DanceMN News - December 23, 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

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JSB shares archival footage from 30 years’ worth of repertoire!

Showing now: Amahl and the Night Visitors.
This heartwarming tale of compassion and miracles is a JSB classic—our version premiered in 1995. Featuring Sally Rousse and Penelope Freeh in their original roles as Amahl and Mother.

Free for all to view on our website now through January 3. Runtime 50 minutes.

Grab some popcorn and a blanket!

Eve Schulte-

Countdown: Reflections of a Life In Dance and Gravity of Center – The Movie
2020-21 Northrop Film Series
Tuesday, January 19, 6:30pm CST
Streaming online, available on-demand through Friday, January 22 at 6:30pm
FREE and open to the public

Countdown documents the rehearsal process of one of post-modern pioneer Rudy Perez’s signature dances and features then up-and-coming dancer Victor Quijada working with his mentor. Gravity of Center is a film adaptation of a piece created by Victor Quijada for his company RUBBERBAND telling the story of five people meeting in the wake of a natural disaster.

Countdown: Reflections of a Life In Dance
Not rated by the MPAA.
1 hour, 24 minutes.

Gravity of Center – The Movie
Not rated by the MPAA.
15 minutes

This film is presented in conjunction with RUBBERBAND.

Amy Nelson-


Join Erin Thompson for a "Ring in the New Year" class!

Please join Erin Thompson for a "Ring in the New Year" contemporary dance class on New Year's Eve morning, December 31, 10:00am-11:45am. Before you make your New Year's resolutions, come find peace with internal awareness, thrust your holiday limbs into the ground and move across your floor flinging 2020 away! Accompaniment by the wonderful Dean MaGraw.
Intermediate/Advanced Contemporary
December 31, 10:00am-11:45am

$15 for this one hour and 45 minute class.

Erika Martin-

Ballet Royale is thrilled to offer intermediate/advanced ballet students from all studios the opportunity to dance during their break. This year, we will have three $8 virtual open ballet classes. These classes are recommended for intermediate level and/or Advanced Youth I students and higher.

December 28, 2020: 10:00am–11:30am
December 29, 2020: 5:30pm–7:00pm
December 30, 2020: 10:00am–11:30am

Spread the word and join us over the holiday break!
Pre-registration required.

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

Virtual course through Paragon Pilates and PT

Friday: 10:00am-12:45pm and 3:00-5:45pm
Saturday: 10:00am-12:45pm and 3:00-5:45pm
Sunday: 10:00am-12:45pm and 3:00-5:45pm

Class fee: $549.00.
Manual: $50.00.
Streaming video: $10.00.
ACE (Hours: 1.60 Course: CEP162110, Provider: )
PMA (Hours: 16 Course: 10338 , Provider: 100070)

Reformer 1 introduces you to the biomechanical foundation of the Pilates method and to the essential components of functional core strength and lumbopelvic and scapular stability, as well as assessing and correcting alignment and improving flexibility. Pre-Pilates exercises are included for teaching these key principles to your clients and classes. It includes an introduction to the Reformer, including safety, beginning exercises, sequencing, and teaching tips for group classes. By the end of the course you will be able to teach a beginning Reformer class or personal training session.

Cari Riis Stemmler-, (952) 405-9765

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 - January 28; February 4, 11, 18, 25; March 4, 11, 18

Tuition: $135

Gadu Doushin-, (612) 703-7501


Ballet Co.Laboratory is seeking artists who are technically skilled in ballet and contemporary dance forms. Artists should be collaborative, creative, eager to learn, and willing to grow on the job artistically and administratively.

- 34-week to 36-week contract beginning Fall 2021.
- Paid Apprentice and Company Artist positions for 2021/2022 season.
- Health and wellness perks (PT, massage, personal training, nutrition, etc.).
- Collaborative company coaching and creating with professional rehearsal assistants.
- Classical work, contemporary work, and story ballets with original narratives.
- New studios with natural light, shower, gender neutral restrooms, and staff lounge.
- Artist driven organization: artists work on administrative team of BCL under secondary administrative, paid contract.

