DanceMN News - September 16, 2020










Dear Minnesota Dance Community,

DanceMN grieves the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Philando Castille, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, Eric Garner, and the growing list of Black and Brown people at the hands of police. We stand in solidarity for the fight for justice with our BIPOC communities and are committed to working to end systemic racism.

As a repository for the dance community, resources will be included in DanceMN newsletters moving forward. We encourage our readers to submit as well. We hope that this will help disseminate important information, allowing us all to support, lean on, and push each other to take action.

Black Lives Matter.

DanceMN’s Steering Committee,
Rahila Coats, Penelope Freeh, Joanne Gordon, Jim Lieberthal, Kaya Lovestrand, Alys Ayumi Ogura, Abdo Sayegh, and Anat Shinar

DanceMN Steering Committee-


To launch our next season of digital and participatory programming, we present a free livestream performance of excerpts from our newest work, Fires of Varanasi. Founded and led by Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy, Ragamala Dance Company has been a vital member of the Twin Cities arts community for 28 years. Throughout this time, every aspect of our work has been driven by a desire to forge connections— between people, ideas, disciplines, institutions, and communities. We hope you can join us!

Wednesday, September 16, 7:00-745pm CDT


Sasha Blinnikova-, (612) 824-1968

20 of the Twin Cities' most vibrant dancers come together for Live @ The Shed, an outdoor dance event featuring the world premiere of bolerobolero.

Set to the iconic orchestral work by Ravel, this contemporary interpretation, co-choreographed by Berit Ahlgren and Helen Hatch, comes as a response to our collective need to continue dancing and creating together as we navigate upheavals in our social and political landscapes. The program begins with works-in-progress presentations from members of the cast.

Join us September 19 and 20 at the Lab Taproom for an evening of live dance performance, mindfully met with Stay Safe MN Covid-19 guidelines. Please follow the links below to reserve a spot in our limited capacity audience.

September 19 at 4:00PM-
September 19 at 7:00PM-
September 20 at 3:00PM-
September 20 at 6:00PM-

The Lab Taproom, St. Paul, MN
Berit Ahlgren-, (651) 233-0217

6 FEET / 6 SOLOS is a brand-new, application-based program from The Cowles Center that invited six artists to each create an original solo piece based on a shared theme: An exploration of the ways in which this year created an environment for isolation and necessitated connection through previously unfamiliar methods.

The six artists awarded participation are: Amanda Sachs, Ayumi H. Shafer, Melissa Clark, Roxane Wallace, Tyreis Adriel Hunte, and Vie Boheme.

Their works will premiere at the 6 FEET / 6 SOLOS in-person performance on Wednesday, September 23 at 7:00PM; the program will also be streamed virtually the following Wednesday, September 30 at 7:00PM. The in-person performance will be for a small, socially-distanced audience in the TEK BOX Theater. Audience members will be seated in a circle, six feet apart from one another and the performers.

50% of total ticket revenue will be donated to BlackTableArts, a nonprofit organization that empowers Black artists and Black art.

TEK BOX - The Cowles Center | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN

Twin Cities Ballet’s season opening reception and performance will be held outdoors using a large tent at Ballet Royale Minnesota, with plenty of room for safe social distancing for all. Please join TCB for a performance featuring previews of this season’s shows, live and/or virtual silent auction, and socially-distanced meet and greet with the company, Directors and Board of Directors.

Sunday, September 27, 2:00–3:00pm

FREE and open to the public!

Ballet Royale Minnesota | 16368 Kenrick Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044
Denise Vogt-, (952) 452-3163

Inbox@ArtBox 2020 goes Out Of The Box with eleven Twin Cities choreographers!

Madelyn Burnham, Ann Carlson, Samantha Heggem/John Surfer, Gemma Isaacson, Rachel Lieberman/Kelsey Peterson, Madrid Miller, McKayla Murphy, Jennifer Pray, Kayla Schiltgen, Ayumi Shafer, Ray Terrill

Hauss Dance and Off-Leash Area present the third annual presentation of Twin Cities choreographers, Inbox@ArtBox. We're breaking out of the box this year with a Covid-safe-and-savvy, super fun, round-robin festival of work with indoor and outdoor stages, dance for the camera, and site specific work.

