Dance Innovation for Seasoned Adults 55+, March 17-May 5 & May 26-July 9

Dance teacher Tamiko French has developed a program centered around revitalizing creativity of storytelling with the building blocks of dance creation that infuses the visual and literary arts. The 8-week workshop is designed to be sequential for participants, with each class building on the previous class. From a first class in which participants will use poetry, prose, dramatic writing, spoken word, or other writing as a stimulus to create movement, participants will learn about modern and jazz dance techniques and choreographic practice, collaborate and share results with others, study facilitated improvisation and play in dance, and refine their work for a sharing event for family, friends, and the community. This program is for adults 55+.

Session 1: Thursdays, March 17th – May 5th (8 weeks)
Session 2: Thursdays, May 26th – July 7 & Saturday, July 9th (8 weeks)

TU Dance Center (in-person only) | 10:00am – 11:30 am (CST) (showing on last day of each workshop from 12:30-2:00pm)
Cost: $45 per workshop*

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Student Name:

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*TU Dance will offer tuition and transportation subsidy upon request. Please contact us at education@tudance.org or (651) 724-9708 to inquire.

*Proof of vaccination or negative test withing 72 hours + masks are required at the door for all in-person participants. Please read the TU Dance Community Safety Statement.

Pre-registration required as in-studio space is limited.

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

FLOW SPACE | Class with Guest Artist Gregory Dolbashian, February 20th

Join us for Flow Space, an atmosphere that allows for the act of “pure play” to help dance artists use more capacity, intellect, sense, courage, and imagination in their movement styles. Conducted by director of The DASH Ensemble, Gregory Dolbashian, the class is a highly developed series of improvisational tools and games that warms and pushes both the mind and the body to break habits and fulfill more presence. These exercises are all methods that Gregory has developed and utilized to create movement with The DASH. The artists learn confidence not just in themselves but also in the environment that they are a part of. Games and tasks work both on the individual and in tandem, so that Flow Space creates a community for progress, inspiration, and most of all, discovery. Classes are for dancers aged 16+.

Sunday, February 20th, 2022 | 11:00am-12:30 pm (CST)

TU Dance Center or via Zoom

Cost: $20 per participant (in-person or virtual)

Pre-registration required as in-studio space is limited!

In-Person: Due to our Covid protocols, only 9 in-person participants will be allowed to take class in-person in Studio 1.
Virtual: When in person capacity in Studio 1 has been reached, up to 6 participants will be able to take the class virtually in Studio 2. Other virtual participants are welcome to take class at their desired locations.

Please complete this registration form.

*Proof of vaccination + masks are required at the door for all in-person participants.

GREGORY DOLBASHIAN – Born and raised in New York City Gregory received his dance training at the Alvin Ailey School, then graduated cum laude from SUNY Purchase dance conservatory. He debuted his own company, The DASH Ensemble, in December 2010 at The JOYCE SoHo. DASH Company performance credits include The JOYCE Theater, Baryshnikov Arts Center, New York Live Arts, Guggenheim Works and Process Series, Kaatsbaan as well as domestic touring all over the U.S. including Dallas, L.A., and North Carolina. Gregory, in partnership with dance education specialist Lindsey Pettus, is also the co-founder of The DASH Academy. He has been commissioned for original works by American Ballet Theater, Atlanta Ballet, American Dance Festival, and most recently for Limon Dance Company’s newly formed Limon 2 . Awards for Choreography Hubbard Street 2 International Competition, Ballet Austin’s New American Talent. His collegiate and training program commissions include Juilliard, Point Park, LINES Ballet, NYU, and SUNY Purchase. Faculty positions include Broadway Dance Center, Gibney Dance, and Peridance Capezio Center. He has conducted multiple masterclasses around the country including Juilliard, NYU, UNCSA, UC Irvine, SUNY Purchase, and Point Park. In addition, Gregory, alongside fellow choreographer Loni Landon, is the co-founder of The PlaygroundNYC, a choreographic initiative that was voted 25 to Watch in 2013 by Dance Magazine.

Photo by Mike Esperanza @ mikeesperanza

AUDITION: Seeking Male/Male Identified Dancers

A TU Dance Project | Choreography by Marcus Jarrell Willis

TU Dance is looking to engage male/male identified dance artists for live presentations and a film creation project this Spring with performances at The O’Shaughnessy in St. Paul, Minnesota on May 13 & 14, 2022. Choreographer Marcus Jarrell Willis will be working with a group of dancers for a 9-week rehearsal process to reimagine and expand upon his work Sensible Existence, which was originally created for the TU Dance Company in 2017. This experience will culminate in two live performances as well as the creation of a dance-for-film project that will be shared throughout the State of Minnesota and beyond. Learn more about Marcus Jarrell Willis here.

