MotionArt Presents Reel Imaginings

Join us for Reel Imaginings, a presentation of short films created by MotionArt director/choreographer Pam Gleason in collaboration with cinematographers Guy Wagner, Nate Gebhard, Adam Tapper, and the many multi-generational movers of MotionArt! Whether exploring humor in the mundane, suspending disbelief in unfolding absurdities, or meandering down a waterway, these films offer a fun and captivating viewing experience for people of all ages.

Total film time: 70 minutes. Informal reception following the films. Refreshments and special treats provided by Little Bettina’s.

Saturday, April 20
7:00pm – Doors open
7:30pm – Film showing: Evergreen, Last Chance, Currents, Afloat

Sunday, April 21
2:30pm – Doors open
3:00pm – Film showing: Evergreen, Last Chance, Currents, Afloat

Ticket Fees
General – $22
Seniors and Students – $17
Children – $12
Pay as you can is available by emailing us at

Join us at the Center for Performing Arts. Free on-street parking, and free parking in the lots of Lake Country School (3755 Pleasant Ave) and Venture Academy (3800 Pleasant Ave).

Broadway Dancin’ – Collide Theatrical

One weekend only! Collide Theatrical Dance Company presents Broadway Dancin’ at the Luminary Arts Center on April 20 and 21.

In this high-energy cabaret, Collide dancers will take you on a journey through a celebration of New York City and Broadway. The show will feature numbers from some of your favorite Broadway hits, including West Side Story, Sweet Charity, A Chorus Line, and more!

Join us as we explore some of the most influential dance musicals that helped shape Broadway’s history.

Saturday, April 20 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm
Sunday, April 21 at 2:00pm

Tickets available online or by calling 651-395-7903, ext. 701. For group discounts and questions, please email

SugarBush Sound Garden at Wargo Nature Center

The SugarBush Sound Garden comes to Wargo Nature Center in Lino Lakes as part of the annual Earth Day Celebration, featuring a roving site-specific movement score by dancers Erika Hansen, Suzette Gilreath, and Sarah Baumert, with live roving musical accompaniment by the Free Range Orchestra & Choir and a Carnival Song from Blue Lady and her Love Butterflies.

Saturday, April 20

This free family-friendly event will also feature a Dakota Language Scavenger Hunt with storyteller and poet Lisa Yankton, art-making activities, and an eco-fair.

The SugarBush Sound Garden is an outdoor, self-guided sound and performance installation featuring 40+ independent speakers, each playing a different part of the whole piece of music, spread throughout the “Nature Play” area of the park. Composed, designed, and directed by JG Everest.

The Sugar Bush Sound Garden is presented by Anoka County Library, through Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Legacy Fund, and Anoka County Parks.

Twin Cities Flamenco Collective with Ben Abrahamson and Laura Horn

Twin Cities Flamenco Collective inspires audiences through its passionate and soulful expressions of flamenco music and dance. This week TCFC is joined by special guest guitarist Ben Abrahamson and dancer Laura Horn.

Sunday, April 21

This is part of TCFC’s monthly residency at Icehouse MPLS.

ARENA DANCES Presents the Eighth Annual CANDY BOX Dance Festival

April 22-27, 2024
At The Southern Theater.

The CANDY BOX Dance Festival is a week-long dynamic sampling of featured performances, master classes, and in-progress showings, hosted by ARENA DANCES and presented April 22-27, 2024 at The Southern Theater. The CANDY BOX Dance Festival features both emerging and established choreographers, Happy Hour work-in-progress performances, and dance class offerings.

Dance Classes – April 22-26, 4:00-5:15pm on The Southern Theater stage
Monday – Paula Mann
Tuesday- Sana Bangoura of Duniya Drum and Dance
Wednesday – jess pretty
Thursday – Tristan Koepke
Friday – Kaitlyn Hawkins
Tickets: $10 for single class or $25 for 5-class pass.

Happy Hour Showings – April 22-26, 5:30-6:30pm
Monday – Shannon Hartle Dolan, Kaitlyn Hawkins and Alicia Steeves
Tuesday – Kayla Schiltgen
Wednesday – Amez Dance
Thursday – Duniya Drum and Dance
Friday – Penelope Freeh
Tickets: Suggested $12 donation or $25 for pass to all Happy Hour showings; pay-as-able at door only.

