Come join us for an incredible master class series in dance, celebrating Black History! This in-person event will take place at the Center for Performing Arts in Minneapolis.

Brazil Arts Twin Cities brings the legendary Afro contemporary dancer and choreographer Elisio Pitta from Brazil! While in Minneapolis, Elisio Pitta is offering a 3-day master class series February 27-29, followed by a performance with Brazil Arts on Friday, March 1 at 7:30pm!

Come participate with your friends and colleagues!

Master Classes:
Tuesday, February 27, 6:00-7:30pm
Wednesday, February 28, 6:00-7:30pm
Thursday, February 29, 6:00-7:30pm

Purchase tickets.

Among many roles, Elisio Pitta is the founder of Alujá Dance Company and Bale da Mata Dance Group. Since 2000, partially relocated to Brazil where he implemented the CARDAN, Centro de Referencia da Dança Negra, directed the International Encounter of Black Dance, and created Companhia C-Contemporary Black Dance.He has created over 50 works of dance. Lately he has been dedicated to creation and circulation of solo pieces and directing the Solos Coletivo de Dança Negra Contemporânea. Get ready to immerse yourself in the vibrant rhythms and movements of Brazil’s rich cultural heritage.

Location Info

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

Contact Info

Irenio Dos Santos
info@brazilarts.org

The Language of the Arms: 10-week Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement Series with Sarah Baumert.

February 28-May 8
Wednesdays, 6:30pm CST

Sundays, 4:00pm CST
Live classes will be taught on zoom.
All lessons are recorded. Registering for the series gives you access to the recorded lessons indefinitely.
Price: $200. Scholarships and pay-as-able options available

From Holding on to Letting Go – A Shoulder and Arm Release Through Awareness
In the next Feldenkrais series offering, we explore the hidden potential within the upper body. We will delve into the intricate symphony of the small joints, from nimble fingers to powerful shoulder blades. Discover how your arms weave into the fabric of your entire being, from your core to your feet. Imagine feeling your spine lengthen as you reach, your chest open as you move, and your whole body becomes one fluid instrument. When practicing Feldenkrais, we hold the concept that when one avoids pain, it helps us decrease unnecessary tension and helps us find new ways to move and connect with the wholeness of ourselves. Reeducate and rediscover the effortless movement in your arms and beyond.

Microcosm: An exploration of the articulation and functional coordination of the smaller joints – fingers, wrists, elbows.

Macrocosm: Expand outwards, discovering how your arms integrate with the whole self. Feel the way your spine, ribs, and even your legs and feet contribute to the harmony of movement.

Connecting the Dots: No Feldenkrais lesson is complete without an integration of the whole self. While there will be a focus on the upper extremities, these will be whole-body lessons.

See full schedule here.

Contact Info

Sarah Baumert
sarah@body-matter.com

Friday, March 1, 6:30-8:00pm
At the Center for Performing Arts, Studio 105w – next to 38th Street entrance.

This event is open to people of all ages and abilities. Enjoy being present in the moment, responding to other dancers, finding new ways of moving, and discovering form as it emerges during this fun evening of creative movement. We’ll begin with an informal warm-up before improvising together based on movement ideas offered by participants.

Live accompaniment provided by Tom Kanthak, and Klee Burke will help us wind down with her beautiful sound bowl playing. A fun and relaxing evening for all!

Suggested donation is $5-$15.
No one turned away for lack of funds.

Come to move, to dance, to observe, or some of each!

Location Info

Center for Performing Arts
3754 Pleasant Avenue
Studio 105w
Minneapolis, MN 55409
612-821-9202
website

Contact Info

Pam Gleason
pamgleason@msn.com

Integrating Pelvic Floor, Hips, and Abdominals with The Blending of Yoga + FELDENKRAIS® in a 10-week series with Sarah Baumert.

March 4-May 13
Mondays, 6:00-7:15pm CST

Live classes will be taught on zoom.

All lessons are recorded. Registering for the series gives you access to the recorded lessons indefinitely.

