Class With Chris LaPlante, September 8

LIT (LaPlante’s Integrated Technique) is an evolving amalgamation of numerous techniques that explores the connectivity of the body, from a breaking approach to floor work, image and sensation-based improvisation, to exercises that warm, connect, and condition the body. LIT is inspired by Horton, Limón, qi gong, and the Alexander Technique.

Saturday, September 8 | 2:00-3:30pm
Advanced-Intermediate/Advanced-Professional

Cost: $14 or class card

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Bio: Christopher LaPlante was born and raised in St. Paul Park, MN. After training in the University of Minnesota’s Dance Program, he danced with TU Dance, Twin Cities Ballet, Zenon Dance Company, Minnesota Opera and ARENA Dances, as well as numerous smaller projects. Chris has shown his own choreography at 9×22 Dance/Lab in Minneapolis, the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Dance Program and numerous other sites in Minneapolis. While in New York, he has had the opportunity to dance with Abraham.In.Motion and a collaboration with Yoshito Sakuraba. Throughout the past four years, he has worked with Guggenheim, Pew, and United States Artists fellow Raphael Xavier. Chris has taught his LIT class throughout the east coast and at the University of Minnesota and TU Dance Center.

Adult Beginning Ballet with Tina Anderson

This ballet technique 6-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: September 4 – October 15
Session 2: October 16 – December 3 (no classes November 19-25)

Cost: $85.00 (pre-registration required)

Sessions (please select one option below) :
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Adult Beginning Modern with Thern Anderson (Evenings)

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

Wednesdays, 6:00-7:30pm

Session 1: September 4 – October 15
Session 2: October 16 – December 3 (no classes November 19-25)

Cost: $85.00 (pre-registration required)

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Adult Beginning Modern with Thern Anderson (Midday)

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

Mondays, 12:00-1:30pm

Session 1: September 4 – October 15
Session 2: October 16 – December 3 (no classes November 19-25)

Cost: $85 (pre-registration required)

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Modern/Contemporary Class with Marcus Willis, August 11

Join us as visiting teaching artist and choreographer Marcus Jarrell Willis teaches a Modern/Contemporary class at TU Dance Center. The class is a blend of familiar Horton-based technique exercises with other modern release forms during the warm-up portion. The remainder of the class is an exploration of the continuous development of my own signature language through gestural and contemporary forms of Modern Dance movement. This classes are for Advanced/Pre-Professional Level.

Saturday, August 11 | 11:00am-12:30pm

Cost: $16 (Online pre-registration suggested. Class cards accepted with addition $4 fee)

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Marcus Jarrell Willis has worked professionally with Pascal Rioult Dance Theater (RIOULT), Dominic Walsh Dance Theater, Tania Pérez-Salas Compañía de Danza and was a member of Ailey II. Mr. Willis performed with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater from 2008-2016 traveling around the world performing, teaching numerous masterclasses and participating through outreach in various communities both locally and abroad. He continues to teach through various outreach mediums around the world. He has presented his choreographic work in several festivals around the United States and Europe. Commissions include works created for Ailey II, TU Dance, Company Danzante, The Ailey School, University of Minnesota, Lucia Marthas Institute for the Performing Arts in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Satellite Collective, The Dance Gallery Festival Level Up Commission in 2013 and The 92ndY Dance Introduction Series. Mr. Willis is the Founder of MJ Willis Project-Inc. He produced its inaugural performance, An Evening To Remember in NYC during the spring of 2016. Recently, Project-Inc. made its Wales debut in Project-Inc. Presents: My Brother, Dear Sister. Mr. Willis was named Best Choreographer for TU Dance creation, Sensible Existence in City Pages 2018 Best of the Twin Cities. Mr. Willis will forever continue his journey and exploration in the arts striving to reach hearts all around the world.

Photo credit: Stéphane Chouan

Dancing Your Story: Workshop 2, July 9-August 27

Join teaching artists Thern Anderson & Mary Moore Easter in a dance and writing workshop. 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 thier range of motion. Classes are accompanied with live music.

*This workshop is available to all levels and abilities. No previous experience is necessary. Limited spaces available. This workshop is free.

July 9 – August 27 | Mondays, 1:30-3:00pm
Episcopal Homes-Coventry Chapel, 1840 University Ave. W Saint Paul, MN 55104
(Culminating event at TU Dance Center)

Watch the Dancing Your Story: Workshop video here

Please contact kaitin.kbenedict@tudance.org with questions and registration.

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.

Masterclass with Rosangela Silvestre

TU Dance and Contempo Physical Dance are thrilled to welcome Brazilian dancer, choreographer, and teacher Rosangela Silvestre to Minnesota for a special master class. Rosangela is the creator of the Silvestre Dance Technique, which uniquely combines Brazilian Orixa dance movement, North American modern dance techniques such as Horton and Graham, and other symbolic elements. She is also renowned for her classes on the Symbology of the Orixas, which focus on the “connections between the rhythms and the traditional movement, archetype, and story of the Orixa dances interpreted as an art form.” This class will feature live percussion.
Friday, May 4 | 5:15-6:45pm
Cost: $14 (no TUDC class cards accepted for this class)
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Rosangela Silvestre is a native of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance and conducted post-graduate work specializing in choreography, achieving her degree from the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA). She has researched dance and music in Brazil, India, Egypt, Senegal and Cuba as part of her ever-evolving and eclectic palette of movement. For the last 24 years, Rosangela has directed The Silvestre Technique training program in Salvador, Brazil.

