CANDY BOX Dance Festival Master Classes

CANDY BOX Dance Festival will offer master classes on The Southern Theater stage:

April 24-26, 4:00-5:15pm 
Wednesday – jess pretty
Thursday – Tristan Koepke
Friday – Kaitlyn Hawkins

$10 for single class.
$25 for 5-class pass, saves you $5 for all three.

MotionArt First Friday Improv Gathering

Friday, May 3
Center for Performing Arts, Studio 105w – next to 38th Street entrance.
Suggested donation is $5-$15. No one turned away for lack of funds.

This event is open to people of all ages and abilities. Enjoy being present in the moment, responding to other dancers, finding new ways of moving, and discovering form as it emerges during this fun evening of creative movement. We’ll begin with an informal warm-up before improvising together based on movement ideas offered by participants. 

Come to move, to dance, to observe, or some of each!

Feldenkrais® ATM + Gaga/people

A workshop lead by Sarah Baumert and Berit Ahlgren, combining the rich languages of Feldenkrais and Gaga. Both practices aim at discovering powerful connections in the body through movement and mindful listening of the physical experience.

Friday, May 3

This two-hour workshop will consist of a gaga/people class and Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement (ATM) lesson, with hybridized class content and time for discussion at the end. Comfortable clothing to move in is suggested.

Everyone is welcome.
No prior experience required.

Sarah Baumert is known for her thorough and diverse instruction and her dedication to holding space for individual personal discovery. She facilitates whole body alignment in her students as a way for them to access balance, strength, mobility and physical clarity. Through sensory rich movement experiments, she guides students in cultivating mindfulness and deepening their learning process.

Receiving Metropolitan Regional Arts Council’s Next Step Grant in 2011, Berit Ahlgren traveled to Tel Aviv, Israel to study the Gaga Movement Language, and subsequently moved to Israel to pursue teacher certification between 2011— 2012. Ahlgren earned her MFA in Dance from Tisch School of the Arts in 2016, and has since been on faculty at the University of Minnesota and Winona State University, performing with independent choreographers between Minneapolis and New York, and choreographing her own body of work for both stage and camera under her dance organization, HoneyWorks.

Soundbody Workshop with Meryl Murman – 2024 McKnight International Choreographer

Saturday, June 1

Meryl Zaytoun Murman guides participants through interactive improvisations and durational somatic prompts to explore the therapeutic and expressive connection between movement and raw vocal sound.

In this laboratory the voice becomes a vehicle for movement, expanding and transforming sensations and emotions from the subconscious into direct embodied experiences that are felt and expressed by the performer through spontaneous and authentic gesture. Emphasis is placed on awakening the spine to find fluid pathways for vocal vibrations to resonate, and on actively redirecting the sound energy outward through physical sensing and shifting the gaze.

This laboratory is focused on researching these tools for performance, and suited for people in the performing arts, or those wishing to engage with movement and voice through creative processes. Participants will experience tools for landing in presence, a healing informed approach to integrating movement and voice, and alternative pathways to accessing the deeply expressive, erotic, creative source within.

Free to attend. Registration is required in advance.

Embody Palestine

Sunday, June 2

EMBODY PALESTINE is a workshop by Leila Awadallah (Body Watani Dance) held in collaboration with Meryl Zaytoun Murman, 2024 McKnight International Choreographer. This workshop will guide participants through embodied explorations as a process of communal reflection on the range of emotions stirred by the genocide in Gaza.

To what extent can we use our bodies to connect with experiences we did not have, but learn about through media? How can the body respond and tend to the traumatic imagery in the news? Meryl will facilitate participants through movement and vocal explorations using gesture, mimicry and embodiment as a practice of awareness and communication based on a desire to process the human suffering we are witnessing with physical understanding.

In collaboration, Meryl and Leila will share reflections on the interconnectedness of many crises in the region and ways they work within movement spaces to interweave complex solidarities across bodies. How do we resist together? What actions can we take towards a more healing oriented future?

Dance experience is not necessary, and participants will engage at their own range of intensity.

Advanced registration required. Recommended donation of $5-15 at event. 75% of the income will be donated.

Authentic Movement 1 and 2

Authentic Movement 1: Listening to the Body
June 8-9, 9:30am-5:00pm (15 hours)

Authentic Movement 2: Seeing and Being Seen
July 26-28, 9:30am-6:00pm (22.5 hours)

Instructor: Barbara Nordstrom-Loeb MA, MFA, BC-DMT, LMFT, CMA, PW Associate, WoS, SEP

Cost: $430.00 – AR credit/300.00 – CE Credit.
Deposit of $160.00 due by May 7, 2024.
Special discount for taking both Authentic Movement 1 and 2 available.

Authentic Movement (AM) promotes deep embodied awareness. In this didactic and experiential course, participants will be introduced to the form of Authentic Movement and will also explore and deepen their own embodied experience of their inner proprioceptive experiences. In addition, alternative structures and the use of other creative modalities will be introduced.