Price: $175. Scholarships and pay-as-able options available.

Unwind, Realign, and Rediscover Power in Your Pelvic Floor, Psoas, and Beyond

This 10-week series blends the mindful movement of yoga with the gentle awareness of the Feldenkrais Method. We move beyond isolated exercises, treating your body as a connected system. While the focus starts with your pelvic floor, hips, and core, expect a full-body experience that integrates seamlessly. We will start by learning pelvic floor mapping, an essential tool for accessing pelvic floor healing, strength, and recovery. Each class will use pelvic floor mapping as an entry point for a well-rounded practice.

This practice is enriched with the joy of mindful exploration. Learn new ways to move with ease and grace, while reducing stress and finding deep relaxation through gentle Feldenkrais movements. Deepen your yoga practice with a new awareness of the pelvic floor, reconnect to your body’s wisdom, and build self-compassion. Empower yourself with tools for confident and joyful movement in everyday life – no prior experience necessary, just an open mind and a willingness to explore. These classes will work with the body as a whole functioning system, not a collection of parts. While the access point of our learning will start with the pelvic floor, hips, and abdominal complex, you will still experience a well-rounded practice.

This series will require a mini 8 or 10-inch pilates stability ball which can be found at Target or on Amazon.

Contact Info

Sarah Baumert
sarah@body-matter.com

March 6-April 24, 2024
Wednesdays, 
8:00-9:30am

Price: $160
Pre-registration required – no drop-ins.
Registration closes: March 1
Register here.

Contemporary Forms
The core themes of this practice will include sensory exploration, movement as meditation, and engaging with the body’s intuition. In each class, we will move through improvisation and phrase work to engage the senses and awaken the body. Movement material will have an expansive, animal-like virtuosity. Over the course of the series, we will extend phrase work, using imagery and prompts from our research to explore individual choice-making. This series is designed for intermediate/advanced movers who are interested in researching their unique movement modalities in a space based in curiosity and joy.

Sarah McCullough (she/her) is a Minneapolis-based movement artist and educator. Originally from Virginia, she attended James Madison University and earned her BA in Dance and Mathematics. Since joining Minneapolis’ dance community in 2018, she has performed the works of Carl Flink, Mathew Janczewski, Alexandra Bodnarchuk, Berit Ahlgren, Helen Hatch, Marisol Herling, and more. Alongside her performance work, Sarah is an educator in contemporary forms. While at JMU, she served as Co-Director of JMU’s Associate Dance Ensemble where she led a weekly company class and mentored 20 first-year dance majors in the early stages of their collegiate dance journey. She has led classes at the Limón Twin Cities Intensive, ARENA DANCES’ Instinct Summer Intensive, The University of Winchester (UK), North Carolina State University, as well as several high school dance programs and studios across Minnesota and Virginia.

Location Info

The Arena
711 W. Lake Street
Studio 308
Minneapolis, MN 55408
6128040238
website

Contact Info

Mathew Janczewski
arenadances@gmail.com

A unique exploration into the vast realms of horizontal and vertical movement/stillness. The workshop aims to cultivate a deep sense of awareness through mindfulness practices rooted in Buddhism, providing participants with the opportunity to come back home to the joy of dance. This workshop is designed for individuals who currently dance, used to dance, or aspire to explore movement/stillness as an art form. It is also open to anyone seeking to enhance their artistic expression through embodied practices. Everyone is encouraged to use a gentle and exploratory approach to movement, valuing quality over quantity, and promoting a sense of connection with one’s body through movement, dialogue, and writing.

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
March 8, 9, and 10

10:00-11:30am
$10 per class, $30 for the entire series.
Attendance on all three days is recommended.
We offer a sliding scale to accommodate diverse financial situations.
Register here.

