Studio Stories: Reminiscing on Twin Cities Dance with Julia Tehven Sutton

Join ARENA DANCES for our weekly Studio Stories podcast, where each week we reminisce on Twin Cities dance history with a new special guest. This week we kick-off Season 9 on Thursday, December 1 with Julia Tehven Sutton for Episode 110!

Julia, a 2004 McKnight Dancers Fellow, began her professional career with Minnesota Dance Theatre under the Artistic Director and Founder Loyce Houlton, performing in many of her original works as well as ballets of renowned choreographers such as Balanchine, Glen Tetley, Frederick Ashton, Petipa and Michael Fokine. In 1988 Julia joined Myron Johnson’s Ballet of the Dolls dancing in countless original works including the Children’s Theatre productions of Beatrix Potter and Worn Out Dancing Shoes (based on the 12 Dancing Princesses by the Brothers Grimm). Julia has also danced with James Sewell Ballet, Minnesota Opera, Chanhassen Dinner Theater and acted in the Jungle Theatre productions of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf, The Glass Menagerie and Bus Stop.

She has performed with local choreographers and was invited to join Robin Stiehm’s Dancing People for a performance in Ashland Oregon. She has taught ballet at Larkin Dance, Summit School of Dance, Minnesota Dance Theatre, Zenon, and most recently at the Reif Dance program in Grand Rapids, MN.

Studio Stories airs Thursdays at noon. Listen wherever you get your podcasts or find it here!

Studio Stories: Reminiscing on Twin Cities Dance with Judith James Ries

Join ARENA DANCES for our weekly Studio Stories podcast, where each week we reminisce on Twin Cities dance history with a new special guest. This week for the Season 8 finale on Thursday, November 17 we have Judith James Ries for Episode 109!

Judith was a company member of Danny Buraczeski’s JAZZDANCE from the beginnings of its second iteration to debut in the Twin Cities for its full 11 years. She is now Co-Chair of the Musical Theater Department at St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists and a jazz dance teacher in the dance program there with many other teaching gigs under her belt at Hamline, Concordia, Zenon, etc.

Studio Stories airs Thursdays at noon. Listen wherever you get your podcasts or find it here!

Studio Stories: Reminiscing on Twin Cities Dance with Heidi Spesard-Noble

Join ARENA DANCES for our weekly Studio Stories podcast, where each week we reminisce on Twin Cities dance history with a new special guest. This week on Thursday, November 10 we have Heidi Spesard-Noble for Season 8, Episode 108!

Heidi is a product of Loyce Houlton’s Minnesota Dance Theater and went on to perform at Chanhassen Dinner Theater, later choreographing many musicals at Chanhassen as well as many operas with MN Opera.

Studio Stories airs Thursdays at noon. Listen wherever you get your podcasts, or find it here!

Studio Stories: Reminiscing on Twin Cities Dance with Gretchen Pick

“Stories are among our most potent tools… We need to unearth old stories that live in a place and begin to create new ones. We are story makers, not just storytellers. All stories are connected, new ones woven from the threads of the old” (Robin Wall Kimmerer).

Join ARENA DANCES for our weekly Studio Stories podcast, where each week we reminisce on Twin Cities dance history with a new special guest. This week on Thursday, November 3 we have Gretchen Pick for Season 8, Episode 107!

Gretchen Pick has been an active dancer, teacher and choreographer in the Twin Cities since 1993 and has been the Executive Director of Young Dance now for 22 years.

Studio Stories airs Thursdays at noon. Listen wherever you get your podcasts, or find it here!

Studio Stories: Reminiscing on Twin Cities Dance with Yuki Tokuda

“Stories are among our most potent tools… We need to unearth old stories that live in a place and begin to create new ones. We are story makers, not just storytellers. All stories are connected, new ones woven from the threads of the old” (Robin Wall Kimmerer).

Join ARENA DANCES for our weekly Studio Stories podcast, where each week we reminisce on Twin Cities dance history with a new special guest. This week on Thursday, October 27 we have Yuki Tokuda for Season 8, Episode 106!

Originally from Japan, Yuki is a ballet dancer, choreographer and teacher who moved to the United States in the year 2000 to continue her training with the Joffrey Ballet School. With diverse training, Yuki has danced professionally with USA Ballet, Peoria Ballet, Metropolitan Ballet and has been a company member for 7 years with the Continental Ballet, here in Bloomington. Not to mention guest performer and collaborator with James Sewell Ballet and Minnesota Dance Theater.

Studio Stories airs Thursdays at noon. Listen wherever you get your podcasts, or find it here!

Studio Stories: Reminiscing on Twin Cities Dance with Michael Casper

Join us for the Studio Stories podcast this week on Thursday, October 20 with Michael Casper for Season 8, Episode 105!

Michael, for many years now, does Shiatsu and western massage, but in the 90s he was a company member of New Dance Ensemble/New Dance Lab and a choreographer. 

Studio Stories airs Thursdays at noon. Listen wherever you get your podcasts, or find it here!

Studio Stories: Reminiscing on Twin Cities Dance with Maggie Bergeron

Join us for the Studio Stories podcast this week on Thursday, October 6 with Maggie Bergeron for Season 8, Episode 104!

Maggie is an organizer, teacher, choreographer, dancer, lighting designer, and writer, holding a BFA in Dance from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Studio Stories airs Thursdays at noon. Listen wherever you get your podcasts, or find it here!

Studio Stories: Reminiscing on Twin Cities Dance with Abdo Sayegh Rodriguez

Join us for the Studio Stories podcast this week on Thursday, October 6 with Abdo Sayegh Rodriguez for Season 8, Episode 103!

Abdo has an illustrious career, performing with the Ballet Nacional de Caracas and Ballet Nuevo Mundo de Caracas in Venezuela. Abdo came to the US as a guest artist with Minnesota Dance Theater under Loyce Houlton’s direction in 1994, to later join the company for over a decade of performing, to eventually becoming Associate Artistic Director. Abdo is a 2007 recipient of the McKnight Dancers Fellowship and is presently the Executive Director of TU Dance.

Studio Stories airs Thursdays at noon. Listen wherever you get your podcasts, or find it here!

Studio Stories: Reminiscing on Twin Cities Dance with Becky Stanchfield

Studio Stories podcast this week Thursday, September 29 with Becky Stanchfield for Season 8, Episode 102!

Becky Stanchfield, born and raised in Minneapolis, has been teaching ballet in the Twin Cities for over 50 years. Her training started at 4 years of age with Dorothy Lundstrum, and continued with Loyce Houlton at The Contemporary Dance Playhouse (later MDT) starting at age 14.

Studio Stories airs Thursdays at noon!

Listen wherever you get your podcasts or find it here.

Studio Stories: Reminiscing on Twin Cities Dance with Eva Mohn

Studio Stories this Thursday, September 22 with Eva Mohn for Season 8, Episode 101.

Eva Mohn is a graduate of the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities dance program, founding company member of Black Label Movement and Space to Embrace (TU Dance), moving internationally to perform with Johannes Weiland, and presently a company member with the Cullberg Ballet, a national and international repertoire contemporary dance company in Sweden.

Studio Stories airs Thursdays at noon.

Listen where ever you get your podcasts or here!