October 1-4, 2020
Shows at 7:30pm

Rain dates: October 3 and 4, 2:00pm

Tickets $10-30, sliding scale.
Reservations for live performance required.
Online performance will also be available.

Go to for full details and reservations.

Off-Leash Art Box | 4200 54th St E, Minneapolis, MN 55417
Jennifer Ilse-, (612) 724-7372

Join ARENA DANCES for the celebratory commencement of our 25th anniversary season. This evening features Mathew's timeless duet, "Open Eyes," and the reveal of his newest world premiere, created through innovation during the pandemic. As we toast through this virtual event, we'll light the birthday candles together - with cupcakes by B'beri Desserts!

This special evening will include live streamed dance, insights from the choreographer, highlights of what's to come throughout this exciting new year, and a sweet treat in partnership with B'beri Desserts.

Thursday, October 1 at 7:30PM I Online Live Streaming
Tickets: General Admission, $25 -includes a free cupcake; Season Sponsor, $50 -includes four free cupcakes!
Cupcake options: vanilla lime, chocolate espresso, dulce de leche
Purchase your tickets to the event at

To 25 years of luxuriant motion, honest expression, powerful energy and awe-inspiring, kinetic design...and to 25 more!


Join TCB and Little Red Riding Hood as she travels throughout Lakeville on a quest to visit Grandma, meeting other fairy tale favorites along the way including little pigs, blind mice, and of course, the Big Bad Wolf! This fun new spin on the classic tale includes an interactive educational narrative geared toward younger audiences or those new to ballet. Prior to the performance there will be a fun optional clue to clue real life quest showcasing Lakeville’s landmarks and attractions; a great community event for the whole family!

In-person tickets are spaced to adhere to current social distancing guidelines and are limited to 25% of the theater capacity.

Two performances:
Saturday, October 24
Sunday, October 25

Lakeville Area Arts Center | 20965 Holyoke Avenue Lakeville MN 55044
Denise Vogt-, (952) 452-3163

En Avant means moving forward! Let’s celebrate the perseverance of the Minnesota dance community and look forward to the fantastic programs, performances, and artistry that lie ahead with a day-long virtual program of activities on November 6, 2020.

Schedule of Events:
12:00pm-1:00pm: All Ages Virtual Musical Theater/Jazz Class with Cowles Center Teaching Artist, Renee Guittar

6:00pm-6:30pm: En Avant! signature cocktail hour and behind the scenes tour

7:00pm-7:30pm: Sneak peak at 20/21 Cowles Center season performances

8:00pm-8:30pm: After party Caribbean dance with Djenane Saint Juste

General Admission: Free, RSVP required.
Admission to attend En Avant! is complimentary. A suggested donation of $50 will support The Cowles Center in providing sustainable, equitable access to dance education and programs.

Learn more and RSVP:

The Cowles Center | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN


In compliance with CDC guidelines regarding coronavirus prevention, we are keeping Beginning Doushin Butoh Workshop on Zoom.

Beginning Doushin Butoh Workshop is designed as a pre-requisite for Doushin Butoh Workshop in order to learn the basic physical methods of Subbody Butoh Method and basic meditation techniques of Spring Forest Qigong. ​​​​​​​​

This workshop will focus on the essential aspects of Doushin Butoh, such as quieting down your daily consciousness and creating movements that are novel and unique to the individual body.

Doushin Butoh Workshop is a group process and this workshop requires no previous dance experience. Anyone who would like to explore his or her hidden creative potentials is welcome!