This course is appropriate for anyone interested in pursuing dance/movement therapy registration (R-DMT), psychotherapists wanting to integrate more embodied, somatically-based approaches into their clinical practice, and others who want to deepen their understanding and experience of Authentic Movement.

Approved by the ADTA for Alternate Route credit.

TU Dance Center: Children and Beginner Summer Programs

The TU Dance 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. Click here to download the 2024 Creative Movement Daily Schedule and the 2024 Beginning Program Daily Schedule.

Youth Beginning Level: June 17-29
This 2-week program is entry level for students typically aged 9-12 and will focus on the techniques of Modern, Ballet, Hip Hop, and African Dance. Students will learn basic fundamentals of dance technique along with exploring their individual artistic expression.
Registration Deadline: June 12, 2024

Teen Beginning Level: June 17-29
This 2-week program is entry level for students typically aged 13-16 and will focus on the techniques of Modern, Ballet, Hip Hop, and African Dance. Students will learn basic fundamentals of dance technique along with exploring their individual artistic expression.
Registration Deadline: June 12, 2024

Creative Movement: July 22-26
During this 1-week program, students ages 5-8 will experience the connection between movement and creativity through rhythmically driven classes aided by live percussion.
Registration Deadline: July 17, 2024

TU Dance Center: Pre-Professional Summer Programs

The TU Dance Pre-Professional program is an intensive course of study integrating Modern, Ballet, African Dance, and creative workshops for students ages 11-24. Click the respective level group to download the daily schedule: 2024 Intermediate Program Daily Schedule and 2024 Advanced Intensive Daily Schedule.

Youth Intermediate Level: July 8-20
This level is aimed at students typically aged 11 and older with some dance experience who wish to experience focused dance training. During this 2-week program, students will be introduced to different forms of dance with a balance between building strong technique and exploring their artistry.
Registration Deadline: July 3, 2024

Teen Intermediate Level: July 8-20
This level is designed for students typically aged 14 and older with two or more years of formal training. During this 2-week program, students will explore their artistry through technique classes and workshop/choreography that will help to build their knowledge of dance.
Registration Deadline: July 3, 2024

Advanced Level: July 29-August 10
This 2-week summer intensive program is designed for advanced pre-professional students typically aged 17-24 who are interested in pursuing careers as professional dancers. It is recommended that students have four or more years of formal training and a solid grounding in Ballet and Modern dance techniques. Students will participate in daily workshop classes with TU Dance Center teaching artists and guest artists. Students can enroll for 1 week or 2 weeks. Each week will culminate with a work-in-progress sharing in the studio.
Registration Deadline: July 24, 2024. Single-week registration is available.

For program details, level placement, and to register, you can either click here, email, or call 651-724-9708. Level placement can be done by attending in person (by appointment only, class fee applies), submitting a video link (Modern and Ballet phrases), or during the first day of classes of the intensive. Scholarships available!

View the TU Dance Summer Programs information more efficiently on a mobile device by clicking here.

Summer Dance at Threads Dance Project

Discover dance this summer at Threads Dance Nexus!

Creative Connections for ages 4-7

July 8-12 and July 15-19, 9:00-11:30am

Young movers will explore a variety of dance styles and how dance intersects with music, numbers, art, theater, and more. They will learn the importance of healthy bodies and minds, discuss basic nutrition, and how emotions can be defined, demonstrated, and calmed using movement. This journey of creativity and self-expression will be shared in a casual showing for family and friends at the end of each week.

NexGen/YDP (Youth Dance Project) for ages 8-12
July 8-12 and July 15-19, 12:30-4:30pm

Embark on a fun and holistic dance experience for your child in this comprehensive approach to summer dance learning. Dancers will grow in confidence, strength, and self-expression as they study ballet and modern techniques. They will learn self-care for their bodies and minds through nutrition and embodied movement exploration. Journals will be provided as a tool for self-reflection and discovery. Students will share what they’ve learned in a casual showing at the end of each week.

Register by June 22. No prior dance experience is required.
A limited number of partial and full scholarships are available – apply here by June 22.

Advanced-Professional Summer Dance Intensive with Threads Dance Project

Performers and creators, join us for a powerful week of dance exploration from July 22-26.

Threads is proud to announce the return of our Summer IntensiveWe are offering a new structure that allows us to better support artists whose focus is performance, creation, or both.

Performer’s Track – 10:00am-2:30pm

Classes include Contemporary-Modern, Ballet, Hip Hop, African Umfundalai, and more.

Creator’s Track – 1:00-5:00pm
Classes include Repertoire, Composition, Improvisation, and studies on topics such as grant-writing and funding, producing a show, and more.

Both Performer’s and Creator’s Tracks – 10:00am-5:00pm
Offers a rigorous, full-day exploration of techniques and the chance to enhance yourself as a performer and choreographer.

Repertoire learned in the intensive may be part of the company audition on Saturday, July 27.

Come for part of the day or the full day! Learn more and register by July 6.