TU Dance Center: Children and Teen Beginner Summer Programs

The TU Dance Children and Teen Program introduces the joy of creative movement and beginning dance technique. Classes, divided by age, provide a comprehensive base on which to expand by developing body awareness, coordination, balance, flexibility, strength, and musicality. Click here to download the 2024 Beginning Program Daily Schedule.

Youth Beginning Level: June 17-29
This 2-week program is entry level for students typically aged 9-12 and will focus on the techniques of Modern, Ballet, Hip Hop, and African Dance. Students will learn fundamentals of dance technique along with exploring their individual artistic expression.

Teen Beginning Level: June 17-29
This 2-week program is entry level for students typically aged 13-16 and will focus on the techniques of Modern, Ballet, Hip Hop, and African Dance. Students will learn basic fundamentals of dance technique along with exploring their individual artistic expression.

Summer Friday Morning Jazz Workshop Series

Need a little more rooted jazz dance in your life? Join long-time Zenon instructors Erinn Liebhard and Karla Grotting for a special summer workshop series featuring co-taught classes from Erinn and Karla and master classes from the 2024 guest artists of Erinn’s company Rhythmically Speaking. Classes are select summer Friday mornings from 9:30-11:00am.

June 21: Erinn and Karla
July 12: Maurice Watson, RS Guest Artist from Greensboro, NC
July 26: Eboné Amos, RS Guest Artist from Clarksville, TN
August 9: Jake Nehrbass, RS 2024 Local Guest Artist and RS Company Member
August 23: Erinn and Karla

Register ahead through Zenon or just show up! We’re thrilled to be back at it with Zenon, and hope you’ll #GetYourAssToClass and join us to experience #JoyThroughJazz!

James Sewell Ballet: In Process Movement Workshop Series

The goal of this series is pure process. The leaders get to see ideas actualized by movers in the room, and movers get to experience a single-day choreographic workshop with each leader.

July 1-3, 11:30am-2:00pm
Join for one day, two days, or all!

James Sewell Ballet hosts a movement workshop series geared toward adult dancers (18+) with intermediate/advanced technique who are:

  • Interested in “trying out” the movement vocabulary of various dance-makers.
  • Committing to their movement practice ahead of a holiday break.
  • Looking for a friendly creative environment without commitment to a long-term project.

Move with emerging leaders in the Twin Cities’ contemporary dance scene! Featuring Eve Schulte, Kerry Parker, Demetrius McClendon (ImagineJoy).

Registration will be coming soon via the JSB website.

Collide Theatrical Summer Intensive

Intermediate to advanced dancers, ages 14–22: Improve your technique and advance your artistry in a positive and welcoming environment! Classes include Musical Theatre Jazz, Classic Jazz Technique, Ballet, Leaps and Turns, Hip Hop, Contemporary, and more. Students may register for individual weeks, or sign up for all three weeks and save! More information and pricing can be found here.

The Intensive culminates with our Collide Showcase (for those who register for all three weeks of the intensive). Video will be taken so students have professional-grade copy to use for future auditions and submissions. Local students are also invited to perform excerpts from the Intensive at the MN State Fair in August!

Level placement requires a referral from a teacher or Collide company member, or a two-minute video submission. Please send video (one minute ballet adagio with pirouettes and one minute jazz) or referral name and contact information to Regina@collidetheatrical.org.

TU Dance Center: Pre-Professional Summer Programs

The TU Dance Pre-Professional program is an intensive course of study integrating Modern, Ballet, African Dance, and creative workshops for students ages 11-24. Click the respective level group to download the daily schedule: 2024 Intermediate Program Daily Schedule and 2024 Advanced Intensive Daily Schedule.

Youth Intermediate Level: July 8-20
This level is aimed at students typically aged 11 and older with some dance experience who wish to experience focused dance training. During this 2-week program, students will be introduced to different forms of dance with a balance between building strong technique and exploring their artistry.
Registration Deadline: July 3, 2024

Teen Intermediate Level: July 8-20
This level is designed for students typically aged 14 and older with two or more years of formal training. During this 2-week program, students will explore their artistry through technique classes and workshop/choreography that will help to build their knowledge of dance.
Registration Deadline: July 3, 2024

Advanced Level: July 29-August 10
This 2-week summer intensive program is designed for advanced/pre-professional students typically aged 17-24 who are interested in pursuing careers as professional dancers. It is recommended that students have four or more years of formal training and a solid grounding in Ballet and Modern dance techniques. Students will participate in daily workshop classes with TU Dance Center teaching artists and guest artists. Students can enroll for 1 week or 2 weeks. Each week culminates with a work-in-progress sharing in the studio.
Registration Deadline: July 24, 2024. Single-week registration is available.

