Watch Karen’s 10th Anniversary Picks: #4 - June 23 to June 27

Catch On The Verge: On Demand - June 23 to July 7

Mulier Dierum – Off-Leash Area Goes Live at Caponi Art Park - June 25 to June 26

Karen Charles Choreographs for Penelope Freeh - June 25

Ganga to Mississippi: Work-in-Progress Premiere from Katha Dance Theatre - June 25 to June 27

Neighborhood Dances - June 26

The Garden: A Refuge – the Film - June 26 to July 6

Concerto Dance Presents Girls in the Band! - July 8 to July 10

5th Annual CANDY BOX Dance Festival – Performances, Masterclasses, and More - July 12 to July 16

EURYDICE presented by Vox Medusa with Infiammati FireCircus - July 16 to July 18

Inspired: Journey to Varanasi with Ragamala Dance Company - August 5

Analog Dance Works Offers Monthly Contemporary Dance Workshops - June 29

Body-Mind Centering® Weekend with Olive Bieringa and Otto Ramstad - July 10

Summer Dance Intensive with Collide Theatrical

TU Dance Center: Pre-Professional Summer Intensive

TU Dance Center: Summer 2021 – EQUIPOISE Program

TU Dance Center: Children and Teen Summer Program

Young Dance Summer Classes and Camps – Register Now

Dance Pass to Explore with Young Dance

Threads Dance Project Seeks Dancers for Fall Programming – Register to Audition - July 14

Seeking One to Three Dancers – Paid Performance Project - July 15

Teacher Needed

Ballet Director for Reif Dance

Neighborhood Dances Seeks Performers

Threads Dance Nexus: Rent Our Space

Studio Rentals

TU Dance Center: Renting TU Dance Center

Erin Thompson Teaches Advanced Contemporary Classes In Person

Zenon Dance School – Summer Session Online and In Person

MotionArt Children’s Dance Classes

Ballet with Lisa Erickson via Zoom

Friday Morning Jazz HYBRID CLASS: Erinn This Week

TU Dance Center: Ballet with Abdo Sayegh-Rodriguez

TU Dance Center: Ballet Barre and Contemporary Phrase Work with Laurel Keen

TU Dance Center: Body Watani: Body-as-Homeland Practice and Arabic Dance

MotionArt Adult Modern Dance Classes

Laura Selle Virtucio leads Moving Practice Professional Classes in June

Highlighting our CANDY BOX Dance Festival Artists in Studio Stories Podcast

Every month from March through December 2021, Threads Dance Project will release some of Artistic Director Karen L. Charles’ top dances available pay-as-able from $1, $10, $100, or even $1,000 to view Karen’s selected works!

June’s works include Anger Amplified, Do-Over Effect, and Chaotic Beauty (2017).

Here is what Karen says about these works:

“These excerpts from the larger work Uncertain Reality illustrate two aspects of Chaos that I wanted to share with the audience – the manifestation of chaos in society via discord, fighting and war and later the beauty of chaos as seen in nature via fractals and repetition. This entire piece was one of my most ambitious to date. I worked with visual projection designer Miko Simmons to make one of the most visually beautiful works I have ever created.” –Karen L. Charles, Artistic Director.

Each release will be 20-30 minutes in length.

Once registered, you will receive a private link and password that will allow you to view these works through June 27, 2021.

Don’t miss out on these works that started it all!

Contact Info

Brenna Mosser
Zoë Koenig, Brenna Mosser + Laura K Johnson of Alternative Motion Project

Unable to attend AMP’s live performance of On The Verge? Or did you enjoy the show enough to watch it again? Have no fear! On The Verge: On Demand is here!

We celebrated Alternative Motion Project’s return to live performance with our world premiere of On The Verge. See the performance for yourself on your own device from the comfort of your own space. We are excited to share this work in this online format!

On The Verge: On Demand
Online streaming of AMP’s live performance at The Shed
Available June 23 – July 7

How to Watch
Simply purchase a ticket and the streaming link will be sent to you with your ticket confirmation.*

About the Work
A cast of nine movers enter a turbulent world to experience the multiverse of limits, possibilities, and connections of the body, space, and identity. Choreographed by Kristin Howe and Joanna Lees in collaboration with the performers. Original composition by award-winning sound artist Dameun Strange. Videography by V. Paul Virtucio.

Questions? Email

*No one turned away for lack of funds. Email AMP with financial needs and requests.

PC: Bill Cameron

A dancer in Mulier Dierum reaches upwards amidst the trees

Tickets are now available for the final production of Mulier Dierum, which will be presented live under the stars at the center of a beautiful oak grove woodland on the gorgeous outdoor stage at Caponi Art Park in Eagan, MN on June 25 and 26 at 9:00pm.

The final production will feature all the voices of  See Change Treble Choir mixed into a gorgeous sound score, a small live vocal ensemble, and eight dancers, all bathed in multi-layered projected imagery and staged on a multi-platform set emphasizing a safe and physically distanced audience. You won’t want to miss it!

Mulier Dierum (Chronicles of Woman) is an epic project that mirrors the strength of cumulative generations of women. Mulier Dierum faces our fears and fulfills desires with ferocity and vulnerability, sharing generational wisdom and wildness of women and femme power. The voices of forty choral singers and the bodies of eight dancers affirm together: Women build, honor, persevere, and flourish.

Directed and choreographed by Off-Leash Area Co-Artistic Director Jennifer Ilse, Mulier Dierum is being created in collaboration with See Change Treble Choir under the direction of Allyss Haecker, singing an original score by Linda Kachelmeier, with performances by dancers Gemma Isaacson, Christine McGinnis, Parisha Rajbhandari, Julie Warder, Heather Klopchin, Rachel Lieberman, Jennifer Mack, Esther Ouray, and Jennifer Ilse; with Off-Leash Area Co-Artistic Director Paul Herwig‘s immersive live animation projection design and sound design, edited and mixed by Reid Kruger.

