DanceMN News - January 20, 2021








HoneyWorks and Hatch Dance, with beautiful production from Noble, bring you Bolerobolero, the Film. Performed and shot September 19, 2020, in St. Paul, MN, this event was attended by a live audience following Covid-19 safety measures. Now in film form, please enjoy this work from the ease and comfort of your own home!

Join us for the premiere of the film, as well as behind the scenes footage of the process making a live performance event during the Covid-19 pandemic. A moderated discussion and audience Q&A with the co-choreographers Helen Hatch (Hatch Dance), and Berit Ahlgren (HoneyWorks) will follow the premiere.

Included in your event ticket will be an option to pair dinner with your movie thanks to our friends at Martina, Colita and Rosalia.
If you are unable to join us for the live-streamed premiere on January 22, your ticket will allow access to the film through the weekend.

Tickets here:

Berit Ahlgren-, (651) 233-0217

Concerto Dance by Jolene Konkel is excited to announce the virtual premiere of our new dance film Awakenings.

Join us Friday, January 29 at 7:00pm for an online performance!
Featuring a pre-show introduction and toast with Artistic Director Jolene Konkel, followed by the premiere of our new 20-minute dance film featuring: Nieya Amezquita, Rachel Bonkoungou, Lydia Kantor, Sara Karimi, Helena Magalhães, Betsy Nelson, and Sarah Stiechen Stiles.
The evening will conclude with an optional Q&A.

Filmed in Northfield, MN and set to music by the Danish String Quartet, Awakenings takes audiences on a journey to rediscover hidden possibilities and rekindle hope through community, letting go, and courageously moving forward together.

For more information and ticket info visit:

Jolene Konkel-

The Garden: A Refuge project presents a Gathering event.
The project is grounded in Earth-based creation and re-interprets the story of Job through this lens.

Winter Gathering Online Event
Saturday January 30, 7:00pm
“For Trees and Hope”

Recharge and restore hope in the middle of winter! Join us for some creative and inspiring performance that celebrate a turning point in winter, as sap comes back to the trees. Why? It is good to simply gather together to support one another and enjoy beautiful performance. There will be a brief opening event to remember the trees and hope, and time to interact with artists.

Performers include:
Karen Shragg - Poetry
Emily Jarrett Hughes – Dance
Ross Fellrath – Flamenco Guitar
Carmelita Guse – Song and Ukulele
Chris Kozachok – Flamenco Dance
Vicki Joan Keck – Storytelling
Sarah Larsson – Women’s Songs
Cia Sautter – “Ha Gan” Dance

$10-$25 sliding scale, or pay-as-able.
Tickets on Eventbrite:

Hosted by Storydance Theatre, open stage curated by Cia Sautter.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Available on demand through Tuesday, February 9, 6:30pm CST
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

Cari Hatcher-, (612) 624-2345

In collaboration with Central Lakes Symphony Orchestra and Lakeland Mental Health, Twin Cities Ballet will perform to Tchaikovsky’s "Serenade for Strings" in an in-person and live stream performance.

The theme of the program is mental health, and TCB's performance focuses on the life of music composer Tchaikovsky, who struggled throughout his life with anxiety and depression.

Held at the Alexandria Area High School Performing Arts Center on Sunday, February, 7 2021 at 2:00pm.

Tickets: Free of charge and available at Cherry Street Books. Online live stream also available.

Alexandria Area High School Performing Arts Center | 4300 Pioneer Rd SE, Alexandria, MN 56308
Denise Vogt-, (952) 452-3163

FREE and open to the public; registration required.

Join us for an online community conversation with Ronald K. Brown and special guests that will explore both the aesthetic forms of Grace as a way of artistic expression and the human forms of grace as healing and empowerment.

Panelists will include Ronald K. Brown, Artistic Director of EVIDENCE; Dr. Jon Halberg, Director, Center for the Art of Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School; and additional artists and front-line workers.

Cari Hatcher-

FREE and open to the public.

See a recording of EVIDENCE's live performance of Ronald K. Brown’s famous, spiritually-charged masterpiece. Stay in the theater after the screening for a Q&A session with Brown.

Not rated by the MPAA
22 minutes

Q&A is an estimated 30 minutes.

Wednesday, February 17 at 6:30pm CST.

Cari Hatcher-

Premiere: Thursday, February 18, 7:00 pm CST
Available for streaming through 11:59pm on Thursday, March 4.

A online performance of mixed repertory including:

Celebrating its 35th anniversary, Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE’s body of work blends contemporary, African, Caribbean, and social dance forms to express spirituality, African-American and diaspora culture, and the beauty of movement in many forms. Grace, Brown’s breakout piece performed first by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater 20 years ago, is a joyous and moving ode to God’s love as dancers make a journey to the promised land, featuring music by Duke Ellington as well as Afro-Pop beats. A newly commissioned companion piece, Mercy, is an ethereal movement meditation that seeks to guide our hearts set to music by Meshell Ndegeocello, originally composed for the company with acoustic guitar and vibraphone.

