Contemporary Dance Classes with Ron K. Brown and Arcell Cabuag, February 11, 12 and 13

Join guest artists Ron K. Brown and Arcell Cabuag for a series of dance classes at TU Dance Center.

The master class is designed for intergenerational participants with a wide range to no dance experience.  Classes begin center floor with an emphasis on alignment, rhythm and using the body to express ideas and themes; strength, prayer, and celebration.

Open 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.

Morning open classes: Monday, February 11 with Ron K. Brown and Wednesday, February 13 with Arcell Cabuag, 9:30-11:00am

Master class: Tuesday, February 12 with Ron K. Brown, 4:30-6:00pm

Cost: $14/open class payable at the door (class cards accepted). $16 for the masterclass, pre-registration required.

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Ron K. Brown’s bio.

Arcell Cabuag’s bio.

Gaga Masterclass with Danielle Agami, February 6

Join Ate9 Artistic Director and Choreographer Danielle Agami for a Gaga masterclass at TU Dance Center. Gaga is a new way of gaining knowledge and self-awareness through your body, providing a framework for discovering and strengthening your body and adding flexibility, stamina, and agility while stimulating the senses and imagination. Gaga raises awareness of physical weaknesses, awakens numb areas, exposes physical fixations, and offers pathways for their elimination. The research improves instinctive movement and connects conscious and unconscious movement, and it allows for an experience of freedom and pleasure in a simple way. It is experienced in a pleasant space, comfortable clothes, accompanied by music, and with each person with him/herself and others.

Danielle Agami’s Gaga class is one session, no pauses or exercises, of a continuity of instructions with one on top of the other. Each instruction does not cancel the previous one but is added to it, layer upon layer. Therefore, it is important not to stop in the middle of the session. If participants get tired or want to work at another pace, they can always lower the volume, work 30% or 20%, float, or rest, but they are encouraged not to lose sensations that were already awakened. Attempt to not return to the state the body was in before the class started. It is important that everyone take the instructions gently into their bodies while being aware to its sensations, abilities, and limitations. It is encouraged to go to places where the pleasure in movement is awakened and not to places of pain and to maintain the connection to pleasure especially during effort (effort is different than pain). During the session, speaking is not allowed unless participants are instructed to use their voice or words. If participants have any questions, you are welcome to bring them up at the end of the session.

Wednesday, February 6, 10:30am-12:00pm

Cost: $14.00; cash, check (made payable to TU Dance) or debit/credit card at TU Dance Center. Class cards are accepted.

There is no late entry for the class. Please arrive on time.

Presented in association with Northrop, University of Minnesota and Walker Art Center in conjunction with the Ate9 performance on February 7 at Northrop.

Danielle Agami (Ate9 Artistic Director and Choreographer) was born in Israel in 1984 where she studied at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and was a member of the Batsheva Dance Company. Between 2007 and 2009, Agami served as the Artistic Director of Batsheva Dancers Create, and functioned as the company’s rehearsal director from 2008-2010. After 8 years with Batsheva, Agami moved to New York to serve as the Senior Manager of Gaga U.S.A. In 2012, Agami relocated to Seattle where she founded Ate9- an undertaking that has fully realized her artistic voice as a dancer, choreographer, and teacher. Danielle was the grand prize winner of the 2013 & 2014 Annual Choreography Festival at the McCallum Theatre and one of Dance Magazine’s Top 25 to watch in 2015. In 2016, she was recognized with the Princess Grace Award for Choreography and created a new work, Pick a Chair, with Visceral Dance in Chicago. Agami has made over 8 fully produced works with Ate9 since its inception, including the innovative new work calling glenn with live music by Wilco percussionist Glenn Kotche. Agami was also named as the 2018 recipient of the Virginia B. Toulmin Fellowship for Women Choreographers. During the fellowship she developed “Framed”, a solo performance, and researched a new Ballet class inspired by her years of experience with Gaga Movement Language.

Photo by Cheryl Mann

Adult Beginning Modern Workshop with Thern Anderson (Midday), Spring 2019

This 8-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 has performed with Choreogram Dance Company, Spira, Oregon Dance Consort, and most recently performed as an independent artist with Marciano Silva dos Santos, Offleash Area, Lori Mercil, and Paula Mann. She has taught to all ages and abilities in Washington, DC, Portland, OR and Minneapolis, MN.

Mondays, 12:00-1:30pm

Session 1: January 28 – March 18
Session 2: April 8 – June 3 (no classes May 27 for Memorial Day)

Cost: $112.00 (pre-registration required)

To register, please complete the registration form and proceed to make an online payment below.

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Adult Beginning Modern Workshop with Thern Anderson (Evenings), Spring 2019

This 8-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 has performed with Choreogram Dance Company, Spira, Oregon Dance Consort, and most recently performed as an independent artist with Marciano Silva dos Santos, Offleash Area, Lori Mercil, and Paula Mann. She has taught to all ages and abilities in Washington, DC, Portland, OR and Minneapolis, MN.

Wednesdays, 6:00-7:30pm

Session 1: January 30 – March 20
Session 2: April 10 – May 29

Cost: $112.00 (pre-registration required)

To register, please complete the registration form and proceed to make an online payment below.

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Adult Beginning Ballet Workshop with Tina Anderson, Spring 2019

This ballet technique 8-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: January 29 – March 19
Session 2: April 9 – May 28

Cost: $112.00 (pre-registration required)

To register, please complete the registration form and proceed to make an online payment below.

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TU Dance Experience, a field trip to TU Dance Center

Expose your students to a professional environment with a field trip to TU Dance Center. Students will tour TU Dance Center, have conversations with members of TU Dance company, watch the rehearsal process, come onto the dance floor for a brief movement exploration and have a short Q&A. This may also be combined with a dance class for students in our upstairs studio upon request. Schedule this visit on its own or in conjunction with one of our educational performances (coming soon: The O’Shaughnessy, May 3, 2019 at 10:00am) for a more in-depth, comprehensive experience.

Dates available in January, February, March and April, 2019.

TU Dance Experience: $175.00
TU Dance Experience with a dance class: $250.00

Transportation subsidy is available upon request thanks to a generous gift from the John and Joanne Gordon Family Fund of the Minneapolis Foundation. Complete the reimbursement request form here.

For more information contact Kaitin Kelly Benedict, TU Dance Education & Outreach Coordinator at kaitin.kbenedict@tudance.org or (651) 505-3264.

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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Printable schedule Winter Intensice Schedule 2019

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.

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