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Dance Community News - November 16, 2011

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DanceMN Update: Give to the Max Today!


  1. “THE CHILDREN’S NUTCRACKER” by Barbi Lee Dance Arts School
  2. Ballet Minnesota's The Classic Nutcracker
  3. Loyce Houlton's Nutcracker Fantasy - December 23-December 31
  4. Saint Paul City Ballet: The Enchanted Toyshop
  8. Tickets on Sale for Pas de Deux Dance Studio's "The Nutcracker"
  9. Zenon Dance Company 29th Fall Season Opens November 18th @ 8pm
  10. War Queer Peace Solo - New Work from Melissa Birch
  11. 9x22 Dance/Lab, November 23
  12. Choreographer’s Evening, November 26

  14. Jazz for Musical Theatre taught by Linda Talcott Lee
  15. 8 weeks Subbody Butoh Workshop with Kats D
  16. Tapestry Folkdance Center upcoming events
  17. Contact Improvisation from the Bones with Rosy Simas
  18. PRIVATE SESSIONS IN Alignment/Body Re-Education

  22. Zenon Dance Zone Auditions and Call for Choreographers

  24. 2012 Live Music for Dance Minnesota grants
  26. McKnight Artist Fellowships for Dancers and Choreographers

  29. Give to the Max Day and Zenon Dance Company: We will move you.
  30. Business Coaching for Dance Artists

DanceMN Update: Give to the Max Today!

It's been a tumultuous year in the Twin Cities' dance community, but one thing has remained constant: The Dance Community Newsletter. Thanks to the time and money of volunteers, the Dance Community Newsletter has not only arrived on time every Wednesday, but has expanded its reach to better serve the Twin Cities' dance community. DanceMN is an organization formed specifically to house the Dance Community Newsletter.

Who we are:
Founded by Dana Kassel in 2003, the Dance Community Newsletter was housed by the Southern Theater until 2011. When the Southern Theater folded as a presenting organization, Laurie Van Wieren (then Dance Curator at the Southern) and Kaleena Miller (the Newsletter scribe) continued producing the newsletter. By collaborating with other dance community members, we are able to keep the dance newsletter going.

DanceMN is completely volunteer-run by members of the dance community. Please consider a tax-deductible donation to defray the technological costs and to help us expand to better serve the community.

What we've already done:
DanceMN has expanded the reach of the newsletter by launching a website dedicated to Twin Cities dance events. is a public listing of the newsletter so that anyone can read the announcements. It streamlines the process for submissions and newsletter sign-up, with handy forms for each on the website.

What we hope to do:
DanceMN plans to expand the website to foster awareness of the incredible Twin Cities' dance community. In addition to posting dance-related submissions, the website will feature interviews with Twin Cities dance community members, links to dance resources, and may eventually allow Minnesota dance community makers, movers and fans to create their own profiles. We’re excited to provide more ways for exchange and encourage you to interact with the website as it evolves.

We can't do it without your help! Designing a useful website for the dance community will cost thousands of dollars. Please help us by giving what you can!

Please visit our GiveMN page here:
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1. “THE CHILDREN’S NUTCRACKER” by Barbi Lee Dance Arts School

'THE CHILDREN'S NUTCRACKER" (23rd annual) will again be presented by the Barbi Lee Dance Arts school.

Sat. Dec 3 7 pm
Sun Dec 4 3 pm

Richfield Middle School 74th & Oliver Av S Richfield

Tickets @ door $10.

This one-hour version of the show is ideal for a child's "first -time" introduction of this famous ballet. Danced by students of the school and alumni.

For further info and group discounts email Barbi @
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2. Ballet Minnesota's The Classic Nutcracker

Ballet Minnesota celebrates its 24th year of performing The Classic Nutcracker at the O’Shaughnessy Auditorium, 2004 Randolph Ave, on the campus of St. Catherine University, Saint Paul, December 16-18, 2010.

