DanceMN News - December 9, 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-Rodriguez, and Anat Shinar

DanceMN Steering Committee-


In October, small groups gathered in public parks in and around the Twin Cities for Practice, a movement investigation of visions for a police-free world, facilitated by Tori Breen and choreographed in collaboration with the artists. The work was performed by Sarah Abdel-Jelil, Lu Chen, Ansel Langmead, and Hannah Pierce. This project sought to build from the work of Reclaim the Block, MPD 150, and countless other Twin Cities-based activists that have been visioning and fighting for a police-free future for years.

You can now watch a full version of Practice for free at the vimeo link.

Tori would love to hear your thoughts and feedback, and she can be reached at

Tori Breen-, (603) 991-7604

Just in time for the holidays, Ballet Co.Laboratory presents Zoé Emilie Henrot’s interpretation of The Snow Queen. Join Gerda, a little girl filled with moxie on a quest to rescue her brother, whose heart has been frozen by an icy fragment from the Snow Queen’s enchanted mirror. Travel through infectious gardens, encounter wise reindeer, and get entangled with the Rose Queen as Gerda learns about the power of love, inner strength, and the twist that proves things are not always as they seem.

The Snow Queen is an original ballet made for film which is performed by BCL’s company dancers and 70 students from The School of Ballet Co.Laboratory. This virtual production includes an interactive holiday package that will be mailed to all ticket buyers prior to the performance. A live post-show Q-and-A with the performers will also be featured.

Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 7:00pm
Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 2:00pm

View from the comfort of your own home!

Rachel Koep- , (651) 313-5967

Join us in celebrating Zenon Zone's first virtual showcase, presenting new choreographic works by artists Madelyn Burnham, Jesse Neumann-Peterson, and Mary Willmeng.

All are welcome to celebrate new screen dance works by the Zenon Zone dancers and fall choreographers. Works have been created and rehearsed virtually during the ten-week Fall Zone Session.

Zone offers adult dancers of all ability levels, ages, and dance styles the opportunity to challenge themselves in a session-long program. Dancers can choose from two tracks: Performance – for students with a strong intermediate or advanced level of dance technique and who are looking for opportunities to perform; or Technique – a class-focused program where dancers work on increasing skills and challenging themselves with new styles of dance. Students are selected via a digital application submission and are offered a subsidized rate on tuition.

Register at for the performance at
Tickets are free! Link to the performance will be received one hour prior to show.

Danielle Robinson-Prater-, (612) 338-1101


Hive Dance Company presents: HIVE WINTER IMMERSION - a virtual intensive, online via Zoom.

Two full days of cutting edge movement methodologies, ancient healing practices, radical embodiment, yogic training, spiritual ideology, and creative laboratories for YOU to discover your artistic voice. A truly unique setting in which you will be guided by a beautiful panel of diverse teachers through dance based classes, all from the comfortable container of your own home. The end goal is that you finish the weekend feeling more connected, clear, and creative in YOUR body, where healing is a side-effect of your weekend's discoveries.

A special offer for Twin Cities-based dancers, as we are aware you may need some healing at this time! Use code HIVESTUDIO for 50% off the two day experience when you register at:

Lindsey White-, (651) 363-1418

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

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. You will learn the basic physical conditioning techniques of Subbody Butoh Method and basic meditation techniques of Spring Forest Qigong. ​​​​​​​​

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

2021 schedule (dates are subject to change):
Winter Term 2021: January 28; February 4, 11, 18, 25; March 4, 11, 18

Tuition: $135

Gadu Doushin-, (612) 703-7501


The Walker Art Center and guest curator DejaJolle invite BIPOC Minnesota dancemakers working in all forms for Body Prayers, a special edition of Choreographers’ Evening, presented virtually and in-person June 4–5, 2021.

Six selected choreographic works will be filmed separately in Spring 2021, with the premiere of the evening-length performance film presented virtually on June 4. The program includes an online watch party and breaking bread gathering with the choreographers. Participants also have the opportunity to present live, informal pop-up performances on June 5 in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, which will be optional for the selected choreographers. This special edition of Choreographers’ Evening is presented in June 2021 this year, shifting from its long-standing late-November date, and will premiere online rather than live onstage in the McGuire Theater.

Destanie Martin-Johnson-, (763) 350-8226


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, DanceMN Editor-

Resources to Support the Minneapolis Protests:

Resource to End Police Violence in America:

Black-Led Arts Organizations to Support Now:

DanceMN Steering Committee-


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
Session runs through December 20, 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-, (612) 221-3186

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.


