In-Person Open Classes at TU Dance Center, Summer 2021

TU Dance Center’s open classes are back! Join us for in-person dance classes for intermediate/advanced dancers with teaching Artists Leila Awadallah, Laurel Keen , Abdo Sayegh-Rodriguez and other guest teachers. To see the schedule visit Open Class Schedule.

Cost: $15 (please register a minimum of 24 hours in advance)

If using a Class Card, please email us at education@tudance.org with your name, class title and class date at least 24 hours in advance. Upon arrival at TU Dance Center, please present your class card to a TU Dance staff member or Teaching Artist.

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

TU Dance Center is continuing to have COVID-related restrictions. A limited number of dancers will be allowed per class. Dancers must complete the TU Dance Center Health Self-Assessment  within 24 hours of class start time, and must practice social distancing and wear a mask during their visit and while taking dance classes. These classes will be provided only in person.

More about Leila Awadallah:

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.

Summer 2021 | Equipoise Program, July 28-August 24

In partnering with TU Dance, Equipoise will provide the unique, hybrid (online/in person), opportunity of having individualized curriculum alongside one-on-one assessment sessions and coaching that compliment and deepen professional training. (see the Equipoise TU Dance Flyer)

In addition to the TU Dance Summer Intensive classes, Equipoise will provide the following workshops and sessions:

  • Self care/Health & Wellbeing
  • Contract fluency
  • Audition coaching
  • Self advocacy
  • Personal & professional budgeting
  • Personal branding
  • Injury prevention
  • Resume preparation
  • Workers rights
  • and more

Click here to download the Summer 2021 Equipoise Program Daily Schedule.

Click here to download the 2021 Pre-Professional Summer Intensive Levels 4-5 Daily Schedule.

Equipoise’s selection process is a deliberate and intentional effort to create a diverse, inclusive community of artists. Interested students should submit the Summer 2021 | Equipoise Program Artist Application Form and a video link of an example of the applicant’s dancing by July 23, 2021. Students will be notified with registration instructions. Students must be accepted and enrolled in the TU Dance Pre-Professional Summer Intensive Levels 4-5 to apply for the Equipoise Program.

If applicants are more comfortable communicating responses verbally, please submit a video, of 3 minutes or less, in lieu of a written reply.

Scholarships and payment plans are available for qualifying students. Scholarship application deadline: July 26, 2021. Please contact TU Dance School Coordinator Maxine Yamazaki at education@tudance.org or (612) 235-7634 for more information.

Tuition: $545 (in addition to TU Dance Summer Intensive Level 4-5 tuition $1,325)

Registration Deadline Extended: July 23, 2021

Equipoise is a diverse collective of established professionals offering expertise in relevant areas of the performing arts – supporting and mentoring young dance artists and providing tools and resources to nurture the growth, development, and success of professionally oriented dancers.

The Equipoise Team

Alia Kache | Choreographer, Educator, Former Rehearsal Director of Ailey II, Current Swing for Disney’s The Lion King (Broadway & Tour).

Ruthlyn Salomons | AAADT, The White Oak Dance Project, Donald Byrd/The Group, Resident Dance Supervisor of The Lion King Broadway Company.

Dr. Carol Marie Webster | Sociocultural anthropologist and performance researcher working at intersections of Arts, Health, Healing and Activism.

Ron Vodicka | Labor Advocate, Lighting Designer. Stage Manager, Production Manager for artists and companies around the world. Currently the PSM for The Lion King on Broadway.

Nina Wurtzel | NYC Dance photographer, NY Times, Dance Magazine, Broadway World, BCEFA/DRA, top dance and theater companies. Former dancer with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and
Concouredanse.

Huong Hoang | Producer, Manager, Arts administrator. Currently General Manager at The Joyce Theater Foundation in NYC.

To learn more about The Equipoise Team click here.

Virtual Open Classes, Week of January 11, 2021

We are excited to offer these virtual open classes focusing on self-care and well-being with teaching artists DejaJoelle, Lynn Barre and Wendy Anderson.