Kei Tsuruharatani (she/they) is a transgender dance artist and educator from Osaka, Japan. She has performed on Broadway in Jagged Little PillThe King and I, and Miss Saigon, and has appeared on TV shows such as Good Morning America, Harlem, and the Tonight Show. She danced at the Metropolitan Opera for 6 seasons and performed with Eastman Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui in Belgium. With a B.A. in Dance and Theater, Kei has dedicated herself to the art of mindfulness education. Holding a qualification as a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction facilitator, she has diligently crafted and delivered programs that weave mindfulness practices into both everyday life and the performing arts. Her personal practice is deeply rooted in the Buddhist tradition of Burma.

“One of my primary intentions is to provide a workshop environment that is not only welcoming but actively celebrates diversity. As a transgender woman myself, I understand the importance of creating queer-safe spaces where everyone feels seen, respected, and embraced.”

Location Info

The Arena
711 W. Lake Street
Studio 308
Minneapolis, MN 55408
6128040238
website

Contact Info

Mathew Janczewski
arenadances@gmail.com
Detail still of drawing performance at Teatro San Materno, Ascona, Switzerland.

Discover how the acts of drawing and movement connect and work as tools for finding a deeper awareness of your body. No experience necessary. Come with an openness to trying out various drawing materials and ways of moving your body. Wear comfortable clothing that you don’t mind getting a little dirty.

Saturday, March 9
10:00am-12:00pm
$45 – includes art supplies.
Contact me via my website or email me to sign up.

Facilitator Bio
Lara Hanson
is a visual and performance artist and has drawn dance for 25+ years. Not only does she love the challenge of trying to capture dance on a two dimensional surface, but she has discovered the magic and value of drawing her own movement as a source for deeper awareness and healing. Lara has an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art (Drawing, Dance and Performance) and has drawn and collaborated with many local, national and international dance companies. She has done residencies and performances in the US (American Dance Festival), Italy, Switzerland and France. 

Location Info

The Hive Collaborative
677 Hamline Ave N
St Paul, MN 55104
651-303-6239
website

Contact Info

Lara Hanson
lara@larahanson.com
651-494-8192

Threads Dance Project presents Tapestries 8.0 Master Classes.

What is Tapestries 8.0?

Threads Dance Project commissions 3 emerging choreographers selected by an expert panel of dance/community leaders to create new works for the company under the guidance of Artistic/Executive Director Karen L. Charles. Tapestries provides a much-needed avenue for underrepresented women and artists of color to take center stage in the world of professional choreography.

What are the Tapestries 8.0 Master Classes?
The Tapestries 8.0 Master Classes are intimate and engaging opportunities for you to learn from the masters themselves. Each of our choreographers will guide you through learning the fundamentals and will hone your skills from their wealth of knowledge. They will show you why they were chosen to be a part of Tapestries!

Da’Rius Malone: Contemporary and Ballet
March 11-26
Mondays: 9:00-10:30am – Contemporary
Tuesdays: 9:00-10:30am – Ballet

Pay as you come. No prior registration needed.
Price: $12

Location Info

Threads Dance Nexus
2213 Snelling Ave
Suite #100
Minneapolis, MN 55404
612-354-3978
website

Contact Info

Karen Christ Aalgaard
kchrist@threadsdance.org
612-354-3978

Fall Prevention
Tuesday, March 12, 2:00-3:30pm
Cost: $50

Learn more about what you can do to prevent future falls by working on core strength, stability, and balance in this 90 minute workshop. The workshop will include a lecture, a balance class with exercises to take home, and a Q&A session.

Instructor: Rose McKernon, PTA, NSCA-PT. Rose is a physical therapist assistant, Pilates teacher, and nationally certified personal trainer.

Register through our website, or call or email the studio for more information.

Location Info

Paragon Pilates & Physical Therapy
5101 Vernon Ave. S
Suite 2A
Edina, MN 55436
952-405-9765
website

Contact Info

Amanda Quinlan
info@paragonpilatespt.com
952-405-9765

Please join us at TU Dance Center for two open classes with Leslie Parker! The classes are focused towards intermediate to advanced experiences although all bodies and dance experiences are welcomed.

