We are thrilled to announce that DanceMN will be launching a revamped website on March 17, 2021. As part of this change, we will need all submissions for the March 17 newsletter to be submitted by 6:00pm on Friday, March 12 (instead of the regular Monday deadline), to allow us time to transfer posts onto the new website.

Current accounts will be transferred to the new site, and users will receive an email to complete setup.

Stay tuned for more information about the new website! If you have any questions, email us at admin@dancemn.org.

DanceMN Steering Committee- admin@dancemn.org


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

Showing now: Barrage, 2004. Unknown and improvised structures interrupt predictable patterns. Made in response to another tumultuous event from 2001, it’s again time to ruminate on how our collective humanity can overcome great challenge.

Free for all to view on our website. Runtime: 29 minutes.

Grab some popcorn and a blanket! https://www.jsballet.org/jsbtv/

Eve Schulte- info@jsballet.org

Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE – 35th Anniversary Season
Available on demand through March 4

Mixed repertory including:
Solo from Grace
"For You"
"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, African-American and diaspora culture, and 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.

Cari Hatcher- Northrop@umn.edu

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:

Emily Michaels King- emilymichaelsking@gmail.com

Twin Cities-based dance company Katha Dance Theatre is excited to announce a virtual celebration of Saraswati Puja, a ceremonial event honoring Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of knowledge and the arts. The event traditionally involves a mixture of religious ritual and community performances of dance and music, and is often organized by students in a show of respect to their teachers and educators.

This year’s virtual event will stream on Vimeo starting at midnight on February 26, 2021. It will feature traditional Kathak performances by KDT’s company and students, who will be joined in performance by KDT Founder and Artistic Director Rita Mustaphi.

In addition to these dance performances, the event will also feature a talk by St. Olaf College Professor of Religion, Dr. Anantanand Rambachan, about Saraswati Puja’s contemporary significance.

Watch the free event here starting at midnight on February 26: https://vimeo.com/509956263.

Rita Mustaphi- info@kathadance.org

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 on the 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!


In their fifth year and fourth MIXTAPE performance, THE MIXTAPE Collective continues to celebrate and deepen their connection to the Street dance and musical communities of the Twin Cities. They search the intersections of individual and group narratives to intentionally work within what Angela Davis calls “a complex unity.”

THE MIXTAPE Collective honors vulnerability as a strength and resists a political landscape that would keep us apart. This type of non-hierarchical space is multi-directional and acknowledges the wisdom of different perspectives. This year’s performance is presented as a virtual, live-streaming experience meant to bring us together in the “Now.”

TICKETS: https://www.thecowlescenter.org/tickets

Ticket sales for virtual performances end two hours before the show begins. A ticket from this event will give you access to a virtual stream for this show.


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 at 2:00PM

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.

Kayla Schiltgen- kayla.schiltgen@gmail.com, (651) 353-6387

Are you curious about how other creative-minded people are dancing, creating and innovating during this time? Are you curious about what resources exist for the arts to continue moving forward?

Join us March 1 for a conversation about how the industry is doing and what the industry, and 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.

FLOOR WORK: How’s it Going?

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


On March 3, 100% of Indeed's proceeds will be donated to The Cowles Center!

And yes - online/delivery/pick up orders count! The Cowles Center is working on the perfect additions to kindle even more excitement about this beer-lover/dance-lover mashup - think koozies!

If you'd like to participate in Indeed We Can! with a visit to Indeed's outdoors seating area, AKA The Lot, don't forget to reserve your space ahead of time. Find out more, and review all of Indeed's health and safety requirements on their website: http://indeedbrewing.com

View the Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/242151364157094


Helen Hatch and Darrius Strong present their companies, Hatch Dance and STRONGmovement, in four masterful pieces which culminate in the premiere of H Y B R I D – a fusion of each company’s distinct choreographic aesthetics.

This performance is part of MERGES IN MARCH, which expands on The Cowles Center’s MERGE program to facilitate six nights of three inter-disciplinary and ground-breaking performances.

