Minotaur – Work in Progress Showing

Get a glimpse into Off-Leash Area’s next groundbreaking production at this one-night-only work-in-progress showing of Minotaur!

In Minotaur Off-Leash Area beheads the patriarchy with dance, mask performance, live music, and live animated projection as we delve into the world of the violent and labyrinth-bound creature, half-bull half-man.

OLA Co-Artistic Director and Choreographer Jennifer Ilse leads a gender diverse, multi-generational, and fiery cast to take audiences on a thoroughly interdisciplinary and utterly imaginative journey exploring the possibilities laid bare by the metaphorical beheading of the patriarchy. With this production the artists ask: Once the patriarchy is laid asunder, and after knowing nothing other than a labyrinthine system of oppression, how do we know when we are free of a hierarchical system’s seductive power?

Dancers Nieya Amezquita, Gabby Garcia, Jennifer Ilse, Jesse Schmitz-Boyd, and Joseph Wurm will perform Minotaur with contemporary dance and mask performance. Accompanying the performers and immersing the entire audience will be a live music and sound score by Dameun Strange, and a live animated projection design by OLA Co-Artistic Director Paul Herwig. All together Off-Leash Area will take the audience to an otherworldly space where ancient myth, dreams of a future, and our urgent present collide.

Zenon Zone Spring Showcase

New choreographic works by artists: Dustin Haug and Chloe Nagle!

Zenon Dance School’s Zone Program will feature Zenon Dance School Instructors and local choreographers, Dustin Haug and Chloe Nagle performed by the Zone dancers!

Zone is an intensive adult dance program for all levels, ages, and dance backgrounds, who are looking to deepen their dance experience. The program offers two tracks and new students are selected by a brief & relaxed audition. Performance Group – for movers with a strong intermediate/advanced level of dance technique and who are looking for opportunities to perform; Technique Group – for movers looking to enhance creative and technical skills and explore different styles of dance.

Zone is a platform for emerging choreographers to create innovative work and hone material, while celebrating Twin Cities choreographers and movers.

Friday and Saturday, May 20 & 21 at 7:30pm (in-person, masks required)

On-Demand available May 23-June 5; registration required.

Tickets: Free/Pay-What-You-Wish; registration required.

Ballet Co.Laboratory Presents Firebird

Celebrate the soaring score of Igor Stravinsky’s Firebird with a reimagined tale of a powerful bird whose spirit and magical feathers provide beauty and protection upon the earth. Performed by 100 dancers, this radiant tale will take you into the depths of an enchanted forest where virtuous and malicious forces hide. 

Choreography by: Flavia Garcia

Performed by: The Company Dancers of Ballet Co.Laboratory and Students of The School of Ballet Co.Laboratory  

Friday, May 20, 2022 at 7:00pm
Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 7:00pm
Sunday, May 22, 2022 at 2:00pm

E.M. Pearson Theatre
Concordia University Campus
312 Hamline Ave N /Saint Paul, MN 55104

Tickets start at $22 https://bit.ly/FirebirdBCL

33rd Annual Minnesota Dance Festival

Ballet Minnesota presents the 33rd annual Minnesota Dance Festival this weekend May 20 – 22 at the Anne Simley Theatre at Hamline University in St. Paul. Featuring Les Sylphides, restaged by Cheryl Rist, and Special Guest Artists including: CAAM Chinese Dance Theater, Cheremosh Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, Classical Ballet Academy, Crash Dance Productions, Eva Igo, Jim Lieberthal, Juliana Johnson, Kala Vandanam, and Keane Sense of Rhythm. Come see these incredible artists and enjoy the return of this exciting spring festival! Get your tickets NOW!

  • Friday, May 20 at 7 pm
  • Saturday, May 21 at 2 pm & 7 pm
  • Sunday, May 22 at 2 pm

Our Stories – Special Dance Community Deal

Collide Theatrical Dance Company ends their 2021/2022 Performance Season with a celebration of the Black experience. OUR STORIES, an evening of dance storytelling, gives voice to a group of exceptional Black dancers to tell their stories through movement and dance.

Directed by Allyson Richert and featuring spoken word artist Carnage the Executioner, the performance runs for 4 public performances in St. Paul.

Cast includes Patrick Jeffrey (Ordway), Javan Mngrezzo (Black Label Movement), Chelsea Rose (Ordway), Gabrielle Dominique (Theater Latte Da) and Jayson Douglas (James Sewell Ballet).

