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 and Abdo Sayegh-Rodriguez.
Classes start this Friday, June 11
- Wednesdays | 10:30am-12:00pm, Ballet with Abdo Sayegh-Rodriguez
- Thursdays | 10:30am-12:00pm, Body Watani (body-as-homeland practice + Arabic dance) with Leila Awadallah
- Fridays | 10:30am-12:00pm, Ballet Barre + Contemporary Phrasework with Laurel Keen
Cost: $15 (please register a minimum of 24 hours in advance)
If using a Class Card, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.