The Arena – Drop-In with Alexandra Bodnarchuk

Moving Practice is a weekly class series for professional dancers. Classes prioritize rigor, diversity of contemporary aesthetics, variety of class content, and commitment.

Alexandra Bodnarchuk teaches Moving Practice in September.
Tuesdays, 10:00-11:30am

Professional-level dancers of all styles are welcome.
Pre-registration and payment beforehand are encouraged.
Suggested price of $17 per class. Pay-as-able option on all classes – we would rather you join us than not be able to attend due to financial limitations.

Class will begin with a full-bodied warmup to get all the big and small joints moving before progressing to across-the-floor movement patterns derived from Balkan footwork. Articulation, partnering, and walking patterns will be explored. Participants will also learn phrase work from Bodnarchuk’s 2023 work Rock, Paper, Scissors.

Alexandra is a Carpatho-Rusyn American choreographer based in Minneapolis, MN who makes works for the stage and screen. She is a 2022 and 2020 Jerome Hill Artist Fellow Finalist (Jerome Foundation) and a 2021 Ann and Weston Hicks Choreography Fellow at Jacob’s Pillow. She has studied in Western, Central, and Eastern European, Balkan, and Ghanaian folk dance traditions. Her most recent work, the evening-length duet Rock, Paper, Scissors, was presented at The Southern Theater in March 2023. Mentors for this process were Abby Zbikowiski (Abby Z and the New Utility), and Andrea Miller (Gallim Dance).

She has been commissioned by Threads Dance Project, the Performing Institute of Minnesota, and Alternative Motion Project. Her work has been presented at The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts, Candy Box Dance Festival/Arena Dances, Zenon Dance Zone, Future Interstates, and 9×22 dance lab at the Bryant Lake Bowl.

She has performed in works by Minneapolis-based artists Berit Ahlgren, Helen Hatch, Carl Flink, Jeffrey Peterson, Ethnic Dance Theatre, April Sellers, Rosy Simas, BodyCartography, and Laurie Van Wieren. In 2021 she was part of Polish artist Paulina Olowska’s work, Grotesque Alphabet, at the Walker.

She holds a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography from Ohio University.

Location Info

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

Contact Info

Mathew Janczewski