Location Info

Caponi Art Park
1220 Diffley Road
Eagan, MN 55123


Contact Info

Jennifer Ilse

Box Office Info

Box Office Contact: Jennifer Ilse
Phone: 612-724-7372
Price: $10-$30 suggested donation per person
Date: June 25, 2021  Time: 9:00 pm
Date: June 26, 2021  Time: 9:00 pm

Informal Showing and Discussion
Choreographer Karen Charles, new solo-in-process for Penelope Freeh
Discussion facilitated by Randy Reyes

Friday, June 25, 2021
4:00-5:00pm CST

In person at:
Threads Dance Nexus
2213 Snelling #100
Minneapolis, 55404

Or on Zoom:
Meeting ID: 996 1635 8584
Passcode: 773126
Find your local number:

Dancer/Choreographer Penelope Freeh strives to deepen creative relationships through four commissioning projects. Process will be prioritized, and outcomes shared informally. Community conversations will focus on racial and social justice activism inside of artistic practice. This is the first of four showings. Additional commissions forthcoming by Helen Hatch and Darrius Strong in collaboration, Hijack, and Pramila Vasudevan. Stay tuned!

Penelope Freeh is a fiscal year 2021 recipient of a Creative Support for Individuals grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Contact Info

Penelope Freeh

Katha Dance Theatre is pleased to announce the work-in-progress premiere of an exciting new performance concept two years in the making!

Ganga to Mississippi – A Confluence of Waters is an original dance work that juxtaposes the roles of the Ganges and Mississippi rivers in their respective environments. Spanning continents and cultural traditions, Ganga uses Kathak dance and spoken word elements to highlight the important role that rivers play in our ecosystems, emphasizing the impact of river pollution on climate change and advocating for universal access to clean, drinkable water.

Filmed on the banks of the Ganges and Mississippi rivers, Ganga features original Kathak choreography by KDT Artistic Director Rita Mustaphi, who will perform solo in this in-progress look. As portrayed through Kathak’s elegant lyricism, Ganga is a moving and powerful ode to these majestic rivers and an urgent call for their eternal preservation. Look for a full production in August!

The work-in-progress performance will stream free of charge from June 25 through June 27 on Vimeo. Watch here starting at 7:00pm CT this Friday:

Neighborhood Dances

Come and be refreshed! Part performance, part participation, Neighborhood Dances is a series of mini dance concerts performed in public spaces by dancers and those who enjoy dance. Offered as a way to respond to the difficulties and challenges of this past year, the purpose is to spread joy, blessings hope and healing through movement and dance and also acknowledge God as our higher perspective and hope.

We’ll be teaching parts of the dances to anyone who wants to participate. There will be ASL signing and options for limited mobility and movement. Please bring a lawn chair or a blanket/towel if you’d like to sit.

We’ll be repeating this event several times during the summer at different locations. For more info contact Carol Oyanagi.

Location Info

Long Lake Regional Park
1500 Old Hwy 8
New Brighton, MN 55112


Contact Info

Carol Oyanagi

The Garden: A Refuge – The Film
A filmed play by Storydance theater – with dance, acting, storytelling, and music. Written by Cia Sautter.

Available on Vimeo June 26 – July 6, 2021

Viewing fee: $20 per household, watch anytime you would like during the 10 days.
July 4 and 5 are pay as able.

Free preview party
June 26 at 7:00pm
Go to and check our events for more information.

For more information, contact Cia at

The project is grounded in Earth-based creation (art), re-interpreting the story of Job through this lens. It is a story about when bad things happen to good people, told in a fairy-tale like manner, with plenty of hope.

Performers include:
Cialuna (Sautter),  Vickijoan Keck, Ross Fellrath, Emily Jarrett Hughes,  Dagmara Gutman, Diana Viteri

Filmed by Jenny Zander

Contact Info

Cia Sautter
"Girls in the Band", Photo: Bill Cameron

Concerto Dance by Jolene Konkel presents a special preview performance of our new work Girls in the Band! Join us for our Summer Bandshell Tour, July 8-10, with guest performances by Kaleena Miller Dance and KMD2* as we celebrate the “Ladies Who Swing The Band!”

All shows at 7:00pm.

Friday, July 8 at Central Park, Roseville.

Saturday, July 9 at Town Green Park, Maple Grove.

Sunday, July 10 at Lake Normandale Bandshell, Bloomington.

All performances are outdoors and open to the public. No tickets required. Performances will be rescheduled if inclement weather.

Please bring your own lawn chair/blanket. We ask guests to respect social distancing with others not in your group.

Suggested donation $20. Cash, venmo@concerto-dance, or visit our website to donate.

Check our website or Facebook page for updates.

*KMD performs select shows, see website.

Contact Info

Jolene Konkel

CANDY BOX Dance Festival is an annual, eclectic gathering of performances, work-in-progress showing, master classes, and choreographic discussions. A one-of-a-kind event in the Twin Cities, the fifth annual festival features a range of aesthetics and choreographic voices to offer a diverse array of treats! The Festival’s three main features include Featured Artists’ Performance, Happy Hour Artists’ Showings, and Master Classes.

Featured Artists – Shared bill featuring the works of HIJACK, Viva la Pepa, Judith Holo Shuǐ Xiān

Happy Hour Artists – Works-in-Progress by Slo Dance Company, Annika Hansen and Abigail Whitmore, HoneyWorks, Body Watani, and Borealis Dance Theatre

Master Classes with Annika Hansen and Abigail Whitmore, Judith Holo Shuǐ Xiān, Pedro Pablo (Viva la Pepa), Slo Dance Company, and HIJACK

July 12-16 at PAIKKA
Visit to learn more!
Tickets on sale now!

