Ballet Workshop with Laurel Keen: January 14-16

Photo courtesy of Alonzo King Lines Ballet

Jan. 14 and 15, 5:00-8:00pm
Jan. 16, 10:00am-1:00pm

A 3-day workshop for intermediate and advanced students, including:

Investigative Ballet Class: Taking time to break down the fundamentals of ballet technique and how they can best serve the “versatile dancer” of today. The goal of this class is making the familiar new again. By seeking a balance between clarity and abandon, we can allow this ancient art form to speak to us in a new way.

Contemporary Ballet Phrase Building:  Dancers will take an active role in this class as we take elements discovered in class and push them further in hopes of revealing new ways of moving. Dancers will learn how to honor their own way of moving, while still feeling supported by the exquisite framework that classical ballet technique has to offer.

Cost: $150

Visit tudance.org/programs to register

Winter Intensive at TU Dance Center, Jan. 19-23

Exploring different approaches and deepened investigative techniques for enriching the class-taking experience.

This five-day intensive will offer two different programs: one to beginning/intermediate students (ages 12-16) and one to intermediate/advanced students (ages 17-23). Both programs will include modern, ballet and African techniques as well as conditioning and stretching classes. The goal of this intensive is to provide the dancers with various tools that can be used in class to promote increased exploration and intention behind movement. Dancers will have the opportunity to deconstruct the familiar elements of class and understand them in a new way. Each teacher will bring their wealth of knowledge, not only from a technique perspective but a “creative process” perspective as well, in order to assist with this exploration and tool building. The students will take an active role in this intensive by examining questions such as: “What is the true goal of technique class?”, “How can technique class best serve and prepare me for choreography?”, and “What is the relationship and optimum balance between technique and artistry?”.

Beginning/Intermediate,  4:30-8:00 pm (1/19-22), 10-2:30 pm (1/23)
Intermediate/Advanced, 4:30- 8:15 pm (1/19-22), 10- 2:30 pm (1/23)

(Saturday Jan. 23rd will include a panel discussion from 1:45-2:30pm which is open to families and friends)

Cost: $250 (Beginning/Intermediate) and $300 (Intermediate/Advanced).  Registration deadline by January 13th

Select Level :
Student Name:

*Level placement will be assessed during the first technique class on Jan. 19th and changes will be made as necessary.

 

Laurel Keen Named Director of the School at TU Dance Center

TU Dance Artistic Directors Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands are pleased to announce the hiring of Laurel Keen as Director of the School at TU Dance Center. Keen, whose outstanding performing career includes nearly a decade with the San Francisco’s renowned Alonzo King Lines Ballet in San Francisco, will provide day-to-day leadership of the rapidly growing dance education program.

“Laurel’s fresh perspective on training for aspiring young dancers, coupled with her unparalleled ability, wisdom and breadth of knowledge in the field of contemporary ballet, will have a profound impact on TU Dance Center students,” noted Toni and Uri. “How fortunate we are, that Laurel– one of the leading contemporary dance artists of this era–has chosen to deepen her work in dance, here at home in the Twin Cities.”

Ballet Workshop with Laurel Keen, Jan. 14-16, 2016

Photo courtesy of Alonzo King Lines Ballet

Jan. 14 and 15, 5:00-8:00pm
Jan. 16, 10:00am-1:00pm

After nearly a decade dancing with Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Laurel Keen shares her extraordinary artistry at TU Dance Center. This 3-day workshop for intermediate and advanced students offers the following classes:

Investigative Ballet Class: Taking time to break down the fundamentals of ballet technique and how they can best serve the “versatile dancer” of today. The goal of this class is making the familiar new again. By seeking a balance between clarity and abandon, we can allow this ancient art form to speak to us in a new way.

Contemporary Ballet Phrase Building:  Dancers will take an active role in this class as we take elements discovered in class and push them further in hopes of revealing new ways of moving. Dancers will learn how to honor their own way of moving, while still feeling supported by the exquisite framework that classical ballet technique has to offer.

Cost: $150

Student Name:

Laurel Keen Named Director of the School at TU Dance Center

TU Dance Artistic Directors Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands are pleased to announce the hiring of Laurel Keen as Director of the School at TU Dance Center. Keen, whose outstanding performing career includes nearly a decade with the San Francisco’s renowned Alonzo King Lines Ballet in San Francisco, will provide day-to-day leadership of the rapidly growing dance education program.

“Laurel’s fresh perspective on training for aspiring young dancers, coupled with her unparalleled ability, wisdom and breadth of knowledge in the field of contemporary ballet, will have a profound impact on TU Dance Center students,” noted Toni and Uri. “How fortunate we are that Laurel——one of the leading contemporary dance artists of this era——has chosen to deepen her work in dance, here at home in the Twin Cities.”

laurel 2 coversLaurel Keen has been a professional dancer since 1999 and has also been teaching dance for the last decade. As a student she trained at Minnesota Dance Theatre and Pacific Northwest Ballet, and attended several renowned summer programs. After performing professionally with Minnesota Dance Theater, she spent a decade alongside Alonzo King from LINES Ballet in San Francisco, where she originated 21 roles, earned the prestigious Princess Grace Award, and was featured on the covers of Dance and Pointe magazines. Laurel recently moved back to the Twin Cities and earned her degree as Physical Therapist Assistant, working with Reynolds Rehab and Orthology Physical Therapy. She has also been teaching for several schools in the Twin Cities including The School at TU Dance Center.

Founded in 2011 to provide excellent and accessible training for aspiring young dancers, the School at TU Dance Center has recently experienced significant growth, leading to an expansion at the current University Avenue facility, located in St. Paul’s Raymond-Midway neighborhood. Over 150 students are now enrolled in TU Dance programs, ranging from introductory classes for young children to advanced training for pre-professional dance artists.

“I have been fortunate enough to be a part of the school at TU Dance Center from the very beginning,” said Keen. “It has been a joy to watch it change and unfold into the unique, diverse and thriving school it is today. I feel humbled and grateful that Toni and Uri have entrusted me with this new role and the opportunity to join the TU Dance family in a more substantial way. I look forward to getting to know each individual student and helping them develop confidence in their voice, not only as a dancer, but as a human being. I hope to bring my experience to the table to support and carry out the vision that Toni and Uri have imagined for the School at TU Dance Center.”

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