PERFORMANCES and EVENTS
Using the figure of Andy Warhol as an avatar to possess and move through, theater and scenic design artist Paul Herwig explores an artist's responsibility to address social upheaval in their time.
Starting with a "notorious" 1966 interview with the great American artist as the scaffolding upon which to peel away the surface artifice of art and reveal what's really going on, i want to change the subject, again becomes a metaphysical journey of reckoning and actualization.
Paul has created a performance/living digital mural/animation dj experience, originally for a live audience, which he hopes to remount post-pandemic, now online as a video to view.
To get the link and read some notes, visit: https://phstagedesign.weebly.com/i-want-to-change-the-subject-again.html
To skip the notes and get right to the video, visit: https://vimeo.com/502729460
Screening of Grace, followed by Q&A with Ronald K. Brown
2020-21 Northrop Film Series/Performance Preview
Wednesday, February 17, 6:30pm CST
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
Q&A estimated 30 minutes.
This film is presented in conjunction with Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE.
The Joyce Theater, Northrop, DanceCleveland and TRI-C Performing Arts present:
Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE– 35th Anniversary Season
Mixed repertory including:
Solo from Grace
"She is Here"
"Palo y Machete," solo from One Shot
Mercy - socially distanced version
Celebrating its 35th anniversary, Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE’s body of work blends contemporary, African, Caribbean, and social dance forms to express spirituality and African-American and diaspora culture, as well as the beauty of movement in many forms.
For this special online program, the company has assembled a selection of solos and duets from their repertory including the luminous solo from Grace, Brown’s breakout piece performed first by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater 20 years ago. The program also features a socially distanced version of Mercy, an ethereal movement meditation that seeks to guide our hearts set to music by Meshell Ndegeocello.
DIGITAL is a pixelated performance by Emily Michaels King that uses MacBook Pro, iPhone, and Zoom to explore identity and bloodline. This inventive and disorienting collage of camera curation, screen sharing, choreography, and image manipulation is an archival assemblage of memory and the detritus of one’s life, digital and otherwise. Made with and for the virtual realm, DIGITAL is bizarre and familiar, like swimming in the technicolor oil slick of our subconscious.
Each DIGITAL show is performed live via Zoom from Michaels King’s bedroom.
February 25-27 and March 4-6. All performances at 8:00PM CST.
For more information and tickets:
The RadioBody Project is a collaboration with local composer Mike Lauer exploring the jazz sensibilities and human toil and triumph embedded in the work of pioneering alt-electronic band Radiohead. Originally undertaken with a stage show at Amsterdam Bar & Hall in downtown St. Paul in mind, we’ve pivoted to offer a first iteration of the project as a screendance (filmed outdoors in beautiful rime ice-covered landscapes!), which we’re proud to premiere virtually with our home audience before submitting it to dance film festivals across the world!
A total of 100 Zoom webinar sign-ins are available for this event, which can be reserved here: http://radiobody.eventbrite.com/
A donation of $15-$20 per person watching is suggested, and can be made at our GiveMN page (linked at reservation page). 10% of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the scholarship fund of event partner Hopewell Music North.
Dance, jazz, and Radiohead fans alike, we hope you’ll join us for this event!
Screendance artist Kayla Schiltgen explores what happens when we listen to our innermost voice in her new work the I's have it.
Filmed in the dense forest of northern Minnesota, the setting creates a space equal to the depths of one's mind, challenging the dancer, cinematographer, and viewer to allow themselves to get lost, listen deeply, and perhaps find something new.
Sunday, February 28
Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-is-have-it-tickets-141461526233 to reserve tickets for this pay-as-able event.
The premiere will include a screening of the film followed by a Q and A with the artistic team.
Join us March 1 for a conversation about how the industry is doing and what its innovative individuals are doing! Intentionally opened ended, this conversation aims to create a space for dancers, choreographers, presenters, teachers, and arts administrators to connect with one another about how you’re doing, what’s inspiring you, what you’re working on, and how we can support one another in those endeavors.