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.

Tuesday, December 15 - 5:30-6:30PM: Open Practice online

Asher Edes-

Kathak is a traditional North Indian dance form founded on four pillars of movement: rhythmic footwork, pirouettes, facial expressions, and gestural storytelling. It is a beautiful, elegant art form that is still evolving today. Katha Dance Theatre (KDT) is pleased to offer the finest Kathak education online (via Zoom) this session, which means that our classes are open to dancers across the globe.

We offer classes for dancers of all backgrounds and skill levels. A class for students new to Kathak is on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-7:30pm CT. If you have Kathak experience but are new to us, email a bit about your background and we will determine your class placement.

Our winter session runs from November 30 to February 21, 2021. Enrollment for new students is a two-step process: 1) Registration via electronic form, and 2) Payment.

Learn more and enroll here:

Rita Mustaphi-

For the health and safety of our community, and in cooperation with new government mandates, we are now only streaming our classes until January 2021. Check out website and/or instagram for the latest updates in our class schedule.

December 10: Ballet with Helen Hatch, 10:00-11:15AM
December 12: Gaga/Dancers with Berit Ahlgren, 9:30-10:15AM and Ballet for Contemporary Dancers, 10:15-11:30AM with Elayna Waxse
December 14: Pilates Mat with Amanda Sachs 9:30-10:00AM and Ballet with Sally Rousse 10:00-11:15AM
December 15: Floor Barre, 9:30-10:00AM and Ballet, 10:00-11:15AM with Sally Rousse
December 17: Ballet with Helen Hatch, 10:00-11:15AM

For updates to the class schedule see our website:
Instagram: @communitymovementcollective

Hot House MPLS | 2303 Kennedy St NE, Suite 420, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Hannah Benditt-, (952) 215-6227

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 75 minutes, 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

Continue to enjoy dance from the comfort of your home this holiday season! Ballet Co.Laboratory will continue to host drop-in adult and teen classes throughout the week into the New Year!

Mondays: 10:00-11:30am, Gentle Ballet with Anna Goodrich
Tuesdays: 6:00-7:30pm, Intermediate Ballet with Rachel Seeholzer
Thursdays: 10:00-11:30am, Gentle Ballet with Anna Goodrich
Thursdays: 6:30-7:45pm, Beginning/Intermediate Ballet with Rosa Prigan
Saturdays: 10:30am-12:00pm, Intermediate Ballet with Genevieve Waterbury

Special class to welcome the 2021 New Year with dance:
Friday, January 1, 2021, 11:00am-12:30pm.
with Artistic Director Zoé Henrot
All levels welcome.

All classes are virtual via Zoom.

Zoe Henrot-, (651) 313-5967

MotionArt’s mission is to share the art of dance and the joy of movement with people of all ages and abilities. We strive to enrich lives by fostering creativity, body awareness, and self-expression in a fun, non-competitive, welcoming environment.

We offer ongoing dance classes during these uncertain times both virtually on Zoom and outside (maintaining physical distance). Paying the regular rate helps keep our organization afloat; however, no one will be turned away for inability to pay. There is also an option to pay what you can. Please go to to sign up for classes, or contact Pam for info.

Beginning Modern Dance
Tuesday, 5:00-6:15pm via Zoom

Intermediate Modern Dance
Wednesday, 10:30am-12:00pm via Zoom

Ageless Dance
Thursday, 4:30-5:45pm via Zoom

Mixed Level Modern Dance
Saturday, 4:00-5:30pm via Zoom

Pam Gleason-

MotionArt focuses on nurturing children’s individual creativity while facilitating their understanding of the dance elements of space, time, and energy. Ages three through five explore these elements through playful, structured activities allowing them to expand their movement vocabulary, develop body awareness, and gain self-confidence. Ages five through seven explore the dance elements while being introduced to new movement skills and the creation of their own dances. Ages seven through twelve expand their creative and kinesthetic awareness while learning basic movement skills of modern dance.

We offer ways for children to dance during these uncertain times through Zoom and outdoor classes. Please go to to sign up for classes. There are various options for payment/donations, and no one will be turned away for inability to pay.

Ages three through five: Friday, 12:00-12:30pm

Ages five though seven: Saturday, 10:00-10:45am
Via Zoom or outside, weather permitting. Contact Pam for info.

Ages seven through nine: Saturday, 11:00-11:45am

Ages ten through twelve: Friday, 3:00-4:00pm

Pam Gleason-

I first became interested in the GYROKINESIS® Method because its strengthening exercises are rooted in full-body movement that develops interoception and physical awareness.