Thursdays, 6:30-8:00pm

2020 schedule, dates are subject to change:
Fall Term: September 17, 24; October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; November 5

Sign up for our mailing list at:

Tuition: $135

Gadu Doushin-, (612) 703-7501

Friday: 10:00am-12:30pm and 3:00-5:30pm
Saturday: 10:00am-12:30pm and 3:00-5:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am-12:30pm and 3:00-5:30pm
Monday: 12:00pm-1:00pm
ACE (Hours: 1.6 Course: CEP133193)
PMA (Hours: 16 Course: 10309 , Provider: 100070)

Class FEE: $549.00
Manual: $50.00
Streaming Video: $15.00

The Balanced Body Movement Principles form the foundation of Balanced Body Education. They include the most important information on anatomy, assessment, biomechanics, and foundational exercises needed to become a successful Pilates teacher, personal trainer or movement educator. The course mixes information on how the body works with basic exercises to illustrate the information in movement.

Virtual course.


Cari Riis Stemmler-, (952) 405-9765

Participants and Swing Out cast members will be paired up for five hours of one-on-one educational exchanges, focusing on aspects of Swing Out: dance performance, swing-era dance history, musicianship, choreography, improvisation, show-building/conceptualization. Virtual sessions will be scheduled by each pair during the month of October, culminating in a reflective sharing on October 28.

Hosted through Northrop, University of Minnesota.
We encourage all those interested to apply using the following form:

Application timeline and events:
Submission deadline: EXTENDED to September18
Participants notified: September 23

Artistic Exchange Kick-Off
October 2, 2020
6:30pm Central Time: Meet the Artist panel
7:00pm Central Time: Exchange program kick-off

Amy Nelson-

Prerequisite: Movement Principles

Friday: 10:00am-12:30pm and 3:00-5:30pm
Saturday: 10:00am-12:30pm and 3:00-5:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am-12:30pm and 3:00-5:30pm
Monday: 12:00-1:00pm

Class fee: register before September 22- $499; regular fee- $549
Manual: $50.00
Video: $10.00
ACE (Hours: 1.6 Course: CEP162033)
PMA (Hours: 16 Course: 10324, Provider: 100070)

Mat 1 - Introduction to Pilates and Beginning/Intermediate Exercises

Balanced Body Mat 1 includes an introduction to the history and principles of Pilates, a review of core anatomy, beginning and most intermediate level exercises with modifications, lectures on class order and programming in a fitness setting, and guidelines for safely teaching seniors and pre-, and post-natal classes.
Pilates for sports-specific activities are also covered.

Cari Riis Stemmler-, (952) 405-9765


Open call:
Volunteer dancers wanted in Equinox: Moment of Balance - a synchronous performance on the equinox, September 22 at 8:30 AM, Minnesota time.
The equinox happens at the same, single moment worldwide! Connecting around the globe, we will perform a two minute and 20 second dance via Facebook Live. Live streaming is preferred but optional.

To participate:
Go here and sign up:
1) Wear uni-colored clothing, e.g. solid red, black, etc. Any color is fine as long as you’re wearing only one color.
2) Dance wherever you want, just make sure you’re within cell phone range if you’re streaming live.
3) You are also invited to join our optional practice call on September 20.

Once you sign up, you will receive the choreography and the music, and other details. Dancers from Thailand, Japan, Australia, Guam, and Scotland have signed up already. Please join us!

Marylee Hardenbergh-, (612) 616-0306

Threads Dance Project seeks a part-time Funds Development Manager.

The Funds Development Manager will be responsible for creating and implementing the corporate/foundation and individual donors development strategies for the Karen L. Charles Threads Dance Project. The Funds Development Manager will be responsible for achieving the organization’s annual fundraising goals. This includes leveraging key relationships and contacts within and outside of the Threads Dance Project network to ensure meeting organizational revenue goals.

Deadline for applications: September 28
Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to

For more details:

Karen Charles-

Calling all movement-based arts organizations! Are you planning to fundraise for Give to the Max Day on November 19, 2020?

Join Alternative Motion Project for the third annual Move to the MAX: Virtual Edition on November 20. This community event will be going online to thank patrons, reach new audiences, and promote community within Minnesota dance organizations.