DANCE COMMUNITY DEAL – ENTER CODE: Dance15 for $15 tickets to any performance! Simply go to check out on the show you choose and enter the code! www.collidetheatrical.org

Performance Dates/Times:
Friday, May 20 – 7:30pm
Saturday, May 21 – 7:30pm
Sunday, May 22 – 2:00pm and 5:00pm

Collide Theatrical Dance Company | 755 Prior Ave North Suite 235H | St Paul, MN 55104

Tickets: http://www.collidetheatrical.org or call 651-395-7903.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Dance Film LÍNEAS de SANGRE Virtual Premiere

LÍNEAS de SANGRE A dance film by Choreographer Taja Will and Filmmaker Sequoia Hauck

On-demand viewing: You can watch from your home, couch, bed, with a sweetie, with your family, with your favorite snacks, at any time during the date range. LÍNEAS includes open captioning and runs 54 minutes.

Tickets on sale May 11-June 5 | Viewing: May 20-June 5

LÍNEAS de SANGRE is the third chapter in a trio of works that instigate from archetypal and ancestral work. This chapter defines itself through a devotion to plant ancestors and land sovereignty, to indigenous solidarity and decolonization in artistic practice. This dance film is the biomythology of bodies in Latine diaspora, Boricua, Chicana, Chilean. We journey with the archetypes which support/guide/mask/empower us, we are LOVER, VIRGEN, SHADOW, SERVANT, SIREN and ALCHEMIST. We are here now, and ancient, elders in training and millennials, we are stress, and meditation, we are tired and we are growing.

Artistic Team
Choreographer, Director, Performer: Taja Will
Director of Photography and Editing: Sequoia Hauck
Collaborative Authors of Movement and Performers: Marisol Herling and Margaret Ogas
Sound Design and Composition: Brandon Anderson Musser
Dramaturg: Lisa Marie Brimmer

The School at TU Dance Center 2022 Spring Student Showcase

Artistic Director Toni Pierce-Sands invites you to The School at TU Dance Center 2022 Spring Student Showcase. Students from the Children & Teen and Pre-Professional Programs will share technique demonstrations in modern, ballet, hip hop and African dance as well as perform in works by TU Dance Center teaching artists and guest artists, Gregory Dolbashian (New York) and Marcus Jarrell Willis (Cardiff, Wales). With the first live performances for the school in two years, we welcome you back and ask you to please join us in celebrating these inspiring young dancers and all of their beautiful dedication and hard work!

Saturday May 21: 1:00pm and 6:00pm 
Sunday, May 22: 1:00pm

Barbara Barker Center for Dance, Studio 100
University of Minnesota
500 21st Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Tickets: $15 (General Admission, In-person only)

Young Dance Board of Directors Present a Menu of Great Gatherings

As part of the spring fundraising campaign, the Young Dance Board of Directors will offer multiple events for donation. Select one – or many – of the gatherings from the menu to join in the fun!

Virtual Cooking – Goat Cheese
May 21, 10:00-11:00am
Learn to make goat cheese from home with Soph Myers-Kelley! Impress friends and family with simple skills and in less than an hour. Zoom link sent upon registration. Suggested donation $20/person

Virtual Cooking – Sushi Making
May 28, 10:00-11:00am
Learn the basics of sushi making from home with Soph Myers-Kelley! Your new skills will save you money and you are guaranteed to laugh at how silly your first rolls look! Zoom link sent upon registration. Suggested donation $20/person

Register by emailing info@youngdance.org. Donations can be made online here, or by check to Young Dance, sent to 655 Fairview Ave North St. Paul, MN, 55104.

We are so excited to gather with you in 2022, and thank you for supporting Young Dance.

Young Dance Miniature Golf Extravaganza

On Saturday, May 21 Young Dance families, friends, and neighbors are invited to build their own hole to be part of our unique, one-day-only, miniature golf course. The course will be constructed at Newell Park in the Midway neighborhood of St. Paul from 12:00–3:00 p.m. Participants can sign up to build and design the course as an individual or bring a group of friends.

Once the course is complete, golfing will open at 3:00 p.m. Pick your price to play! All proceeds go to Young Dance.

Food will be available for purchase from the KCM Eggrolls food truck. Smiling Drum will perform at 5 p.m.

The event is sponsored by: No Mythic Robotics; Home Depot – St. Louis Park Store #2806; Welna Ace Hardware: Store #7166 Minneapolis, Bloomington Ave; South High School Athletic Department; Southwest High School Athletic Department; and Smiling Drum.

Pramila Vasudevan and Rachel Jendrzejewski Present a\c|c/e|p\t|i/n|s\i|s/t

a\c|c/e|p\t|i/n|s\i|s/t is an exhibition of “disposable writings and drawings from the gut” by Pramila Vasudevan + Rachel Jendrzejewski opens this Saturday, May 21 at HAIR+NAILS Gallery in South Minneapolis.

This exhibition drops a frame onto their practices and their ongoing dialogue, fluidly examining public and private intersections of illness, mortality, constitution, buoyancy, exhaustion, ease, and showing up.

Please join us Saturday, May 21 from 7:00-10:00 pm for an opening reception.

Open gallery hours continue Saturdays and Sundays 1:00-5:00 through June 12 and by appointment via hairandnailsart@gmail.com