, August 28, 9:30-11:00am: Yorchha - Intermediate/Advanced

For August’s class calendar visit

Shawngram Institute for Performance & Social Justice | 1197 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN 55104
Kealoha Ferreira-, (763) 237-4837

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

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

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

Classes are $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-

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

Our unique offerings range from comprehensive training programs, including Progressing Ballet Technique, to customized plans and private coaching.

Ballet Royale offers:

- Pre-Ballet Creative Dance
- Mommy/Daddy and Me
- Youth, Adult and Teen Ballet
- Professional Trainee Division - Day Program, by audition only
- FREE Boys Program for ages five through nineteen

Register early and save! Register on or before September 1 to get $10 off your registration fee.

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

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

The School at TU Dance Center 2018 fall session registration is now open! The session runs from September 4 - December 8.

The TU Dance Pre-Professional Program is a five-level intensive course of study integrating modern, ballet, African, and repertory work for students up to age 23. There will be a placement class for new students (ages eleven through 23) on Tuesday, August 21 from 5:30-7:00pm (registration from 5:00-5:30pm). The placement class will consist of 45 minutes of ballet and 45 minutes of modern.

The TU Dance Children & Teen Program introduces the joy of creative movement and beginning dance technique to students aged two through nineteen. Classes, divided by age, provide a comprehensive base on which to expand by developing body awareness, coordination, balance, flexibility, strength and musicality.

For more information, please join us at TU Dance Center for an open house on Saturday, August 18 from 10:00am-1:30pm!

Financial aid and payment plans are available.

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

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-

Contact Improvisation Twin Cities hosts a monthly live music jam every third Monday. Come join us to connect, dance, listen, move, and be moved!

August 20: MUSIC JAM with Justin Nellis, an educator, improviser, pianist, and vocalist. Not to mention he is the brother of our own beloved regular jam warmer-upper/teacher Blake Nellis!

Jam: 6:30-9:00pm.
Doors at 6:00pm.
All are welcome!

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