The goal of Move to the MAX is to bring our communities together to cross-promote all organizations involved while raising funds and awareness for Give to the Max Day. Each organization will be invited to introduce and share a short presentation: this can be a live showcase via Zoom, a pre-recorded film, or even video of a past show.

Whether you are in the Twin Cities or greater Minnesota, we can join together to support movement throughout the entire state. All genres and modalities are highly encouraged to participate.

Interested in participating/need more info? Email AMP at by September 30. We hope to hear from you!



Resources to Support the Minneapolis Protests:

Resource to End Police Violence in America:

Black-Led Arts Organizations to Support Now:

DanceMN Steering Committee-

The Twin Cities Hospitality and Events Workers’ Relief Fund supports workers who have lost income due to business closures and event cancellations related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Twin Cities Hospitality relief effort is intended to be open to all workers in the events and hospitality industries, and will be prioritized based on level of hardship. We are offering these relief efforts to workers who are facing financial distress due to COVID-19 related work reductions.

Visit: to apply.

Resource submitted by Dana Kassel.

Non Edwards, Editor-

Located on Hennepin Avenue and just a block away from the Warehouse District/Hennepin Avenue light rail stop, The Cowles Center offers the perfect opportunity for your small business to be a part of downtown Minneapolis. Our office and practical-use space leases range from 150 square feet to 2,000 square feet and serve a wide range of professions (a cultural center, a PR firm, and fine artists who lease studio space) in a historic downtown landmark. Additional amenities include great views, ample nearby paid parking lots, key card access, and like-minded neighbors.

Are you a nonprofit organization? Ask about our special nonprofit pricing! Email to learn more and/or schedule a visit.

The Cowles Center | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN


Ballet Royale is Minnesota's premier ballet academy for students of all ages! Sign your little one up today for Ballet Royale's Creative Dance program! Fall classes run through December 22.

Our program is a professionally developed and comprehensive program drawing on decades of dance and music teaching experience, which offers an incomparable experience for children from walking age through six years old. These innovative classes encourage musicality, imagination, and self expression through the art of dance and music. There is also a separate class specifically designed for five- and six-year-old boys that may be taken instead of or in addition to the general Pre-Ballet Creative Dance classes.

We would love for you to come dance with us!

Ballet Royale Minnesota | 16368 Kenrick Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044
Rick Vogt-, (952) 898-3163

Ballet Royale Minnesota is Minnesota's premier ballet academy! We provide the best classical ballet training in a healthy, nurturing, and non-competitive environment with age-appropriate costumes and choreography.

Our Youth Ballet program is for students ages seven and older. This program follows a seven-level, elementary through advanced/intermediate ballet syllabus. The higher levels include modern/contemporary, preparation for pointe, performance/musical theater jazz, an elite solos/variations class, and pointe classes. All levels of Youth Ballet include repertoire, in which students learn choreography and dances.

New students with prior dance training seeking to enter Youth Ballet 1 or higher are required to have a personal evaluation by the school faculty for placement. Please see our website for Covid-19 safety measures.

We would love for you to come dance with us!

Ballet Royale Minnesota | 16368 Kenrick Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044
Rick Vogt-, (952) 898-3163

Dance with Ballet Royale this year for the best classical ballet training combined with cutting edge anatomical/physiological advances and knowledge in a healthy, nurturing and non-competitive environment. Ballet Royale is also the first school in Minnesota to fully integrate groundbreaking Progressing Ballet Technique® classes into its curriculum, and since its inception has run a Health and Wellness series that includes nutrition, injury prevention, and healthy mind-body awareness.

Our Performance Track and Professional Division Programs are for students who are talented, ambitious, and wish for a rigorous, pre-professional course of study in classical ballet. Students will also have classes in classical-based performance jazz, modern/contemporary dance, pointe, repertoire, variations, Progressing Ballet Technique®, and more.