Location Info

Vandalia Towers Annex
550 Vandalia Street, Suite 165
St Paul, MN 55114


Contact Info

Kelli Miles

Critically acclaimed Vox Medusa with Infiammati FireCircus breathes new life into this time honored dilemma with their EURYDICE. EURYDICE is a three-night outdoor production forged in music, dance, fire, and video and film environments set at the beautiful Target Stage on Harriet Island on the banks of the Mississippi in St. Paul.

What, or who would you sacrifice to achieve eternal greatness?

EURYDICE is a reimagining of the Orpheus myth from his mysterious wife’s viewpoint of her harrowing journey. Follow Eurydice’s epic odyssey over land and sea, through true love, death and a fiery underworld in order to discover herself not just as a muse of Orpheus, but as her own inspiration for rebirth.

EURYDICE is a collaborative creation born of Vox Medusa’s provocative contemporary dance choreographed by Kristin Freya, powerful original electronic music by Jeremy Christensen and moving vocal score by Emily Colay, potent spoken word by Desdamona Ross, breathtaking fire performance of  Infiammati FireCircus choreographed by Rah Diavola, stunning video environments and dynamic light design by Tony Biele and cinematic film debut by Jeremy Christensen and Vox Medusa.

Show Dates and Times: 
Friday, July 16 at 9:00pm
Saturday, July 17 at 9:00pm
Sunday July 18 at 9:00pm
Doors open at 8:30pm each night for check-in at the ticket table to find your seating area.

Pre-sale Eventbrite tickets: $15 adult, $10 ages 12 and under.
Eventbrite pre-sale ends at 5:00pm each day of the show.
Day of show tickets can be purchased at Target Stage, $20 day of show for all ages.

Social Distanced Outdoor Seating
Ample audience area for socially distanced seating is available on both flat ground for chairs and raked hillside for blanket seating. Please note: All audiences should bring their own blankets or camp chairs for personal seating.

Parking and Restrooms
Two ample parking lots are located next to the Target Stage. Restrooms in close walking distance.

Location Info

Target Stage on Harriet Island
110 Harriet Island Road
St. Paul, MN 55107


Contact Info

Kristin Freya

Box Office Info

Price: $10-$15
Date: July 16, 2021  Time: 9:00 pm
Date: July 17, 2021  Time: 9:00 pm
Date: July 18, 2021  Time: 9:00 pm

Be transported to Varanasi, the City of Light. Follow the poetry of daily life in this ancient holy city along the Ganges River from sunrise to sunset as you watch the short film, Amazing Places on Our Planet. Experience an exclusive behind-the-scenes view of Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy’s new work as they rehearse The Fires of Varanasi: Dance of the Eternal Pilgrim followed by a Q&A. Enjoy a taste of Indian culture during the post-program reception with traditional Indian music and catering by Hot Indian Foods.

“Varanasi is the India of your imagination. This is one of the world’s oldest continually inhabited cities, and one of the holiest in Hinduism. Pilgrims come to the Ganges here to wash away sins in the sacred waters, to cremate their loved ones, or simply to die here, hoping for liberation from the cycle of rebirth.” —Lonely Planet

Location Info

84 Church St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Contact Info

Marsha Walker

Box Office Info

Phone: 6126242345
Price: $25
Date: August 5, 2021  Time: 5:00 pm

Analog Dance Works is offering monthly Contemporary Dance workshops for advanced/professional dancers ages 18+.

June Workshop
Tuesday, June 29, 2021

at the Threads Dance Nexus

These workshops are designed for the advanced/professional dancer of any discipline and background. The class explores technical and performance skills through imagery, spatial orientation, and detailed use of the kinesphere. We will also visit phrase work from Serve Id, Brenna’s new work to be presented in May, 2022.

The Threads Dance Nexus provides a free parking lot, has free street parking, is a two minute walk from the Franklin Light Rail Station, as well as a 2-5 minute walk from the nearest bus stops for lines 2, 9, 22, and 67.

Class size is limited, contact us in advance to reserve your spot. Email Brenna at to reserve your spot or to get a Zoom link. Pay via Venmo @Brenna-Mosser or donate to Analog’s GiveMN page. Reservation deadline: one hour before workshop begins.

Suggested price is a sliding scale of $5-$15. All are welcome here. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. 


Location Info

Threads Dance Nexus
2213 Snelling Ave, Ste #100
Minneapolis, MN 55404


Contact Info

Brenna Mosser


Class Title: Workshop #6
Instructor: Brenna Mosser
Price: $5-$15
Date: June 29, 2021
Time: 12:00 pm

July 10-11, 2021
Saturday and Sunday, 10:00am-5:00pm

$200 regular fee.
$160 Early Booking Discount if paid in full before July 1!
Due to COVID restrictions, enrollments maybe limited so register as soon as you can.

Information and registration:

Body-Mind Centering® is an experiential approach to embodiment, movement and consciousness. Developed by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen over the last several decades, BMC works with the conscious embodiment of anatomical, physiological, psychophysical, embryological and developmental principles. It uses anatomical information, guided movement, intentional touch, voice, expressive arts, and a developing awareness of the play of conscious attention, or mind.

This class is for movers, dancers, performers, yoga practitioners, bodyworkers, occupational and physical therapists, somatic psychotherapists, infant/child educators, and those from other body-mind disciplines interested in unraveling the mystery of embryological development as it relates to cellular consciousness, movement, and mindfulness.

Olive Bieringa and Otto Ramstad are a dance, performance and visual artists working at the intersection of social and creative practice, pedagogy, and healing. They are certified teachers and practitioner of Body-Mind Centering and directors of Somatic Education Australasia. Together they collaborate as the BodyCartography Project whose mission is to engage with the vital materiality of our bodies and minds to create live performance that facilitates a re-enchantment of embodiment, relationship, and presence.

Body-Mind Centering® is a registered service mark of Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen.

