Virtual Flow Space class with Gregory Dolbashian, August 15

As part of the TU Dance Summer Intensive with Gregory Dolbashian and Guests, TU Dance is offering a virtual masterclass with Gregory Dolbashian.

Saturday, August 15 | 1:00-2:30pm CST

Cost: $15/participant

Join us for Flow Space, 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. Conducted by director of The DASH Ensemble, Gregory Dolbashian, 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. Classes are for dancers aged 16+.

To register, please complete the information requested below. A Zoom link will be emailed 30 minutes prior to the class on August 15.

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Virtual Masterclass with Ronald K. Brown, August 8

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As part of the Intersect Summer Intensive, Evidence, A Dance Company and TU Dance are offering a virtual masterclass with Evidence’s Artistic Director Ronald K. Brown.

Saturday, August 8 | 3:00-4:30pm CST

Cost: $15/participant

Ronald K. Brown’s Master Class is designed for inter-generational participants with a wide range to no dance experience.  Classes begin with a focus on alignment and rhythm.

The class will include the introduction of the various dance techniques that are incorporated in the vocabulary of Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company that will help participants execute the repertory phrases more effectively.

To register, please complete the information requested below. A Zoom link will be emailed 30 minutes prior to the class on August 8.

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Intersect Summer Intensive, August 3-8

Evidence, A Dance Company and TU Dance join forces in an inspiring 1-week virtual Summer Intensive. Intersect (to meet and cross at a point/to share a common area), is an open level inter-generational Summer Intensive for participants with a wide range to no dance experience that will provide the opportunity to experience both companies’ approaches to dance and dance training.

Participants will begin each day with classes from TU Dance Center teaching artists, including TU Dance Artistic Director Toni Pierce-Sands, that are grounded in TU Dance’s three pillars of Horton-based modern, West African and ballet. While these are commonly referred to as technique classes or training, TU Dance takes a look into how these dance forms intersect with one another and the many possibilities they offer. The goal of these classes is to prepare the dancer’s mind, body and spirit to be fully present, ready to receive and engage, tap into different energies and feel prepared to move openly into what follows. The workshop section of this intensive will be led by Evidence, A Dance Company Artistic Director Ronald K. Brown and Associate Artistic Director Arcell Cabuag. Participants will learn Evidence repertory as well as Afro-Cuban and traditional and contemporary African dance techniques that are incorporated in the choreographic style.

The Intersect Summer Intensive will conclude with a discussion between teaching artists and students followed by a celebratory class open to the community. See the Intersect Summer Intensive Daily Schedule here. All classes will be provided via Zoom.

August 3-8, 2020 | Registration deadline extended: Sunday – August 2, 2020

Cost: $500 (inclusive of the registration fee). A limited number of scholarships will be offered. To apply for an scholarship please complete this form by July 29.

To learn more and to register visit Intersect at http://www.tudance.org/summer/

Read the press release here.

Virtual Krump Ongoing Open Class with Herb Johnson III, Thursdays at 5:00pm

Learning and training in the basics of Krump. The growth process in this class will be approached with LUAIE (Learn, Understand, Apply, Investigate and Execute). The end result will be for each individual to know more about the style’s foundation and be able to improvise within the style.  All levels welcome.

Thursdays, 5:00-6:00pm

To register for this class click here!

McKnight Fellow, Herb Johnson III Aka JDot Tight Eyez graduated from Perpich Center for the Performing Arts in 2010 and studied 3 years at the Lundstrum Center for Arts. Herb is now at the University of Minnesota as an Urban & Street dance instructor. He currently choreographs and performs solo and in groups 612 Crew, DeadPool, and Mixtape. Professional work includes iLuminate from America’s Got Talent, Choreographing G-Easy’s half-time show 2018, and SuperBowl 52 half-time show 2018 with Justin Timberlake.

Photo by McFarquhar Photography

Virtual Open Classes

We are taking a pause. During the month of August we will not be offering morning open classes. We appreciate your understanding while we evaluate how to best serve our open class attendees. If you have any questions please contact us at education@tudance.org

TU Dance Center is offering virtual open classes to our community until further notice. In order to continue with this offering and be able to compensate our teaching artists and accompanists going forward, a class fee is necessary. We recognize that the current situation has affected our community in different ways. Class participants will be able to chose from a sliding scale, with a minimum fee of $8.

Thursdays, 5:00-6:00pm CST | Krump

Classes will be added as they get confirmed. For a calendar view of classes and Teaching Artist information please visit www.tudance.org/openschedule

Cost: $8 – $12 – $15
(Please type under “Your Price” below your payment choice of $8, $12, $15 or a greater amount if you wish to make a donation beyond the class fee)

A Zoom link will be emailed 30 minutes prior to the start of the class you purchased.  If you don’t receive the email with the link please contact Maxine Yamazaki at maxine.yamazaki@tudance.org requesting the link.

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One participant per registration.

Support TU Dance During the Give-At-Home-MN Campaign

Greetings from TU Dance!

We hope you and your loved ones are well. 

