Gaga/dancer Workshop with Berit Ahlgren, December 12-14

The 3-day workshop consists of a one-hour Gaga/dancer class and a one-hour choreographic process rooted in the Gaga lens. 

Gaga/dancer classes offer a framework for users to connect to their bodies and imaginations and enjoy the pleasure of movement in a welcoming, accepting atmosphere. Throughout the class, participants are guided by a series of evocative instructions deployed to increase awareness of and further amplify sensation, while information is layered, building into a multi-sensory, physically challenging experience.

Berit Ahlgren’s choreographic process:
Ahlgren spent a year in Tel Aviv, immersed in Gaga teacher training, between 2011-2012. She has been teaching Gaga nationally and internationally since, as well as choreographing her own body of work through a lens of the Gaga language. A personal and human take to the choreographic process allows each dancer an opportunity to move authentically, expressing their curiosities and passions through movement.

Thursday, December 12, 4:00-6:00pm 
Friday, December 13, 4:00-6:00pm 
Saturday, December 14, 10:00am-12:00pm 

Cost: $75.00*, online pre-registration required by submitting payment below and filling out a registration form here.

*$60.00 for university students with valid ID. Please show your student ID at the front desk upon arrival at TU Dance Center. 

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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 north side lot accessible by Vandalia and Charles.

Photo by Isabel Fajardo.

TU Dance Center Winter Student Showcase 2019

Artistic Directors Toni Pierce-Sands & Uri Sands and School Director Laurel Keen invite you to the 2019 Winter Student Showcase at TU Dance Center. Students from levels 4 and 5 of the Pre-Professional Program will be featured in new works by School Director Laurel Keen, TUDC teaching artist Herb Johnson III and TU Dance company member Amanda Sachs. The evening will also include the premiere of a trio performed and created collaboratively by TU Dance company apprentice Samantha Meryhew and TU Dance company trainees Samantha Lewis and Connor Simone. Please join us in supporting and celebrating these young dancers! 

December 6 & December 7 at 7:00pm
TU Dance Center
2121 University Ave. W., St. Paul, MN 55114

Tickets: $12.00 – General Admission

Tickets are available for purchase at the door by cash, check or debit/credit card.

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 north side lot accessible by Vandalia and Charles. 

Photo by Laura Kane Scher Photography

 

“We Dance TU” Workshop, December 1-January 27

Join teaching artist Deja Stowers for “We Dance TU”, a dance session that prioritizes BIG BODIES. Utilizing African based movement, discussion, Self – Love/affirmation, and accumulative choreography, this space is for all who were told they were “too (something)” to be a dancer—even if you were the one who told yourself. This space is to make discoveries in your body, your creativity, your YOU! 

All those 18 years of age and older are welcome to this workshop. Please email education@tudance.org with any accessibility needs prior to attending this workshop.

Sample Classes: 
Sunday, December 1, 11:00am-12:30pm
Sunday, December 8, 11:00am-12:30pm

Cost: $5.00/sample class; online pre-registration required. Please submit payment below.

Eight-Week Session: 
December 9-January 27 | Mondays, 5:30-7:00pm

Cost: $112.00 for full eight-week session; online pre-registration required by submitting a registration form here and payment below.

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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 north side lot accessible by Vandalia and Charles.

Open Contemporary Dance Classes with Lillian Stillwell

Who is dancing? What are we dancing about? Why do we dance together?

Using methods developed while dancing and choreographing in Europe, this class will approach these questions in a physical and creative dance practice. The warm-up will focus on the physical principles of movement: mobilization, coordination, strength and flexibility. A learned phrase will then be expanded and elaborated upon, exploring intention, limitations, rhythm and swarms. Together participants will go beyond technical execution to discover the movement’s potential. Designed for professional and advanced dancers, this class is open to all. 

Open Classes: November 15, November 22, December 6, December 13 | 9:30-11:00am

Cost: $14/class, $120/10-class card; payable by cash, check or card at TUDC. 

Bio: 
Choreographer and dancer Lillian Stillwell has lived and worked in Europe since 2007.  Her choreography has been seen in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg and in the USA.  She grew up in Minneapolis where she received her classical training at Ballet Arts Minnesota and a BA in Dance from the University of Minnesota.  A 15-year dance career in Minneapolis, New York City and Germany followed. From 2005 – 2012 she worked with Johannes Wieland in NYC and at the State Theater in Kassel, Germany, where she also received her first choreographic commissions.  Her choreography ranges from dance, opera, theater and musicals to interdisciplinary and interactive productions and music videos. She is currently developing AFTERLIFE, a virtuosic duet that takes its inspiration from club culture and the search for immortality, applying choreographic methods developed in her work with classical music to electronic dance music for the first time.  This season her work can be seen at the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen and at Theater Heidelberg in Germany. She lives in Switzerland. www.lillianstillwell.com

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.

Community West African Dance Class with Kenna-Camara Cottman, Thursdays 7:30-9:00pm

Join Ms. Kenna every Thursday from 7:30-9:00pm for a multigenerational West African dance class at TU Dance Center. This class is open to anyone in the community.
No pre-registration required.

Cost: $14 per class, $120/10-class card; payable at TU Dance Center by cash, check or card.

For more information, contact TU Dance Center at education@tudance.org or 612-440-9028.

Dancing Your Story Workshop Culminating Event, November 4

Please join us for the Dancing Your Story Workshop Culminating Event on Monday, November 4 at Rondo Community Library. Workshop participants will share what they have explored and created in the dance and writing workshop over the last eight weeks. This event is free and open to the public.

November 4, 3:30-4:30pm

Rondo Community Library, Multipurpose Room
461 Dale St N, St. Paul, MN 55103

Please contact Kaitin Kelly Benedict at kaitin.kbenedict@tudance.org or (651) 505-3264 with questions.

This activity is supported by a Seeding Vitality Arts MN grant from Aroha Philanthropies.

Master Class with Artistic Director Toni Pierce-Sands, October 19

THIS MASTER CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Join The O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University and TU Dance for a Horton-based modern master class with Artistic Director Toni Pierce-Sands. This class is for intermediate/advanced level college students and will be held at The O’Shaughnessy.

Saturday, October 19 | 1:30-3:00pm

The O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University

2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105

Cost: $10.00, payable online. Online pre-registration is required by October 16. Registrants will receive a code for a $5.00 ticket to the TU Dance fall concert at The O’Shaughnessy, October 18-20.

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This class may be cancelled if the minimum registrant number is not reached.

Photo by Michael Slobodian.

Free Boys Dance Class, October 5

Please join us for a free Boys Dance class (ages 9-12) on Saturday, October 5, 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 in our fall session which is currently underway and runs through December 7.

It is important for us to note that ALL students and families are welcome at TU Dance Center and are supported in our diverse community. We have also found that in today’s climate there remains a need to offer a class that specifically welcomes and encourages boys to dance in order to help counter the stigmas that still exist.

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. Limited parking is available in the lot in front of TU Dance Center. Additional parking is available in the north side lot accessible by taking Vandalia St. and Charles Ave.

Photo by Laura Scher.

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

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 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: September 9 – October 14
Session 2: October 21 – December 2 (no class on November 25)

Cost: $85.00 (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, Fall 2019

This 6-week ballet technique 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 3 – October 8
Session 2: October 15 – November 19

Cost: $85.00 (pre-registration required)

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

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