Contemporary Experiment Classes with Leslie Parker

Please join us at TU Dance Center for two open classes with Leslie Parker. The classes are focused towards intermediate to advanced experiences although all bodies and dance experiences are welcomed.

Contemporary Experiment is a class session in improvisation. The focus of the class is primarily the individual body as a site/map for exploration. It is an embodied practice that expands capacity for a more nuanced, rigorous, and sensory approach to space, time, and energy to integrate the thinking-body with real-time presence; and to play with physical range while increasing flexibility of the spine for a deepening in awareness of strength and endurance. In this class, empathetic exchanges using collaboration in movement studies are significant to amplify grounded power, intuitive connection to the body and place, navigating dissent, and honing clarity in timing and rhythm.

Dates: March 13th & 18th, 2024
Time: 9:30-11:00 am
Cost: $16/class or $140/10 Classes

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Learn more about Leslie Parker

Leslie Parker is a dance artist, director, choreographer, improviser, and performer born in the traditional homeland of Indigenous people, mostly the Dakhóta and Ojibwe people, also known as the Twin Cities, Minnesota. She has home art bases in both Brooklyn, NY(traditional homeland of Lenapehoking people) and in St. Paul, MN. Her deep roots in the territory also known as the St. Paul, Rondo community led her to a dance practice that emphasizes an organic aesthetic in experimental movement derived from the Black and African diaspora. Growing up in the Rondo community inspired her towards socially engaged art. Parker’s informal training began with marching in rhythm drill team competitions in the Rondo neighborhood learning from local organizers and activists. Parker holds a BFA from Esther Boyer College of Music and Dance, a MFA in Dance from Hollins University in partnership with the Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts and the Dresden Frankfurt Company in Frankfurt, Germany. She studied Senegalese dance forms at the Centre Culturel Blaise Senghor de Dakar in Senegal, West Africa.

As a dance creative, she highlights unique individual contributions, digs into collective memory to engage with the world more imaginatively and embodies an aesthetic that encompasses an organic physical/movement that includes: Traditional W. African, Black/African American vernacular/social dance, Improvisation, and Contemporary/Modern technique derived from and exchanged across multiple continents. She has received a 2022 McKnight Fellowship for Choreographers, A Nefa/NDP award 2021 and was a Jerome Artist Fellow 2019 – 2021, 2017 Bessie award for Outstanding performer.

Photo Credit: Bobby Rogers

GYROKINESIS® Workshop for Adults with Wendy Anderson

Please join us at TU Dance Center for a 6 week GYROKINESIS® workshop for adults with Wendy Anderson. No experience is necessary.

Starting with breathing patterns and progressing into motions that mobilize the spine through arching, curling, bending, spiraling and waving. Connecting with the breath, the movement starts to feel like a dance. Oxygenating the circulatory system, stimulating the nervous system and opening the body. Exercises are done on chairs/stools, in standing and lying positions.

Wednesdays, March 6th – April 10th | 4:30-5:45pm

Cost: $85

*Online registration required. This workshop is at capacity. Stay tuned for upcoming offerings!

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

Wendy Anderson has trained as a dancer, fitness professional, Pilates trainer and presently Gyrotonic Trainer. She is an authorized teacher and teacher trainer (Pre-Trainer) of both Gyrokinesis and Gyrotonic. Having the good fortune of working with some of the most renowned Master Trainers, including Juergen Bamberger, Juliu Horvath (creator of gyrotonic) and Paul Horvath (physiotherapist) Wendy has also trained on all pieces of Gyrotonic equipment!. She trains all levels of students from highly accomplished athletes to the very beginner who has started their adventure with Gyrokinesis or Gyrotonics later in life. “Always amazed by the beauty, depth and sophistication of this movement modality. And how people can benefit from gyro on all levels of their being.”

Photos courtesy of Wendy Anderson

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

Class with Adji Cissoko from LINES Ballet | November 1, 2023

Join CULTIVATE trainees and Alonzo King LINES Ballet dancer Adji Cissoko for a dance class at TU Dance Center available to participants thanks to a partnership between Northrop Auditorium and TU Dance. This class is for Intermediate/Advanced dancers and will start with a warmup followed by choreography and movement exploration!

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: Wednesday, November 1

Time: 9:30-11:00 am

Location: TU Dance Center

Cost: $20

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Adji Cissoko was born and grew up in Munich, Germany where she trained at the Ballet Academy Munich and graduated with a diploma in dance. Cissoko attended the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre in New York City on full scholarship, before joining the National Ballet of Canada in 2010. In 2012 she was awarded the Patron Award of Merit by the Patrons’ Council Committee of The National Ballet of Canada. Cissoko joined LINES Ballet in 2014. Since then she’s originated many central roles and guested for galas worldwide. Cissoko has given multiple masterclasses and taught classes around the world as part of the company’s outreach program. In 2020, she became certified in health/life coaching and ABT’s National Training Curriculum. Cissoko choreographed her first piece “AZIZ “ for Ballet X in 2021. She also is a 2022 recipient of the Toulmin fellowship.

 

 

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.

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