Body Watani in Water by Leila Awadallah | April 16, 2022

Body Watani (body-as-homeland) is both an improvisational movement practice and an emerging contemporary dance form. A site where improvisational research guides practitioners into their personal ‘body watani’ through spending time with ancestries, contemplating our complex relations to land / water / home, and activating embodied memories into dancing. Developed by Leila and Noelle Awadallah, two Palestinian American dancers, this contemporary form also finds roots in dances of Arabic / *SWANA (South West Asia North Africa)/ Mediterranean geographies through specific movement techniques, music of the region, and cultural / political content to engage with that deepens our relation to Body Watani’s context.

The first half of the workshops will begin with writing prompts, conversations, and improvisation research. Participants are invited to choose how they physicalize the material (dancing, sitting still, everything in between). In the second half, we will share more about our new work: TERRANEA through teaching movement materials that incorporate elements of our technique and we will teach repertoire from the upcoming performance, premiering May 5-7 at the Candy Box Festival. Participants are welcome to witness or participate as they see fit. 

In Collaboration with TU Dance, Body Watani will host a workshop focused on WATER. Ancestral waters, fluid memories, relations to bodies of water as we ourselves are bodies of water. The material will move through the following: What memories are held and carried by waters? What can we learn from the water? What is it to depart and return via waterways? Grappling with the histories and also ongoing realities of bodies moving across water, the imposition of laws and lines on a fluid space, and the loss amongst waves. We will sink into the many complexities and swim together – through.

These workshops are for all levels, all abilities. We welcome everyone from professional dancers, to anyone who wants to deepen their relationship to the movement inside their particular body.

April 16, 2022 | 11:00am-2:00pm

Cost: $10

Name:

*Proof of vaccination or negative test within 72 hours + masks are required at the door for all in-person participants. Please read TU Dance Community Safety Statement.

*In-person only. Pre-Registration is required as in-studio space is limited. Please complete the Pre-Registration Form here!

ACCESSIBILITY: Please email leilaawada018@gmail.com for more info & conversation about accessibility within each workshop space and also the structure of this movement-focussed workshop.

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 (*SWANA-rooted forms) and performance. Now in creative partnership with Noelle Awadallah, they will premiere Body Watani’s first piece, TERRANEA at the Candy Box festival which is a National Performance Network supported project. 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), and the Daring Dances Choreographic Residency & Fellowship (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.

Photo by Leila Awadallah

Meet the Artists | Sensible Existence

Join us as TU Dance returns with live performances at The O’Shaughnessy featuring the expanded, evening-length presentation of Sensible Existence, a TU Dance project originally choreographed by award winning choreographer Marcus Jarrell Willis in 2017. Sensible Existence is a dance work inspired by Descartes’ writings on Self and the World. The work explores the questions surrounding its namesake. Existence is the fact or state of living or having objective reality. Sensible is an adjective describing something that is done in accordance with wisdom or prudence. The new Sensible Existence will draw from its original production elements and will feature new writing compositions uniquely crafted to this work. 

The O’Shaughnessy | May 13 & 14 | 7:30pm

For ticket information click here.

Meet the artists:

Sa’Nah Britt, born in the Twin Cities, began her journey at The School at TU Dance Center as a student in 2014. She graduated from the Perpich Arts Highschool in 2020 and has continued to pursue and shape her passion at TU Dance as a pre-professional student and most recently as a teaching artist for the school, where she strives to inspire and encourage other young artists. During her time at TU Dance, Sa’Nah has performed in various works by Marcus Jarrell Willis, Gregory Dolbashian, Ronald K. Brown, Laurel Keen, Alanna Morris, Abdo Sayegh Rodriguez, Darrius Strong, Maurya Kerr, Leila Awadallah, Alia Kache, and Yusha Sorzano. Her training has included a variety of techniques including African, ballet, modern, jazz, improvisation, krump, and contemporary. Sa’Nah is known for her ability to embrace a choreographers’ vision and present it in a way that is both unique and captivating. She looks forward to other opportunities where she can continue to grow and develop as an artist.

