DanceMN News - November 7, 2018









Dear DanceMN Reader:

As a time of reflection and thankfulness approaches, we of the DanceMN Steering Committee want to take a moment to thank you for your role in our vibrant Minnesota dance community.

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Karen Charles
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Non Edwards-


Join COLLIDE Theatrical Dance for our sixth season with The Great Gatsby.

November 8-18, 2018
The Ritz Theater

General Admission - $34.00
Students/Seniors - $26.00
V.I.P. - $50.00

COLLIDE brings F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel to life in an innovative theater adaptation. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby, his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, and lavish parties on Long Island is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s. The production will feature live music from the COLLIDE band led by Music Director Doug Rohde and vocalist Katie Gearty. We invite you to join us for the party of the century, so dust off your flapper dress or grab your top hat and join us at The Ritz for a roaring good time.

The Ritz Theater | 345 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Meredith Casey-, (612) 715-6020

Mozart in Motion with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Thursday, November 8, 7:30pm
Carlson Family Stage

"Petite Mort" by Jiri Kylian
"Divertimento No. 15" by George Balanchine
"Sechs Tanze" by Jiri Kylian

A tantalizing mix of classical, contemporary, and comic ballets danced by one of America’s most exciting companies is paired with Mozart’s delectable music, played live by the incomparable Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Mozart in Motion promises to be a “can’t miss” feast for the senses. George Balanchine’s "Divertimento No. 15" has been hailed by The New York Times as “the most sublime choreography ever made to music by Mozart.” Jiri Kylian combines physical comedy with powdered wigs and dry wit in "Sechs Tanze," while his profound "Petite Mort" integrates fencing foils and black silks with powerful athleticism and musicality, to striking effect.

Northrop at the University of Minnesota | 84 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Northrop UMN-, (612) 624-2345

University of Minnesota Dance presents an informal studio showing of

"Hoop Dance 2"
by Cowles Visiting Artist Alito Alessi
Performed by Dance Program students.

Friday, November 9 at 4:30PM
Free. First come seating.

Nora Jenneman-

Zenon Dance Company returns this weekend with its dynamic 36th Fall Season!

The program includes a world premiere from New York choreographer Sam Kim, the Zenon premiere of Wynn Fricke's "Just Her Time," and Zenon company favorites "Eternal Reveal" by Greg Dolbashian and "Pink Martini" by Mariusz Olszewski. Don't miss your chance to see these electrifying performances!

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

Mathew Janczewski brings his rich and viscerally honest choreographic voice to the Fitzgerald stage with a politically poignant repertoire.

The company will premiere two new dances: the first, "hold my hand," is a meditation on the impact of gun violence*, performed alongside MPLS (imPulse) Choir and Zeitgeist new music quartet’s live rendition of Joshua Clausen’s “Requiem” featuring Carrie Shaw; and the second is a climactic performance set to the music of Nils Frahm. The evening also includes the lush men’s quartet "Run With Me" and "Threshold," a women’s sextet urging us to push past the trappings of inequality. Through the entire performance runs an undercurrent of hope and a sense that society is on the brink of learning the difficult lessons of the past.

*To spark further conversation, ARENA has partnered with gun violence activist organizations Protect Minnesota, Survivors Lead, and Moms Demand Action.

Tickets: $15 students and seniors, $24 general admission.
For more information, visit

The Fitzgerald Theater

Celebrate Give to the Max Day with the vibrant and eclectic Twin Cities dance community. AMP presents Move to the MAX featuring Alternative Motion Project, ARENA Dances, Ballet Co.Laboratory, and Flying Foot Forum as they combine forces for an exciting and exclusive event. Enjoy performances by each company and mingle with the artists for a post-show reception.

Give to the Max Day
Thursday, November 15
Performance and Reception: 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Lobby opens and check-in begins: 7:00pm
Doors open: 7:15pm

Reservations can be made at:

Entry to the event requires a 100% tax-deductible donation to at least one of the performing companies through on Give to the Max Day. Donations can be made to any organization on-site or prior to the event (proof of donation required). Suggested minimum donation $25.