For just $25 (including fees) you can participate in the live stream premiere on Friday, March 5, featuring an audience Q&A with the artist and show creators. Or, choose to watch on your schedule between March 6-7 with an on demand ticket.

March 5: Livestream
March 6-7: On Demand
Get tickets: http://www.thecowlescenter.org/tickets

This is a virtual event. Ticket sales for virtual performances end two hours before the show begins.


The Light Returns!

It's time to let a little light into your night! Our dancers Helen, Renee, Salome Alexandra, Zahirah, and Cassandra shine brightly so grab your sunglasses!

Show begins on your screen at 6:00pm CT.
Approximate length is 75 minutes.
Reservations are $20! Only one reservation per household needed.
Payment in advance is required by 12:00pm CT in order to receive your Zoom invitation before the show starts at 6:00pm CT on Saturday, March 6, 2021.

Jenny Piper- genmanager@jawaahir.org, (612) 872-6050

The Dazzling Light of Sunset
Wednesday, March 10, 6:30 pm CST
Streaming online.
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, performing as part of the Northrop season Saturday, March 20 at 7:30 pm CDT (premiere), and available for streaming through Sunday, March 28. See our about that performance post below!

Cari Hatcher- northrop@umn.edu

Things we can do right now? SOLOS. Three JSB dancers will present solos made in collaboration with James, and share a bit about the context, process, and inspiration behind each. We are joined by videographer V Paul Virtucio, to infuse a little more three-dimensionality to the program and to bring our home studio home to you!

March 12 features Chloe Duryea, Andrew Lester, and Da’Rius Malone.

This is a LIVE event! Free for all to view online at our JSBTV page. The show starts at 7:00pm, and we anticipate a run time of around one hour.

We welcome your questions or feedback, and will conclude the evening by responding to your input!

Eve Schulte- info@jsballet.org

Merges in March - Week Two

Bring it down under your feet is Penelope Freeh and Alanna Morris-Van Tassel’s first collaboration. “We’ve connected through the poetry of Rumi, valuing process and output equally, sharing hearts and time in the studio and on Zoom. Researching our lived experiences through the lens of shared and respective grief, we aspire to empower radical transformation from the inside out.” - Freeh and Morris-Van Tassel

The creators bookend their duet with two original solos, Black Light re: search and Penelope – a cabaret.
This program engages mature content and may not be suitable for children under the age of 16.

March 12: Livestream
March 13-14: On Demand
Tickets: http://www.thecowlescenter.org/tickets

This is a virtual event. Ticket sales for virtual performances end two hours before the show begins.


Merges in March - Week Three

Give Ear from Berit Ahlgren and Nathan Keepers was a dance/theater collaboration that investigated the act and art of listening.

It was set to premiere live in March of 2020. A year later after shutdowns, lockdowns, protests for justice, election, insurrection, inauguration, transition, and profound loss, the piece is being reinvented. A new dance/theater film that looks back on what was never seen, only to question, pursue, refine, throw away and start over. Give Ear continues on a new path to investigate what it means to listen and what happens if we listen a lot more.

For just $25 you can participate in the live stream premiere on Friday, March 19, featuring an audience Q&A with the artist and show creators. Or, choose to watch on your schedule between March 20-21 with an on demand ticket.

March 19: Livestream
March 20-21: On Demand
Tickets: http://www.thecowlescenter.org/tickets

This is a virtual event. Ticket sales for virtual performances end two hours before the show begins.


The State Ballet of Georgia
Saturday, March 20, 7:30pm CDT (premiere),
Available through Sunday, March 28
Online performance

A new dance film by State Ballet of Georgia

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. Ballets featured in the film will include Laurencia, premiered in 1939 by Vakhtang Chabukiani, a famed and beloved choreographer born in Tbilisi; Sagalobelli, a 2007 ballet choreographed to Georgian folk melodies by Vladimir Possokhov; Leonid Lavrovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, which was the first full version choreographed to Prokofiev’s score; and a taste of the State Ballet of Georgia’s Giselle which had been planned for this time period.

