TU Dance awarded grant through Aroha Philanthropies’ Seeding Vitality Arts MN

TU Dance is among 15 organizations to participate in the second cohort of grantees to partner with Aroha Philanthropies in an exciting initiative to expand Vitality Arts opportunities, awareness and impact in Minnesota.

TU Dance will provide dance classes involving poetry, storytelling and writing to older adults in Saint Paul.

For more information read Aroha Philanthropies newsletter here.

Movement Classes with Sidra Bell, Sept. 30 & Oct. 2

Join us as visiting guest artist Sidra Bell teaches a couple of movement classes at TU Dance Center. CONTEMPORARY SYSTEMS-an interior & material approach to movement encourages provocative thought and an immersive approach to the subject matter of the body. Sidra’s work demands a high degree of physicality and input from the dancers, encouraging them to execute movement with intention, curiosity, and empathy. This classes are for Intermediate/Advanced Level.

Saturday, September 30 | 2:00-3:30pm
Monday, October 2 | 9:30-11:00am

Cost: $20 (Saturday), $16 (Monday, class cards accepted with addition $4 fee)
Online pre-registration suggested

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Sidra Bell is currently a Master Lecturer at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, an Adjunct Professor at Ball State University in Indiana, was artist in residence at Harvard University, and was an Adjunct Professor at Barnard College in New York City. She has a BA in History from Yale University and an MFA in Choreography from Purchase College Conservatory of Dance. Bell has won several awards, notably a 1st Prize for Choreography at the Solo Tanz Theater Festival in Stuttgart, Germany in 2011 for Grief Point and a 2015 National Dance Project Production Award from the New England Foundation for the Arts. Her work has been seen throughout the United States and in Denmark, France, Austria, Bulgaria, Turkey, Slovenia, Sweden, Germany, China, Canada, Aruba, Korea, Brazil, and Greece. 

Bell has received many commissions from institutions and companies internationally and created over 100 new works notably for BODYTRAFFIC, Ailey II, The Juilliard School, Harvard University, Boston Conservatory, River North Dance Chicago, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Sacramento Ballet, Ballet Austin, Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet School, LEVYdance, Robert Moses’ KIN, METdance, Visceral Dance Chicago, Springboard Danse Montréal, Uppercut Dansteater (Denmark), and Motto Dans Kolectif (Turkey) to name a few. 

Bell is a sought after master teacher and her alternative pedagogy, Contemporary Systems-an interior & material approach was featured in Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher Magazine and Dance Studio Life Magazine. She has taught her unique creative practice at major institutions for dance and theater throughout Canada, Europe, South America, and the United States. She is the Creative Director of MODULE a New York City based immersive laboratory for movement and theater artists.

Photo by Philip Habib

Modern/Contemporary Class with Marcus Willis, September 22 and 27

Join us as visiting choreographer Marcus 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.

Friday, September 22 | 5:15-6:45pm
Wednesday, September 27 | 4:30-6:00pm

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, 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. Mr. Willis will forever continue his journey and exploration in the arts striving to reach hearts all around the world.

Photo credit: Stéphane Chouan

Dance Theatre Class with Stefanie Batten Bland, September 12 and 16

Join us as visiting choreographer Stefanie Batten Bland teaches Physical Perspectives, a Dance Theatre Class, which is Company SBB’s practicing technique that fuses theatre and perpetual movement exercises into one expressive vocabulary. This approach focuses on articulation, presence, and dynamic decision making both physically and vocally. It is suitable for movers, actors and community members interested in developing different ways of being, enabling action and reaction to learnt and improvised material in the present tense.

Tuesday, September 12 | 9:30-11:00am
Thursday, September 14 | 9:30-11:00am
Saturday, September 16 | 2:00-3:30pm

Cost: $16

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Stefanie Batten Bland is a Choreographic Artist and Artistic Director of Company SBB.  Her practice is based in human relationships, those between people and how they fit within space and place. She builds alliances among individuals and organizations through residencies and performances. The company’s work, dance installations are interdisciplinary. They blur definitions between movement, visual art and theatre and are designed to elicit a kinesthetic response to what one sees, what one feels and what one does. Based in New York since 2011, the Company was initially founded in France while Stefanie was the head choreographer of the Paris Opéra Comique. Company SBB has performed globally, both inside and out of the dance world reaching diverse audiences through malleable performance modules for various platforms including stage, film and alternative frameworks. Commissions include TU Dance Company (2017); Second Avenue Dance Company (2017); Zenon Dance Company (2013,2015); Transitions Dance Company (2014); Ailey ll (2012) and Singapore’s Frontier Danceland (2012). Awards and fellowships include Jerome Robbins Award (2016); Bessie Schonberg Choreography Fellow at The Yard (2016); Kevin Spacey Foundation Artist’s Choice Award (2015); Alvin Ailey Foundation New Direction Choreography Fellow (2014, 2015); Joffrey Ballet Choreographer of Color (2014); and the Baryshnikov Arts Center & Jerome Robbins Foundation NEW Fellow (2010-2012). Stefanie performed for PunchDrunk, Pina Bausch, Georges Mombôye, Bill T. Jones, Compagnie Pal Frenak, Compagnie Linga, Angelin Preljocaj, Sean Curran, Julie Taymor and Lar Lubovitch among others… Currently, Stefanie is an artistic advisor for the Alvin Ailey Foundation Choreographic Lab Fellowship Program and is completing her Masters in Interdisciplinary Arts with a concentration in Performance Creation at Goddard College in Vermont.

Photo by Michael Kerschner.

Community African Dance Class with Kenna Cottman, Thursdays at 7:30pm

Join Ms. Kenna every Thursday from 7:30-9:00pm for a multigenerational African dance class. This class is open to anyone in the community.
No pre-registration required.

Cost: $14 (adults)
Adults 60+: $10
Family of 3 or more: $25
Children ages 12 and under: Free!

For more information contact TU Dance Center at education@tudance.org or 612-440-9028

Contemporary Dance Class with Guest Teacher Ori Flomin

Class moves smoothly from floor to standing focusing on correct alignment and gaining a sense of fluidity in the joints, dancers will develop an understanding of the connections between their body and the floor, and will explore using weight,  momentum and breath to experience full dancing with the least amount of muscular tension.

Ori Flomin’s choreography has been presented in NYC and internationally   He is an adjunct faculty at Tisch NYU in NYC and has taught at  P.A.R.T.S. (Brussels), Sasha Waltz Company (Berlin), ImpulsTanz (Vienna), The Place (London), SUNY Purchase (NY)  and Many more. Ori performed with Stephen Petronio , Neil Greenberg, Molissa Fenley, Maria Hassabi, and Helena Franzen among others.www.oriflomin.com

Cost: $16 (online pre-registration suggested)

*Advanced Level

Friday, September 8 | 5:15-6:45pm
Monday, September 11 | 9:30-11:00am

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Photo Credit: Nir Arieli

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