Open Yoga with Sarah Baumert, Saturdays at 9:00am

Explore how we can use our skeletal alignment, find clarity in movement awareness and understand how our musculature reorganizes during the poses to maintain ease. Each class will focus on a different theme geared towards adapting our bodies to the current season. All levels are welcome.

Saturdays, 9:00-9:45am

COST: $12/class or $100/10 classes

No pre-registration required. For more information visit programs and classes at tudance.org

 

TU Dance Center Skill-Building Workshops for Teaching Artists and Arts Administrators

Four skill-building workshops led by experts in their respective fields, geared towards teaching artists and arts administrators. Supported by a grant from the AROHA Philanthropies.

Mental Health with Kelly Greene-Vagts
Monday, August 29th, 2:30-5:30pm, $35

Teaching Artist and Musician Communication with Toni Pierce-Sands, Eric Jensen, Michelle Kinney and Jess Pierce
Tuesday, August 30th, 2:30-5:30pm, $35

Cultural Competency with Radious Guess
Wednesday, August 31, 2:30-4:00pm, 4:30-6:00pm, and Thursday, September 1, 4:00-5:30pm, $40

Body-Mind Centering with Margie Fargnoli
Thursday, September 1, 2:30-4:00pm and Friday, September 2, 2:30-5:30pm, $40

To register, please see any TU Dance staff or visit programs and classes at tudance.org

Ends this Sunday: A $2600 Match to Support TU Dance Students

Dance education changes lives!  Click here and help us raise the funds that will allow us to continue to provide access to dance for all youth!
15 TU Dance Center families have stepped forward to create a $2,600 matching gift fund for our 7 day flash crowdfunding campaign. This means that the families will match every dollar that you give. The funds raised through the crowdfunding campaign will go to supporting our youth classes, which offer high level dance education to youth from all different backgrounds.
Your support makes it possible to share the remarkable, life-changing opportunity of dance. For questions, please contact Abdo Sayegh Rodriguez, TU Dance Managing Director: info@tudance.org. Thank you for supporting the connective power of dance and for your consideration of a contribution to the TU Dance Parent/Guardian Matching Fund.
TU Dance Center students in performance, 2016 | Photo Andrea Thomas

Ballet Workshop with Laurel Keen: January 14-16

Photo courtesy of Alonzo King Lines Ballet

Jan. 14 and 15, 5:00-8:00pm
Jan. 16, 10:00am-1:00pm

A 3-day workshop for intermediate and advanced students, including:

Investigative Ballet Class: Taking time to break down the fundamentals of ballet technique and how they can best serve the “versatile dancer” of today. The goal of this class is making the familiar new again. By seeking a balance between clarity and abandon, we can allow this ancient art form to speak to us in a new way.

Contemporary Ballet Phrase Building:  Dancers will take an active role in this class as we take elements discovered in class and push them further in hopes of revealing new ways of moving. Dancers will learn how to honor their own way of moving, while still feeling supported by the exquisite framework that classical ballet technique has to offer.

Cost: $150

Visit tudance.org/programs to register

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

Select Level :
Student Name:

*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.”

Ballet Workshop with Laurel Keen, Jan. 14-16, 2016

Photo courtesy of Alonzo King Lines Ballet

Jan. 14 and 15, 5:00-8:00pm
Jan. 16, 10:00am-1:00pm

After nearly a decade dancing with Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Laurel Keen shares her extraordinary artistry at TU Dance Center. This 3-day workshop for intermediate and advanced students offers the following classes:

Investigative Ballet Class: Taking time to break down the fundamentals of ballet technique and how they can best serve the “versatile dancer” of today. The goal of this class is making the familiar new again. By seeking a balance between clarity and abandon, we can allow this ancient art form to speak to us in a new way.

Contemporary Ballet Phrase Building:  Dancers will take an active role in this class as we take elements discovered in class and push them further in hopes of revealing new ways of moving. Dancers will learn how to honor their own way of moving, while still feeling supported by the exquisite framework that classical ballet technique has to offer.

Cost: $150

Student Name:

Alanna Morris-Van Tassel Awarded McKnight Dance Fellowship

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Our congratulations to TU Dance company member Alanna Morris-Van Tassel, recipient of a 2015 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Dancers.  A native of Brooklyn, New York, Alanna earned her BFA from the Julliard School and relocated to the Twin Cities in 2007, joining TU Dance as a company member.  Over the past 8 years, Alanna has made a deep contribution to the Minnesota dance scene through a wide range of performance and teaching activities.  In addition to this honor from McKnight, Alanna’s artistry was also recognized with a 2011 SAGE Award for Outstanding Performer.

 

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