Choreographers, dancers, and composers of all genres in the Twin Cities are invited to join THE MIXTAPE Collective for free weekly immersive experiences highlighting their creation process! Every Saturday a MIXTAPE choreographer, and the MIXTAPE music director will lead a workshop with fellow collaborators in music composition/production, lighting design, and videography.

FINAL DATE – May 21: Choreographer Darrius Strong and Music Director Stefon Bionik Taylor with composer Yan Pang Classes take place from 12:00pm-2:00pm in the Tek Box at the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts. MIXTAPE will pay for all attendees’ parking!

About THE MIXTAPE Collective: MIXTAPE dances into the next chapter of Hip Hop dance theater with an exploration of futuristic ways to perceive the struggles of the present. We locate ourselves in cyberspace, where battles are fought, relationships are built, and artifacts of the past are uncovered. MIXTAPE 5G: The Sound of Movement investigates finding the strength to defy hierarchy, building solidarity through difference, and fracturing fossilized stereotypes.

Location Info

Colin Edwards
528 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403
651-785-4751
website

Contact Info

Colin Edwards
cedwards@thecowlescenter.org
Portrait of a dancer arching back with arms extended

Threads Dance Project is partnering with Theatre Mu to offer two workshops by Kei Tsuruharatani’(Broadway’s Jagged Little Pill). Both are shaped by Kei’s (she/her) collaborative, non-pedagogical teaching style that truly invites participants to open themselves up and learn from each other’s creativity and strengths.

Conscious Movement | May 23, 6:30-8:30pm

This workshop is a movement exploration and mindfulness practice for both non-dancers and dancers. 

Decolonizing Ballet | May 25, 10am-12pm

Dancers will learn how to approach ballet from a decolonized perspective as they go through technique exercises and combinations with Kei. 

Pay as able: $10 – $40. More Info and Registration Online at: https://www.theatermu.org/mti/kei-tsuruharatani Anyone 16 or older is welcome to attend, but the space will be centered on BIPOC and TGNC (transgender/non-conforming) experiences.

Location Info

Threads Dance Project
2231 Snelling Ave
Suite #100
Minneapolis, MN 55404
612-354-3978
website

Contact Info

Morgen Chang
morgen@theatermu.org

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.)

Register here: https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/mainclass

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. www.blakenellis.org

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
612-804-0238
website

Contact Info

Mathew Janczewski
arenadances@gmail.com

Workshops

Class Title: Moving Practice
Instructor: Blake Nellis
Price: $17
Date: May 24, 2022
End Date: May 31, 2022
Time: 10:00 am
PC: Laura Kane Scher Photography and Tamiko French

Dance teacher Tamiko French has developed a program centered around revitalizing creativity of storytelling with the building blocks of dance creation that infuses the visual and literary arts. https://vimeo.com/685038137

The 8-week workshop is designed to be sequential for participants, with each class building on the previous class. From a first class in which participants will use poetry, prose, dramatic writing, spoken word, or other writing as a stimulus to create movement, participants will learn about modern and jazz dance techniques and choreographic practice, collaborate and share results with others, study facilitated improvisation and play in dance, and refine their work for a sharing event for family, friends, and the community.

Session 2: May 26–July 16 | Thursdays, 10:00-11:30am CST | In-person only. $45 per workshop.

This program is for adults 55+. Pre-registration required as in-studio space is limited! There will be a showing on last day of each workshop from 12:30-2:00pm. Proof of vaccination and masks are required at the door for all participants. TU Dance will offer tuition and transportation subsidy upon request. Please contact us at education@tudance.org or 651-724-9708 to inquire.

Location Info

TU Dance Center
2121 University Avenue W
Saint Paul, MN 55114

website

Contact Info

Daonna Lewis
education@tudance.org
651-724-9708
Photo: Isabel Fajardo

Contemporary floorwork for advanced movers with Joe Tennis!

Cost: $10-$20 sliding scale (Venmo or cash on sight)

Location Info

St. Paul Ballet
655 Fairview Ave N
St. Paul, MN 55104

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Contact Info

Joey Weaver
jtweavs@gmail.com

Workshops

Class Title: Floorwork Class
Instructor: Joe Tennis
Price: $10-$20 Sliding
Date: May 30, 2022
Time: 6:00 pm
End Date: 7:30 pm

Get back into our bodies and the studio with AMPLIFIED: AMP’s 4-day Summer Workshop sponsored by Zenon Dance School! Let’s move, sweat and explore mobility, length, momentum, 3-D expansion, while amplifying our physical possibilities in a curious, uplifting, and enlivening environment. Led by AMP and special guest artists. Suitable for pre-professional/professional movers. Come as you are!