Students new to Ballet Royale must take a placement/audition class in order to be considered. Please see our website for Covid-19 safety measures.

Ballet Royale Minnesota | 16368 Kenrick Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044
Rick Vogt-, (952) 898-3163

Register for Ballet Royale's Boys' Ballet program today!

Unique in Minnesota, this innovative program is designed specifically for boys and taught by male teachers. Ballet Royale understands the importance of providing targeted opportunities for boys in addition to the myriad of mixed classes available to both genders. To this end, Ballet Royale offers FREE boys' classes for Pre-Ballet Creative Dance, general Boys' Dance cross training, and Ballet for Boys.

Ballet Royale’s boys' classes are for students five and older, with or without prior dance experience, and are developed and taught primarily by former professional dancer Rick Vogt. These classes focus on strength, stamina, conditioning, coordination, focus, and agility in a fun, creative atmosphere. Whether the goal is to pursue dance itself or to cross-train for other sports such as hockey, soccer, football, etc., Ballet Royale’s Boys' Dance training benefits boys of all ages and abilities.

Ballet Royale Minnesota | 16368 Kenrick Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044
Rick Vogt-, (952) 898-3163

Ballet Royale Minnesota offers classes for all ages, including teens and adults of every level of experience. Adult Beginner and Advanced Beginner classes are designed for teens and adults with no or very limited ballet or modern experience. Adult Open Ballet classes are geared toward the intermediate level teen or adult dancer with some prior ballet experience on a flexible, balanced level.

Class options:
Monday: 7:45-8:45pm - Ballet for Teens
Tuesday: 8:00-9:00pm - Adult Beginning Ballet, with live Zoom option
Wednesday: 7:15-8:45pm - Adult/Teen Intermediate Ballet
Wednesday: 7:15-8:45pm - Adult/Teen Intermediate/Advanced Ballet with Pointe, 8:45-9:00pm
Thursday: 7:30-9:00pm - Adult/Teen Intermediate/Advanced Ballet
Saturday: 9:00-10:00am - Adult/Teen Progressing Ballet Technique®

Please contact us for morning and more advanced class options!

Please see our website for complete Covid-19 safety precautions. Due to limited class sizes, pre-registration is required.

Ballet Royale Minnesota | 16368 Kenrick Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044
Rick Vogt-, (952) 898-3163

Erin’s advanced level contemporary/modern Zoom class through Zenon Dance School includes floor work, standing warm-ups, and phrase work, all designed to enhance the healthy use of joints and muscle groups as dancers release their weight fully into the support of the ground. Experiential awareness, body mapping, improvisation, and creative work are included as dancers channel their own expressive artistry within the movement. The delightful Dean Magraw will accompany on guitar.

Thursday mornings, 9:30-11:00am
Fall classes begin on Thursday, September 17, 2020.

Registration is open through Zenon's MindBody portal and closes ten minutes before class.
See you (virtually) soon!

Promocodes: EDU2020 for students; PRORATE for professionals.

For more information:

Erika Martin-

At the Ragamala Training Center, students receive classical training in the dynamic style of Bharatanatyam passed down to us by the internationally renowned dancer/choreographer Padma Bhushan Alarmél Valli, considered to be one of India’s greatest living masters. Open to students of all ages, backgrounds, and locations, Ragamala classes give students an opportunity to learn about and immerse themselves in the arts and culture of India and to connect with a community of passionate, hard-working individuals. The Ragamala Training Center also welcomes students with prior experience in Bharatanatyam to audition for upper level classes. Please contact us at before registering for classes beyond the introductory level.

Introductory class details:
Saturday afternoons, via Zoom. Exact time TBD based on availability
September 12, 2020-May 29, 2021


Sasha Blinnikova-, (612) 824-1968

Black Label Movement is eager to announce that we have started a brand new pilot program called The BLaM Lab for those that want to be more involved in what we do!

You can subscribe for a rotating monthly selection of exclusive digital content from us if you’re wanting to train, be entertained or maintain a deeper connection with the work we do, for only $15/month.

