Zenon Dance School – Youth Jazz Workshop with Hannah Pierce

Hannah Pierce offers a great 4-week workshop series for new and continuing jazz dancers who love to move! Students will learn fundamental techniques and choreography while expanding their knowledge of rhythm and movement.

This class is a great foundation for any young dancer, age 7-10 years old. All levels of experience are welcome!

Youth Jazz Workshop – Sundays, 12:00-12:45pm
January 29
February 5
February 12

Full 4-week enrollment: $55
Single class drop-in: $15

In-person only; limited space available. Drop-ins welcome.

The Arena – Drop-In Moving Practice with Benny Olk

Moving Practice is a weekly class series for professional dancers. Classes prioritize rigor, diversity of contemporary aesthetics, variety of class content, and commitment.

Benny Olk teaches Moving Practice in January:
Tuesdays, 10:00-11:30am

Professional-level dancers of all styles are welcome.
Pre-register here.

Suggested $17 per class; however, there is a pay-as-able option on all classes – we would rather you join us than not be able to attend due to financial limitations.

Class description: This class will offer an introduction to Cunningham technique, emphasizing rhythmic, directional, and physical clarity in order to organize movements with efficiency and at the same time making room for discovery. The class begins with exercises for the torso, then moves to legwork, then across the floor, and finally into jumping. Each class will contain something everyone can do and something no one can do. “The only way to do it is to do it,” as Cunningham himself said.

Benny Olk (he/him) is a performing artist and teacher based in Minneapolis with an interest in contemporizing and contextualizing American modern and post-modern dance. As a member of Lucinda Childs Dance Company, he performed reconstructions of pieces such as Dance and Available Light. He performed in reconstructions of Crises and Suite for Five among others by Merce Cunningham, and has premiered works by Moriah Evans and Anthea Hamilton. Benny holds a BFA in Dance from NYU and an MA in New Performative Practices from Stockholm University of the Arts.

Sensation and Imagination: Six-Week Feldenkrais Series on Zoom

Sensation and Imagination:
A six-week Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement series

Co-taught by Krista Langberg and Jeffrey Wells on Zoom

This series starts with a question: What can I sense of myself? Followed by another: What can I imagine of myself? Visualize, pretend, rehearse. Feel your way. Slowly. Simply. Come back and feel your way again, anew. Through honing and merging your abilities to perceive what’s there and create what isn’t, you’ll begin to explore the expanding possibilities of moving your structure into action and your ideas to fruition.

Tuesday mornings, 10:00-11:15am
or
Thursday nights, 7:00-8:15pm

Registration
Register for Tuesdays, 10:00-11:15am CDT, January 31-March 7
Register for Thursdays, 7:00-8:15pm CDT, February 2-March 9

Once you’ve registered you will receive confirmation and reminder emails to the address you provided with the Zoom link for class as well as more class info, including instructions for payment. On the day and time of your class, click the link in your confirmation or reminder email to join.

Open to all levels and abilities. Email kristalangberg@gmail.com with any questions.

Praise Dance Classes for Youth

This course is not your ordinary dance class, which tends to primarily focus on the physicality of the pupil. What sets this class apart is that every lesson focuses on the whole child—which includes their spirit, soul, and body. In order to do that, pupils will be required to memorize scripture, identify the different Hebrew words that mean praise, and demonstrate the expression of the Hebrew word in movement.

By taking this approach, not only is the child learning different movements that give God praise, but they also have understanding as it relates to God’s Holy Scripture and can communicate why they praise Him in such a manner. Some activities may incorporate the use of props such as tambourines, drums, and silk ribbons. This will provide a tangible experience to bring to life what has been taught.

At the end of the course, students will prepare a presentation to demonstrate what they have learned about praise. This will be a fun and exciting class that fosters creativity, teaches coordination, musicality, expression in movement, and growth in the fundamentals of “Praise” dance.

When students complete this class, they will be able to articulate what praise dance is, they will be able to display their own physical expression of movement, and have an increased knowledge of Psalm 150 and the Hebrew words we studied related to praise.