Madison Elliott is a NY based dancer, performer, choreographer and teacher. She is originally from Sioux Falls, SD where she co-founded, and is now the Executive Director of an award winning nonprofit, The Headlights Theater (a pop-up/drive-in performing arts collective that helps uplift local artists while bringing the community together in a safe way during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond). She attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts for High School and went on to receive her BFA in Dance and a Minor in Arts Management from SUNY Purchase College, class of 2020. Madison has worked with several companies in New York including HIVEWILD, Pocket Fuel Groovers and MeagMove. She has performed works by world renowned choreographers such as Doug Varone, Trisha Brown, Roderick George, Abby Zibkowski and many more. She has been featured in Dance Magazine for her dance film Empty Vessel, which has won 2 awards and been chosen for inclusion in the Future Dance Festival, Screen Dance International Festival, Astoria Film Festival, Portland Dance Film Fest and Lights Dance Festival. Madison also creates journals out of reused/recycled materials.

Amarachi Valentina Korie began her dance training at Baltimore County Youth Ballet at the age of 10. She attended Carver Center for the Arts and Technology and graduated as a 2014 Bill Gates Millennium Scholar. Ms. Korie then attended the Ailey/ Fordham BFA Program and there she performed Alvin Ailey’s Memoria during Ailey’s 2016 and 2017 New York City Center seasons. Soon after she became a Company Member with Ailey II from 2018-2020. She has received scholarships to The School at Jacob’s Pillow, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Joffrey Ballet School, and The Ailey School, having performed works by Robert Battle, Kyle Abraham, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Linda-Denise Fisher Harrell, and Emily Molnar. Ms. Korie is a 2-time regional NAACP ACT-SO competition gold medalist and Maryland All-State Dance awardee.

Joe LaLuzerne (Brooklyn Park, Minnesota) began dancing at  age 8 at Summit Dance Shoppe, training competitively and  studying ballet with Linda Muir Finney. Joe graduated from Texas Christian University in the Spring of 2021 where he obtained a BFA Ballet and a BA in Political Science. Joe has had the opportunity to work with choreographers LeeWei Chao, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Elizabeth Gillaspy, Susan Haag, Gabrielle Lamb, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Carmen Rozestraten, Keith Saunders, Amy Seiwert, Joshua Peugh, and Christian von Howard, among others. Joe has danced at summer intensives with Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, Jennifer Archibald’s ArchCore40, BalletX, Dark Circles Contemporary Dance: Arts Lab Desert Peaks, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Kansas City Ballet, and most recently with The School at Jacob’s Pillow as a member of their Contemporary Ballet Performance Ensemble under the direction of Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. After the completion of his undergraduate studies Joe attended Milano Contemporary Ballet’s International Training Program in Milan, Italy, before returning to Minnesota and joining TU Dance for this project.

Samantha Meryhew, a Saint Paul native, is currently a company member at Shapiro and Smith Dance, and was a former Apprentice at TU Dance Center. In 2011, she started her training towards her professional career as part of the first generation of The School at TU Dance. She has performed in works by Garth Fagan, Brian Brooks, Marcus Jarrell Willis, and Kjara Staric Wurst. She has also been a guest artist with Shapiro and Smith Dance performing in their production of Bolero in the Spring of 2017 and 2018. She has attended summer programs at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Complexions Dance, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. She is proficient in classical and contemporary ballet, modern, and African dance. Noted often as a hard worker and a quick learner, she strives to delve deep into the physicality and emotional nuances of the movement presented to her. Samantha has a Bachelor of Art in Dance and Art from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Connor Simone received training at Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, the TU Dance School, and the University of Minnesota. Connor is a current member of James Sewell Ballet in Minneapolis and has previously danced with TU Dance, Threads Dance Project, and the University of Minnesota Dance Theatre. He has performed works by artists such as Marcus Willis, Kjara Wurst, Gregory Dolbashian, Gregory Vuyani Maqoma, Will Couture, Carl Flink, Sidra Bell, Maurya Kerr, and Michael Walters among others. Alongside performing, Connor has worked for several arts organizations across the Twin Cities in IT and web development and is also teaching ballet for Eleve’ Performing Arts Center. 

