Concerto Dance presents The Adventures of Peer Gynt, a new theatrical jazz dance work that follows the story of the self-absorbed Peer Gynt in search of meaning and significance through his wild adventures, only to return home to realize he wasted his life searching for something he already had… the love he was longing for.

Don’t miss this spin on a classic tale set in the American jazz era told through Concerto’s signature style of theatrical and classical jazz dance, featuring Doug Hooker playing the role of Peer Gynt, Rush Benson in the role of Death, and Betsy Nelson playing Solveig, along with the full company of Concerto Dance.

Thursday, May 16 at 7:30pm – Preview Performance, pay-what-you-can
Friday, May 17 at 7:30pm
Saturday, May 18 at 2:30pm and 7:30pm

Tickets: $25-$30 – on sale now.
Run time: 60 minutes with no intermission.

All ticket holders to this weekend’s performance can attend our open company class at the Bloomington Center for the Arts on Saturday, May 18 for free! This week’s class is Jazz Funk Emphasis.

Jazz Funk Emphasis – Age 14+
Open Level: 9:00-10:00am
Intermediate/Advanced: 10:00-11:30am

Location Info

Black Box Theater
Bloomington Center for the Arts
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN 55431

website

Contact Info

Jolene Konkel
info@concertodance.com

Analog Dance Works presents: The Awe Factor

World premiere!
May 16-19 at the TEK BOX Theater

This work, choreographed by Artistic Director Brenna Mosser, interweaves single-use plastic waste with the science of awe. In this fantastical and surreal world, 10 dancers examine how we access awe, what we do when we are confronted by it, and how we can harness this emotion to better our collective lives.

Portions of choreography presented in The Awe Factor were commissioned by Threads Dance Project for their Tapestries 7.0 program and by Alternative Motion Project for their Tenth Season Performance.

Thursday, May 16 at 7:30pm
Friday, May 17 at 7:30pm – post-show reception
Saturday, May 18 at 7:30pm
Sunday, May 19 at 2:00pm – post-show talkback

Tickets: $15-$30, pay as able.

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.

Location Info

TEK BOX Theater
528 Hennepin Ave
Second Floor
Minneapolis, MN 55403

website

Contact Info

Brenna Mosser
director@analogdanceworks.org

Join us for TU Dance’s annual Spring Showcase featuring students from The School at TU Dance Center and dancers from CULTIVATE, A Trainee Program. The program will include CULTIVATE trainees’ self-choreographed solos as well as a work entitled “A Voyage in 4” by Christopher Ralph which premiered at the 2023 Winter Showcase. Students from the Children and Teen and the Pre-Professional Programs will share technique demonstrations in modern, ballet, hip hop, and African dance as well as perform in works by TU Dance Center teaching artists Daonna Lewis, Sa’Nah Britt, Davente Gilreath, Laurel Keen, and Gabrielle Abram (CULTIVATE Trainee). Please join us in celebrating these inspiring dancers and their dedication!

Friday, May 17 at 7:00pm  
Saturday, May 18 at 1:00pm and 6:00pm
Sunday, May 19 at 1:00pm

Matinee Performances will include all students from the Children and Teen Program (except Creative Movement), Pre-Professional Program, and CULTIVATE.

Evening Performances will include the Teen, Pre-Professional Program, and CULTIVATE.

Purchase Tickets
General admission. In-person only.
$20 Adults
$10 Children 3 and Under

Location Info

Barbara Barker Center for Dance
500 21st Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

website

Contact Info

Abdo Sayegh-Rodriguez
info@tudance.org
651-724-9708
Dancer in white with planets.

Explore the world of childlike wonder and re-discover a timeless classic with The Little Prince. Immerse yourself in the magical journey of a young prince from a distant planet as they discover the mysteries of life, love, and friendship. 

Ballet Co.Laboratory’s adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s beloved novella will transport you to a realm where the appreciation of life’s simple joys is reclaimed. This unforgettable production will touch the hearts of both young and old, reminding us of the profound life lessons we may have forgotten along the way. 

Choreographed by: Zoé Emilie Henrot
Performed by: The Company Dancers of Ballet Co.Laboratory & the students of The School of Ballet Co.Laboratory

Friday, May 17 at 7:00pm
Saturday, May 18 at 2:00pm
Saturday, May 18 at 7:00pm
Sunday, May 19 at 2:00pm

Location Info

E.M. Pearson Theatre
312 Hamline Ave N
Concordia University Campus
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55104
651.313.5967
website

Contact Info

Rachel Koep
rkoep@balletcolaboratory.org
651.313.5967

This year (well, the very end of 2023, to be exact) marks 40 years of Red Eye’s existence! 40 years of developing, nurturing, incubating, questioning, proposing, experimenting, iterating, world-making, and sharing new performance work. We’re taking a moment to celebrate all of you, to celebrate these eras, and to usher in the next.

