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.

Open Classes at TU Dance Center

Join CULTIVATE, A Trainee Program morning classes and The School at TU Dance Center Level 4/5 afternoon classes.  Teaching artists include TU Dance Founder & Artistic Director Toni Pierce-Sands, guest choreographers, and TU Dance Center teaching artists Hassan Ingraham, Laurel Keen and Abdo Sayegh-Rodriguez, among others.

These classes are for INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED dancers for technique classes, and physically active people for GYROKINESIS.

(please check the Open Class calendar as classes and/or teaching artists might change)

Cost: $16/class or $140/10 Classes

Please select the class you wish to take: :
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Student Name & Zip code:

Registration Form: This form should be completed once a year.

Please read the TU Dance Community Safety Statement before you register for classes at TU Dance Center.

Contemporary Ballet Class with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, January 22

Join CULTIVATE trainees and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago company dancers Aaron Choate, Morgan Clune and Michele Dooley for a contemporary ballet class at TU Dance Center available to participants thanks to a partnership between Northrop and TU Dance. As part of this class, dancers may be asked to participate in an improvisational session. This class is open to participants ages 16+ and no experience is necessary.

This class is free for University of Minnesota students, faculty, and staff. If you are affiliated with the University of Minnesota, please email to register.

Date: January 22, 2024
Time: 9:30-11:00 am
Cost: $20

Please select one option :
Student Name and Zip Code:

Learn more about Hubbart Street Dance Chicago

Learn more about Hubbart Street Dance Chicago performance on at Northrop on January 25 at 7:30pm.

Aaron Choate (they/them, Lexington, KY) is a graduate of The Juilliard School class of 2022. After studying at Diana Evan’s School of Dance in Kentucky, they were named a 2018 Presidential Scholar in the Arts. They have performed the works of renowned choreographers, such as Aszure Barton, Ohad Naharin, Justin Peck, Jamar Roberts, Bobbi Jene Smith,  Rennie Harris, Spencer Theberge, Lar Lubovitch, and Ted Shawn. They are also an avid choreographer. Most recently, they had a process at Gibney Dance called the Moving Towards Justice Fellowship, created by Scott Autry.  In 2022, they presented a work at 92nd Street Y as a part of the Future Dance Festival. In 2021, they received the George J. Jakab Grant Award from Juilliard to create a dance film, and upon graduation they were awarded the Juilliard Career Advancement Fellowship. 

Morgan Clune (she/her, Barrington, IL) graduated from The Chicago Academy for the Arts in 2018. She was recognized as a National YoungArts Winner in New York for Contemporary dance in 2018 where she performed solo at Baryshnikov Arts Center. Upon graduation from Juilliard, Morgan was awarded the Martha Hill Prize for her achievement and leadership in Dance as well as a Juilliard Career Advancement Fellowship for her promise as an entrepreneur and engagement in the arts. She is an emerging choreographer, recently choreographing at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s CREATE summer intensive and The Juilliard School in 2023. Morgan is currently entering her second season with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago under the direction of Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell.
Michele Dooley (she/he/they, Philadelphia, PA) is a dance artist and teacher from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She began her dance training at The Institute of the Arts, graduated from The Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts, and later earned her BFA in Dance from The University of the Arts. Michele has completed programs with Bates Summer intensive, BalletX Summer Program, and DCNS Summer Dance Intensive and has worked with choreographers Gary Jeter, Tommie-Waheed Evans, Aszure Barton, Jermaine Spivey, Milton Myers, Spenser Theberge, and Nora Gibson. She has had the privilege of working with Eleone Dance Theatre and Spectrum Dance Theater. She is thrilled to be back for her second season with the company!
Photos courtesy of Hubbart Street Dance Chicago.

TU Dance Winter Showcase | December 8-10, 2023

Join us for the TU Dance Winter Showcase at The Southern, featuring CULTIVATE, A Trainee Program and students from Level 4 & 5 of the Pre-Professional Program at The School at TU Dance Center. CULTIVATE will share self-choreographed solos as well as premiere works by local dancer/choreographer and TU Dance alum Anna Pinault and New York based dancer/choreographer Christopher Ralph. The level 4 & 5 students will perform works by TU Dance Center teaching artist Davente Gilreath and CULTIVATE trainee Gabrielle Abram. Let’s celebrate these inspiring dancers and their artistry and dedication!

