Upstream Arts Seeking Teaching Artists

Upstream Arts is looking for experienced Teaching Artists of any artistic discipline to join our Teaching Artist roster: actors, dancers, clowns, painters, musicians, singers, playwrights, directors, physical theatre artists, multi-disciplinary performing artists, mixed media visual artists, writers, poets, composers, and all other unclassified artists.

This is a part-time position. Hours vary depending on organizational needs and artist availability. Applications accepted until September 23.

The mission of Upstream Arts is to use the power of the creative arts to activate and amplify the voice and choice of individuals with disabilities. In our programs, professional artists teach fundamental skills in a variety of art forms through activities that nurture self-expression, conversation skills, and group participation. We integrate individuals with cognitive, developmental, emotional, behavioral, and physical disabilities into multidisciplinary arts programming designed to develop social and communication skills vital to success in school, work, and life.

Upstream Arts’ Teaching Artists teach our multi-disciplinary arts-based curriculum in teams of 2 or 3 in schools, adult day centers, and community groups in the Twin Cities metro area and beyond. All classes are taught in a group facilitated structure with Teaching Artists rotating up front leading activities. Teaching Artists are provided paid training to learn how to teach our unique curriculum as well as training in teaching strategies for working with mixed-ability groups.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Collaboratively facilitate programs as part of a Teaching Artist Team
  • Attend Teaching Artist Training throughout the year
  • Assist with the development of new curriculum
  • Give and receive timely feedback

Skill Requirements:

  • Artistic background
  • Minimum 1-2 years Teaching Artist experience
  • Excellent group facilitation and communication skills
  • Ability to work and collaborate as part of a team
  • Ability to project an air of calm in hectic environments

Valuable Skills:

  • Experience working with people with disabilities
  • Bilingual in Spanish, Hmong, Somali, or American Sign Language
  • Ability to play a musical instrument
  • Background in education

Work Conditions:
This is an in-person position, with the possibility of some remote or hybrid classes.

Upstream Arts adopted a COVID-19 vaccination policy in January 2022. All employment with Upstream Arts is conditioned on candidates being fully vaccinated. Individuals with medical issues or religious beliefs, or practices, that prevent them from getting the vaccine may request an exemption from our vaccine requirement.

This is an hourly position, $18-$28 per hour, commensurate with experience. Upstream Arts offers accrual of paid time off and eligibility to opt into a retirement plan.

To Apply:
Email a cover letter and resume to by September 23.

Upstream Arts is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, disability, color, creed, religion, ancestry, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, citizenship, age, veteran status, marital status or status with regard to public assistance.  Individuals with disabilities, people of color, women, trans, and gender-queer individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

TCB Announces Open Auditions for A Minnesota Nutcracker

This is a wonderful opportunity for dancers to be a part of a professional ballet production and join one of the most widely attended holiday events in the area. Auditions are open to all local dancers ages 7 and older.

There will be a mandatory parent meeting on Thursday, September 22 at 7:30pm. A $25 non-refundable audition fee will be due prior to the audition. Due to limited audition sizes, students must pre-register by paying the audition fee and filling out the registration link here before attending the audition. Audition fees are non-refundable.

Auditions are divided by Ballet Royale Minnesota level, or by age for non-Ballet Royale students.

Audition Times: 

12:00-12:45pm: Audition for Youth Ballet I/II/III and PPP 1A-3A (or ages 7-10) 

1:00-2:30pm: Audition for Youth IV, Intermediate I, and PPP 4A/4B (or ages 10+ with 1 year or less of pointe)

2:45-4:30pm: Intermediate II, PPP 5A and higher (or ages 12+ with greater than 1 year of pointe)

Audition held at Ballet Royale Minnesota in Lakeville, MN.

Katha Dance Theatre Seeks Diverse Dancers to Join Training Program

Katha Dance Theatre has been performing and educating in Kathak, the classical Indian dance form, since 1987. Kathak is a beautiful dance form that is grounded in a mixture of balletic lyrical movements and pirouettes as well as complex rhythmic footwork. Because it originated as a form of storytelling, the form also has a strong emotional component and evokes narratives through dancers’ gestures and facial expressions. KDT has been working for over 35 years to make the form accessible and inclusive through offering programs throughout the state of Minnesota (and beyond) and collaborating with multicultural artists on original work.

With that in mind, KDT is seeking dancers of diverse mediums and ethnic backgrounds to join their school on a track to eventually join the professional company. The organization has received grant funding that enables it to offer full scholarships to at least 5 dancers outside of its majority-South Asian community to begin Kathak training.

The training would begin ASAP, with Fall classes now ongoing. Professional dancers of any kind are welcome, with male dancers being especially encouraged to join. To learn more about the upcoming session, go to our website and email if interested.

Watch an example of KDT’s work here.

Photo by Anjana Nair

Saturday Morning Teacher Needed – Plymouth Community Dance Program

Looking for a teacher or teachers for Saturday mornings to teach in the Plymouth Community Dance Program. Be a part of our community-based dance program that offers affordable, accessible, high-quality dance education to youth!