 

Elliana Vesely (cover) is a Twin Cities, MN based dance artist who grew up in a small town in Northern Wisconsin. As of May of 2020, she holds a B.A. in dance from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She complemented this degree with studies in biology and health & wellness promotion, receiving minors in both. While at the U of M, Elliana was cast in works by acclaimed artists; Leah Nelson, Joan Smith, Robert Moses, Eko Supriyanto, Kjara Wurst and Carl Flink. While in school, she also had the pleasure of working with Crash Dance Company, Shapiro and Smith Dance and performed in the 2018 North-Central American College Dance Association Gala. Elliana is honored to have been a recipient of the Beth Hope Suran Scholarship (2016-2020) and the Jean Congdon Scholarship (2019-2020). She is ecstatic to be dancing with Shapiro and Smith Dance, Black Label Movement, and ARENA Dances as a company member. Elliana has most recently toured with Burning Air by Shapiro and Smith Dance and run with me by ARENA Dances.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and culture heritage fund.

 

 

Photos (top to bottom): Marcus Jarrell Willis and former company member Taylor Collier by Yuval Moyal; Welcoming the Artists: Sa’Nah Britt by Vizionary Studios, Madison Elliot by Alice Chacon, Amarachi Korie by Nir Arieli, Joe LaLuzerne by @benedettepitscheider, Samantha Meryhew by Blake Nellis, Connor Simone by Isabel Fajardo, and Elliana Vesely by Armour Photography.

Class + Connect | OLD SKOOL DANCE HOUSE PARTY

Please join us this Spring for a series of 3 open adult class offerings (each offering will include 4 weekly classes) featuring 3 different Twin Cities teaching artists. Join for all 3 offerings or drop-in as your schedule allows. Each class will be followed by an optional time to connect with one another over coffee/tea provided by TU Dance — either socially distanced in our green room space or outside on the loading dock, weather permitting. We hope to create a space where people can explore movement and dance but also build community by staying to connect through conversation and reflection of their shared experience.

We goin’ back, waaaaayyy back in time to the days of house parties in the basement with blue and red lights on in the corner.  All boom boxes in full effect, all street dances come correct-It’s time to sweat!  Come shake your groove thang and enjoy setting your spirit free with your favorite Old (True) Skool Hip Hop & Street dance styles.  We’ll groove together and get our solo shine on in the Cipher! All dance lovers on deck!  Let’s get it!!

Saturdays, April 9, 16, 23 & 30 | 4-5:30 pm (CST)

Cost Options: $12 or $15 (sliding scale)(previously purchased class cards accepted)

Please select one option :
Please select one option :
Student Name:

*Proof of vaccination or negative test within 72 hours + masks are required at the door for all in-person participants. Please read TU Dance Community Safety Statement.

*Pre-Registration is required as in-studio space is limited. Please complete the Pre-Registration Form here!

Aneka McMullen is a Dancer/Performer/Choreographer & Dance Educator who hails from Minneapolis, Minnesota and holds a BFA in Dance from The Ohio State University. Her extensive dance experience spans more than two decades and includes dynamic skills in performance, choreography and instruction in the genres of Hip Hop, West African, Modern, Afro Modern, Jazz, and Ballet.  

Aneka is a co- founder and artistic director of Epitome-No Question, an open Old Skool Hip Hop dance ensemble dedicated to celebrating the community conscious roots of Hip Hop culture, through dance theater. Epitome-No Question represents Old Skool Hip Hop because it reflects the West African roots of the genre.  Hip Hop with the “Hop” in it! 