Location Info

Young Dance
655 Fairview Ave N
Saint Paul, MN 55104

Contact Info

Olive Bieringa

July 19-23 and July 26-30, 2021
Monday-Friday, 9:30am-3:30pm
Ages sixteen and older.

Train with some of the Twin Cities top talents in theatrical jazz dance while taking your dance and performing skills to the next level. Our program is tailored to meet the individual goals and needs of EACH dancer. ALL ARE WELCOME.

Daily Class Sample Schedule:
9:30-11:00am: Ballet Technique
11:00-12:30pm: Jazz Technique
1:00-3:30pm: Classes in Acting, Modern, African, Contemporary, and more!

Teachers include Chelsea Rose, Allyson Richert, Katie Bradley, Da’Rius Malone, and more! The two-week intensive culminates with an opportunity to audition for Collide’s 2021/2022 Performing Apprentice Program.

Scholarships available for BIPOC applicants and those underrepresented in dance. Email for more information.

Classes take place at the Collide Studio in St. Paul.

Location Info

Collide Theatrical
755 Prior Ave N
Ste 235H
St. Paul, MN 55104


Contact Info

Chelsea Rose
Photo by Isabel Fajardo

The TU Dance Pre-Professional program is an intensive course of study integrating modern, ballet, African dance, and creative workshops for students ages 11 to 24. The TU Dance Summer Intensive builds a strong technique while exploring individual artistry.

Levels 1-3: July 5-24
Registration Deadline: June 30, 2021

Levels 4-5: August 2-21
Registration Deadline: July 26, 2021

For program details, level placement and to register visit or contact School Coordinator Maxine Yamazaki at or (612) 235-7634.

Scholarships available!

Location Info

TU Dance Center
2121 University Avenue West
Saint Paul, MN 55114


Contact Info

Maxine Yamazaki
‪(651) 724-9708‬

July 28-August 24

In partnering with TU Dance, Equipoise will provide the unique, hybrid (online/in person), opportunity of having individualized curriculum alongside one-on-one assessment sessions and coaching that compliment and deepen professional training.

Equipoise is a diverse collective of established professionals offering expertise in relevant areas of the performing arts – supporting and mentoring young dance artists and providing tools and resources to nurture the growth, development, and success of professionally oriented dancers.

In addition to the TU Dance Summer Intensive classes, Equipoise will provide the following workshops and sessions: Self-care/Health and Wellbeing, Contract Fluency, Audition Coaching, Self Advocacy, Personal and Professional Budgeting, Personal Branding, Injury Prevention, Resume Preparation, Workers’ Rights, and more.

Registration Deadline: July 7

Scholarships and payment plans are available for qualifying students. Scholarship application deadline: July 26, 2021. Please contact TU Dance School Coordinator Maxine Yamazaki at for more information.

Location Info

TU Dance Center
2121 University Avenue West
Saint Paul, MN 55114


Contact Info

Maxine Yamazaki
‪(651) 724-9708‬
Photo by Bill Cameron

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

Registration Deadline: June 30, 2021

Creative Movement: July 19-23
A one-week program for children ages 5-8 where students will experience the connection between movement and creativity.

Bridge Level: July 12-24
A two-week program for students ages 9-13 preparing for a deeper engagement in dance that includes introductory dance technique classes with a focus on the creative process.

Teen 1: July 5-24
A three-week program, typically for students aged 14-19, where students learn the fundamentals of dance while exploring individual artistic expression with a focus on modern technique, Hip-Hop and African Dance as well as workshop/choreography.

For more information and to register visit or contact School Coordinator Maxine Yamazaki at or (612) 235-7634.

Scholarships available!

Location Info

TU Dance Center
2121 University Avenue West
Saint Paul, MN 55114


Contact Info

Maxine Yamazaki
(651) 724-9708‬

Discover movement possibilities with Young Dance this summer!

Register now for summer classes and camps in creative movement, Afro-Brazilian, body percussion, ballet, hip hop, modern, and more. Summer programs are offered in a hybrid format, unless otherwise noted in registration, with both in-person and online options for participation.

Classes and camps include:
Creative Movement 1 – Ages three to five
Creative Movement 2 – Ages five to seven
Dance a Story – Creative Movement and Storytelling Adventure! – Ages four to seven
Dance Together – Ages one to three with a caregiver
Create! Dance and Photography Camp – Ages eight to fifteen
Explore the World Variety Dance Camp! – Ages eight to eighteen
Dance Pass to Explore – Allows dancers to drop in and experience a variety of classes – Ages seven and older
All Abilities Dance and Stories – Ages seven and older

For summer session information and registration visit:
We can’t wait to dance with you!

Location Info

Young Dance
Fairview Business Center
655 Fairview Ave N
St. Paul, MN 55104

Contact Info

Kathleen Pender

Dance Pass to Explore allows dancers to drop in and experience a variety of classes.

Classes include: All Abilities Dancing, Ballet, Modern, and Hip Hop.
This program is offered in a hybrid format, with both in-person and online options for participation.

Mondays, June 21, 28; July 5, 12, 19

All Abilities Dancing
Ages seven and older

Tuesdays, June 22, 29; July 6, 13, 20

Ages seven to twelve

Ages seven to eighteen

Thursdays, June 24; July 1, 8, 15, 22

Hip Hop
Ages seven to eighteen

Drop-in class: $16
5-class pass: $75
10-class pass: $150
Unlimited: $225

Discover movement possibilities with Young Dance this summer! Register:

Location Info

Young Dance, Fairview Business Center
655 Fairview Ave N
St. Paul, MN 55104

Contact Info

Kathleen Pender

Threads Dance Project is seeking an ethnically diverse group of dancers ages 21 and older. Men, women, and gender fluid dancers encouraged to apply. Threads is seeking versatile dancers that are quick learners and are fluent in a variety of dance forms. Rehearsals begin August 9, 2021.

Friday, July 16, 2021
Registration begins at 9:00AM
Audition: 9:30AM-12:00PM
Alternative audition format is available upon request.