Photo: Jake Armour

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

Katha Dance Theatre is proud to present a new version of its award-winning dance-drama, The Hungry Stones, at The Cowles Center in Minneapolis this November.

The Hungry Stones is based on Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s short story "Kshudhita Pashan," which was originally published in 1895. KDT has reimagined its 1994 production with all new choreography, set design, and costumes. Using Kathak, a traditional dance technique native to Northern India, KDT will bring the ancient stones and colonial Indian palaces of Tagore’s story to life. The show reflects universal themes about how stones—and the land in general—act as witnesses to history.

November 16-17 at 7:30 pm
November 18 at 2:00 pm.

For tickets, go to
For more information, go to

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

The Karen L. Charles Threads Dance Project presents In the Margins at The O’Shaughnessy, November 16-17 at 7:30pm.

Charles and company create an exploration of those who often live “in the margins” of society – an examination of implicit bias as experienced by deaf/hard of hearing communities and women. The highlight will be the premiere of a new work, "To Hear Like Me," which seeks to bridge the gap between the deaf/hard of hearing community and the hearing community, creating an experience with dance that incorporates American Sign Language, music visualization and silence within the piece. Threads will also perform "Femthology," a compilation of repertory works examining the experience of being female.

There will be open captioning and ASL interpretation for both shows and a post-show discussion with the audience following the Friday performance.

Tickets: (651) 690-6700 or online at

Photo: Bill Cameron

The O'Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University | 2004 Randolph Ave, St. Paul, MN

A holiday mash-up for the entire family, The Hip Hop Nutcracker—a contemporary re-imagination of Tchaikovsky’s timeless music—sets out on another national tour following the success of previous sold-out tours.

The Hip Hop Nutcracker is an evening-length production performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, DJ, and violinist. Through the spells cast by the mysterious Drosselmeyer, Maria-Clara and her nutcracker prince, travel back in time to the moment when her parents first meet in a nightclub. Digital scenery transforms E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story of sugarplums into 1980s Brooklyn. The Hip Hop Nutcracker celebrates love, community, and the magic of New Year’s Eve.

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts | 345 Washington St, St Paul, MN 55102
Grace Rose-, (612) 615-2719

8:00 PM (7:00 doors), $6-$15: pay as able

​1. Beverly Cottman

​2. Sydney Ward with Alexia Vandersnick

3. Akiko Ostlund

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.

In its fifteenth year of supporting dance exploration by local and visiting choreographers, 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. Hosted and curated by Laurie Van Wieren.

Laurie Van Wieren-

Keane Sense of Rhythm: Groove
December 7, 2018
The show starts at 7:30 pm.

Tickets: adults $17 each; students and seniors $6 each. Prices include sales tax and fees.

Groove is an evening-length tap dancing and percussive dance event presented by Keane Sense of Rhythm tap company. The show features professionals, youth tap ensembles and special guests, and includes a lot of high energy, passion and killer skills varied enough to delight all ages. Choreography, improvisation, song and body percussion will round out the performance.

Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center | 11411 Masonic Home Dr, Bloomington, MN
Cathy Wind-, (612) 986-1944

Ballet Co.Laboratory presents your holiday favorite with a whimsical twist!

Nutcracker in Wonderland tells the story of grown-up Clara home from college for the holidays. During her family’s annual party, she reencounters her grade school friend Patty. Together they rediscover the magic of their childhood and realize the freedom possible within adulthood.

In true Nutcracker form, nutty Uncle Drosselmeyer brings the Mouse Queen and King to life, along with other Wonderland creatures. Clara and Patty waltz through the Land of Snowflakes and meet all of your Wonderland favorites including the mischievous Cheshire Cat, the ever-late White Rabbit, the mesmerizing Caterpillar and the spiteful Queen of Hearts.

Friday, December 14, 2018 at 7:30pm

Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 7:30pm

Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 2:00pm

Tickets: $22/$27/$35

Huss Center for the Performing Arts | 1712 Randolph Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105


TU Dance Center offers a second session of six-week adult workshops during the 2018 Fall Session.

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

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. Now through December 5.
Drop-in: $10
Membership: $90. Includes all classes, a pair of season tickets, and a 20 percent discount to season performances at The Cowles Center.