She has recently completed five seasons with BLAQ, an Afro Modern observance based dance company in the twin cities, a teaching residence with the Ordway’s Dance to Learn program, and teaching dance at her alma mater North Community High School.  Previously, she also completed five seasons as a performer with the Minneapolis based Threads Dance Project, and has also performed with Women in Motion (Ananya Dance Theater)

Aneka has been blessed to slay & present her work on stages across MN, the U.S., and abroad.  Her work has been featured in the award winning Rooted:Hip Hop Choreographer’s Evening, Lori Carlos’s Late Nite Series,Choreographer’s Evening (Walker Art Center), Black Choreographer’s Evening (Intermedia Arts), B Girl Be, and most recently in Body Prayers 2021, Momentum New Dance Works 2020, and the 2018 16 Feet: Splashes of Dance Choreographer’s Evening.

Open Classes at TU Dance Center – Fall 2022

TU Dance Center is offering Open Classes for intermediate/advanced participants starting Monday, October 3, 2022. The regular class schedule is detailed below. Guest Artists will be teaching while in residency with the CULTIVATE, A Trainee Program. Please see the class calendar for daily schedule.

Monday, 9:30-11:00am | Horton-based Modern with Toni Pierce-Sands
Tuesday, 9:30-11:00am | Horton-based Modern with Toni Pierce-Sands
Wednesday, 9:30-11:30am | Ballet with Abdo Sayegh-Rodriguez or Laurel Keen
Thursday, 9:30-11:00am | GYROKINESIS® with Abdo Sayegh-Rodriguez
Friday, 9:30-11:30am | Ballet with Laurel Keen or Movement Practice with Alanna Morris

(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:

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.

GUEST ARTIST:

Alanna Morris Class Description: Alanna’s movement practice provides an introduction to dance via foundations of functional movement therapies and somatics.  This class is grounded in vocabulary and philosophy from classical modern dance, African and Afro-diasporic dance (Guinea, Mali, Haiti and Cuba), and Ballet from a purely anatomical base. In this class we approach the body with reverence, enhance and develop your awareness of the body in physical and emotional space. Students will learn practical methods to strengthen muscles, support joint mobility, find breath support, enhance coordination, and encourage embodied learning. Particular guidance is always given to the energetic patterns of our beings as we build community with each other in this world. 

Watch Alanna class’s video.

 

Class + Connect

Please join us this Spring for a series of 3 open adult class offerings (each offering will include 4 weekly classes) featuring 3 different Twin Cities teaching artists. Join for all 3 offerings or drop-in as your schedule allows. Each class will be followed by an optional time to connect with one another over coffee/tea provided by TU Dance — either socially distanced in our green room space or outside on the loading dock, weather permitting. We hope to create a space where people can explore movement and dance but also build community by staying to connect through conversation and reflection of their shared experience.

Starting this series, we invite you to join (in-person only) Twin Cities modern teaching artist Jennifer Ilse. Jennifer’s class approaches movement with a goal of balance – fluidity in strength, power in softness, centered on breath and economy of movement to teach internal and external body awareness, rhythm and phrasing, and ensemble dancing through modern dance patterns and improvisation. This class is open to beginning and intermediate level participants, age 18+.

Saturdays, March 12, 19, 26 and April 2 | 4-5:30 pm (CST)

Cost Options: $12 or $15 (sliding scale)(previously purchased class cards accepted)

Please select one option :
Please select one option :
Student Name:

*Proof of vaccination or negative test within 72 hours + masks are required at the door for all in-person participants. Please read TU Dance Community Safety Statement.

*Pre-Registration is required as in-studio space is limited. Please complete the Pre-Registration Form here!

“April CLASS + CONNECT info coming soon… “  

Jennifer Ilse is originally from Wisconsin, Jennifer first studied dance in a professional setting in Duluth, Minnesota. She then moved to Eugene, Oregon to continue her studies at the University of  Oregon. In Eugene she also studied with the Eugene Ballet under Susan Zadoff of Ballet Russe, at Musical Feet school of tap, and performed four seasons with the Dance Theatre of Oregon. After moving to Minneapolis in 1997 she became co-artistic director of the dance/theater/visual art hybrid company Off-Leash Area, with which she has choreographed and directed over 28 full-length productions and created and managed a new venue, the Off-Leash Art Box. She was a City Pages Artist of the Year, has been featured on TPT’s MN Original, received 5 Arts Board Artist Initiative grants, and received 2 Ivey Awards. Ilse is a long time dance teaching artist, teaching ballet, tap and modern dance classes for adults and children over the past 30 years. Jennifer’s modern dance teaching draws from her eclectic movement background in classical modern and releasing styles, contemporary approaches to movement, improvisation, and extensive floorwork.

