3-Day Contemporary Dance Workshop with Kjara Starič Wurst, June 22-24

As a choreographer and teacher, Kjara combines technically stylized classical ballet, the broken lines of contemporary ballet, and the softness and fluidity of contemporary dance. Emphasizing interpretation and precise movement as well as playing with different dynamics and rhythm. Kjara‘s choreography is very physical, filled with the suggestiveness of everyday movement and vulnerability, and emphasizes humanity and narration within the dancers. This three day workshop –for intermediate/advanced level dancers– will include an hour of structured warm up each day followed by two hours focused on choreography.

Kjara Starič Wurst is a Slovene choreographer, currently based in Milan, Italy. Ms. Wurst danced with Slovenski Plesni Projekt Contemporary Dance Company. In 2010, she founded Kjara’s Dance Project (KDP) to give young dancers the opportunity for more stage experience.

Thursday, June 22, 5:00-8:00pm
Friday, June 23, 5:00-8:00pm
Saturday, June 24, 11:00am-2:00pm

Cost: $150 (*Pre-registration required)

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Improvisation class with Hijack, April-May 2017

HIJACK is the choreographic collaboration of Kristin Van Loon & Arwen Wilder. Van Loon & Wilder each grew up in Chicago, met at Colorado College, and established their collaboration in Minneapolis in 1993. HIJACK will be teaching a series of classes at TU Dance Center.

Saturdays, April 29 and May 6, 20 and 27


Cost: $14/class or class cards

HIJACK has taught and performed in New York (at DTW, PS122, HERE ArtCenter, Catch/Movement Research Festival, La Mama, Dixon Place, Chocolate Factory, Brooklyn Studios for Dance), Japan, Russia, Central America, Ottawa, Chicago, Colorado, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Seattle, San Francisco, Iowa, Portland at Bates Festival, Fuse Box Festival and Seattle Festival for Dance Improvisation (SFDI).  HIJACK teaches Composition/Improvisation/Contact Improvisation at the University of Minnesota. They have taught Improvisation/Contact Improvisation at Zenon Dance School every Wednesday morning since 2000.  With Body Cartography, HIJACK co-curates Future Interstates, a bi-monthly showcase for improvisation dance performance, at the Cowles Center for Dance and Performing Arts. In 2013, Walker Art Center celebrated the 20th anniversary of HIJACK by commissioning the full-evening work “redundant, ready, reading, radish, Red Eye”.  In 2014, Contact Quarterly published the chapbook “Passing For Dance — a HIJACK reader”.  HIJACK is currently “occupying” the Walker Art Center Mediatheque: making and performing dances in a small cinema with avant garde film.

Midday Adult Beginning Modern with Thern Anderson, May 1-22

This 4-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 perform with Choreogram Dance Company.  She has taught to all ages and abilities in Washington, DC, Portland, OR and Minneapolis, MN.

Mondays, May 1-22, 12:00-1:30pm

Cost: $55 (pre-registration required)

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Modern class with Robin Stiehm, April 26

Robin Stiehm’s class will utilize a diverse range of movement techniques, reflecting her varied dance experiences of over 40 years. Students will find a release into the floor, leading to strong standing movement and finally full-bodied airborne dancing. Class will begin with a basic alignment-focused warm-up, preparing the dancer for phrase work, partnering and improvisation exercises.

Wednesday, April 26 | 4:30-6:00pm
Cost: $14/class or class card

Robin Stiehm received her early training at the Minnesota Dance Theatre, under the direction of Loyce Houlton. She danced with MDT, New Dance Ensemble, and many others in Minneapolis before forming her own group, Dancing People Company, in 1994. After DPC’s decade in Mpls., Robin moved the company to Ashland, OR where she was Artistic Director for another 13 years before stepping down. Robin has choreographed for over 25 years, both with Dancing People and companies in the US. With DPC, Robin has toured extensively and taught at international festivals and universities in Russia, Europe and the US. She is currently on the faculty of the Escuela Profesional de Danza de Mazatlan and also guest teaches in the US.

Open Class with Eva Mohn, April 12

Cullberg Ballet dancer and former TU Dance Company member Eva Mohn returns to the Twin Cities to teach this Wednesday, April 12th from 9:30-11:00am. Advanced/Professional Contemporary Class exploring both barre and center work.

Cost: $14/class, $120/10-class card (cash, check or credit card).

To learn more about Eva, please visit: http://www.cullbergbaletten.se/en/eva-mohn

Photo by Urban Jörén

2- Hour In-Depth Classes, April 10-14

TU Dance Center is offering a series of In-Depth classes for dancers who would like to expand their knowledge or would like to try new techniques or forms of dance. These classes are for Intermediate/Advanced students.

Monday, April 10
Contemporary Floor Work with TU Dance company member Adam McGaw
Class Description: Using the floor as the essential component for full body connectivity and awareness, this technique class will work to build familiarity with the floor and how we can use it to its fullest potential. We will utilize a progression that takes the dancer from the floor to vertical, while exploring the movement possibilities between those two places. We will roll, slide, crawl, fall, expand, collapse, spiral, resist and much more. Participants are encouraged to wear long sleeve shirts, pants and socks due to the significant amount of time spent on the floor.

Tuesday, April 11
AFASAM: Contemporary Dance inspired by Africa, Asia and America with Michel Kouakou 
Class Description: The class is called “AFASAM”, a dance style inspired by the blends of techniques of formal dance
training from three continents combined with a contemporary notion. The name AFASAM was derived from the first two alphabetical letters of three continents, Africa, Asia and America. In this movement vocabulary, I based the in depth experience on how to unleash a contained moving body within its spiritual realm while being rhythmically present in space. The Blend of West African dances mostly known for their spiritual and percussive orientation with Butoh, deals with the inner part of the body alongside the western Modern dance technique that emphasizes the alignment of the body and space combining to create a free flow and dynamic movement that describes the spectrum of the AFASAM Technique.

Wednesday, April 12
Composition and Improvisation with Wynn Fricke 
Class description:  This class will use solo and group improvisation as a means to explore, in a relaxed way, the tools of the choreographer: space, time, and energy. We will work with visual imagery as a starting point to choreograph short solos that will be the basis of small group compositions. We will build partnering skills as part of this exploration.

Thursday, April 13
Ballet with Jeffrey Hankinson
Class Description: This two-hour ballet class will have elements of traditional Russian Vagonova technique along with contemporary ballet technique for the intermediate to advanced dancer with emphasis on correct placement, strength and stamina. The two hours allows for a deeper exploration of ballet pedagogy starting with barre exercises that build into center combinations, ending with grand allegro and reverence.

Friday, April 14
Gaga/Dancer Class with Berit Ahlgren
Class Description: Gaga/dancer classes are taught by dancers who have worked closely with Ohad Naharin, and 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/dancer 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.

Daily, 4:30-6:30pm

Cost: $18/class or $80/5 2-hour classes (pre-registration required, classes might be cancelled if the minimum number of students is not reached)

*Intermediate/Advanced Level

For more information contact us at education@tudance.org or 612-605-1925

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

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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

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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

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Adult Beginning Ballet with Tina Anderson Wallum, February 5-April 2 & April 23-June 11

This ballet technique class 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.

Sundays, 1:00-2:30pm

Session 1: February 5 – April 2 | Cost: $122
Session 2: April 23 – June 11 | Cost: $110

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*$15 for a single drop-in class (exact cash or check only at TU Dance Center).

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