The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts
Target Education Studio, second floor
528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Register here:


Has healthcare played a role in your life? Do you like to dance? Join us for a series of cross-disciplinary workshops bringing together the work and sensibilities of nursing and dance. Participants will focus on ways to approach physical and social interactions, using techniques from each discipline to discover how dancers, nurses, and those affected by these engagements can learn from each other.

Workshops will be facilitated by Anna Marie Shogren, a dance artist with a long-term interest and experience in caregiving. These events will begin Anna’s year-long collaborative residency at the Weisman Art Museum and the School of Nursing’s Center for Aging Science and Care Innovation, where Anna and her collaborator Kristine Talley, PhD, RN will explore the use of dance as a means of enhancing the culture of empathy and sustainability in senior assisted living communities.

Final workshop date and time:
Friday, November 9, 12:20 – 1:50 p.m.

All experience levels welcome.

Weisman Art Museum - Target Gallery
Anna Marie Shogren-, (917) 530-4172

Klein Technique is a cohesive movement system that connects the body and the mind, resulting in a clarity and sureness of movement, fluidity, and an understanding of the innate intelligence of the body. When the bones are aligned we become connected and grounded, efficient, and alive. Grounded in the principles of change, possibilities, and efficiency through the tools of the process.

Friday–Sunday, November 9-11, 2018
Friday: 5:30pm-7:30pm
Saturday: 11am-3pm
Sunday: 11am-2pm

Fee: $165
Buddy Special: register you and someone new to Klein for $135 each!

To Register:
A deposit of $50.00 will reserve your place. Applied towards the workshop fee, the remainder is due at workshop.

To pay via PayPal-
*send money
*to a friend
*enter amount

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The Ivy Arts Building | 2637 27th Ave S, Suite 206, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Jennifer Arave-, (612) 432-1512

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
November 10, December 1

Where: Target Education Studio, second floor
Cost: Free to attend. Pre-registration strongly encouraged.
Register here:

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

Feeling stuck? This workshop series is open to all dancers, musicians and actors who want to enliven their practice!

Folks will leave with tools for creating live work. We will focus on skills to create performance in live time, specifically through developing and performing text while working from an embodied place (body tension/breath) as we explore how to perform text in live time with music/movement. We will explore the questions 1) What do you want to say? 2) How do you say it? through improvising and writing prompts. Open to all musicians/vocalists/dancers/actors.

$10 per three-hour session.
Sundays in November: 1-4pm
Session 2 - Text as live composition: Where to put text in a composition with music/dance? Writing prompts will be given.
Session 3 - Writings: What do you want to say? Workshop developing physical persona and various ways to perform text. How do you say it?
4 - Review and play! Create compositions with music/text/dance!

Recommended to take all four sessions, but drop-in is OK. $10/class

SpringHouse Ministry Center | 610 W 28th St, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Tera Kilbride-, (646) 352-3344

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

Come move with Sarah Mortenson this November! Sarah is originally from Manhattan, Kansas and came to the Twin Cities in 2013 to pursue a BFA in dance from the University of Minnesota. She has performed works with Alternative Motion Project, Contempo Physical Dance and is a STOTT®-certified Pilates instructor. In her own creative practice, she is drawn to themes of friendship, community, loneliness, and conformity, and often finds expression through a bricolage of dance, short films, and an excessive assortment of snacks and props.

Class: 9:30-11:00am, Feedback: 11:00-11:30am
Location: Target Education Studio, second floor
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

Friday, 4:00pm-8:00pm
Saturday, 11:30am-6:00pm
Sunday, 9:30am-4:30pm

Balanced Body Mat 2 includes the remaining intermediate and advanced level exercises as well as essential movement principles and training tips for advancing clients to the higher levels. Pilates for sports-specific activities are also covered.

Prerequisites: Mat 1
CEC's: ACE (CEP115917 (1.6))
PMA (Prov# 100070 Crs# 8515 (16.0))

For more information:

Paragon Pilates and PT | 5101 Vernon Ave S, Suite 2A, Edina, MN 55436
Cari Riis Stemmler-, (952) 245-0905

Join Dance Artist Alexandra Bodnarchuk and New York Times bestselling author Marya Hornbacher (Wasted, Madness, and other works) for a discussion about our bodies and the frameworks through which we perceive them. Discussion to be followed by a showing of Alexandra’s newest work in progress, "The Nature of Cloth," and a reception with the artists.