 

Dance Innovation for Seasoned Adults 55+, Fall 2022

Dance teacher Tamiko French has developed a program centered around revitalizing creativity of storytelling with the building blocks of dance creation that infuses the visual and literary arts. The 8-week workshop is designed to be sequential for participants, with each class building on the previous class. From a first class in which participants will use poetry, prose, dramatic writing, spoken word, or other writing as a stimulus to create movement, participants will learn about modern and jazz dance techniques and choreographic practice, collaborate and share results with others, study facilitated improvisation and play in dance, and refine their work for a sharing event for family, friends, and the community. This program is for adults 55+.

Session 1: Thursdays, March 17th – May 5th (8 weeks)
Session 2: Thursdays, May 26th – July 7 & Saturday, July 9th (8 weeks)
Session 3: Thursdays, September 15th – November 3rd (8 weeks)

TU Dance Center (in-person only) | 10:00am – 11:30 am (CST) (showing on last day of each workshop from 12:30-2:00pm)
Cost: $45 per workshop*

Please select one option :
Student Name:

Please complete this registration form.

*TU Dance will offer tuition and transportation subsidy upon request. Please contact us at education@tudance.org or (651) 724-9708 to inquire.

Please read the TU Dance Community Safety Statement.

Pre-registration required.

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

FLOW SPACE | Class with Guest Artist Gregory Dolbashian, February 20th

Join us for Flow Space, 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. Conducted by director of The DASH Ensemble, Gregory Dolbashian, 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. Classes are for dancers aged 16+.

Sunday, February 20th, 2022 | 11:00am-12:30 pm (CST)

TU Dance Center or via Zoom

Cost: $20 per participant (in-person or virtual)

Pre-registration required as in-studio space is limited!

In-Person: Due to our Covid protocols, only 9 in-person participants will be allowed to take class in-person in Studio 1.
Virtual: When in person capacity in Studio 1 has been reached, up to 6 participants will be able to take the class virtually in Studio 2. Other virtual participants are welcome to take class at their desired locations.

Please complete this registration form.

*Proof of vaccination + masks are required at the door for all in-person participants.

GREGORY DOLBASHIAN – Born and raised in New York City Gregory received his dance training at the Alvin Ailey School, then graduated cum laude from SUNY Purchase dance conservatory. He debuted his own company, The DASH Ensemble, in December 2010 at The JOYCE SoHo. DASH Company performance credits include The JOYCE Theater, Baryshnikov Arts Center, New York Live Arts, Guggenheim Works and Process Series, Kaatsbaan as well as domestic touring all over the U.S. including Dallas, L.A., and North Carolina. Gregory, in partnership with dance education specialist Lindsey Pettus, is also the co-founder of The DASH Academy. He has been commissioned for original works by American Ballet Theater, Atlanta Ballet, American Dance Festival, and most recently for Limon Dance Company’s newly formed Limon 2 . Awards for Choreography Hubbard Street 2 International Competition, Ballet Austin’s New American Talent. His collegiate and training program commissions include Juilliard, Point Park, LINES Ballet, NYU, and SUNY Purchase. Faculty positions include Broadway Dance Center, Gibney Dance, and Peridance Capezio Center. He has conducted multiple masterclasses around the country including Juilliard, NYU, UNCSA, UC Irvine, SUNY Purchase, and Point Park. In addition, Gregory, alongside fellow choreographer Loni Landon, is the co-founder of The PlaygroundNYC, a choreographic initiative that was voted 25 to Watch in 2013 by Dance Magazine.

