Adult Beginning Modern Workshop with Thern Anderson (Midday), Spring 2019

This 8-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: January 28 – March 18
Session 2: April 8 – June 3 (no classes May 27 for Memorial Day)

Cost: $112.00 (pre-registration required)

To register, please complete the registration form and proceed to make an online payment below.

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Adult Beginning Modern Workshop with Thern Anderson (Evenings), Spring 2019

This 8-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: January 30 – March 20
Session 2: April 10 – May 29

Cost: $112.00 (pre-registration required)

To register, please complete the registration form and proceed to make an online payment below.

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Adult Beginning Ballet Workshop with Tina Anderson, Spring 2019

This ballet technique 8-week 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: January 29 – March 19
Session 2: April 9 – May 28

Cost: $112.00 (pre-registration required)

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TU Dance Experience, a field trip to TU Dance Center

Expose your students to a professional environment with a field trip to TU Dance Center. Students will tour TU Dance Center, have conversations with members of TU Dance company, watch the rehearsal process, come onto the dance floor for a brief movement exploration and have a short Q&A. This may also be combined with a dance class for students in our upstairs studio upon request. Schedule this visit on its own or in conjunction with one of our educational performances (coming soon: The O’Shaughnessy, May 3, 2019 at 10:00am) for a more in-depth, comprehensive experience.

Dates available in January, February, March and April, 2019.

TU Dance Experience: $175.00
TU Dance Experience with a dance class: $250.00

Transportation subsidy is available upon request thanks to a generous gift from the John and Joanne Gordon Family Fund of the Minneapolis Foundation. Complete the reimbursement request form here.

For more information contact Kaitin Kelly Benedict, TU Dance Education & Outreach Coordinator at kaitin.kbenedict@tudance.org or (651) 505-3264.

TU DANCE WINTER INTENSIVE, JANUARY 14-19, 2019

This six-day intensive will offer two different programs: one for beginning/intermediate students (ages 12-16) and one for advanced students (ages 17-24). The beginning/intermediate program will focus on conditioning for the body, technique classes in ballet and modern, as well as workshop classes which will explore choreography. The advanced program will offer a stronger focus on the workshop component. Dancers will begin each day with a ballet, modern or Gaga class, followed by a two-hour workshop class which will explore both improvisatory techniques and phrase work. The final day will bring both levels together to demonstrate and discuss with one another what they have learned throughout the week. This intensive offers students a chance to not only strengthen their technique but also uncover new ways of thinking about movement as they begin a new year.

The School at TU Dance Center offers a space that is open to students of all backgrounds and abilities and fosters individuality and creativity through the art form of dance. We hope that you will join us for this exciting week of classes.

Beginning/Intermediate Schedule (Ages 12-16 with 2+ years of formal training)

  • MondayWednesday and Friday: Conditioning 4:30-5:15pm, Ballet 5:15-6:30pm, Workshop 6:45-7:45pm
  • Tuesday and ThursdayConditioning 4:30-5:15pm, Modern 5:15-6:30pm, Workshop 6:45-7:45pm
  • Saturday: Modern 11:00-12:15pm, Workshop 12:30-1:30pm, Sharing + Post-Discussion 1:30-2:30pm

Advanced Schedule (Ages 17-24 with 4+ years of formal training)

  • Monday and Friday: Modern 4:30-6:00pm, Workshop 6:15-8:15pm
  • Wednesday: Gaga 4:30-6:00pm, Workshop 6:15-8:15pm
  • Tuesday and Thursday: Ballet 4:30-6:00pm, Workshop 6:15-8:15pm
  • Saturday: Gaga 11:00-12:15pm, Workshop 12:30-1:30pm, Sharing + Post-Discussion 1:30-2:30pm

Cost: $275 (Beginning/Intermediate) and $320 (Advanced). To register, please pay online (see below) and submit this online registration form. The registration deadline is Wednesday, January 9.

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Printable schedule Winter Intensice Schedule 2019

For level placement and questions please contact Laurel Keen, Director of the School at TU Dance Center at laurel.keen@tudance.org or (612) 440-9028.

(photo by Laura Scher)

TU Dance Center Winter Showcase 2018

Artistic Directors Toni Pierce-Sands & Uri Sands and School Director Laurel Keen invite you to the 2018 Winter Student Showcase at TU Dance Center. Students from levels 2-5 of the Pre-Professional Program will be featured in works by Artistic Director Uri Sands, including an excerpt from With Love which was recently performed for the company’s 15th Anniversary Season at the Ordway. The evening will also include two new works by TU Dance Center teaching artists Kenna Cottman and Darrius Strong as well as eight personal solos choreographed by the level 4 and 5 students. Please join us in celebrating these young dancers!
December 8 at 7:00pm & December 9 at 6:00pm
TU Dance Center
2121 University Ave. W., St. Paul, MN 55114
Tickets: $10.00 – General Admission

 

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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 Subway overflow lot just before the TU Dance Center lot entrance.

TU Dance at 15: Honoring Years of Vibrant, Socially Conscious Work

The contemporary dance company in St. Paul revives an old commission in an anniversary performance Oct. 27

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In a typical Ernie Barnes painting, bodies coil around some physical feat—mid-stride, mid-breath, or mid-air. Clothes ripple. You can almost hear the bright colors. Barnes, born in the Jim Crow South in 1938, was also a professional football player. With paint, he captured scenes of springy athleticism while often illustrating his views on the leaps and pitfalls of the African American experience.

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts commissioned TU Dance for the first time in 2011, and choreographers Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands came up with a show inspired by the lissome, extended-limb elegance of Barnes’ work. Now, to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the contemporary dance company in St. Paul’s South St. Anthony neighborhood, that show, With Love, returns. It melds with the music of Donny Hathaway, jazz and blues legend from the ’70s.


PHOTO BY MICHAEL SLOBODIAN

And it reminds us that, for 15 seasons, TU Dance has not only brought national attention to the Twin Cities’ dance scene (recently putting on a show with Bon Iver). It has also consistently and uniquely examined the body as it confronts narratives on gender and race. Like Barnes, TU Dance tackles important questions—about social justice, history, and human resiliency—with verve.


PHOTO BY MICHAEL SLOBODIAN

TU Dance’s anniversary performance, on Saturday, October 27, at 7:30 p.m., also features a new retrospective work covering the company’s history since its 2004 founding. And eight dancers will perform Salve, a 2017 commission by Ballet Memphis, where grooves interlace to demonstrate healing through community. Before the show, artistic directors Sands and Pierce-Sands discuss how it came together. Afterward, in a 20-minute Q&A, they and company members open up.

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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