Ages 3-4 ballet and tap – 8:30-9:15am

Ages 5-6 ballet and tap – 9:20-10:05am

Ages 12-18 jazz and hip hop – 10:10-11:30am

Ages 9-11 jazz and hip hop – 11:45-12:45pm

Ages 5-8 jazz and hip hop -12:45-1:30pm

If you are interested in teaching any of these classes, please contact McKayla at

Subs available for conflict dates if needed.
Pay starts at $23 per hour (prep time is paid).

Multiple Job Opportunities Available at The Cowles Center

The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts is hiring for multiple positions within the organization:

Individual Gifts Manager, Full-time
This position will develop and implement strategies to build a broader base of individual donors and corporate sponsors, lead the Annual Fund effort, provide oversight of the donor database, and other activities to support fundraising for The Cowles Center. Click here to learn more about the Individual Gifts Manager role.

Grants Manager, Full-time
This person is responsible for the strategic oversight and management of foundation and corporate grant writing as well as stewardship of foundation and corporate relationships. Click here to learn more about the Grants Manager role.

Facilities Associate, cleaning focus, Full-time
This position assists the Facility Manager in the daily operation of the facility including but not limited to housekeeping, HVAC, general maintenance and some security. This particular position will focus on cleaning/housekeeping, but we are interested in reviewing applications for candidates with heavier maintenance experience as well. Click here to learn more about the Facilities Associate role.

Events Associate, Part-time
The Cowles Center Events Associate’s primary responsibility is to ensure patrons at The Cowles Center have a positive, enriching experience in our facilities. The Events Associate works as a representative of The Cowles Center by providing ticket sales for Cowles patrons in person and over the phone. Click here to learn more about the Events Associate role.

The Cowles Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will not discriminate against any employee, prospective applicant, or volunteer because of race, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, color, national origin, ancestry, familial status, age, disability, marital status, or status with regard to public assistance. The Cowles Center is committed to fostering a diverse staff and volunteer base that is reflective of our vibrant community.

Paula Mann/Time Track Productions present: Toward Utopia

Toward Utopia is a contemporary dance performance exploring the conflict between my needs and the greater good.

Five performers interrogate the dynamics of individual struggles and attempt to connect across a chasm of miscommunication and animosity with raw emotion and physicality.

The work explores the desire to create a more perfect world, charting the emotional struggles of individualism vs the group dynamic, seeking a common purpose toward an equitable future. What will it take to create systemic change?

Choreography: Paula Mann
Projection by Steve Paul
Sound score by Tarek Abdelqader

Performed by: Leila Awadallah, Carmen Lucia Lincoln, Erika Martin, Johnathan Surber and Roxane Wallace

Collide Theatrical Presents Wonderland

September 22-October 2

Welcome to Wonderland, a premier psychiatric hospital. Dr. Knight has the difficult task of treating a man who refers to himself as a “White Rabbit” who suffers from a severe anxiety disorder, a young woman named Alice with body dysmorphia, and a Queen figure suffering from narcissistic rage. But as the doctor digs deeply into the causes and roots of their disorders he begins to ask: what does “normal” really mean?

Collide brings its newly improved hit production onto the stage in a co-production with Artistry Theater. For tickets visit Seating is general admission.

Black Label Movement Presents Canary, Crimson then Emerald

This vibrant, technicolor, evening-length experience explores the energies swirling before (Canary) and during (Crimson) the height of COVID lockdowns – then offers a vision (Emerald) of glorious reconnection and physical embrace as essential bridges to imagining and manifesting a renewed and recharged community on the other side of the pandemic.

TCB Season Preview Performance

Come celebrate Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota’s new season and welcome its new professional company members and apprentices! Learn about the exciting performances coming up this season, meet and mingle with its Artistic Directors, board, staff, and dancers, and watch a preview performance by the company!

There will be many opportunities for you to support TCB throughout the night, including a silent auction, handmade items for sale, and information about tickets for upcoming performances.

Families, friends, supporters, and the curious are all welcome!

Saturday, September 24 at 7:30pm – the Dance Cube performance space at Ballet Royale.

Suggested donation of $10.

Universal Dance Destiny Eighteenth Showcase

We are celebrating dances of the past, present, and future with Universal Dance Destiny – the ongoing movement. UDD presents one of the most unique diverse showcases in the midwest. Yes, it’s that time again folks. Mark your calendars and let’s get ready to heat up the city – it’s on for the eighteenth time!

Saturday, September 24 from 7:00-9:00pm

Come experience a timeline of dances like never before as you witness dance presenters of various genres. The theme of this showcase is “dances of the past, present, and future” featuring our favorite choreographers and dancers. Come see who all will be blessing our stage! Also, enjoy tasty refreshments and you can meet and greet the performers after the show. Don’t miss out!

Outdoor event – bring your own lawn chair or blanket.
ADA accessible, street parking lot, and near public transportation.
Pay What You Can with donations welcomed.

Event link to RSVP and share here.
Change your profile and/or cover photo (landscape version) and win a free hip hop dance workshop. Let’s make it happen once again, folks!

You don’t want to miss this!