CHACONNE – encore performance

CHACONNE – encore performance!

We are back by popular demand. This performance is part of the End of Summer Splash! by Green Minneapolis.

Dancer and choreographer Yuki Tokuda creates live performance with violinist Natsuki Kumagai (MN Orchestra) at Peavey Plaza in downtown Minneapolis. Tokuda’s choreography on J.S Bach’s Chaconne expresses that there is always a hope during dark times and after sorrow.

Choreographer – Yuki Tokuda
Violin – Natsuki Kumagai
Dancers – Hannah Benditt, Jarod Boltjes, Ashley Chin-Mark, Andrew Lester, Hettie Stern, Yuki Tokuda

Wednesday, September 22 at 6:30pm

Rain or shine.
Free to the public.

Erin Thompson Teaches Advanced Contemporary Classes In Person

Erin’s advanced level contemporary hybrid 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 – beginning September 16, 2021

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

Young Dance Fall Classes

Young Dance is excited for the 2021-22 academic year. Register for your favorite dance classes and instructors, or try some new moves with fresh faces! We’re thrilled to welcome everyone back into our space after a long time away.

Young Dance is committed to offering a fun and developmentally appropriate curriculum. Our exceptional Teaching Artists bring an unparalleled level of excellence, where young artists can experience a myriad of styles and techniques. We provide a breadth of opportunities for youth to engage with dance in the way that feels best for them and that supports them in finding and lifting their voices.

Classes include Dance Together, Creative Movement, Hip Hop, All Abilities Dancing, Modern, Ballet, Choreography, Performing Company, and more.

Friday Morning Jazz: Featuring Awesome Guests This Session

Friday Morning Jazz (most Fridays, 10:00-11:15am CST) is BACK AT IT for Fall Session with Zenon Dance School!

This session, instructors Erinn Liebhard and Karla Grotting are excited to include a group of excellent guest artists among our class teachers! Class will remain hybrid, offering 10 physically-distanced spots for masked folks to come into the studio to take class, and unlimited spots for folks to attend from home via a high-quality Zoom experience.

Karla is teaching this week, and will offer a body-centric class that will build heat and help you connect to yourself and great jazz music while exploring technical and stylistic approaches to jazz dance. Our exciting teacher line-up for the rest of the fall session is as follows:

October 1 – Karla
October 8 – Gabby Abram
October 15 – Erinn
October 22 – Erinn
October 29 – Erinn
November 5 – Gabby Abram
November 12 – Jennifer Glaws
November 19 – Karla
November 26 – NO CLASS
December 3 – Jennifer Glaws
December 10 – Jolene Konkel
December 17 – Jonene Konkel

Find out more about these awesome guests by following our class Facebook page and keeping your eye out for posts about them! Registration for class is now open for virtual and in-person classes:

We hope to see you soon! #zenondanceschool #wewillmoveyou #getyourasstoclass

Drop-in GYROKINESIS® Method Classes with Non Edwards

I became interested in the GYROKINESIS® Method because the exercises are rooted in full-body movement that builds skill in coordination and proprio/interoception. Exercises can be performed seated on an armless chair or stool, standing, and on hands and knees. We will work on the seven spinal movements, joint articulation, and cultivating strength with coordinated breath while transitioning through sequences with fluidity.

The GYROKINESIS® Method addresses the entire body, opening energy pathways, stimulating the nervous system, increasing range of motion, and creating functional strength through rhythmic, flowing movement sequences.

Online Classes via Zoom:

Level 1
Friday, 10:30am –
Monday, 10:00am –

Tuesday, 6:00pm –
Thursday, 12:00pm –
Sunday, 10:30am –

All classes are 60 minutes. Drop-ins welcome any time. Class fee is a sliding scale, $5-20 payable at or by check. No one is turned away for non-payment.

New Class in Person:
All Levels: Tuesdays, 4:00-5:00pm
At the Arena, 711 W Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN
September 7 – December 15, 2021. $17 drop-in. Discount cards available.

