22nd Annual Dances at the Lake Festival

Ray Terrill Dance Group presents the 22nd annual Dances at the Lake Festival — two free concerts at the Rose Garden at Lake Harriet, open to the public.

Friday and Saturday, July 19 and 20, 7:00pm

The festival features a variety of dance forms performed by both professional adult and youth companies. The “stage” for the shows is the large grassy area between the two fountains near the Rose Garden at Lyndale Park Gardens. Audience members are invited to bring a lawn chair or blanket and some snacks, drinks, or a picnic to enjoy the unique opportunity of seeing dance performed at the Rose Garden.

This year’s festival showcases professional artists and youth dance groups originating from Minnesota:

Alys Ayumi Ogura and Anna Andaházy Salazar, Saint Paul, MN — Alys Ayumi Ogura, Artistic Director
Ashley Ballet Arts Academy, Ballet Arts Youth Ensembles, Golden Valley, MN — Ashley Burkland, Artistic Director
Christopher Watson Dance Company, Minneapolis, MN — Christopher Watson, Artistic Director
Jawaahir Dance Company, Minneapolis, MN — Vanessa of Cairo, Artistic Director
KASM Dance Collective, Twin Cities, MN — Sarah Hauss, Artistic Director
Keane Sense of Rhythm Youth Tap Ensemble, Saint Paul, MN — Cathy Wind, Artistic Director
Kinetic Evolutions with Walter Chancellor Jr., Minneapolis, MN — Sarah LaRose-Holland, Artistic Director
Minnesota Ballet Collective, Lakeville, MN — Isabella Rubietta, Artistic Director
Nritya Kalakshetra Academy of Performing Arts, Woodbury, MN — Sivanuja (Anu) Balaji, Artistic Director
Ray Terrill Dance Group, Saint Paul, MN — Ray Terrill, Artistic Director
Sansai Yonsei Kai, Japanese Dance Company, Saint Paul, MN — Linda Hashimoto, Artistic Director
Youth Dance Ensemble, Burnsville, MN — Dixie Rairamo, Artistic Director

Happy Hour Dance Party Fundraiser for Rhythmically Speaking

Come enjoy good drinks, good tunes, and good company while supporting Rhythmically Speaking! Join us for our third annual Rhythmically Speaking Happy Hour Dance Party Fundraiser.

Thursday, July 25, 5:00-7:00pm
Summit Brewing. RSVP to the Facebook event.

If you love to go out dancing but find it difficult to rally the required energy at 10:00pm, come! If you love Summit and wanna enjoy their beverages, come! If you think Rhythmically Speaking does some really cool work and you wanna support, come! Enjoy a brew, support our work, and dance your booty off: we’ll be providing music curated by all of our dancers as a part of our Dressing Room Playlist!

Here’s how you can support:

  • Request your favorite dance tunes for $5;
  • Donate $20 to shut down what’s playing and play your request immediately;
  • Buy a $10 raffle ticket for a chance to win sweet prizes, including Rhythmically Speaking swag and tickets to our upcoming show The Cohort 2024, Summit Brewing Company swag, Saint Paul Saints tickets, and more!

At Rhythmically Speaking, we believe in the power of moving and grooving together to connect us – tell your friends to come too – and we look forward to sharing the joy and building support of our work with you at this event!

Corpus Dance Works Presents All The Hullabaloo

Corpus Dance Works hits The Southern Theater stage as a part of the MN Fringe Festival with their newest show All the Hullabaloo. 

Created by Lily Conforti, this dance show rips through the cereal box of life looking for the prize at the bottom. Milking the nostalgia of their youth, they loop through the woes of adulthood because in the end…Trix are only for kids.

This collaborative show brings contemporary dance, pantomime, and nostalgia to the Fringe stage. It is a reflective birds eye view of the unanticipated emotional roller coaster of post-academia life. This story arc is carried on a vehicle of colorful cereal advertising, irony, and vigorous movement. We dance an ode to the Wheaties eaters, a sonnet to the Bran lovers, and a ballad to those who wake up and try everyday.