Location: Threads Dance Nexus | 2213 Snelling Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, 55404

Dancers must register by Wednesday, July 14, 2021 as space will be limited, and upload a headshot and resume via the google form provided below.

Threads Dance Nexus offers free parking and free side street parking, is a five-minute walk from the Franklin Light Rail Station, 2-5 minute walk from nearest bus stops (lines 2, 9, 22, 67).

To register, please follow this link.

Please direct questions regarding the audition to:
Karen Christ Aalgaard-, (641) 512-7376

Location Info

Threads Dance Nexus
2213 Snelling Ave, Ste. #100
Minneapolis, MN 55404


Contact Info

Karen Christ Aalgaard
Deadline: July 14, 2021
Ramaswamy, Morris-Van Tassel, and Ahlgren performing at The Lab in 2019

Seeking one to three dancers for a new multimedia performance project, Ashwini Ramaswamy’s Invisible Cities.

Commissioned by The Great Northern Festival and The Cowles Center. Creative residency partner: The National Center for Choreography in Akron, OH.

Ashwini Ramaswamy’s Invisible Cities is a large-scale reimagining of Italo Calvino’s metaphysical/philosophical novel. With Invisible Cities, she deepens a unique choreographic methodology anchored in the South Indian classical dance form of Bharatanatyam and collaboratively reinterpreted by dancers of four distinct cultural backgrounds/dance lineages (Bharatanatyam, led by Ramaswamy; Contemporary/Gaga led by Berit Ahlgren; Contemporary/African Diasporic led by Alanna Morris-Van Tassel; and Breaking led by Joseph ‘MN Joe’ Tran).

Ashwini and Alanna are currently seeking one to three dancers for the Contemporary/African Diasporic group. Interested candidates must have a minimum of 10 years of dance experience. Ideal candidates are generative collaborators (enjoy making contributions through generating movement and ideas), imaginative, and move with spirit,  It is also important to note that since this is a long term commitment, Ashwini and Alanna are most interested in artists who desire to grow and deepen their craft with a group of collaborators over a period of time.

Important dates:
August 10-13, 2021: Introductory residency in Minneapolis
March 2022: Possible residency in Sheyboygan, WI
August 2022: Residency at the National Center for Choreography in Akron, OH
Fall 2022: rehearsals
January/February 2023: Premiere at the Cowles Center, possible touring afterwards

Please send video excerpts from 3-5 different dance works and a dance resume; if the excerpt is group choreography, please specify which dancer you are. Each clip should be a minimum of three minutes in length. Total video length should not exceed 20 minutes.

Deadline: July 15, 2021

Established dance studio looking to hire an experienced teacher (mostly jazz, modern and/or contemporary) to teach classes once or twice a week starting in September.

We can be very flexible.

We are located one hour west of Minneapolis and are willing to pay for the commute.

We seek modest choreography and the days and pay are negotiable.

If you are interested and would like more information, please email

Location Info

Touch of Grace
30 Main Street
Hutchinson, Mn 55350

Contact Info

Corinne Olcott
Deadline: January 1, 1970

The Community
Grand Rapids is the county seat of Itasca County in Northern Minnesota, serving a region of approximately 40,000. There are six lakes located within the city limits, and over one thousand lakes in the county. The Mississippi flows through the center of Grand Rapids, which has a population of just under 11,000. The major industries are tourism and papermaking, and the Blandin Foundation is located here. Grand Rapids is less than 15 miles from Chippewa National Forest and about 20 miles from Leech Lake Indian Reservation. It is less than 100 miles to the Canadian border (due north), to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (northeast) and to Lake Superior (southeast). Check the web for more information.

The Organization
The Reif Arts Council is a private, non-profit arts organization created to stimulate growth in the arts in Northern Minnesota and to provide a well-managed, multi-genre arts facility in which a wide variety of the arts may be experienced, exhibited and taught. The Arts Council makes its home in the Myles Reif Performing Arts Center, a state-of the art presenting facility built in 1980 and constructed a major facelift in 2015 with an $11m renovation, owned by Grand Rapids Public School (ISD #318), including a 704-seat auditorium and a 202-seat studio theater, three quality level dance studios, a theater classroom and a spacious lobby. There are currently eight full-time and several part-time employees working together to accomplish the vision set by a board of directors. The current budget is approximately $1.4m per year. Visit the website for additional information.

The Reif Dance Program
The Reif Dance Program started as a project of the Reif Arts Council in 1988 with a handful of students. Today there are nearly 200 students starting as young as 4 years of age. It is a ballet-based program, with strong modern, jazz, tap and dance fundamentals classes. In September of 2011, the Reif Dance Program entered into a formal partnership with James Sewell Ballet (JSB) of Minneapolis, and James Sewell was named the Artistic Advisor for the Reif Dance Program. This partnership entails regular master classes and performances by James Sewell and JSB in Grand Rapids and frequent visits by Reif Dance students to the JSB studios in Minneapolis. Some of our students aspire to become a member of the Reif Dance Company, a 15-20 member performance group. In recent years our students have gone on to study with Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet II, Alvin Ailey and Royal Winnipeg Ballet among others, and one has ascended to full company contract with JSB. There are two full-time, and several part-time dance instructors. Various guest choreographers, guest workshops, summer intensive and master classes round out students’ enriched dance experiences. There are three state-of-the-art dance rehearsal studios (1,200 square feet, 1,800 square feet and 2,250 square feet), plus access to two performance spaces with professional lighting, sound and crew. The Reif Dance Program presents three full dance productions each year, including The Nutcracker in December, a Company show, and a spring production in June.

