Absolute Beginners Flamenco Class

Classes by Sachiko “La Chayí” Flamenco in south Minneapolis.

Absolute Beginners
Six-Week Session: Tuesdays, 6:00-6:55pm
April 9-May 21. No class April 30.
$120 for the full session. No drop-ins.
A class recording will be provided if you miss a class.

Eva Makiko will substitute while Sachiko is in Spain for the months of April and May. There will be no intermediate nor advanced beginners classes offered in those months.

TU Dance: In-Studio Showing of THREAT

Join us for an informal in-studio showing featuring THREAT, a TU Dance project with Yusha-Marie Sorzano! In anticipation of our live performances at The O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University on April 26 and 27 at 7:30pm, we invite you to attend this event and get an up-close and personal look into the creation of this work and have the opportunity to meet many of the artists involved.

April 11
5:30-6:30pm
In-person only at TU Dance Center.
Registration is required. Space is limited. First come, first served.
This event is free.

For more information, directions, and parking, click here.

James Sewell Ballet: Master Class with Graham Lustig of Oakland Ballet

Join Graham Lustig, artistic director of Oakland Ballet Company, for a ballet master class, available to participants thanks to a partnership between Northrop and James Sewell Ballet. This class is for intermediate/advanced level dancers and will bring focus to placement, musicality, and expression.

Thursday, April 11
9:30-11:00am

Register.

Since his appointment as Artistic Director in 2010, Graham Lustig has revitalized Oakland Ballet Company and helped the organization reclaim its position as a leading San Francisco Bay Area arts institution and premier dance company. Lustig’s stewardship has brought the company a reputation for presenting community-based programming that makes the art of dance relevant, accessible, and engaging to the diverse community Oakland Ballet serves.

Free for University of Minnesota students, faculty, and staff. 

make : magnify Interdisciplinary Arts Festival

make : magnify is an interdisciplinary arts festival hosted along the West Bank Arts Quarter of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus. This festival was created by university dance students. Admission is free, but donations are accepted and encouraged to support both the project and individual artists. 

Artists were brought together in groups of 2-3 individuals of varying disciplines with the purpose of creating a new work within a 2-week residency period. These groups are made up of both student and community artists. Each of the three works vary in length from 15-25 minutes. 

The nature of this festival is that it travels between West Bank buildings and locations. Following the performances, there will be a reception in the Barbara Barker Center for Dance lobby with food, drinks, and a chance to mingle with the artists.

Saturday, April 13 at 4:00pm
Starts at the Barbara Barker Center for Dance.
RSVP here.

Artists: Alana Horton, Amital Shaver, Hannah MacKenzie-Margulies, Ella Kooyer, Merit Thursday, Ren Edson, Jacquelyn Fay, and Sudarsna Mukund 
MC/Host: Orren Fen
Stylized Photographer: Louise Ramberg 

Come support these local artists by witnessing, discussing, and experiencing their brand-new works of art!
As always, reach out to us at makemagnify@gmail.com if you have any questions! 

James Sewell Ballet: Pointed Humor

Pointed Humor features the highly-anticipated choreographies of two guest choreographers and old friends of the company. Shohei Iwahama (former James Sewell Ballet dancer and current member of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo) brings an expansive group work that emanates curiosity, play, and kinship. Michael Walters returns with his fourth choreographic commission for James Sewell Ballet with a passionate duet, at moments both gritty and gentle.

This remarkable evening includes two Sewell works: a new sextet that blends classical and contemporary ballet within Bach’s Concerto for Violin & Oboe; and a remount of Doo-Be-Doo, which combines high-energy playful antics with stunning technical feats.

Saturday, April 13 at 7:30pm
Sunday, April 14 at 2:00pm

The approximate run time of the event is 105 minutes with a fifteen minute intermission.

Discount code: JSB invites all who are a part of the Minnesota dance community to join us at the O’Shaughnessy this weekend, with discount code FRIENDOFJSB for $25 tickets!

Creo Arts and Dance Conservatory Audition

Ready to dance with us at CREO Arts and Dance Conservatory? Audition to join our dance community!

Saturday, April 13
9:00-10:30am – Current grades 2-5
10:30am-12:00pm – Current grades 6+
12:00-12:45pm – Pointe

To learn more and RSVP, email info@creodance.com.

We can’t wait to see you there!

Paid Bodystorming Event April 17

Calling all dancers and/or scientists! Come join Black Label Movement with UMN Biomedical Engineer David Odde and his cancer research lab in a Bodystorming session.

Bodystorming is a rapid modeling technique using bodies, space, and choreographic strategies.
Participating dance artists receive $27.50/hour and parking reimbursement.

If you’re interested in taking part, email blacklabelmovement@gmail.com with the subject “Bodystorming.”

April 17, 1:00-3:00pm
Session will take place at the University of Minnesota Wellness Center.

Threads Youth Dance Sampler

Join us for a morning of movement and mindfulness at Threads Dance Sampler! Youth ages 8-12 can sample a ballet, modern, and nutrition class, and enjoy an hour of mindfulness in a gratitude and resilience workshop.

Saturday, April 13, 10:30am-12:30pm
For youth ages 8-12 and families, no dance experience required.
Free! $15 donation is appreciated.
Register.

Families are encouraged to stay, join the workshop with their kids, and learn more about the NexGen/YDP program and our Summer Dance CampsAll Dance Sampler attendees will receive a 10% discount on summer camps. We can’t wait to see you at Threads Dance Nexus!

Click here to learn more or call us at 612-354-3978. Threads Dance Project is a BIPOC-run organization that aims to make dance more accessible for diverse youth.

FRIENDOFJSB – Discount Code for JSB’s Pointed Humor

JSB invites all who are a part of the Minnesota dance community to join us at the O’Shaughnessy this weekend, with discount code FRIENDOFJSB for $25 tickets!

James Sewell Ballet leaps onto the stage with bold new works!

Pointed Humor features the highly-anticipated choreographies of two guest choreographers and old friends of the company. Shohei Iwahama (former James Sewell Ballet dancer and current member of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo) brings an expansive group work that emanates curiosity, play, and kinship. Michael Walters returns with his fourth choreographic commission for James Sewell Ballet with a passionate duet, at moments both gritty and gentle.

This remarkable evening includes two Sewell works: a new sextet that blends classical and contemporary ballet within Bach’s Concerto for Violin & Oboe; and a remount of Doo-Be-Doo, which combines high-energy playful antics with stunning technical feats.

Saturday, April 13 at 7:30pm
Sunday, April 14 at 2:00pm

The approximate run time of the event is 105 minutes with a fifteen minute intermission.

Minnesota Dance Theatre Seeks School Director

Minnesota Dance Theatre (MDT) seeks a strategic and collaborative school director, a cross-cutting leader who will work within and among a faculty of dance teachers, three direct reports, and MDT’s Board of Directors.

MDT is an acclaimed dance school based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Founded by Loyce Houlton in 1962, MDT ranks as one of the most enduring arts organizations and aspires to maintain the highest international artistic standards, while attracting audiences, dancers, and students from all cultural and economic backgrounds.

The School Director will play an active leadership role within the organization as an operational and artistic school leader, as well as in the community, engaging deeply with donors and the dance community. They will develop and implement a ballet curriculum and strategies that grow the power and artistry of dancers.

This opportunity is a full-time, exempt position with a competitive compensation package. Salary range: $70k – $80k.