For program details, level placement, and to register, you can either click here, email education@tudance.org, or call 651-724-9708. Level placement can be done by attending in person (by appointment only, class fee applies), submitting a video link (modern and ballet phrases), or during the first day of classes of the intensive. Scholarships available!

View the TU Dance Summer Programs information more efficiently on a mobile device by clicking here.

Summer Dance for Kids at Threads Dance Project

Discover dance this summer at Threads Dance Nexus!  Come for one week or two.

Creative Connections for ages 4-7
July 8-12 and/or July 15-19, 9:00-11:30am

Young movers will explore a variety of dance styles and how dance intersects with music, numbers, art, theater, and more. They will learn the importance of healthy bodies and minds, discuss basic nutrition, and how emotions can be defined, demonstrated, and calmed using movement. This journey of creativity and self-expression will be shared in a casual showing for family and friends at the end of each week.

NexGen/YDP (Youth Dance Project) for ages 8-12
July 8-12 and/or July 15-19, 12:30-4:30pm

Embark on a fun and holistic dance experience for your child in this comprehensive approach to summer dance learning. Dancers will grow in confidence, strength, and self-expression as they study ballet and modern techniques. They will learn self-care for their bodies and minds through nutrition and embodied movement exploration. Journals will be provided as a tool for self-reflection and discovery. Students will share what they’ve learned in a casual showing at the end of each week.

Register by June 22. 
No prior dance experience is required.

A limited number of partial and full scholarships are available – apply here by June 22.

Contemporary Dance and Improvisation with Kate Slezak at The Arena

Kate Slezak teaches Contemporary Technique and Improvisation
Tuesday, July 9, 9:30am-11:00am
Register by July 5!

$17 suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds.
Pay for class. Add “Kate Slezak” in notes.

The Arena is are situated on multiple bus lines, including the 21, 4, 23, 612, and 18; with plenty of free, street parking around the building.

In this class we will move through a series of combinations from contemporary dance styles that have a release, spiral, and somatic focus. Warming up our bodies by moving in and out of the floor, dropping and sensing our weight, and traveling through the space, we will work to activate mobility and sensation in our whole bodies to leave the class feeling energized and at ease. Alongside the set material, improvisation structures will be introduced throughout the class to allow participants to explore their own interests while remaining connected to the group.

Kate Slezak’s artistic practice is interested in how embodied frameworks and practices of presence inform artistic process and performance. In addition to facilitating spaces of collective connection through workshops and courses, a focus of Slezak’s work is on site-specific performance and the body and technology in processes of industry and digitalization. She has been based in Europe since 2018 after graduating with a BFA in Dance and Choreography from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and has been living in Leipzig, Germany since 2020.

Reflections Summer Dance Experience

July 16-18
1:00-6:00pm
Plus a performance July 16 and master class July 17.

Reflections Dance Company is located in beautiful Ely, MN on the edge of the BWCA.

This unique workshop will include outdoor experiences along with dance classes in acro, ballet, body percussion, contemporary, improvisation, and partnering. Participants will hike the Bass Lake Trail, canoe on Shagawa Lake, and swim at Semer’s Beach as part of the experience.

This workshop is open to dancers ages 12 and older of all ability levels. Included in the cost of the full workshop are meals, classes, outdoor experiences, as well as a free performance and master class by Amanda Sachs and Elena Hollenhorst.

The cost of the full workshop with lodging is $200. Participants who live near the area or who will manage their own lodging will pay $100 for the full workshop series. Dancers who only want to take the evening sessions will pay $20/session. This workshop is a wonderful way to be inspired by nature as you expand your dance horizons.

MotionArt Children’s Creative Dance/Introduction to Modern Dance

Sundays, 1:00-2:00pm
Four Sundays, July 21-August 11
Ages 7-10

Instructor: Kim Lewis
Cost: $50 for 4 classes

In this engaging mini-session of dance, students will expand their creative potential and deepen their kinesthetic awareness. Through playful exploration, they’ll delve into fundamental concepts related to the dance elements of Space, Time, and Energy. Throughout the course, students will be introduced to basic technical skills and movement vocabulary of Modern Dance. They’ll also have exciting opportunities to improvise and create their own dances, fostering artistic expression and collaboration.

No prior dance experience is necessary—just a willingness to move and explore!