TUDC 2024 SPRING STUDENT SHOWCASE + CULTIVATE, A TRAINEE PROGRAM, MAY 17-19

Join us for TU Dance’s annual Spring Showcase featuring students from The School at TU Dance Center and dancers from CULTIVATE, A Trainee Program. The program will include CULTIVATE trainees’ self-choreographed solos as well as a work entitled “A Voyage in 4” by Christopher Ralph which premiered at the 2023 Winter Showcase. Students from the Children & Teen and Pre-Professional Programs will share technique demonstrations in modern, ballet, hip hop and African dance as well as perform in works by TU Dance Center teaching artists Daonna Lewis, Sa’Nah Britt, Davente Gilreath, Laurel Keen and Gabrielle AbramPlease join us in celebrating these inspiring dancers and their dedication!

Friday, May 17 | 7:00pm  
Saturday, May 18 | 1:00pm and 6:00pm
Sunday, May 19 | 1:00pm 

*Matinee Performances will include all students from the Children & Teen Program (except Creative Movement), Pre-Professional Program + CULTIVATE
*Evening Performances will include Teen, Pre-Professional Program + CULTIVATE

*Saturday’s performances will be accompanied by a bake sale, all proceeds help support the production of the Spring Showcase.

Barbara Barker Center for Dance, Studio 100
University of Minnesota
500 21st Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Tickets: $20 (adults); $10 (children 3 and older)
(General Admission, In-person only)

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.

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 mvorhis@umn.edu 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.

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.

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To learn more about SOLO VINO click here.

Photo of CULTIVATE dancers by Canaan Mattson.

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.

This workshop is supported by: 

Open Classes at TU Dance Center – Summer 2023

Join TU Dance 2023 Summer Intensive dancers for a series of open classes (July 24-August 12).  Classes will be posted weekly. Teaching artists include TU Dance Founder & Artistic Director Toni Pierce-Sands and Wendy Anderson, Hassan Ingraham, Herb Johnson, Laurel Keen, Anna Pinault, Laura Pratt, Abdo Sayegh-Rodriguez, and Peggy Seipp-Roy.

These classes are for INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED dancers.

WEEK 1 (July 24-29)

  • Monday, 7/24 | 9:30-11:30am | Contemporary with Christopher Ralph
  • Tuesday, 7/25 | 9:30-10:45am | Floorwork with Anna Pinault
  • Tuesday, 7/25 | 11:00am-1:00pm | Ballet with Peggy Seipp-Roy
  • Wednesday, 7/26 | 9:30-11:30am | Contemporary with Christopher Ralph
  • Thursday, 7/27 | 9:30-10:45am | GYROKINESIS® with Wendy Anderson
  • Thursday, 7/27 | 11:00am-1:00pm | Ballet with Laura Pratt
  • Friday, 7/28 | 9:30-11:30am | House with Herb Johnson III
  • Saturday, 7/29 | 10:00-11:30am | Contemporary Community Class with Christopher Ralph

WEEK 2 (July 31-August 5)

  • Monday, 7/31 | 9:30-11:30am | Modern with Anna Pinault
  • Tuesday, 8/1 | 9:30-10:45am | Floorwork with Anna Pinault
  • Tuesday, 8/1 | 11:00am-1:00pm | Ballet with Laurel Keen
  • Wednesday, 8/2 | 9:30-11:30am | Floorwork with Anna Pinault
  • Thursday, 8/3 | 9:30-10:45am | GYROKINESIS® with Abdo Sayegh Rodriguez
  • Thursday, 8/3 | 11:00am-1:00pm | Ballet with Hassan Ingraham
  • Friday, 8/4 | 9:30-11:30am | House with Herb Johnson III
  • Saturday, 8/5 | 10:00-11:30am | Modern Community Class with Anna Pinault

WEEK 3 (August 7-12)

  • Monday, 8/7 | 9:30-11:30am | Horton based modern with Toni Pierce-Sands
  • Tuesday, 8/8 | 9:30-10:45am | Floorwork with Anna Pinault
  • Tuesday, 8/8 | 11:00am-1:00pm | Ballet with Abdo Sayegh-Rodriguez
  • Wednesday, 8/9 | 9:30-11:30am | Horton based modern with Toni Pierce-Sands
  • Thursday, 8/10 | 9:30-10:45am | GYROKINESIS® with Abdo Sayegh Rodriguez
  • Thursday, 8/10 | 11:00am-1:00pm | Ballet with Hassan Ingraham
  • Friday, 8/11 | 9:30-11:30am | House with Herb Johnson III
  • Saturday, 8/12 | 10:00-11:30am | House Community Class with Herb Johnson III

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

Cost: $15/class or $140/10 Classes

Please select the class you wish to take: :
Please select a payment option :
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.

