Support to TU Dance as we end 2020!

TU Dance Center has long been a place for our community to express the unwavering belief that Black, Indigenous and people of color matter, and where our hope for the future we imagine is possible. In this moment of nationwide racial reckoning, TU Dance has been making space for:

  • Deepened engagement with our community through critical conversations and reflections
  • Transformative and engaging experiences
  • Creative collaboration with local visual artists and our community (mural website) 

As the community cried out for justice after the murder of George Floyd, TU Dance created restorative spaces, provided platforms for community expression and healing, as it has been since its foundation.

Through the economic upheaval, we remained committed to preserving the welfare of our company dancers, teaching artists, accompanists and staff. Since COVID-19, our focus has been on The School. We have adjusted and adapted our programs to support our entire community in the following ways:

 Allocated additional funds to the TU Dance Access Fund to aid families affected by financial hardship, providing almost $40,000 in financial assistance this calendar year — for a total of $656,566 in assistance  since the school’s founding in 2011 

  • Reduced tuition for workshops and facilitated free weekly classes 
  • Adapted our programming to a hybrid model where students participate remotely or masked and socially-distanced in the studio

We are heartened by the courage and creativity of our staff, teaching artists and accompanists as they continue to carry out our mission, and we are so inspired by the work our students are doing every day. 

As 2020 comes to a close, we invite you to take time and reflect with us on what has been an extraordinary year. Extraordinary in both the challenges our community continues to face and how we reimagine ways to not only survive but thrive. Annual support from individual donors like you make it possible for TU Dance to continue to provide the needed platform where artists, students and audiences experience the connective power of dance in new and meaningful ways. As we approach the end of the year, we ask you to consider a tax-deductible gift to TU Dance. 

We are looking forward with hope and new inspiration to 2021. We reaffirm more than ever our vision of a world that is culturally aware, celebrates diversity and advances equity; and even in this time, we find ways to play, to create, to embrace, to celebrate and to plan for the year ahead. Your gift will help us continue with this important part of our mission.

To give online today click here here! Donations can also be made by check  (made payable to TU Dance and mailed to P.O. Box 40405, St. Paul, MN 55104).

With our gratitude and best wishes for the new year,

Toni Pierce-Sands, Artistic Director and Abdo Sayegh-Rodriguez, Executive Director

Virtual Masterclass with Ronald K. Brown, August 8

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As part of the Intersect Summer Intensive, Evidence, A Dance Company and TU Dance are offering a virtual masterclass with Evidence’s Artistic Director Ronald K. Brown.

Saturday, August 8 | 3:00-4:30pm CST

Cost: $15/participant

Ronald K. Brown’s Master Class is designed for inter-generational participants with a wide range to no dance experience.  Classes begin with a focus on alignment and rhythm.

The class will include the introduction of the various dance techniques that are incorporated in the vocabulary of Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company that will help participants execute the repertory phrases more effectively.

To register, please complete the information requested below. A Zoom link will be emailed 30 minutes prior to the class on August 8.

Virtual Open Classes

We are taking a pause. During the month of August we will not be offering morning open classes. We appreciate your understanding while we evaluate how to best serve our open class attendees. If you have any questions please contact us at education@tudance.org

TU Dance Center is offering virtual open classes to our community until further notice. In order to continue with this offering and be able to compensate our teaching artists and accompanists going forward, a class fee is necessary. We recognize that the current situation has affected our community in different ways. Class participants will be able to chose from a sliding scale, with a minimum fee of $8.

Thursdays, 5:00-6:00pm CST | Krump

Classes will be added as they get confirmed. For a calendar view of classes and Teaching Artist information please visit www.tudance.org/openschedule

Cost: $8 – $12 – $15
(Please type under “Your Price” below your payment choice of $8, $12, $15 or a greater amount if you wish to make a donation beyond the class fee)

A Zoom link will be emailed 30 minutes prior to the start of the class you purchased.  If you don’t receive the email with the link please contact Maxine Yamazaki at maxine.yamazaki@tudance.org requesting the link.

Please select the class date you wish to take :
Student Name:
Your Price: $ 

One participant per registration.

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