Cari Hatcher-


The Beginning Doushin Butoh Workshop is designed to learn and experience the basic physical methods of Subbody Butoh Method and basic movements and meditation techniques of Spring Forest Qigong.

This workshop will focus on the essential aspects of Doushin Butoh:

- Quiet down daily consciousness and listen to the subtle sensations in our body
- Go beyond our physical, psychological and social bounds in order to create movements that are unique and authentic to our individual body
- Resonate with others
- Incorporate meditation through Spring Forest Qigong practice

Doushin Butoh 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 CST

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

Tuition: $135

Check out Doushin Butoh Channel:

Gadu Doushin-, (612) 703-7501

Analog Dance Works offers monthly contemporary dance workshops for advanced/professional dancers ages 18+.
This month will be held via Zoom; stay tuned for future workshop event locations.

These workshops are designed for the advanced/professional dancer of any background and explore technical and performance skills through imagery, spatial orientation, and detailed use of the kinesphere. All are welcome.

Suggested price is a sliding scale of $5-$15. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Email Brenna at for further information and to register.
Friday, January 29
5:15pm, CST

Registration deadline: one hour before workshop begins.


Build strength and stamina while having fun!

Young Dance and Push Fitness have teamed up to offer a family conditioning class for dancers and dance enthusiasts. This class, taught by Janine Watkins from Push Fitness, will introduce a conditioning regimen that will allow dancers the opportunity to build strength and stamina to complement their dance training and prevent injuries. Taught online through distance learning.

Join us on Fridays in February!
February 5, 12, 19, 26
For ages ten and older, families encouraged!

Families receive 1/3 off of tuition for each additional family member who joins.
Scholarships available. For scholarship information email

Our academic year programming runs 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

FREE and open to the public; registration required.

Tuesday, February 16
6:00pm CST

EVIDENCE’s community dance class strives to bring dancers of all ages and backgrounds together to participate in a fun and engaging movement class.

Featuring simplified steps from Brown’s blended style of contemporary, African and Caribbean dance styles, class begins with a warm-up and continues with movements that teach rhythm, using the body to express ideas. Themes of strength, prayer, and celebration are incorporated into the movement.

Participants should dress in loose-fitting clothing. No dance experience, level, or age requirement is needed–just an open heart.

Cari Hatcher-


Master teachers join our renowned faculty and local guest instructors to give professional instruction in a structured and focused setting. Ballet Royale's summer intensives are comprehensive day programs providing the finest professional instruction for all ages, for those students striving to reach their full potential.

To ensure safety and comfort for all, Summer 2021 auditions will be held both in-person and virtually. We will be offering two audition dates: January 31 and March 7.

Class size will be capped for both in-person and virtual auditions to ensure all dancers are seen fully by faculty. Video auditions will also be accepted.

Audition pre-registration is required, and there is a $25 non-refundable audition fee due at time of registration.

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

Threads Dance Project is seeking an ethnically diverse group of dancers ages 21 and older. Men, women, and gender fluid dancers encouraged to apply. Threads is seeking versatile dancers that are quick learners and are fluent in a variety of dance forms. Rehearsals begin March 1, 2021.

Auditions will be held in three time slots to accommodate small groups. An alternative audition format is available upon request.

Dancers must register for one audition time slot by Wednesday, January 20, 2021, as space will be limited.

To register, please follow this link:
Please upload your headshot and resume via the registration form.

Please come prepared to dance in a mask. Masks are REQUIRED in the building, and all other Covid-19 safety precautions will be strictly followed.

Please contact Karen Christ Aalgaard and visit for more information.

Threads Dance Nexus | 2213 Snelling Ave, Ste #100, Minneapolis, MN, 55404
Karen Christ Aalgaard-, (641) 512-7376


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.

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

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

For more information:

Erika Martin-

Tuesdays: Yorchhā Strong, 9:00am-9:30am CST
Wednesdays: Intro to Yorchhā, 6:30pm-7:30pm CST
Fridays: Intro to Yorchhā, 6:30pm-7:30pm CST
Sundays: Advanced Yorchhā, 3:00pm-4:00pm CST

To participate, email for the class link.

Suggested donation of $10-20 per class or sharing the class with friends and community.


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 on Zoom

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

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

Mixed Level Modern Dance
Saturday, 4:00-5:30pm on 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 through seven: Saturday, 10:00-10:45am
Zoom or outside, weather permitting. Contact Pam for info.

