DanceMN News - September 12, 2018







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” (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

Choreographers, are you interested in finding a composer collaborator?

Please join us as the American Composers Forum and the Cowles Center team up to host a second meet-up for composers and choreographers. Come for a reception to meet other artists, and stay for six world premiere solos, performed by the 2016 and 2017 McKnight Dance Fellows. Local artists Deborah Jinza Thayer and Janika Vandervelde will speak briefly about their collaborative work. Beverages and light snacks will be offered.

Choreographers and composers registered for the meet-up will be provided a discount code for $5 off the $25 ticket price to attend the SOLO performance after the meet-up.

Saturday, September 15, 2018
6:00 PM: Artist meet-up - free.
7:30 PM: SOLO - ticket reservation required.

For more information and registration, along with a list of attendees and their links:

Target Education Studio | Cowles Center, second floor

PICNIC starts at 4:00PM
DOORS open at 6:30PM

“Duets” is a new work from tap dancer Kaleena Miller with renowned Twin Cities musicians JT Bates (drums), Cody McKinney (bass), and Bryan Nichols (piano). Together these extraordinary collaborators explore a diverse range of sound and texture, sophisticated rhythms and counterpoint, and the influence of sound on movement and movement on sound. "Duets" is a remarkable work of musicality and virtuosity at its finest.

All Artist Series tickets are pay-what-you-can. One half of your ticket price will be provided to the artists and the other half will be distributed through Everwood's Aspiring Artists Fund. The Fund provides grants to arts-focused teachers in Barron, Dunn, Pepin, Pierce, Polk and St. Croix counties for projects that spark wonder and talent in their young, aspiring artists. Everwood reveals a recipient(s) at each performance. Since 2010, Everwood has donated almost $18,000 to local school programs.

Everwood Farmstead Foundation | E580 CR-X, Glenwood City, WI 54013
Kaleena Miller-

In the spirit of the old Minnesota Independent Choreographers' Alliance, I would like to initiate a community discussion to identify our needs, individually and collectively, as dancers, choreographers, companies...

This first gathering will be a chance to lay out a range of concerns and opportunities, to dream how we can create an even healthier dance community, and to imagine where we can go from here.

My goal is to have something which might be relevant for all of us, like this newsletter, but face to face.

Feel free to share news of this gathering with others.
Feel free to contact me with questions, suggestions, concerns.

I ask a donation to cover space rental costs and refreshments. $5 per person, minimum.

We will start at 3:00pm and finish by 5:00pm.

I hope to see you there.

Patrick Scully

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

Sachiko “La Chayí”, 2017 McKnight dancer fellow, presents QUEJÍO (inflection of the voice in flamenco) at the gorgeous and intimate Icehouse MPLS on Sunday, September 16, featuring virtuosic singer José Méndez from renowned familia Méndez in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. He will be joined by three masterful artists: guitarist Kris “El Cuervo” Hill and dancers Myriam “La Vaquera” and Sachiko “La Chayí”. Join them for an evening filled with raw emotion and expression embodied in the sultry rhythm, sound and movement of flamenco.

$23 in advance, $25 at the door.

Door opens at 4:30pm. General seating.

Icehouse MPLS | 2528 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Sachiko Nishiuchi-

Do you want to see vibrant dance being created, woven with sound that you can feel in your body?

Minneapolis-based Native feminist contemporary dance choreographer, Rosy Simas (Seneca), wants you to become part of the creation of her new dance work, Weave! At our open rehearsals, you are welcomed into the space of creativity with Native and other diverse artists from across Turtle Island who are collaborating with Simas.

During the open rehearsal you will see dance being created and artists discussing with each other parts of the creation process. The last 20 minutes of open rehearsals are reserved for discussion with you.

Our open rehearsals are part of a larger collaborative artistic residency, and a series of community engagement events, including movement workshops, conversations, and community gatherings.

Come talk with us, in the studio over refreshments. We look forward to meeting you!

