Winter Practice, January 11-16

Please join us for a 4-day virtual workshop with teaching artists DejaJoelle, Gregory Dolbashian, Lynn Barre, Maurya Kerr and Wendy Anderson as we take the opportunity to slow down, restore, refill and tune into our bodies and minds for the start of a new year. Open to participants age 16+.

To register please complete this Registration Form and payment below.

Cost: $150

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*Interested students financially affected by COVID-19 and unable to afford the workshop fee, please contact us at education@tudance.org or 612-605-1925.

Monday, 1/11
5:00-6:00pm GYROKINESIS® with Wendy Anderson
6:00-7:00pm Improvisation with Gregory Dolbashian
Wednesday, 1/13 5:00-6:30pm Movements in Meditation with DejaJoelle
Friday, 1/15 5:00-7:00pm GYROKINESIS® + Improvisation with Maurya Kerr
Saturday, 1/16
11:00am-12:30pm Movements in Meditation with DejaJoelle
12:45-2:15pm Yoga with Lynn Barre

*all times in CST | all classes will take place via Zoom

GYROKINESIS® with Wendy Anderson
The GYROKINESIS® Method is a movement method that addresses the entire body, opening energy pathways, stimulating the nervous system, increasing range of motion, and creating functional strength through rhythmic, flowing movement sequences. It is an original and unique method, which coordinates movement, breath and mental focus. The GYROKINESIS® Method is practiced on a mat and chair, without equipment. Without the feedback and guidance of equipment, participants in a GYROKINESIS® class are more dependent on their own proprioception to explore movement sequences. (https://www.gyrotonic.com/about/gyrokinesis-method/)

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Improvisation
Gregory Dolbashian’s Flow Space creates an atmosphere that allows for the act of “pure play” to help dance artists use more capacity, intellect, sense, courage, and imagination in their movement styles. The class is a highly developed series of improvisational tools and games that warms and pushes both the mind and the body to break habits and fulfill more presence. These exercises are all methods that Gregory has developed and utilized to create movement with The DASH. The artists learn confidence not just in themselves but also in the environment that they are a part of. Games and tasks work both on the individual and in tandem, so that Flow Space creates a community for progress, inspiration, and most of all, discovery.

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Movements in Meditation with DejaJoelle
A virtual safe space to generate movement while preserving and tending to your mental health. Sessions are 30% discussion-based. The curriculum focuses on using Dance and Body to heal from, confront, and identify emotional pain in the body. How does one use this not for performance but for personal growth and enlightenment?

More about DejaJoelle: DejaJoelle uses Traditional West African Dance and Black social dance to create an aesthetic that promotes healing and Self – Love. DejaJoelle is an interdisciplinary artist who is guided by ancestral dance and healing. Deja believes Self – Love is the first step in healing from your past and ensuring the fullness of your present. Through dance, mindfulness, Self – reflection, and affirmation, Deja is developing a dance aesthetic that promotes/evokes healing. In addition to dance, Deja creates intentional spaces for otherwise marginalized groups such as the LGBTQ2, BIPOC and Deaf community. Recent intentional space holding created for the Minneapolis Institute of Art under the title Discover Yourself: Golden Season, which was a day-long healing conference in collaboration with local Healing Artists with workshops including: Black Pleasure, Finding your Divinity, Body Reclamation, Afro Futurism, Sound Bathing, and many more. DejaJoelle, believes dance and healing should be fully accessible, and curated this conference to be completely free including childcare and food. In addition, DejaJoelle is proficient in American Sign Language and is intentional about making space for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals. DejaJoelle continues to activate this work at Northside Healing Space where she directs her dance company BLAQ and holds community Dance and Healing Sessions and activities monthly. She works closely with Dr. Joi Lewis, a nationally known Healer, Author, and Joy instigator to deepen her research in solidifying her healing practice. Her ultimate goals include guiding herself and others to their higher selves, creating stronger community ties, and building an accessible revolution. “I believe in movement that brings life to the dancer’s experience. I’m based in traditional West African dance and informed by life experiences. I believe in dancing from the inside out. With rhythm. With love.”

GYROKINESIS® + Improvisation
Maurya Kerr’s session starts with a GYROKINESIS® class, followed by diving into being, a class that offers an improvisatory landscape of generative play and imaginative rigor. Participants will challenge self-conceived limits of generosity and curiosity; fortify creative, investigative, and physical stamina; and plummet into the exquisite messiness of having a body.

More about Maurya

Yoga with Lynn Barre
Class will transition from moving meditation toward greater stillness as we support and integrate the whole being.  We’ll continue to cultivate the conditions for healing through breath, alignment, attention and presence.

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Photos: (top) Laura Kane Scher Photography. (bottom left to right) Wendy Anderson provided by Wendy Anderson, Gregory Dolbashian by Mike Esperanza, DejaJoelle by Maya Clark of Culture Piece Magazine, Maurya Kerr by Quinn B Wharton, Lynn Barre by Luciana Pampalone.

Support to TU Dance as we end 2020!

TU Dance Center has long been a place for our community to express the unwavering belief that Black, Indigenous and people of color matter, and where our hope for the future we imagine is possible. In this moment of nationwide racial reckoning, TU Dance has been making space for:

  • Deepened engagement with our community through critical conversations and reflections
  • Transformative and engaging experiences
  • Creative collaboration with local visual artists and our community (mural website) 

As the community cried out for justice after the murder of George Floyd, TU Dance created restorative spaces, provided platforms for community expression and healing, as it has been since its foundation.

Through the economic upheaval, we remained committed to preserving the welfare of our company dancers, teaching artists, accompanists and staff. Since COVID-19, our focus has been on The School. We have adjusted and adapted our programs to support our entire community in the following ways:

 Allocated additional funds to the TU Dance Access Fund to aid families affected by financial hardship, providing almost $40,000 in financial assistance this calendar year — for a total of $656,566 in assistance  since the school’s founding in 2011 

  • Reduced tuition for workshops and facilitated free weekly classes 
  • Adapted our programming to a hybrid model where students participate remotely or masked and socially-distanced in the studio

We are heartened by the courage and creativity of our staff, teaching artists and accompanists as they continue to carry out our mission, and we are so inspired by the work our students are doing every day. 

As 2020 comes to a close, we invite you to take time and reflect with us on what has been an extraordinary year. Extraordinary in both the challenges our community continues to face and how we reimagine ways to not only survive but thrive. Annual support from individual donors like you make it possible for TU Dance to continue to provide the needed platform where artists, students and audiences experience the connective power of dance in new and meaningful ways. As we approach the end of the year, we ask you to consider a tax-deductible gift to TU Dance. 

We are looking forward with hope and new inspiration to 2021. We reaffirm more than ever our vision of a world that is culturally aware, celebrates diversity and advances equity; and even in this time, we find ways to play, to create, to embrace, to celebrate and to plan for the year ahead. Your gift will help us continue with this important part of our mission.

To give online today click here here! Donations can also be made by check  (made payable to TU Dance and mailed to P.O. Box 40405, St. Paul, MN 55104).

With our gratitude and best wishes for the new year,

Toni Pierce-Sands, Artistic Director and Abdo Sayegh-Rodriguez, Executive Director

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