Presented by ARENA DANCES and facilitated by Bobby Maher of WoolsMGMT, independent choreographer Pedro Pablo, and Dance/Movement Therapist Barbara Nordstrom-Loeb.
Monday, March 1, 12:00-2:00PM
Virtual via Zoom - come and go as needed.
FREE, donations welcome.
Please RSVP to receive Zoom link: https://bit.ly/3p1h48m
For more info, visit our Facebook event page!
The Dazzling Light of Sunset
2020-21 Northrop Film Series
Wednesday, March 10, 6:30pm CST
FREE and open to the public.
This documentary follows journalist Dariko and her sidekick Khaka as they report on local personalities and cultural events for a television station in a small town in the country of Georgia. The Dazzling Light of Sunset reveals a community forming an image of itself in its country’s chaotic process of transition from Soviet rule.
Not rated by the MPAA
1 hour, 14 minutes.
In Georgian with English subtitles
This film is presented in conjunction with The State Ballet of Georgia:
A New Dance Film by State Ballet of Georgia
Saturday, March 20
Northrop welcomes the artists of State Ballet of Georgia in an original film created especially with our audiences in mind. This online performance includes gala-style excerpts of ballet repertory, interviews with Artistic Director Nina Ananiashvili and featured dancers, and footage and history of the beautiful State Opera and Ballet Theatre and City of Tbilisi.
WORKSHOPS, INTENSIVES, MASTER CLASSES and OPEN HOUSES
Virtual course via Paragon Pilates and PT.
Friday, March 5: 4:00-8:00pm
Saturday, March 6: 10:00am-4:30pm
Sunday, March 7: 10:00am-4:30pm
ACE(Hours: 1.60 Course: CEP162110, Provider: )
PMA(Hours: 16 Course: 10338 , Provider: 100070)
Class fee: $549.00
Streaming video: $10.00
Reformer I includes an introduction to the Pilates Reformer, including set up and safety, beginning exercises, program 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.
One year experience teaching movement
20 Pilates Reformer classes completed
This one-day workshop is for people who want a first-time experience of Doushin Butoh. The essence of Doushin Butoh is “resonance,” an experience beyond idea or concept that can only be felt. In this class, students are guided in simple repetitive movements called conditioning. As students you will be guided into a movement meditation and experience the connection between your body, mind and the universe.
Come and experience the power of Resonance!
Next Doushin Butoh Experience: Thursday, March 25, 6:30-8:00pm
For more information visit our website at: https://doushinbutoh.com
AUDITIONS, JOBS and OPEN CALLS
Ballet Co.Laboratory is holding company auditions for the 2021/22 performance season.
We are seeking artists who are collaborative, creative, eager to learn, willing to grow on the job administratively, and interested in all aspects of arts administration. We are offering 34-week paid Apprentice and Company Artist contracts for the 2021/22 season, beginning in Fall 2021.
Send in an email with your cover letter, resume/CV, and an audition video to BCL Artistic Director, Zoé Henrot. Applications must be submitted by March 20, 2021.
Learn more and apply: http://bit.ly/CompanyAuditionsBCL.
Twin Cities Ballet is excited to offer students the opportunity to perform with TCB’s professional dancers in its production of The Ruby Slippers: A Wizard of Oz Ballet. The performance will be professionally filmed at Ames Center, edited, and prepared as a ticketed video production.
There will be a single production fee of $175.00, which includes the audition fee, production fee, and t-shirt. Due to limited space, students must pre-register by paying the production fee and submitting the registration form before the audition. Production fees are non-refundable, unless a dancer is not accepted into the production. There will be a mandatory Zoom parent meeting on Saturday, February 27 at 7:00pm.
Audition: Sunday, February 28
12:00-12:30pm: Preparation for Ballet, Youth Ballet I and II - ages 7+
12:45-1:30pm: Youth Ballet III and IV - ages 9+
1:45-3:00pm: Advanced Youth I and II - ages 11+
3:15-5:15pm: Prep for Performance Track and Higher - ages 13+
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.