For this project, we are currently seeking:

  • Male/male identified dance artists with a vast range of technical versatility and strong partnering skills. A keen sense of rhythm and articulation of gestural language are essential. 
  • Seasoned professionals to emerging dance artists are encouraged to audition. 
  • Dancers that are currently authorized to work in the U.S.

*All are welcome to apply. We have a strong interest in cultivating a culturally diverse group of dance artists for this project and creating a cast that represents our diverse world. 

PROJECT DETAILS: 

  • 9 week rehearsal process at TU Dance Center, St. Paul, Minnesota: March 14- May 14, 2022 (9:30am-4:15pm CST Monday- Friday)
  • Tech Week: May 9-14 (will include additional afternoon/evening rehearsals) 
  • Performances: Friday, May 13 + Saturday, May 14 at The O’Shaughnessy, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Dancers will be compensated $600/week and hired as independent contractors 
    • Airfare, housing, per diem and local transportation are not provided
  • IMPORTANT: due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, all project participants will need to show proof of vaccination and masks must be worn at all times inside of TU Dance Center.

VIRTUAL AUDITION DETAILS: 

Please submit the following materials by Friday, January 28 to info@tudance.org AND laurel.keen@tudance.org.

  • Cover Letter: summarize your experience and its relevance for this project and answer the following 2 questions: What is something that you are currently exploring within your artistic practice?; What do you hope to gain from this process?
  • Resume
  • Headshot
  • Video Reel3 minute maximum; clear footage that shows the entire body; performance or studio footage that features some sort of repertory work (no improvisation); no class footage

Photo by Stéphane Chouan

 

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and culture heritage fund.

 

 

AUDITION: A TU Dance Project | Choreography by Marcus Jarrell Willis

TU Dance is holding auditions for live presentations and a film creation project this Spring with performances at The O’Shaughnessy in St. Paul, Minnesota on May 13 & 14, 2022. With support from a MSAB Arts Tour Grant, choreographer Marcus Jarrell Willis will be working with a group of dancers for a 9-week rehearsal process to reimagine and expand upon his work Sensible Existence, which was originally created for the TU Dance Company in 2017. This experience will culminate in two live performances as well as the creation of a dance-for-film project that will be shared throughout the State of Minnesota and beyond. 

For this project, we are seeking dance artists with a vast range of technical versatility. A keen sense of rhythm and articulation of gestural language is essential. Seasoned professionals to emerging dance artists are encouraged to audition. 

Learn more about Marcus Jarrell Willis: https://project-inc.org/mj-willis/

PROJECT DETAILS: 

  • 9 week rehearsal process: March 14- May 14, 2022
  • Time frame: 9:30am-4:15pm CST Monday- Friday
  • Tech Week: May 9-14
  • Performances: Friday, May 13 + Saturday, May 14 at The O’Shaughnessy, St. Paul, MN
  • Dancers will be compensated $600/week and hired as independent contractors 
    • Airfare, housing, per diem and local transportation are not provided

AUDITION DETAILS: 

  • Submit materials by Monday, November 22 (details below)
  • Audition Dates: Thursday, December 2 and Friday December 3, 2021
  • Location: TU Dance Center, 2121 University Ave. W., St. Paul, Minnesota
    • In-person auditions only
  • No fee to audition
  • Travel and housing is not provided
  • Daily Schedule
    • Day One: Thursday, December 2
      • Ballet Class: 10:00-11:30am CST
      • Repertory/Workshop 11:45am-4:00pm CST (lunch: 1:30-2:00pm)
    • Day Two: Friday, December 3
      • Modern/Contemporary Class: 10:00-11:30am CST
      • Research and Development Workshop: 11:45am-4:00pm CST (lunch: 1:30-2:00pm) 

MATERIALS TO SUBMIT (by November 22) 

*these materials are requested for reference only as opposed to pre-screening purposes 

  • Cover Letter 
    • Summarize your experience and its relevance for this project
    • Please also include reflections/responses to the following two questions: 
      • What is something that you are currently exploring within your artistic practice?
      • What do you hope to gain from this process? 
  • Resume
  • Headshot
  • Video Reel
    • 3 minute maximum
    • Clear footage that shows the entire body
    • Performance or studio footage that features some sort of repertory work (no improvisation)
    • No class footage 

IMPORTANT: due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, all audition participants will need to show proof of vaccination and masks must be worn at all times inside of TU Dance Center.

