Spring to it and Make Your Donation to DanceMN this May!

Greetings Dance Community:

Happy Spring! In this season of flowering, we invite a moment of reflection, allowing our seeds to take root and foster new growth. It is always a time for gratitude, and we thank you for your connection and commitment toward helping DanceMN continue to flourish.

DanceMN: All are connected to dance in Minnesota

In fulfilling its purpose of connecting all in Minnesota to dance, DanceMN asks for your help. Our slow and steady work bears fruit, but only with the help of individuals like you, who heartfully contribute. Consider giving a gift today.

Your dollars will help us sustain our recent accomplishment of hiring an additional part-time staffer. We are also in the process of identifying how to sustainably keep our new website up to date and responsive while working to include a History Page. Ongoing work includes sending out the weekly e-newsletter, primarily comprised of content from you: class and performance information, auditions, special opportunities, and much more. All posts offer connection across Minnesota and beyond.

DanceMN needs your help to continue this meaningful and necessary work! Whether you are a reader or regular poster, please contribute today. Thank you in advance for your generosity, enabling DanceMN to continue promoting and supporting dance growth in Minnesota.

Before the weeds of summer take over, spring to it and make your donation to DanceMN this May!


DanceMN Steering Committee:

Ashley Chin-Mark, Rahila Coats, Penelope Freeh, Joanne Gordon, Sarah LaRose-Holland, Jim Lieberthal, Kaya Lovestrand, Zofia Mathews, Alys Ayumi Ogura, Eve Schulte, Julie Warder, and Arneshia Williams

Open Call for Choreographers: AMP Seeks Guest Artists for 2022-23 Season

Alternative Motion Project (AMP) is now accepting choreographic proposals for ViewPoints ‘22. This new performance series will feature an evening of world premieres created by multiple guest choreographers. Included in each work will be some type of interpretation or incorporation around the concept of “identity.”

While AMP works primarily within contemporary dance, choreographers who create in non-contemporary styles and modalities are highly encouraged to apply. AMP will provide administrative and financial support so that artists can focus on the creative process. Choreographers who identify as BIPOC +/or LGBTQIA+ are encouraged to apply.

Applicant criteria:

  • Emerging OR mid-career choreographers
  • Proposal must be for the creation of a new work
  • Applicants must have shown work in a minimum of at least 3 professional settings outside of a school setting
  • Applicants must be 22 years of age or older and not currently enrolled in an academic program

Application requirments – Deadline to submit is May 20, 2022 11:59pm CST

  • Complete choreographic proposal submission form
  • Submit resume (2 page maximum)
  • Submit video work sample reel: 20 minutes maximum, Vimeo link; if password protected, please include password. Longer/fuller sections/works preferred rather than highly edited, short video clips. Reels should reflect artists current interests as much as possible.

Important info and dates:

  • Proposal submission deadline: Friday, May 20, 2022 11:59pm CST
  • Tech Week/Performances: October 24-30, 2022 at The Southern Theater. Choreographers must be available for all rehearsals during this time.
  • Master class: Selected choreographers will lead a master class open to the public the week of October 24 – TBD.
  • Rehearsal period: 25-30 hours scheduled TBD between July – October 2022
  • Open rehearsal: Participation in a public open rehearsal will be required – date/location September – TBD
  • Stipend: Choreographers will receive a stipend of $1,500.

Alternative Motion Project serves as a catalyst to empower and connect individuals and communities through the art of contemporary dance. AMP presents accessible, compelling, and collaborative dance experiences through performance + education programs.

Please direct questions to alternativemotionproject@gmail.com and submit proposals by 11:59pm on Friday, May 20, 2022. Thank you for your interest in AMP!

PC: Bill Cameron

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

Collide Theatrical Season Auditions

Collide Theatrical is holding General Auditions for their 2022/2023 Performance Season starting in August 2022- May 2023. Collide is a professional dance company with a mission to tell narrative stories through movement. Seeking classically trained jazz dancers with strong ballet technique. Acting skills a must. Additional backgrounds in tap, hip-hop, acro a plus. All roles are paid ($15-$20/hour DOE and $75-$100 per performance)

DANCE CALL: Thursday May 26 10:00am

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


Please bring resume and headshot, come warmed up ready to learn a dance combination, and be prepared to stay until 1:30pm if called back. Looking for dancers with a variety of dance backgrounds! All Collide employees must be vaccinated and boosted for Covid-19. Collide is dance organization and able to hire AEA performers on dance contracts.

For questions email casting@collidetheatrical.org.

Attending Auditions: Regina Peluso-Artistic Director and Choreographer/Directors- Heather Brockman, Renee Guittar and Patrick Jeffrey

Collide Theatrical believes in a culture of inclusion, diversity, equity, access, and artistic excellence. Collide strongly encourages applications from Black, Indigenous, People of Color, women, transgender and non-binary candidates and other individuals from identities historically underrepresented in dance. Collide does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, disability, or veteran status in employment. 

