Dance Master Class with Gioconda Barbuto, March 4

Encompassing, integrating, exploring and communicating, with a fun and direct approach that builds towards spatial awareness, improvisation, choreography and the development of physical language. These movement workshop can easily lend themselves towards dance, circus, opera, theatre and more.
March 4, 2017
2:00-3:30pm, TU Dance Center
Cost: $16
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“Gioconda’s workshop is based upon three fundamental points necessary for a dancer to thrive: reactivity, imagination and collective consciousness. Bringing the individuality and personality of each artist as the center of creation, the class proposes a series of improvisations which by the universality of the themes she proposes — the question of ego, of presence and the expressivity — applies as much to dancers as to circus artists, actors and singers. Revolving around the question of exchange, the workshop takes place in only 2 hours or less and unfolds like a pre orchestrated performance and a formidable human and artistic adventure.” Thomas Birzan, Dance Artist.

Gioconda Barbuto is an Italo-Canadian dancer and choreographer. She began her training with Gladys Forrester and pursued her artistic development at the Banff Centre and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. A dancer of explosive wit, subtle intelligence, and a fine sense of theatricality, Gioconda has distinguished herself throughout her career in an impressive number of works by choreographers such as George Balanchine, Nacho Duato, Michel Fokine, Christopher House, Jiri Kylián, Hans Van Manen, James Kudelka, José Limon, Brian Macdonald, Mark Morris, Ohad Naharin, Fernand Nault, Anthony Tudor, Sol León /Paul Lightfoot, Meryl Tankard, Johann Inger, American performance designer and director Robert Wilson and many others. She danced with the Minnesota Dance Theatre before becoming a soloist with Les Grand Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, where she danced for 16 years.  In 1998 she was invited by Jiri Kylian to join Nederlands Dans Theater III in The Hague, Holland, with a group of high caliber dancers, all over the age of forty, and toured internationally with the company for eight years. Gioconda is featured in two of Jiri Kylian’s award winning Films, Birth Day and Car Men.  In 1996 she was nominated for the Kennedy Center Fellowship and was the recipient of the Clifford E. Lee choreography award. She is a recipient of several grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and has created many of her own solo and group projects with many renowned dance artists, such as Margie Gillis, Ginette Laurin, Paul Andre Fortier, Coleman/Lemieux, Martino Müller, Anik Bissonnette, Emily Molnar and Joe Laughlin to name a few.  Gioconda‘s choreography has been presented at TU Dance, Ballet BC, Ballet Jorgen, Banff Festival Ballet, Danse Cite, Tangente, L’Agora de la danse, Vancouver Dance Centre, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, BJM Danse Montreal, Alberta Ballet, Minnesota Dance Theater, Northwest Dance Project, McKnight Fellowship Solo Commission, Bravo FACT, CBC Canada/Films Piche Ferrari, Ballet Kelowna, The Juilliard School, Arts Umbrella Dance Company, You Dance/National Ballet of Canada, Simon Fraser University Dance, Ecole Supérieure de Ballet de Quebec, Dutch National Ballet Academy, Nederlands Dans Theater Choreographic Workshop and many more. Gioconda has also created and directed the graduating production L’Abri, for the National Circus School.  The 2015-2016 season brought many new projects and highlights for Gioconda. She was selected as the 2015 McKnight International Artist and has choreographed and premiered a new work for the partnering company TU Dance entitled FOOTPRINT with music by Gabriel Prokofiev. Her season began with a creation and performance of a new work in collaboration with Joe Laughlin, entitled 4OUR, which continued on an eastern Canada tour in the fall of 2016. Amongst her many commissions, she also choreographed a new solo for Joe Laughlin and was invited back to Arts Umbrella Dance Company, Ecole Supérieure de Ballet de Quebec as well as the Dutch National Ballet Academy. Gioconda also conducted creative movement workshops for Danse a la Carte, University of Minnesota’s Northrop Auditorium, TU Dance, and for the summer dance intensives of the Dutch National Ballet, Arts Umbrella Dance and RUBBERBANDance Group. Her workshops will also be featured at the Vancouver Training Society and Yokohama Dance Intensive. This spring, for the Atelier et Laboratoire de Creation, Gioconda will be on faculty for the 10th Anniversary of TransFormation Danse. Gioconda continues to share her passion for Dance and the Performance Arts through her choreography, performances, movement workshops, directing and coaching.

