Contemporary Experiment Classes with Leslie Parker

Please join us at TU Dance Center for two open classes with Leslie Parker. The classes are focused towards intermediate to advanced experiences although all bodies and dance experiences are welcomed.

Contemporary Experiment is a class session in improvisation. The focus of the class is primarily the individual body as a site/map for exploration. It is an embodied practice that expands capacity for a more nuanced, rigorous, and sensory approach to space, time, and energy to integrate the thinking-body with real-time presence; and to play with physical range while increasing flexibility of the spine for a deepening in awareness of strength and endurance. In this class, empathetic exchanges using collaboration in movement studies are significant to amplify grounded power, intuitive connection to the body and place, navigating dissent, and honing clarity in timing and rhythm.

Dates: March 13th & 18th, 2024
Time: 9:30-11:00 am
Cost: $16/class or $140/10 Classes

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Learn more about Leslie Parker

Leslie Parker is a dance artist, director, choreographer, improviser, and performer born in the traditional homeland of Indigenous people, mostly the Dakhóta and Ojibwe people, also known as the Twin Cities, Minnesota. She has home art bases in both Brooklyn, NY(traditional homeland of Lenapehoking people) and in St. Paul, MN. Her deep roots in the territory also known as the St. Paul, Rondo community led her to a dance practice that emphasizes an organic aesthetic in experimental movement derived from the Black and African diaspora. Growing up in the Rondo community inspired her towards socially engaged art. Parker’s informal training began with marching in rhythm drill team competitions in the Rondo neighborhood learning from local organizers and activists. Parker holds a BFA from Esther Boyer College of Music and Dance, a MFA in Dance from Hollins University in partnership with the Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts and the Dresden Frankfurt Company in Frankfurt, Germany. She studied Senegalese dance forms at the Centre Culturel Blaise Senghor de Dakar in Senegal, West Africa.

As a dance creative, she highlights unique individual contributions, digs into collective memory to engage with the world more imaginatively and embodies an aesthetic that encompasses an organic physical/movement that includes: Traditional W. African, Black/African American vernacular/social dance, Improvisation, and Contemporary/Modern technique derived from and exchanged across multiple continents. She has received a 2022 McKnight Fellowship for Choreographers, A Nefa/NDP award 2021 and was a Jerome Artist Fellow 2019 – 2021, 2017 Bessie award for Outstanding performer.

Photo Credit: Bobby Rogers

GYROKINESIS® Workshop for Adults with Wendy Anderson

Please join us at TU Dance Center for a 6 week GYROKINESIS® workshop for adults with Wendy Anderson. No experience is necessary.

Starting with breathing patterns and progressing into motions that mobilize the spine through arching, curling, bending, spiraling and waving. Connecting with the breath, the movement starts to feel like a dance. Oxygenating the circulatory system, stimulating the nervous system and opening the body. Exercises are done on chairs/stools, in standing and lying positions.

Wednesdays, March 6th – April 10th | 4:30-5:45pm

Cost: $85

*Online registration required. This workshop is at capacity. Stay tuned for upcoming offerings!

To complete your registration, please submit this form and pay the fee below.

Wendy Anderson has trained as a dancer, fitness professional, Pilates trainer and presently Gyrotonic Trainer. She is an authorized teacher and teacher trainer (Pre-Trainer) of both Gyrokinesis and Gyrotonic. Having the good fortune of working with some of the most renowned Master Trainers, including Juergen Bamberger, Juliu Horvath (creator of gyrotonic) and Paul Horvath (physiotherapist) Wendy has also trained on all pieces of Gyrotonic equipment!. She trains all levels of students from highly accomplished athletes to the very beginner who has started their adventure with Gyrokinesis or Gyrotonics later in life. “Always amazed by the beauty, depth and sophistication of this movement modality. And how people can benefit from gyro on all levels of their being.”

Photos courtesy of Wendy Anderson

TU Dance to Receive $20,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

TU Dance is pleased to announce it has been approved by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for a Grants for Arts Projects award of $20,000.

This grant will support THREAT, A TU Dance Project with Yusha-Marie Sorzano. In total, the NEA will award 958 Grants for Arts Projects awards totaling more than $27.1 million that were announced as part of its first round of fiscal year 2024 grants.

“The NEA is delighted to announce this grant to TU Dance, which is helping contribute to the strength and well-being of the arts sector and local community,” said National Endowment for the Arts Chair Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD. “We are pleased to be able to support this community and help create an environment where all people have the opportunity to live artful lives.” (The National Endowment for the Arts)

“On behalf of Toni and myself, we are honored to receive for a second year in a row a grant award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Our first grant supported the production of The 3-Women Project. This year, we are excited to bring to life Yusha-Marie Sorzano’s new work THREAT and to share it with our community.” (Abdo Sayegh-Rodriguez, Executive Director)

For more information on other projects included in the NEA’s grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.

Generous support for THREAT has also been provided by the Rosemary and David Good Family Foundation.

Photo: Company project dancers in the 2023 premiere of  “Look Who’s Coming to Dinner” choreographed by Stefanie Batten Bland and supported in part by our first NEA grant by Canaan Mattson.

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