Contemporary Experiment is a class session in improvisation. The focus of the class is primarily the individual body as a site/map for exploration. It is an embodied practice that expands capacity for a more nuanced, rigorous, and sensory approach to space, time, and energy to integrate the thinking-body with real-time presence; and to play with physical range while increasing flexibility of the spine for a deepening in awareness of strength and endurance. In this class, empathetic exchanges using collaboration in movement studies are significant to amplify grounded power, intuitive connection to the body and place, navigating dissent, and honing clarity in timing and rhythm.

Wednesday, March 13
Monday, March 18

9:30-11:00am
$16/class or $140/10-class card.
Online registration required.
More details and registration.

Leslie Parker is a dance artist, director, choreographer, improviser, and performer born in the traditional homeland of Indigenous people, mostly the Dakhóta and Ojibwe people, also known as the Twin Cities, Minnesota. She has home art bases in both Brooklyn, NY (traditional homeland of Lenapehoking people) and in St. Paul, MN. Her deep roots in the territory also known as the St. Paul, Rondo community led her to a dance practice that emphasizes an organic aesthetic in experimental movement derived from the Black and African diaspora. Growing up in the Rondo community inspired her towards socially engaged art. Read more.

Location Info

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

Contact Info

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

Balanced Body® Reformer 2 Instructor Training
Friday, March 15: 4:00-8:00pm
Saturday, March 16: 11:30am-6:00pm
Sunday, March 17: 9:30am-4:30pm

Fee: $499 + $60 materials

Reformer 2 expands the potential of the Reformer with intermediate and advanced exercises and includes associated safety protocols and modifications. Reformer 2 also explores programs designed for specific populations including pre and post–natal clients, clients with osteoporosis, and clients with lower back issues. Class design, dynamic assessment and correcting common dysfunctional movement patterns are also included.
Prerequisite: Reformer 1

Instructor: Matthew Hodge-Rice

Location Info

Paragon Pilates & Physical Therapy
5101 Vernon Ave. S
Suite 2A
Edina, MN 55436
952-405-9765
website

Contact Info

Amanda Quinlan
info@paragonpilatespt.com
952-405-9765

A child and parent/caregiver Creative Movement class, this 8-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.

March 16-May 4
Saturdays, 9:00-9:45am
No class on April 6 and April 13.
At TU Dance Center.
Register here.

Location Info

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

Contact Info

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

March 22-April 19
Fridays, 10:00-11:00am

Dance 101 with Roxane Wallace
In this class for adults 55+
, we will explore elements of dance (body, action, space, time and energy) using low-impact, fun, modern dance-based sequences in these drop-in sessions with dance artist and instructor Roxane Wallace. Participation will result in increases in kinesthetic awareness, flexibility, balance, ease of movement and general health.

Please bring a small blanket, towel or yoga mat for floor work that will include stretching and strengthening at the beginning and cooling down at the end of each session.

Roxane Wallace has been active in the arts as a performer, instructor, choreographer and teaching artist since graduating from UC Berkeley in 1993 with a BA in Philosophy and a minor in Ethnic Studies. She was seen nationally and internationally as a principal artist with Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater Company for 15 years and has been working with Paula Mann/Time Track Productions for over 10 years. Mrs. Wallace  was voted “Best Dancer” in the City Pages “Best of the Twin Cities”, awarded a Minnesota Sage Award for Outstanding Performer, and honored to be named as a 2008 McKnight Artist Fellow in Dance. Currently, she provides inspiration and dance instruction through Zenon Dance School and Lundstrum Performing Arts, and as a teaching artist for the VocalEssence WITNESS Program and the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts.

Contact Info

Cathy Wind
Cathy@tapcompany.orgt
6129861944

Calling young movers and families! 

Youth ages 8-12 are invited to join us at Threads Dance Nexus for a dance sampler of our NexGen/Youth Dance Project classes. Try out abbreviated Ballet and Modern classes, discover what we’ll learn in Nutrition, and enjoy an hour of mindfulness in a Gratitude and Resilience workshop. While the kids dance, families can learn more about our program and register for Summer Dance Camps. Our one and two-week dance camps are for kids ages 7-12 during July 8-19. All Dance Sampler attendees will receive a 10% discount on summer camps.