Rosangela has choreographed numerous dance pieces for companies based in Brazil – Balé Folclórico da Bahia and Odunde – as well as Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Company, Ballet Hispanico Repertory Company, American Academy of Ballet, Roots of Brazil, Dance Brazil, Viver Brasil, Muntu Dance Theater, and the Kendra Kimbrough Dance Company. Her dance investigation and constant development created an opportunity to connect with the eclectic American musician Steve Coleman, with whom she traveled to diverse countries which have African roots in their music and dance. With Steve Coleman, Rosangela developed an idea to have the body as an instrument that provides the movement-form of any sound that can be captured – thereby discovering and creating dance at any moment. Rosangela is currently the choreographer of Viver Brasil Dance Company Directed by Linda Yudin and Luiz Badaró.
Watch the Silvestre Technique video here.

Dancing Your Story, a dance and writing workshop for adults ages 55+, April 16 – June11

Join Thern Anderson & Mary Easter in a workshop designed for adults Ages 55+ that combines dance and writing. Movement will be explored in concert with writing exercises to create a history or explore some aspect of your life, be it real or imagined. Students will expand their range of motion through practicing set choreography and creating movement phrases, gaining knowledge of how the human body moves with the understanding that each body holds its own unique history. Students will hone their observation and listening skills to support fellow artists.

*Chairs will be available for support and wheelchairs are encouraged to participate!

April 16 – June 11 | Mondays 2:00-3:30pm
Episcopal Homes-Coventry Chapel, 1840 University Ave. W Saint Paul, MN 55104
(Culminating event on June 11 at TU Dance Center)

Please contact TU Dance to register: kaitin.kbenedict@tudance.org

Limited spaces available. This workshop is free.

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.

Contemporary Experiments: Improvisation + Technique + Performance, April 20

This advanced level dance master class taught by Leslie Parker with live music is a rigorous physical exploration of the intersections between thought and movement, the real and the representational, the past and the present, freestyle and improvisation, flow and disruption. In this class, the exploration of presence as multiple embodied states that generate empathetic choices in making dances and dance performance is informed by the African Diaspora in both a historical and contemporary moment.

This class emphasizes athleticism, grounded movement and polyrhythmic phrases that include floorwork with moments for risk-taking, to reflect, and to respond through improvisation. The objective is to push physical boundaries while focusing on breath, gravity, rhythm and musicality.  We will challenge norms that inhabits the body, space, promote greater awareness in impulses, and apply intersectionality to “unpack” our internal and external input so that a new kind of expression may emerge.

Friday, April 20 | 5:15-6:45 pm | TU Dance Center

Class Fee: $14

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Leslie Parker is a dance artist/maker, improviser, performer and educator with an archive of embodied memories from 34 years of studying, researching, teaching and performing dances from sacred and secular practices of the African Diaspora. Informally, her training is credited to a fierce community of activists, organizers, dancers and artists who emphasized the significance of community and strives to restore its vibrancy. She has danced with national and international artists in Germany, Virginia, Minnesota, Philadelphia, and New York. She is the recipient of the 2017 New York Dance and Performance Award Bessie Award for Outstanding Performer. Parker is motivated to make spaces for dance that are wildly creative, inquisitive, and experimental in their exploration of themes related to spirituality, racial identity and social justice. To read more, visit leslieparkerdance.com

This masterclass is provided by Brownbody in partnership with TU Dance.

Social Dance Workshop

Please join TU Dance Center students as they host a movement workshop rooted in the African-American vernacular, with Timothy Edwards and Maleek Washington, members of Camille A. Brown & Dancers, who celebrate the power of African-American social dance and its impact and influence on American dance forms throughout history. Tim and Maleek will use their individual talents and experiences as CABD members to help attendees investigate the ways communities used movement as a form of social expression, activism and fun! It is Camille’s hope that the spirit of expression through movement is embodied in our present day – providing the individual with a platform to celebrate their identity and to share their personal expression with the community of participants. Tim and Maleek are featured in ink’s male duet section, “Turf.”

It is requested that participants prepare for the class by reviewing the linked materials below on “Turf” which include  a recent New York Times article about the work, a New York Times Instagram post about Tim and Maleek’s role in turf, a description of ink, and an essay Camille wrote about the entire identity trilogy.

March 21, 6:00-7:30pm

For more information click here.

This class is part of Ordway’s Taking Our Place Centerstage (TOPC) initiative, collaboration with Robin Hickman, the CEO and Executive Producer of SoulTouch Productions. Through TOPC the Ordway deepens relationships while exploring the rich artistic traditions of diverse communities in our region.

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