Class With Chris LaPlante, September 8

LIT (LaPlante’s Integrated Technique) is an evolving amalgamation of numerous techniques that explores the connectivity of the body, from a breaking approach to floor work, image and sensation-based improvisation, to exercises that warm, connect, and condition the body. LIT is inspired by Horton, Limón, qi gong, and the Alexander Technique.

Saturday, September 8 | 2:00-3:30pm
Advanced-Intermediate/Advanced-Professional

Cost: $14 or class card

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Bio: Christopher LaPlante was born and raised in St. Paul Park, MN. After training in the University of Minnesota’s Dance Program, he danced with TU Dance, Twin Cities Ballet, Zenon Dance Company, Minnesota Opera and ARENA Dances, as well as numerous smaller projects. Chris has shown his own choreography at 9×22 Dance/Lab in Minneapolis, the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Dance Program and numerous other sites in Minneapolis. While in New York, he has had the opportunity to dance with Abraham.In.Motion and a collaboration with Yoshito Sakuraba. Throughout the past four years, he has worked with Guggenheim, Pew, and United States Artists fellow Raphael Xavier. Chris has taught his LIT class throughout the east coast and at the University of Minnesota and TU Dance Center.

Adult Beginning Ballet with Tina Anderson

This ballet technique 6-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: September 4 – October 15
Session 2: October 16 – December 3 (no classes November 19-25)

Cost: $85.00 (pre-registration required)

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Adult Beginning Modern with Thern Anderson (Evenings)

This 6-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 performed with Choreogram Dance Company.  She has taught to all ages and abilities in Washington, DC, Portland, OR and Minneapolis, MN.

Wednesdays, 6:00-7:30pm

Session 1: September 4 – October 15
Session 2: October 16 – December 3 (no classes November 19-25)

Cost: $85.00 (pre-registration required)

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Adult Beginning Modern with Thern Anderson (Midday)

This 6-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 performed with Choreogram Dance Company.  She has taught to all ages and abilities in Washington, DC, Portland, OR and Minneapolis, MN.

Mondays, 12:00-1:30pm

Session 1: September 4 – October 15
Session 2: October 16 – December 3 (no classes November 19-25)

Cost: $85 (pre-registration required)

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Modern/Contemporary Class with Marcus Willis, August 11

Join us as visiting teaching artist and choreographer Marcus Jarrell Willis teaches a Modern/Contemporary class at TU Dance Center. The class is a blend of familiar Horton-based technique exercises with other modern release forms during the warm-up portion. The remainder of the class is an exploration of the continuous development of my own signature language through gestural and contemporary forms of Modern Dance movement. This classes are for Advanced/Pre-Professional Level.

Saturday, August 11 | 11:00am-12:30pm

Cost: $16 (Online pre-registration suggested. Class cards accepted with addition $4 fee)

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Marcus Jarrell Willis has worked professionally with Pascal Rioult Dance Theater (RIOULT), Dominic Walsh Dance Theater, Tania Pérez-Salas Compañía de Danza and was a member of Ailey II. Mr. Willis performed with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater from 2008-2016 traveling around the world performing, teaching numerous masterclasses and participating through outreach in various communities both locally and abroad. He continues to teach through various outreach mediums around the world. He has presented his choreographic work in several festivals around the United States and Europe. Commissions include works created for Ailey II, TU Dance, Company Danzante, The Ailey School, University of Minnesota, Lucia Marthas Institute for the Performing Arts in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Satellite Collective, The Dance Gallery Festival Level Up Commission in 2013 and The 92ndY Dance Introduction Series. Mr. Willis is the Founder of MJ Willis Project-Inc. He produced its inaugural performance, An Evening To Remember in NYC during the spring of 2016. Recently, Project-Inc. made its Wales debut in Project-Inc. Presents: My Brother, Dear Sister. Mr. Willis was named Best Choreographer for TU Dance creation, Sensible Existence in City Pages 2018 Best of the Twin Cities. Mr. Willis will forever continue his journey and exploration in the arts striving to reach hearts all around the world.

Photo credit: Stéphane Chouan

Come Through excerpt Naeem

Naeem, the name of one of the segments of Come Through, the collaboration between TU Dance and Bon Iver, commissioned by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music Series. This excerpt was created by TPT as part of their MN Original Series.

The Company

Come Through was supported in part by a grant from the Knight Foundation Arts Challenge St. Paul and from the City of Saint Paul Cultural STAR Program.

Come Through excerpt Sdiah

Sdiah, the name of one of the segments of Come Through, the collaboration between TU Dance and Bon Iver, commissioned by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music Series. This excerpt was created by TPT as part of their MN Original Series.

Dancers: Amanda Sachs, Christian Warner and Elayna Waxse with the company.

Come Through was supported in part by a grant from the Knight Foundation Arts Challenge St. Paul and from the City of Saint Paul Cultural STAR Program.

Come Through excerpt 1867

1867, the name of one of the segments of Come Through, the collaboration between TU Dance and Bon Iver, commissioned by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music Series. This excerpt was created by TPT as part of their MN Original Series.

Dancers: Taylor Collier and Jake Lewis.

Come Through was supported in part by a grant from the Knight Foundation Arts Challenge St. Paul and from the City of Saint Paul Cultural STAR Program.

Come Through on MN Original by TPT

Watch the beautiful mini documentary created by TPT for their MN Original series to be aired on TV later this fall.

Come Through was commissioned by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music Series with support from the Knight Foundation Arts Challenge – Saint Paul and The City of Saint Paul Cultural STAR Program.

Dancing Your Story: Workshop 2, July 9-August 27

Join teaching artists Thern Anderson & Mary Moore Easter in a dance and writing workshop. 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 thier range of motion. Classes are accompanied with live music.

*This workshop is available to all levels and abilities. No previous experience is necessary. Limited spaces available. This workshop is free.

July 9 – August 27 | Mondays, 1:30-3:00pm
Episcopal Homes-Coventry Chapel, 1840 University Ave. W Saint Paul, MN 55104
(Culminating event at TU Dance Center)

Watch the Dancing Your Story: Workshop video here

Please contact kaitin.kbenedict@tudance.org with questions and registration.

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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