This magical holiday event boasts over 130 local and national dancers, vivacious choreography by Andrew Rist, Artistic Director of Ballet Minnesota, and exquisite costumes by Cheryl Rist, Costume Designer and Director of Classical Ballet Academy, sought after for her costuming worldwide. Additionally, audiences will be delighted with a new soloist performing the role of Sugar Plum Fairy, Jennifer Goodman, who performed with Joffrey Ballet for 13 years. Dancing the demanding role of cavalier will be Cristian Koenig.

For tickets, contact the O’Shaughnessy Box Office at or call 651-690-6700. More information about the company at
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3. Loyce Houlton's Nutcracker Fantasy December 23-December 31

Join Minnesota Dance Theater at The Cowles Center for Minnesota's longest running holiday show! This classic holiday show unfolds through the eyes of Marie who receives a gift of a cherished Nutcracker from her beloved godfather Drosselmayer. Witness the drama of the nefarious Rat Queen and be entertained by the antics of the hilarious Madame Bonbonniere as Drosselmayer takes Marie on a journey to the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

December 23rd through December 31st.

For Tickets: or 612.206.3600
Single tickets: $36 Does not include $4 handling fee.

For more information:
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4. Saint Paul City Ballet: The Enchanted Toyshop

Saint Paul City Ballet presents The Enchanted Toyshop at the E.M.Pearson Theater, Concordia University in St. Paul:

· Friday, December 16, 7:30 pm
· Saturday, December 17, 2:00 and 7:30 pm
· Sunday, December 18, 2:00 pm and 6:00pm.

The Enchanted Toyshop’s is a result of the close collaboration of Saint Paul City Ballet’s Artistic Partners, Ted Sothern, Jennifer Murry, and Georgia Finnegan Amdahl.

This full-length ballet is based on La Boutique Fantasque first produced by Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. The Rossini score has been complimented by Tchaikovsky’s Waltz Of The Snow Flakes and Waldteufel’s Skater’s Waltz. The Saint Paul City Ballet Company dances the principal roles leading a cast of 80.

Tickets online at Tickets: $28 Adults, $22 children 12 and under, $20 for groups of 10 or more.
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The world premiere of A Subconcious Plastic Nowhere, choreographed by Uri Sands, opens TU Dance's eighth season at The O’Shaughnessy in Saint Paul. The new work, featuring the full company, explores the nature of a daydream, uncovering the potent and often bizarre storytelling of a distracted imagination. The performance also includes selections from the company’s growing repertory, including the full-company Six Beginnings, and the intimate duet And Let Go, performed to the soundtrack of a spoken–word relaxation tape.

Friday and Saturday, November 18 and 19 at 8PM
Sunday, November 20th at 2PM

Tickets: $11-$29
Call The O’Shaughnessy at 651-690-6700 or visit
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November 16-20, 2011

Jawaahir Studios, 1940 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis

Join us for a spectacular FESTIVAL of ORIENTAL DANCE (FoOD for the Soul)! Experience the diversity of Oriental Dance styles from folk styles to the classical Raqs Sharqi, to contemporary works of exploration and fusion. Enjoy
workshops, performances, lectures, music, and vendors — all designed to improve your dance and performance skills, whatever style you choose. Be inspired by workshops from our esteemed guest instructors. All the lectures and panels, and some dance classes, are FREE and OPEN to the public. Take a look at the SCHEDULE (,Festival,Schedule.htm).

Come to the major Festival shows Friday & Saturday: The Stars Shine -- two fabulous performances of the show with our guest artists from around the country and Jawaahir. Get your tickets before they sell out!
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You’ve seen The Nutcracker Ballet. You know that Drosselmeyer is the beloved but mysterious Godfather who gives Clara a magical nutcracker. But you haven’t seen the back story. Drosselmeyer actually lives in the Rand Hotel, a weekly-rent fleabag over a sleazy bar in a bad part of downtown. He is totally broke, over 65, has no family, has no friends, is arguably alcoholic, and survives on Social Security and Nutcracker performance fees. In the dark and lonely seclusion of his wretched room he IMAGINES the whole thing. There is no Clara, no Snow, no war with the rats, no Sugar Plum Fairy, none of it. Instead, he has a couple of dolls and a bottle of vodka. Oh-oh. But there is beauty, joy and hope in his fantasy. There is also darkness. This is John Munger’s “one-man-Nutcracker,” now in its third year at Bryant Lake Bowl. 7:00pm on Wed Dec 14. Reservations at or at 612-825-8949.