Friday, August 2 at 8:30pm
Sunday, August 4 at 2:30pm
Monday, August 5 at 5:30pm
Thursday, August 8 at 7:00pm
Friday, August 9 at 10:00pm

Come join us for our hour-long show filled whimsy, silliness and of course cereal!

Mary Willmeng/Willmeng Dances at the Minnesota Fringe Festival

Mary Willmeng/Willmeng Dances returns to the Minnesota Fringe Festival with an evening of new work, The Flowers You Gave Me.

Join us for an evening of dance that explores the fleeting, ephemeral nature of our lives as we seek connection, experience loss, and return to each other through the memories we carry with us. Created in collaboration with and performed by cast members Hunter Batterson, Kaitlin Craven, Kendall Kramer, Sophia Louwagie, Ayumi Shafer, and Ayaka Moriyama.

Saturday, August 3 at 7:00pm
Sunday, August 4 at 5:30pm
Monday, August 5 at 10:00pm
Wednesday, August 7 at 8:30pm
Saturday, August 10 at 1:00pm

At the Barbara Barker Center for Dance, and tickets can be purchased online at the Minnesota Fringe website and at the door on the day of the show.

Summer Staycation at Groveland Gallery with Ruby Josephine Dance Theater

Summer Staycation: Serious Talent with a Festive Twist
Groveland Gallery’s 2024 Summer Programming schedule features two exhibitions, music and dance collaborations.

On Saturday, August 3, Ruby Josephine Dance Theater will present a sneak peek showing of its newest work to be presented in full in late September 2024. RJDT will also use Groveland’s outdoor space as inspiration to creative an immersive dance exhibition. This dance performance is free and open to the public.

Saturday, August 3, 5:30-6:30pm

Karma – A Bollywood Circus

Karma – A Bollywood Circus celebrates the beauty of neurodiversity through breathtaking aerial acts, vibrant dance routines, and heartwarming narratives. Watch as our diverse cast of performers dives into a world that shines a spotlight on the incredible talents and inspiring stories of individuals on the neurodivergence spectrum!

South Asian Arts and Theater House (SAATH) is excited to present the upcoming production collaboration with The Queer Circus to bring Karma – A Bollywood Circus, with a cast of 60+ diverse performers.

We cordially invite you to attend Karma – A Bollywood Circus and extend your support to this meaningful endeavor. Your presence would mean a lot to us, as it not only appreciates the artistic efforts of SAATH but also contributes to raising awareness about the importance of neurodiversity in our community.

Kids and Students: $17
General Admission: $25
VIP General Admission: $40

Tueday, August 6, 7:00pm
Wednesday, August 7, 7:00pm – Pay-What-You-Can and Sensory-Friendly Performance
Thursday, August 8, 7:00pm
Friday, August 9, 7:00pm
Saturday, August 10, 7:00pm
Sunday, August 11, 2:00pm

Rhythmically Speaking Presents The Cohort 2024

Rhythmically Speaking is proud to be the local voice celebrating the depth and breadth of jazz dance: come experience the vibrancy and connectedness yourself at The Cohort 2024!

Thursday, August 15 at 7:30pm
Friday, August 16 at 7:30pm
Saturday, August 17 at 2:00pm
Saturday, August 17 at 7:30pm
At The Southern Theater

Choreographers Eboné Amos (Visiting Artist from Clarksville, TN), Erinn Liebhard (RS Artistic and Executive Director – also performing), Jake Nehrbass (Local Artist – also performing) and Maurice Watson (Visiting Artist from Greensboro, NC), with dancers Nieya Amezquita, Doug Hooker, Amy Jones, Sara Karimi, Kelli Miles, Javan Mngrezzo, Jake Nehrbass and Betsy Schaefer Roob.

