TU DANCE WINTER INTENSIVE, JANUARY 14-19, 2019

This six-day intensive will offer two different programs: one for beginning/intermediate students (ages 12-16) and one for advanced students (ages 17-24). The beginning/intermediate program will focus on conditioning for the body, technique classes in ballet and modern, as well as workshop classes which will explore choreography. The advanced program will offer a stronger focus on the workshop component. Dancers will begin each day with a ballet, modern or Gaga class, followed by a two-hour workshop class which will explore both improvisatory techniques and phrase work. The final day will bring both levels together to demonstrate and discuss with one another what they have learned throughout the week. This intensive offers students a chance to not only strengthen their technique but also uncover new ways of thinking about movement as they begin a new year.

The School at TU Dance Center offers a space that is open to students of all backgrounds and abilities and fosters individuality and creativity through the art form of dance. We hope that you will join us for this exciting week of classes.

Beginning/Intermediate Schedule (Ages 12-16 with 2+ years of formal training)

  • MondayWednesday and Friday: Conditioning 4:30-5:15pm, Ballet 5:15-6:30pm, Workshop 6:45-7:45pm
  • Tuesday and ThursdayConditioning 4:30-5:15pm, Modern 5:15-6:30pm, Workshop 6:45-7:45pm
  • Saturday: Modern 11:00-12:15pm, Workshop 12:30-1:30pm, Sharing + Post-Discussion 1:30-2:30pm

Advanced Schedule (Ages 17-24 with 4+ years of formal training)

  • Monday and Friday: Modern 4:30-6:00pm, Workshop 6:15-8:15pm
  • Wednesday: Gaga 4:30-6:00pm, Workshop 6:15-8:15pm
  • Tuesday and Thursday: Ballet 4:30-6:00pm, Workshop 6:15-8:15pm
  • Saturday: Gaga 11:00-12:15pm, Workshop 12:30-1:30pm, Sharing + Post-Discussion 1:30-2:30pm

Cost: $275 (Beginning/Intermediate) and $320 (Advanced). To register, please pay online (see below) and submit this online registration form. The registration deadline is Wednesday, January 9.

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For level placement and questions please contact Laurel Keen, Director of the School at TU Dance Center at laurel.keen@tudance.org or (612) 440-9028.

(photo by Laura Scher)

TU Dance Center Winter Showcase 2018

Artistic Directors Toni Pierce-Sands & Uri Sands and School Director Laurel Keen invite you to the 2018 Winter Student Showcase at TU Dance Center. Students from levels 2-5 of the Pre-Professional Program will be featured in works by Artistic Director Uri Sands, including an excerpt from With Love which was recently performed for the company’s 15th Anniversary Season at the Ordway. The evening will also include two new works by TU Dance Center teaching artists Kenna Cottman and Darrius Strong as well as eight personal solos choreographed by the level 4 and 5 students. Please join us in celebrating these young dancers!
December 8 at 7:00pm & December 9 at 6:00pm
TU Dance Center
2121 University Ave. W., St. Paul, MN 55114
Tickets: $10.00 – General Admission

 

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TU Dance Center is located at 2121 University Avenue West, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55114. Find us on the north side of University Avenue, one block east of Vandalia, located directly behind Subway on the building’s east side. Free parking in the lot in front of TU Dance Center and in the Subway overflow lot just before the TU Dance Center lot entrance.

Free Boys Class, October 13

Please join us for a free Boys Dance class (ages 9-12) on Saturday October 13, 9:45-10:45am with TU Dance company member Randall Riley. Boys Dancing is a physical experience that promotes body awareness, strength and coordination through dance concepts and music. Students are still able to enroll for our Fall session which is currently underway and runs through December 8.

Dancing Your Story: Workshop 3

A curriculum designed for adults ages 55+.

Join teaching artists Thern Anderson & Mary Moore Easter in a dance and writing workshop at TU Dance Center. Movement will be explored in combination with creative writing to create a real or imaginary story. Participants will work on movement phrases and choreography expanding their range of motion. Classes are accompanied by live music.

This workshop is available to all levels and abilities. No previous experience is necessary. Limited spaces available. This workshop is free. All sessions and the culminating event will be held at TU Dance Center.