The Position
This Ballet Director position is a full-time teaching job as lead instructor and choreographer for intermediate and advanced ballet classes. We are open to the position being filled by a couple. The Ballet Director is responsible for teaching ballet classes, creating ballet choreography and for providing artistic and program support to the Reif Dance program. The Ballet Director is also responsible for setting The Nutcracker ballet and for creating additional choreography for the other two annual dance productions. S/he acts as the director for the Reif Dance Company and is a key part of the Reif Dance program. The Ballet Director works directly with James Sewell (Artistic Advisor), the Reif Education Director and reports to Shantel Dow (Reif Arts Council Executive Director).

1. Teach 20-25 scheduled student contact of ballet per week when classes are in session (primarily intermediate and advanced ballet and beginning through advanced pointe).
2. Teach classical ballet curriculum while cultivating an interest in pushing its boundaries.
3. Teach and assist in the Reif Summer Dance Intensive program.
4. Choreograph and support three major dance performances each year. This includes primary responsibility for “The Nutcracker”, March Company Dance Production and Spring Production concept and implementation, along with work on costumes/props for all shows (ordering/fitting/making/fixing/tweaking).
5. Develop, teach, and evaluate students using appropriate ballet curriculum.
6. Collaborate with the Education Director on informal workshops, mini-tours and lecture demonstrations for the public throughout the year.
7. Collaborate with the Education Director and other staff in student recruitment, registration, maintenance of attendance records, collecting payments, weekly newsletter, parent communications, etc.
8. Assist the Education Director and dance instructors in student placement.
9. Assist in various Community Outreach projects.
10. Advise and consult with the Education Director on dance issues and program policy, including curriculum, class assignments and teaching schedules.
11. Remain knowledgeable about the overall goals, objectives and work plan of the Reif Arts Council, and attend weekly staff meetings.
12. Support major events and activities of the Reif Arts Council, including fund raising and programming.
13. An asset, but not a requirement, would be the skill to teach modern and jazz.

In the completion of all duties, the Ballet Director reports to the Executive Director. S/he is eligible for benefits as described in the Reif Arts Council Personnel Policy, including an HSA medical coverage plan, paid vacation and sick leave and a 403b retirement plan open to employee contributions. This is a full-time position and hours may be somewhat irregular in the completion of duties. This position may be shared by two instructors. There are no provisions for payment for overtime or other production/choreography responsibilities.

This is a full time position and hours may be somewhat irregular in the completion of duties. This job description should not be considered a contract for employment for any specific period of time, or with any specific salary or benefits. The Reif Arts Council is an at-will employer.

The ideal candidate will have advanced training and preparation in ballet, with a demonstrated ability to teach dance. S/he will relate well with dancers, especially young students and work well with professional colleagues. Candidates with a teaching credential will have an advantage, as will candidates with performance experience or choreography credits. Communication skills will be especially important in keeping parents involved. All teachers must have a background check before working with students.

Starting date is flexible, but not later than January 1, 2022.

This is a full time position with a strong benefits package currently including paid vacation and paid health insurance. Salary is contingent upon experience and is within $30,000 – $40,000.

Equal Opportunity Employer
The Reif Arts Council is an equal opportunity employer by choice. An individual’s age, religion, race, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation or non-job-related medical condition or non-job-related physical abilities will not be a factor.

To Apply
• Submit a cover letter
• Submit a current resume with three (3) references we may contact
• Provide a sample of teaching and/or performing work, if available

Deadline: Review of applications will begin in June, and the position will be open until filled.

Location Info

Reif Arts Council
720 Conifer Drive
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

Contact Info

Shantel Dow
Deadline: January 1, 1970

Neighborhood Dances is seeking performers for July and August mini concerts in public spaces.

Help spread joy, blessings and healing through dance while acknowledging God as our higher perspective and hope. The dances cover a variety of style—modern, jazz, hip hop, lyrical/ballet, with sections for an ASL choir, swing and ballroom dancers, flags/props and limited ability.

These songs will make you smile!  At least three years of dance experience required. This is a voluntary opportunity. Are you interested? Contact Carol Oyanagi at

Performance dates are Saturday, July 31 and August TBD.

Contact Info

Carol Oyanagi
Deadline: January 1, 1970

Our 1,480 square foot space has a professional grade speaker sound system, sprung floors, barres and mirrors, is ADA compliant, and has two gender neutral changing rooms. Its large windows and garage door allow for an abundance of natural light and fresh air.

A new ventilation system and thorough cleaning between each use are compliant with guidelines for Covid-19 preparedness plans. Face coverings are required at all times and our maximum studio capacity is ten people, to allow for adequate distancing.

Conveniently located in the Seward neighborhood, we offer free parking and free side street parking. We are a five-minute walk from the Franklin Light Rail Station, and a 2-5 minute walk from nearest bus stops (lines 2, 9, 22, 67).

A nonrefundable deposit equal to one hour at the renter’s base rate is due to secure space.

To request space, please email

Location Info

Threads Dance Nexus
2213 Snelling Ave, Ste. #100
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Contact Info

Karen Christ Aalgaard

Need space to rehearse, choreograph, teach, or hold an event? Collide Theatrical has two studios available for rental in our beautiful St. Paul location.

Studio 1 has 1700 square feet of sprung floor, full wall-length mirrors, Rosco Adagio Marley dance floor, high ceilings, sky lights, and chandeliers. Studio 2 has 550 square feet of sprung wood floor.

Both studios have the following amenities:

  • Ballet barres for up to 18 students
  • Free and accessible parking and access to public transportation line
  • Gender-specific bathrooms (non-gender-specific bathroom available in the adjacent building)
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth room speakers
  • Cubbies for holding shoes and clothes
  • 2 long folding tables
  • Access to up to 30 folding chairs
  • HVAC heated and cooled spaces with temperature control
  • Hallway drinking fountains. Access to kitchenette area available upon request.