March 7 is the last audition date. Class size is limited for both in-person and virtual auditions to ensure all dancers are seen fully by faculty. Video auditions will also be accepted.
Audition required for students ages nine and older for June's Spring into Summer and Male Dancer Intensive; Advanced Division II and Upper Division of the July Intensive; and the August Grand Prix Intensive.
12:00–1:30pm: ages nine and older, no pointe
5:00–7:00pm ages eleven and up, with pointe
5:00-6:45pm: ages eleven and up, with pointe
Audition pre-registration is required, and there is a $25 non-refundable audition fee due at the time of registration.
GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS and SCHOLARSHIPS
The application for McKnight Fellowships in Dance and Choreography is now open.
The final deadline is: Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at 3:00pm CST
Please plan to submit your application early.
The intent of this program is to recognize and support mid-career artists living and working in Minnesota who demonstrate a sustained level of accomplishment, commitment, and artistic excellence.
We will offer one final free Zoom webinar about the application materials and process – February 18 at 6:00pm. More information is posted to this newsletter with instructions on how to register for this session.
For guidelines and more information:
McKnight Fellowships for Dancers
McKnight Fellowship for Choreographers
McKnight Fellowships for Dance and for Choreographers will hold one more webinar for all interested applicants.
Thursday, February 18 at 6:00 pm
This session, led by Program Director Dana Kassel, will be accessed through Zoom. RSVP to [email protected], and you will be sent a link to enter the webinar via computer or smartphone.
This information session will focus on the application materials- the artistic statement, resume, and work sample. Participants will be able to ask questions via a chat feature or are encouraged to submit a question by email when you RSVP.
For information about the guidelines and eligibility, plus a detailed video about the online application process:
SERVICES and SPECIAL OFFERS FOR DANCERS
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: https://tinyurl.com/y2dj9f9d to apply.
Resource submitted by Dana Kassel.
Resources to Support the Minneapolis Protests:
Resource to End Police Violence in America:
Black-Led Arts Organizations to Support Now:
Our 1,480 square foot space has a professional grade speaker sound system, sprung floors, barres and mirrors, is ADA compliant, and has two gender neutral changing rooms. Its large windows and garage door allow for an abundance of natural light and fresh air.
A new ventilation system and thorough cleaning between each use are compliant with guidelines for Covid-19 preparedness plans. Face coverings are required at all times and our maximum studio capacity is 10 people, to allow for adequate distancing.
Conveniently located in the Seward neighborhood, we offer free parking and free side street parking. We are a five-minute walk from the Franklin Light Rail Station, and a 2-5 minute walk from nearest bus stops (lines 2, 9, 22, 67).
To request space, please email [email protected]. A nonrefundable deposit equal to one hour at the renter’s base rate is due to secure space.
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:
Don’t You Feel It Too? is the 13-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, February 23: 5:30-6:30PM - Open Practice online
Mobilize the spine through arches and curls in multiplie orientations. Strengthen your connection to your center, and develop a breath that reinforces that strength.
Drop in to a Foundational class on Sunday or Tuesday, or a Level 1 Flow on Monday or Friday.
Class fee is a sliding scale, $5-20 via http://paypal.me/nonedwards or by check. No one will be turned away for non-payment - your presence is valued.
Reach out for more information, or visit my website.
60-minute GYROKINESIS® Method flow classes:
60-minute GYROKINESIS® Method foundations classes:
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.
Join us for ongoing open classes!
CoMoCollective offers small group classes to keep artists moving safely together. For safety, in person class sizes are limited, temperatures are taken upon entrance, and masks are required throughout class. All classes are also offered virtually through MindBodyOnline.
Pre-registration is required. Follow the link to sign up!
Ballet, 10:00-11:30AM - Jake Lewis
Gaga, 10:00-10:50AM - Berit Ahlgren
Contemporary, 10:00-11:15AM - Scott Willits
Ballet, 10:00-11:30AM - Genevieve Waterbury
FloorBarre, 9:30-10:00AM - Sally Rousse
Ballet, 10:00-11:30AM - Sally Rousse
$15/class, $10/virtual class. Link sent prior to class.
