TU Dance is pleased to offer four skill-building workshops led by proficients in their respective fields from August 29 – September 2, geared towards teaching artists and arts administrators. These workshops are supported by a grant from the AROHA Philanthropies.
Mental Health with Kelly Greene-Vagts
Monday, August 29th, 2:30-5:30pm, $35
A Trauma Lens: In this workshop you will learn what trauma is, how it affects children developmentally, why it is important for you as a teacher to have a trauma lens, and skills for you to help these children in your classes.
Teaching Artist and Musician Communication with Toni Pierce-Sands, Eric Jensen, Michelle Kinney and Jess Pierce
Tuesday, August 30th, 2:30-5:30pm, $35
Utilizing discussion with three local musicians (a pianist, a cellist, and a percussionist), this workshop will explore how to build collaborative support in your class by engaging with the accompanist, finding ways to communicate dance to musicians and music to dancers, and the value of counts, tempo, and rhythm.
Cultural Competency with Radious Guess
Wednesday, August 31, 2:30-4:00pm, 4:30-6:00pm, and Thursday, September 1, 4:00-5:30pm, $40
Session I What do I know?, Session II What do I need to know?, Session III How do I raise my cultural competence?
The purpose of this three-part workshop is to provide a forum for teaching artists to ask questions, participate in discussion, and share and access cultural competency resources. Each session will provide a safe space to discuss issues of race, equity, prejudices and bias awareness related to diversity and inclusion. Come prepared to share and grow your own understanding of the practice of equity and inclusion. Radious is the founder and managing partner for EPU Consultants, LLC based in Plymouth, MN. She is committed to advancing the role of engagement by facilitating dialogue for change in schools, communities and business/industry. She has a degree in mass communications with an emphasis in radio and television production from an historical black college; Jackson State University in Jackson, MS and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Nebraska Lincoln with a focus on Human Resource Development and Training.
Body-Mind Centering with Margie Fargnoli
Thursday, September 1, 2:30-4:00pm and Friday, September 2, 2:30-5:30pm, $40
Organs provide the underlying support for neuromuscular organization and performance. In this workshop we will explore how the community of organs gives us a sense of full bodiedness, weight and buoyancy, and connection into our personal history and humanity. We will work with integrating individual organ support into performance and teaching.
Take the full week of workshops for the discounted rate of $125.
Online pre-registration required. Limited space available.
Join us for a master class with New York choreographer Gregory Dolbashian
August 13, 10:00am-12:00pm
Flow Space: An atmosphere that allows for the act of “pure play” to help dance artists use more capacity, intellect, sense, courage, and imagination in their movement styles. The class is a highly developed series of improvisational tools and games that warms and pushes both the mind and the body to break habits and fulfill more presence.
Cost: $16 (online pre-registration required)
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Join us for this unique master class opportunity as Minnesota native Peggy Seipp-Roy returns to the Twin Cities as a guest teaching artist for the TU Dance Summer Intensive.
August 6 | 10:00 – 11:30am
Cost: $16 (online registration required)
Peggy Seipp-Roy, currently residing in Carlsbad, CA with her family, began her training in Minneapolis and danced professionally with Minnesota Dance Theatre, James Sewell Ballet and TU Dance. In addition to her training at Minnesota Dance Theatre, Peggy attended the School of American Ballet and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet on scholarship. Her teaching career spans more than 20 years, including every level from children’s creative movement classes to training accomplished professionals. She has taught at dance schools such as Minnesota Dance Theater’s Dance Institute and the Saint Paul Conservatory for the Performing Artists, and as adjunct faculty of the University of Minnesota Dance Department. She has led professional company classes at Minnesota Dance Theatre, James Sewell Ballet, TU Dance and the tour Broadway productions of Lion King and Chicago. Peggy’s open advanced/professional class at the Dance Institute was a favorite for touring company dancers and local professional dancers in Minneapolis. While living in Portland, she had the opportunity to blog for White Bird Dance, and taught at Northwest Dance Project. She is a recipient of a McKnight Fellowship for Dancers, awarded to dancers for excellence over time in their field. With a degree in Education for the University of St. Thomas and her vast experience as a professional dancer and teaching artist, Peggy brings an abundance of knowledge and wisdom to dancers of any level.
Join us for a master class with New York choreographer Gregory Dolbashian. August 13 from 10:00am-12:00pm.
Flow Space: An atmosphere that allows for the act of “pure play” to help dance artists use more capacity, intellect, sense, courage, and imagination in their movement styles. Conducted by director of The DASH Ensemble, Gregory Dolbashian, the class is a highly developed series of improvisational tools and games that warms and pushes both the mind and the body to break habits and fulfill more presence. These exercises are all methods that Gregory has developed and utilized to create movement with The DASH. The artists learn confidence not just in themselves but also in the environment that they are a part of. Games and tasks work both on the individual and in tandem, so that Flow Space creates a community for progress, inspiration, and most of all discovery.
Cost: $16 (online pre-registration required)
Born and raised in New York City, Gregory made his professional stage debut at the age of eight with the Glimmerglass Opera Company. Soon after, he was cast in the Philip Glass/Robert Wilson world tour of Einstein on the Beach. Gregory received his dance training at the Alvin Ailey School on a fellowship scholarship and then graduated cumlaude from SUNY Purchase dance conservatory. Dolbashian is a recipient of The Bessie Schoenberg Residency at The Yard, winner of The Pretty Creatives Competition for Northwest Dance Project, and of The Hubbard Street 2 International Choreographic Competition. He also placed second in Ballet Austin’s New American Talent competition, and has received commissions from Atlanta Ballet, TU Dance in Minnesota, Northwest Dance Project, CityDance Ensemble in D.C. He has created school commissions at SUNY Purchase, University of Minnesota,DeSales University, The Hartt School, Point Park, NYU Tisch, and the Julliard School. He debuted his own company, The DASH Ensemble, in December 2010 at JOYCE SoHo. The company has gone on to present works at the Skirball Center, New York Live Arts, The Gershwin Hotel, Riverside Theater, Bryant Park, Summer Stage Central Park, The JOYCE Theater, and most recently at The Dimenna Center, The Sheen Center, and The Guggenheim Works and Process Series. The DASH received the audience award at NYC’s DanceNOW challenge at Joe’s Pub. Gregory’s work has also been performed at American Dance Festival in his one man show Awkward Magic. The DASH also participated in ABT Principal Daniil Simkin’s INTENSIO, collaborating on a work with Gregory Dolbashian for members of ABT which premiered at Jacob’s Pillow and will make it NYC premiere in January 2016 at The JOYCE. In addition to his choreography, Gregory, alongside Loni Landon, is the cofounder of The Playground, a choreographic initiative that was voted 25 to Watch in 2013 by Dance Magazine. Upcoming commissions include Zenon Dance Company, Fordham/Ailey BFA concert, Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, and ADF’s FootPrints program.