Cari Hatcher- northrop@umn.edu


Dancing Together
Virtual only.

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, 10:00-10:45am
Tuition: 85.00

Photo courtesy of TU Dance.

TU Dance Center | 2121 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN
Maxine Yamazaki- education@tudance.org, (612) 605-1925

Start your weekend right with some sweaty 90s-style Modern. We will also be visiting Brenna's new project which is being developed in collaboration with UMN's Outreach for Science and Art Group.

This workshop is offered hybrid style: both in person and via Zoom!

If you are ready to get back in the studio, class will be held at the Threads Dance Nexus. Free parking lot and street parking, a two minute walk from the Franklin Light Rail Station, and 2-5 minute walk from the nearest bus stops lines 2, 9, 22, 67. Class size is limited to nine! Contact Brenna in advance to reserve your spot.

Or join us via Zoom! Contact Brenna no later than one hour before class to get the link.

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.

Suggested price: sliding scale $5-$15. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. All are welcome here!

Threads Dance Nexus | 2213 Snelling Ave, Ste #100, Minneapolis, MN, 55404

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
Manual: $50.00
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
Movement Principles
20 Pilates Reformer classes completed

Cari Riis Stemmler- cari@paragonpilatespt.com, (952) 405-9765

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
Tuition: $20

For more information visit our website at: https://doushinbutoh.com

Gadu Doushin- gadu@doushinresonance.com, (612) 703-7501


The Fox & Beggar Theater is attempting to take its latest show on a safe, fully-outdoor tour over four weeks this September through Minneapolis, Madison, Milwaukee, Chicago, and Detroit! We are hiring radical dancers, performers, clowns, and rabble-rousers with a thirst for disruption.

Here’s the set-up:

In the sin-ridden town of Absalom, two demonic robber barons play a very strange game of chess for very high stakes, taking audience members through six unique vignettes (the Dance of the Pawns, Knights, Bishops, etc). Packed with physical antics, puppetry, song, dance, a live Spaghetti Western band, and a barrage of Faulkner references; Goodnight, Absalom! examines the big business of cultural polarization in America with a uniquely dark wit.

Cast members will safely live in residency for two weeks in late August, learning and rehearsing the show before taking it on the road in a fully-converted 18' mobile theater. Performances will be all-ages, free, and open to the public.

Nat Allister- nat@foxandbeggar.com, (952) 237-3759

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.

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


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.

For guidelines and more information:

McKnight Fellowships for Dancers

McKnight Fellowship for Choreographers


Dana Kassel, Program DIrector- McKFell@theCowlesCenter.org


TU Dance Center is available for rental when not in use by the professional company or school.

TU Dance Center features:

Reception area and front desk for check-in or event use, access to adjacent dressing room and green room with kitchenette are available upon request, large windows providing ample natural light in both studios.

Both studios: sprung dance floor with Marley-type surface by Harlequin, wall of mirrors, portable ballet barres units 10′ in length, room-level sound system with CD and mini-jack inputs, 50' LCD TV cart for presentation and videoconferencing.

Studio 1 only: a curtain that can be drawn on entire mirror, wall-mounted ballet barres of 27′ and 33′.

Studio 1: 60′x34′
Studio 2: 46’x21′

To inquire about availability and pricing, please visit:

Photo Credit: Laura Kane Scher Photography

TU Dance Center | 2121 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN
Connor Simone- info@tudance.org, (612) 605-1926

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 dancenexus@threadsdance.org. A nonrefundable deposit equal to one hour at the renter’s base rate is due to secure space.

Threads Dance Nexus | 2213 Snelling Ave, Ste #100, Minneapolis, MN, 55404
Karen Christ Aalgaard- dancenexus@threadsdance.org, (612) 354-3978

Resources to Support the Minneapolis Protests:

Resource to End Police Violence in America:

Black-Led Arts Organizations to Support Now:

DanceMN Steering Committee- admin@dancemn.org

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.