Get tickets and learn more.

The Cohort program was built to share different perspectives on and via the vibrancy of jazz and American social dance ideas. This year’s production – the sixth installment of The Cohort and our sixteenth annual summer show overall – features a cohort of excellent artists and art.

Eboné Amos will revisit her work Welcome to Soulsville, which celebrates the music, dances, and soul stirrers of the 1950s and 1960s, and Erinn Liebhard has created a new work entitled Follow My Lead that explores the personal and cultural ideas embedded within historical dance step instructional diagrams. Jake Nehrbass has created a funk-inspired tap/jazz piece titled Sonic Leather, and Maurice Watson has restaging his work Chasing the (1) = One, which explores individuality and artistic expression in one’s social community.

We hope you’ll come experience these four vibrant works that represent a wide range of what jazz dance can be. See you at the show!

Off-Leash Area Presents Eighth Annual Neighborhood Garage Tour

Celebrate Off-Leash Area’s twenty-fifth anniversary with its eighth annual Neighborhood Garage Tour!

This year’s tour brings back their energetic and imaginative family-friendly production, The Medicine Show of the 25th Century, to St. Anthony, Bloomington, and Stillwater.

The Medicine Show of the 25th Century is set in the distant future and follows a troupe of technology-hybrid humanoids as they travel from town to town, hawking a cure-all elixir for solutions to the world’s toughest problems. Filled with raucous slapstick, whimsical beauty, and plenty of winks and nudges, The Medicine Show of the 25th Century is Off-Leash Area’s thirty-fifth original production.

Tickets are by suggested donation of $5-30.

The tour runs from September 6 through September 22, with eight performances over three weekends:
Friday, September 6 – ASL Interpretation
Saturday, September 7 – Audio Description
Sunday, September 8
Friday, September 13
Saturday, September 14
Sunday, September 15 – Audio Description
Friday, September 20
Sunday, September 22 – ASL Interpretation

Collide Theatrical Season Tickets On Sale

Collide Theatrical Dance Company’s 11th Season will feature an exciting lineup of innovative dance theater. All shows this year will be at the Luminary Arts Center.

In the fall, watch America’s most notorious outlaw couple come to life in our electrifying production of Bonnie & Clyde. These two small-town kids were a pair of daring bank robbers and fugitive lovers destined for a date with death.

Collide’s “exhilarating adaptation” of Romeo & Juliet returns in February 2025 with fresh faces. Witness the intoxicating high of passion descend into brutal chaos in the greatest romance of all time. 

And taking off from last year’s sold-out limited run, the second installment of Broadway Dancin’ will feature brand new pieces from some of Broadway’s biggest hits, including Pippin, Chicago, Carousel, An American in Paris, and more!

Collide will also bring back its hit production of Wonderland and tour the mental health-themed production to middle and high schools throughout Minnesota.

Season tickets are on sale now. Get yours at collidetheatrical.org/season-tickets to save money and snag the best seats before tickets go on sale to the general public!

For questions, please email grace@collidetheatrical.org or call 651-395-7903, ext. 701.

Dances on the Lakewalk 2024 – A Festival of Dance in Duluth

Freshwater Dance Collective presents Dances on the Lakewalk 2024 – A Festival of Dance
Two free outdoor dance concerts at Gichi-Ode’ Akiing, formerly Lake Place Park

Friday and Saturday, July 12-13

This year our choreographers from Duluth and the Twin Cities gather to share dances expressing relationships of all kinds.  Journey through relationships of abstract patterns to the relations of romance, friends, and family with dash of jazz, folk, modern, and lyrical dance. The Tamarack Dance Association will again follow the show with audience interactive folk-dance lesson. Audience members are invited up to Gichi-Ode’ Akiing to enjoy outdoor dances along the stunning background of Lake Superior and the Sculpture Garden. The park entrance is next to Zeitgeist