Watch Karen’s 10th Anniversary Picks: #4

Every month from March through December 2021, Threads Dance Project will release some of Artistic Director Karen L. Charles’ top dances available pay-as-able from $1, $10, $100, or even $1,000 to view Karen’s selected works!

June’s works include Anger Amplified, Do-Over Effect, and Chaotic Beauty (2017).

Here is what Karen says about these works:

“These excerpts from the larger work Uncertain Reality illustrate two aspects of Chaos that I wanted to share with the audience – the manifestation of chaos in society via discord, fighting and war and later the beauty of chaos as seen in nature via fractals and repetition. This entire piece was one of my most ambitious to date. I worked with visual projection designer Miko Simmons to make one of the most visually beautiful works I have ever created.” –Karen L. Charles, Artistic Director.

Each release will be 20-30 minutes in length.

Once registered, you will receive a private link and password that will allow you to view these works through June 27, 2021.

Don’t miss out on these works that started it all!

Catch On The Verge: On Demand

Unable to attend AMP’s live performance of On The Verge? Or did you enjoy the show enough to watch it again? Have no fear! On The Verge: On Demand is here!

We celebrated Alternative Motion Project’s return to live performance with our world premiere of On The Verge. See the performance for yourself on your own device from the comfort of your own space. We are excited to share this work in this online format!

On The Verge: On Demand
Online streaming of AMP’s live performance at The Shed
Available June 23 – July 7

How to Watch
Simply purchase a ticket and the streaming link will be sent to you with your ticket confirmation.*

About the Work
A cast of nine movers enter a turbulent world to experience the multiverse of limits, possibilities, and connections of the body, space, and identity. Choreographed by Kristin Howe and Joanna Lees in collaboration with the performers. Original composition by award-winning sound artist Dameun Strange. Videography by V. Paul Virtucio.

Questions? Email

*No one turned away for lack of funds. Email AMP with financial needs and requests.

PC: Bill Cameron

Analog Dance Works Offers Monthly Contemporary Dance Workshops

Analog Dance Works is offering monthly Contemporary Dance workshops for advanced/professional dancers ages 18+.

June Workshop
Tuesday, June 29, 2021

at the Threads Dance Nexus

These workshops are designed for the advanced/professional dancer of any discipline and background. The class explores technical and performance skills through imagery, spatial orientation, and detailed use of the kinesphere. We will also visit phrase work from Serve Id, Brenna’s new work to be presented in May, 2022.

The Threads Dance Nexus provides a free parking lot, has free street parking, is a two minute walk from the Franklin Light Rail Station, as well as a 2-5 minute walk from the nearest bus stops for lines 2, 9, 22, and 67.

Class size is limited, contact us in advance to reserve your spot. Email Brenna at to reserve your spot or to get a Zoom link. Pay via Venmo @Brenna-Mosser or donate to Analog’s GiveMN page. Reservation deadline: one hour before workshop begins.

Suggested price is a sliding scale of $5-$15. All are welcome here. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. 


Erin Thompson Teaches Advanced Contemporary Classes In Person

Erin’s advanced level contemporary Zoom class through Zenon Dance School includes floor work, standing warm-ups, and phrase work, all designed to enhance the healthy use of joints and muscle groups as dancers release their weight fully into the support of the ground. Experiential awareness, body mapping, improvisation, and creative work are included as dancers channel their own expressive artistry within the movement. The delightful Dean Magraw will accompany on guitar.

Thursday mornings, 9:30-11:00am

NOTE – Classes will be in person and on Zoom!

Registration is open through Zenon’s MindBody portal and closes ten minutes before class.
See you, in person or virtually, soon!

Zenon Dance School


Mulier Dierum – Off-Leash Area Goes Live at Caponi Art Park

Tickets are now available for the final production of Mulier Dierum, which will be presented live under the stars at the center of a beautiful oak grove woodland on the gorgeous outdoor stage at Caponi Art Park in Eagan, MN on June 25 and 26 at 9:00pm.

The final production will feature all the voices of  See Change Treble Choir mixed into a gorgeous sound score, a small live vocal ensemble, and eight dancers, all bathed in multi-layered projected imagery and staged on a multi-platform set emphasizing a safe and physically distanced audience. You won’t want to miss it!

Mulier Dierum (Chronicles of Woman) is an epic project that mirrors the strength of cumulative generations of women. Mulier Dierum faces our fears and fulfills desires with ferocity and vulnerability, sharing generational wisdom and wildness of women and femme power. The voices of forty choral singers and the bodies of eight dancers affirm together: Women build, honor, persevere, and flourish.

Directed and choreographed by Off-Leash Area Co-Artistic Director Jennifer Ilse, Mulier Dierum is being created in collaboration with See Change Treble Choir under the direction of Allyss Haecker, singing an original score by Linda Kachelmeier, with performances by dancers Gemma Isaacson, Christine McGinnis, Parisha Rajbhandari, Julie Warder, Heather Klopchin, Rachel Lieberman, Jennifer Mack, Esther Ouray, and Jennifer Ilse; with Off-Leash Area Co-Artistic Director Paul Herwig‘s immersive live animation projection design and sound design, edited and mixed by Reid Kruger.

Body-Mind Centering® Weekend with Olive Bieringa and Otto Ramstad

July 10-11, 2021
Saturday and Sunday, 10:00am-5:00pm

$200 regular fee.
$160 Early Booking Discount if paid in full before July 1!
Due to COVID restrictions, enrollments maybe limited so register as soon as you can.