Cost: sliding scale $8, $12, or $15
(please register a minimum of 24 hours in advance)

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

Virtual We Dance TU with DejaJoelle
Thursday, January 14 (6:00-7:00pm CST) 

Join teaching artist Deja Joelle for “We Dance TU”, a dance session that prioritizes BIG BODIES and welcomes participants age 18+. Utilizing African based movement, discussion and Self – Love/affirmation, this space is for all who were told they were “too (something)” to be a dancer—even if you were the one who told yourself. This space is to make discoveries in your body, your creativity, your YOU!

DejaJoelle uses Traditional West African Dance and Black social dance to create an aesthetic that promotes healing and Self – Love. DejaJoelle is an interdisciplinary artist who is guided by ancestral dance and healing. Deja believes Self – Love is the first step in healing from your past and ensuring the fullness of your present. Through dance, mindfulness, Self – reflection, and affirmation, Deja is developing a dance aesthetic that promotes/evokes healing. In addition to dance, Deja creates intentional spaces for otherwise marginalized groups such as the LGBTQ2, BIPOC and Deaf community. Recent intentional space holding created for the Minneapolis Institute of Art under the title Discover Yourself: Golden Season, which was a day-long healing conference in collaboration with local Healing Artists with workshops including: Black Pleasure, Finding your Divinity, Body Reclamation, Afro Futurism, Sound Bathing, and many more. DejaJoelle, believes dance and healing should be fully accessible, and curated this conference to be completely free including childcare and food. In addition, DejaJoelle is proficient in American Sign Language and is intentional about making space for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals. DejaJoelle continues to activate this work at Northside Healing Space where she directs her dance company BLAQ and holds community Dance and Healing Sessions and activities monthly. She works closely with Dr. Joi Lewis, a nationally known Healer, Author, and Joy instigator to deepen her research in solidifying her healing practice. Her ultimate goals include guiding herself and others to their higher selves, creating stronger community ties, and building an accessible revolution. “I believe in movement that brings life to the dancer’s experience. I’m based in traditional West African dance and informed by life experiences. I believe in dancing from the inside out. With rhythm. With love.”

Virtual GYROKINESIS® with Wendy Anderson
Tuesday, January 12 (4:30-6:00pm CST)

The Gyrokinesis Method is a movement method that addresses the entire body, opening energy pathways, stimulating the nervous system, increasing range of motion, and creating functional strength through rhythmic, flowing movement sequences. It is an original and unique method, which coordinates movement, breath and mental focus. The Gyrokinesis Method is practiced on a mat and chair, without equipment. Without the feedback and guidance of equipment, participants in a Gyrokinesis class are more dependent on their own proprioception to explore movement sequences. (https://www.gyrotonic.com/about/gyrokinesis-method/)

Participants age 16+ are welcome to join and please have an armless chair/stool and yoga mat/blanket readily available.

More about Wendy

Yoga with Lynn Barre
Thursday, January 14 (4:30-6:00pm CST)

This practice will keep the winter fire lit by fortifying the body and nourishing the heart, mind and spirit. Class will progress from warming and active practices towards deep and supported rest.

More about Lynn

Photos: Wendy Anderson provided by Wendy Anderson, DejaJoelle by Maya Clark of Culture Piece Magazine, Lynn Barre by Luciana Pampalone.

Winter Practice, January 11-16

Please join us for a 4-day virtual workshop with teaching artists DejaJoelle, Gregory Dolbashian, Lynn Barre, Maurya Kerr and Wendy Anderson as we take the opportunity to slow down, restore, refill and tune into our bodies and minds for the start of a new year. Open to participants age 16+.

To register please complete this Registration Form and payment below.

Cost: $150

Student Name:

*Interested students financially affected by COVID-19 and unable to afford the workshop fee, please contact us at education@tudance.org or 612-605-1925.

