17-Week Pre-Professional Program | Spring 2017: January 30 – June 11
The TU Dance Pre-professional program is an intensive course of study integrating modern, ballet, African, and repertory work for students up to age 23. For level placement, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-605-1925. Click here to download complete schedule of all 5 levels (PDF)
To register, please complete the two step registration process. 1) Please find the online pre-registration below and select a payment option and 2) click here to submit the Pre-Professional Online registration form.
Placement class for new students (for ages 12-23), Thursday, January 19 | 4:30-5:00pm Registration, 5:00-6:30pm (Ballet and Modern)
Level 1An entry level for students who wish to experience a more focused training in TU Dance Center’s pre-professional dance program. Students train in ballet and modern, and are introduced to African dance.
7.5 hours/week: Tuesday 4:30-7:00pm, Thursday 4:30-5:45 and 6:00-7:30pm,
Saturday 1:00-3:15pm View Pre-Professional Level 1 weekly schedule
LEVEL 2Students placed in Level 2 continue focused training in ballet, modern and African dance.
10.25 hours/week: Monday 6:30-8:15pm, Tuesday 7:00-8:30pm,
Thursday 6:00-7:30pm or 7:30-9:00pm, Friday 4:30-6:45pm,
Saturday 12:00-2:00pm & 3:15-4:30pm View Pre-Professional Level 2 weekly schedule
LEVEL 3Level 3 is designed for students typically aged 13–16 with four or more years of formal training and a solid grounding in technique. Students train in ballet, modern and African dance, and are introduced to TU Dance repertory.
13.25 hours/week: Monday 6:30-8:15pm, Tuesday 7:00-8:30pm,
Wednesday 4:30-6:00pm, Thursday 4:30-7:30pm or 9:00pm,
Friday 4:30-8:00pm, Saturday 12:00-2:00pm View Pre-Professional Level 3 Weekly Schedule
LEVEL 4Level 4 is designed for students typically aged 13–16 with four or more years of formal training and a solid grounding in technique. Students train in ballet, modern and African dance, and are introduced to TU Dance repertory. This level continues to build on the material presented to Level 3. Students will select two elective classes, one for each half of the session, via the online registration form. See elective class offerings by clicking the schedule link below. These classes give students the opportunity to deepen their investigation in a dance style of their choosing.
16.5 hours/week: Monday 4:30-6:30pm or 8:00pm*, Tuesday 4:30-7:00pm or 8:30pm*,
Wednesday 4:30-7:30pm or 9:00pm*, Thursday 6:00-7:30pm or 7:30-9:00pm,
Friday 4:30-6:45pm, Saturday 1:15-5:00pm
*Electives View Pre-Professional Level 4 weekly schedule
LEVEL 5For pre-professional students typically aged 16-23 who have interest in pursuing careers in dance. Individuals in Level 5 have a comprehensive understanding of dance techniques and are committed to developing as artists. Students in this level will learn TU Dance repertory and participate in the creation of new works. Students will select two electives, one for each half of the session, via the online registration form. See elective class offerings by clicking the schedule link below. These classes give students the opportunity to deepen their investigation in a dance style of their choosing.
16.5 hours/week: Monday 4:30-6:30pm or 8:00pm*, Tuesday 4:30-7:00pm or 8:30pm*,
Wednesday 4:30-7:30pm or 9:00pm*, Thursday 6:00-7:30 or 7:30-9:00pm,
Friday 4:30-6:45pm, and Saturday 1:15-5:00pm View Pre-Professional Level 5 weekly schedule
17-Week Program for Children & Teen | Spring 2017: January 30 – June 11
The TU Dance Center Children and Teen Program introduces the joy of creative movement and beginning dance technique. Classes, divided by age, provide a comprehensive base on which to expand by developing body awareness, coordination, balance, flexibility, strength and musicality. Click here to download complete schedule of Children & Teen levels (PDF)
To register, please complete the two step registration process. 1) Please find the online pre-registration below and select a payment option and 2) click here to submit the Children & Teen Program online registration form.
