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.


To learn more about SOLO VINO click here.

Photo of CULTIVATE dancers by Canaan Mattson.

Movement, Sound, Memory for Seasoned Adults 55+, Fall 2023

Unlock the Art of Self-Expression through Movement, Sound and Memory.

Embark on a profound 8-week journey of self-discovery and creative expression with Tamiko French’s innovative dance fusion class. In this transformative course, you’ll delve deep into the realm of movement, sound, memories and words to illuminate the vibrant landscape within you.

Tuesdays, October 10th – November 281th (8 weeks) | 9:30-11:00am
(informal showing on last day from 11:30am-12:30pm)
Cost: $45 per workshop* (Pre-registration required)

Student Name:

Please complete this registration form.

*TU Dance offers tuition and transportation subsidy upon request. Please contact us at or (651) 724-9708 to inquire.

Please read the TU Dance Community Safety Statement.

Week 1: The Foundation Is You

  • Dive into introspective discussions about your identity, values, and sources of joy.
  • Immerse yourself in a soothing sound bath and capture your thoughts, emotions, and memories on paper.
  • Begin weaving the threads of self-discovery into the foundation of your unique expression.

Week 2: More or Less Me

  • Explore the intensity of your being and refine it to its purest essence.
  • Discover the flow that uniquely defines you, celebrating the beauty of individuality.

Week 3: Rolling In The Deep

  • Dive further into your journey as we explore our profound connection to water through movement and sound.

Week 4: Tapestries

  • Layer your experiences like waves, creating a rich tapestry of memories, words, movement, and sound.
  • Expand upon the foundation to craft a masterpiece of self-expression.

Week 5: Traveling

  • We will work through each sequence traveling through our unique journey of sound, memory, and writing through movement. Remembering that you are the foundation, you are more or less you in perfect proportion, you are in perfect flow, and your flow has created a beautiful tapestry of life.

Week 6: Solid and Liquid

  • Refine your movement sequences, words, and memories with intention and clarity.
  • Embrace both your unwavering strengths and fluid adaptability.

Week 7: Wings

  • Deepening our connection to our work this week we will let it go, let it fly, and love our journey. Remembering each week we built on our collective energy. Practice, explore, embrace and share what we have created.

Week 8: Golden

  • Revel in a final class where you’ll practice and showcase your unique tapestry of work to friends and family.
  • Embrace the golden culmination of your transformative journey.

Throughout this profound process, we invite you to expand, express, and reconnect with the incredible power and value of your life’s tapestry. Rediscover the beauty of vulnerability and the boundless potential within you. Join us on this extraordinary voyage of self-expression and self-discovery.

This program is for adults 55+.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Community Class with Alanna Morris | March 18, 2023

This community class is part of a series of classes at TU Dance Center in connection with The 3-Women Project.

Alanna Morris’s workshop in contemporary forms is designed to build community and encourage confidence in your creative expression. Expect citations from African diasporic movement, music and philosophy–specifically Trinidad and Tobago, Haiti, Cuba, and the Malinke signatures of West Africa. Also citations from Classical Ballet (Cecchetti style), American Modern Dance techniques (Graham and Limón mainly), Yoga, Somatics, and Postural Restoration. This class is for Intermediate/Advanced students. 

Saturday, March 18 | 1:15-2:45pm (in-person only)

Please select one option :
Student Name and Zip Code:

Please complete this Registration form

Alanna Morris, self-identified as Afro Caribbean American, is a 2022 Springboard Danse Montréal Fellow, 2021 McKnight Choreographers Fellow, 2019 City Pages Artist of the Year/Best Choreographer, and one of Dance Magazine’s 2018 “25 to Watch.” Formerly a TU Dance company member, her choreography has been commissioned by TU Dance for the inaugural performance of CULTIVATE, A Trainee Program, Springboard Dance Montréal, Minnesota Dance Theatre, Penumbra Theatre, Children’s Theatre Company, and others.

Photo by Canaan Mattson

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