Donation-Based Open Classes, June 18-29

Join us for a series of open classes and contribute to The TU Dance Access Fund which provides scholarships and financial aid to The School at TU Dance Center students. In 2022-2023, The TU Dance Access Fund provided almost $25,000 in financial aid.

By attending a class, a portion of your chosen donation amount will support our students.

24-hour online registration is required. Classes might be cancelled if the minimum number of students is not registered.

June 19 – 26 | 10:00-11:30am

  • Mondays: Horton-based Modern with Toni Pierce-Sands
  • Tuesdays: GYROKINESIS® with Wendy Anderson
  • Wednesdays: Ballet with Laurel Keen
  • Thursdays: Modern with Hassan Ingraham

Modern and Ballet classes are for Intermediate/Advanced levels; GYROKINESIS® welcomes all ability level.

Donation level :
Select a class :
Student Name:

The TU Dance Access Fund is partially funded by the E.A. Michelson Foundation and the Elmer L. & Eleanor J/ Andersen Foundation.

Community Class with Stefanie Batten Bland | May 9

Physical Theatre Perspectives or PTP is a performance skills approach which negotiates moving and sound-making in experimental and non-text-based performance genres. Emphasis is placed on naturalistic and abstract ways of being and partnering to carry forward story narration. Physical Theatre Perspectives through devised scene work unites vocal, theatrical, and movement techniques into one borderless expression which is practiced by Company SBB and that can apply to the current fields of performance art, immersive, and physical theatre standards in Europe and the United States. The engagement in this work will allow students to approach the company’s dance-theatre based repertory that will be performed at The O’Shaughnessy as well as other pieces within the company’s current touring repertory. For Intermediate to advance levels.

Tuesday, May 9 | 10:00-11:30am

The O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University (Stage)
2004 Randolph Ave., Saint Paul, MN 55105

*Participants should enter through the yellow stage door located on the east side of the building. More details and parking map + permit will be sent once participants pre-register.

Cost: $20 (no class cards accepted)

Please select one option :
Student Name and Zip Code:

To learn more about Stefanie Batten Bland click here.

Photo: SBB in Embarqued by Alex Boener

TUDC 2023 Spring Student + CULTIVATE Showcase, May 19-21

Join us for TU Dance’s annual Spring Showcase featuring students from The School at TU Dance Center and dancers from CULTIVATE, A Trainee Program. The program will include CULTIVATE trainees’ self-choreographed solos as well as a work entitled Quiet Home by guest choreographer Gregory Dolbashian. Students from the Children & Teen and Pre-Professional Programs will share technique demonstrations in modern, ballet, hip hop and African dance as well as perform in works by TU Dance Center teaching artists, DRIVE: Let it Burn… a piece choreographed in Fall 2022 by Alanna Morris and Sa’Nah Britt, and a new work by guest artist Stephon Williams. Please join us in celebrating these inspiring dancers and their dedication!

Friday, May 19 | 7:00pm  
Saturday, May 20 | 1:00pm and 6:00pm AT THE DOOR!
Sunday, May 21 | 1:00pm ALMOST SOLD OUT, LAST TICKET AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR!

Barbara Barker Center for Dance, Studio 100
University of Minnesota
500 21st Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Tickets: $20 (adults); $10 (children 3 and older)
(General Admission, In-person only)

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.

Community Class with Yusha-Marie Sorzano, April 29

Yusha studio

Join visiting guest artist and choreographer Yusha-Marie Sorzano for a community class for intermediate and advanced level. 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.

Saturday, April 29 | 1:15-2:45pm

TU Dance Center, in person only

Cost: $20 (no class cards accepted)

Please select one option :
Student Name and Zip Code:

To learn more about Yusha-Marie Sorzano click here.

Photo courtesy of YoungArts.

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