Highland Park HS in St. Paul Seeks Dance Teacher

Highland Park High School, an International Baccalaureate school, is looking for a new dance teacher!

This is currently a part-time position teaching two dance classes:

Beginning/Intermediate Class: one semester. Grades 9-12.

IB Dance Class: 1-2 year class. Grades 11-12.

Both classes cover elements of choreography and performance as well as explorations of multiple dance styles. The IB class also participates in the IB Testing regimen, including performance, research and choreography.

This is a rewarding opportunity to bring dance to students’ daily academic studies. For more information and inquiries, please contact Principal Dr. Winston Tucker — Winston.tucker@spps.org.

Collide Theatrical Presents SKOL!

Collide Theatrical Dance Company presents its first dance musical with an original score—

SKOL! plays at the Southern Theater March 23–April 9, 2023.

When a mysterious illness befalls a Viking clan, a young woman is called to fulfill her destiny as a great warrior leader in a battle for the cure with the Christian army. Inspired by the Norse gods, her journey tests the boundaries of her faith, shakes the ground of the relationships with the men dearest in her life, and causes her to question the definition of female strength.

Inspired by recent evidence of the grave of a female Viking holding the accoutrements and injury marks of a prestigious warrior, a discovery that cast a new light on gender roles in Scandinavian history. Collide explores this fascinating story with an original pop rock/rap score composed by Twin Cities musician Mike Michel (The Orange Goodness), with lyrics by vocalists Rush Benson (Ordway) and Katie Gearty (Dakota Jazz Club).

Created by Collide Artistic Director, Regina Peluso; the production stars Renee Guittar and Jarod Boltjes.

Click for tickets or call 651-395-7903.
Group rates available.

Contempo Physical Dance – LAVADEIRAS

Contempo Physical Dance presents the premiere of LAVADEIRAS, a full-length work choreographed by Marciano Silva dos Santos inspired by the Afro-Brazilian washerwomen of Brazil. With original music composition by Divan Gattamorta, who utilizes audio by documentarian Edileuza Penha de Souza, this work is inspired by the music and dance that has been passed down for centuries. Their history begins with slave women who earned money for their masters by washing clothes in the rivers. While doing so they sang and danced to keep their spirits joyful despite hard work. These women held on to enough profits to eventually free themselves and their families.

Our world is filled with uncertainty and hardship. More than ever, we need to come together and be unified and the washerwomen inspire this, making it undeniable that we need music, dance and human connection.

Featuring Dancers: Melissa Clark, Suzette Gilreath, Tumelo Khupe, Ryan-Olivia Lundy, Mary Mailand Schlichting and Monica Merino.

Friday, March 24 at 7:30pm
Saturday, March 25 at 7:30pm

This performance runs approximately 55 minutes.
Tickets: $5-$15 available through The O’Shaughnessy ticket office in person, by calling 651-690-6700 or at oshag.stkate.edu.

The Joffrey Ballet

Of Mice and Men
The Times Are Racing

The Joffrey Ballet returns to Northrop with a dynamic program of three works: Serenade—the first ballet George Balanchine created in America in 1934, an electric “sneaker ballet” from Tony Award winner Justin Peck, and the Northrop Centennial Commission Of Mice and Men adapted by choreographer Cathy Marston. This new take on John Steinbeck’s tender tale of friendship, perseverance, and sacrifice features an original score by 14-time Academy Award nominee, Thomas Newman (The Shawshank RedemptionSkyfallFinding Nemo), played live by Northrop’s Ballet Orchestra.

March 25 at 7:00pm
March 26 at 7:00pm

ENCORE: The Joffrey Ballet Cast Party

March 25 at 9:30pm
Tickets: $55 (A $20 donation is included in your ticket price.)

Celebrate with the dancers of Joffrey Ballet after their performance! Join us for the ENCORE: Joffrey Ballet Cast Party, an insider event including drinks, live music, and delicious bites while meeting the dancers—plus remarks from The Joffrey Ballet’s MBE Artistic Director, Ashley Wheater.

These celebratory fundraising events support Northrop Centennial Commissions to create new dance works, elevate artists, and bring extraordinary presentations to our stage. You can be part of ensuring that artists’ creative works will be seen by audiences and youth in our community for years to come.

In this decade, leading up to Northrop’s 100-year anniversary in 2029, the Northrop Centennial Commissions project helps create new dance works to ensure that there will be amazing performances far into the future.

With your support, Northrop’s Centennial Commissions program provides:

  • The creation and presentation of exquisite new works.
  • Opportunities for students, youth, and communities to experience transformative arts.
  • Connections through art that will be shared for generations.
  • Arts programming for youth arts and education programs.
  • A deeper understanding and insight into art, self-expression, and communication through discussions with artists, inspiring the community and young people.