Monday, September 17, 2018 at 6:30 PM
Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 6:30 PM
Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 2:00 PM
Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 2:30 PM

Ivy Arts Building, #206 | 2637 27th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN

Open to all in the Twin Cities dance community, Roundtable Discussion: Open Forums take place in the Target Education Studio every other month on the third Thursday for artists to network and discuss opportunities and challenges in the industry. The Cowles Center hopes Roundtable Discussions can become a space for artists and arts administrators to gather and seek personal guidance, guidance for the dance community or to simply catch up with one another.

Upcoming Open Forums:
September 20
November 15

RSVP on The Cowles Center’s Facebook page!

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

To celebrate the breadth and depth of all of the improvisation happening in town, The Open Space presents a small sampling of it with: "Improv Night #1," a shared evening of work featuring performances by:

Lindsay Forsythe and Celeste Grimm (dancers) and improvised sound and breath by musician and sound artist, Trever Hagen.

Nadi Sampers dancing/acting to his own spoken word.

Blake Nellis, "Desert Loon," playing with the relationship between mover, musician, imagination, stillness and quiet with collaborator musician Justin Nellis.


Taja Will
Joshua Lorris
Black Earth Collaborative Arts
and more!

Hosted by Patrick Scully

7:30 pm
Tickets: $10 at the door.

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

2018-19 Northrop Film Series, a companion to the Northrop Dance Season.

Wednesday, September 26, 6:30 pm
Best Buy Theater
FREE and open to the public.

Mexican actors, artist, poets, and musicians including Diego Luna, Kinky, Lila Down, Los Tucanes de Tijuana and local street and folk artist from all walks of life star in this documentary that showcases the diversity of contemporary Mexican cultures and their complicated relationships with the United States. Michelle Manzanales, choreographer of "Con Brazos Abiertos," which will be featured in Ballet Hispanico's repertory program, has said this movie resonated with her as a “third-culture kid.” In Spanish with English subtitles.

Northrop | 84 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Northrop UMN-, (612) 624-2345

9x22 Dance/Lab
8:00 PM (7:00 doors), $6-$15: pay as able

Maria Tordoff with Emma Call
Jonathan van Arneman
Chris Schlichting

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-

Performances at 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm.
Come and go anytime.
Admission: FREE

Aniccha Arts premieres a performance installation inside a parking garage. The project asks questions about transience, migration, and stability in a space that temporarily stores cars and is home to nothing. Performers pervade the parking structure with their bodies, working against the visible slant of the ramp to find their individual verticality. Audiences experience the performance within the geometry of the setting sun, as the ramp turns into a theater with live sound and a tactile score.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council arts and cultural heritage fund. This project is also supported by the Map Fund, Guggenheim Fellowship, and contributions by individual donors. Additional support provided by McGough, City of Bloomington MN, Artistry Theater and Visual Arts, South Loop Bloomington, and Northern Lights.

8171 30th Ave, Bloomington, MN 55425. Bloomington Central Station stop on the Blue Line LRT.
Pramila Vasudevan-, (612) 298-6782

Join Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota for their annual company preview performance and fundraising reception on 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!

For more information:

Ballet Royale Minnesota | 16368 Kenrick Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044
Rick Vogt-, (952) 452-3163


Latina Choreographers Program
Thursday, October 4, 7:30pm
Carlson Family Stage

Acclaimed for exploring, preserving and celebrating Latino cultures through dance, Ballet Hispánico makes its Northrop debut in a thrilling program of works by Latina choreographers. Michelle Manzaneles recalls her childhood as a Mexican-American growing up in Texas in the heartfelt and humorous "Con Brazos Abiertos." Belgian-Columbian choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa gives the company’s male dancers a chance to unleash their technical prowess and charismatic theatricality in the sexy and animated "Sombrerisimo." Additional work to be announced.

Northrop | 84 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Northrop UMN-, (612) 624-2345

Join the company in our first performance as Ballet Co.Laboratory!
We will gather as a community to enjoy dance and one another.
Bid on silent auction items and experiences to help us build our permanent home in St. Paul!
Parking available on southeast side of church.

ABOUT BALLET CO.LABORATORY: Founded by Zoé Emilie Henrot, Ballet Co.Laboratory is a ballet school and company that uses collaboration as a source of inspiration to expand the range of ballet for students, professional artists and the community. Our mission for this organization is to create, develop and inspire artists and communities through collaboration with the art of ballet. The School and Company of Ballet Co.Laboratory will create a nurturing, safe space to explore all of these possibilities and continue to train and experience the technique and art of ballet.

