In Studio Company Showing, October 10

In anticipation of the TU Dance 15th Anniversary Fall Concert at the Ordway Center on October 27, please join Artistic Directors Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands at TU Dance Center for an informal in-studio showing celebrating TU Dance’s 15th anniversary performance season. The showing will feature excerpts from the fall concert program, including a new retrospective work reflecting on the company’s rich repertoire of thought-provoking works as well as the Ordway’s first commission for TU Dance — With Love (2011), inspired by the paintings of African American artist Ernie Barnes and set to the legendary music of Donny Hathaway. Also on the program is Uri Sands’ Salve, a work that brings people together in hope from adversity, originally commissioned in 2017 by Ballet Memphis.

Wednesday, October 10. Doors open at 5:00pm. Showing begins at 5:30pm. Refreshments to be provided.

Space is limited. Advanced registration required. RSVP here or call 651-282-3115

This activity is supported by a grant from the Good Family Foundation.

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 Subway overflow parking lot located east of the TU Dance Center parking lot.

Free Boys Class, October 13

Please join us for a free Boys Dance class (ages 9-12) on Saturday October 13, 9:45-10:45am with TU Dance company member Randall Riley. Boys Dancing is a physical experience that promotes body awareness, strength and coordination through dance concepts and music. Students are still able to enroll for our Fall session which is currently underway and runs through December 8.

Dancing Your Story: Workshop 3

A curriculum designed for adults ages 55+.

Join teaching artists Thern Anderson & Mary Moore Easter in a dance and writing workshop at TU Dance Center. 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 their range of motion. Classes are accompanied by live music.

This workshop is available to all levels and abilities. No previous experience is necessary. Limited spaces available. This workshop is free. All sessions and the culminating event will be held at TU Dance Center.

Dates: Mondays, 2:00-3:30pm, October 29-December 17 (8 sessions)

Culminating event: December 17, 3:30-5:00pm

For more information and to register, please contact TU Dance Education & Outreach Coordinator Kaitin Kelly Benedict at kaitin.kbenedict@tudance.org or 612-605-1925.

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.

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