FFI – John Munger
Third Rabbit Dance
651-357-0393 (cell)
651-646-8076 (land)
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8. Tickets on Sale for Pas de Deux Dance Studio's "The Nutcracker"

Presenting a fresh spin on on the classic tale, Pas de Deux's "Nutcracker" features original choreography and all local dancers while retaining the traditional music and charm that make this such a beloved ballet. Perfect as a first time ballet and "Nutcracker" enthusiasts alike.

More information can be found at
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9. Zenon Dance Company 29th Fall Season Opens November 18th @ 8pm

Zenon Dance Company debuts its 29th Fall Season in The Goodale Theater at The Cowles Center

When: 8 pm Fridays and Saturdays November 18-19, 25-26
7 pm Sundays November 20, 27

Where: The Goodale Theater at The Cowles Center


World Premieres:

“Storm” by Daniel Charon: A sweeping, heroic modern-dance work set to music by Michael Nyman.

“Pink Martini” by Mariusz Olszewski: A sexy ballroom/jazz mix of 50’s cha-cha and mambo styles set to the musical stylings of Rosemary Clooney, and Perez Prado and His Orchestra.


“Deluxe Edition” by Morgan Thorson: “a cheeky celebration of the beautiful body” (Star Tribune”

“Swing Concerto” by Danny Buraczeski: “downright terrific….brought down the house” (New York Times)

Mary Ann Bradley, Tamara Ober, Leslie O’Neil, Stephen Schroeder, Laura Selle Virtucio, Gregory Waletski, Tristan Koepke and Scott Mettille.
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10. War Queer Peace Solo - New Work from Melissa Birch

Under the xray eyes of contemporary scrutinies, collective contradictions create a compulsory culture, then ferment. Forgetting persists across endangered futures. These are the bar codes from back home.

Pre-queer, post-identity live artist Melissa Birch dissects need and privatizes socialization to make interdisciplinary performance deconstructions fun again. *password: ifmusicbethefood

Part of Pleasure Rebel: New Queer Performance curated by Nastalie Bogira. Also on the bill: Tim Carroll /Vena Ambrose /Natasha Hassett & Nicole M. Smith.

Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater, Wednesday, November 30th. Doors 7pm & showtime 8pm.
Tickets $8-$15 (pay what you can.)
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11. 9x22 Dance/Lab, November 23

Curator and host: Laurie Van Wieren
Wednesday, November 23, 8PM (7:00 doors)

$6-12 (sliding scale)

Featuring Work By
Chris Yon with Matt Regan on bass
BodyCartography with Anna Shogren, Emily Johnson, Otto Ramstad, Eneka Bordato, Francesca Mattavelli, Justin Jones and Timmy Wagner
Leralee Whittle with Stephanie Fellner and musician Paul Sprawl
Full service food and bar in theater
Make a reservation!

Bryant Lake Bowl
810 W Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55408-2846
Please visit
Call BLB Ticketline: 612 825 - 8949 for reservations

And guess what? You can finally give to 9x22 Dance/Lab:

9x22 Dance/Lab features unfettered dance exploration. A discussion moderated by choreographer/curator Laurie Van Wieren follows each piece, giving audience and choreographer alike the opportunity to react and explore the work together. 9x22 Dance Lab was founded in August 2003. Each month, three choreographers show work of varying styles and experience. The venue has become known as a place where seasoned and new choreographers can present their work and discuss it with an informed, interested audience.
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12. Choreographer's Evening at the Walker Art Center

Saturday, November 26, 7 and 9:30 pm. Survey the Twin Cities’ thriving dance scene with this snappy sampler of short works. Curated by choreographer and bon vivant Chris Schlichting, this year’s array of established and emerging talent is destined to spark debate and chart new directions in dance. Choreographers’ Evening has celebrated the remarkably diverse range of Minnesota dance for almost 40 years– from established choreographers playing with new ideas to some of the freshest emerging talent.

