Winter Intensive at TU Dance Center, Jan. 19-23

Exploring different approaches and deepened investigative techniques for enriching the class-taking experience.

This five-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 include modern, ballet and African techniques as well as conditioning and stretching classes. The goal of this intensive is to provide the dancers with various tools that can be used in class to promote increased exploration and intention behind movement. Dancers will have the opportunity to deconstruct the familiar elements of class and understand them in a new way. Each teacher will bring their wealth of knowledge, not only from a technique perspective but a “creative process” perspective as well, in order to assist with this exploration and tool building. The students will take an active role in this intensive by examining questions such as: “What is the true goal of technique class?”, “How can technique class best serve and prepare me for choreography?”, and “What is the relationship and optimum balance between technique and artistry?”.

Beginning/Intermediate,  4:30-8:00 pm (1/19-22), 10-2:30 pm (1/23)
Intermediate/Advanced, 4:30- 8:15 pm (1/19-22), 10- 2:30 pm (1/23)

(Saturday Jan. 23rd will include a panel discussion from 1:45-2:30pm which is open to families and friends)

Cost: $250 (Beginning/Intermediate) and $300 (Intermediate/Advanced).  Registration deadline by January 13th

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*Level placement will be assessed during the first technique class on Jan. 19th and changes will be made as necessary.


Laurel Keen Named Director of the School at TU Dance Center

TU Dance Artistic Directors Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands are pleased to announce the hiring of Laurel Keen as Director of the School at TU Dance Center. Keen, whose outstanding performing career includes nearly a decade with the San Francisco’s renowned Alonzo King Lines Ballet in San Francisco, will provide day-to-day leadership of the rapidly growing dance education program.

“Laurel’s fresh perspective on training for aspiring young dancers, coupled with her unparalleled ability, wisdom and breadth of knowledge in the field of contemporary ballet, will have a profound impact on TU Dance Center students,” noted Toni and Uri. “How fortunate we are, that Laurel– one of the leading contemporary dance artists of this era–has chosen to deepen her work in dance, here at home in the Twin Cities.”

“Dance Education Changed My Life” –Uri Sands

(L) Visiting RR Morton Elementary in Miami, the arts magnet school where I began; 
(R) in performance with TU Dance

From my childhood dance classes at RR Morton Elementary to the public New World School of the Arts, my life’s work was sparked by access to dance education. Toni and I founded TU Dance to create access and opportunity — a platform for artists, students and audiences to engage the remarkable art form that shaped our own lives. We are halfway through 2014 Give to the Max Day and we need your support. With your help, we will continue to bring the connective power of dance through local and touring performances, educational outreach programs and through need-based scholarships that make excellent dance training accessible at TU Dance Center in Saint Paul. Access to dance education changes lives.

Repertory class with students at TU Dance Center

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