The School at TU Dance Center 2021 Spring Student Showcase, June 22

Please join us virtually for the The School at TU Dance Center’s 2021 Spring Student Showcase Watch Party. The showcase will include works featuring the students from the Children & Teen and Pre-Professional Programs that were filmed at the beautiful Raspberry Island in St. Paul, Minnesota. These works were choreographed by TU Dance Center Teaching Artists, and include a new work, entitled Reset, by international guest artist, Marcus Jarrell Willis who worked with the students virtually from Cardiff, Wales over the past year. Reset is a choreographic work, made for film, which reflects not only our current state of being in these challenging times, but also offers insight into the journey that lies ahead for TU Dance. We hope you will join us as we recognize the beautiful work of our students and faculty, and offer a special congratulations to this year’s Pre-Professional student graduates!

Tuesday, June 22 at 5:30pm CST

Tickets will be available for purchase until one hour before showcase start time.
Ticket Price Tiers: $10, $15 and $25 (suggested for households)

*Zoom link will be emailed 30 minutes prior to the performance.

If you would like to make a donation in support of TU Dance’s activities, please click here.

In-Person Open Classes at TU Dance Center, June 2021

TU Dance Center’s open classes are back! Join us for in-person dance classes for intermediate/advanced dancers with teaching Artists Leila Awadallah, Laurel Keen and Abdo Sayegh-Rodriguez.

Classes start this Friday, June 11

  • Wednesdays | 10:30am-12:00pm, Ballet with Abdo Sayegh-Rodriguez
  • Thursdays | 10:30am-12:00pm, Body Watani (body-as-homeland practice + Arabic dance) with Leila Awadallah
  • Fridays | 10:30am-12:00pm, Ballet Barre + Contemporary Phrasework with Laurel Keen

Cost: $15 (please register a minimum of 24 hours in advance)

If using a Class Card, please email us at with your name, class title and class date at least 24 hours in advance. Upon arrival at TU Dance Center, please present your class card to a TU Dance staff member or Teaching Artist.

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TU Dance Center is continuing to have COVID-related restrictions. A limited number of dancers will be allowed per class. Dancers must complete the TU Dance Center Health Self-Assessment  within 24 hours of class start time, and must practice social distancing and wear a mask during their visit and while taking dance classes. These classes will be provided only in person.

More about Leila Awadallah:

Leila Awadallah is a Palestinian American dancer, choreographer, and filmmaker based between Minneapolis and Beirut. In 2019 she began developing Body Watani, an emerging dance project and practice reflecting on notions of home/land through movement research and performance. Now in creative partnership with her sister Noelle Awadallah, they will premiere Body Watani’s first piece, TERRANEA at the Candy Box festival. Leila has received multiple fellowships, grants and residencies to research her practice and create original works; most notably the Jerome Hill Fellowship (2021-2023), Amalgam Residency (2021), Arab American National Museum Residency (2020), Jerome@Camargo Residency (2020), Springboard 20/20 Fellowship (2018-2019), Daring Dances Choreographic Residency & Fellowship (2019), and the Jerome Travel & Research Grant (2018). Her performances and films have been presented extensively in the Twin Cities, the broader midwest region, and in Lebanon. She received two awards for her performances in festivals at the Lebanese National Theatre (2019). Leila’s artistry as a performer and choreographer is rooted in the formative experiences of working with Ananya Dance Theatre (2014-2019) and co-creating the Kelvin Wailey dance project, as well as her BFA in Dance from the University of Minnesota.

Summer 2021 | Equipoise Program, July 28-August 24

In partnering with TU Dance, Equipoise will provide the unique, hybrid (online/in person), opportunity of having individualized curriculum alongside one-on-one assessment sessions and coaching that compliment and deepen professional training. (see the Equipoise TU Dance Flyer)

In addition to the TU Dance Summer Intensive classes, Equipoise will provide the following workshops and sessions:

  • Self care/Health & Wellbeing
  • Contract fluency
  • Audition coaching
  • Self advocacy
  • Personal & professional budgeting
  • Personal branding
  • Injury prevention
  • Resume preparation
  • Workers rights
  • and more

Click here to download the Summer 2021 Equipoise Program Daily Schedule.

Click here to download the 2021 Pre-Professional Summer Intensive Levels 4-5 Daily Schedule.

Equipoise’s selection process is a deliberate and intentional effort to create a diverse, inclusive community of artists. Interested students should submit the Summer 2021 | Equipoise Program Artist Application Form and a video link of an example of the applicant’s dancing by July 7, 2021. Students will be notified by July 14, 2021 with registration instructions for those selected to join the program. Students must be accepted and enrolled in the TU Dance Pre-Professional Summer Intensive Levels 4-5 to apply for the Equipoise Program.

If applicants are more comfortable communicating responses verbally, please submit a video, of 3 minutes or less, in lieu of a written reply.

Scholarships and payment plans are available for qualifying students. Scholarship application deadline: July 26, 2021. Please contact TU Dance School Coordinator Maxine Yamazaki at or (612) 235-7634 for more information.

Tuition: $545 (in addition to TU Dance Summer Intensive Level 4-5 tuition $1,325)

Registration Deadline: July 7

Equipoise is a diverse collective of established professionals offering expertise in relevant areas of the performing arts – supporting and mentoring young dance artists and providing tools and resources to nurture the growth, development, and success of professionally oriented dancers.

The Equipoise Team

Alia Kache | Choreographer, Educator, Former Rehearsal Director of Ailey II, Current Swing for Disney’s The Lion King (Broadway & Tour).

Ruthlyn Salomons | AAADT, The White Oak Dance Project, Donald Byrd/The Group, Resident Dance Supervisor of The Lion King Broadway Company.

Dr. Carol Marie Webster | Sociocultural anthropologist and performance researcher working at intersections of Arts, Health, Healing and Activism.

Ron Vodicka | Labor Advocate, Lighting Designer. Stage Manager, Production Manager for artists and companies around the world. Currently the PSM for The Lion King on Broadway.

Nina Wurtzel | NYC Dance photographer, NY Times, Dance Magazine, Broadway World, BCEFA/DRA, top dance and theater companies. Former dancer with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and

Huong Hoang | Producer, Manager, Arts administrator. Currently General Manager at The Joyce Theater Foundation in NYC.

To learn more about The Equipoise Team click here.

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