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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
Elayna Waxse teaches throughout December

Pre-register at
$17 drop in.
Flexible pricing and free parking!

Elayna’s class contextualizes contemporary dance technique as an ongoing process of body awareness within larger ecological systems. How we exist in our bodies replicates how we exist in the world. Utilizing improvisation, set phrase work, somatic exercises and conversation, we will explore physical prowess, performativity, and authenticity in movement and activism. 

Elayna Waxse is originally from Overland Park, Kansas and is now based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She began her training at nine years old with Alecia Good and also at the Kansas City Ballet School under the direction of Karen P. Brown, spending her summers at the School of American Ballet in New York City.  She continued her training at the Professional Division program at Pacific Northwest Ballet School in Seattle, WA., where she regularly performed with the company. 

Professionally, Elayna has danced with Minnesota Dance Theatre, Colorado Ballet/Colorado Ballet Studio Company, Black Label Movement, BodyCartography Project, and with Cie. Ismael Ivo at ImPulsTanz Vienna International Dance Festival 2014. She was a member of TU Dance from 2012 to 2019, and was part of the original creation team of Come Through, the collaboration between TU Dance and Grammy-award winning musical group Bon Iver. Through this collaboration Elayna performed at the Hollywood Bowl (LA, CA), the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, D.C.), and at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival (Manchester, TN).

Other credits include work by George Balanchine, Glen Tetley, Loyce Houlton, Eliot Feld, Uri Sands, Dwight Rhoden, Francesca Harper, Gioconda Barbuto, Katrin Hall, Greg Dolbashian, and Stephanie Batten-Bland. Elayna is a 2019 recipient of a McKnight Fellowship in Dance

Location Info

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

Contact Info

Mathew Janczewski

Over the course of this three-day contemporary movement workshop, move BIG, sweat, and play with us while we build awareness and explore expansive possibilities within our own bodies. With improvised and structured movement vocabulary, we will research freedom, 3-D expansion, mobility, rigor, presence, agency in choice-making, and empowerment within ourself. Led by AMP Co-Director, Joanna Lees.

Suitable for professional, pre-professional, and/or intermediate/advanced movers, ages 18 and older. Knee pads recommended. This is a great way to keep moving over school or holiday breaks. Low/no cost options available. Come as you are!

In person and virtual options available. Drop in for one, two or all three days. Pre-registration highly encouraged through AMP’s website. Those who pre-register will be given priority should class size need to be limited. Current CDC guidelines for COVID-19 safety will be followed.

Monday, December 20
Tuesday, December 21
Wednesday, December 22

Single day/drop in rate: $18
Two-day bundle rate: $32
Three-day bundle rate: $45

Registration and more info at Email questions and inquiries to

Location Info

The Center for Performing Arts
Studio 105W
3754 Pleasant Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55409


Contact Info

Joanna Lees