AMP is hosting a series of three master classes that engages Twin Cities dance artists as part of our eleventh season performance. During show week, three of the ELEVEN choreographers will lead a master class. Join us in moving on the Southern stage with three distinct movement experiences in a welcoming atmosphere!

Master Class Schedule:
Friday, April 14: 10:00-11:30am – Joanna Lees
Saturday, April 15: 10:00-11:30am – Brianna Rae Johnson
Saturday, April 15: 11:45am-1:15pm – Khary Jackson

Class Rates
Take more classes and save money!
Single Master Class – $18
2 Master Classes – $30 ($15/class)
3 Master Classes – $39 ($13/class)
Pre-registration and -payment preferred.*
Cash, Venmo, credit card, and check accepted at the door.
*If not pre-registered, please arrive at least 10 minutes early.

No one turned away for lack of funds. Email for low/no cost options.

About the Workshops

Joanna Lees/Contemporary Movement Practice: Move BIG, sweat and play in an energizing atmosphere supported by pop hits in this Contemporary Movement Practice. Participants will build awareness and explore expansive possibilities within their own individuality and identities. Through improvised and structured movement vocabulary, participants will be encouraged to research freedom, 3-D expansion, mobility, rigor, presence, and agency in choice-making and empowerment with each individual’s own unique body.

Brianna Rae Johnson/Flying and Falling: With weight and momentum as our guides, we’ll begin low and slow to gradually ease joints into dynamic and athletic movement.

Khary Jackson/Embodying the Music: We will explore movement while listening in detail to the many sounds present in any given song. While isolating instrumentation, layering sonic textures, re-contextualizing lyrics and imagining fresh connections between music and movement, we will play and share as dancers and/or choreographers.

Email AMP with any questions. We look forward to moving BIG with you soon!

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

Location Info

The Southern Theater
1420 S. Washington Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Contact Info

Joanna Lees

Movement as Language: Workshop Series and Performance Opportunity

This workshop will provide an introduction to dance and choreographic tools. This 2023 workshop series will focus on the theme of migration. Participants will be guided through movement exercises and encouraged to develop their own choreography as a way of storytelling. We will examine migration from our unique perspectives as a transition or transformational experience in life. Workshops focus on using your body as an instrument for expression and are open to adults of all abilities and levels of dance experience. All workshops are free!

At the end of the workshop series, 5 participants will be invited to complete the cast for a community performance at the Southern Theater, June 16-17. All workshop participants who are interested are invited to apply to join this creative process! These artist positions are paid. BIPOC, LGBTQ+, ESL, and community members with disabilities are encouraged to participate. No dance experience required.

Workshop 1: April 14-15
CM’s Fitness and Dance
6706 Penn Ave S, Richfield, MN 55423
Day 1: Friday, April 14, 6:00-8:00pm
Day 2: Saturday, April 15, 12:30-3:30pm
Free street parking is available.

Workshop 2: April 22-23
The Shawngrām Institute for Performance and Social Justice
1197 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55104
Day 1: Saturday, April 22, 3:30-5:30pm
Day 2: Sunday, April 23, 10:30am-1:30pm
Limited free parking is available.

Workshop 3: April 28-29
Zorongo Flamenco
3715 Minnehaha Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Day 1: Friday, April 28, 6:00-8:00pm
Day 2: Saturday, April 29, 3:00-6:00pm
Street parking is available on 37th Ave and surrounding streets.

Contact Info

Carmen Lucia Lincoln
Paula Mann

Speed, Force and Timing
Four Saturdays, 2:00-4:00pm
April 15, 22, and 29; May 6
At The Cowles Center, Studio 5B

Class will include a modern/contemporary warm-up based on Mann’s 30 years of teaching Limon technique, improvisation/creative process practice exploring these principles, and learning new movement ideas for Mann’s next work with phrases based on speed, force and timing.

Price: $10 for each two-hour workshop

Please email to reserve a space.

Location Info

Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts
Studio 5B, Fifth Floor
528 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Contact Info

Paula Mann
Photo Credit: Erik Saulitis

Join James Sewell Ballet this summer for our dance intensive running June 12-July 1, 2023.

Featuring Guest Choreographer and Instructor, Shohei Iwahama!
Geared toward pre-professional and young adult dancers with intermediate/advanced technique.

Class Schedule
Two or three-week option.
Ballet, JSB repertoire, new choreography, improvisation techniques, conditioning, and more.
Public performances on Saturdays, June 24 and July 1.

World-Class Faculty with Personalized Instruction
Train with dancers, choreographers, and movement experts who value personal growth and agency. Learn from JSB Artists, Berit Ahlgren, Leah Gallas, Shohei Iwahama, Deirdre Murnane, Eve Schulte, James Sewell, and Yuki Tokuda.

We combine rigor with playfulness to foster each student’s best potential. Program includes thoughtful goal-setting and mentorship.

Early Bird Rate – Register through April 28: $495 per week
Regular Rate – After April 28: $550 per week
Flat rate includes 34 hours of professional instruction and development per week.

Location Info

Cowles Center for the Performing Arts
528 Hennepin Ave
Second Floor, Studio 2B
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Contact Info

Deirdre Murnane

Discover dance with a week-long sampler camp for young artists! Not sure if your dancer has a style they like best, or looking for a way to try out something new? We’ll explore a variety of dance styles and creative movements in this one-week camp.

Informal showing on the last day. All abilities and levels of experience are welcome.

Session 1 (Age 4-6): July 17-21, 9:00am-12:00pm
Session 2 (Age 7-10): July 17-21, 12:30-3:30pm

Click here to learn more and register for Camp Zenon! Registration closes one week before camp begins.

Tuition: $195 – No person will be refused because of inability to pay. Need-based scholarships are available for partial and full tuition upon inquiry.

Click here to learn more about Zenon Dance School’s Youth Program. Please email or call 612-338-1101, Ext. 2 (office phone, if no answer please leave voicemail) with any questions.

Location Info

Zenon Dance School
528 Hennepin Ave
Ste 430
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Contact Info

Hunter Batterson