Photo by Barbara Edholm

Gethsemane Episcopal Church |
 905 S 4th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

The vibrant and versatile MDT dancers take on works ranging from boundary-pushing contemporary to other-worldly classical. The program features new dances by Will Bove and Elayna Waxse, a reconfiguration of pieces by Lise Houlton, and a new staging of Michel Fokine’s Chopiniana.

Friday, October 12 at 7:30pm
Saturday, October 13 at 7:30pm
Sunday, October 14 at 2:00pm

Friday, October 19 at 7:30pm
Saturday, October 20 at 7:30pm
Sunday, October 21 at 2:00pm

Adults: $35
Students/seniors: $25

Reserve tickets:

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

DanceCo is remaking the 2014 hit Which Witch is Which? with a professional cast. This one-hour mystery ballet is filled with magic and interactivity. There are wizards, witches, and muggles. We need your help to solve the case of the missing key!

Free pre-show craft table and movement workshops 20 minutes before the performances teach the audience dance moves so you can become part of the show! Kids can make their own wand to help the magic come to life!

Daytime shows during MEA week—October 16-21:
Tuesday - 10am
Wednesday - 11am
Thursday - 10am
Friday - 10am
Saturday - 10am and 5pm
Sunday - 12pm and 2pm

Tickets: $10 kids, $12 adults. Free lap passes available for kids two and under.
Online box office at:

Performers include: Hannah Benditt, Heather Cadigan, Ronin Holley, Brittany Keefe, Benjamin Johnson, Megan McClellan, Brian Sostek, and Rebecca Surmont.

Avalon Theater | 1500 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Brittany Keefe-, (612) 234-1481


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

Session 1: September 4 - October 15
Session 2: October 16 - December 3. No classes November 19-25.

Cost: $85.00 per six-week workshop, per session. Preregistration is required for the full six-week session, completed online or in-person at TU Dance Center. $15.00 individual class drop-in rate, cash or check at TU Dance Center.

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

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

Evening Adult Beginning Modern with Thern Anderson
Wednesdays, 6:00pm-7:30pm

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

Beginning Doushin Butoh Workshop is designed as a pre-requisite for Doushin Butoh Workshop in order to learn the basic physical methods of Subbody Butoh Method and basic meditation techniques of Spring Forest Qigong. ​​​​​​​​​

This workshop will focus on the essential aspects of Doushin Butoh:
Quiet down the daily consciousness and listen to the subtle body signals.
Go beyond our physical, psychological and social bounds in order to create movements that are novel and unique to the individual body.
Resonate with other bodies.
Go into meditative state using Spring Forest Qigong techniques.

Doushin Butoh Workshop is a group process and this workshop requires no previous dance experience. Anyone who would like to explore his or her hidden creative potentials is welcome!

When: Thursdays, 6:30 - 8:00pm

Second Term: September 13, 20, 27; October 18, 25; November 1, 8, 15

Tuition: $120

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

Open Classes

Thursday, September 13, 2018
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Friday, September 21, 2018


Darrius Strong developed his own dance company STRONGmovement in 2015. He is also faculty at St. Paul Conservatory Performing Arts High School, TU Dance Center, and Eleve Performing Arts Center, where he focuses on teaching young dancers how to connect their identity to movement.

Strong is a Twin Cities-based choreographer, dancer, and educator whose creative work has been chosen for the Walker Art Center's Choreographers' Evening, Rhythmically Speaking, and was featured in the 2015 New Griots Festival in Minneapolis. Strong has created works for Threads Dance Project, Flying Foot Forum, Alternative Motion Project, St. Olaf College, Macalester College, and Hamline University. In 2016 Strong was featured in an NYC Times Square billboard for American Standards.

Studio 2B, Cowles Center for Dance | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN
Mary Jo Peloquin-, (612) 672-0480

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

Paragon Pilates and PT | 5101 Vernon Ave S, Suite 2A, Edina, MN 55436
Cari Riis Stemmler-, (952) 245-0903

DanceCo creates original dance for young audiences and their families. DanceCo will offer a free 30-minute movement class for four- to eight-year-olds followed by a 30-minute preview of our upcoming production, Which Witch is Which?