Photo by Mike Esperanza @ mikeesperanza

AUDITION: Seeking Male/Male Identified Dancers

A TU Dance Project | Choreography by Marcus Jarrell Willis

TU Dance is looking to engage male/male identified dance artists for live presentations and a film creation project this Spring with performances at The O’Shaughnessy in St. Paul, Minnesota on May 13 & 14, 2022. Choreographer Marcus Jarrell Willis will be working with a group of dancers for a 9-week rehearsal process to reimagine and expand upon his work Sensible Existence, which was originally created for the TU Dance Company in 2017. This experience will culminate in two live performances as well as the creation of a dance-for-film project that will be shared throughout the State of Minnesota and beyond. Learn more about Marcus Jarrell Willis here.

For this project, we are currently seeking:

  • Male/male identified dance artists with a vast range of technical versatility and strong partnering skills. A keen sense of rhythm and articulation of gestural language are essential. 
  • Seasoned professionals to emerging dance artists are encouraged to audition. 
  • Dancers that are currently authorized to work in the U.S.

*All are welcome to apply. We have a strong interest in cultivating a culturally diverse group of dance artists for this project and creating a cast that represents our diverse world. 

PROJECT DETAILS: 

  • 9 week rehearsal process at TU Dance Center, St. Paul, Minnesota: March 14- May 14, 2022 (9:30am-4:15pm CST Monday- Friday)
  • Tech Week: May 9-14 (will include additional afternoon/evening rehearsals) 
  • Performances: Friday, May 13 + Saturday, May 14 at The O’Shaughnessy, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Dancers will be compensated $600/week and hired as independent contractors 
    • Airfare, housing, per diem and local transportation are not provided
  • IMPORTANT: due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, all project participants will need to show proof of vaccination and masks must be worn at all times inside of TU Dance Center.

VIRTUAL AUDITION DETAILS: 

Please submit the following materials by Friday, January 28 to info@tudance.org AND laurel.keen@tudance.org.

  • Cover Letter: summarize your experience and its relevance for this project and answer the following 2 questions: What is something that you are currently exploring within your artistic practice?; What do you hope to gain from this process?
  • Resume
  • Headshot
  • Video Reel3 minute maximum; clear footage that shows the entire body; performance or studio footage that features some sort of repertory work (no improvisation); no class footage

Photo by Stéphane Chouan

 

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and culture heritage fund.

 

 

AUDITION: A TU Dance Project | Choreography by Marcus Jarrell Willis

TU Dance is holding auditions for live presentations and a film creation project this Spring with performances at The O’Shaughnessy in St. Paul, Minnesota on May 13 & 14, 2022. With support from a MSAB Arts Tour Grant, choreographer Marcus Jarrell Willis will be working with a group of dancers for a 9-week rehearsal process to reimagine and expand upon his work Sensible Existence, which was originally created for the TU Dance Company in 2017. This experience will culminate in two live performances as well as the creation of a dance-for-film project that will be shared throughout the State of Minnesota and beyond. 

For this project, we are seeking dance artists with a vast range of technical versatility. A keen sense of rhythm and articulation of gestural language is essential. Seasoned professionals to emerging dance artists are encouraged to audition. 

Learn more about Marcus Jarrell Willis: https://project-inc.org/mj-willis/

PROJECT DETAILS: 

  • 9 week rehearsal process: March 14- May 14, 2022
  • Time frame: 9:30am-4:15pm CST Monday- Friday
  • Tech Week: May 9-14
  • Performances: Friday, May 13 + Saturday, May 14 at The O’Shaughnessy, St. Paul, MN
  • Dancers will be compensated $600/week and hired as independent contractors 
    • Airfare, housing, per diem and local transportation are not provided

AUDITION DETAILS: 