Jessica Briggs, Jaime Carrera, Kenna-Camara Cottman, Hijack, Samantha Johns and George McConnell, Mad King Thomas, Megan Mayer, Jenny Pennaz, Patrick Scully, Debbie, Secretary, Deja Joelle Stowers, and SuperGroup.

Note: performance contains some nudity. more info >>
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13. Jazz Dance for Musical Theatre taught by Linda Talcott Lee

Broadway Veteran and Emmy Award winning choreographer

Come one, come all!

Where: Ballare Teatro
4259 Minnehaha Avenue, Minneapolis, 55406
When: Saturdays from 9am to 10:30
Price: $15 drop in rate, $110 class card
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14. 8 weeks Subbody Butoh Workshop with Kats D

Subbody Butoh Method was developed by Rhizome Lee, a Japanese Butoh practitioner. “Subbody” means subconscious body. In the subconscious realm, away from the boundary of ego and daily consciousness, our mind and body melt into oneness and create world that is completely different from daily world. Though various conditioning techniques, a Subbody Butoh practitioner creates movements through exploring the subconscious realm. For more information about Subbody Butoh Method, please go to:

This workshop will focus on the essential aspects of Subbody Butoh:
· Quiet down the daily consciousness and listen to the subtle body signals.
· Go beyond our physical, psychological and social bounds in order to create movements that are novel and unique to the individual body.
· Develop Subbody movements through opening eight channels (body feeling, movement, visual, audio, emotion, relationship, world-self image and thinking).
· Explore movements through Hidden Body (Hidden Skin, Hidden Muscle, Hidden Joints, etc)
· Through the resonance with other Subbodies, become Co-body.

This workshop requires no dance experience. Anyone who would like to explore his or her hidden creative potentials is welcome!

When: Thursday 6:00-9:00pm January 5, 12, 19 February 2, 9, 16, 23 March 1
Where: Fallout Urban Art Center Studio Three, 2601 2nd Avenue South, Minneapolis
Tuition: $200 ($180 when you register by December 15th)
To register, please write a check payable to Kats D Fukasawa and mail to 5015 14th Avenue South, Minneapolis Minnesota 55417. Full payment required to register.

Kats D (Workshop Instructor) has been studying Subbody Butoh under the guidance of Rhizome Lee since 2005. He has also studied with other Butoh masters, such as Katsura Kan, Akira Kasai and Kim Itoh. He performs and teaches Subbody Butoh regularly in the Twin Cities and abroad. For more information about upcoming performances and workshops by Kats D, please go to:

For more information about workshop, please contact Kats D Fukasawa at
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15. Tapestry Folkdance Center upcoming events>

Thursday, November 17: Tapestry FUNdamental of Dance 7-8:30pm
Zydeco with Flory Katz

Friday, November 18: Tapestry Beginning International Folk Dance 7:30-9:00pm
3rd Friday Cajun Dance 7:30-11:00pm Music by Cajun Hot Soles with Flory Katz teaching

Saturday, November 19: Tapestry Contra Dance 7:30-11:00pm
Music by Light of the Moon caller Bob Walser

Sunday, November 20: Tapestry & Woven Ring English Country Dance 7:00-9:00pm
Mary Kay Schladweiler teacher
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16. Contact Improvisation from the Bones with Rosy Simas

Monday & Wednesday
December 19th & 21st, 7-8:30pm
Zenon Dance School
Minneapolis, MN
$13 per class/$26 for both

In this workshop we will apply the principles of Body Re-Education/Klein Technique to Contact Improvisation.

The skeleton is the structure within the body that conducts the most energy. Moving from the bones connects us to the deep muscles which stabilize us and help us move more efficiently. We will use basic principles (righting the pelvis on top of the legs, connecting the sitz bones to the heels, freeing up the torso to be supported by the pelvis/legs, etc) to create a grounded base to support others and to become a lighter/more easeful dance partner.

This workshop is a great combination of technique and play. If you are interested in learning more about contemporary dance partnering, this type of Contact Improvisation class would be very helpful.