Monday, 1/11
5:00-6:00pm GYROKINESIS® with Wendy Anderson
6:00-7:00pm Improvisation with Gregory Dolbashian
Wednesday, 1/13 5:00-6:30pm Movements in Meditation with DejaJoelle
Friday, 1/15 5:00-7:00pm GYROKINESIS® + Improvisation with Maurya Kerr
Saturday, 1/16
11:00am-12:30pm Movements in Meditation with DejaJoelle
12:45-2:15pm Yoga with Lynn Barre

*all times in CST | all classes will take place via Zoom

GYROKINESIS® with Wendy Anderson
The GYROKINESIS® Method is a movement method that addresses the entire body, opening energy pathways, stimulating the nervous system, increasing range of motion, and creating functional strength through rhythmic, flowing movement sequences. It is an original and unique method, which coordinates movement, breath and mental focus. The GYROKINESIS® Method is practiced on a mat and chair, without equipment. Without the feedback and guidance of equipment, participants in a GYROKINESIS® class are more dependent on their own proprioception to explore movement sequences. (https://www.gyrotonic.com/about/gyrokinesis-method/)

More about Wendy

Improvisation
Gregory Dolbashian’s Flow Space creates 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. 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.

More about Greg

Movements in Meditation with DejaJoelle
A virtual safe space to generate movement while preserving and tending to your mental health. Sessions are 30% discussion-based. The curriculum focuses on using Dance and Body to heal from, confront, and identify emotional pain in the body. How does one use this not for performance but for personal growth and enlightenment?

More about DejaJoelle: DejaJoelle uses Traditional West African Dance and Black social dance to create an aesthetic that promotes healing and Self – Love. DejaJoelle is an interdisciplinary artist who is guided by ancestral dance and healing. Deja believes Self – Love is the first step in healing from your past and ensuring the fullness of your present. Through dance, mindfulness, Self – reflection, and affirmation, Deja is developing a dance aesthetic that promotes/evokes healing. In addition to dance, Deja creates intentional spaces for otherwise marginalized groups such as the LGBTQ2, BIPOC and Deaf community. Recent intentional space holding created for the Minneapolis Institute of Art under the title Discover Yourself: Golden Season, which was a day-long healing conference in collaboration with local Healing Artists with workshops including: Black Pleasure, Finding your Divinity, Body Reclamation, Afro Futurism, Sound Bathing, and many more. DejaJoelle, believes dance and healing should be fully accessible, and curated this conference to be completely free including childcare and food. In addition, DejaJoelle is proficient in American Sign Language and is intentional about making space for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals. DejaJoelle continues to activate this work at Northside Healing Space where she directs her dance company BLAQ and holds community Dance and Healing Sessions and activities monthly. She works closely with Dr. Joi Lewis, a nationally known Healer, Author, and Joy instigator to deepen her research in solidifying her healing practice. Her ultimate goals include guiding herself and others to their higher selves, creating stronger community ties, and building an accessible revolution. “I believe in movement that brings life to the dancer’s experience. I’m based in traditional West African dance and informed by life experiences. I believe in dancing from the inside out. With rhythm. With love.”

GYROKINESIS® + Improvisation
Maurya Kerr’s session starts with a GYROKINESIS® class, followed by diving into being, a class that offers an improvisatory landscape of generative play and imaginative rigor. Participants will challenge self-conceived limits of generosity and curiosity; fortify creative, investigative, and physical stamina; and plummet into the exquisite messiness of having a body.

More about Maurya

Yoga with Lynn Barre
Class will transition from moving meditation toward greater stillness as we support and integrate the whole being.  We’ll continue to cultivate the conditions for healing through breath, alignment, attention and presence.

More about Lynn

Photos: (top) Laura Kane Scher Photography. (bottom left to right) Wendy Anderson provided by Wendy Anderson, Gregory Dolbashian by Mike Esperanza, DejaJoelle by Maya Clark of Culture Piece Magazine, Maurya Kerr by Quinn B Wharton, Lynn Barre by Luciana Pampalone.

Fall 2020 Adult Workshop Series: Movements in Meditation with DejaJoelle

A virtual safe space for participants age 18+ to generate movement while preserving and tending to their mental health. Sessions are 30% discussion-based. The curriculum focuses on using Dance and Body to heal from, confront, and identify emotional pain in the body. How does one use this not for performance but for personal growth and enlightenment?