Single Rental:
Studio 1 – $30/hour
Studio 2 – $20/hour

Long-Term or Multiple Day Rental:
Studio 1 – $20/hour
Studio 2 – $15/hour

Weekly Rental Rate:
Payment for rental bookings must be made 48 hours prior to your booking to hold your reservation. A signed rental agreement and certificate of insurance must be provided prior to your reservation. Please contact us at 651-395-7903 to schedule a visit. COVID safety rules and cleaning are at the highest priority.

Location Info

Collide Theatrical
755 Prior Ave N
Ste 235H
St Paul, MN 55104


Contact Info

Grace Kidder
Photo by Laura Kane Scher Photography

TU Dance Center is available for rental when not in use by the school.

TU Dance Center features:

Reception area and front desk for check-in or event use. Access to adjacent dressing room and green room with kitchenette are available upon request.

Both studios: sprung dance floor with Marley-type surface by Harlequin, wall of mirrors, portable ballet barre units 10′ in length, room-level sound system with CD and mini-jack inputs, 50′ LCD TV cart for presentation and videoconferencing. Large windows providing ample natural light.

Studio 1 only: a curtain that can be drawn on entire mirror, wall-mounted ballet barres of 27′ and 33′.

Studio 1: 60′x34′
Studio 2: 46’x21′

Location Info

TU Dance Center
2121 University Avenue West
Saint Paul, MN 55114


Contact Info

Abdo Sayegh Rodriguez
‪(651) 724-9708‬

Erin’s advanced level contemporary Zoom class through Zenon Dance School includes floor work, standing warm-ups, and phrase work, all designed to enhance the healthy use of joints and muscle groups as dancers release their weight fully into the support of the ground. Experiential awareness, body mapping, improvisation, and creative work are included as dancers channel their own expressive artistry within the movement. The delightful Dean Magraw will accompany on guitar.

Thursday mornings, 9:30-11:00am

NOTE – Classes will be in person and on Zoom!

Registration is open through Zenon’s MindBody portal and closes ten minutes before class.
See you, in person or virtually, soon!

Zenon Dance School


Location Info

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


Contact Info

Erin Thompson

Zenon Dance School is very excited to begin our summer session with virtual and hybrid classes all summer long!

5:30pm: Cardio Dance Jam with Ariel Linnerson
5:30pm: Ballet for Contemporary Dancers with Anne Lentz

9:30am: gaga/people with Berit Ahlgren
5:30pm: All Levels Hip Hop with Arturo Miles
7:00pm: Beginning Jazz with Allison Rubin-Forester

9:30am: Composition/Improvisation with HIJACK
5:30pm: Intermediate Contemporary/Modern with Ruby Josephine Smith – HYBRID
5:30pm: Beginning Ballet with Lisa Erickson

9:30am: Advanced Contemporary/Modern with Erin Thompson – HYBRID
5:30pm: Afro Modern with Roxane Wallace
7:00pm: Intermediate Modern with Dustin Haug – HYBRID

10:00am: All Levels Jazz with Erinn Liebhard and Karla Grotting – HYBRID
12:00pm: Intermediate Ballet with Penny Freeh

9:00am: All Levels Yoga with Ariel Linnerson
10:00am: All Levels Tap with Dorian Brooke
10:15am: Youth Hip Hop, Ages 6-9 with Erin Sheppard
11:00am: Youth Ballet I, Ages 5-7 with Sarah Bartlett
11:15am: Youth Ballet II, Ages 8-10 with Kendall Kramer
12:00pm: Beginning 2 Ballet with Benjamin Johnson

Register online today!

Contact Info

Erika Martin
Outdoor MotionArt Children's Classes

MotionArt focuses on nurturing children’s individual creativity while facilitating their understanding of the dance elements of space, time, and energy. Ages 3-6 explore these elements through playful, structured activities allowing them to expand their movement vocabulary, develop body awareness and gain self-confidence. Ages 7-9 explore the dance elements while being introduced to new movement skills and the creation of their own dances. Ages 9-12 expand their creative and kinesthetic awareness while learning basic movement skills of modern dance.

We offer ways for children to dance through outdoor classes, weather permitting (contact Pam Gleason for info). Please go to to sign up for classes. There are various options for payment/donations, and no one will be turned away for inability to pay.

Ages 3-6: Saturday, 10:00-10:40am

Ages 7-9: Saturday, 10:45-11:30am

Ages 9-12: Saturday, 11:30am-12:15pm

Contact Info

Pam Gleason

Lisa’s welcoming ballet classes are crafted to naturally guide students in refining their body alignment balance and technique. Students value the individual attention and feedback they receive, and are often surprised by the difference it makes when we expect success and stay fully present in every moment! Come see for yourself. Everyone is invited and welcome.

Classes are offered on a sliding scale of $5-15.

Thursdays, 5:30-6:45pm

Sundays, 1:30-3:00pm
Slow intermediate

Mondays, 5:30-6:45pm
Beginning 2

Contact Info

Lisa Erickson

Join us for Friday Morning Jazz through Zenon, in person or online!

Summer is in swing at Zenon Dance School, and Friday Morning Jazz has shifted into a hybrid format this session! You can register to be one of the eight in-person, masked, socially-distanced students to dance in Zenon Studio 4A or you can Zoom into class from anywhere. Co-teachers Karla Grotting and Erinn Liebhard, along with Zenon, are taking great care to ensure that both the in-person and Zoom options will be high-quality, so join us!

This week, Erinn is teaching, and will share her approach to jazz that emphasizes groove, interaction and improvisation, is inspired by both social and concert dance movement (particularly that with African diasporic roots), and is driven by jazz music. To dance in-person, register by 5:00pm this Thursday night. To dance with us via Zoom, register by 9:50am on Friday. Both types of registrations can be done at

Class runs 10:00-11:15am CST most Fridays!

Questions? Connect with

#getyourasstoclass, and we’ll see you Friday!