CREATIVE MOVEMENT/DRUMAges 3-5 or 5-7. Children will grow in physical awareness and build basic movement skills, balance, coordination, flexibility and strength. Students will expand their knowledge of musical instruments and the connection between dance and music, learn basic rhythmical movement phrases. and improvise and create dance ideas that communicate an experience or theme. Mondays from 11-11:45am (ages 3-5), or Saturdays from 9-9:45am (ages 5-7) Tuition: 215.00
INTRODUCTION TO DANCEAges 7-9 or 9-12. Through introduction to techniques including modern, ballet and Afro-dance, students learn the basic elements of dance, developing coordination, balance, flexibility, strength and musicality. Students will begin to interpret and perform movement styles from more than one dance tradition. Saturdays, 9:45-10:45am (Ages 7-9) or 10:45-11:45am (ages 9-12). Note: 9-12 year olds are encouraged to also register for Beginning Ballet Barre, following at 12:00pm (additional tuition applies). Tuition: 235.00
BEGINNING BALLET BARREAges 9-12 or 13-16. An introduction to the basic concepts of ballet technique concentrating on alignment and placement, and serving as a foundation to other techniques. Students in Introduction to Dance (ages 9-12), Boys Group, and Modern 13-16 are encouraged to also take this class. Saturdays from 12:00-1:00pm (Ages 9-12); or 1:00-2:00pm (Ages 13-16). Tuition: 235.00
BRIDGE LEVELThis level serves as an intermediate step for students aged 10-14 placed in the Children & Teen Program who would like to deepen their engagement and prepare to join the Pre-Professional Program. In this level, students train in beginning Modern and also participate in a weekly dance studies workshop, introducing concepts of African dance, composition, dance history, and other performing arts concepts. Students participate in events aimed at expanding their knowledge of dance, such as theater tours, guided pre-professional class observations, and Q&A with company members and visiting artists. Thursdays 5:45-7:45pm (Ballet & Workshop/Dance Studies ). Saturdays, 10:45am-11:45pm (Modern); Tuition: 525.00
BOYS DANCEThis new option for boys combines two classes: Conditioning/Workshop (only boys) and Modern (boys & girls), with the option of Ballet Barre. Boys Dance is a physical experience that promotes body awareness, strength and coordination through dance concepts and music. Saturdays, 9:45am-11:45pm Conditioning & Modern; optional Ballet Barre from 12-1:00pm. Tuition: 400.00
MODERN 13-16This modern-based movement class will reference fundamental elements in techniques such as ballet and Horton that will lead into explorations of phrase work and movement creation. Students will connect concepts of articulation, balance, release and breath developing simultaneously strength, control and flexibility. We will expand on each student's artistry and explore new ideas about movement. Saturdays, 2:00-3:15pm; Note: Modern 13-16 students may also register for Beginning Ballet Barre at 1:00pm (additional tuition applies). Tuition: 235.00
TEEN 1A level for students aged 13-19 who are interested in experiencing a variety of dance techniques including ballet, modern and African dance as well as choreography and phrase building in workshop class. We welcome beginners to this level as well as students with minimal dance experience. Wednesday 6:00-7:00pm (Ballet), Thursday 6:00-7:30pm (African Dance) & 7:45-8:45pm (Workshop), Saturdays, 4:30-5:30 (Modern); Tuition: 750.00
Open Classes & Workshops
OPEN CLASSESTU Dance welcomes beginning, intermediate and advanced dancers to join TU Dance Open & Company Classes. Open classes are $14/class, or $120 for a 10-class card; no pre-registration is required. Credit card, cash or check is accepted on site for drop-in classes; 10-class cards may be purchased on-site or online here with a credit card. A confirmation e-mail will follow your successful online class card purchase. Please print your confirmation e-mail/receipt and bring it to your first class to pick up your 10-class card. 10-Class Card: 120.00