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 http://www.motionartmn.org 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
Thursday, 4:30-5:45pm on Zoom
Mixed Level Modern Dance
Saturday, 4:00-5:30pm on Zoom
MotionArt focuses on nurturing children’s individual creativity while facilitating their understanding of the dance elements of space, time, and energy. Ages 3-5 explore these elements through playful, structured activities allowing them to expand their movement vocabulary, develop body awareness, and gain self-confidence. Ages 5-7 explore dance elements while being introduced to new movement skills and the creation of their own dances. Ages 7-12 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 http://www.motionartmn.org 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 to five: Friday, 12:00-12:30pm
Ages five to seven: Saturday, 10:00-10:45am
Zoom or outside, weather permitting. Contact Pam for info.
Ages seven to nine: Saturday, 11:00-11:45am
Ages ten to twelve: Friday, 3:00-4:00pm
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 http://www.cassandraschool.com 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://www.cassandraschool.com 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.
Join Alexa Lautenbach as she guides you through a functional and holistic movement practice. This practice is influenced by Traditional Chinese Medicine and western physical therapy exercises to prevent injury, create sustainability, and decrease pain. Classes are livestreaming, welcome to all people, and incorporate music to enhance the experience.
bodyART® is a non-religious, fully-functional training system, specifically designed to improve strength, cardiovascular endurance, and joint mobility, and achieve holistic balance, physically, psychologically and emotionally. Class is practiced barefoot and on a mat. All bodies are welcome. Created by Robert Steinbacher.
Sundays at 10:15am CST
Pay-as-able is available. Connect with Alexa Lautenbach at [email protected] for no charge classes or pay-as-able.
Tuesdays at 6:30pm CST
Live streaming at $10 and in-person for $15.
This offering is located at and streaming from Hothouse MPLS.
Moving Practice is a weekly class series for professional dancers. As a collective, we aim to offer classes that prioritize rigor, diversity of contemporary aesthetics, variety of class content, and commitment.
Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30AM at Saint Paul Ballet.
Jennifer Ilse - February
Joey Weaver - March
Morgan Thorson - April
Professional level dancers of all styles are welcome
About Jennifer’s classes:
Focusing on her applications of movement theater practices and dance floor work, class will draw from vocabularies in capoeira, yoga, gymnastics, Hawkins, and elemental approaches to dance and theatrical movement and text. Classes approach movement with a goal of balance - fluidity in strength and power in softness. Class is centered on breath and economy of movement.
Pre-registration required: https://www.arena-dances.org/class-payment/
Flexible pricing and free parking!
10:00am: Modern: Presence in Movement with José A Luis
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
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
10:15am: Youth Hip Hop - ages 6-9 with Erin Sheppard
11:00am: Youth Ballet - ages 6-9 with Kendall Kramer
12:00pm: Intermediate Contemporary with Ruby Smith
12:00pm: Beginning 2 Ballet with Benjamin Johnson
José's class focuses on being present through movement, thus empowering our individual bodies. Intention is the guiding theme in learning foreign choreography ranging from the “simple” to “complex”. You can expect: a check-in process for awareness, anatomically geared movement for a conscious body, and virtuoso phrase work for holistic placement of ourselves in the environment. We will also embody letting go of set structures as a daily practice in/out of class. Everyone welcomed.
Monday mornings, 10:00-11:00am
Registration is open through Zenon's MindBody portal and closes ten minutes before class.
Register online today!
Collide Theatrical Dance Company holds bi-weekly open adult classes. Classes are ongoing.
Ballet with Zachary Tuazon
Jazz with Regina Peluso
Please register in advance to secure your spot:
$15 in person.
Masks required in person. Free parking. ALL WELCOME. Supportive, inclusive and friendly environment.
Questions? Please call 651-395-7903.
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 10 minutes before the class begins. Class size is limited to ten dancers in-studio.
