Dancing Together: a child and parent/caregiver creative movement class, April 22-June 3

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)

Child and Parent/Caregiver Name:

*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.

 

Gaga/People Workshop with Berit Ahlgren, May 6-June 10

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)

Student Name:

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.

Contemporary Dance Master Class with Ron K. Brown, March 29

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.

Contemporary Dance Classes with Ron K. Brown and Arcell Cabuag, March 22, 27 and 29

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/advanced dancers begin with meditation and floor work that includes stretching and mind-body centering exercises. Center floor work or barre 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 the western modern dance as well as traditional and social dances from West Africa, the Caribbean, and the US.

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.

Dance Master Class with Gioconda Barbuto, March 4

Encompassing, integrating, exploring and communicating, with a fun and direct approach that builds towards spatial awareness, improvisation, choreography and the development of physical language. These movement workshop for Intermediate/Advanced students can easily lend themselves towards dance, circus, opera, theatre and more.
March 4, 2017
2:00-3:30pm, TU Dance Center
Cost: $16
Student Name:

“Gioconda’s workshop is based upon three fundamental points necessary for a dancer to thrive: reactivity, imagination and collective consciousness. Bringing the individuality and personality of each artist as the center of creation, the class proposes a series of improvisations which by the universality of the themes she proposes — the question of ego, of presence and the expressivity — applies as much to dancers as to circus artists, actors and singers. Revolving around the question of exchange, the workshop takes place in only 2 hours or less and unfolds like a pre orchestrated performance and a formidable human and artistic adventure.” Thomas Birzan, Dance Artist.

Gioconda Barbuto is an Italo-Canadian dancer and choreographer. She began her training with Gladys Forrester and pursued her artistic development at the Banff Centre and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. A dancer of explosive wit, subtle intelligence, and a fine sense of theatricality, Gioconda has distinguished herself throughout her career in an impressive number of works by choreographers such as George Balanchine, Nacho Duato, Michel Fokine, Christopher House, Jiri Kylián, Hans Van Manen, James Kudelka, José Limon, Brian Macdonald, Mark Morris, Ohad Naharin, Fernand Nault, Anthony Tudor, Sol León /Paul Lightfoot, Meryl Tankard, Johann Inger, American performance designer and director Robert Wilson and many others. She danced with the Minnesota Dance Theatre before becoming a soloist with Les Grand Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, where she danced for 16 years.  In 1998 she was invited by Jiri Kylian to join Nederlands Dans Theater III in The Hague, Holland, with a group of high caliber dancers, all over the age of forty, and toured internationally with the company for eight years. Gioconda is featured in two of Jiri Kylian’s award winning Films, Birth Day and Car Men.  In 1996 she was nominated for the Kennedy Center Fellowship and was the recipient of the Clifford E. Lee choreography award. She is a recipient of several grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and has created many of her own solo and group projects with many renowned dance artists, such as Margie Gillis, Ginette Laurin, Paul Andre Fortier, Coleman/Lemieux, Martino Müller, Anik Bissonnette, Emily Molnar and Joe Laughlin to name a few.  Gioconda‘s choreography has been presented at TU Dance, Ballet BC, Ballet Jorgen, Banff Festival Ballet, Danse Cite, Tangente, L’Agora de la danse, Vancouver Dance Centre, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, BJM Danse Montreal, Alberta Ballet, Minnesota Dance Theater, Northwest Dance Project, McKnight Fellowship Solo Commission, Bravo FACT, CBC Canada/Films Piche Ferrari, Ballet Kelowna, The Juilliard School, Arts Umbrella Dance Company, You Dance/National Ballet of Canada, Simon Fraser University Dance, Ecole Supérieure de Ballet de Quebec, Dutch National Ballet Academy, Nederlands Dans Theater Choreographic Workshop and many more. Gioconda has also created and directed the graduating production L’Abri, for the National Circus School.  The 2015-2016 season brought many new projects and highlights for Gioconda. She was selected as the 2015 McKnight International Artist and has choreographed and premiered a new work for the partnering company TU Dance entitled FOOTPRINT with music by Gabriel Prokofiev. Her season began with a creation and performance of a new work in collaboration with Joe Laughlin, entitled 4OUR, which continued on an eastern Canada tour in the fall of 2016. Amongst her many commissions, she also choreographed a new solo for Joe Laughlin and was invited back to Arts Umbrella Dance Company, Ecole Supérieure de Ballet de Quebec as well as the Dutch National Ballet Academy. Gioconda also conducted creative movement workshops for Danse a la Carte, University of Minnesota’s Northrop Auditorium, TU Dance, and for the summer dance intensives of the Dutch National Ballet, Arts Umbrella Dance and RUBBERBANDance Group. Her workshops will also be featured at the Vancouver Training Society and Yokohama Dance Intensive. This spring, for the Atelier et Laboratoire de Creation, Gioconda will be on faculty for the 10th Anniversary of TransFormation Danse. Gioconda continues to share her passion for Dance and the Performance Arts through her choreography, performances, movement workshops, directing and coaching.

Open Ballet Class with Jennifer Hart | Monday, February 6

Jennifer Hart will be teaching open ballet class on Monday, February 6 at 9:30am.  Please join us!