December 8 & 9, 2023 at 7:30pm (house at 7:00pm, door at 6:30 pm)

December 10, 2023 at 2:00pm (house at 1:30pm, door at 1:00 pm)

Purchase tickets here!

Performance Length: 90 minutes, including a 15 minute intermission

30-minute post show talk backs will directly follow the Friday, December 8 and Saturday, December 9 performances.

To view the electronic program click 2023 WINTER SHOWCASE PROGRAM INFO.

Community Classes with Anna Pinault | November 2023

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Join CULTIVATE trainees and Anna Pinault for a dance class at TU Dance Center for Intermediate/ Advanced dancers. Anna’s Contemporary Floorwork class focuses on moving in and out of the floor with fluidity and expressivity. After a warmup and floor-based drills across the space, you’ll learn choreography that incorporates highly physical contemporary movement with fluid and grounded floorwork movement, in order to practice transitioning between the two. (Knee pads are recommended.) This class is for intermedia/advanced dancers.

Dates & Times:

  • Wednesdays, November 8 (9:30-11:00 am)
  • Monday, November 13 (9:30-11:00 am)
  • Thursday, November 16 (4:30-6:00 pm)

Location: TU Dance Center

Cost: $16

Please select the class you wish to take: :
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Raised in Minnesota, Anna Pinault worked as a dance artist and educator in New York City for nearly a decade. In 2022, she landed back in the Twin Cities once again to pursue the next season of her creative work. Anna’s most recent work includes Ashwini Ramaswamy’s Invisible Cities, TU Dance Company’s The Three Women Project, and projects with Joe Chvala’s Flying Foot Forum, Rovaco Dance Company, and the Des Moines Metro Opera. Her work as an educator has included Dance Theatre of Harlem, The Neighborhood Playhouse, Daya Yoga Studio, the NYC Public School System, Zenon Dance School, Hothouse Minneapolis, and The School at TU Dance Center, among others. Anna also practices Thai Bodywork, and is studying for her MS in Human Movement Science. Her passion for bodily education spills into both her teaching and artistic work. Her current choreographic creations explore the creation of imagery and architecture by transposing rhythm and other musical languages onto the body. Her powerful energy is unique in its ability to quickly morph from style to style, all while maintaining a supple articulation and water-like quality. (www.annapinault.comInstagram: @anna_pinault)

TU Dance Winter Showcase Showing | November 15, 2023

Join us for an informal in-studio showing featuring CULTIVATE, A Trainee Program and students from Level 4 & 5 of the Pre-Professional Program at The School at TU Dance Center, in anticipation for our live performances at The Southern Theater on December 8-10th. We invite you to attend this event and get an up-close and personal look as CULTIVATE will share self-choreographed solos as well as premiere works by Gabrielle Abram, Davente Gilreath, Anna Pinault and Christopher Ralph.

Wednesday, November 15th, 2023 | 5:30-6:30pm (CST)
TU Dance Center (in-person only)

Registration is required.
This event is FREE. Space is limited. First come, first served.

RSVP 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.

Class with Adji Cissoko from LINES Ballet | November 1, 2023

Join CULTIVATE trainees and Alonzo King LINES Ballet dancer Adji Cissoko for a dance class at TU Dance Center available to participants thanks to a partnership between Northrop Auditorium and TU Dance. This class is for Intermediate/Advanced dancers and will start with a warmup followed by choreography and movement exploration!

This class is free for University of Minnesota students, faculty, and staff. If you are affiliated with the University of Minnesota, please email to register.

Date: Wednesday, November 1

Time: 9:30-11:00 am

Location: TU Dance Center

Cost: $20

Please select one option :
Student Name and Zip Code:

Adji Cissoko was born and grew up in Munich, Germany where she trained at the Ballet Academy Munich and graduated with a diploma in dance. Cissoko attended the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre in New York City on full scholarship, before joining the National Ballet of Canada in 2010. In 2012 she was awarded the Patron Award of Merit by the Patrons’ Council Committee of The National Ballet of Canada. Cissoko joined LINES Ballet in 2014. Since then she’s originated many central roles and guested for galas worldwide. Cissoko has given multiple masterclasses and taught classes around the world as part of the company’s outreach program. In 2020, she became certified in health/life coaching and ABT’s National Training Curriculum. Cissoko choreographed her first piece “AZIZ “ for Ballet X in 2021. She also is a 2022 recipient of the Toulmin fellowship.



