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.

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: :
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.

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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Student Name & Zip code:

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.

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.

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.

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

The 3-Women Project Showing, May 3

Please join us for an informal in-studio showing featuring The 3-Women Project, a TU Dance project with choreography by Stefanie Batten Bland, Alanna Morris and Yusha-Marie Sorzano. In anticipation for our live performances at The O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University on May 12th & 13th at 7:30pm, we invite you to attend this event and get an up-close and personal look into the creation of these works, and have the opportunity to meet many of the artists involved.

May 3rd, 2023 | 5:30-6:30pm (CST)

RSVP here.

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

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 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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