Please join us on Friday, May 17! Come and enjoy:

  • 40 one-minute performances imagining Red Eye’s past, present, and future!
  • Dance floor activated by DJ Vinyl Lite!
  • Memories and reminiscences from across the decades of Red Eye’s history!
  • Signature beverages and classic snacks!
  • A silent auction featuring experiences contributed by the Red Eye community: bodywork and somatics, food and other pleasures, creative experiences, and more!
  • A special announcement regarding Red Eye’s space and opportunities to support!
  • Gathering with the key people who have been part of Red Eye’s community over the past decades, and the decades to come!

Location Info

Red Eye Theater
2213 Snelling Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404

website

Contact Info

Emily Gastineau
emily@redeyetheater.org
Alexandra Bodnarchuk crouches in a TMORA gallery near Zoran Mojsilov's sculpture, Tree Rings

Join us for a unique experience in the museum as one remarkable local artist activates the work of another. Choreographer Alexandra Bodnarchuk presents a short original work she created in conversation with the sculptures of Zoran Mojsilov’s exhibition, Dry Neck of the Pig and Other Curios. This program explores the concept of dance as embodied gallery interpretation, inviting museum visitors to experience a different mode of engagement with visual art.

Saturday, May 18
12:00pm, 2:00pm, and 3:00pm

Tickets are included in admission to the museum.
$0-14: free for members and children; $5 for students; $14 for adults; $12 for seniors.

Alexandra Bodnarchuk is a Carpatho-Rusyn American choreographer and cultural activist based in Minneapolis, MN. As the Artistic Director and choreographer for Doma Dance Theater, Bodnarchuk creates original works for the stage and screen that draw together her ethnic heritage with contemporary movement practices. Centering the body as a tangible site of culture, Bodnarchuk explores questions of self-expression, community, dispossession, and cross-cultural identity through works that range from solo pieces to evening-length group performances. By amplifying her ethnic heritage and probing the connections among the Carpatho-Rusyn experience and diasporic communities around the world, Bodnarchuk offers a potent invitation to rediscover the unrecognized histories embedded in each of us. Learn more

The Museum of Russian Art (TMORA), an independent American organization, promotes understanding of the art, people, and culture of Muscovite Russia, the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union and its former republics through outstanding exhibitions, cultural presentations, and educational programs serving the people of Minnesota and the nation. The Museum upholds an independent voice and the freedom of expression to carry out its mission unconstrained by influence from foreign governments, political actors and/or corporate or individual interests. Learn more

Location Info

The Museum of Russian Art
5500 Stevens Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55419
612.767.4501
website

Contact Info

Kelly McKay
kmckay@tmora.org
612.767.4501

FLAMENCO X TANGO featurying Scott Mateo Davies, singer Rachel Milloy, and ROGUE TANGO.

Twin Cities Flamenco Collective invites the Twin Cities Argentine Tango community to celebrate the convergence of two beautiful art forms, flamenco and Argentine Tango. Bridging the two worlds is guest flamenco guitarist Scott Mateo Davies, founder and musical director of ROGUE TANGO, a four-person ensemble dedicated to impassioned interpretations of Argentine Tangos, past and present. Singer and percussionist Rachel Milloy will return to perform with both groups.

Sunday, May 19 at 5:00pm

Set 1: FLAMENCO
Featuring guests Scott Mateo Davies & Rachel Milloy, with TCFC members Ross “El Vecino”, Eva Makiko and La Gracia

Set 2: TANGO
Music by ROGUE TANGO and Rachel Milloy, featuring Twin Cities area Tango dancers

Location Info

Icehouse MPLS
2528 Nicollet Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55404
612-276-6523
website

Contact Info

Eve Laabs
tcflamencocoll@gmail.com

A cornerstone of the Twin Cities arts landscape, Red Eye’s New Works 4 Weeks Festival is an annual gathering for inter/anti/transdisciplinary performance. Each year, a cohort of ten artists develops new performance works that cross disciplines of dance, theater, and music, pushing artistic form and interrogating the contemporary world. The 2024 festival contains a throughline of futurisms, bringing together many lineages and approaches to imagine how we might be otherwise.