SESSION 1 (4 weeks):

Thursday, 6:30-7:30pm
October 15-November 5

SESSION 2 (4 weeks):
Thursday, 6:30-7:30pm
November 12-December 10 (NO class on November 26)

Cost: $60/participant
Interested students financially affected by COVID-19 and unable to afford the workshop fee, please contact us at education@tudance.org or 612-605-1925.

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

Please select one option below :
Student Name:

DejaJoelle uses Traditional West African Dance and Black social dance to create an aesthetic that promotes healing and Self – Love. DejaJoelle is an interdisciplinary artist who is guided by ancestral dance and healing. Deja believes Self – Love is the first step in healing from your past and ensuring the fullness of your present. Through dance, mindfulness, Self – reflection, and affirmation, Deja is developing a dance aesthetic that promotes/evokes healing. In addition to dance, Deja creates intentional spaces for otherwise marginalized groups such as the LGBTQ2, BIPOC and Deaf community. Recent intentional space holding created for the Minneapolis Institute of Art under the title Discover Yourself: Golden Season, which was a day-long healing conference in collaboration with local Healing Artists with workshops including: Black Pleasure, Finding your Divinity, Body Reclamation, Afro Futurism, Sound Bathing, and many more. DejaJoelle, believes dance and healing should be fully accessible, and curated this conference to be completely free including childcare and food. In addition, DejaJoelle is proficient in American Sign Language and is intentional about making space for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals. DejaJoelle continues to activate this work at Northside Healing Space where she directs her dance company BLAQ and holds community Dance and Healing Sessions and activities monthly. She works closely with Dr. Joi Lewis, a nationally known Healer, Author, and Joy instigator to deepen her research in solidifying her healing practice. Her ultimate goals include guiding herself and others to their higher selves, creating stronger community ties, and building an accessible revolution. “I believe in movement that brings life to the dancer’s experience. I’m based in traditional West African dance and informed by life experiences. I believe in dancing from the inside out. With rhythm. With love.”

Photo by Maya Clark of Culture Piece Magazine

Fall 2020 Adult Workshop Series: Virtual Adult Beginning Ballet Workshop with Tina Anderson Wallum

This 4-week ballet technique workshop emphasizes alignment, placement and somatic awareness. The class consists of barre and center work that focuses on balance, classical line and connecting steps.

SESSION 1 (4 weeks):

Tuesdays, 10:00-11:00am
October 6-October 27 (single classes also available)

SESSION 2 (4 weeks):
Tuesdays, 10:00-11:00am
November 3-December 1 (NO class on November 24)(CANCELLED)

Cost: $60/participant or $15/single class*
*For drop-in participants, registration/payment must be received by 7:00pm the night before class. Zoom link will be emailed by 9:00pm that evening.
Interested students financially affected by COVID-19 and unable to afford the workshop fee, please contact us at education@tudance.org or 612-605-1925.

To complete your registration, please submit this form (only for 4-week workshop registrations) and pay the fee below.

Tina Anderson Wallum’s 23-year performing career included principal and soloist work with Minnesota Dance Theatre, Ballet Minnesota, Ballet Arts Minnesota, Ballet of the Dolls, Savannah Ballet, The Contemporary Ballet Company, and Pennsylvania Ballet. She holds her BS from Radford University in Virginia. She has taught ballet classes for Ballet Arts Minnesota, Ballet Minnesota, Classical Ballet Academy, Chinese Dance Theater and is currently teaching at the University of Minnesota. Her current scholarly research is in Mind-Body Centering and somatics where she is devoted to creating a sense of embodiment in her students.

Virtual Master Class with Laurel Keen, August 15

Photo courtesy of Alonzo King Lines Ballet

Examining the details and subtleties of classical ballet technique while also exploring the textures, musical play and individual expression within our own unique bodies. Seeking a balance between clarity / precision and expansion / freedom.

August 15 | 1:00-2:30pm CST

Cost: $15/participant

Zoom link will be emailed 30 minutes before the class start time.