Saturdays, February 11-March 25
Seven-week session – $130.00
10:00-11:00am: Ages 3-6
11:00am-12:00pm: Ages 7-14
Taught by Bree Saulsberry

Winter Dance Experience at Young Dance

Join us on Monday, February 20, for a day of classes featuring a variety of fun styles! Spend your day off from school exploring new styles of dance with your friends! Classes include Family Dance, Creative Movement, plus a full-day or half-day Variety Camp.

Family Dance
Ages 1–6 with Caregiver
9:15–10:00am
$15
Join us for a morning of dancing together. Children and caregivers will get a special start to their day, exploring movement and stories in a fun environment. Taught by family dance extraordinaire Julia Davidson

Creative Movement
Ages 4–7
10:00am–12:00pm
$25
Your little one can explore the possibilities of movement with a focus on storytelling. From a personal experience to the depths of their imaginations, children will spend time expressing the stories that reside in their bodies and minds. In this fun-filled class led by Denise Gagner, children develop large and fine motor skills, rhythm, and listening skills as they go on their creative adventures.

Variety Dance Camp
Ages 7–13 and 14–18
Full day: 9:30am–4:30pm – $110
Half day: 12:00–4:30pm – $70
Send your dancers to us for the whole day, or just the afternoon! In this camp, dancers will experience a variety of styles. Dance genres include Improvisation with Blake Nellis, Capoeira with Guerrero, Modern with Kathleen, Afro-Latin with Belle Alvarez, and more! 

Register at register.youngdance.org.

Threads Dance Project NexGen Youth Dance Project

Threads invites students ages 12-16 to apply for our 12-week pre-professional dance training program, NexGen> Youth Dance Project (YDP).

NexGen> YDP uses a holistic approach to training future dance artists. The program enables youth to enhance technical skills, explore creativity and manage stress and trauma in a safe, supportive environment. Students will receive 6 hours per week of high – level training and education from professionals in dance and health care professionals in the areas of ballet technique, modern dance technique, dance – movement therapy, and nutrition.

Program Schedule: Tuesdays, 4:30-8:00pm and Thursdays, 4:30-7:00pm
Begins March 7. Ends with a student performance the week of May 23.

Program Cost: $450, with need-based scholarships available.

Who Should Apply? The program is seeking 20 students ages 12–16.

How to Apply: Complete the application. Students will be asked for demographic information and to submit a link to a 2-3 minute movement reel that may include studio and/or performance footage. Video link is required at time of submission.

Applications will be accepted January 23 – February 17. Students will receive notification of acceptance into the program by February 20, 2023.

Zenon Dance School – Youth Jazz Workshop with Hannah Pierce

Hannah Pierce offers a great 4-week workshop series for new and continuing jazz dancers who love to move! Students will learn fundamental techniques and choreography while expanding their knowledge of rhythm and movement.

This class is a great foundation for any young dancer, age 7-10 years old. All levels of experience are welcome!

Youth Jazz Workshop – Sundays, 12:00-12:45pm
January 22
January 29
February 5
February 12

Full 4-week enrollment ($55): https://conta.cc/3ekHNdW
Single class drop-in ($15): conta.cc/39fJDXN

In-person only; limited space available. Drop-ins welcome.

Master Tap Classes: Dianne Walker “Lady Di” and Guillem Alonso

Minnesota tappers – don’t miss this amazing opportunity to take master classes from world renowned tap dancers!

Master Tap Classes with Dianne Walker and Guillem Alonso
Sunday, January 22

Dianne Walker “Lady Di” (Boston)
Intermediate Class: 1:00-2:15pm
Advanced class: 2:30-3:45pm

Guillem Alonso (Barcelona, Spain)
Advanced class: 1:00-2:15pm
Intermediate class: 2:30-3:45pm

Classes held at Heartbeat Performing Arts Center, located 8 min south of MOA, off 77/Cedar Ave. Address below.