When: 7:00pm, November 27
Where: Target Education Studio, second floor
Cost: Free to attend.

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

Friday, 4-8pm
Saturday, 11:30am-6pm
Sunday, 9:30am-4:30pm

Course fees: Early Bird (before November 9) $449. Regular $499.
Materials fee: $80
Prerequisite: Reformer 1
CEC's: 1ACE (CEP115931 (1.6))
PMA (Prov# 100070 Crs# 8518 (16.0))

Reformer 2 includes intermediate exercises and modifications designed for group and individual instruction. Teaching successful classes and sessions to clients at different levels of ability is emphasized. Included are a variety of programs designed to keep your clients inspired.

For more information:

Paragon Pilates and PT | 5101 Vernon Ave S, Suite 2A, Edina, MN 55436
Cari Riis Stemmler-, (952) 245-0905


Drafts and Draughts is Minnesota Fringe's multidisciplinary scratch series. Featuring staged works-in-progress (theatre, dance, improvisation, storytelling, spoken word, magic, interdisciplinary) alongside beers and artistic conversation, each evening features three to five pieces of varying lengths and at various phases of development.

Fringe provides a technician to cue provided sounds and to design simple lighting. Artists work with Fringe's Artistic Director to create specific questions for audience feedback which are most helpful for spurring further development.

Applications are still being accepted for 2018-19 dates: Monday, January 21; Monday, April 8; Monday, June 3. Learn more and apply:

All 2018-19 events will be held at The Playwrights' Center, 2301 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN.


Beyond the Box, a new incubating partnership between Minnesota Fringe and the Downtown Improvement District/Vibrant and Safe Downtown, is accepting applications for two mentors experienced in public and/or site specific work to perform a piece in the new Theater in the Round Amphitheater along Nicollet Mall outside the Central Library in downtown Minneapolis in May, June, July, and August 2019 during daylight hours.

Mentors are provided a $2,000 performance and $500 mentorship stipend. Individual practitioners and companies are both welcome to apply and will be equally considered.

Support includes institutional support, 20 hours of indoor rehearsal space for each artist, and at least one rehearsal in the amphitheater itself leading up to the event. (Recognizing that artists may require additional time, Fringe will work with artists to identify other affordable options beyond the 20 hours allocation as useful.)


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. 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 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 Cowles Center invites Minnesota-based artists or organizations to submit applications for the Generating Room: Open Proposal Initiative. This initiative provides marketing support and free space in the Target Education Studio for artists to generate movement, community and/or discussion over the course of a project without the barrier of studio rental fees.

The Cowles Center is looking for proposals that have an intended audience and have thoughtfully considered how to promote their project. Competitive applications will bring a unique perspective, discussion and/or engagement opportunity to the Minnesota arts community.

Apply here:

Deadline: November 9, 2018. Submitted proposals should aim to take place between January-May 2019.

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


November 18: 3:30pm-6:30pm and
November 20: 6:30pm-9:30pm

No dance experience necessary.

Come with either the intention to have a window into my process or to audition for my next work, "Blood Language." For those interested in auditioning, I encourage you to come to both sessions if possible.

My aesthetic values attention to three-dimensional performance, movement, text, voice, ensemble and design. We will use improvisation as a guide for movement and work with objects. I'll ask you to write and say text; you'll work in solo and ensemble. Participants may be asked to practice being responsive audience members and/or directors.

My process and creative space centers artists with marginalized identities; while all are welcome, I ask that those with dominant culture identities practice a restorative justice lens in an artistic context.

Target Education Studio, Second Floor, The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN, 55403
Taja Will-, (763) 706-7726

"Rhythmically Speaking presents . . . The Cohort" is RS' summer annual production, reimagined! Now supporting longer works by both local and national choreographers, we are seeking pieces between fifteen and 22 minutes for up to eight dancers, to be set on and performed by a group of auditioned local dancers.