Virtual auditions accepted, but in-person preferred. 


Please email the following to casting@collidetheatrical.org

  • Headshot and Resume
  • Three minutes of ballet center work including adagio, pirouettes, and grand allegro
  • 3-5 minutes of jazz highlighting technique and acting abilities

Ballet Royale: Pre-Professional Program and Professional Division Auditions

Ballet Royale’s new Pre-Professional Program provides students with an even more rigorous and demanding training schedule, designed and created for students striving towards a professional or post-secondary dance career. Building on the ongoing success of Ballet Royale’s elite Professional Division program, the Pre-Professional program expands these opportunities to students of all ages—not just the highest levels.

Ballet Royale’s Professional Division is an elite day training program that provides a comprehensive advanced course of study for advanced, talented, and ambitious students. Students accepted in this program have demonstrated commitment and dedication, are at the highest technical and artistic level, and are approaching and preparing for a post-secondary or professional career. Select Professional Division students may be invited to dance as Student Trainees with the professional ballet company, Twin Cities Ballet.

Admission and acceptance into the Pre-Professional Program & Professional Division is by audition and invitation only.

Audition date: June 4, 2022

  • 9:00am – 10:30am: Pre-Professional Program & Professional Division Audition for Ages 11-21 (With Pointe) Pre-Registration & Completed Audition Waiver is required.
  • 11:00am – 12:30pm: Pre-Professional Program Audition for Ages 7-13 (No Pointe) Pre-Registration & Completed Audition Waiver is required.

Audition for Alternative Motion Project

Alternative Motion Project is holding open auditions on Friday, June 10 from 10:00am – 1:00 pm.! Register for the audition here by June 9 to be considered. Rehearsals will begin as early as July.

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

Bring with you:

  • Your schedule/availability
  • Knee pads (recommended)
  • Masks will be required regardless of vaccination status.

AMP is looking for dynamic and expressive movers for projects as part of our upcoming 2022-23 season. We are seeking passionate, authentic, and curious movers who want to work collaboratively, immerse and challenge themselves with a wide range of material, and continue their artistic development through working with a variety of artists. If this is you, come Move BIG with AMP!

Ideal candidates to join our community of artists should have a strong sense of your individual/unique movement point of view and possess an inquisitive and investigative nature rooted in community-building. All genders, races, and ethnicities are welcome and encouraged to audition.

Alternative Motion Project serves as a catalyst to empower and connect individuals and communities through the art of contemporary dance. AMP presents accessible, compelling, and collaborative dance experiences through performance + education programs.

Movers selected as Company Members will be independent contractors. Stipends will be contracted based on the amount of time and involvement within each project and performance. Benefits also include free weekly movement practice, when offered.

Registration by June 9 required to audition. Send any questions to alternativemotionproject@gmail.com. To interact with and learn more about the AMP community, we encourage you to attend (either in part or fully) AMPLIFIED 2022 – AMP’s Summer Workshop, June 6th-9th.

Video submissions will be accepted if you cannot attend. Video clips should include both performance and improvisational movement. Please submit a Vimeo link (no longer than 5 minutes) by 11:59pm on Thursday, June 9 through the Registration Form. Submissions received after this deadline may not be considered. Those who submit video auditions, please regularly check your email for a schedule availability survey.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Openings for a Male Company Dancer, Apprentices, and Trainees

Twin Cities Ballet has an open company position for a male/male-identifying dancer. Soloist and Principal level, competitive salaried position, 34-week season. Strong classical ballet, partnering, and contemporary skills required. You must be eligible to work in the United States. 

We also have limited openings for unpaid apprenticeships and student trainee positions for both male and female dancers. 

Please submit the following audition materials by email to info@TwinCitiesBallet.org. We will contact you after we have reviewed your audition materials to schedule an in-person or virtual audition.

  • Your resumé.
  • Two photos: First arabesque and a headshot showing at least 3/4 face. Either attach small format photos or provide a link.
  • Video link showing classwork or performance clips, clearly demonstrating your classical ballet technique.

Please send information to info@TwinCitiesBallet.org. We will contact you after we have reviewed your audition materials to schedule an audition.

Twin Cities Ballet (TCB) is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit professional dance company that creates original full-length and shorter story ballets, a rare and nearly lost art, as well as more abstract contemporary ballet-based works. An emerging gem in the Twin Cities, TCB has carefully built a financially solid and growing organization that is making its mark both regionally and nationally through its creative and innovative artistic endeavors. Our mission is to connect and enrich communities by making ballet approachable, relatable, and fun, through professional and original productions and educational outreach.

TCB prohibits discrimination against any employee, applicant for employment, or patron because of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, veteran status or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.

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