TU Dance invites you to join us November 19th for GIVE to the MAX Day!

Greetings from TU Dance!

This time has brought to all of us challenges never experienced, yet an opportunity to regenerate, reimagine, rethink, reenvigour, regroup.

It’s inspiring to connect with our students taking online and in-person classes, and witnessing how our teaching artists and accompanists continue to deliver high-quality training and support to our students. The video below is an example of how TU Dance is sustaining the connective power of dance during this new era, where our students find creative ways to communicate with fierce expressiveness.

The School at TU Dance Center programs have been re-imagined to support our entire community as we transitioned to remote and hybrid learning platforms. We are heartened by the courage, passion, and creativity of our staff, teaching artists, and accompanists as they continue to carry out our mission. Below are a few highlights of their efforts as we continue to navigate this new virtual world:

  • We continued offering classes for our Pre-Professional, Children & Teen, and Adult programs during the Spring and Summer.
  • We continued our contracts with 24 teachers and 11 accompanists.
  • Our company dancers were furloughed in April, and we honored, in full, our contractual responsibilities providing them all severance packages.
  • The financial aid application process was reopened in April 2020 and additional funds were allocated beyond what was initially budgeted to our TU Dance Access Fund to aid families affected by unexpected financial hardship.
  • We reduced the tuition of the Adult and Dancing Together workshops by 33%.
  • We developed brand new programming to support the emotional well-being of our community.
  • We facilitated three free weekly online classes with an average participation of 30 local, national, and international students.
  • We transformed our Spring Student Showcase into a live interactive virtual event, which included performances from all our Pre-Professional and Children & Teen programs.
  • In response to yet another killing in the hands of the police, we offered two virtual community conversations Taking time and space to reset, led by Mary K. Boyd, president and CEO of MKB & Associates, an education and human services consulting business and educator who advocates for the recognition, respect, voice, strength and potential of African/African American children, youth and families.
  • Our summer programming continued with masterclasses, summer programs, and intensives with TU Dance Center teaching artists and renowned national teaching artists such as Renee Robinson, Maurya Kerr, and Gregory Dolbashian. Additionally, we collaborated with New York-based dance company Evidence, A Dance Company featuring Artistic Director Ronald K. Brown and Associate Artistic Director Arcell Cabuag. The newly designed summer intensive named Intersect attracted students from many US cities as well as from Japan, Uruguay, and Turkey.
  • We re-imagined our Fall classes to include a hybrid of in-person and virtual classes which included national and international guest artists Peggy Seipp-Roy (California), Arcell Cabuag (NYC) and Marcus Jarrell Willis (England).
  • With the support of Aroha Philanthropies, and considering the state of social, political and economical hardship, we were able to offer National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) workshops for all of our staff, teaching artists, accompanists, students and parents. www.namimn.org
  • We have been participating in local and national conversations about reopening with Dance/USA and IABD (International Association of Blacks in Dance), and other local art groups.

TU Dance reaches through diverse dance traditions to uncover the connective power of dance for audiences, students, artists, and the community.

We’ve continued to fulfill our mission with imagination and remain steadfast and uplifted by our community’s resilience. TU Dance Center will continue to be a space for our community to express the unwavering belief that black and brown lives matter and our hope for the future that we imagine is possible. This season, we are planning a series of community conversations, creating the space for continued reflection and learning.

From Nov 1-19, TU Dance joins the GiveMN’s #GiveMN campaign. We invite you to participate in continuing to build this new chapter of our story. Your contribution to TU Dance will help us maintain and create new and needed programming while we support all of those who make TU Dance’s mission a reality.

Together we will get through this!Please consider making a donation to TU Dance by visiting: www.givemn.org/organization/TU-Dance or by clicking on the “I Gave” button.

Together we got this!

All of us at TU Dance

Fall 2020 Adult Workshop Series: Movements in Meditation with DejaJoelle

A virtual safe space for participants age 18+ to generate movement while preserving and tending to their mental health. Sessions are 30% discussion-based. The curriculum focuses on using Dance and Body to heal from, confront, and identify emotional pain in the body. How does one use this not for performance but for personal growth and enlightenment?

SESSION 1 (4 weeks):

Thursday, 6:30-7:30pm
October 15-November 5

SESSION 2 (4 weeks):
Thursday, 6:30-7:30pm
November 12-December 10 (NO class on November 26)

Cost: $60/participant
Interested students financially affected by COVID-19 and unable to afford the workshop fee, please contact us at education@tudance.org or 612-605-1925.

To complete your registration, please submit this form and pay the fee below.