When: 11:15am -12:30pm
September 16 and 23, 2018

Family Class: 11:15-11:45am - Seventh floor, Studio 7A
Performance Preview: 12:00-12:30pm - Second floor, Target Education Studio

Cost: Free to attend, preregistration required:

Class size is limited to fifteen participants plus accompanying adults, so register now (adult participation optional)! Within the class, participants will learn moves from the show so they can join in during the interactive performance.

Space and marketing support for this project is provided by The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts through The Generating Room: Open Proposal Initiative.

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

Pivotal Moment classes are a welcoming environment for BA and BFA dance students, recent graduates, and those new to the Twin Cities dance community (ages eighteen to 26) to take class, explore material, experiment with teaching, and receive peer-to-peer feedback.

A curated program created by The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts, Pivotal Moment allows dancers and choreographers to create their own four-session class based in a particular technique and/or rooted in investigating new choreographic material and ideas.

Come move with Tori Casagranda as she explores the body in off-balance motion and how ease, control, and support of the body can all be accessed simultaneously. Come engage with each other through energy, motion, conversation, and enjoyment.

Class: 9:30-11:00am
Feedback: 11:00-11:30am
Location: The Cowles Center second floor, Target Education Studio
Cost: FREE. Receive one free hour of studio space for each class you attend.

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

Please join us for a movement workshop with Weave performer Sam Mitchell (Yaqui).

This workshop will incorporate aspects of Augusto Boal’s Games for Actors and Non-Actors, Min Tanaka’s Body Weather/MB training, and yoga. Each workshop is different because each group of participants is different. Questions that we will explore may include: How can we thrive with change? What happens when we share a movement practice that allows for self-empowerment, agency, and empathy? How can we move past the construct of the mind/body split?

Space is limited. Advanced registration required. To RSVP, call 651.282.3115 or reserve your spot online.

Enter through the Travelers Artists’ Entrance on north side of building along 5th Street.

Ordway's Drake Room | 345 Washington St, St. Paul, MN

You're invited to spend two afternoons learning classical repertoire arranged for the intermediate level student. Experience the timeless choreography, luxuriate in gorgeous music, and enjoy dancing with an ensemble.

Fall Session: Chopiniana with Jennifer Murry
Sunday, September 23 and Sunday, September 30
1:30pm – 3:00pm*
*As this workshop does not include a warm-up, it is recommended that students take the intermediate-advanced ballet class from 11:15am to 12:45pm with Marcia Keegan earlier that day.

Register here:
The cost of the two-week workshop is $50. Receive a $10 discount when your register at least two weeks in advance.

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

Dance artist Alexandra Bodnarchuk will lead a series of workshops that ponder and examine participants’ experiences and relationships with boxes of conformity. Through discussion and group work, participants will dissect these relationships and abstract them through verbal and and/or movement explorations. This is not a dance class, no dance experience is required.

Workshop Details:
When: 10:00am-12:00pm, September 29, October 13 and 27, November 10
Where: Target Education Studio
Cost: Free to attend, preregistration required. Class size is limited to ten participants per workshop. Register:

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

The Cowles Center and James Sewell Ballet invite you to take a master class with choreographer, dancer, educator, and founder of STRONGmovement, Darrius Strong. This master class will be followed by an open rehearsal which is free for the public to attend.

When: Thursday, October 4, 2018
Where: JSB TEKBOX - second floor

Master Class: 9:30am-11:00am - $15*
Open Rehearsal: 11:15am-12:15am - Free


*The Cowles Center accepts cash or check payments only. Payment will be taken at the door on October 4.

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


Minnesota Ballet School 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.

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

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.

This program is available to participants wanting to take classes or use studio time. You volunteer one hour at the studio doing administrative and light cleaning tasks in exchange for each class. 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 per 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 55101
Trisha Low-, (651) 225-8878

The Walker Art Center currently has two internships available in the Performing Arts Department. This internship is a great opportunity for those interested in writing and conducting research about contemporary performing arts, and creating program notes related to upcoming performances. There is also the opportunity to develop specific skills based on the intern’s interests and background.