Photo by Stéphane Chouan

 

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and culture heritage fund.

Fall 2021 Adult Beginning Workshops

Adult Beginning Ballet | Tuesdays, 10:00-11:30am

Provided by Tina Anderson Wallum, the class work is based on the principles of classical ballet technique, including turnout, distribution of weight, counter pull, plumb line, balance, squareness, alignment and stance, transfer of weight, lift, and counter balance. Also it is based on centering, core strength, flexor tone, extensor tone, muscle currenting, cogwheeling, coordination, and musicality. By the end of the workshop students should understand a basic level of vocabulary and be able to execute it with ease and confidence. Students are intellectually, emotionally and physically supported with validation, engagement, and a sense of belonging.

Session Two: October 26 – December 8 (6 weeks, no classes November 22-27)

Adult Beginning Modern | Wednesdays, 10:00-11:30am

This workshop with Jennifer Ilse approaches movement with a goal of balance – fluidity in strength, power in softness, centered on breath and economy of movement to teach internal and external body awareness, rhythm and phrasing, and ensemble dancing through modern dance patterns and improvisation.

Session One: September 14 – October 20 (6 weeks)
Session Two: October 26 – December 8 (6 weeks, no classes November 22-27)

Cost: $85/workshop per session

To register, please complete the registration form and make a payment below.

Workshop (please select on option) :
Sessions (please select one option below) :
Student Name:

For more information and to register, please visit MASTER CLASSES & WORKSHOPS at www.tudance.org/programs.

Please read the TU Dance Community Safety Statement (September 1, 2021).

Tina Anderson Wallum has had an extensive career both performing and teaching for over 40 years. She has performed with Minnesota Dance Theater, Ballet Arts, Ballet Minnesota, Ballet of the Dolls, Continental Ballet, The American Contemporary Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet and Savannah Ballet. She has over thirty years of teaching experience with a focus in Classical Ballet, and her work is enriched by her vast knowledge of somatics, and mind-body centering. She has been teaching at the University of Minnesota for 22 years and is currently at studios all over the Twin Cities.

Jennifer Ilse is originally from Wisconsin, Jennifer first studied dance in a professional setting in Duluth, Minnesota. She then moved to Eugene, Oregon to continue her studies at the University of  Oregon. In Eugene she also studied with the Eugene Ballet under Susan Zadoff of Ballet Russe, at Musical Feet school of tap, and performed four seasons with the Dance Theatre of Oregon. After moving to Minneapolis in 1997 she became co-artistic director of the dance/theater/visual art hybrid company Off-Leash Area, with which she has choreographed and directed over 28 full-length productions and created and managed a new venue, the Off-Leash Art Box. She was a City Pages Artist of the Year, has been featured on TPT’s MN Original, received 5 Arts Board Artist Initiative grants, and received 2 Ivey Awards. Ilse is a long time dance teaching artist, teaching ballet, tap and modern dance classes for adults and children over the past 30 years. Jennifer’s modern dance teaching draws from her eclectic movement background in classical modern and releasing styles, contemporary approaches to movement, improvisation, and extensive floorwork.

Photo credit: Tina Anderson Wallum by Abdo Sayegh Rodriguez, Jennifer Ilse by Bill Cameron.

TU DANCE IS HIRING

TU Dance is a non-profit, professional contemporary dance company located in St. Paul, Minnesota. Founded in 2004, the company creates and performs choreography celebrating a diversity of styles and dance traditions. Since its founding, TU Dance has changed the Minnesota dance landscape through its performances, presenting work of “buoyant energy and amazing grace” (Dance Magazine) and through its educational programming at TU Dance Center. The Center is a hub for dance education, training and practice that has already become a valued community asset in St. Paul with ties to the national field. TU Dance is committed to building and energizing engagement with dance by interweaving dance genres, inspiring students, hiring and training artists from broadly diverse backgrounds, forming meaningful partnerships, and engaging to a broad community. TU Dance strives to provide opportunities for people of all backgrounds to experience the connective power of dance

Please click below to get more information on each position:

School Coordinator

Administrative Associate

Body Watani (body-as-homeland practice + Arabic dance) Workshop with Leila Awadallah, Aug. 2-6

Please join us for a one-week workshop process with teaching artist, Leila Awadallah. Leila’s works emerge from physicalized reflections and questions around the notion of body-as-homeland by integrating lands, ancestors, and embodied memories’ with traditional Arabic dance forms and historical / present day engagement with both political and settler colonial impacts on bodies / movement / spaces / places. Her research, artistry and activism locates in the context of indigenous Palestine as well as more broadly in Mediterranean and SWANA regions. The week will culminate in an informal studio sharing and discussion. Participants have the option to join for the workshop component only or join for optional morning technique classes.