Please select one option below :
Student Name:

DejaJoelle uses Traditional West African Dance and Black social dance to create an aesthetic that promotes healing and Self – Love. DejaJoelle is an interdisciplinary artist who is guided by ancestral dance and healing. Deja believes Self – Love is the first step in healing from your past and ensuring the fullness of your present. Through dance, mindfulness, Self – reflection, and affirmation, Deja is developing a dance aesthetic that promotes/evokes healing. In addition to dance, Deja creates intentional spaces for otherwise marginalized groups such as the LGBTQ2, BIPOC and Deaf community. Recent intentional space holding created for the Minneapolis Institute of Art under the title Discover Yourself: Golden Season, which was a day-long healing conference in collaboration with local Healing Artists with workshops including: Black Pleasure, Finding your Divinity, Body Reclamation, Afro Futurism, Sound Bathing, and many more. DejaJoelle, believes dance and healing should be fully accessible, and curated this conference to be completely free including childcare and food. In addition, DejaJoelle is proficient in American Sign Language and is intentional about making space for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals. DejaJoelle continues to activate this work at Northside Healing Space where she directs her dance company BLAQ and holds community Dance and Healing Sessions and activities monthly. She works closely with Dr. Joi Lewis, a nationally known Healer, Author, and Joy instigator to deepen her research in solidifying her healing practice. Her ultimate goals include guiding herself and others to their higher selves, creating stronger community ties, and building an accessible revolution. “I believe in movement that brings life to the dancer’s experience. I’m based in traditional West African dance and informed by life experiences. I believe in dancing from the inside out. With rhythm. With love.”

Photo by Maya Clark of Culture Piece Magazine

Fall 2020 Adult Workshop Series: Virtual Adult Beginning Ballet Workshop with Tina Anderson Wallum

This 4-week ballet technique workshop emphasizes alignment, placement and somatic awareness. The class consists of barre and center work that focuses on balance, classical line and connecting steps.

SESSION 1 (4 weeks):

Tuesdays, 10:00-11:00am
October 6-October 27 (single classes also available)

SESSION 2 (4 weeks):
Tuesdays, 10:00-11:00am
November 3-December 1 (NO class on November 24)(CANCELLED)

Cost: $60/participant or $15/single class*
*For drop-in participants, registration/payment must be received by 7:00pm the night before class. Zoom link will be emailed by 9:00pm that evening.
Interested students financially affected by COVID-19 and unable to afford the workshop fee, please contact us at education@tudance.org or 612-605-1925.

To complete your registration, please submit this form (only for 4-week workshop registrations) and pay the fee below.

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.

Virtual Master Class with Laurel Keen, August 15

Photo courtesy of Alonzo King Lines Ballet

Examining the details and subtleties of classical ballet technique while also exploring the textures, musical play and individual expression within our own unique bodies. Seeking a balance between clarity / precision and expansion / freedom.

August 15 | 1:00-2:30pm CST

Cost: $15/participant

Zoom link will be emailed 30 minutes before the class start time.

Student Name & Email Address:

Laurel Keen began her dance training at the age of seven at Minnesota Dance Theatre. She went on to study at School of American Ballet, Dance Aspen School and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. She has performed with Minnesota Dance Theater, TU Dance, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Alonzo King LINES Ballet. She spent a decade alongside Alonzo King as a company member, where she originated 21 roles, toured extensively throughout the U.S. and internationally, earned the prestigious Princess Grace Award, the Chris Hellman Dance Award, and an Isadora Duncan Dance Award and was featured on the covers of Dance and Pointe magazines. Laurel returned to the Twin Cities in 2011 and earned her degree as a physical therapist assistant from St. Catherine University. She has taught for Alonzo King LINES Ballet, TU Dance, Minnesota Dance Theatre and the University of Minnesota and has been the director of The School at TU Dance Center since 2015.

Virtual Open Classes, Week of August 10

Join us for a series of virtual open classes during the week of August 10. This classes are offered as part of the TU Dance Summer Intensive with Gregory Dolbashian and Guests. These classes are for Intermediate/Advanced level students.

Monday, 1:00-2:30pm CST | Horton-based Modern with Toni Pierce-Sands

Tuesday, 1:00-2:30pm CST | Floor Barre with Renee Robinson

Wednesday, 1:00-2:30pm CST | Ballet with Maurya Kerr

Thursday, 1:00-2:30pm CST | Floor Barre with Renee Robinson

Friday, 1:00-2:30pm CST | African Diasporic Dance with Melissa Clark

Cost: $12/class/participant (a Zoom link will be emailed 30 minutes before the start of each class)

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

 

Virtual Masterclass with Ronald K. Brown, August 8

10_Evidence, A Dance Company TORCH (excerpt)

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.

Dance Transforms Lives: A fundraiser for The School at TU Dance Center featuring Laura Kane Scher Photography

TU Dance is partnering with photographer Laura Kane Scher to raise funds for The School at TU Dance Center. For the last few years, Laura has been photographing our Children & Teen and Pre-Professional Program students in the studio and on stage as well as social events, capturing beautiful moments of our beloved TU Dance Center Community.

Laura’s unique eye grabs the essence of each fleeting moment for the world to enjoy, memorializing it for a lifetime. As you take a tour through the photo galleries, we hope that you are inspired to bring home photos of the students you care about, and if possible, consider giving an extra donation. 75% of the proceeds from this fundraiser will go to support The School at TU Dance Center. Your purchase helps to ensure that The School at TU Dance Center continues to be a home for dance education, supporting scholarships for students and a robust offering of programs. We at TU Dance nurture the human connection through the power of dance. Thank you for your support!