The duration of the internship coincides with the performing arts season (through May 2019), for ten to twelve hours per week minimum (days and hours are flexible). While this is an unpaid internship, Interns will receive a free Walker membership, free gallery admission, and discounts in the Walker’s restaurant, Esker Grove, and Shops. Complimentary tickets to select events will also be available.

For more details and instructions about how to apply, please visit

Molly Hanse-, (612) 375-7624

TWIN CITIES BALLET seeks a part-time Marketing Coordinator to help create marketing plans and strategies and aid its growth and brand development.

The Marketing Coordinator works closely with the Directors and is responsible for duties including new audience development, social media, advertising, e-mail marketing, communications, media relations, website maintenance, and basic graphic design. 

Two to three years of professional public relations and marketing experience; experience in dance or performing arts and non-profits preferred. Excellent communication and writing skills; attention to detail a must. 
Excellent computer skills, including using Google applications, MS Office, and marketing software. Able to understand social and marketing trends.
Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, public relations or equivalent.

Approximately 20 hours per week, competitive compensation. An equal opportunity employer.
For more information:

16368 Kenrick Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044
Rick Vogt-, (952) 452-3163

Seeking strong hip-hop/jazz dancers (male and female) ages twelve through eighteen for The Living Word Christmas Show.

Produced/Directed by Monica and Tim Amstutz and choreographed by Christa Anderson-Hill, The Living Word Christmas Show is a spectacular holiday event. Over 8,000 people will be in attendance!

Please bring a headshot (if you have one) and resume.

Thursday, September 27
Or by appointment.

Rehearsals: October-November, 2018
Performances: December 1-2, 2018

Living Word Christian Center | 9201 75th Ave N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55428
Christa Anderson-

Hello COLLIDE Fans!

Ever dream of starting your own dance company? Want to learn more about the world of arts administration? Collide Theatrical is seeking an administrative assistant for its upcoming fall season.
Candidates must have daytime availability Monday-Friday.

This position is ten hours per week. Flexible schedule, commitment through December, 2018.
Required day: Saturday, September 29.
Training will include: performance front of house, fundraising gala, donor relations, marketing/advertising, patron database tracking, pre-show preparation, social media campaigns and more!
Knowledge of Excel and Microsoft Word important.

$10/hr, and free bi-weekly classes with the Collide company.

Meredith Casey-, (612) 715-6020


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

Minnesota Dance Theatre has three studios available for hourly rental. The studios are located on the sixth floor at the Cowles Center for Dance & The Performing Arts. All studios have sprung floors covered with Marley, mirrors, ballet barres, a piano, and a sound system.

Studio 6A: 3286 square feet; approximately 45' x 65'
Studio 6B: 1563 square feet; approximately 27' x 53'
Studio 6C: 929 square feet; approximately 15' x 38'

Rates for artists and nonprofit rehearsal:
Studio 6A: $15/hour
Studio 6B: $12.50/hour
Studio 6C: $10/hour
To schedule a artist/nonprofit rental:

Rates for auditions and classes:
Studio 6A: $30/hour
Studio 6B: $25/hour
Studio 6C: $20/hour
To schedule an audition/class rental:

Rental fees may be paid with cash, check, or credit card. Make checks payable to MDT. A three percent processing fee must be applied to credit card transactions.

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

The Resistance Movement has two large studios for rent. The studio space is quiet, calm and peaceful. Both studios have sprung dance flooring. Studio One is 600 square feet and mirrored on one side. Studio Two is 860 square feet and mirrored on two sides, with large windows with natural light.

Renters have access to portable speakers or Sonos speaker system, locker room (with showers), towels, mats and stretching blocks and balls. It is possible to leave some equipment at the studio. We are a no-shoe studio or soft-soled shoes only, to protect flooring. Please email as to price—possible discounts for students and non-profits.

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

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

Rent The Open Space (AKA Mindful Motion Tai Chi) for under $10 an hour*!
*Rental rates vary, but with a weekly plan and a commitment for at least twelve weeks, you could actually pay $10 an hour or less for this gorgeous space.