June 6-9 | 10:00am – 1:00pm

10:00-11:30 am – Contemporary Movement Practice | Joanna Lees
11:30am – 1:00 pm – Master Classes with Berit Ahlgren, Javan Mngrezzo, and Taja Will

Registration Info:
Full Workshop (6/6 – 6/9; all 8 practices, 10:00-11:30am) | $100
First Half Workshop (6/6 – 6/9; 4 practices, 10:00-11:30am) | $50
Second Half Workshop (6/6 – 6/9; 4 practices, 11:30am – 1:00pm) | $50
Drop in(Single Practice) | $15/practice | $28/day

Register by June 6 at 9:00am or drop in payments can be made in person at the door (subject to availability). As of now, a mask will be required regardless of vaccination status.

More information about class offerings and instructors coming soon! For more info and registration at alternativemotionproject.org. Send questions to: alternativemotionproject@gmail.com.

*Venue Change*
Zenon Dance School 4th Floor | 528 Hennepin Ave | Minneapolis, MN 55403

Location Info

Zenon Dance School
4th Floor
528 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403

website

Contact Info

Joanna Lees
alternativemotionproject@gmail.com

This workshop will provide an introduction to modern dance and choreographic tools for participants to express themselves with movement. Participants will be encouraged to develop their own choreography as a way of storytelling. The workshops will be open to adults of all abilities and levels of dance experience. The focus of these workshops will be to learn how to use our bodies as an instrument for expression.  At the end of the workshop, there will be a small informal showing of work developed during this process.

Dates: June 10 – 12, 2022
Location: TARGET STUDIO at The Cowles Center
Time: 10:30 am to 1:30 pm  (Booked from 10 am to 2 pm)

In-Person Attendance: 10 maximum, 3 minimum
In-Person Registration: Opens April 11, 2022
In-Person Registration Link: https://forms.gle/Pzeyhv5ewoYTfmiu9

On-Line Attendance: 10 maximum
On-Line Registration: May 2, 2022
On-Line Registration Link: TBD

Meli (MX) is a freelance dance artist in the Twin Cities, creating dance work and promoting access to cultural activities for over a decade. Since 2007 she has taught Ballet and Modern dance. Meli holds a Masters’s in Tourism from Colorado State University. She has combined her work with an extensive professional dance career in Mexico to provide access and empower communities to share their culture.

Erika Martin (USA) is a Minneapolis-based dancer, choreographer, teacher, and engaged citizen. Erika holds a BA in Modern Dance and American Studies from Connecticut College. They have taught Modern and Ballroom dance for over 15 years and investigate the human experience through choreography. Erika has served as School Coordinator for Zenon Dance School since 2019.

Location Info

Cowles Center for Dance
528 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403
651-785-4751
website

Contact Info

Colin Edwards
cedwards@thecowlescenter.org

Hopkins Dance Company will be creating a new original piece for our summer intensive Monday through Thursday evenings, June 20 – 23 and June 27 – 30 with an in studio performance on June 30! Dancers 7 – 18 are invited to join. No audition necessary. Register at www.hopkinsdance.com

Location Info

Hopkins Dance Company
812 1/2 Mainstreet
Hopkins, Minnesota 55343
952-935-2794
website

Contact Info

Marge Thornton
info@hopkinsdance.com
952-935-2794
Dance teacher instructing two small children

The Karen L. Charles Threads Dance Project is excited to offer three training opportunities for youth as well as adult professional dancers. This summer’s teaching faculty will include present and former Threads company members, our esteemed Teaching Artists, and even Artistic/Executive Director Karen Charles.

CREATIVE CONNECTIONS I
July 11-15, 10-11:30 am
Ages: 5-7 yrs. | Tuition: $125

This program introduces participants to the five basic elements of movement (body, action, space, time, energy) as well as the basics of ballet and dance techniques. Participants will enhance kinesthetic awareness and begin to explore the body as a tool of self-expression. 

Participants must register and balances paid in full by June 20.

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CREATIVE CONNECTIONS II

July 11-15, 1-3:30 pm
Ages: 12-16 yrs. | Tuition: $175
Participants must register and balances paid in full by June 20th.

This program will provide participants with an expanded exploration of ballet and modern dance techniques and begin to explore how the five basic elements of dance are used to create movement motifs. Classes offered include ballet, modern, and introduction to composition skills. Participants will additionally reflect upon movement and movement creation through journaling. 