Visit the galleries by clicking the image below!

Laura is offering another fundraising option for TU Dance families and the entire TU Dance community. She will be donating 25% of all photo sessions booked between July 25 – August 25, to be shot before January 1, 2021.  Please mention TU Dance when booking. For more information click here.

LEARN MORE ABOUT LAURA KANE SCHER

Laura Kane Scher is an accomplished documentary photographer who studied photography at the renowned Film in the Cities (FITC) program, worked in the photo department at the Star Tribune for 12 years and has had her own photography business for several years.

“I was drawn to photography at a very young age because I always felt like an observer rather than a participant. When I received my first camera it felt like a natural extension of my body, and captured the lens through which I had been seeing the world.

My favorite subject to photograph has always been children. What draws me in is the purity, unfiltered joy, and the lack of self consciousness that young people have in front of a camera. I have found over the years photographing my daughter dance has been the same, so it was natural to offer my services to TU Dance. Shooting for The School at TU Dance Center has become one of my favorite projects because I get to capture dancers focused on their own emotions and movements and then portray that beauty to a broader audience through my images. The children at The School are expressing their true selves through their own art, and to marry their art with mine is something I find extremely beautiful.”, says Laura.

Toni Pierce-Sands, TU Dance’s Artistic Director and Laura grew up together at Saint Paul Open School, a small diverse K-12 school that started in 1971 by Laura’s mother and other parents, teachers and administrators, who wanted an educational option to the traditional school systems. Through Open School, Laura’s mother built a community around her family, welcoming her children’s friends and others to gather at her home. Toni, the dancer friend who Laura went to see as a child dancing The Nutcracker, became one of those extended family members.

Laura’s daughter Lucy, who has been dancing since she was very little, now studies at The School at TU Dance Center. Laura and Lucy learned about TU Dance through Toni. At TU Dance Center, both Lucy and Laura were able to find the community they were searching for, a place where Lucy could continue to grow as a dancer and a human. For Laura, “TU Dance is about everyone, individually and as a whole. The reason for starting the school was to provide opportunities to any child to dance no matter what their circumstance or resources are. TU Dance embraces us all and has become a family on its own. A family that we consider ours, and a second home for most – just like my mom’s house was.”

Visit Laura’s blog about the photo fundraiser.

Intersect Summer Intensive, August 3-8

Evidence, A Dance Company and TU Dance join forces in an inspiring 1-week virtual Summer Intensive. Intersect (to meet and cross at a point/to share a common area), is an open level inter-generational Summer Intensive for participants with a wide range to no dance experience that will provide the opportunity to experience both companies’ approaches to dance and dance training.

Participants will begin each day with classes from TU Dance Center teaching artists, including TU Dance Artistic Director Toni Pierce-Sands, that are grounded in TU Dance’s three pillars of Horton-based modern, West African and ballet. While these are commonly referred to as technique classes or training, TU Dance takes a look into how these dance forms intersect with one another and the many possibilities they offer. The goal of these classes is to prepare the dancer’s mind, body and spirit to be fully present, ready to receive and engage, tap into different energies and feel prepared to move openly into what follows. The workshop section of this intensive will be led by Evidence, A Dance Company Artistic Director Ronald K. Brown and Associate Artistic Director Arcell Cabuag. Participants will learn Evidence repertory as well as Afro-Cuban and traditional and contemporary African dance techniques that are incorporated in the choreographic style.

The Intersect Summer Intensive will conclude with a discussion between teaching artists and students followed by a celebratory class open to the community. See the Intersect Summer Intensive Daily Schedule here. All classes will be provided via Zoom.

August 3-8, 2020 | Registration deadline extended: Sunday – August 2, 2020

Cost: $500 (inclusive of the registration fee). A limited number of scholarships will be offered. To apply for an scholarship please complete this form by July 29.

To learn more and to register visit Intersect at http://www.tudance.org/summer/

Read the press release here.

Virtual Krump Ongoing Open Class with Herb Johnson III, Thursdays at 5:00pm

Learning and training in the basics of Krump. The growth process in this class will be approached with LUAIE (Learn, Understand, Apply, Investigate and Execute). The end result will be for each individual to know more about the style’s foundation and be able to improvise within the style.  All levels welcome.

Thursdays, 5:00-6:00pm

To register for this class click here!

McKnight Fellow, Herb Johnson III Aka JDot Tight Eyez graduated from Perpich Center for the Performing Arts in 2010 and studied 3 years at the Lundstrum Center for Arts. Herb is now at the University of Minnesota as an Urban & Street dance instructor. He currently choreographs and performs solo and in groups 612 Crew, DeadPool, and Mixtape. Professional work includes iLuminate from America’s Got Talent, Choreographing G-Easy’s half-time show 2018, and SuperBowl 52 half-time show 2018 with Justin Timberlake.

Photo by McFarquhar Photography

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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