Hourly rates are also available, but the most affordable way to rent is to select a weekly slot and reserve it for three months.
If you do this, you can get a weekly:
Morning slot (before 11:30am) for $20 a week.
Mid-afternoon slot (2-5pm) for $20 a week.
Evening slot (5-10pm) for $50 a week.
Mid-day slot (11:30am-2pm) for $30 a week.

If you are interested, text, call or email Patrick Scully for more information.

2637 27th Ave S, #207, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Patrick Scully-, (612) 205-1512

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-


Erin Thompson teaches advanced level modern/contemporary dance classes at Zenon this fall. Classes explore experiential anatomy, ease and efficiency of movement, and power from the ground in locomotion.

Advanced Modern/Contemporary at Zenon
Thursdays, 9:30am-11:00am
with Dean Magraw on guitar!

$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

Fall Session begins October 8, but you can still dance!
Register online now for our special September session which runs through Saturday, October 6 for Level 1 and Level 2 classes at our Bloomington and Minneapolis locations.
This mini-session is five classes for $80—a perfect way to try belly dancing and see if it’s right for you. If you cannot do a whole session, you may still drop in to any class at $18 for Levels 1 and 2, and $20 for Levels 3 and up.

Check our online calendar at for current classes and any notifications about your class. 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

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, 7:00-8:30pm, Pointe 8:30-9:00pm
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 and II - Preregistration required
Tuesday and Thursday, 7:00-8:30pm
September 4, 2018 – November 20, 2018, twelve weeks.
January 8, 2019 – March 28, 2019, twelve weeks.
April 2, 2019 – June 20, 2019, twelve weeks.
July 9, 2019 – August 29, 2019, eight weeks.

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

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 twelve)
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

Midwest School of Ballet is offering Beginning Adult Ballet and Beginning/Intermediate Teen/Adult Ballet!
TWO LOCATIONS: Edina and Eden Prairie.

Fall Classes start September 15!

SATURDAYS, 9:30am-11:00am: Beginning Adult Ballet at the Edina Community Center. Instructor: Marcia Keegan.

MONDAYS, 5:30pm-7pm: Intermediate Teen/Adult Ballet at the Performing Institute of Minnesota (PIM). Instructor: Lara Ciganko.

TUESDAYS, 6:00pm-7:30pm: Beginning/Intermediate Teen/Adult Ballet at the Performing Institute of Minnesota (PIM). Instructor: Lara Ciganko.

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

Eileen Kamp-, (612) 564-8672

Our mission is to create, develop, and inspire artists and communities through collaboration with the art of ballet.

Interested in signing up for the Term Program? We offer classes for all ages.
 Collectively, our staff brings over 80 years of ballet instruction to our studios.

Now offering a ten percent back to school discount on first semester tuition, if paid in full by September 12, 2018.

Level 1: ages seven through nine
Level 2A and 2B: ages ten through twelve
Level 3A and 3B ages thirteen through fifteen.

Level 4: ages fifteen through eighteen.

905 S 4th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

Dance is for everyone and every body at any age!

Join us in the studio for our drop-in classes at an introductory, intermediate or advanced level.

Mondays, 10:00-11:30am

Thursdays, 10:00-11:30am

Saturdays, 8:45-10:00am

Thursdays, 6:30-8:00pm

Saturdays, 10:00-11:30am

Tuesdays, 10:00-11:30am

Wednesdays, 10:00-11:30am

Thursdays, 11:30am-1:00pm

Fridays, 10:00-11:30am

Faculty includes Anna Goodrich, Debbie Nettell, Zoe Henrot and Jeffrey Hankinson.

Gethsemane Episcopal Church | 905 S 4th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

Vinyasa yoga, Yorchha (contemporary Indian dance), and Arab contemporary 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, Leila Awadallah, and Alessandra Williams are your guides through the principles of these forms.

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

Friday, September 14, 6:00pm-7:30pm - Introduction to Yorchha
Saturday, September 15, 8:30am-10am - Introduction to Yorchha

Tuesday, September 18, 9:30am-11am - Intermediate/Advanced Yorchha
Friday, September 28, 12:00pm-12:50pm - All Levels Vinyassa Yoga
Sunday, September 30, 9:00am-10:00am - All Levels Vinyassa Yoga

For September class calendar visit

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

The School at TU Dance Center 2018 fall session registration is 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.