  • Submit materials by Monday, November 22 (details below)
  • Audition Dates: Thursday, December 2 and Friday December 3, 2021
  • Location: TU Dance Center, 2121 University Ave. W., St. Paul, Minnesota
    • In-person auditions only
  • No fee to audition
  • Travel and housing is not provided
  • Daily Schedule
    • Day One: Thursday, December 2
      • Ballet Class: 10:00-11:30am CST
      • Repertory/Workshop 11:45am-4:00pm CST (lunch: 1:30-2:00pm)
    • Day Two: Friday, December 3
      • Modern/Contemporary Class: 10:00-11:30am CST
      • Research and Development Workshop: 11:45am-4:00pm CST (lunch: 1:30-2:00pm) 

MATERIALS TO SUBMIT (by November 22) 

*these materials are requested for reference only as opposed to pre-screening purposes 

  • Cover Letter 
    • Summarize your experience and its relevance for this project
    • Please also include reflections/responses to the following two questions: 
      • What is something that you are currently exploring within your artistic practice?
      • What do you hope to gain from this process? 
  • Resume
  • Headshot
  • Video Reel
    • 3 minute maximum
    • Clear footage that shows the entire body
    • Performance or studio footage that features some sort of repertory work (no improvisation)
    • No class footage 

IMPORTANT: due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, all audition participants will need to show proof of vaccination and masks must be worn at all times inside of TU Dance Center.

Photo by Stéphane Chouan

 

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and culture heritage fund.

Fall 2021 Adult Beginning Workshops

Adult Beginning Ballet | Tuesdays, 10:00-11:30am

Provided by Tina Anderson Wallum, the class work is based on the principles of classical ballet technique, including turnout, distribution of weight, counter pull, plumb line, balance, squareness, alignment and stance, transfer of weight, lift, and counter balance. Also it is based on centering, core strength, flexor tone, extensor tone, muscle currenting, cogwheeling, coordination, and musicality. By the end of the workshop students should understand a basic level of vocabulary and be able to execute it with ease and confidence. Students are intellectually, emotionally and physically supported with validation, engagement, and a sense of belonging.

Session Two: October 26 – December 8 (6 weeks, no classes November 22-27)

Adult Beginning Modern | Wednesdays, 10:00-11:30am

This workshop with Jennifer Ilse approaches movement with a goal of balance – fluidity in strength, power in softness, centered on breath and economy of movement to teach internal and external body awareness, rhythm and phrasing, and ensemble dancing through modern dance patterns and improvisation.

Session One: September 14 – October 20 (6 weeks)
Session Two: October 26 – December 8 (6 weeks, no classes November 22-27)

Cost: $85/workshop per session

To register, please complete the registration form and make a payment below.

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Tina Anderson Wallum has had an extensive career both performing and teaching for over 40 years. She has performed with Minnesota Dance Theater, Ballet Arts, Ballet Minnesota, Ballet of the Dolls, Continental Ballet, The American Contemporary Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet and Savannah Ballet. She has over thirty years of teaching experience with a focus in Classical Ballet, and her work is enriched by her vast knowledge of somatics, and mind-body centering. She has been teaching at the University of Minnesota for 22 years and is currently at studios all over the Twin Cities.

Jennifer Ilse is originally from Wisconsin, Jennifer first studied dance in a professional setting in Duluth, Minnesota. She then moved to Eugene, Oregon to continue her studies at the University of  Oregon. In Eugene she also studied with the Eugene Ballet under Susan Zadoff of Ballet Russe, at Musical Feet school of tap, and performed four seasons with the Dance Theatre of Oregon. After moving to Minneapolis in 1997 she became co-artistic director of the dance/theater/visual art hybrid company Off-Leash Area, with which she has choreographed and directed over 28 full-length productions and created and managed a new venue, the Off-Leash Art Box. She was a City Pages Artist of the Year, has been featured on TPT’s MN Original, received 5 Arts Board Artist Initiative grants, and received 2 Ivey Awards. Ilse is a long time dance teaching artist, teaching ballet, tap and modern dance classes for adults and children over the past 30 years. Jennifer’s modern dance teaching draws from her eclectic movement background in classical modern and releasing styles, contemporary approaches to movement, improvisation, and extensive floorwork.

Photo credit: Tina Anderson Wallum by Abdo Sayegh Rodriguez, Jennifer Ilse by Bill Cameron.

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