Rosy Simas has been practicing Contact Improvisation since 1989. Although she has taken many workshops and classes from a diversity of CI teachers internationally, she credits the majority of her learning to CI teachers Nita Little, Martin Keogh, Chris Aiken, and her first teacher (and person she last took class from) Andrew Harwood. Simas is also a long time student of Barbara Mahler (Body Re-Education/Klein Technique) and became a teacher of Body Re-Education/Klein Technique in 2006.

Body Re-Education/Klein Technique and Contact Improvisation are the two classes that Simas teaches on a regular basis. She is excited to have this opportunity to fuse the two in three hour workshop at Zenon.

Rosy Simas
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17. PRIVATE SESSIONS IN Alignment/Body Re-Education

Based on Klein Technique as taught by Barbara Mahler

Rosy Simas is offering 10 people a chance to participate in one-on-one Alignment/Body Re-Education training for a steeply discounted rate. 6 spots are left as of November 14th.

For $120 (normally $200) you get five private sessions in Alignment/Body Re-Education. In exchange for the low cost sessions, Simas is asking each client to write a short summary (2-3 paragraphs) about their experience. Additionally, clients will be asked to complete their series within seven weeks.

This work is based on the teachings of Barbara Mahler (Klein Technique/Body Re-Education). Simas is a long time student of Mahler and is a Body Re-Education teacher under her tutelage. With encouragement from Mahler, Simas has been teaching Body Re-Education classes weekly for the past five years in Minneapolis and in Montréal. She has been working one-on-one with dancers and other athletes during that time on request.

Consistency is key in creating change and to heal from injury. A series of sessions is necessary in order to work towards transforming habits, making stronger connections and understand what is happening with the body.

You can read more about Simas, Body Re-Education (Klein Technique) and get more information at:
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There will be no classes at TU Dance Center the week of November 21 - 26 due to the holiday. Classes will resume as scheduled on November 29.

Any questions, please contact or (612) 605-1925,
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Do you have a friend, partner, neighbor or colleague who has a bit of interest in dance but thinks they’re too old, or too out of shape, or would have no hope of ever doing it well? Send them to my Modern Dance Fundamentals class. It meets Saturday mornings from 9:00am to 10:00am. There are usually 4 to 6 people, so you get a lot of personal attention. The age range is from early 20’s to late 60’s. Both men and women. You can start any Saturday. Current classes run through December 17. FFI contact or call the office at 612-338-1101.

John Munger – dance teacher since 1972, at Zenon since 1990
651-646-8076 (land)
651-357-0393 (cell)
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20. Zenon Dance Zone Auditions and Call for Choreographers

Zenon Dance Zone is an intensive study & performance program that offers adult students the opportunity to study with first-rate instructors, work with area choreographers, and perform in a studio concert at the end of the session. Students are chosen by audition and their tuition is subsidized by partial scholarship. Students must take a minimum of four classes per week. The program is divided into two tiers, Performance and Technique. Local choreographers work with students in the Performance level to make new works that are premiered in the end-of-session showcase.

Winter/Spring Auditions for Technique and Performance Levels:
Zenon Dance School, Studio 4A, 528 Hennepin Ave.
Friday, December 2 from 4-6 pm
Saturday, December 10 from 5-7 pm
If you can NOT attend one of these auditions, please contact Brinsley Davis at by Dec 19th to arrange for an alternative audition.

Winter/Spring Tuition
Technique Level Tuition - $450 - Unlimited classes for 10 weeks Jan 2- March 11 OR March 19 - May 27
Performance Level Tuition -$800 - Unlimited classes for 20 weeks Jan 2- March 11 AND March 19 - May 27

The Dance Zone is also looking for guest choreographers interested in working in the Winter/Spring session with Performance Level students. Must be available for the showcase performances April 27-29. Please send resume and statement of interest to Brinsley Davis at Recent Zone guest choreographers include Laurie Van Wieren, SuperGroup, Non Edwards, HIJACK, Jennifer Glaws, and Erinn Liebhard.
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21. 2012 Live Music for Dance Minnesota grants

Application deadline: Dec. 15, 2011 (postmark)

In partnership with New Music USA, the American Composers Forum is pleased to offer the 2012 Live Music for Dance Minnesota grants to composers, dancers, and dance companies based in Minnesota.

