Duniya Drum & Dance is excited to bring master dancer Naby Bangoura to Minneapolis for two open-level workshops!

Naby is a former lead dancer of the acclaimed Les Mervielles de Guinee. He currently lives and teaches in Berkley, CA, and he can be found weekly at Brasarte World Dance Center in Berkeley, the ODC Dance Commons in San Francisco, and Stapleton Dance Center in San Anselmo.

While in Minneapolis, Naby will be teaching two open-level workshops and performing with Duniya at PeopleFest on July 29 in Eden Prairie.

West African Dance Workshops with Naby
Thursday, July 25, 6:30-8:00pm
Saturday, July 27, 12:30-2:00pm

Pre-register: $17
Drop-in: $20

To pre-register, Venmo @DuniyaMN or Cashapp $DuniyaDrumandDance.

Location Info

Center for Performing Arts
3754 Pleasant Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55409

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Contact Info

Whitney McClusky
whitney@duniyadrumanddance.org

Need a little more rooted jazz dance in your life? Join long-time Zenon instructors Erinn Liebhard and Karla Grotting for a special summer workshop series featuring co-taught classes from Erinn and Karla and master classes from the 2024 visiting artists of Erinn’s company Rhythmically Speaking. Classes are select summer Friday mornings from 9:30-11:00am. Remaining classes:

July 26: Eboné Amos, RS Guest Artist from Clarksville, TN
August 9: Jake Nehrbass, RS 2024 Local Guest Artist and RS Company Member
August 23: Erinn and Karla

Note: Due to unsolved air conditioning issues in Hennepin Center for the Arts – where Zenon’s classes are normally located – these classes will now all be held at Studio 300 the Barbara Barker Center for Dance on the U of M campus.

Register ahead through Zenon or just show up! We’re thrilled to collaborate with Zenon Dance School, and hope you’ll #GetYourAssToClass and join us to experience #JoyThroughJazz!

Location Info

Barbara Barker Center for Dance
500 21st Ave. S.
Studio 300
Minneapolis, MN 55455

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Erinn Liebhard
rhythmicallyspeakingdance@gmail.com

Three classes remaining in this four-week series:
Sundays, 1:00-2:00pm
July 21 – August 11
For ages 7-10

Instructor: Kim Lewis
Cost: $50 for the series

In this engaging mini-session of dance, students will expand their creative potential and deepen their kinesthetic awareness. Through playful exploration, they’ll delve into fundamental concepts related to the dance elements of Space, Time, and Energy. Throughout the course, students will be introduced to basic technical skills and movement vocabulary of Modern Dance. They’ll also have exciting opportunities to improvise and create their own dances, fostering artistic expression and collaboration. 

No prior dance experience is necessary—just a willingness to move and explore!

Location Info

Center for Performing Arts
3754 Pleasant Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55409
612-821-9202
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Contact Info

Pam Gleason
pamgleason@msn.com

Register today! The TU Dance Pre-Professional program is an intensive course of study integrating Modern, Ballet, African Dance, and creative workshops for students ages 11-24. Click to download the daily schedule: 2024 Advanced Intensive Daily Schedule.

Advanced Level: July 29-August 10
This 2-week summer intensive program is designed for advanced/pre-professional students typically aged 17-24 who are interested in pursuing careers as professional dancers. It is recommended that students have four or more years of formal training and a solid grounding in ballet and modern dance techniques. Students will participate in daily workshop classes with TU Dance Center teaching artists and guest artists. Students can enroll for 1 week or 2 weeks. Each week culminates with a work-in-progress sharing in the studio.
Registration Deadline: July 24, 2024.
Single-week registration is available.

For program details, level placement, and to register, you can either click here, email education@tudance.org, or call 651-724-9708. Level placement can be done by attending in person (by appointment only, class fee applies), submitting a video link (modern and ballet phrases), or during the first day of classes of the intensive. Scholarships available!

View the TU Dance Summer Programs information more efficiently on a mobile device by clicking here.

Location Info

TU Dance Center
2121 University Ave W
Saint Paul, MN 55114
651-724-9708
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Contact Info

Mia Johnson
education@tudance.org
651-724-9708

Join us for our Summer Intensive!
Monday, July 29-Friday, August 2
9:30am-2:00pm
Daily Schedule

Open to all advanced, pre-professional, and professional dancers ages 16 and up. Classes include Ballet Barre, Jazz Barre, Strength and Conditioning, Pilates/Yoga, Non-Traditional Partnering and Advanced Jazz and Modern taught by Artistic Director Jolene Konkel along with Concerto company members.  In addition to daily technique class, dancers will learn company repertoire including sections of our newest jazz work On Our Way.