Location Info

Zenon Dance at The Cowles Center
528 Hennepin Ave. #400
Minneapolis, MN 55403


Contact Info

Erinn Liebhard
Photo by Eric Saulitis

TU Dance Center’s open classes are back! Join us for in-person dance classes for intermediate/advanced dancers with teaching Artist Abdo Sayegh-Rodriguez.

Wednesdays, 10:30am–12:00pm
Through July 2, 2021

Cost: $15
Please register a minimum of 24 hours in advance.

If using a class card, please email us at with your name, class title and class date at least 24 hours in advance. Upon arrival at TU Dance Center, please present your class card to a TU Dance staff member or Teaching Artist.

TU Dance Center is continuing to have COVID-related restrictions. A limited number of dancers will be allowed per class. Dancers must complete the TU Dance Center Health Self-Assessment within 24 hours of class start time, and must practice social distancing and wear a mask during their visit and while taking dance classes. These classes will be provided only in person.

Location Info

TU Dance Center
2121 University Avenue West
Saint Paul, MN 55114


Contact Info

Abdo Sayegh-Rodriguez
Photo by Marty Sohl

TU Dance Center’s open classes are back! Join us for in-person dance classes for intermediate/advanced dancers with teaching Artist Laurel Keen.

Fridays, 10:30am-12:00pm
Through July 2, 2021

Cost: $15
Please register a minimum of 24 hours in advance.

If using a class card, please email us at with your name, class title and class date at least 24 hours in advance. Upon arrival at TU Dance Center, please present your class card to a TU Dance staff member or Teaching Artist.

TU Dance Center is continuing COVID-related restrictions. A limited number of dancers will be allowed per class. Dancers must complete the TU Dance Center Health Self-Assessment within 24 hours of class start time, and must practice social distancing and wear a mask during their visit and while taking dance classes. These classes will be provided only in person.

Location Info

TU Dance Center
2121 University Avenue West
Saint Paul, MN 55114


Contact Info

Abdo Sayegh Rodriguez
Photo by Isabel Fajardo

TU Dance Center’s open classes are back! Join us for in-person dance classes for intermediate/advanced dancers with teaching Artist Leila Awadallah.

Body Watani (body-as-homeland practice and Arabic dance)
A class in two parts.
Weaving questions around ancestral, home/land roots and memories of place and beings, the first half of Body Watani practice is a guided improvisation endeavor in unraveling, seeking, and grappling with what notions of home and complex histories live within each of our different, and specific bodies. Led by Palestinian American artists Leila and Noelle Awadallah, the second half of Body Watani activates movement techniques and choreographic material rooted in SWANA / Arabic dance and music, ranging from traditional to experimental.

Thursdays, 10:30am–12:00pm
Through July 2, 2021

Cost: $15
Please register a minimum of 24 hours in advance.

If using a class card, please email us at with your name, class title and class date at least 24 hours in advance. Upon arrival at TU Dance Center, please present your class card to a TU Dance staff member or Teaching Artist.

Location Info

TU Dance Center
2121 University Avenue West
Saint Paul, MN 55114


Contact Info

Abdo Sayegh Rodriguez

MotionArt’s mission is to share the art of dance and the joy of movement with people of all ages and abilities. We strive to enrich lives by fostering creativity, body awareness and self-expression in a fun, non-competitive, welcoming environment.

We offer ongoing dance classes on Zoom and outside (weather permitting) and will begin offering in-studio classes mid-July. Paying the regular rate helps keep our organization afloat; however, no one will be turned away for inability to pay. There is also an option to pay what you can.

Please go to to sign up for classes, or contact Pam for info.

Beginning Modern Dance
Monday, 2:00-3:15pm
Outdoors, weather permitting, or Zoom. Contact Pam Gleason for info.

Beginning Modern Dance
Tuesday, 5:00-6:15pm on Zoom

Intermediate Modern Dance
Wednesday, 10:30am-12:00pm
Outdoors, weather permitting, or Zoom. Contact Pam Gleason for info.

Ageless Dance
Thursday, 4:30-5:45pm on Zoom

Mixed Level Modern Dance
Saturday, 4:00-5:30pm on Zoom

Contact Info

Pam Gleason

Moving Practice is a weekly class series for professional dancers. As a collective, we aim to offer classes that prioritize rigor, diversity of contemporary aesthetics, variety of class content, and commitment. Professional level dancers of all styles are welcome

Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30AM at Saint Paul Ballet
Laura Selle Virtucio teaches throughout June

Modern/Contemporary Movement Class with Laura Selle Virtucio will lean into joy, flow, and dynamic disruption. Classes will utilize set patterns and improvisational strategies to prepare for the embodiment of culminating phrase work.

Pre-registration required –
Flexible pricing and free parking!

Contact Info

Kelli Miles

Join ARENA DANCES for our weekly Studio Stories Podcast, where each week we reminisce on Twin Cities dance history with a new special guest. The next several weeks we are airing a special series, featuring artists that will premiere new work at our CANDY BOX Dance Festival July 12-16! This week we sat down with Annika Hansen and Abigail Whitmore – one of the festival’s Happy Hour Artists.

Abigail Whitmore (she/her) and Annika Hansen (they/them, she/her) are dance artists and partners invested in collaborative efforts, performative events, and dance as embodied research. Both graduates of the University of Minnesota Dance Program, they draw inspiration from somatic practices, improvisation, post-modern, and contemporary dance forms. In their work together, they have partnered with Glam Doll Donuts with the support of a UROP grant (You’re Invited, 2016), the Casket Arts Building (Casket Dances, 2018), and the Walker Art Center (SculpTour, 2018/2019) to produce public dance events and experiment with audience engagement. Most recently, they were collaborating artists on a piece (To and From:) for the Red Eye Theater’s Works in Progress 2019 program. This year they are also planning another SculpTour event in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. 

Studio Stories will air each Thursday at noon with new guests joining the host to reminisce and share their memories and history with our dance scene. 

Visit to listen, or check it out wherever you get your podcasts!

Contact Info

Kelli Miles