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.

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.

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)

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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)

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Adult Beginning Modern Workshop with Thern Anderson (Evenings), 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.

Wednesdays, 6:00-7:30pm

Session 1: September 4 – October 9
Session 2: October 16 – November 20

Cost: $85.00 (pre-registration required)

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W(Righting) Your Truth Workshop with Brother(hood) Dance!, August 24 & 25

THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

W(Righting) Your Truth with Orlando Hunter of Brother(hood) Dance! is a creative writing incubator for dancers and writers (poets, songwriters, and scholars) to investigate ideas in which they may not have had the space to explore or are dreaming about how to actively and effectively use their gifts to write their truth.

We are dancers who write and are interested in the translation of words to bodies, bodies to words. We live in a world where myths and narratives are constantly being created around the body. How do we rewrite and recreate ourselves from quasi-narrative notions of self and wholeness? If words and actions negatively impact our emotional bodies, how can we heal using these same modes to rebuild and secure our inner strength. Write, right, your truth.

August 24 & 25, 3:00-5:30pm

Students should wear clothing that they feel comfortable moving in (no jeans) and bring a notebook and something to write with. This workshop is open to all who can dance and write. 

Cost: $45.00 for the two-day workshop, payable online or at TUDC by cash, check or debit/credit card. Online pre-registration recommended.

Brother(hood) Dance! is an interdisciplinary duo that seeks to inform its audiences on the socio-political and environmental injustices from a global perspective, bringing clarity to the same-gender-loving African-American experience in the 21st century. Brother(hood) Dance! was formed in April 2014 as a duo that research, create and perform dances of freedom by Orlando Zane Hunter, Jr. and Ricarrdo Valentine. We have performed our works at FiveMyles, Center for Performance Research, B.A.A.D! (Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance), VCU-The Grace Street Theater, DraftWork at St. Marks Church, JACK, Movement Research at Judson Church, Colby College, Denmark Arts Center and other venues. As a collective, our work demonstrates how life extends beyond its own subjective limits and often tells a story about the effects of global cultural interaction over the latter half of the twentieth century. It challenges the binaries we continually reconstruct between Self and Other, between our own ‘cannibal’ and ‘civilized’ selves. By rejecting an objective truth and global cultural narratives, we find that movement reveals an inherent awkwardness, a humor that echoes our own vulnerabilities. Brother(hood) Dance! considers movement as a metaphor for the ever-seeking man who experiences a continuous loss. Brother(hood) Dance!’s work urge us to renegotiate performance as being part of a reactive or – at times – autistic medium, commenting on oppressing themes in our contemporary society.

Orlando Hunter is a choreographer who researches, illustrates and creates from an African-American male perspective. In his work he tackles issues resulting from a capitalistic imperialist patriarchal white supremacist system. Hunter grew up dancing hip-hop and graduated with a BFA in Dance from Univ. of Minnesota, where he performed works by Donald Byrd, Bill T. Jones, Carl Flink, Louis Falco, Colleen Thomas, Uri Sands, Stephen Petronio and Nora Chipaumire. His solo “Mutiny” was selected to represent the University of Minnesota at the 2011 ACDFA gala in Madison, Wisconsin. Orlando studied LGBT activism and history in Amsterdam and Berlin. He has performed with Christal Brown/INspirit Dance Company, Contempo Physical Dance, Forces of Nature, Makeda Thomas, Threads Dance Project, TU Dance and Ananya Dance Theater, an all women’s company where he was the first male member and toured with them to Trinidad & Tobago and Zimbabwe. Hunter is a co-founder of the collective Brother(hood) Dance!

Photo by Jaimé Dzandu.

Location & Parking Information: 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 and Charles.

Master Classes with Maurya Kerr and Marcus Jarrell Willis, August 10

Join visiting guest artist Maurya Kerr for diving into being, a class that offers an improvisatory landscape of generative play and imaginative rigor. Participants will shape-shift and risk-take; challenge self-conceived limits of generosity and curiosity; fortify creative, investigative, and physical stamina; plummet into joy, failure, and the exquisite messiness of having a body; and dare to care deeply. This class is for an Advanced/Professional Level. Saturday, August 10 | 10:00-11:30am

Join visiting guest artist Marcus Jarrell Willis for 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 Willis’s own signature language through gestural and contemporary forms of Modern Dance movement. This class is for an Advanced/Professional Level. Saturday, August 10 | 12:00-1:30pm

Cost*: $20 per class or $30 for both classes, payable online or at TUDC by cash, check or debit/credit card. Online pre-registration recommended. 

*There is a special rate for those students currently enrolled in the Advanced Pre-Professional Summer Intensive. Please contact Administrative Associate Maxine Yamazaki at maxine.yamazaki@tudance.org for information.

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Maurya Kerr is a choreographer, educator, performer, and the artistic director of tinypistol, where her choreographic work has been honored by numerous awards, grants, and commissions. She was an ODC artist-in-residence from 2015 to 2018, and completed her MFA through Hollins University in 2016, writing her thesis on people of color and their access to, or prohibition from, wonderment. She was a member of Alonzo King LINES Ballet for twelve years, and most recently performed in The Foundry’s Deep South, and BodyCartography Project’s felt room at SFMOMA and the University of Minnesota’s Weisman Museum. In 2017 she co-founded the tiny little get down, a quarterly dance party intended to defiantly and subversively fortify otherness through embodied joy and the power of the collective. Photo credit: Andrew Weeks

Marcus Jarrell Willis has performed with RIOULT, Dominic Walsh Dance Theater, Tania Pérez-Salas Compañía de Danza and was a member of Ailey II. Willis performed with the 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 has been a resident teacher for the KCFAA Paseo Project and was a member of the KCFAA Ailey Trio, leading lecture demonstrations in schools around the Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas area. Willis is a returning teacher at Centre Chorégraphique James Carles Stage International de Danse in Toulouse, France. Willis has presented his choreographic work in the 2009 TDDC Contemporary Dance Festival in NYC, The Ailey Dancer’s Resource Fund performances, The Dance Gallery Festival, The Moving Beauty Series and Gdánsk Festival Tańca in Poland. Commissions include works created for Ailey II, TU Dance, Company Danzante, The Juilliard School, 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 92nd Y Dance Introduction Series, among others. Willis is the Founder of MJ Willis Project-Inc, which made its debut in Wales in 2017, premiering “My Brother, Dear Sister”. He was named Best Choreographer for TU Dance creation “Sensible Existence” in City Pages 2018-Best of the Twin Cities. Currently, he is the 2018/19 Leverhulme Choreography Fellow at Rambert Dance in London. Photo credit: Stéphane Chouan

Classes will be held at TU Dance Center, 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 Street and Charles Avenue.

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