TU Dance, like most nonprofits, businesses, and individuals has been impacted by the effects of the current situation. Since the beginning, our concern and response has been filled with compassion and care. We continue to fulfill our mission by working to:

  • Ensure everyone remains safe
  • Ensure our TU Dance Center students continue to dance and be inspired
  • Ensure our Staff, Dancers, Teaching Artists, Accompanists, and others who depend on TU Dance are considered in our decision making
  • Ensure we continue to listen to the needs of our community 

As we deal with the ever changing situation, some decisions have not been easy. We were saddened that the company Spring Season at The Cowles Center, which included four world premieres, had to be cancelled due to gathering restrictions. Several TU Dance Experiences –our field trip program to TU Dance Center– were cancelled, as well as the TU Dance Center Spring Student Showcase, which was scheduled for June 13. All of these cancellations have a direct impact on our students, artists, patrons, and the community at large.

The School at TU Dance Center programs were reimagined to an online platform. We were amazed by the courage, passion, and creativity of our staff, teaching artists, and accompanists. They dedicated many hours to learn, reinvent, and adapt to this new reality. Since the classes were transferred to the virtual world, we are proud that:

  • Our Pre-Professional and Children & Teen programs’ previous enrollment has remained consistent, while new students have been joining our programs. Currently 158 students are taking classes online!
  • 24 teachers and 11 accompanists continue to be employed. 
  • The financial aid application process has been reopened and we have allocated additional funds beyond what was originally budgeted to our TU Dance Access Fund to aid families affected by the current circumstances.
  • We reduced the tuition of new adult and Dancing Together workshops by 33%.
  • We offered, in collaboration with teaching artist DejaJoelle, Quarantine Love: Self-Care During a Pandemic, a workshop specially created in response to the current situation.
  • We are offering three free weekly online classes with an average participation of 30 local, national, and international students.

The loss of revenue from unrealized performance ticket sales, educational programming cancellations, reduced tuition fees, hosting open community classes at no charge and increased financial aid, among other things, has created stress on TU Dance’s finances. Meanwhile, our commitment to the community has not ceased. We have taken every effort to support our artists during this difficult time. With imagination, we’ve continued to fulfill our mission and remain steadfast with the connective power of dance. 

From May 1- 8, TU Dance joins the GiveMN’s #GiveAtHomeMN campaign. We invite you to participate in building this new chapter of our story. Your contribution to TU Dance willhelp us maintain and create new and needed programming while we support all of those who make TU Dance’s mission a reality. Please consider making a donation to TU Dance by visiting: www.givemn.org/organization/TU-Dance

Together we will get through this!

All of us at TU Dance

Virtual Quarantine Love: Self-Care During a Pandemic with DejaJoelle

This class is for all levels and all walks of life. During this time of uncertainty, the one thing you can count on is your body and spirit bringing you through. Utilizing meditations, movement, and affirmation. Unwind, decompress, manifest, and visualize the world you want to walk FORWARD into. All ages are welcome: low-intensity movement– mostly stretching and extensions.

Fridays, 2:00-3:30pm 

Session A: April 24-May 15 

Session B: May 22-Jun2 12

Cost: $40.00

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

Student Name:

*Zoom link will be emailed to registered participants.

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.”

Photo by Maya Clark

Virtual Adult Beginning Modern Workshop with Lori Mercil

During these two 4-week virtual workshops Lori will focus on helping students feel a sense of both release and groundedness, using breath and imagery, while also finding our inner strength, alignment, and connection to ourselves and the world from our own living rooms and kitchens. A gentle, easy to follow warm-up will be followed by simple movement patterns that play with rhythm, spatial awareness, and movement qualities, doing our best to move “big” in a small space.

Mondays, 12:00-1:30pm

Session 2A: April 20- May 11
Session 2B: May 18- June 15 (no class on May 25)

Cost: $40.00 per session (pre-registration required). Participants will be emailed the class link.

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

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In addition to earning a BFA in Dance from the U of MT, Lori earned summer scholarships for further study at the Martha Graham School in NYC, and Repertory Dance Theater in Salt Lake City, and has taught and/or performed ballet, jazz, modern, and creative movement in Montana, Oregon, Japan, and the Twin Cities. Locally, Lori has taught jazz, modern, ballet, hip hop, and creative movement at various locations, including Ballare Teatro, Elev8, Zenon, and Young Dance. Lori currently dances with the Christopher Watson Dance Company, and MotionArt, and has danced with Becky Heist, Hauser Dance, Karla Grotting, Link Vostok , Marciano Silva dos Santos, Marylee Hardenbergh, Off-Leash Area, and Una Setia. Lori has shown her own work at Hauser Dance, Kinetic Kitchen, Dances at the Lakes, and Solstice River, and is currently co-producer/choreographer for Global Water Dances, Minneapolis, and 16 Feet (an annual choreographers’ showcase).

Virtual Adult Beginning Ballet Workshop with Tina Anderson

These two 4-week ballet technique workshops 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 2A: April 21- May 12
Session 2B: May 19- June 9

Cost: $40.00 per session (pre-registration required). Participants will be emailed class link

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

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Virtual Dancing Together

These two 4-week sessions are 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

Session 2A: April 18- May 9 (4 weeks)
Session 2B: May 16- June 6 (4 weeks)

Cost: $40 per workshop (Pre-registration required. Participants will be emailed the class link)

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

Please select one option below :
Child and Parent/Caregiver Name and Lastname:

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