Thanksgiving and Holiday Wines | November 5, 2023

Canaan Mattson

Join us and SOLO VINO owner Chuck Kanski for Thanksgiving and Holiday Wines, a wine tasting event featuring a special selection. Guests will have the opportunity to purchase bottles with a 20% discount. This event supports TU Dance programs and performances during its 19th season.

November 5 | 2:00-3:30 pm

SOLO VINO | 517 Selby Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55102

Cost: $100/person

Cost includes one ticket to TU Dance’s Winter Showcase opening night on December 8, 2023 featuring The School at TU Dance Center Level 4/5 and the CULTIVATE, A Trainee Program dancers, as well as a pre-performance exclusive Meet & Greet with artistic director Toni Pierce-Sands and choreographers Anna Pinault and Christopher Ralph.


To learn more about SOLO VINO click here.

Photo of CULTIVATE dancers by Canaan Mattson.

Movement, Sound, Memory for Seasoned Adults 55+, Fall 2023

Unlock the Art of Self-Expression through Movement, Sound and Memory.

Embark on a profound 8-week journey of self-discovery and creative expression with Tamiko French’s innovative dance fusion class. In this transformative course, you’ll delve deep into the realm of movement, sound, memories and words to illuminate the vibrant landscape within you.

Tuesdays, October 10th – November 281th (8 weeks) | 9:30-11:00am
(informal showing on last day from 11:30am-12:30pm)
Cost: $45 per workshop* (Pre-registration required)

Student Name:

Please complete this registration form.

*TU Dance offers tuition and transportation subsidy upon request. Please contact us at or (651) 724-9708 to inquire.

Please read the TU Dance Community Safety Statement.

Week 1: The Foundation Is You

  • Dive into introspective discussions about your identity, values, and sources of joy.
  • Immerse yourself in a soothing sound bath and capture your thoughts, emotions, and memories on paper.
  • Begin weaving the threads of self-discovery into the foundation of your unique expression.

Week 2: More or Less Me

  • Explore the intensity of your being and refine it to its purest essence.
  • Discover the flow that uniquely defines you, celebrating the beauty of individuality.

Week 3: Rolling In The Deep

  • Dive further into your journey as we explore our profound connection to water through movement and sound.

Week 4: Tapestries

  • Layer your experiences like waves, creating a rich tapestry of memories, words, movement, and sound.
  • Expand upon the foundation to craft a masterpiece of self-expression.

Week 5: Traveling

  • We will work through each sequence traveling through our unique journey of sound, memory, and writing through movement. Remembering that you are the foundation, you are more or less you in perfect proportion, you are in perfect flow, and your flow has created a beautiful tapestry of life.

Week 6: Solid and Liquid

  • Refine your movement sequences, words, and memories with intention and clarity.
  • Embrace both your unwavering strengths and fluid adaptability.

Week 7: Wings

  • Deepening our connection to our work this week we will let it go, let it fly, and love our journey. Remembering each week we built on our collective energy. Practice, explore, embrace and share what we have created.

Week 8: Golden

  • Revel in a final class where you’ll practice and showcase your unique tapestry of work to friends and family.
  • Embrace the golden culmination of your transformative journey.

Throughout this profound process, we invite you to expand, express, and reconnect with the incredible power and value of your life’s tapestry. Rediscover the beauty of vulnerability and the boundless potential within you. Join us on this extraordinary voyage of self-expression and self-discovery.

This program is for adults 55+.