Workshop Schedule:
Monday, 8/2 & Wednesday, 8/4 at 11:45am-1:15pm and 2:00-4:30pm
Tuesday, 8/3 & Thursday, 8/5 at 11:45am-12:45pm
Friday, 8/6 at 11:45am-1:15pm and 2:00-4:00pm

Tuition: $215

Student Name:

Optional Open Classes (9:30-11:30am):
Monday, 8/2 – Ballet with Abdo Sayegh-Rodriguez
Tuesday, 8/3 – Modern with Alia Kache (Artistic Director of Kachal Dance and former Rehearsal Director of Ailey II)
Wednesday, 8/4 – Ballet with Abdo Sayegh-Rodriguez
Thursday, 8/5 – Modern with Toni Pierce-Sands
Friday, 8/6 – African Dance with Shaylin Watson (dancer with EVIDENCE, A Dance Company)

Open Class fee: $15/class (Please pre-register via email at education@tudance.org 24-hour in advance. Payment for Open Classes will be received at the door)

Leilawa (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.

Welcome LaTia Childers as School & Community Engagement Coordinator

Join us as we welcome LaTia Childers as TU Dance’s new School & Community Engagement Coordinator. After working as TU Dance’s Education & Community Engagement Coordinator, bringing with her the knowledge, experience, energy and passion to continue the work that we have done in the past with our community, ​LaTia ​has taken on the new role ​and will be responsible for coordinating under TU Dance’s artistic director Toni Pierce-Sands supervision, all school related  activities. ​She worked closely with ​former ​School Coordinator Maxine Yamazaki, gaining all the necessary experience to ​continue the work. ​

LaTia’s has led the partnership with Sheridan Arts Dual Immersion School, a project supported by a Minnesota State Arts Board Arts Access grant. She will continue her work to revitalize the partnership with academic schools and other organizations while coordinating all activities related to the school.

About LaTia:
Finding interest in dance at the age of 3, LaTia continued to indulge her passion for expressionism through movement. Exposure to Graham and Horton technique, the movement LaTia most identifies with, began at F.A.I.R. school where she attended 6th-8th grade. LaTia continued her pursuit for physical expression through her college experience at the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities campus) where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Dance, May 2014, and Mankato State University (Edina) where she is pursuing her Master’s in K-12 Dance Education and Pedagogy. During her artist journey, she has been involved with myriad of artistic collaborations that include the Ordway (Dance To Learn), TU Dance (pre-professional intensives), ACDFA (American College Dance Festival Association) attendee and participate, participant of the 2014 Fringe Festival and many other dance endeavors. LaTia has danced professionally with Threads Dance Project located in Minneapolis, MN as well as Minnesota Dance Ensemble in Saint Cloud, MN. She has also attended Arts Advocacy Day as a student, an independent contractor, as an arts educator, and a board member of Minnesota Citizens for the Arts Advocacy Leader. LaTia plans to continue her Arts Education and Advocacy by actively serving on the MCA board, lobbying at both state and national levels to protect the 47% of the Legacy Amendment, encourage district participation in CreativeMN, and continue her pursuit in higher education/ conferences/ and workshops. LaTia has most recently been appointed to the Board of the Perpich Center for Arts Education and looks forward to sustaining and developing collaborative partnerships as the Education & Community Engagement liason at TU DANCE.

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and culture heritage fund.

 

The School at TU Dance Center 2021 Spring Student Showcase VIDEO

The showcase –originally broadcasted on June 22, 2021– 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 enjoy this video as we recognize the beautiful work of our students and faculty, and offer a special congratulations to this year’s Pre-Professional student graduates!

Ticket Price Tiers: $10, $15 and $25 (suggested for households)

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*Viewing link (Vimeo) will be emailed to ticket buyers within 24 hours. If you purchase more than one ticket, please email us at info@tudance.org and provide additional email address(es) to receive the viewing link. The viewing link will be available for viewing until July 8, 2021.

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

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.

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