Dates: Mondays, 2:00-3:30pm, October 29-December 17 (8 sessions)

Culminating event: December 17, 3:30-5:00pm

For more information and to register, please contact TU Dance Education & Outreach Coordinator Kaitin Kelly Benedict at kaitin.kbenedict@tudance.org or 612-605-1925.

Thern Anderson is a dance educator with a wealth of experience teaching children, adults, professional dancers and community groups. Thern brings somatic movement principles and improvisational skills to her teaching of modern dance techniques. In teaching dance to beginning adults, her philosophy is that anyone can dance and find pleasure in movement. Classes include the study of body and spatial awareness,  rhythm and phrasing, ensemble dancing, and injury prevention.  Students learn through modern dance phrases as well as improvisational structures.Mary Moore Easter’s first poetry collection, The Body of the World, is forthcoming from MadHad Press in 2018. The manuscript is also a finalist for the Prairie Schooner Bok Prize in 2017.  A Pushcart Prize-nominated poet and Cave Canem Fellow, Easter is published in POETRY, The New York Times, Seattle Review, Water Stone, Calyx, Pluck!, Persimmon Tree, Fjord’s Review, The Little Patuxent Review and the 2015 anthology Blues Vision: African American Writing from Minnesota. She holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence and an M.A. from Goddard. Born in Petersburg, Virginia to parents on the faculty of then-segregated Virginia State College, she was as immersed in their artistic and intellectual interests as she was in limitations segregation imposed on her black world. She re-rooted as faculty at Minnesota’s Carleton College where she was founder and director of the Dance Program.

This activity is supported by a grant from Aroha Philanthropies Seeding Vitality Arts Initiative and in partnership with Episcopal Homes.

Class With Chris LaPlante, September 8

LIT (LaPlante’s Integrated Technique) is an evolving amalgamation of numerous techniques that explores the connectivity of the body, from a breaking approach to floor work, image and sensation-based improvisation, to exercises that warm, connect, and condition the body. LIT is inspired by Horton, Limón, qi gong, and the Alexander Technique.

Saturday, September 8 | 2:00-3:30pm
Advanced-Intermediate/Advanced-Professional

Cost: $14 or class card

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Bio: Christopher LaPlante was born and raised in St. Paul Park, MN. After training in the University of Minnesota’s Dance Program, he danced with TU Dance, Twin Cities Ballet, Zenon Dance Company, Minnesota Opera and ARENA Dances, as well as numerous smaller projects. Chris has shown his own choreography at 9×22 Dance/Lab in Minneapolis, the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Dance Program and numerous other sites in Minneapolis. While in New York, he has had the opportunity to dance with Abraham.In.Motion and a collaboration with Yoshito Sakuraba. Throughout the past four years, he has worked with Guggenheim, Pew, and United States Artists fellow Raphael Xavier. Chris has taught his LIT class throughout the east coast and at the University of Minnesota and TU Dance Center.

Adult Beginning Ballet with Tina Anderson

This ballet technique 6-week workshop emphasizes alignment, placement and somatic awareness.  The class consists of barre and center work that focuses on balance, classical line, connecting steps, and simple turns and jumps.

Tina Anderson Wallum’s 23-year performing career included principal and soloist work with Minnesota Dance Theatre, Ballet Minnesota, Ballet Arts Minnesota, Ballet of the Dolls, Savannah Ballet, The Contemporary Ballet Company, and Pennsylvania Ballet. She holds her BS from Radford University in Virginia. She has taught ballet classes for Ballet Arts Minnesota, Ballet Minnesota, Classical Ballet Academy, Chinese Dance Theater and is currently teaching at the University of Minnesota. Her current scholarly research is in Mind-Body Centering and somatics where she is devoted to creating a sense of embodiment in her students.

Tuesdays, 12:00-1:30pm

Session 1: September 4 – October 15
Session 2: October 16 – December 3 (no classes November 19-25)

Cost: $85.00 (pre-registration required)

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Adult Beginning Modern with Thern Anderson (Evenings)

This 6-week 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 performed with Choreogram Dance Company.  She has taught to all ages and abilities in Washington, DC, Portland, OR and Minneapolis, MN.

Wednesdays, 6:00-7:30pm

Session 1: September 4 – October 15
Session 2: October 16 – December 3 (no classes November 19-25)

Cost: $85.00 (pre-registration required)

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Adult Beginning Modern with Thern Anderson (Midday)

This 6-week 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 performed with Choreogram Dance Company.  She has taught to all ages and abilities in Washington, DC, Portland, OR and Minneapolis, MN.