Non Edwards, DanceMN Editor- news@dancemn.org


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- info@zenondance.org

Mobilize the spine through arches and curls in multiple 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: http://www.nonedwards.com.

60-minute GYROKINESIS® Method flow classes:

Mondays, 10:30am: https://zoom.us/j/597696618
Fridays, 10:30am: https://zoom.us/j/556949877

60-minute GYROKINESIS® Method foundations classes:

Sundays, 10:30am: https://zoom.us/j/637871744
Tuesdays, 6:00pm: http://zoom.us/j/85360225028

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.


Let loose your love of ballet!

Lisa’s ballet classes, crafted to naturally move students to be both grounded and ‘up on their legs’, are focused on strengthening students’ mindset, encouraging and facilitating the expression of their own unique style, and, most importantly, having fun doing so! The end result: lots of fun and the expansion of each student’s full potential!

All classes are offered on a sliding scale of 5-$15.

Thursdays, 5:30-6:45pm: Intermediate
Sundays, 1:30-3:00pm: Slow Intermediate
Mondays, 5:30-6:45pm: Beginning 2

Lisa Erickson- lisamerickson606@gmail.com, (763) 486-9731

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

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

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

Pam Gleason- pamgleason@msn.com

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 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 3-5: Friday, 12:00-12:30pm

Ages 5-7: Saturday, 10:00-10:45am
Zoom or outside, weather permitting. Contact Pam for info.

Ages 7-9: Saturday, 11:00-11:45am

Ages 10-12: Friday, 3:00-4:00pm

Pam Gleason- pamgleason@msn.com

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!

February 25:
Ballet and Pointe, 10:00-11:30AM, 11:30AM-12:00PM - Sally Rousse

February 26:
Mat Pilates, 10:00-10:50AM - Amanda Sachs

February 27:
Broadway Jazz, 10:00-11:30AM - Andrea Mislan

March 1:
Ballet, 10:00-11:30AM - Heather Cadigan Brockman

March 2:
FloorBarre, 9:30-10:00AM - Sally Rousse
Ballet, 10:00-11:30AM - Sally Rousse

March 4:
Ballet, 10:00-11:30AM- Jeffrey Hankinson

For more information visit our website or instagram @communitymovementcollective.

$15/class, $10/virtual class. Link sent prior to class.

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

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

Mondays through Fridays, 9:30am-11am CT.
Ballet unless noted otherwise.

Monday: Chloe Duryea
Tuesday: James Sewell
Wednesday: Eve Schulte
Thursday: JSB Artist in rotation
Friday: James Sewell

Sliding scale, $5-15. Visit http://www.jsballet.org/classes to connect.

Eve Schulte- info@jsballet.org

Ananya Dance Theatre’s Shawngram Institute for Performance & Social Justice offers the following classes online:

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

Yorchhā is Ananya Dance Theatre’s trade-marked contemporary technique that intersects principles of vinyasa yoga, classical Indian dance form Odishi (from the eastern Indian state of Odisha) and martial art form Chhau (also from Odisha).

Classes are donation based. We suggest $10-20 per class but please donʻt let financial limitations stop you from participating. Another way to contribute is by sharing information about the classes on your social media or inviting people in your orbit to take class with you!


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 Josephine Smith
12:00pm: Beginning 2 Ballet with Benjamin Johnson

Erika Martin- info@zenondance.org

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. Professional level dancers of all styles are welcome.

Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30AM at Saint Paul Ballet

Upcoming Teachers:
Joey Weaver - March
Morgan Thorson - April

About Joey’s classes:
Riding the wave, whether it's mentally easing one's expectations ("go with the flow") or physically following momentum, that metaphor relates to a practice in many ways. Under that current, my class will mainly consist of phrase work centered in the sensations of physics, influenced by all the forms I've trained in - so let's call it contemporary, as well as improvisatory investigations. My intention is to create a space of research, rather than performance.

Pre-registration required: https://www.arena-dances.org/class-payment/
Flexible pricing and free parking!