Every month, you will gain digital access to a rotating selection of:
- Bi-weekly repertory phrase work (class style)
- A full length past repertory performance
- Automatic entering into a randomized chance to win tickets to our next show

RECORD YOURSELF moving through our phrase work to receive:
- Personalized feedback from our artistic team
- A shout-out on our social media platforms (can opt out)

Check it out and become a patron today!


House of Modern Dance is excited to bring you Fall Season classes! We began on September 12 and will continue through January 9, 2021. There are classes for everyone from age seven through all adults interested in movement. Students will learn the foundations of modern dance through technique classes and performance opportunities, developing the skills it takes to be a professional in today’s world of dance.

House of Modern Dance classes provide opportunities for all students to gain technique, strength, and healthy living, as well as provide a gateway to release energy or stress in a safe, productive and positive way! Great location in South Minneapolis, COVID protocols in place.

For more information, please visit:

House of Modern Dance | 6015 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419
Carmilla Rose Peterson-, (612) 581-4110

Don’t You Feel It Too? is the thirteen-year practice of moving our brave, honest, loving and ridiculous selves.

DYFIT addresses our present needs for racial healing and cultural change by offering parallel embodied practices of joy and belonging. Everyone is welcome in their respective caucus groups or to the Open Practice. No previous experience is necessary. In this new format the work will be more specific and authentic within and across groups.

Wednesday, September 16, 5:30PM-7:00PM: BIPOC Practice at George Floyd Square

Thursday, September 17, 5:00PM-6:15PM: White Allies Practice in Powderhorn Park

Saturday, September 19, 2:00PM-3:15PM: BIPOC Practice online

Tuesday, September 22, 5:30PM-6:30PM: Open Practice, location TBD

Asher Edes-

The GYROKINESIS® Method is a rhythmic, flowing style of exercise performed seated, standing, and on all fours. Classes connect you to your breath, center you in your core, and create more space in your body.

60-minute GYROKINESIS® Method classes:

Mondays, 10:30am:

Fridays, 10:30am:

Sundays, 10:30am:

60-minute class beginning with Awakening the Senses:
A self-care practice with a slower pace

Saturdays, 1:00pm:

Suggested class fee $5-20 to
Private sessions available. Please reach out with any questions.

GYROKINESIS® is a registered trademark of GYROTONIC Sales Corp and is used with their permission.


Young Dance offers Creative Movement, Modern, Ballet, Choreography, Hip Hop, Afro-Modern, Dance and Technology, Conditioning, and All Abilities dancing for individuals living with and without disabilities. Students of all levels and backgrounds enjoy our collaborative and creative approach to dance! Young Dance is committed to making dance accessible to all interested participants.

Our academic year programming runs September 16, 2020 through May 27, 2021. All of our classes are taught by professional artists and dance educators with post secondary degree education. Three performance opportunities are scheduled during the academic school year, at the end of each trimester, to showcase what the dancers have been working on in their classes.

We can't wait to dance with you!

For 2020-21 class information and registration visit:

Jennifer Glaws-, (612) 423-3064

Join our online learning community of all ages, sizes, and levels of experience to participate in the creative expression and health and fitness benefits of Middle Eastern dance. The beauty of this dance form is that it makes you feel wonderful in your own body, no matter its size or shape.

Go to to choose your classes and learn from home! Each class is one hour in US Central Time, held through Zoom, and $15 each. Purchase four or more classes and receive a $2 discount per class.

You may register online at using PayPal or a credit card. Be sure to choose, register, and PAY for your class ahead of time as class registrations close at 8:00pm CT the night before class. The Cassandra School and Jawaahir Dance Company are not responsible for injuries sustained during classes.

Jenny Piper-, (612) 872-6050

Keep dancing this fall, in-studio or from the comfort of your home! Join us for drop-in classes at Ballet Co.Laboratory for all ages and abilities. Reserve your space ahead of time! Masks are required to be worn in the studio at all times.

