Last Mixtape Collective Workshop

Choreographers, dancers, and composers of all genres in the Twin Cities are invited to join THE MIXTAPE Collective for free weekly immersive experiences highlighting their creation process! Every Saturday a MIXTAPE choreographer, and the MIXTAPE music director will lead a workshop with fellow collaborators in music composition/production, lighting design, and videography.

FINAL DATE – May 21: Choreographer Darrius Strong and Music Director Stefon Bionik Taylor with composer Yan Pang Classes take place from 12:00pm-2:00pm in the Tek Box at the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts. MIXTAPE will pay for all attendees’ parking!

About THE MIXTAPE Collective: MIXTAPE dances into the next chapter of Hip Hop dance theater with an exploration of futuristic ways to perceive the struggles of the present. We locate ourselves in cyberspace, where battles are fought, relationships are built, and artifacts of the past are uncovered. MIXTAPE 5G: The Sound of Movement investigates finding the strength to defy hierarchy, building solidarity through difference, and fracturing fossilized stereotypes.

Workshops with Kei Tsuruharatani’ at Threads Dance Nexus

Threads Dance Project is partnering with Theatre Mu to offer two workshops by Kei Tsuruharatani’(Broadway’s Jagged Little Pill). Both are shaped by Kei’s (she/her) collaborative, non-pedagogical teaching style that truly invites participants to open themselves up and learn from each other’s creativity and strengths.

Conscious Movement | May 23, 6:30-8:30pm

This workshop is a movement exploration and mindfulness practice for both non-dancers and dancers. 

Decolonizing Ballet | May 25, 10am-12pm

Dancers will learn how to approach ballet from a decolonized perspective as they go through technique exercises and combinations with Kei. 

Pay as able: $10 – $40. More Info and Registration Online at: Anyone 16 or older is welcome to attend, but the space will be centered on BIPOC and TGNC (transgender/non-conforming) experiences.

The Arena in May – Blake Nellis

Moving Practice is a weekly class series for professional dancers. Classes prioritize rigor, diversity of contemporary aesthetics, variety of class content, and commitment. Professional level dancers of all styles are welcome.

Tuesdays, 10:00-11:30am at The Arena
Blake Nellis teaches throughout May!

Drop in rate is $17; Buy a 10-class card and save! FREE parking on all side streets (Aldrich, Bryant, Colfax, 31st, etc.)

Register here:

In this series we will explore principles of: improvisation, weight, spirals, follow-through, moving support, timing, and dynamics of touch. We will play with material that arises from the dance we experience and explore together.  In and out of solo, changing our tone and attention, we will deepen our sense of dancing authentically.

Blake Nellis (he/him) is an artist, educator and improviser who creates work with the body. His work is deeply rooted in human connection, physical touch and nature. He graduated from Luther College with a degree in Theater/Dance. He is a 2019 & 2015 recipient of the MN State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant (Photography & Dance respectively). He has taught and performed around the globe. He has produced work at the Walker Art Center, Patrick’s Cabaret, The Artbox, Red Eye Theater, TEK Box, Bryant Lake Bowl Theater & Luther College. His other professional dance experience includes performing with Mathew Janczewski’s ARENA Dances, Patrick Scully, Live Action Set, Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater, Jim Lieberthal’s Footholds Project, Jane Hawley, Hatch Dance, HoneyWorks, Rosy Simas & Taja Will. His favorite moments usually include ice cream, laughter, traveling, or nature. Or beer.  And biking. And/or all of the above.

Photo by Bill Cameron

The photo is of a male with dark hair and beard, kneeling on one leg with the other stretched out with arms in similar shape. He is dressed in a cream colored shirt with khaki drawstring waist pants surrounded by a black background.

Dance Innovation for Seasoned Adults 55+ Session Two at TU Dance Center

Dance teacher Tamiko French has developed a program centered around revitalizing creativity of storytelling with the building blocks of dance creation that infuses the visual and literary arts.

The 8-week workshop is designed to be sequential for participants, with each class building on the previous class. From a first class in which participants will use poetry, prose, dramatic writing, spoken word, or other writing as a stimulus to create movement, participants will learn about modern and jazz dance techniques and choreographic practice, collaborate and share results with others, study facilitated improvisation and play in dance, and refine their work for a sharing event for family, friends, and the community.

Session 2: May 26–July 16 | Thursdays, 10:00-11:30am CST | In-person only. $45 per workshop.

This program is for adults 55+. Pre-registration required as in-studio space is limited! There will be a showing on last day of each workshop from 12:30-2:00pm. Proof of vaccination and masks are required at the door for all participants. TU Dance will offer tuition and transportation subsidy upon request. Please contact us at or 651-724-9708 to inquire.