Cost: $14/class. Class card accepted.

Jennifer Hart is a choreographer whose work has been commissioned by Ballet Austin, Ballet Austin ll, Ballet Nouveau Colorado, James Sewell Ballet, Minnesota Dance Theater, The Walker Art Center’s Momentum Series, The McKnight Fellowship for Dancers, Metropolitan Ballet Project in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Lawrence Ballet Theatre.  In 2011, Hart was awarded a New York City Ballet Fellowship and won third place at the Saint-Sauveur International Choreography Competition. She received second place at Ballet Nouveau Colorado’s choreography competition, and was one of three winners of the University of Kansas’ competitive choreography competition. She was chosen three times to present work at Ballet Builders, New Choreographer’s on Point in NYC. She was commissioned by University of Massachusetts in the fall of 2013; the work was chosen for the National College Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center, June 2014. In March 2015, she premiered a new ballet, To Here, for Ballet Austin’s Director’s Choice. In 2014, she formed Performa/Dance with Ballet Austin dancer Edward Carr. Performa/Dance launched its inaugural show Ignite: Three Works, in June, 2014. Her work for Performa/Dance was awarded two Austin Critic’s Table awards for Best Short Work (“On Truth and Love”) and Best Dance Concert (Ignite: Three Works). Along with her work in concert dance, she has choreographed and performed cabaret shorts for nightclubs and television. She trained at Minnesota Dance Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet and San Francisco Ballet. Her performing career includes Minnesota Dance Theatre, Ballet of the Dolls, and L.A Chamber Ballet, as well as independent choreographers. She choreographs yearly for Ballet Austin’s apprentices and Fellowship recipients, teaches full-time in the academy, and serves as Curriculum Leader for the lower levels of the school.

Gaga/People Masterclass with Batsheva at TU Dance Center, January 23

Join us at TU Dance Center for a masterclass with Batsheva company member Ian Robinson. This masterclass is sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s Northrop Auditorium and is open to the general public. No previous dance or performance experience is necessary.

January 23, 11:00am-12:00pm

Register here.

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.

To learn more about Gaga/people click here.

Ian Robinson was born in the U.S. in 1985. He graduated from New York University and performed with Mikhail Baryshnikov’s Hell’s Kitchen Dance, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Les Ballets Jazz de Montr?al, Sydney Dance Company, and Aszure Barton & Artists. Ian joined Batsheva Dance Company in 2009.

Teen/Adult Jazz Workshop with Mary Ann Bradley, January 30-March 27 & April 17-June 5

Using a vernacular style rooted in the historical forms of Jazz, this class focuses on developing musicality, spatial awareness, and personal expression. Emphasis will be on using healthy technique to increase coordination, access ease of movement, and most importantly, finding the pleasure in moving with others.

Mary Ann Bradley has been dancing and teaching professionally for 20 years. Currently a member of Zenon Dance Company, she was the Assistant to the Choreographer with JAZZDANCE! By Danny Buraczeski and a founding member of TU Dance. She is a two time recipient of the McKnight Fellowship for Dancers and was named “25 To Watch in 2014” by Dance Magazine.

Mondays, 6:30-8:00pm

Session 1: January 30 – March 27 | Cost: $122
Session 2: April 17 – June 5 | Cost: $110

Sessions (please select one option below) :
Student Name:

Teen/Adult Hip-Hop Workshop with Darrius Strong, February 1-March 29 & April 19-June 7

This workshop will focus on strength in the body, refining muscle memory through phrase work, and cardio work. In addition to learning more about the history and power of hip hop, students can expect to get the full-body experience. Good music, good vibes.

Darrius Strong is a Twin Cities-based choreographer, dancer and educator whose creative work has been chosen for the Walker Art Center Choreographers’ Evening, Rhythmically Speaking, The American College Dance Festival, the University of Minnesota’s University Dance Theatre, and was featured in the New Griots Festival at the Phoenix Theater in Minneapolis. Darrius has created works for Threads Dance Project, Flying Foot Forum, Alternative Motion Project, St. Olaf College, St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, and many more high schools in Minnesota. He also shared two evenings of work: “Ipseity”, and his most recent work, “Access Granted”. Strong served as a 2016 Sage Award panelist and developed his own dance company, STRONGmovement (www.strong-movement.com), in 2015.  Hip Hop is Darrius‘ foundation, as he developed love for it at a young age in the south side of Chicago. He has been an educator of the form for seven years.

Wednesdays, 7:30-9:00pm

Session 1: February 1 – March 29 | Cost: $122
Session 2: April 19 – June 7 | Cost: $110

Sessions (please select one option below) :
Student Name:

Adult Beginning Modern with Thern Anderson, February 1-March 29 & April 19-June 7

This workshop with Thern will teach body and spacial awareness, rhythm and phrasing, ensemble dancing and injury prevention through modern dance patterns and improvisation.

Thern Anderson started dancing at the University of Minnesota and perform with Choreogram Dance Company.  She has taught to all ages and abilities in Washington, DC, Portland, OR and Minneapolis, MN.

Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30pm

Session 1: February 1 – March 29 | Cost: $122
Session 2: April 19 – June 7 | Cost: $110

Sessions (please select one option below) :
Student Name:

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