More information available at www.threadsdance.org/summer

Registration online at https://bit.ly/TDPcc

Location Info

Threads Dance Nexus
2231 Snelling Ave
Suite #100
Minneapolis, MN 55404
612-354-3978
website

Contact Info

Rae Charles Harge
dancenexus@threadsdance.org
612-354-3978

Workshops

Class Title: Creative Connections I
Instructor: Ruby Josephine Smith
Price: $125
Date: July 11, 2022
End Date: July 15, 2022
Time:
Class Title: Creative Connections II
Instructor: Malia Craft
Price: $175
Date: July 11, 2022
End Date: July 15, 2022
Time:

Discover dance with a week-long 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. There will be an informal showing on the last day. All abilities and levels of experience are welcome. In-person only at the Zenon Dance School studios.

July 18–22, 2022
Session 1: Ages 4-6 with Philip Hommes. 9:00am-12:00pm
Session 2: Ages 7-10 with Hannah Pierce/ 12:30-3:30pm

Tuition: $195. Need-based scholarships are available for full or partial tuition.

Register online today! Registration closes one week before each camp begins.

Location Info

Zenon Dance School
Cowles Center, Fourth Floor
528 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403
612-338-1101
website

Contact Info

Hunter Batterson
hunter@zenondance.org
PC: Laurel Keen

This four-week workshop is designed for children ages 2-4 and their parent/caregiver who are interested in a shared movement experience that engages the senses of curiosity and play. Both child and caregiver will participate in developmentally appropriate movement exercises that incorporate elements such as effort, shape, and tempo. Music will play an essential role in the class as students will be asked to respond to sounds as well as make sounds themselves. Participants will be encouraged to join at their own comfort level with the understanding that observation is often the best form of learning with younger children. This class will give children and caregivers the opportunity to learn more about themselves and one another through the art form of dance.

Mondays, 9:00-9:45am | Tuition: $60.00
Four-week session: July 18, July 25, August 1, and August 8
At TU Dance Center or outdoor location TBD

Location Info

TU Dance Center
2121 University Avenue W
Saint Paul, MN 55114

website

Contact Info

Daonna Lewis
education@tudance.org
651-724-9708

Threads Dance Project will hold its first ever Advanced/Professional Summer Intensive and Audition Workshop this August at the Threads Dance Nexus. Registration is now open! 

This program provides participants with a rigorous exploration of techniques as well as the opportunity to explore and enhance the performative elements of dance via repertory class. Classes for Adv/Professional Intensive include ballet, modern, improvisation/jazz, and repertory class.

August 1-5, 2022 | 10 am – 3:30 pm
Ages 18 + | Tuition: $225 | Participants must register and balances must be paid in full by July 18th.

More information at: https://www.threadsdance.org/summer/ 

Registration online at: https://bit.ly/TDPIntensive

Location Info

Threads Dance Nexus
2231 Snelling Ave
Suite #100
Minneapolis, MN 55404
612-354-3978
website

Contact Info

Rae Charles Harge
rcharlesharge@threadsdance.org
612-354-3978

Join ARENA DANCES for one week of movement classes taught by guest artist Shane Larson, member of the renowned Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. Participants will practice contemporary dance technique and learn a new original work as a part of this intensive. Targeted for the high-intermediate to advanced level dancer.

Instinct | August 15-20, 2022
Monday – Saturday | 10:00am-3:00pm
Class from 10:00-11:30am
Rehearsal (new work!) from 12:00-3:00pm

During class, dancers will build a bottom to top, floor to standing modular class that deepens with task-based repetition, while encoding new movement pathways through basic shapes. Students are encouraged to learn-by-doing, rather than to learn and ‘perform’, relying on muscle memory to strengthen pathways. Architectural forms of the body are created, deconstructed, and recycled within the containers of momentum and temperature, offering a full-body, far-reaching experience of movement.

After class, dancers will focus on creating—using skills as scaffolding for building material as a community. We’ll spend time talking about memory and time, graphing separate experiences together to focus and distill common patterns, shapes, and anecdotes. The final object created will be an investigation that is distinctly your own and something that can be taken into future experiences.

Shane Larson was raised in Minnesota, where he received his early training at the St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists. He graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, with a BFA in Dance and a minor in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies. He also studied at SEAD in Austria. Since living in New York City, he’s branched out to collaborate with punk musicians, film makers, improvisational music ensembles, and site-specific visual artists. He is also a multimedia video artist making collage-based work about memory. Shane joined the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company in 2015.

Ages 16+
Intensive capped at 15 participants
Early Bird: $475 – register by July 15
General: $550
Registration opens May 15 and must be completed by August 1

Photo by Jim Coleman

Location Info

The Arena
711 W. Lake Street
Studio 308
Minneapolis, MN 55408
612-804-0238
website

Contact Info

Mathew Janczewski
arenadances@gmail.com

Workshops

Class Title: Instinct Movement Intensive
Instructor: Shane Larson
Price: $475 -$550
Date: August 15, 2022
End Date: August 20, 2022
Time: 10:00 am