Learn more or sign up for a class here: https://bit.ly/AdultTeenBCL
Keane Sense of Rhythm is holding in person and virtual classes. Safety is our priority!
Youth classes include:
Beginning Tap, Level 1
Beginning Tap, Level 2
Keane Sense of Rhythm Youth Tap Ensemble - non-competitive, no competition fees or costumes! Great training in technique, choreography and improvisation.
Adult offerings include:
Tap Level I: Beginner
Tap Level II: Intermediate
Tap Level III: Intermediate/Advanced
Classes offered at:
Celtic Junction | 836 Prior Ave N, St. Paul, MN
and QC Dance Studios in Blaine, MN
The Threads Dance Nexus is a brand-new community hub that not only provides a home for the company but also strengthens the social fabric of our Minneapolis community through the connective power of dance.
The Threads Dance Nexus offers a variety of dance and movement classes including ballet, modern, jazz, yoga, and social dance. Our knowledgeable and diverse staff teaches with an anatomically-based approach to movement that honors the social and historical context of these various dance techniques.
Wednesday, 10:00-11:15am CST
Sunday, 2:00–3:15pm CST
Move BIG from home with Alternative Motion Project! Move and sweat in weekly online contemporary movement practices. Explore mobility, length, momentum, and 3-D expansion, while pushing the boundaries of a smaller space in an enlivening environment. Come as you are in the space that you have! Suitable for pre-professional/professional movers in nearly any size space.
Register at least 30 minutes prior to class. Zoom link will be sent to your email address within 24 hours of the class. You will need a Zoom account to access the practice.
This practice is offered on a sliding scale, $5-$15. Payments will directly support instructors. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds. Email [email protected] with questions.
Photo: V. Paul Virtucio
Join us for a music-based, history-infused hour of wrestling with and finding joy in jazz dance.
Erinn's approach to jazz dance emphasizes groove, interaction and improvisation, is inspired by both social and concert dance movement (particularly that with African diasporic roots), and is driven by jazz music: come get your groove on!
Drop-in students of all levels are welcomed to attend this class, which skews toward an intermediate to advanced level. Register at least ten minutes in advance of class at http://www.zenondance.org. Discounts available: email [email protected] to find out more.
We (teachers Erinn Liebhard and Karla Grotting) believe dancing helps us feel our most human, so come groove and recharge with us to keep getting out there to do good in the world!
A child and parent/caregiver creative movement class. This virtual workshop is designed for children (ages 2-4) and their parent/caregiver who are interested in a shared movement experience that engages the senses of curiosity and play. Both child and caregiver will participate in developmentally appropriate movement exercises that incorporate elements such as effort, shape, and tempo. Music will play an essential role in the class as students will be asked to respond to sounds as well as make sounds themselves. This class will give children and caregivers the opportunity to learn more about themselves and one another through the art form of dance.
Session 1: February 22 - April 3, six weeks
Session 2: April 19 - June 5, six weeks. No class on May 29.
Monday, 11:00-11:45am; Saturdays, 10:00
PC: Laura Kane Scher Photography
DANCE WRITING, REVIEWS and 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:
Stories are among our most potent tools. We need to unearth old stories that live in a place and begin to create new ones. All stories are connected, new ones woven from the threads of the old. —Robin Wall Kimmerer, paraphrased
Join ARENA DANCES each week for new episodes of Studio Stories, a podcast reminiscing on Twin Cities dance history. This week, Studio Stories features Penelope Freeh.
Dancer, choreographer, educator, and writer Penelope dismantles antiquated modes of how ballet is taught, languaged, applied in research terms, and expressed physically, intellectually, performatively, and at the gut level. Through her practice of expanding the terms and exploding the tropes of ballet, she aims to meaningfully connect with a diversity of dancers, collaborators, colleagues, students, and audiences.
Studio Stories will air each Thursday at noon with new guests joining the host! Visit http://www.arena-dances.org to listen, or check it out wherever you get your podcasts!