May 23-June 15, 7:00pm
May 23-25: Works-in-Progress – Juliet Irving, Sonny Dee, 陳璐 / Lu, Parisha Rajbhandari, Katie Ka Vang
May 30-June 1: Noelle Awadallah, Or (Laura) Levinson
June 6-8: Masanari Kawahara, Benny Olk
June 13-15: Marcela Michelle, Dameun Strange

Tickets: $15-50 sliding scale

Location Info

Red Eye Theater
2213 Snelling Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404

website

Contact Info

Emily Gastineau
emily@redeyetheater.org

Celebrate National Tap Dance Day with Keane Sense of Rhythm at Como Park Pavilion.

Local talent welcome to participate!

Join us for free Tappy Hour class:
1:00pm: Adults
1:30pm: Kids

Performances:
2:00-5:00pm
Free to the public

Raffle tickets and refreshments available for purchase.

Contact Info

Cathy Wind
Cathy@tapcompany.org
6129861944
Zenon Dance Zone

Zenon Dance Zone Spring Showcase and MN Made Benefit tickets are now available! Come see Zone choreographers Anna Pinault, Benjamin Johnson, Roxane Wallace, and Mary Willmeng’s vibrant new works brought to life by the Zenon Zone dancers. 

Immerse yourself in the magic of local dance and support a great cause. By joining us after the performance on May 31 for our first MN Made Benefit, you are directly contributing to Zenon Dance School‘s adult and youth programs and making a significant difference.

Together, we play a vital role in the Twin Cities’ vibrant dance scene, and this showcase celebrates our dance community. As we explore new material and share choreographer voices with you, Zenon Dance School is proud to be part of 41 years of dance performance, education, outreach, and community. Join us and be a part of the Zone program that welcomes dancers and choreographers of all levels and provides a unique and supportive community for their journey. Get ready to groove with us!

Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1 at 7:30pm in the TEK BOX.

Friday, May 31
MN Made Benefit following the performance
$10 show only. $25 show and benefit.

Saturday, June 1
Pay-as-able, Suggested donation of $10.

On demand viewing available June 5-12, registration required.

Location Info

TEK BOX
Hennepin Center for the Arts
528 Hennepin Ave, Second Floor
Minneapolis, MN 55403
6123381101
website

Contact Info

Zenon Dance School
info@zenondance.org
6123381101

Experience unique storytelling through ballet performance, choreography, solo piano and two-piano works, and the world premiere of an original composition. Award-winning choreographer Yuki Tokuda will showcase her choreography presented in a program inspired by Japanese folklore, “The Legend of the Feathered Robe – 羽衣伝説,” featuring a new work created especially for this project by internationally recognized composer Asako Hirabayashi.

Program

  • “The Legend of the Feathered Robe” by Asako Hirabayashi – world premiere
  • “The Firebird” by Igor Stravinsky
  • “Signes de Blanc” by Edison Danisov – presented under license from G. Schirmer Inc. and Associated Music Publishers, copyright owners
  • “Daphnis et Chloé Suite No.2” by Maurice Ravel

Artists
Choreographer: Yuki Tokuda
Dancers: Andrew Lester and Yuki Tokuda
Pianists: Rie Tanaka and Koki Sato

Saturday, June 1
2:00pm

This show is free to the public, but please register ahead of time for arts board verification of audience attendance.

Yuki Tokuda is a fiscal year 2023 recipient of a Creative Support for Individuals grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Location Info

Sundin Music Hall
Hamline University
1531 Hewitt Ave
St. Paul, MN 55104

website

Contact Info

Yuki Tokuda
yuki.tokuda@hotmail.com

Saturday, June 1
12:00-2:00pm
RSVP is appreciated.

This June Floorwork will continue the March 4, 2024 Dance Town Hall conversation with emphasis on creating a specific advocacy group for the dance community! Please come prepared with developmental needs and action steps in response to the recent survey, March 4 Dance Town Hall, and previous Floorwork discussions.

Floorwork: a communal conversation and shared meal. 
Conversation will be held over a communal meal – bring your own dish to share in our potluck! ARENA DANCES will supply beverages, plates, napkins, and utensils. Floorwork was developed to hold conversations, knowledge-sharing, and a supportive space for dance artists and people who like to move. Attendees are asked to fill out a new RSVP form for each monthly Floorwork event.

Can’t attend, but would like to join in the conversation?
Join us via Zoom
Meeting ID: 828 9636 5545
Passcode: 341960

Location Info

The Arena
711 W. Lake Street
Studio 308
Minneapolis, MN 55408
6128040238
website

Contact Info

Mathew Janczewski
arenadances@gmail.com

BRKFST Dance Company presents two wildly different works of art in celebration of their 10-year anniversary. BRKFST continues to “show us the future of dance” (Star Tribune) with STORMCLUTTER, a world premiere co-commissioned by The Cowles Center and Northrop, with composition by company member Renée Copeland. Their unique style of breaking and storytelling shines through in a restaging of Dancers, Dreamers, and Presidents by composer Daniel Bernard Roumain. 