Save the Date for AMP’s AMPLIFIED Summer Workshop

Get back into our bodies and the studio with AMPLIFIED: AMP’s 4-day Summer Workshop sponsored by Zenon Dance School! Let’s move, sweat and explore mobility, length, momentum, 3-D expansion, while amplifying our physical possibilities in a curious, uplifting, and enlivening environment. Led by AMP and special guest artists. Suitable for pre-professional/professional movers. Come as you are!

June 6-9 | 10:00am – 1:00pm

10:00-11:30 am – Contemporary Movement Practice | Joanna Lees
11:30am – 1:00 pm – Master Classes with Berit Ahlgren, Javan Mngrezzo, and Taja Will

Registration Info:
Full Workshop (6/6 – 6/9; all 8 practices, 10:00-11:30am) | $100
First Half Workshop (6/6 – 6/9; 4 practices, 10:00-11:30am) | $50
Second Half Workshop (6/6 – 6/9; 4 practices, 11:30am – 1:00pm) | $50
Drop in(Single Practice) | $15/practice | $28/day

Register by June 6 at 9:00am or drop in payments can be made in person at the door (subject to availability). As of now, a mask will be required regardless of vaccination status.

More information about class offerings and instructors coming soon! For more info and registration at Send questions to:

*Venue Change*
Zenon Dance School 4th Floor | 528 Hennepin Ave | Minneapolis, MN 55403

Dance as Second Language Workshop

This workshop will provide an introduction to modern dance and choreographic tools for participants to express themselves with movement. Participants will be encouraged to develop their own choreography as a way of storytelling. The workshops will be open to adults of all abilities and levels of dance experience. The focus of these workshops will be to learn how to use our bodies as an instrument for expression.  At the end of the workshop, there will be a small informal showing of work developed during this process.

Dates: June 10 – 12, 2022
Location: TARGET STUDIO at The Cowles Center
Time: 10:30 am to 1:30 pm  (Booked from 10 am to 2 pm)

In-Person Attendance: 10 maximum, 3 minimum
In-Person Registration: Opens April 11, 2022
In-Person Registration Link:

On-Line Attendance: 10 maximum
On-Line Registration: May 2, 2022
On-Line Registration Link: TBD

Meli (MX) is a freelance dance artist in the Twin Cities, creating dance work and promoting access to cultural activities for over a decade. Since 2007 she has taught Ballet and Modern dance. Meli holds a Masters’s in Tourism from Colorado State University. She has combined her work with an extensive professional dance career in Mexico to provide access and empower communities to share their culture.

Erika Martin (USA) is a Minneapolis-based dancer, choreographer, teacher, and engaged citizen. Erika holds a BA in Modern Dance and American Studies from Connecticut College. They have taught Modern and Ballroom dance for over 15 years and investigate the human experience through choreography. Erika has served as School Coordinator for Zenon Dance School since 2019.

Summer Intensive at Hopkins Dance Company

Hopkins Dance Company will be creating a new original piece for our summer intensive Monday through Thursday evenings, June 20 – 23 and June 27 – 30 with an in studio performance on June 30! Dancers 7 – 18 are invited to join. No audition necessary. Register at

Threads Creative Connections Dance Camp I and II

The Karen L. Charles Threads Dance Project is excited to offer three training opportunities for youth as well as adult professional dancers. This summer’s teaching faculty will include present and former Threads company members, our esteemed Teaching Artists, and even Artistic/Executive Director Karen Charles.

July 11-15, 10-11:30 am
Ages: 5-7 yrs. | Tuition: $125

This program introduces participants to the five basic elements of movement (body, action, space, time, energy) as well as the basics of ballet and dance techniques. Participants will enhance kinesthetic awareness and begin to explore the body as a tool of self-expression. 

Participants must register and balances paid in full by June 20.



July 11-15, 1-3:30 pm
Ages: 12-16 yrs. | Tuition: $175
Participants must register and balances paid in full by June 20th.

This program will provide participants with an expanded exploration of ballet and modern dance techniques and begin to explore how the five basic elements of dance are used to create movement motifs. Classes offered include ballet, modern, and introduction to composition skills. Participants will additionally reflect upon movement and movement creation through journaling. 

More information available at

Registration online at

Zenon Dance School – Camp Zenon: Youth Dance Sampler Camps

Discover dance with a week-long camp for young artists! Not sure if your dancer has a style they like best, or looking for a way to try out something new? We’ll explore a variety of dance styles and creative movements in this one-week camp. There will be an informal showing on the last day. All abilities and levels of experience are welcome. In-person only at the Zenon Dance School studios.

July 18–22, 2022
Session 1: Ages 4-6 with Philip Hommes. 9:00am-12:00pm
Session 2: Ages 7-10 with Hannah Pierce/ 12:30-3:30pm

Tuition: $195. Need-based scholarships are available for full or partial tuition.

Register online today! Registration closes one week before each camp begins.