THREAT In-Studio Showing, April 11th, 2024

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Please join us for an informal in-studio showing featuring THREAT, a TU Dance project with Yusha-Marie Sorzano. In anticipation for our live performances at The O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University on April 26th & 27th at 7:30pm, we invite you to attend this event and get an up-close and personal look into the creation of this work, and have the opportunity to meet the artists involved.

April 11th, 2024 | 5:30-6:30pm

RSVP to the In-Studio Showing Here.

TU Dance Center (in-person only)
This event is FREE. Space is limited. First come, first served.

To learn more about THREAT and to purchase tickets Click Here.

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. Limited parking is available in the lot in front of TU Dance Center.  Additional parking is available in the north side lot accessible by taking Vandalia St. and Charles Ave.

Community Dance Class with Yusha-Marie Sorzano, March 30th, 2024

Please join us at TU Dance Center for an open class with Yusha-Marie Sorzano. The class is focused towards intermediate to advanced dancers!

This class is designed for students to deepen their understanding of ballet and modern technique in conversation. It aims to support and strengthen the individual through qualitative articulation in fixed and moving technical positions. Developing a sense of line through body, focus on detail, and breath meet here to inspire musicality, phrasing, and interpretation.

Date: Saturday, March 30th

Time: 1:00-2:30 pm

Location: TU Dance Center

Cost: $20

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Yusha-Marie Sorzano self-identified as Afro Caribbean American, is a performer, choreographer, and educator. Currently a member of Camille A. Brown & Dancers and founding co-artistic director of Zeitgeist Dance Theatre, Yusha has appeared with TU Dance as a featured dancer several times. Her choreography has been commissioned by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Nashville Ballet, Colorado Symphony, TU Dance and elsewhere.

THREAT – Educational Performance (April 25, 2024)

TU Dance is providing an educational performance featuring THREAT, a company project with choreography by Yusha-Marie Sorzano along with other concepts and elements of the art form of dance. Our 10-dancers (including 5 dancers from TU Dance’s CULTIVATE, trainee program) welcome you and your students to experience the connective power of dance.

THREAT is a concert dance theater work that aims to provoke an interrogation of the roles we play as individuals and community in hierarchies. The work posits that hierarchies have the power to control our behavior and infiltrate our thoughts, even when no authority is present to enforce the rules. Using a physical language and soundscape that fuses multicultural traditions and styles of the West and the African Diaspora, this social exploration invites audiences into a modern narrative that speaks to the universal experience of authority, obedience, and rebellion. As a performance, THREAT employs multifaceted contemporary movement and theatricality that is bathed in an eclectic and evocative original score and set design. It is a work where orchestral strings, djembe drum, and spoken word bump into soundbites of Malcolm X, Jamaica Kincaid, Donald Trump and Fidel Castro — where new and old flags hang, representing freedom and control, safety and danger.

April 25, 2024 | 10:30am – 11:25am (55 minutes)

Ticket Information

  • $3.50/student*
  • Tickets can be purchased online through this link, by calling The O’Shaughnessy ticket office at (651) 690-6700, or in person.
  • To avoid online convenience fees, please purchase your tickets by phone or in person. A service fee will be added to purchases made with credit or debit cards.
  • *Schools located in the East Metro Area (Ramsey, Dakota and Washington Counties) are able to attend this educational performance at no cost. Please contact The O’Shaughnessy ticket office to reserve your tickets and mention that your school is located in the East Metro Area.

Study Guide

  • Schools attending the Educational Performance will receive via email a study guide with information about TU Dance, dance in general, and THREAT.

Transportation Subsidy

  • TU Dance is able to provide limited transportation subsidies to schools that attended the educational performance as long as the designated funds are available.
  • Schools may request this subsidy by completing the Transportation Subsidy Reimbursement Form and submitting the corresponding paid receipt. Detailed instructions can be found on the form.


  • TU Dance will be emailing a post-performance survey. This survey must be completed in order to receive the transportation subsidy.


This educational performance is provided by TU Dance thanks to a grant from The Saint Paul Foundation and F.R. Bigelow Foundation.

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