Student Name & Email Address:

Laurel Keen began her dance training at the age of seven at Minnesota Dance Theatre. She went on to study at School of American Ballet, Dance Aspen School and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. She has performed with Minnesota Dance Theater, TU Dance, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Alonzo King LINES Ballet. She spent a decade alongside Alonzo King as a company member, where she originated 21 roles, toured extensively throughout the U.S. and internationally, earned the prestigious Princess Grace Award, the Chris Hellman Dance Award, and an Isadora Duncan Dance Award and was featured on the covers of Dance and Pointe magazines. Laurel returned to the Twin Cities in 2011 and earned her degree as a physical therapist assistant from St. Catherine University. She has taught for Alonzo King LINES Ballet, TU Dance, Minnesota Dance Theatre and the University of Minnesota and has been the director of The School at TU Dance Center since 2015.

Virtual Open Classes, Week of August 10

Join us for a series of virtual open classes during the week of August 10. This classes are offered as part of the TU Dance Summer Intensive with Gregory Dolbashian and Guests. These classes are for Intermediate/Advanced level students.

Monday, 1:00-2:30pm CST | Horton-based Modern with Toni Pierce-Sands

Tuesday, 1:00-2:30pm CST | Floor Barre with Renee Robinson

Wednesday, 1:00-2:30pm CST | Ballet with Maurya Kerr

Thursday, 1:00-2:30pm CST | Floor Barre with Renee Robinson

Friday, 1:00-2:30pm CST | African Diasporic Dance with Melissa Clark

Cost: $12/class/participant (a Zoom link will be emailed 30 minutes before the start of each class)

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

 

Virtual Masterclass with Ronald K. Brown, August 8

10_Evidence, A Dance Company TORCH (excerpt)

As part of the Intersect Summer Intensive, Evidence, A Dance Company and TU Dance are offering a virtual masterclass with Evidence’s Artistic Director Ronald K. Brown.

Saturday, August 8 | 3:00-4:30pm CST

Cost: $15/participant

Ronald K. Brown’s Master Class is designed for inter-generational participants with a wide range to no dance experience.  Classes begin with a focus on alignment and rhythm.

The class will include the introduction of the various dance techniques that are incorporated in the vocabulary of Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company that will help participants execute the repertory phrases more effectively.

To register, please complete the information requested below. A Zoom link will be emailed 30 minutes prior to the class on August 8.

Intersect Summer Intensive, August 3-8

Evidence, A Dance Company and TU Dance join forces in an inspiring 1-week virtual Summer Intensive. Intersect (to meet and cross at a point/to share a common area), is an open level inter-generational Summer Intensive for participants with a wide range to no dance experience that will provide the opportunity to experience both companies’ approaches to dance and dance training.

Participants will begin each day with classes from TU Dance Center teaching artists, including TU Dance Artistic Director Toni Pierce-Sands, that are grounded in TU Dance’s three pillars of Horton-based modern, West African and ballet. While these are commonly referred to as technique classes or training, TU Dance takes a look into how these dance forms intersect with one another and the many possibilities they offer. The goal of these classes is to prepare the dancer’s mind, body and spirit to be fully present, ready to receive and engage, tap into different energies and feel prepared to move openly into what follows. The workshop section of this intensive will be led by Evidence, A Dance Company Artistic Director Ronald K. Brown and Associate Artistic Director Arcell Cabuag. Participants will learn Evidence repertory as well as Afro-Cuban and traditional and contemporary African dance techniques that are incorporated in the choreographic style.

The Intersect Summer Intensive will conclude with a discussion between teaching artists and students followed by a celebratory class open to the community. See the Intersect Summer Intensive Daily Schedule here. All classes will be provided via Zoom.

August 3-8, 2020 | Registration deadline extended: Sunday – August 2, 2020

Cost: $500 (inclusive of the registration fee). A limited number of scholarships will be offered. To apply for an scholarship please complete this form by July 29.

To learn more and to register visit Intersect at https://www.tudance.org/summer/

Read the press release here.

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