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

Pam Gleason-

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

10:00am: Modern: Presence in Movement with José A Luis (NEW)
5:30pm: Cardio Dance Jam with Ariel Linnerson

9:30am: gaga/people with Berit Ahlgren
5:30pm: Hip Hop with Arturo Miles
5:30pm: Beginning/Intermediate Ballet with Anne Lentz
7:00pm: Beginning Jazz with Allison Rubin-Forester

9:30am: Composition/Improvisation with HIJACK
5:30pm: Beginning Ballet with Lisa Erickson
7:00pm: Advanced Beginning Jazz with Jennifer Glaws

9:30am: Advanced Contemporary/Modern with Erin Thompson
5:30pm: Afro Modern with Roxane Wallace
7:00pm: Intermediate Modern with Dustin Haug (HYBRID)

10:00am: All Levels Jazz with Erinn Liebhard and Karla Grotting
12:00pm: Intermediate Ballet with Penny Freeh

9:00am: Yoga with Ariel Linnerson
9:00am: Musical Theatre Jazz with Dorian Brooke
10:15am: Tap with Dorian Brooke
12:00pm: Intermediate Contemporary with Ruby Smith (NEW)
12:00pm: Beginning 2 Ballet with Benjamin Johnson

Register online today!

Erika Martin-

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 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

Find community and connection through our virtual programming. Register today!

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. For 2020-21 class information and registration visit:

We can't wait to dance with you!

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 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

Based in rhythms from Africa and the diaspora, Afro-Modern Dance is a contemporary class where dancers explore full body expression rooted in West African, Caribbean, and American dance traditions. We will focus on wellness, community, improvisation, and fluidity across movement styles.

Afro-Modern, ages eleven and older—adults welcome!
Wednesday, 7:15-8:15pm

Our academic year programming runs 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

Join us for ongoing open classes!

CoMoCollective offers small group classes to keep artists moving safely together during this uncertain time. For safety, class sizes are limited, temperatures are taken upon entrance, and masks are required throughout class.

Pre-registration is required. Sign up:

Thursday, January 21: 10:00-11:30AM - Ballet with Sally Rousse and 11:30AM-12:00PM - Pointe with Sally Rousse

Saturday, January 23: 10:00-11:15AM - Contemporary with Elayna Waxse

Monday, January 25: 9:30-10:00AM - Pilates with Amanda Sachs -VIRTUAL ONLY and 10:00-11:30AM - Ballet with Genevieve Waterbury

Tuesday, January 26: 9:30-10:00AM Floorbarre with Sally Rousse and 10:00-11:30AM - Ballet with Sally Rousse

Thursday, January 28: 10:00-11:30AM Ballet with Sally Rousse

Saturday, January 30: 10:00-11:15AM Jazz with Erinn Liebhard - VIRTUAL ONLY

$15 class, $10 virtual class. Link will be sent prior to class.
Visit our website or Instagram @communitymovementcollective for updated information.

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

What is the GYROKINESIS® Method?
Do you know what a gyroscope is? It’s a spinning compass of sorts, where the axis moves in all orientations. Imagine moving your spine through arches and curls in many different orientations. Imagine a class based on yoga’s cat/cow but moving through greater range of motion and radiating through the limbs. Add to these circular pathways a rhythmic, strengthening breath.

Drop in to a Foundational class or a Level 1 Flow.
Class fee is a sliding scale, $5-20 via No one turned away for non-payment.
Reach out for more information, or visit my website.

60-minute GYROKINESIS® Method flow classes:

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

60-minute GYROKINESIS® Method foundations classes:

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

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

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


Winter/Spring term classes for young dancers begin this week! There is still space available in some of our in-person classes, and we are also offering an online option via Zoom.

Ballet Royale’s 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.

Please see our website for complete Covid-19 precautions.

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 Boys' Ballet program today!

Unique in Minnesota, this innovative program is designed specifically for boys. 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 is Minnesota's premier ballet academy for students of all ages! There is still limited space available in our in-person classes, and we offer a variety of virtual classes for all levels, from Creative Dance through our Pre-Professional Performance Track program and adult/teen classes.

We provide the best classical ballet training combined with cutting edge anatomical/physiological advances and knowledge in a healthy, nurturing and non-competitive environment.

To view our full offerings and Covid-19 precautions, please visit our website at or call us today.

We would love for you to come dance with us!

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

Join us for our adult/teen drop-in classes!

Dance is for everyone! Get your body moving and enjoy a variety of dance and conditioning classes, including Pilates.

You can join us in-person, or virtually via Zoom. All attending dancers must sign-in on MindBody. Class sign-in will close ten minutes before the class begins. Class size is limited to ten dancers for in-studio class.

276 E Lafayette Frontage Road, St. Paul, MN 55107
Zoe Henrot-, (651) 313-5967


Join ARENA DANCES each week for new episodes of Studio Stories, a podcast reminiscing on Twin Cities dance history. This week, Studio Stories features Gerry Girouard.

Currently merging improvisational ideas inspired from in-depth studies of modern dance, Argentine Tango and Capoeira, Gerry’s history in the Twin Cities is rich. Gerry initially danced with The Nancy Hauser Dance Company, and in 1990 transitioned into his own acrobatic style of dancing, creating many evening-length works. In 2017, Gerry co-founded 16 FEET with Lori Mercil and Becky Heist, a showcase for independent choreographers built on collaborative effort from all the participants.

Studio Stories will air each Thursday at noon with new guests joining the hosts to reminisce and share their memories and history with our dance scene.

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


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-