Four Young Dance class photos.

Young Dance is excited for the 2021-22 academic year. Register for your favorite dance classes and instructors, or try some new moves with fresh faces! We’re thrilled to welcome everyone back into our space after a long time away.

Young Dance is committed to offering a fun and developmentally appropriate curriculum. Our exceptional Teaching Artists bring an unparalleled level of excellence, where young artists can experience a myriad of styles and techniques. We provide a breadth of opportunities for youth to engage with dance in the way that feels best for them and that supports them in finding and lifting their voices.

Classes include Dance Together, Creative Movement, Hip Hop, All Abilities Dancing, Modern, Ballet, Choreography, Performing Company, and more.

Location Info

Young Dance
Fairview Business Center
655 Fairview Ave N
St. Paul, MN 55104
6124233064
website

Contact Info

Kathleen Pender
kathleen@youngdance.org
6124233064

Friday Morning Jazz class welcomes our special guest artist Jennifer Glaws who will teach on December 3. FMJ is an open-level, drop-in friendly, hybrid jazz dance class through Zenon Dance School. Dancers may attend in-person (masked and socially-distanced) or Zoom in for a high-quality Zoom experience.

Regular co-teachers Erinn Liebhard and Karla Grotting are thrilled to be hosting several guest teaching artists this year to highlight and explore the many varied approaches and insights of jazz dance teachers in our local dance community. Come out and support your local jazz class!

About Jennifer Glaws:

Jennifer holds a MFA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, BFA in dance and photography from Arizona State University, and a post-baccalaureate certificate in photography from Minneapolis Colleges of Art and Design. She is a 2018 recipient of the MN State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant and 2020 recipient of the MSAB Creative Support for Individuals grant. She has served as the Director of Education for Young Dance (Minneapolis, MN), and on faculty at Gustavus Adolphus College, Rochester Community and Technical College (Rochester, MN). Jennifer has resided in Minneapolis since 2004 producing in museum, theater environments, and public spaces with commissioned dance pieces created for Gustavus Adolphus College, ACDA-Midwest, Alternative Motion Project, Young Dance, metro area middle and high schools and UW-Milwaukee among other private institutions. Jennifer’s choreography has been presented in Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and New York.  For more, go to https://jenniferglaws.org

Upcoming classes:

December 3 – Jennifer Glaws
December 10 – Jolene Konkel
December 17 – Jolene Konkel

Location Info

Zenon Dance School
Cowles Center, Fourth Floor
528 Hennepin Ave #400
Minneapolis, MN 55403
612-338-1101
website

Contact Info

Karla Grotting
karlagrotting@gmail.com

Register today for online, in person and hybrid classes through our MindBody portal! The fall session will run through December 19, 2021.

Mondays
11:15am-12:15pm: gaga/people with Berit Ahlgren – In Person
5:30-6:15pm: Cardio Dance Jam with Ariel Linnerson – Online
5:30-6:45pm: Contemporary Ballet with Anne Lentz – Online

Tuesdays
7:00-8:00pm: Beginning Jazz with Allison Rubin-Forester – Hybrid

Wednesdays
9:30-11:00am: Composition/Improvisation with HIJACK – In Person December 1
5:30-6:45pm: Beginning Ballet with Lisa Erickson – Online
5:30-7:00pm: Intermediate Contemporary with Ruby Josephine Smith – Hybrid
7:30-8:30pm: All Levels Hip-Hop with Gabby “The Baddie” Abram – Hybrid

Thursdays
9:30-11:00am: Advanced Contemporary/Modern with Erin Thompson – Hybrid
5:30-6:30pm: Afro Modern with Roxane Wallace – Online
7:00-8:30pm: Intermediate Modern with Dustin Haug – Hybrid

Fridays
10:00-11:15am: All Levels Jazz with Erinn Liebhard, Karla Grotting, and Guests – Hybrid
12:00-1:30pm: Intermediate Ballet with Penny Freeh – Hybrid

Saturday
9:00-10:00am: All Levels Yoga with Ariel Linnerson – Online
10:15-10:45am: Youth Hip-Hop, Ages 6-9 with Erin Sheppard – Online
12:30-1:00pm: Beginning 2 Ballet with Ben Johnson – Hybrid

Sundays
10:00-10:30am: Creative Movement, Ages 4-6 with Sarah Bartlett and Kendall Kramer – In Person
11:00-11:45am: Youth Ballet, Ages 7-10 with Kendall Kramer – In Person
12:00-12:45pm: Youth Modern, Ages 11-14 with Kendall Kramer – In Person

Location Info

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

website

Contact Info

Erika Martin
info@zenondance.org

Erin’s advanced level contemporary hybrid 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

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
Cowles Center, Fourth Floor
Minneapolis, MN 55403

website

Contact Info

Erin Thompson
thomp065@umn.edu
6122213186

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 in-studio, on Zoom, and outside – weather permitting.

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 motionartmn.org to sign up for classes, or contact Pam for info.

Ageless Dance
Monday, 4:00-5:15pm – Center for Performing Arts, Studio #105
Thursday, 4:30-5:45pm – Center for Performing Arts, Sunroom

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

Intermediate Modern Dance
Wednesday, 10:30am-12:00pm – Center for Performing Arts, Sunroom

Mixed Level Modern Dance
Tuesday, 7:00-8:15pm – Center for Performing Arts, Studio #105
Saturday, 4:00-5:30pm – Hybrid: Center for Performing Arts, Sunroom and Zoom

Location Info

Center for Performing Arts
3754 Pleasant Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55409
612-821-9202
website

Contact Info

Pam Gleason
pamgleason@msn.com

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 – and at the Center for Performing Arts. Contact Pam Gleason for info.