The TU Dance Children and 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.

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

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, Wendy Anderson, Kenna-Camara Cottman, Penny Freeh, Laurel Keen, Alanna Morris-Van Tassel, Blake Nellis, and Abdo Sayegh.

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

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

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

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
- Men's 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!
For more information:

Ballet Royale Minnesota | 16368 Kenrick Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044
Rick Vogt-, (952) 898-3163

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 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 the groundbreaking 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 - our day program, by audition only
- FREE Boys Program for ages five through nineteen

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

Ballet Royale Minnesota | 16368 Kenrick Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044
Rick Vogt-, (952) 898-3163

Come take class with COLLIDE’s current professional company!
Taught by seasoned industry professionals, classes are welcome to all abilities and dance backgrounds.
Teachers this season have included Regina Peluso (jazz, musical theater), Riley Thomas Weber (ballet), Michael Gruber (musical theater), Tony Vierling (tap), Andrea Mislan Diaz (commercial), and Kerry Parker (ballet).

Every Tuesday and Thursday class is held at Ashley Ballet Arts in Golden Valley.

Tuesday - Ballet with Riley Dahl Weber
Thursday - Advanced Jazz with Regina Peluso (and rotating teachers)

Drop-in class: $14, payable via cash, check, Venmo, or card.
Ten-class card: $120.

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

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.

Where: The Cowles Center second floor, Target Education Studio

Register here:

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

If you've seen contact, and wondered, “How can I get started?” this may be your answer.

If you've done contact for years, but would like to focus on fundamental skills, this is the class for you. Come study the fundamentals of contact improvisation with Patrick Scully.

To register, or for questions, please contact Patrick.
Patrick first studied contact in 1975 with Nancy Stark Smith and Steve Paxton, and was a founding member (1976-80) of Contactworks, a Minneapolis-based dance collective rooted in contact improvisation. He has danced internationally, including long term collaborations with Keith Hennessy and Ishmael Houston-Jones in Unsafe/Unsuited and Chris Aiken.

Contact fundamentals include giving and taking another dancer’s weight, bearing your own weight in positions other than sitting, and standing, rolling, falling, sliding, releasing into gravity, and relaxing the body and mind while maintaining alertness.

Classes are ongoing.

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

#GetYourAsstoClass, because Friday Morning Jazz is back at it THIS FRIDAY! Erinn Liebhard and Karla Grotting are splitting the class again this session, with Karla up this coming Friday. Come get your groove on with us!

Zenon Dance Company and School | Cowles Center Fourth Floor, 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Erinn Liebhard- is a professional, contemporary dance company located in the Twin Cities. Company members work together to choreograph/train while sharing their passion for dance with the local community. Now in its fifteenth season, CDP upholds the vision of its founding members: the creation and performance of dance should be a shared experience between artists and viewers alike. CDP is hosting Sunday night open class for youth and adult dancers. The company seeks to share their enthusiasm for creation, collaboration, and the art of movement with other local dancers.

Sunday, 4:00 - 5:30pm: Open company class
$10 cash, check, or card at the door, or pre-purchase a class pass at:

Straightline Dance Fitness | 34 13th Ave NE, Suite 104, Minneapolis, MN 55413

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 Brandon Musser, a music composer, producer, designer, and performer. His current work investigates the physical materialization of sound within the performer/viewer and producer/consumer codependency. Through a performative installation he explores the fundamental qualities of what this codependency is and how this relationship dictates performance’s definition.

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

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

Ballet Royale Minnesota, in collaboration with Twin Cities Ballet, is offering an open advanced/professional Men's Class beginning Friday, September 21.

The class is taught primarily by former professional dancer Benjamin Stewart (San Fransisco Ballet, TCB, Atlanta Ballet), and runs from 9:30-11:00am.

With a focus on strength, power, agility and ballet skills most typically performed by male dancers, this is a unique opportunity in the Twin Cities.
Join TCB's professional male dancers in a dedicated professional men's class, the first of its kind in the area.

For more information:
Just off I-35W, 20 minutes from either downtown; free parking.

Ballet Royale Minnesota | 16368 Kenrick Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044
Rick Vogt-, (952) 898-3163