In anticipation of the TU Dance Spring Concert at the Ordway, April 29, please join Artistic Directors Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts and artist in residence Ronald K. Brown for two informal in-studio showings on Thursday, March 30, from 5:30-6:30pm at TU Dance Center and on Thursday, April 13, from 6:30-7:30pm at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. The showcase will feature excerpts from the spring concert program, which includes world premiere by Ronald K. Brown commissioned by The Ordway and The Rosemary and David Good Family Foundation and selections from the TU Dance repertory. Presented by SIT Investment Associates with additional support from Patricia A. Mitchell Fund for Dance.
FREE | Open to all
Advanced registration required.
March 30 at TU Dance Center
Doors open at 5:00pm | Showing, 5:30-6:30pm
To register, please call: or secure your spot online at ORDWAY.ORG
April 13 at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Drake Room
Doors open at 6:00pm | Showing, 6:30-7:30pm
To register, please call: or secure your spot online at ORDWAY.ORG
Photo: Michael Slobodian
This 6-week session, taught by dance teachers Maggie Bergeron (April 22, 29 and May 6) and Kaori Kenmotsu (May 13, 20 and June 3) 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. Participants will be encouraged to join at their own comfort level with the understanding that observation is often the best form of learning with younger children. This class will give children and caregivers the opportunity to learn more about themselves and one another through the art form of dance.
Attire: Comfortable, non-restrictive clothing and bare feet.
Saturdays 9:00-9:45am, Studio 2 (no class Memorial Day weekend)
Cost: $85 for 6-week workshop (pre-registration required)
(CLASS FULL, NOT LONGER ACCEPTING REGISTRATIONS!)
*Space limited to 8 families. Each registered student must have an adult partner and only one student per adult. Only registered children and adults are allowed in the studio during class.
May 6 -June 10 (no class on June 3)
Cost: $65 (5-week workshop) or $14 (single class)
Gaga/people classes are open to people ages 16+, regardless of their background in dance or movement. No previous dance experience is needed.
Gaga/people classes last for one hour and are taught by dancers who have worked closely with Ohad Naharin. Teachers guide the participants using a series of evocative instructions that build one on top of the other. Rather than copying a particular movement, each participant in the class actively explores these instructions, discovering how he or she can interpret the information and perform the task at hand. Gaga/people classes offer a creative framework for participants to connect to their bodies and imaginations, increase their physical awareness, improve their flexibility and stamina, and experience the pleasure of movement in a welcoming, accepting atmosphere.
Participants should wear comfortable clothes and be prepared to dance barefoot or in socks. It is advisable to bring a bottle of water and a towel for use after class.
Saturdays, May 6-June 10 (no class on June 3), 5:00-6:00pm
Cost: $65 for 5-week workshop; $14 drop-in rate (class cards will be accepted)
Native to Minneapolis, Berit Ahlgren gained her foundational dance training from Minnesota Dance Theater, and received a BFA in Dance from St. Olaf College, where she also studied biomedical studies. Ahlgren was a founding member of TU Dance under the artistic directorship of Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands, and performed with the company between the years of 2006—2015. Receiving Minneapolis Regional Arts Council’s Next Step Grant in 2011, Ahlgren had the opportunity to study the Gaga Movement Language in Tel Aviv, and moved permanently to Israel to pursue a teacher certification between 2011-2012. Upon return to the U.S., she established the Twin Cities Gaga community, and teaches Gaga/dancer and Gaga/people classes regularly at both TU Dance and Zenon Dance, while holding positions on faculty and guest instructing at the University of Minnesota, Carleton College, St. Olaf College, and Gustavus Adolphus College, Wesleyan University, and teaching abroad in Sweden and Israel. Ahlgren moved to New York in 2014 and obtained her MFA in Dance from NYU/Tisch School of the Arts in 2016. During that time, she taught Gaga weekly at both Gibney Dance Center and Mark Morris Dance Center until recently relocating to Minneapolis late in 2016. In addition to her work as a Gaga instructor, Berit choreographs and performs work for stage and film, and has recently launched a monthly Artist Salon Series to bring together the diverse network of talented artists working in the Twin Cities.
In anticipation of the TU Dance Spring Concert at the Ordway, please join us for a contemporary dance master class with artist in residence Ronald K. Brown!
Wednesday, March 29, 6- 7:30PM
TU Dance Center | 2121 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN
$7 per person | Ages 12 + | All levels welcome
To register, call: 651.224.4222 or secure your spot by paying online here
Loose clothing and bare feet recommended
This class is designed for intergenerational participants with a wide range to no dance experience. Class begins with meditation and floor work that includes stretching and mind-body centering exercises. Center floor work includes alignment and the introduction of the various dance techniques that are incorporated in the vocabulary of Ronald K. Brown/ EVIDENCE, A Dance Company. Phrases across the floor use influences from western modern dance as well as traditional and social dances from West Africa, the Caribbean and the U.S.
TU Dance returns to the Ordway —an evening featuring world premiere by Ronald K. Brown commissioned by The Ordway and The Rosemary and David Good Family Foundation and include selections from the TU Dance repertory — on Saturday, April 29, 7:30pm at The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. For tickets, call the Ordway at 651.224.4222 or visit Ordway.org.
Master Classes are designed for intergenerational participants with a wide range to no dance experience. Classes begin center floor with and emphasis on alignment, rhythm and using the body to express ideas and themes; strength, prayer, and celebration. Classes for beginning/intermediate/
Wednesday, March 22 and March 29 with Arcell Cabuag at 9:30am
Monday, March 27 with Ron K. Brown at 9:30am
TU Dance Center
Note: please see the additional post about Ron K. Brown’s masterclass on March 29 at 6:00pm
Ron K. Brown’s bio.
Arcell Cabuag’s bio.
Cost: $14/class or class card.
This activity is supported by The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts and The Rosemary and David Good Family Foundation.