Explore how the rhythmic, flowing exercises can add to your personal practice. Challenge movement patterns by moving in circles and spirals. Beginners welcome any time. Find out more at

60-minute GYROKINESIS® Method classes:

Mondays, 10:30am:
Fridays, 10:30am:
Sundays, 10:30am:

Suggested class fee $5-20 to No one turned away for non-payment.

Want to explore on your own schedule? Private sessions available.

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

Image by Bill Cameron.


In Dance Together, children and their caregivers discover the joys of movement through movement games, stories, and songs. These early classes introduce children to group learning environments, while using movement to develop strong bonds with their caregivers and cooperatively work with others in the class. Children also develop large and fine motor skills in classes that emphasize observation, exploration, manipulation, imitation, and repetition. For ages one to three with caregiver (crawlers and walkers welcome).

Mondays, 5:15-5:45pm
Fridays, 10:15-10:45am

Our academic year programming runs September 16, 2020 through May 27, 2021.

For 2020-21 class information and registration visit:

Young Dance | Fairview Business Center, 655 Fairview Ave N, St. Paul, MN 55104
Jennifer Glaws-, (612) 423-3064

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:

Young Dance | Fairview Business Center, 655 Fairview Ave N, St. Paul, MN 55104
Jennifer Glaws-, (612) 423-3064

Children develop large and fine motor skills, as well as coordination, rhythm, teamwork, and listening skills. Songs and games are used to help the students understand their moving body, and to facilitate the learning of fundamental movement patterns. In Creative Movement Two, students are exposed to class structure, complex routines, and acquire a deeper understanding of the dance concepts space, time, body, effort, movement, and form.

Several class time options are offered for Creative Movement One (ages three to five) and Creative Movement Two (ages five to seven).

Our academic year programming runs September 16, 2020 through May 27, 2021.

For 2020-21 class information and registration visit:

Young Dance | Fairview Business Center, 655 Fairview Ave N, St. Paul, MN 55104
Jennifer Glaws-, (612) 423-3064

10:00-11:15am CST

Each week: Move BIG from home with Alternative Motion Project! Move and sweat in a weekly online contemporary movement practice that explores mobility, length, momentum, and 3-D expansion, while pushing the boundaries and physicality of a smaller space. Come as you are in the space that you have! Suitable for pre-professional/professional movers.

December 9:
December 16:
No classes over winter break. Class will resume January 6, 2021.

Register at least 30 minutes prior to class time. The Zoom link will be sent to your email address within 24 hours of the class time. You will need a Zoom account to access the practice.

This class offering is free/donation-based. Contributions will directly support instructors. To donate, send money via Venmo(@moveBIG) or AMP’s website:

Questions? Email AMP.

We’ll virtually see you soon!

Photo by V.Paul Virtucio


Come groove with us this Friday!

Hop on over to and register (at least ten minutes in advance) to join Erinn Liebhard for a Friday Morning Jazz class exploring how the concept of "everything old is new again" can enliven jazz! Class will feature a survey of bumpin' jazz holiday music from the birth of jazz to present! Erinn's classes emphasize groove, interaction, and improvisation; are inspired by both social and concert dance movement (particularly that with African diasporic roots); and are driven by jazz music.

Join us for a music-based, history-infused class wrestling with and finding joy in jazz dance: it'll help you feel your most human, filling up your tank to keep on doing good in a world that needs it. Drop-In students of all levels are welcomed to attend this class, which skews toward an intermediate to advanced level.

Our last session class, on December 18, will be taught collaboratively by FMJ teachers Erinn and Karla Grotting!

See you Friday!

Erinn Liebhard-


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-

Join ARENA DANCES each week for new episodes of Studio Stories, a podcast reminiscing on Twin Cities dance history. This week Studio Stories invited Derek Phillips to the studio to share his story.

Derek Phillips, a Kansas City native, graduated from Carleton College in 1977. He began his career with the Nancy Hauser Dance Company and Children’s Theatre Company. Derek has been a roster artist for the MSAB’s Artists-in-Education Program and conducted annual residencies for Minnesota public schools for over twenty years. He has also served as Adjunct Dance Education Coordinator for the Perpich Center for Arts Education. Recently, he toured internationally with Katha Dance Theatre. Currently, Derek is a teaching artist for the Cowles Center, and performs English country and sword dances with Minnesota Traditional Morris & Guyz with Tie.

Visit to listen, or check it out wherever you get your podcasts!