Young Dance Build-Your-Own Miniature Golf Course Gala this Saturday

Come join the fun with Young Dance by building and playing miniature golf! 

On Saturday, March 25, everyone is invited to build their own miniature golf hole for Young Dance’s unique, one-day-only miniature golf course. We will gather and build at 

Lake Monster Brewing Company from 1:00–4:00pm.
Participants can
sign up to build and design the course as an individual or bring a group of friends. 

This year, we will be building with the theme of Chocolate Factory. 

Materials like cardboard, pieces of gutter, tubes, wood, pallets, nails, screws, tape, and more will be provided, or you can bring your own supplies. Skilled construction workers will be in attendance to help make your Oompa Loompa and golden ticket building dreams come true. 

Once the course is complete, golfing will open at 4:00pm.  

Free to build, then pick your price to play! All proceeds go to Young Dance.

Sponsored by:
Ace Hardware Store Bloomington Ave Minneapolis,  The Arc Minnesota, Home Depot store #2806, No Mythic Robotics, Spire Bank, Upstream Arts, and the Young Dance Board of Directors.

This Sunday – Critical Conversations Series, Art of Business: Marketing

Marketing oneself whether it be for promoting an upcoming show, weekly workshops or just yourself as an artist is not an easy feat. Let’s come together to discuss tips and strategies with one another. Questions that will be addressed will include: How do you market your shows, classes and/or yourself as an artist? How can you make sure you’re reaching your target audience? How can we expand to a new audience? How do you control the tone in which you try to communicate? What are the tips and tricks around social media?

Join The Cowles Center in conversation as we gather to discuss how we talk about ourselves as artists and sell our “product”. This discussion will be open to all. Come to share your thoughts or just listen.

Art of Business: Marketing
Sunday, March 26, 2023
At Hot House. Free and open to the public. Refreshments provided.

Jessi Fett, The Cowles Center Director of Programming & Education
Colin Edwards, Programs Coordinator and McKnight Artist Fellowship Programs Assistant for Dance and for Choreographers

Guest Speakers
Symone Wilson, Marketing Manager
Canaan Mattson, Marketing and Branding Manager
Rachel Doran and Laura Sukowatey, Hothouse and Crash Dance Co-Founders

Lemi Ponifasio: Love to Death (Amor a la muerte)

The voices, language, and bodies of Chilean artists—native Mapuche singer and composer Elisa Avendaño Curaqueo, and contemporary flamenco dancer Natalia García-Huidobro—weave together in a ceremony revealing their own stories—two lives that reflect Chile’s history and the search for its future.

The work was sparked by the events that were detonated after the murder of Camilo Catrillanca, a Mapuche former student activist and farmer. Touching on questions of identity and destiny, people and nature, the “female being,” and the balance of power—the work transcends conventional ideas of theater, dance, and activism. Conceived and directed by internationally renowned Samoan artist Lemi Ponifasio, a champion of both the avant-garde and indigenous people.

March 31 at 8:00pm
April 1 at 8:00pm
April 2 at 8:00pm

Kitchen Dances

Kitchen Dances is a dancing history exploring how women’s power of choice and agency over their own lives have evolved throughout various time periods and cultures. Witness the metamorphosis of the heart of the home from a place of duty to an experimental playground of possibilities. Dance styles featured in this production include contemporary ballet, flamenco, and modern as the Company of Ballet Co.Laboratory performs in collaboration with guest dance artists from around the Twin Cities.

Choreographer: Claire Davison.

Performers: The Company Dancers of Ballet Co.Laboratory with guest artists Nieya Amezquita, MonaLisa Berman, Susana di Palma, and Juliana Johnson.

Adults: $40
Seniors: $35
Children/Students: $30
Groups (10+ tickets to the same performance): $30

Friday, March 31, 2023 at 7:00pm
Saturday, April 1, 2023 at 7:00pm
Sunday, April 2, 2023 at 2:00pm

TCB’s Choreographic Voices In-Studio Performance

Join Twin Cities Ballet for TCB’s Choreographic Voices, featuring the premiere of pieces by our very own TCB company dancers, Garland Borowski and Tyler Piwowarczyk, and performances by TCB trainees and advanced student dancers.

Come and support our dancers! We ask for a suggested donation of $10 to help support this performance. Gifts of any amount are always appreciated, and all proceeds go back to Twin Cities Ballet.

TCB’s Choreographic Voices will take place in the Dance Cube at Ballet Royale on April 1 at 7:30pm. More information on our website!