Dancer audition is January 6, 2019 at Zenon!
Choreographer submissions are being accepted now through 5pm on Friday, November 30.

For the submission form and further details, please visit the link below. If you know choreographers you think would be interested in applying, please pass along this information - we wish for news of this opportunity to reach to all who may be interested!

We look forward to seeing your work, and thank you for engaging with us as we build community through staged jazz and American social dance!


Eligible artists are mid-career, Minnesota-based artists who create original contemporary performance: dance, theater, music/sound, and visual artists can apply.

For detailed eligibility requirements, FAQs, information about past showcase artists and their projects, and the artist application package, please go to the website.

Past showcase commission recipients include: Rosy Simas, Vanessa Voskuil, Ben Kreilkamp, Gadu, Bart Buch, Kym Longhi, Craig Harris, Deborah Jinza Thayer, and more...

The Right Here Showcase provides: a $1000 cash commission, technical support, promotional support, technical rehearsal time, and a venue to perform in. Commissioned artists must create an original 45-60-minute new work, finish a current work in progress, or significantly revision a past work; actively promote the showcase; and perform four times on one of the two weekends.

2019 Showcase Dates:
June 6-9 and 13-16, 2019

The Off-Leash Art Box
4200 54th St E, Minneapolis

Paul Herwig-, (612) 724-7372


Our Minneapolis location is conveniently located at 3010 Minnehaha Ave next door to police station. Only two blocks from the Lake Street/Midtown light rail station, and on the 7, 21, 27, and 53 bus routes. Over 2000 square feet with windows, two mirrored walls, and a sprung hardwood floor. Off-street parking and bike rack. Fully handicapped accessible. $20 per hour for all regular rentals.*

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. Floor is tile on concrete (NOT a sprung wood dance floor). Double ballet barres. Small sitting area. Free parking in lot. Not handicapped accessible. $15 per hour for all regular rentals.*

*Rental fees may change at the discretion of Jawaahir Dance Company.

Jenny Piper-, (612) 872-6050

The holiday season is fast approaching! Now's the time to book your rentals for December and January at the Off-Leash Art Box. With both rehearsal and performances spaces, the Art Box is perfect for holiday shows, end of the year fundraisers, winter workshops, and other events.

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

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

The Resistance Movement has two large studios for rent. The studio space is quiet, calm and peaceful. Both studios have sprung dance flooring. The first studio is 600 square feet, mirrored on one side. The second studio is 860 square feet, 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. You may 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, discounts are available 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

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 two 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-

3000 square feet, wood floor, no posts.

Need a space to do a simple show? Most Friday/Saturday nights are available!

Need a space to teach or rehearse?

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.

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

Minnesota Dance Theatre has three studios available for hourly rental. The studios are located on the sixth floor at the Cowles Center. 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 is added to credit card purchases.

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

Ground breaker Movement Labs: Open Movement Studio

Every first and third Thursday of the month.

free space for movers: simply make a reservation.

This is your opportunity to access Water Bar’s non-traditional movement studio and use it as your own movement studio. Free and open to anyone needing movement space! You can reserve the space. Access to a Bluetooth system is available. Wood floors (not sprung, but with wood joist, no mirrors).

Good space to hold an audition or rehearse for an audition, or to hold a workshop of any kind! Water Bar can also be rented longer term.

Please email for more information or to reserve the space, or text: 612-432-1512.

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

We’ve planned your date night for you!

Make your night complete with food, drinks and a show. In honor of ARENA DANCES return to the Fitzgerald Stage for the premiere of hold my hand: dance with an undercurrent of hope, ARENA is partnering with the new restaurant just/us to offer a unique date night. You'll enjoy appetizers and a toast with the Artistic Director Mathew Janczewski!

From 5:30-7:30PM, enjoy exclusive appetizers and spirits at just/us:

- Saffron arancini with smoked mozzarella
- Rosemary focaccia with roasted grapes, salumi, white cheddar and olive oil
- Mushroom duxelle crostini with butternut squash chutney and fontina
- Plus two drinks per ticket

6:45PM – A toast with Mathew Janczewski and collaborators.
7:30PM – hold my hand performance at the Fitzgerald Theater.
For more information on the show, visit!