Featured Artists Performances – April 25-27, 7:30pm
Tristan Koepke
Paula Mann/Time Track Productions
jess pretty

Before April 23: $20 online in advance; $18 student/senior.
After April 23: $27 online and at the door; $20 student/senior discount.
Saturday, April 27 at 2:00pm is pay-as-able, only at the box office.

CANDY BOX Master Classes

CANDY BOX Dance Festival will offer master classes on The Southern Theater’s stage:

April 22-26, 4:00-5:15pm 
Monday – Paula Mann
Tuesday- Sana Bangoura of Duniya Drum and Dance
Wednesday – jess pretty
Thursday – Tristan Koepke
Friday – Kaitlyn Hawkins

$10 for single class
$25 for 5-class pass

Taja Will Presents DISASTER! at the Red Eye

The Taja Will Ensemble presents:

Dearest Liberator, DISASTER! DISASTER! DISASTER! is a moment to metabolize climate catastrophe. Our queer Latine squad of contemporary avatars deliver a dark comedy, call to action, and awareness. We pack our “go bags” and practice all the survival strategies we’ve ever trained and retained. All the elemental energies are invited at once, WATER, AIR, FIRE, EARTH, moon, ghost, catastrophe, compost, restoration and diaspora ancestors. We call to action vibrational awareness of ecosystem solidarity, and elemental sovereignty.

Created and performed by Marisol Herling, Eric M.C. Gonzalez, Margaret Ogas and Taja Will

Wednesday, April 24 at 7:30
​Thursday, April 25 at 7:30 – ​with ASL interpretation
​Friday, April 26 at 7:30
Saturday, April 27 at 5:00
Doors open 20 minutes before performances.

30 seats per performance: 20 seats on pre-sale, 10 at the door each night – they are going fast!
Our tickets ​have a sliding scale price of ​$15-50, with a suggested price of $25.

Email directly with access needs or purchase tickets and fill out questionnaire at the end with access and accomodation support.

TU Dance: Educational Performance of THREAT

We would like to invite the educators in our community and their students to attend this special event!

TU Dance is providing an educational performance featuring THREAT, a company project with choreography by Yusha-Marie Sorzano and other concepts and elements of the art form of dance. Our 10 dancers (including 5 dancers from TU Dance’s CULTIVATE, trainee program) welcome you to experience the connective power of dance. This educational performance is only available to students enrolled in schools throughout the district.

Thursday, April 25
At The O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University.
Cost: $3.50
For more information about THREAT and to register, click here.

TU Dance educational performance featuring THREAT is provided thanks to a generous grant provided by the Saint Paul Foundation and Bigelow Foundation.

TU Dance: THREAT by Yusha-Marie Sorzano

THREAT is an evening-length work choreographed by TU Dance Guest Artist Yusha-Marie Sorzano.

THREAT is a concert dance theater work that aims to provoke an interrogation of the roles we play as individuals and communities in hierarchies. The work posits that hierarchies have the power to control our behavior and infiltrate our thoughts, even when no authority is present to enforce the rules. Using a physical language and soundscape that fuses multicultural traditions and styles of the West and the African Diaspora, this social exploration invites audiences into a modern narrative that speaks to the universal experience of authority, obedience, and rebellion.

Friday, April 26 at 7:30pm
Saturday, April 27 at 7:30pm

Purchase Tickets
Adult: $40
Student/Senior: $30
St. Kate’s Student: $5
Subscription information can be found here.

TU Dance is one of four dance companies participating in the pilot program The O’Shaughnessy Dance Cohort.

Minnesota Dance Theatre Presents SPRING at The Southern

Last chance for now! Don’t miss this opportunity to join Minnesota Dance Theatre for the company’s parting performances.

Witness the Minnesota premiere of And yet here we are, by Seattle based choreographer Nia-Amina Minor. This piece, originally created on Pacific Northwest Ballet, lives in an imaginative space propelled by rhythm. Set to a soundscape that is both turbulent and reflective, this work urgently explores what is and the possibilities of what could be.

The performance is rounded out by world premieres from local choreographer Javan Mngrezzo, MDT company member Zachary Tuazon, and MDT Interim Artistic Director Elayna Waxse. With music from Chopin to jazz to indie rock, this program displays the diversity and power of our remarkable dancers.

Friday, May 3 at 8:00pm – pay as able
Saturday, May 4 at 8:00pm
Sundays, May 5 at 2:00pm
Friday, May 10 at 8:00pm
Saturday, May 11 at 8:00pm
Sunday, May 5 at 2:00pm

Tickets: $32. Student: $20.