Open Ballet Class with Jennifer Hart | Monday, February 6

Jennifer Hart will be teaching open ballet class on Monday, February 6 at 9:30am.  Please join us!

Cost: $14/class. Class card accepted.

Jennifer Hart is a choreographer whose work has been commissioned by Ballet Austin, Ballet Austin ll, Ballet Nouveau Colorado, James Sewell Ballet, Minnesota Dance Theater, The Walker Art Center’s Momentum Series, The McKnight Fellowship for Dancers, Metropolitan Ballet Project in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Lawrence Ballet Theatre.  In 2011, Hart was awarded a New York City Ballet Fellowship and won third place at the Saint-Sauveur International Choreography Competition. She received second place at Ballet Nouveau Colorado’s choreography competition, and was one of three winners of the University of Kansas’ competitive choreography competition. She was chosen three times to present work at Ballet Builders, New Choreographer’s on Point in NYC. She was commissioned by University of Massachusetts in the fall of 2013; the work was chosen for the National College Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center, June 2014. In March 2015, she premiered a new ballet, To Here, for Ballet Austin’s Director’s Choice. In 2014, she formed Performa/Dance with Ballet Austin dancer Edward Carr. Performa/Dance launched its inaugural show Ignite: Three Works, in June, 2014. Her work for Performa/Dance was awarded two Austin Critic’s Table awards for Best Short Work (“On Truth and Love”) and Best Dance Concert (Ignite: Three Works). Along with her work in concert dance, she has choreographed and performed cabaret shorts for nightclubs and television. She trained at Minnesota Dance Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet and San Francisco Ballet. Her performing career includes Minnesota Dance Theatre, Ballet of the Dolls, and L.A Chamber Ballet, as well as independent choreographers. She choreographs yearly for Ballet Austin’s apprentices and Fellowship recipients, teaches full-time in the academy, and serves as Curriculum Leader for the lower levels of the school.

Gaga/People Masterclass with Batsheva at TU Dance Center, January 23

Join us at TU Dance Center for a masterclass with Batsheva company member Ian Robinson. This masterclass is sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s Northrop Auditorium and is open to the general public. No previous dance or performance experience is necessary.

January 23, 11:00am-12:00pm

Register here.

Gaga/people classes are open to people ages 16+, regardless of their background in dance or movement. No previous dance experience is needed.

Gaga/people classes last for one hour and are taught by dancers who have worked closely with Ohad Naharin. Teachers 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/people 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.

To learn more about Gaga/people click here.

Ian Robinson was born in the U.S. in 1985. He graduated from New York University and performed with Mikhail Baryshnikov’s Hell’s Kitchen Dance, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Les Ballets Jazz de Montr?al, Sydney Dance Company, and Aszure Barton & Artists. Ian joined Batsheva Dance Company in 2009.

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 (, 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).

Teen/Adult Inversion Modern Workshop with Jennifer Ilse, January 31-March 28 & April 18-June 6

This workshop is for intermediate and advanced dancers with some experience in inversions, such as gymnastics, breakdancing, or yoga, or for those who get excited when there are handstands and cartwheels in modern dance classes!  Jennifer’s inversion dance is an ever-growing vocabulary that is fluid and strong, soft and powerful, while working the body with economy of movement. Drawing from modern dance and movement vocabularies in capoeira, yoga, gymnastics, Hawkins, and contemporary approaches to movement, build your movement possibilities with the full body in contact with the floor and walls.

A native of Wisconsin, Jennifer first studied dance in a professional setting in Duluth, Minnesota. She then moved to Eugene, Oregon to continue her studies at the University of Oregon. In Eugene, she also studied with the Eugene Ballet under Susan Zadoff of Ballet Russe, at the Musical Feet school of tap, and performed four seasons with the Dance Theatre of Oregon. After moving to Minneapolis in 1997 she became co-artistic director of the dance/theater/visual art hybrid company Off-Leash Area, with which she has choreographed and directed over 25 original full-length productions. She has also worked as a performer and collaborator with several choreographers in Minneapolis, including six years with Gerry Girouard in his intensely acrobatic dance work. Ilse has also worked as an educator, teaching ballet, tap and modern dance classes for adults and children, and leading dance and theater workshops in a variety of settings. She received an Artist Initiative grant in 2009 and 2012 from the Minnesota State Arts Board, was commissioned by the O’Shaughnessy in 2010, and received an MRAC/McKnight Next Step Grant in 2015. Drawing from her past work with Gerry Girouard, Jennifer developed her own vocabulary and has been teaching her Inversion Modern Dance classes for 4 years.

Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30pm

Session 1: January 31 – March 28. Cost: $122
Session 2: April 18 – June 6 | Cost: : $110

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

Picture credit: Kari Mosel


Winter Intensive at TU Dance Center, January 9-14

This six day intensive will offer two different programs: one to beginning/intermediate students (ages 12-16) and one to intermediate/advanced students (ages 17-23). Both programs will give students the opportunity to experience several styles of dance and discover the differences as well as the elements that connect them. Classes will include: modern, ballet, contemporary ballet, conditioning, stretching, jazz, breaking (a style of street dance) and yoga. The urban art form of breaking will be a focus of this intensive and will encourage students to study the technique with the same investigation and discipline that is applied to studying modern or ballet techniques. A discussion will bring the intensive to a close and allow students to reflect and share their experiences with one another.

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 artform of dance. We hope that you will join us for this exciting week of classes.

Beginning/Intermediate Schedule (Ages 12-16)

  • Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: Conditioning 4:30-5:00pm, Modern 5:00-6:15pm, Jazz 6:30-7:30pm
  • Tuesday and Thursday: Ballet 4:30-6:00pm, Stretching 6:00-6:15pm, Breaking 6:30-7:30pm
  • Saturday: Breaking 11:30-1:00pm, Yoga 1:15-2:15pm, Post Discussion 2:15-3:00pm

Intermediate/Advanced Schedule (Ages 17-23)

  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday: Modern 4:30-6:00pm, Breaking 6:15-8:15pm
  • Tuesday and Thursday: Contemporary Ballet 4:30-6:15pm, Yoga 6:30-7:45pm
  • Saturday: Contemporary Ballet Barre 11:00-11:45am, Breaking 11:45-1:00pm, Yoga 1:15-2:15pm, Post Discussion 2:15-3:00pm

Cost: $250 (Beginning/Intermediate) and $315 (Intermediate/Advanced). To register please pay online (see below) and submit this online registration form. Registration deadline by January 4th

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*Level placement will be assessed during the first technique class on Jan. 9th and changes will be made as necessary.

For questions about the Winter Intensive please contact Laurel Keen, Director of the School at TU Dance Center at or 612-605-1925.


Master Class with Aszure Barton

Northrop Auditorium and TU Dance Center invite you to a dance contemporary master class with Aszure Barton for advanced/intermediate students at TU Dance Center.

November 11, 10:30am-12:00pm at TU Dance Center

Cost: $10, free for UofM students

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Hailed by critics and audiences alike, Canadian choreographer Aszure Barton is the founder and director of Aszure Barton & Artists. She has created works for Mikhail Baryshnikov, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, English National Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Nederlands Dans Theater, National Ballet of Canada, Martha Graham Dance Company, Bayerisches Staatsballett, Sydney Dance Company, Houston Ballet, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, among many others. Her workshave been performed on countless international stages including Palais Garnier, The Kennedy Center, The Stanislavsky Theater, Sadler’s Wells, and Lincoln Center. Other choreography credits include the Broadway revival production of The Threepenny Opera directed by Scott Elliott (translation by Wallace Shawn and starring Cyndi Lauper, Alan Cumming, Jim Dale, Nellie Mackay, and Ana Gasteyer), film and installation projects, and international outreach activities such as Kenya’s Earth Project: Healing the Rift, at the Laikipia Nature Conservancy. Barton has been featured on the cover of Dance Magazine and her choreography has appeared in television projects, including the Sundance Channel’s Iconoclasts Series with Alice Waters and Mikhail Baryshnikov. She was the first artist-in-residence at The Baryshnikov Arts Center in 2005 and was a resident artist at The Banff Center from 2009-13. She has been proclaimed an official Ambassador of Contemporary Choreography in Canada and has received many accolades including the prestigious Arts & Letters Award, joining the ranks of Oscar Peterson, Eugene Levy, Karen Kain, and Christopher Plummer. Barton was born and raised in Alberta, Canada, and received her formal dance training at the National Ballet School, where, as a student, she helped originate the ongoing Stephen Godfrey Choreographic Showcase. She currently lives in Brooklyn and is a lover of green tea. Aszure Barton & Artists is a home for visual, sound, and performing artists and engineers, cohering in creative residencies to evoke the movement-based vision and free spirit of its founder. We seek to embrace risk and vulnerability to create work that is universal, intimate, and entertaining. Visit for more information.

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