MASTER CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
- Dancing Together: a child and parent/caregiver creative movement class, April 22-June 3
This 6-week session, taught by dance teachers Maggie Bergeron (April 22, 29 and May 6) and Kaori Kenmotsu (May 13, 20 and June 3) is designed for children (ages 2-4) and their parent/caregiver who are interested in a shared movement experience that engages the senses of curiosity and play. Both child READ MORE>>
- Gaga/People Workshop with Berit Ahlgren, May 6-June 10
Gaga/people classes are open to people ages 16+, regardless of their background in dance or movement. No previous dance experience is needed. Gaga/people classes last for one hour and are taught by dancers who have worked closely with Ohad Naharin. Teachers guide the participants using a series of evocative instructions READ MORE>>
- Contemporary Dance Master Class with Ron K. Brown, March 29
In anticipation of the TU Dance Spring Concert at the Ordway, please join us for a contemporary dance master class with artist in residence Ronald K. Brown! Wednesday, March 29, 6- 7:30PM TU Dance Center | 2121 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN $7 per person | Ages 12 + READ MORE>>
- Contemporary Dance Classes with Ron K. Brown and Arcell Cabuag, March 22, 27 and 29
Master Classes are designed for intergenerational participants with a wide range to no dance experience. Classes begin center floor with and emphasis on alignment, rhythm and using the body to express ideas and themes; strength, prayer, and celebration. Classes for beginning/intermediate/advanced dancers begin with meditation and floor work that includes stretching and mind-body centering exercises. Center floor READ MORE>>
- Dance Master Class with Gioconda Barbuto, March 4
Encompassing, integrating, exploring and communicating, with a fun and direct approach that builds towards spatial awareness, improvisation, choreography and the development of physical language. These movement workshop for Intermediate/Advanced students can easily lend themselves towards dance, circus, opera, theatre and more. March 4, 2017 2:00-3:30pm, TU Dance Center Cost: $16 "Gioconda's READ MORE>>
- Open Ballet Class with Jennifer Hart | Monday, February 6
Jennifer Hart will be teaching open ballet class on Monday, February 6 at 9:30am. Please join us! Cost: $14/class. Class card accepted. Jennifer Hart is a choreographer whose work has been commissioned by Ballet Austin, Ballet Austin ll, Ballet Nouveau Colorado, James Sewell Ballet, Minnesota Dance Theater, The Walker Art READ MORE>>
- Gaga/People Masterclass with Batsheva at TU Dance Center, January 23
Join us at TU Dance Center for a masterclass with Batsheva company member Ian Robinson. This masterclass is sponsored by the University of Minnesota's Northrop Auditorium and is open to the general public. No previous dance or performance experience is necessary. January 23, 11:00am-12:00pm Register here. Gaga/people classes are open READ MORE>>
- Teen/Adult Jazz Workshop with Mary Ann Bradley, January 30-March 27 & April 17-June 5
Using a vernacular style rooted in the historical forms of Jazz, this class focuses on developing musicality, spatial awareness, and personal expression. Emphasis will be on using healthy technique to increase coordination, access ease of movement, and most importantly, finding the pleasure in moving with others. Mary Ann Bradley has READ MORE>>
- Teen/Adult Hip-Hop Workshop with Darrius Strong, February 1-March 29 & April 19-June 7
This workshop will focus on strength in the body, refining muscle memory through phrase work, and cardio work. In addition to learning more about the history and power of hip hop, students can expect to get the full-body experience. Good music, good vibes. Darrius Strong is a Twin Cities-based choreographer, READ MORE>>
- Adult Beginning Modern with Thern Anderson, February 1-March 29 & April 19-June 7
This 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 perform with Choreogram Dance Company. She has taught to all ages and abilities in Washington, DC, READ MORE>>