Gentle Ballet, 10:00am-11:30am with Anna Goodrich. In-studio or virtual.
Ballet Conditioning, 11:30am-12:00pm with Anna Goodrich. In-studio or virtual.

Intermediate Ballet, 6:00-7:30pm with Rachel Seeholzer. In-studio or virtual.

Gentle Ballet, 10:00am-11:30am with Anna Goodrich. In-studio or virtual.
Intro/Intermediate Ballet ,6:30-7:45pm with Rosa Prigan. In-studio or virtual.

Advanced Ballet, 10:00-11:30am with Leah Gallas. Virtual only.

Intermediate Ballet, 10:30am-12:00pm with Genevieve Waterbury. In-studio or virtual.

276 E Lafayette Frontage Rd, St. Paul, MN
Zoe Henrot-, (651) 313-5967

The School of Ballet Co.Laboratory offers excellent dance training for ages six through 20, with flexible options that meet you where you are. In-studio classes with strict capacities and virtual options are available for each level.

We’ve compiled all our offerings for the 2020-21 season in a comprehensive brochure. Check it out here:

Students also have the option to participate in classes virtually. More information:

Open enrollment all year long!

276 E Lafayette Frontage Rd, St. Paul, MN
Anna Roehr-, (651) 313-5967

Join this new, cohort-led class series offering weekly classes on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9:30-11:30AM. The concept of Moving Target sprung out of ARENA DANCES’ previous Floorwork conversation centered around the current class climate in the Twin Cities. This conversation spoke to the need, hunger, and interest for consistent, rigorous and inspiring classes for professional dancers, taught by fellow professionals. As a collective, Moving Target aims to offer classes that prioritize rigor, diversity of contemporary aesthetics, variety of class content, and commitment.

Tuesdays/Saturdays, 9:30-11:30AM
Tapestry Folkdance Center
Professional level dancers of all styles are welcome

Drop-in participation, $14/class.
Commit to attending Tuesdays or Saturdays (or both!) to receive $10/class rate.

Upcoming teachers
Harper Foote: September 19 and 26
Nieya Amezquita: September 15, 22, and 29

Questions? Feel free to reach out the Mathew.

Tapestry Folkdance Center | 3748 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Mathew Janczewski-

Ananya Dance Theatre's Shawngram Institute for Performance & Social Justice offers the following classes online through December 20:

Tuesday: Yorchhā Strong, 9:00-9:30am CT
Wednesday: Introduction to Yorchhā, 6:30-7:30pm CT
Friday: Introduction to Yorchhā, 6:30-7:30pm CT
Sunday: Advanced Yorchhā, 3:00-4:00pm CT

To participate, email for class link. Suggested donation $10-20 per class.

Class descriptions:

Yorchhā Strong- Join Alexandra Eady for a 30 minute movement practice of building and releasing heat through cardio, strength, and mobility movements. This class is for all levels. Modifications and progressions will be offered so that all feel comfortable and safe participating.

Introduction to Yorchhā- Envision justice through rhythmic footwork, flowing torso, and sustained breath with Kealoha Ferreira. Class begins with a warm-up followed by foundational Yorchhā exercises and a fun choreographed phrase.


After a short holiday and session break, WE"RE BACK!

Join us for a music-based, history-infused 75 minutes of wrestling with and finding joy in jazz dance. We've added an extra fifteen minutes to our class to allow more time to share socio-cultural and socio-historical information we feel is so important to really appreciating jazz, as we lean into this beautiful, resilient and powerful art in seeking ways to promote active anti-racism.

Karla's body-centric class prioritizes musicality, personal and social expression, and technical and stylistic approaches to jazz dance. Drop-In students of all levels are welcomed to attend this class, which skews toward an intermediate to advanced level. Come groove with us!