The objectives of the program are:
· to support collaborations between composers and choreographers;
· to foster meaningful collaborations between composers and dance companies; and
· to support and encourage the use of live music for dance performances.

Applicants may request up to a total of $5,000.

Grants will be awarded in three categories:
· Category 1: Funds to support the commissioning of new work created by a Minnesota-based composer/choreographer team (i.e. individual artists).
· Category 2: Funds awarded to Minnesota-based professional dance companies to work with an American composer. For this category, the composer does not have to be based in Minnesota.
· Category 3: Funds awarded to Minnesota-based professional dance companies to hire live musicians (who may be from Minnesota or from outside the state).

Complete guidelines and application materials are available at:
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The Scholarship Programme is a 5 week further training program taking place every year in July - August in Vienna within the frame of ImPulsTanz - Vienna International Dance Festival. The Programme offers around 65 young professional dancers and choreographers from mainly European but also from non European countries the possibility to take part in an intense multinational further training programme.

The programme focuses on the exchange of ideas and knowledge, not limited by national borders, on concentrated further training, on meeting with internationally renowned artists gathering in Vienna at ImPulsTanz with the aim to orient the career of the participants.
In order to achieve both its educational and artistic goals, the Scholarship Programme is supervised each year by artistic mentors selected amongst dance personalities, who have played a decisive part on an international level in the development of contemporary dance in recent years.

The danceWEB Scholarship Programme 2012 will take place from July 11 - August 15, 2012.

DEADLINE for applications: December 15, 2011 - noon CET!

To apply go to:
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23. McKnight Artist Fellowships for Dancers and Choreographers


Northrop Concerts and Lectures is pleased to be the administrative home of the McKnight Artist Fellowships for Dancers and Choreographers and the McKnight International Fellowship.

The McKnight Artist Fellowships for Dancers and Choreographers annually awards three fellowships of $25,000 each to Minnesota dancers, and three fellowships of $25,000 each to choreographers. McKnight Artist Fellowships deliver significant financial assistance to mid-career individuals whose work demonstrates artistic excellence. A fellowship can help an artist set aside periods of time for study, reflection, experimentation, and exploration; take advantage of an opportunity; or work on a new project.

Guidelines for the 2012 fellowships will be available online by November 30 at

Expected deadlines are:
INTENT TO APPLY - January 11, 2012
FINAL DEADLINE - March 28, 2012

For more information contact:
Mary Ellen Childs, Program Director
McKnight Artist Fellowships for Dancers and Choreographers
Northrop Concerts and Lectures
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GREAT location (on 6 bus lines!) 1940 Hennepin Ave, Mpls, Jawaahir Dance Company studios, at the corner of Franklin and Hennepin, above the old Burch's drug store. 550 square feet – 5 large windows on Hennepin Ave. Available Jan 1.

FFI: Call 612-872-6050 and ask for Kathy or email
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25. Give to the Max Day and Zenon Dance Company: We will move you.

WHO: Zenon Dance Company and School
One dynamic company: Nearly three decades of modern and jazz dance performed with passion, perfection and panache.

WHAT: Give to the Max Day, the world's largest 24-hour online-only giving event, right here in Minnesota

WHEN: November 16, 2011


WHY: Your participation and support makes a difference in Zenon Dance Company and School’s ability to reach a broad range of audiences and students- from dedicated Twin Cities’ dance enthusiasts to at-risk youth in Minneapolis to elder care residents in Greater Minnesota.

HOW: Make a gift on November 16, 2011, in any amount. Share the movement with your friends, family, and fellow dancers. Give to the Max. We will move you.
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26. Business Coaching for Dance Artists

Do you want to become more clear and focused on your art and career? Do you need a "thinking partner"? Would you like to be even more "entrepreneurial" than you are right now? You might consider coaching. Call or contact Chris Holman to learn more. New discounted rate for dance artists. Limited space available. (612) 702-7994.
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