STORMCLUTTER is an exploration of relationships and ongoing efforts to resolve opposing states of interpersonal tension. Misunderstanding, compassion, resentment, egoism, love, loss, betrayal—moving through or attempting to compartmentalize complex dynamics between family and friends and the emotional baggage collected over time becomes an overwhelming task, while maturation requires people to accept that which they cannot change. BRKFST members illustrate the efforts individuals may take when working to resolve the inner chaos that triggers feelings of dissociation, paralysis, and isolation.

BRKFST interprets Dancers, Dreamers, and Presidents as a commentary on American life that is filled with a mix of ambition, passion, blame, justice, hope, and love. And while this country is deemed the “land of the free,” it is riddled with systemic problems that seem impossible to overcome. For many, the “American Dream” remains just that—a dream.

Saturday, June 8, 7:30pm
Sunday, June 9, 2:00pm

Rescheduled from April 27-28 at The Cowles Center.

Location Info

The Walker Art Center
725 Vineland Pl
Minneapolis, MN 55403
6123757600
website

Contact Info

Gabrielle Jore
northrop@umn.edu
6126242345

One year after its official launch, Amez Dance is proud to present its debut production choreographed by Nieya Amezquita with an original music score composed by internetjunkhound:

De Mi Corazón is a love letter to the black family, specifically black fatherhood, created to explore the complexities and nuanced dynamics in the African American community. Because only through reflection and empathy can we begin to truly appreciate the intricacies of our familial connections and heal from the traumas of the past.

In addition to the performance of De Mi Corazón, Amez Dance will feature a new work from guest choreographer, Javan Mngrezzo. Connect during a post show Q&A after the June 15 performance.

Friday, June 14 and Saturday, June 15 at 7:30pm.

$25, with a pay what you can performance on June 15.

Location Info

The Southern Theater
1420 S. Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55454

website

Contact Info

Nieya Amezquita
namezquita97@gmail.com

JSB performs as special guests with the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus, June 21 and 22, 7:30pm.

Step into a world of inclusivity, artistry, and self-expression with This is Me, a captivating concert experience brought to you by the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus (TCGMC) with special guests. Set against the majestic backdrop of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, this event promises to be a celebration of diversity, acceptance, and the transformative power of music.

James Sewell Ballet is thrilled to be performing as special guests in Every BODY, a groundbreaking commission led by TCGMC featuring over 200 singers on stage and professional dancers, exploring the complexities of body image, identity, and self-acceptance.  From the graceful movements of a dancer to the soaring melodies of a choir in harmony, Every BODY celebrates the inherent worth and dignity of every individual. It challenges societal norms and embraces the idea that our bodies are not something to be ashamed of, but rather, gifts to be cherished and celebrated.

For more information about this inspiring collaboration, click here.

Purchase tickets.

Location Info

St. Andrew's Lutheran
900 Stillwater Rd
Mahtomedi, MN 55115
612-672-0480
website

Contact Info

Deirdre Murnane
deirdre@jsballet.org
612-672-0480
Image of a dancer in a wheelchair with a kicking dancer above two standing dancers.

​​Young Dance invites you to Mind:Body, a thought-provoking exploration of the mind-body connection through dance. These innovative performances feature work by Young Dance classes and original pieces created by guest artists Emily Gastineau, Gabriel Rodreick, and Meridian Movement Collective (Colin Edwards, Cecil Neal, and Alex Arce) in collaboration with the Young Dance Performing Company dancers, ages 7-18.

Young Dance Performing Company Shows
Friday, May 17 at 7:00pm – Audio Description Services Provided
Saturday, May 18 at 7:00pm – ASL Interpretation Provided
Sunday, May 19 at 5:00pm

Young Dance School Showcase
Saturday, May 18 at 11:00am and 2:00pm
Sunday, May 19 at 11:00am and 2:00pm

Tickets
$15 General Admission
$10 Students 3–18 and Seniors 65+
Free lap pass for ages 2 and younger

A free live stream is available. Please contact brittany@youngdance.org at least 24 hours before the performance to request the link and specify which performance and dancer you’d like to see.

Don’t miss this opportunity to witness the power of movement and the inspiring talent of Young Dance!

Location Info

Luminary Arts Center
700 N 1st St.
Minneapolis, MN 55401

website

Contact Info

Young Dance
info@youngdance.org
6124233064