TU Dance Center Winter Showcase 2018

Artistic Directors Toni Pierce-Sands & Uri Sands and School Director Laurel Keen invite you to the 2018 Winter Student Showcase at TU Dance Center. Students from levels 2-5 of the Pre-Professional Program will be featured in works by Artistic Director Uri Sands, including an excerpt from With Love which was recently performed for the company’s 15th Anniversary Season at the Ordway. The evening will also include two new works by TU Dance Center teaching artists Kenna Cottman and Darrius Strong as well as eight personal solos choreographed by the level 4 and 5 students. Please join us in celebrating these young dancers!
December 8 at 7:00pm & December 9 at 6:00pm
TU Dance Center
2121 University Ave. W., St. Paul, MN 55114
Tickets: $10.00 – General Admission


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TU Dance Center is located at 2121 University Avenue West, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55114. Find us on the north side of University Avenue, one block east of Vandalia, located directly behind Subway on the building’s east side. Free parking in the lot in front of TU Dance Center and in the Subway overflow lot just before the TU Dance Center lot entrance.

TU Dance at 15: Honoring Years of Vibrant, Socially Conscious Work

The contemporary dance company in St. Paul revives an old commission in an anniversary performance Oct. 27


In a typical Ernie Barnes painting, bodies coil around some physical feat—mid-stride, mid-breath, or mid-air. Clothes ripple. You can almost hear the bright colors. Barnes, born in the Jim Crow South in 1938, was also a professional football player. With paint, he captured scenes of springy athleticism while often illustrating his views on the leaps and pitfalls of the African American experience.

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts commissioned TU Dance for the first time in 2011, and choreographers Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands came up with a show inspired by the lissome, extended-limb elegance of Barnes’ work. Now, to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the contemporary dance company in St. Paul’s South St. Anthony neighborhood, that show, With Love, returns. It melds with the music of Donny Hathaway, jazz and blues legend from the ’70s.

And it reminds us that, for 15 seasons, TU Dance has not only brought national attention to the Twin Cities’ dance scene (recently putting on a show with Bon Iver). It has also consistently and uniquely examined the body as it confronts narratives on gender and race. Like Barnes, TU Dance tackles important questions—about social justice, history, and human resiliency—with verve.

TU Dance’s anniversary performance, on Saturday, October 27, at 7:30 p.m., also features a new retrospective work covering the company’s history since its 2004 founding. And eight dancers will perform Salve, a 2017 commission by Ballet Memphis, where grooves interlace to demonstrate healing through community. Before the show, artistic directors Sands and Pierce-Sands discuss how it came together. Afterward, in a 20-minute Q&A, they and company members open up.

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