Mondays, 12:00-1:30pm

Session 1: September 4 – October 15
Session 2: October 16 – December 3 (no classes November 19-25)

Cost: $85 (pre-registration required)

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Modern/Contemporary Class with Marcus Willis, August 11

Join us as visiting teaching artist and choreographer Marcus Jarrell Willis teaches a Modern/Contemporary class at TU Dance Center. The class is a blend of familiar Horton-based technique exercises with other modern release forms during the warm-up portion. The remainder of the class is an exploration of the continuous development of my own signature language through gestural and contemporary forms of Modern Dance movement. This classes are for Advanced/Pre-Professional Level.

Saturday, August 11 | 11:00am-12:30pm

Cost: $16 (Online pre-registration suggested. Class cards accepted with addition $4 fee)

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Marcus Jarrell Willis has worked professionally with Pascal Rioult Dance Theater (RIOULT), Dominic Walsh Dance Theater, Tania Pérez-Salas Compañía de Danza and was a member of Ailey II. Mr. Willis performed with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater from 2008-2016 traveling around the world performing, teaching numerous masterclasses and participating through outreach in various communities both locally and abroad. He continues to teach through various outreach mediums around the world. He has presented his choreographic work in several festivals around the United States and Europe. Commissions include works created for Ailey II, TU Dance, Company Danzante, The Ailey School, University of Minnesota, Lucia Marthas Institute for the Performing Arts in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Satellite Collective, The Dance Gallery Festival Level Up Commission in 2013 and The 92ndY Dance Introduction Series. Mr. Willis is the Founder of MJ Willis Project-Inc. He produced its inaugural performance, An Evening To Remember in NYC during the spring of 2016. Recently, Project-Inc. made its Wales debut in Project-Inc. Presents: My Brother, Dear Sister. Mr. Willis was named Best Choreographer for TU Dance creation, Sensible Existence in City Pages 2018 Best of the Twin Cities. Mr. Willis will forever continue his journey and exploration in the arts striving to reach hearts all around the world.

Photo credit: Stéphane Chouan

Dancing Your Story: Workshop 2, July 9-August 27

Join teaching artists Thern Anderson & Mary Moore Easter in a dance and writing workshop. Movement will be explored in combination with creative writing to create a real or imaginary story. Participants will work on movement phrases and choreography expanding thier range of motion. Classes are accompanied with live music.

*This workshop is available to all levels and abilities. No previous experience is necessary. Limited spaces available. This workshop is free.

July 9 – August 27 | Mondays, 1:30-3:00pm
Episcopal Homes-Coventry Chapel, 1840 University Ave. W Saint Paul, MN 55104
(Culminating event at TU Dance Center)

Watch the Dancing Your Story: Workshop video here

Please contact kaitin.kbenedict@tudance.org with questions and registration.

Thern Anderson is a dance educator with a wealth of experience teaching children, adults, professional dancers and community groups. Thern brings somatic movement principles and improvisational skills to her teaching of modern dance techniques. In teaching dance to beginning adults, her philosophy is that anyone can dance and find pleasure in movement. Classes include the study of body and spatial awareness,  rhythm and phrasing, ensemble dancing, and injury prevention.  Students learn through modern dance phrases as well as improvisational structures.

Mary Moore Easter’s first poetry collection, The Body of the World, is forthcoming from MadHad Press in 2018. The manuscript is also a finalist for the Prairie Schooner Bok Prize in 2017.  A Pushcart Prize-nominated poet and Cave Canem Fellow, Easter is published in POETRY, The New York Times, Seattle Review, Water Stone, Calyx, Pluck!, Persimmon Tree, Fjord’s Review, The Little Patuxent Review and the 2015 anthology Blues Vision: African American Writing from Minnesota. She holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence and an M.A. from Goddard. Born in Petersburg, Virginia to parents on the faculty of then-segregated Virginia State College, she was as immersed in their artistic and intellectual interests as she was in limitations segregation imposed on her black world. She re-rooted as faculty at Minnesota’s Carleton College where she was founder and director of the Dance Program.

This activity is supported by a grant from Aroha Philanthropies Seeding Vitality Arts Initiative and in partnership with Episcopal Homes.

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