Tuition: $25 per class
Ages 12 through adult.
To reserve a spot in class, email kristinheartbeatpac@gmail.com, or call Heartbeat at 952-432-7833.

Dianne Walker: Considered a pioneer in the resurgence of tap dance with a career over 30 years spanning Broadway, television, film and international dance concerts. She’s been dubbed the “Ella Fitzgerald of Tap Dance.” The Boston Herald called her “America’s First Lady of Tap” and in Dallas, “The Ballerina of Tap”. Savion Glover and his contemporaries affectionately call her “Aunt Dianne” in acknowledgment of her unique place as mentor, teacher and confidante. In appreciation of her personal style and elegance as a performer, as well as her eloquent and passionate commitment to the art of tap dance, mentors and peers refer to her as “Lady Di”.

Guillem Alonso: Guillem Alonso has been, as a teacher and organizer, the driving force behind a new generation of tap dancers in Barcelona. He is currently directing the Escola Luthier Dansa (Barcelona), where he organizes his Professional Tap Training Program, open to dancers from around the world. He won the Dansacat 2010 Prize. He has been a soloist in the show Fire Of Dance, traveling to Poland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway, Holland, Slovakia, Hungary and Belgium. He acted on Broadway at the New Victory Theater (New York) with the show La Vida Es Ritmo, which has co-created with the company Camut Band. His work has been screened at the festivals of Edinburgh, Toronto, New Haven, Greenwich, and Tàrrega (Spain). He is one of the few dancers who practice sand dance style, with which he has gained prestige and international recognition.

The Arena – Drop-in Moving Practice with Benny Olk

Moving Practice is a weekly class series for professional dancers. Classes prioritize rigor, diversity of contemporary aesthetics, variety of class content, and commitment.

Benny Olk teaches Moving Practice in January:
Tuesdays, 10:00-11:30am

Professional-level dancers of all styles are welcome.
Pre-register here.

Suggested $17 per class; however, there is a pay-as-able option on all classes – we would rather you join us than not be able to attend due to financial limitations.

Class description: This class will offer an introduction to Cunningham technique, emphasizing rhythmic, directional, and physical clarity in order to organize movements with efficiency and at the same time making room for discovery. The class begins with exercises for the torso, then moves to legwork, then across the floor, and finally into jumping. Each class will contain something everyone can do and something no one can do. “The only way to do it is to do it,” as Cunningham himself said.

Benny Olk (he/him) is a performing artist and teacher based in Minneapolis with an interest in contemporizing and contextualizing American modern and post-modern dance. As a member of Lucinda Childs Dance Company, he performed reconstructions of pieces such as Dance and Available Light. He performed in reconstructions of Crises and Suite for Five among others by Merce Cunningham, and has premiered works by Moriah Evans and Anthea Hamilton. Benny holds a BFA in Dance from NYU and an MA in New Performative Practices from Stockholm University of the Arts.

Winter Dance Experience at Young Dance

Join Young Dance on Monday, February 20, for a day of classes featuring a variety of fun styles! Spend your day off from school exploring new styles of dance with your friends! Classes include Family Dance, Creative Movement, plus full-day or half-day Variety Camp.

Family Dance Ages 1-6 with caregiver – February 20, 9:15-10:00am
Join us for a morning of dancing together with teacher extraordinaire, Julia. Children and caregivers will get a special start to their day, exploring movement and stories in a fun environment.

Creative Movement – Ages 4-7 – February 20, 10:00am-12:00pm
Your little one can explore the possibilities of movement with a focus on storytelling. From a personal experience to the depths of their imaginations, children will spend time expressing the stories that reside in their bodies and minds. In this fun-filled class, children develop large and fine motor skills, as well as coordination, rhythm, and listening skills as they go on their creative adventures.

Variety Dance Camp – Ages 7-13 and 14-18 – February 20, 1:00-4:30pm or 9:30am-4:30pm
Send your dancers to us for the whole day, or just the afternoon! In this camp, dancers will experience a variety of styles. 

Registration opens Monday, January 23! Register at register.youngdance.org.