Please go to motionartmn.org to sign up for classes. There are various options for payment/donations, and no one will be turned away for inability to pay.

Starting December 4 at the Center for Performing Arts:
Ages 7-9 – Saturday, 3:00-3:45pm

Location Info

Center for Performing Arts
3754 Pleasant Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55409
612-821-9202
website

Contact Info

Pam Gleason
pamgleason@msn.com

Join our dance-learning community of all ages, sizes, and levels of experience to participate in the creative expression and health and fitness benefits of Middle Eastern dance. The beauty of this dance form is that it makes you feel wonderful in your own body.

We now have in-studio options for beginners and all students! Or, you may choose to take these same classes online through Zoom.

Go to cassandraschool.com to choose from our ongoing classes, register, and pay in advance using PayPal. Purchase 4 or more classes and receive a $2 discount per class! All class registrations close at 8:00pm CT the night before each class.

Location Info

The Cassandra School
3010 Minnehaha Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55406
6128726050
website

Contact Info

Jenny Piper
genmanager@jawaahir.org

Move BIG, sweat, and play in an energizing atmosphere each week! Movers will build awareness and explore expansive possibilities within their own individuality and identities. Through improvised and structured movement vocabulary, participants will be encouraged to research freedom, 3-D expansion, mobility, rigor, presence, agency in choice-making, and empowerment within each individual’s own unique body.

Led by AMP Co-Director, Joanna Lees. Knee pads recommended. Suitable for advanced/professional movers.

Curiosity, Connection, Community, Choice

Wednesdays, 10:00-11:30am
Through December 15

In-person and synchronous Zoom/virtual options.
In the newly renovated Center for Performing Arts.
Masks required unless otherwise specified.
Registration strongly encouraged for in person, but not required.
Registration is required for Zoom option. To receive the Zoom link via email, you must register no later than 30 minutes prior to class time.

Rates
Single Practice: $15
5 Practices: $70
10 Practices: $130
No one will be turned away due to lack of funds. Please email alternativemotionproject@gmail.com for low/no cost options.

Location Info

Center for Performing Arts
3754 Pleasant Ave
Studio 105
Minneapolis, MN 55409

website

Contact Info

Joanna Lees
alternativemotionproject@gmail.com
Photo by Aaron Warkov

Mathew Janczewski teaches modern/contemporary technique – Fridays, 9:30-11:00am, through December 17

The students and I will open up curiosity, finding internal pathways within the body and the contrast of those same pathways to promote extension of skeletal mobility beyond one’s own range. An assortment of texture, speed, density, length, force and resistance will be taught and open these skills.

My work is best described as contemporary, spanning an array of styles – from quietly evocative to physically demanding and full of spiraling momentum that draws energy in the core and spreads it out like disco ball beams of light. At times, the work focuses on the dancers’ bends and folds, creating shape as one shifts and moves. My work strives to create moments of connection.

Drop-in $17. Flexible pricing and free parking!
Pre-register at https://www.arena-dances.org/class-payment/

Mathew Janczewski’s inquisitive, immersive and heartfelt approach to contemporary dance reaches beyond the surface and holds the viewer in its embrace. With over 35 works in his repertoire and more than two decades of experience as a choreographer, Mathew has cultivated a highly diverse and mesmerizing style of movement.

Mathew’s work has garnered praise in the Twin Cities and beyond. He has created commissioned works for companies such as Minnesota Dance Theater, Cleveland Repertory Co., aTrek Dance, and Zenon Dance Company. He was the Bates Festival choreographer (2001), received the Sage Award for Outstanding Performance (2005) and won the McKnight Choreographers Fellowship (2005). In 2008, Dance Magazine named him as one of their “25 to Watch.”

Shortly after receiving his degree in dance at the University of Minnesota and performing internationally, Mathew founded his own non-profit dance company, ARENA DANCES, in 1995. ARENA serves as the vehicle for his body of work and provides young, aging and underserved segments of the Twin Cities community with opportunities to experience the transformative power of dance.

Location Info

The Arena
711 W. Lake Street
Studio 308
Minneapolis, MN 55408
6128040238
website

Contact Info

Mathew Janczewski
arenadances@gmail.com

Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art that combines martial arts, dance, and culture, and provides an environment for people to develop themselves physically as well as mentally and emotionally.

Jim Bozic has been training capoeira for approximately seven years, and teaching for five – “I find the personal challenges of testing my abilities to be quite the humbling experience, but my main enjoyment from capoeira comes from the teaching aspect. Helping guide and shape my fellow students into achieving their potential comes as its own reward.”

Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30pm

Drop-in $17. Flexible pricing and free parking!

Pre-register at https://www.arena-dances.org/class-payment/

Location Info

The Arena
711 W. Lake Street
Studio 308
Minneapolis, MN 55408
6128040238
website

Contact Info

Mathew Janczewski
arenadances@gmail.com

Classes

Class Title: Capoeira
Instructor: Jim Bozic
Price: $17
Date: December 1, 2021
End Date: December 15, 2021
Time: 6:30 pm
End Rime: 7:30 pm