Information and registration:

Body-Mind Centering® is an experiential approach to embodiment, movement and consciousness. Developed by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen over the last several decades, BMC works with the conscious embodiment of anatomical, physiological, psychophysical, embryological and developmental principles. It uses anatomical information, guided movement, intentional touch, voice, expressive arts, and a developing awareness of the play of conscious attention, or mind.

This class is for movers, dancers, performers, yoga practitioners, bodyworkers, occupational and physical therapists, somatic psychotherapists, infant/child educators, and those from other body-mind disciplines interested in unraveling the mystery of embryological development as it relates to cellular consciousness, movement, and mindfulness.

Olive Bieringa and Otto Ramstad are a dance, performance and visual artists working at the intersection of social and creative practice, pedagogy, and healing. They are certified teachers and practitioner of Body-Mind Centering and directors of Somatic Education Australasia. Together they collaborate as the BodyCartography Project whose mission is to engage with the vital materiality of our bodies and minds to create live performance that facilitates a re-enchantment of embodiment, relationship, and presence.

Body-Mind Centering® is a registered service mark of Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen.

Zenon Dance School – Summer Session Online and In Person

Zenon Dance School is very excited to begin our summer session with virtual and hybrid classes all summer long!

5:30pm: Cardio Dance Jam with Ariel Linnerson
5:30pm: Ballet for Contemporary Dancers with Anne Lentz

9:30am: gaga/people with Berit Ahlgren
5:30pm: All Levels Hip Hop with Arturo Miles
7:00pm: Beginning Jazz with Allison Rubin-Forester

9:30am: Composition/Improvisation with HIJACK
5:30pm: Intermediate Contemporary/Modern with Ruby Josephine Smith – HYBRID
5:30pm: Beginning Ballet with Lisa Erickson

9:30am: Advanced Contemporary/Modern with Erin Thompson – HYBRID
5:30pm: Afro Modern with Roxane Wallace
7:00pm: Intermediate Modern with Dustin Haug – HYBRID

10:00am: All Levels Jazz with Erinn Liebhard and Karla Grotting – HYBRID
12:00pm: Intermediate Ballet with Penny Freeh

9:00am: All Levels Yoga with Ariel Linnerson
10:00am: All Levels Tap with Dorian Brooke
10:15am: Youth Hip Hop, Ages 6-9 with Erin Sheppard
11:00am: Youth Ballet I, Ages 5-7 with Sarah Bartlett
11:15am: Youth Ballet II, Ages 8-10 with Kendall Kramer
12:00pm: Beginning 2 Ballet with Benjamin Johnson

Register online today!

Karen Charles Choreographs for Penelope Freeh

Informal Showing and Discussion
Choreographer Karen Charles, new solo-in-process for Penelope Freeh
Discussion facilitated by Randy Reyes

Friday, June 25, 2021
4:00-5:00pm CST

In person at:
Threads Dance Nexus
2213 Snelling #100
Minneapolis, 55404

Or on Zoom:
Meeting ID: 996 1635 8584
Passcode: 773126
Find your local number:

Dancer/Choreographer Penelope Freeh strives to deepen creative relationships through four commissioning projects. Process will be prioritized, and outcomes shared informally. Community conversations will focus on racial and social justice activism inside of artistic practice. This is the first of four showings. Additional commissions forthcoming by Helen Hatch and Darrius Strong in collaboration, Hijack, and Pramila Vasudevan. Stay tuned!

Penelope Freeh is a fiscal year 2021 recipient of a Creative Support for Individuals grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Summer Dance Intensive with Collide Theatrical

July 19-23 and July 26-30, 2021
Monday-Friday, 9:30am-3:30pm
Ages sixteen and older.

Train with some of the Twin Cities top talents in theatrical jazz dance while taking your dance and performing skills to the next level. Our program is tailored to meet the individual goals and needs of EACH dancer. ALL ARE WELCOME.

Daily Class Sample Schedule:
9:30-11:00am: Ballet Technique
11:00-12:30pm: Jazz Technique
1:00-3:30pm: Classes in Acting, Modern, African, Contemporary, and more!

Teachers include Chelsea Rose, Allyson Richert, Katie Bradley, Da’Rius Malone, and more! The two-week intensive culminates with an opportunity to audition for Collide’s 2021/2022 Performing Apprentice Program.

Scholarships available for BIPOC applicants and those underrepresented in dance. Email for more information.

Classes take place at the Collide Studio in St. Paul.

MotionArt Children’s Dance Classes

MotionArt focuses on nurturing children’s individual creativity while facilitating their understanding of the dance elements of space, time, and energy. Ages 3-6 explore these elements through playful, structured activities allowing them to expand their movement vocabulary, develop body awareness and gain self-confidence. Ages 7-9 explore the dance elements while being introduced to new movement skills and the creation of their own dances. Ages 9-12 expand their creative and kinesthetic awareness while learning basic movement skills of modern dance.

We offer ways for children to dance through outdoor classes, weather permitting (contact Pam Gleason for info). Please go to to sign up for classes. There are various options for payment/donations, and no one will be turned away for inability to pay.

Ages 3-6: Saturday, 10:00-10:40am

Ages 7-9: Saturday, 10:45-11:30am

Ages 9-12: Saturday, 11:30am-12:15pm