TAMIKO FRENCH is a seasoned dance and performance art instructor with more than 20 years of experience in various fast-paced Dance Education environments. Throughout her time back here in her hometown (2013 to the present), she has built partnerships and curated experiences between the student community and arts organizations such as the Ordway Center for Performing Arts, Northrop Auditorium, The Cowles Center, Walker Arts Center, The Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minnesota State Fair, The Festival of Nations, Springboard for the Arts and the Broadway Business Coalition.  Sharing with the youth, pathways to careers through arts education and performance; Tamiko creates a safe place and platform for students to advocate for themselves, innovate new ways of learning and empower their voice of expression.  She has been working with North High School’s Dance Program and Arts Integration for the last 6 years and has used these partnerships to develop continuous pathways to demonstrate the youth’s artistic excellence in the community. She is now clearing a path for her solo interdisciplinary work to emerge again. 

Seeded through her time as an arts educator at North High, she has worked with Energy Dance Collective in 2013 to 2016 (hip hop compilation, SKYN), Northside Flow( Night of the mind)2015-2017, She performed in Sista Solo/Being Brothas (Night of the Mind)2015 and curated groups of performers for the Festival of Nations(African American Cultural Group)2015-2019, Minneapolis Institute of Art (Family Day and Prince Tribute)2018. She was awarded a Director slot in the American High School Theater Festival’s set in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for 2020. It was then she took a leap of faith in creating Legacy Arts Group, LLC to help carve the path of the original work who co- wrote and directed with the Cast.  Due to the pandemic, the tour is extended to 2022. This project has been supported by the Springboard for the Arts, the Awesome Foundation, the Minneapolis Foundation, the Minnesota Arts Coalition, West Broadway Area Business Coalition, the Minnesota Orchestra, MN, Black Theater Circle, and the Guthrie Theater. Tamiko synergizes text, props, recorded and physically played music, fashion, and dance to build a rooted expression of connectedness, and reflection of the human condition. 

Her passion is rooted in illuminating the human condition, and using it as a way to bridge healing, self-discovery, and empowerment with every person she has the honor to share and work with. Currently, she is working on an interdisciplinary work called “Eye See You”. It is comprised of sound bathing (Tamiko is playing), vocalization (poetry, song, Monologue), and movement inside an environment created by crystals and light that depicts Amethyst. The core of this work shares the trusting of intuition through peaks and valleys of life lessons in aging, learned relationships and untangling mental attachments to traumas. It shares vibrational wellness practices in sound and crystal healing as well as meditation. July 2021 She will release part 1 of the 3 part work in her show “Rock Royalty”.

Photo by Tamiko French.

Movement and Creativity for Adults 55+ at Rondo Center for Diverse Expressions

Join TU Dance teaching artist Suzette Gilreath for Movement and Creativity for Adults 55+. This class will use a simple approach to movement based on dance and yoga practice allowing room for creativity to be explored and experienced while focusing on building community through individual expression and how it is shared with one another. The class is open to those who are hearing, and to those who identify as a person with a disability, hard of hearing, and or D/Deaf individual. 

Dates: Fridays 8/11, 8/18, 8/25, 9/8 & 9/15 (no class on 9/1)
Time: 10:30am-12:00pm
Cost: FREE
Location: Rondo Center for Diverse Expression/Rondo Commemorative Plaze, 315 N. Fisk Street. St. Paul, MN 55104  (outdoors or indoors depending on weather)

To register please complete this Registration From.

Suzette Jornae Gilreath is a twin cities native. Born and raised in Minnesota, she is currently a dance artist based in MN. As of May 2020, she received her B.A. in Dance and American Sign Language from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. Jornae is a virtuosic, versatile, and curious mover. She began her dance training at Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists and TU Dance at the age of 16. She is trained in Classical Ballet, Contemporary Ballet, Modern and African, with experience in street style Hip-hop, and Heels. Through her dance training, she has obtained a greater understanding of the relationship dance has with the world, globally and internationally. Over the past five years, Jornae has gained professional dance experience by training and performing with many local and national companies. She had chosen to learn American Sign language as a second language requirement and fell deeply in love with D/deaf culture and the language. ASL has shifted her artist praxis, how she interacts with the world, ethnically, culturally, and spiritually. Jornae’s work is approached through an intersectional lens. Through aligning her multitude of identities and practices, she cultivates composition and projects that focus on enlightening the world to see who they are, and how we are all connected to the source. Her mission is to transform, inform, and inspire through art and human exchange. Suzette was a founding dancer with TU Dance’s CULTIVATE Trainee Program.

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