Register here for the Dance Sampler.

Saturday, April 13
10:30am-12:30pm
$15 per dancer.
Need-based scholarships are available. Email Angela at aericson@threadsdance.org to learn more.

We can’t wait to see you at Threads Dance Nexus! Click here to learn more or call us at 612-354-3978.

Location Info

Threads Dance Project
2213 Snelling Avenue
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404
6123543978
website

Contact Info

Angela Ericson
aericson@threadsdance.org
6123543978

This experiential and didactic course focuses on child development and the impact of trauma spanning the prenatal experience up until adolescence. The class will incorporate developmental frameworks (Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES), Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Polyvagal Theory) in relationship to Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT). It will also focus on skills for supporting children and clients in order to process and heal from their experiences.

Instructors:
Mariah Meyer LeFeber, PhD, LPC, BC-DMT
Robyn Lending Halsten, MA, LPCC, BC-DMT

Location Info

The Beautiful Studio
2242 University Ave. W.
St. Paul, MN 55114
612-916-1829
website

Contact Info

Barbara Nordstrom-Loeb
fbenordstrom.loeb@gmail.com
612-916-1829

Improve your technique and advance your artistry in a positive and welcoming environment! Classes include Musical Theatre Jazz, Classic Jazz Technique, Ballet, Leaps and Turns, Hip-Hop, Contemporary, and more. Students may register for individual weeks, or sign up for all 3 weeks and save!

July 8-26
9:30am-3:30pm

The Intensive culminates in our Collide Showcase (only for those who register for all 3 weeks of the intensive). Video will be taken so students have a professional-grade copy to use for future auditions and submissions. Local students are also invited to perform excerpts from the Intensive at the MN State Fair in August!

Level placement requires a referral from a teacher or Collide company member, or a 2-minute video submission. Please send video (1 minute Ballet Adagio with pirouettes and 1 minute Jazz) or referral name and contact information to Nathan@collidetheatrical.org.

Location Info

Collide Theatrical Dance Company
755 Prior Ave N
#235h
St. Paul, MN 55104
6513957903
website

Contact Info

Grace Kidder
Grace@collidetheatrical.org
651-395-7903
Summer at the Center Flyer

Center for Performing Arts summer camps are an opportunity for youth to fully explore their curiosities, interests and talents while gaining access to the rich community of artists and practitioners at the CFPA. We offer half day (mornings) and full day camps. Join us for all or one of our 3-week sessions; each with a focus that incorporates dance, storytelling, music and the technical traditions rooted in various cultures.

Camp 1: Explorations in Theater-Making
June 17-28 and July 8-12

Camp 2: Immersive West African Dance Theater
July 15-August 2

Camp 3: Immersive Latin Dance and Theater
August 6-August 23

For ages 7-11 and 12-16. $975 per camp session.

Location Info

Center for Performing Arts- Minneapolis
3754 Pleasant Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55409
6128219202
website

Contact Info

Abe Haillasellise
abe@cfpampls.com
6128219202
Pre-teen dancer in blue leotard at the barre.

The School of Ballet Co.Laboratory’s Recreational Program offers classes for dancers ages 10-20 with a more flexible schedule and fewer hours per week than our Pre-Professional Program.

The Recreational Program includes ballet technique classes, add-on sessions, rehearsals, and performance opportunities.

Open enrollment – this program will run through May 2024.

Location Info

Ballet Co.Laboratory
276 E Lafayette Frontage Rd
Saint Paul, MN 55107
651.313.5967
website

Contact Info

Anna Betz
abetz@balletcolaboratory.org
651.313.5967
Dancer in vibrant blue leotard.

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, and Adult Workshops and Sessions.

Location Info

Ballet Co.Laboratory
276 E Lafayette Frontage Rd
Saint Paul, MN 55107
651.313.5967
website

Contact Info

Anna Betz
abetz@balletcolaboratory.org
651.313.5967