Space is limited, RSVP at today!


Free 30-minute consultations with The Cowles Center’s administrative staff.

Participants can sign up to discuss a grant they're writing, connect with marketing on tips to promote a show, or touch base with the education and community engagement staff about outreach opportunities and career development.

Every second Wednesday of the month, 9:00am-5:00pm. Registration required.
Upcoming Dates: November 14, December 12

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

Open to all in the Twin Cities dance community, Roundtable Discussion: Open Forums take place in the second floor 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.

November 15 | 4:00pm-5:00pm

RSVP on The Cowles Center’s Facebook page!

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


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 students 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!

Fall Classes run through December 8.
Spring classes start January 12.

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.

TWO LOCATIONS: Edina and Eden Prairie.
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

Ballet Co.Laboratory's mission is to create, develop, and inspire artists and communities through collaboration with the art of ballet.

Interested in signing up for the full Term Program? We offer serious classical ballet training for ages seven through eighteen. Collectively, our staff brings over 80 years of ballet instruction to our studios.

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

Weekly classes include technique, pointe, and repertory. Multiple performance opportunities offered throughout the year. Head to our website for more information.

Photo by Tim Pate

Gethsemane Episcopal Church
 | 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

Fridays 10:00-11:30am
Saturdays, 10:00-11:30am


Tuesdays, 10:00-11:30am

Wednesdays, 10:00-11:30am

Thursdays, 11:30am-1:00pm

Faculty includes Anna Goodrich, Debbie Nettell, Zoe Henrot and Jeffrey Hankinson.
Drop-in prices range from $10-17, cash or check only. Class cards available.

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

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.

For more information:

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

Mathew Janczewski-

Tap and rhythm classes for kids and teens!

Drop-in Technique Classes

Apprentice (Beginning): 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Intermediate: 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Advanced: 2:15pm - 3:30pm

Fast Track (Intermediate/Advanced)
Sundays: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Performing Line (Advanced)
Sundays: 2:15pm - 6:15pm


Adult Classes
Tappy Hour I (Beginning)
Mondays: 6:30 - 7:45pm

Tappy Hour II (Beginning/Intermediate)
Mondays: 7:45 - 9:00pm

Tappy Hour I and II (Beginning/Intermediate)
Wednesdays: 10:00am - 11:15am

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

BodyART is a non-spiritual, fully-functional training system, specifically designed to augment and complement your dancing and flexibility training.

Created by dancer, competitive gymnast, and physical therapist Robert Steinbacher, bodyART is used by dancers throughout the world. Through an integrated and holistic approach, it teaches dancers and movement professionals how to achieve balance through dynamic, breath-centric movement.

BodyART is a fully integrated mind-body experience that incorporates elements of control/release technique, modern dance, strength conditioning, physical therapy exercises, yoga, and more. Specifically, this class is a holistic integration of Limòn catch and release, myofascial pendular swing technique, Pilates, as well as strength training and conditioning.

You will leave this class fully energized and beautifully connected to your body and mind. Participants are kindly asked to bring a yoga mat and towel.

Zenon Dance Company and School | 528 Hennepin Ave, Suite 400, Minneapolis, MN
Trisha Low-, (651) 225-8878

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, 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

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

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.
Beginning classes are only $160 for the ten-week session (make up classes may be made during Fall Session only).
We also have monthly class passes that allow students to take unlimited classes within a calendar month at $105 for beginner-level classes. Or, just drop in to a class for $18!

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

Karla Grotting is back this week to take the reigns of Friday Morning Jazz Class! Karla's warm-up, exercises and combinations are thorough and friendly to all dance lovers and learners. We'll get our bodies feeling good, minds engaged and spirits ignited, so #GetYourAssToClass!


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

Ground Breaker Movement Labs presents 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.

Sundays through Novemeber 25

Email or text Jennifer 612-432-1512 for more information.


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

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.

November 12: Warm-up and jam, led by Kristin Van Loon

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

All are welcome!

Ivy Building, Suite 207 | 2635 27th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN
Lindsay Forsythe-, (347) 512-0892


This event has been postponed. Stay tuned.

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