Email a cover letter, resume/CV, and audition video to:
Zoé Henrot, Artistic Director

Zoe Henrot-, (651) 313-5967

Laboratory II is a mixed repertory dance production that Ballet Co.Laboratory produces annually. The mission of this production is to give emerging choreographers an opportunity to build a work with the support of an entire artistic staff and to give student artists an opportunity to be part of a work’s creation from its inception.

This year's production will focus on giving three emerging BIPOC choreographers the opportunity to create a dance piece for professional filmed performance. Selected choreographers will each create a new, original dance work that is five to ten minutes in length to be set on and performed by the upper-level students of The School of Ballet Co.Laboratory. Student casts will range between eight to twelve dancers. One choreographer will be selected to choreograph a ten- to fifteen-minute work on the Company of Ballet Co.Laboratory, a cast of sixteen dancers.

Artists and choreographers interested in applying should complete the application before January 9, 2021.

Zoe Henrot-, (651) 313-5967

Threads Dance Project is opening Threads Dance Nexus, a center for the Minneapolis community to learn, experience, create and connect through movement. We are looking for highly skilled teachers to teach Creative Movement, Classical Modern and Ballet, Contemporary/Jazz, and Vinyasa Yoga for our Spring 2021 session. BIPOC candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Please send a resume, cover letter, and any other evidence of relevant teaching experience to:

Rae Charles Harge
Community Engagement and Education Manager

Deadline to apply: December 31, 2020

For more information please contact Rae and visit

Threads Dance Nexus | 2213 Snelling Ave, Minneapolis, MN, 55404


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-

Resources to Support the Minneapolis Protests:

Resource to End Police Violence in America:

Black-Led Arts Organizations to Support Now:

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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-

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

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

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

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

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. Foundational classes move at a slower pace to introduce concepts. Flow classes move at a quicker pace. Find out more at

60-minute GYROKINESIS® Method flow classes:

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

60-minute GYROKINESIS® Method foundations classes:

Sundays, 10:30am:
Tuesdays, 6:00pm:

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

Want to explore on your own schedule? Private sessions available with a sliding scale fee.

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


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 http:/ 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

Dance into 2021! Please join us in our Zoom virtual studio for the following drop-in classes:

Intermediate Ballet with Zoé Henrot
Saturday, December 26, 10:30am-12:00pm

Gentle Ballet and Conditioning with Anna Goodrich
Monday, December 28, 10:00-11:30am

Intermediate Ballet with Rachel Seeholzer
Tuesday, December 29, 6:00-7:30pm

Intermediate Ballet - Welcome the New Year! with Zoé Henrot
Friday, January 1, 11:00am-12:30pm

Intermediate Ballet with Genevieve Waterbury
Saturday, January 2, 10:30am-12:00pm

Gentle Ballet and Conditioning with Anna Goodrich
Monday, January 4, 10:00-11:30am

Intermediate Ballet with Rachel Seeholzer
Tuesday, January 5, 6:00-7:30pm

Gentle Ballet with Anna Goodrich
Thursday, January 7, 10:00-11:30am

Beginning/Intermediate Ballet with Rosa Prigan
Thursday, January 7, 6:30-7:45pm

Zoe Henrot-, (651) 313-5967

You are invited to partake in advanced level virtual open class with the dancers of James Sewell Ballet!

Mondays through Wednesdays, 11:00am-12:30pm CT

Monday: JSB Artist in rotation
Tuesday: JSB Artist in rotation
Wednesday: Eve Schulte, ballet

Sliding scale $5-15. Visit to connect.

Eve Schulte-

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 29: 5:30PM-6:30PM - Open Practice online

Asher Edes-

Registration is open for Ballet Royale's winter/spring semester! There is still room in several our classes for young dancers - these classes filled up in the fall, so sign up today to save your place!

Our Creative Dance 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.

Ballet Royale is committed to the safety of our dancers, families, and staff. Class type (live on Zoom or in-person) may change depending on Covid-19 restrictions. Please see our website for more information.

We would love for you to come dance with us!

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

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

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, coordination, 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 is committed to the safety of our dancers and staff. Class type (in-person or live on Zoom) may change depending on current Covid-19 restrictions.

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


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-