Saint Paul Ballet | 655 Fairview Ave N, St. Paul, MN

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.

Saturday, February 27: 12:00 - 1:15PM - BIPOC Practice online

Saturday, February 27: 12:00 - 1:15PM - White Bodies Practice online

Tuesday, March 2: 5:30PM - 6:30PM - Open Practice online

Asher Edes- asher@dyfit.org

Our Spring session starts next Monday, March 1. Register today! Young Dance will offer select classes in a hybrid format, with both in-person and online options for participation for the Spring session, March 1-May 22. Young Dance is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all our teachers, dancers, and families. Classes that are transitioning to hybrid are marked on the Registration Calendar (link below).

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.

For Spring session class information and registration visit: https://register.youngdance.org/classes/calendar-day?_=1613756900617

We can't wait to dance with you!

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

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 22, 2021.

For 2020-21 class information and registration visit: https://register.youngdance.org/classes/calendar-day?_=1613756900617

Young Dance | Fairview Business Center, 655 Fairview Ave N, St. Paul, MN 55104
Jennifer Glaws- jennifer@youngdance.org, (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 22, 2021.

For 2020-21 class information and registration visit: https://register.youngdance.org/classes/calendar-day?_=1613756900617

Young Dance | Fairview Business Center, 655 Fairview Ave N, St. Paul, MN 55104
Jennifer Glaws- jennifer@youngdance.org, (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 22, 2021.

For 2020-21 class information and registration visit: https://register.youngdance.org/classes/calendar-day?_=1613756900617.

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

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.

276 E Lafayette Frontage Road, St. Paul, MN 551072
Zoe Henrto- info@balletcolaboratory.org, (651) 313-5967

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.

To learn more, please visit our website at http://www.threadsdance.org/nexus/ or email us at dancenexus@threadsdance.org.

Rae Charles Harge- dancenexus@threadsdance.org, (612) 354-3978

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 time.

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 alternativemotionproject@gmail.com with questions.

Photo: V. Paul Virtucio


Join us for a music-based, history-infused hour of wrestling with and finding joy in jazz dance, this week exploring with Erinn Liebhard how it feels to move to pop and rock songs that have been given the jazz treatment!

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 erika@zenondance.org 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!

Erinn Liebhard- ekliebs@gmail.com


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- admin@dancemn.org

Ananya Dance Theatre has launched a new online and in-person (when possible) series, Documents of Our Times: Artists Talking Craft, Vision, Values, Inspiration, hosted by the Shawngram Institute for Performance & Social Justice.

The series, sometimes live, sometimes pre-recorded, and sometimes both, will be available on the company’s website and social media accounts on Vimeo, Facebook, and Twitter.

First-up in the series is a discussion with artists Orlando Zane Hunter, Jr. and Ricarrdo Valentine from Brother(hood) Dance. You may recognize Hunter, who has performed with ADT during the past decade. Recorded February 13, 2021 at the Shawngram Institute for Performance & Social Justice, Saint Paul, Minnesota. 26:35. © 2021 Ananya Dance Theatre:

Closed captioning and ASL are not available at this time. We acknowledge that this conversation is not accessible to some people as we rely on spoken, visual, and digital delivery tools.


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

Paula Mann’s journey took her from Appalachian roots to the Detroit teenage runaway, through Kent State in the 1970's, to NYU and the downtown dance scene of the 1980's. She studied Humphrey/Limon technique, Hawkins technique, and Cunningham with Merce Cunningham. Her first concert of choreography was produced at the Merce Cunningham Studio in 1980 and later that year she co-founded Dudek/Mann + Dancers. Mann moved to the Twin Cities in 1987, and has since created 50 new works and is co-artistic director of TIME TRACK PRODUCTIONS with visual artist Steve Paul. She was full time faculty at the University of Minnesota Department of Theater and Dance from 1993-2013 and is a 2019/2020 McKnight Fellow in Choreography.

Studio Stories will air each Thursday at noon - listen on our website or wherever you find your favorite pods!