The Arena in May – Blake Nellis - May 24 to May 31

Moving Practice is a weekly class series for professional dancers. Classes prioritize rigor, diversity of contemporary aesthetics, variety of class content, and commitment. Professional level dancers of all styles are welcome.

Tuesdays, 10:00-11:30am at The Arena
Blake Nellis teaches throughout May!

Drop in rate is $17; Buy a 10-class card and save! FREE parking on all side streets (Aldrich, Bryant, Colfax, 31st, etc.)

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In this series we will explore principles of: improvisation, weight, spirals, follow-through, moving support, timing, and dynamics of touch. We will play with material that arises from the dance we experience and explore together.  In and out of solo, changing our tone and attention, we will deepen our sense of dancing authentically.

Blake Nellis (he/him) is an artist, educator and improviser who creates work with the body. His work is deeply rooted in human connection, physical touch and nature. He graduated from Luther College with a degree in Theater/Dance. He is a 2019 & 2015 recipient of the MN State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant (Photography & Dance respectively). He has taught and performed around the globe. He has produced work at the Walker Art Center, Patrick’s Cabaret, The Artbox, Red Eye Theater, TEK Box, Bryant Lake Bowl Theater & Luther College. His other professional dance experience includes performing with Mathew Janczewski’s ARENA Dances, Patrick Scully, Live Action Set, Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater, Jim Lieberthal’s Footholds Project, Jane Hawley, Hatch Dance, HoneyWorks, Rosy Simas & Taja Will. His favorite moments usually include ice cream, laughter, traveling, or nature. Or beer.  And biking. And/or all of the above.

Photo by Bill Cameron

The photo is of a male with dark hair and beard, kneeling on one leg with the other stretched out with arms in similar shape. He is dressed in a cream colored shirt with khaki drawstring waist pants surrounded by a black background.

Location Info

The Arena
711 W. Lake Street
Studio 308
Minneapolis, MN 55408

Contact Info

Mathew Janczewski


Class Title: Moving Practice
Instructor: Blake Nellis
Price: $17
Date: May 24, 2022
End Date: May 31, 2022
Time: 10:00 am