Zoom via Zenonline
Erinn Liebhard-

This delightful outdoor program has been designed to provide a fun and safe environment for students who are ready to participate without a parent or guardian. Each week will have a different, exciting theme. For example: super heroes, Disney characters, animal adventures, and underwater adventures. Classes will use theme songs, imagination, and age appropriate movements to make these fun adventures come to life! For dancers ages three (by September 1, 2020) through five years old.

Two remaining Saturday classes:
September 19 and 26, 9:15am-9:45am
Sign up for one, or both.

Due to class being outside, we ask that students wear comfortable clothing that they can dance in and do not mind wearing outside in the grass.

Ballet Royale Minnesota | 16368 Kenrick Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044
Denise Vogt-, (952) 898-3163


Join ARENA DANCES every Thursday for this weekly podcast, hosted by Artistic Director Mathew Janczewski and company dancer Joe Crook. This week’s episode features Myron Johnson.

Myron Johnson's career as Artistic Director and Choreographer of the Ballet of the Dolls and the Ritz Theatre is one of his most well known legacies in the Twin Cities. He's produced well over 150 ballets and shows no signs of slowing down or softening the edge that has defined his 50 years on the stage. Transitioning into a new phase of his career in 2011, Johnson's solo show Songs for a Swan reflected on his training with Marcel Marceau in Paris in the 1970s, dancing in New York in the 1980s, and the last 20 years performing and creating in the Twin Cities. Listen in to learn dance through the past, present, and future with special guest Myron Johnson.

Studio Stories will air each week at noon with new guests to reminisce and share their memories and history with our dance scene. Listen on our website!


Message from Alonzo King and LINES Ballet:

Dance Magazine Op-Ed: Where is Your Outrage? Where is Your Support? by Theresa Ruth Howard:

Podcast: Seeing White:

DanceMN Steering Committee-


Ballet Co.Laboratory looks beyond the conventional as we present our most innovative season yet. The 2020/21 performance season will feature five new productions reaching audiences outdoors, through dance-for-film, and in-person.

Explore the season and reserve your tickets today! Visit to learn more.

276 E Lafayette Frontage Rd, St. Paul, MN
Zoe Henrot-, (651) 313-5967

The Cowles Center is excited to confirm its 2020-2021 “Take Back the Stage” performance season partners: THE MIXTAPE Collective; Hatch Dance and STRONGmovement; Penelope Freeh and Alanna Morris-Van Tassel; Berit Ahlgren and Nathan Keepers; Ballet Co.Laboratory; and Minnesota Dance Theatre. Performances are set to begin in February 2021 and run through April of the same year.

The same artists appeared on the Cowles’ 2020 Spring performance roster. Due to COVID-19, none got the chance to perform their long-rehearsed works on the Goodale Stage. The Cowles Center prioritized bringing these performances to fruition in Spring 2021, ensuring that these local artists and companies would have a chance to showcase new productions - which most 2020-2021 season partners will do. Additionally, Minnesota Dance Theatre will revive a much-loved production created by Lise Houlton for the company.

All performances will be available to be streamed. Tickets are on sale now on the Cowles webiste!

The Cowles Center | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Join TCB for an exciting full season of safe, live, in-person performances!

TCB has responded to the pandemic’s threats and restrictions by thinking outside the box, and has used the innovation and creativity TCB is known for to create a full roster of unique in-person events. Keeping the health and safety of its dancers, staff and audience foremost in mind, upcoming events incorporate outdoor spaces, limited audience, and inventive use of performance venues.

2020-21 Season Summary:
September 27 - Under the Sun - outdoor reception and preview performance
October 24-25 - FunQuest: Little Red Riding Hood
November 27-28 - A Naughty Nutcracker
December - A Minnesota Nutcracker Adventure and Storybook Nutcracker Workshop
March - Dracula, Romeo & Juliet, and Distance, Sociably-mixed repertory
May - The Ruby Slippers: A Wizard of Oz Ballet

We hope you will join us LIVE AND IN-PERSON for a unique season of ballet!

Ballet Royale Minnesota | 16368 Kenrick Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044
Denise Vogt-, (952) 452-3163