Intensive concludes with optional company auditions Friday, August 2, 3:00-5:30pm.

Full Intensive: $275
A la carte option: $60/day
Inquire about morning only option by contacting info@concertodance.com.

Registration is open now until 8:00am on Monday, July 29.

Location Info

Creo Arts and Dance
15102 Minnetonka Industrial Rd
Minnetonka, MN 55345

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Jolene Konkel
Info@concertodance.com

Join international educator Sten Rudstrom for a weekend dive into Action Theater – an improvisational performance technique developed by American performance artist Ruth Zapora (called by Gia Kourlas of the New York Times “an improviser truly living in the moment”).

Be Here Now! is for all those who wish live more in the present, make clearer momentary decisions and instantaneously compose stunning expression.

Starting with physical and mental exercises of the Action Theater™ method, you expand your perception of the present. You integrate the experience of space into your perception. Your body awareness refines, you become aware of the different qualities of attention. The more you become aware of where your attention goes, the deeper you dive into the present. Once you learn to stay present in challenging moments, the unexpected happens.

Change becomes possible, not because you wanted it, but precisely because you have abandoned the desire to change.

Friday, August 2-Sunday, August 4
Friday: 7:00-9:30pm
Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm with 1-hour lunch break
Sunday: 10:00am-5:00pm with 1-hour lunch break

Cost: Sliding scale, $150-350.
10% discount for BIPOC.
Fee can be paid online via PayPal to stenr@aol.com.

Registration is complete with the return of your simple registration form and payment of fee. A minimum of 6 people must register for the workshop to be held. Tell your friends! Please register by Monday, July 29.

For more information, contact Sten: info@stendrudstrom.com or Non Edwards (local organization assistance): non.edwards@gmail.com.

We can’t wait to move and play in the studio!

Location Info

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

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Contact Info

Non Edwards
non.edwards@gmail.com

Join us for Flow Space, an atmosphere that allows for the act of “pure play” to help dance artists use more capacity, intellect, sense, courage, and imagination in their movement styles. Conducted by director of The DASH Ensemble, Gregory Dolbashian, the class is a highly developed series of improvisational tools and games that warms and pushes both the mind and the body to break habits and fulfill more presence. These exercises are all methods that Gregory has developed and utilized to create movement with The DASH. The artists learn confidence not just in themselves but also in the environment that they are a part of. Games and tasks work both on the individual and in tandem, so that Flow Space creates a community for progress, inspiration, and most of all, discovery. Classes are for dancers aged 16+.

Saturday, August 3
10:00-11:30am

$20 per participant.
At TU Dance Center – pre-registration is required as in-studio space is limited!

Born and raised in New York City, Gregory Dolbashian received his dance training at the Alvin Ailey School, then graduated cum laude from SUNY Purchase dance conservatory. He debuted his own company, The DASH Ensemble, in December 2010 at The JOYCE SoHo. DASH Company performance credits include The JOYCE Theater, Baryshnikov Arts Center, New York Live Arts, Guggenheim Works and Process Series, Kaatsbaan as well as domestic touring all over the U.S. including Dallas, L.A., and North Carolina. Gregory, in partnership with dance education specialist Lindsey Pettus, is also the co-founder of The DASH Academy. Read more.

Location Info

TU Dance Center
2121 University Ave W
Saint Paul, MN 55114
651-724-9708
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Contact Info

Mia Johnson
education@tudance.org
651-724-9708

The School of Ballet Co.Laboratory offers the finest dance education to artists of all ages and abilities in a nurturing and welcoming environment. Our summer programming gives students the opportunity to train with locally and nationally acclaimed dance professionals who are dedicated to the growth of each individual student.

Our offerings include:

  • Pre-Professional Summer Intensives
  • Young Dancer Summer Camps and Sessions
  • Summer Workshops
  • Adult Workshops and Sessions

Location Info

Ballet Co.Laboratory
276 E Lafayette Frontage Rd
St. Paul, MN 55107
651.313.5967
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Contact Info

Anna Betz
abetz@balletcolaboratory.org
651.313.5967