Want to explore on your own schedule? Private sessions available, also on a sliding scale.

GYROKINESIS® is a registered trademark of GYROTONIC Sales Corp and is used with their permission.

Zenon – Fall Classes In Person and Online

We are kicking off a great season of dance with new classes and old favorites! Register today for online, in person and hybrid classes through our MindBody portal. The fall session will run September 13-December 19, 2021.

11:15am-12:15pm: gaga/people with Berit Ahlgren – In Person
5:30-6:15pm: Cardio Dance Jam with Ariel Linnerson – Online
5:30-6:45pm: Contemporary Ballet with Anne Lentz – Online

7:00-8:00pm: Beginning Jazz with Allison Rubin-Forester – In Person

9:30-11:00am: Composition/Improvisation with HIJACK – Online
5:30-6:45pm: Beginning Ballet with Lisa Erickson – Online
5:30-7:00pm: Intermediate Contemporary with Ruby Josephine Smith – Hybrid
7:30-8:30pm: All Levels Hip-Hop with Gabby “The Baddie” Abram – Hybrid

9:30-11:00am: Advanced Contemporary/Modern with Erin Thompson – Hybrid
5:30-6:30pm: Afro Modern with Roxane Wallace – Online
7:00-8:30pm: Intermediate Modern with Dustin Haug – Hybrid

10:00-11:15am: All Levels Jazz with Erinn Liebhard and Karla Grotting – Hybrid
12:00-1:30pm: Intermediate Ballet with Penny Freeh – Hybrid

9:00-10:00am: All Levels Yoga with Ariel Linnerson – Online
10:15-10:50am: Youth Hip-Hop, Ages 6-9 with Erin Sheppard – Online
12:30-1:00pm: Beginning 2 Ballet with Ben Johnson – Hybrid

10:00-10:35am: Creative Movement, Ages 4-6 with Sarah Bartlett – In Person
11:00-11:45am: Youth Ballet, Ages 7-10 with Kendall Kramer – In Person
12:00-12:45pm: Youth Modern, Ages 11-14 with Kendall Kramer – In Person

Community Movement Collective Open Classes

Community Movement Collective Open Classes: CoMoCollective offers small group classes for professionals and adult dancers alike to keep us moving together during this uncertain time. For safety, class sizes are limited and masks are required throughout class.

Come join us!

Pre-registration is required.
Classes do fill up to a week in advance, sign up early!
Virtual option offered upon request.

Thursday, September 23
Ballet with Helen Hatch – 10:00-11:30AM

Friday, September 24
Ballet with Penny Freeh – 10:15-11:30AM
Improvisation with Blake Nellis – 11:45AM-12:45PM

Monday, September 27
Ballet with Jeffrey Hankinson – 10:00-11:30AM

Tuesday, September 28
Ballet with Elayna Waxse – 10:00-11:30AM

Wednesday, September 29
Ballet with Leah Gallas – 10:00-11:30AM
Ballet Intro for professional movers and adults with Kendall Kramer – 11:45AM-12:45PM

Thursday, September 30
Ballet with Elayna Waxse – 10:00-11:30AM

TU Dance Center: Open Classes

Open Classes at TU Dance Center, September 20-December 10.

TU Dance Center is offering in-person dance classes for intermediate/advanced dancers with live accompaniment.
Online pre-registration required.

Mondays, Ballet and Contemporary Phrasework with Laurel Keen
Thursdays, Ballet with Abdo Sayegh-Rodriguez

$15 or class card.

For more information and to register, please visit: or contact us at or (651) 724-9708.

SOLO: Six World-Premiere Dance Films On Demand

Each year, three exceptional Minnesota dance artists receive the coveted honor of a McKnight Dancer Fellowship. SOLO celebrates the 2018 and 2019 recipients with new works expressly tailored for these exceptional performers. The result is an evening of six fascinating world premieres. In 2021, these solos exist as dance films.

SOLO will include some captioning in Spanish and English.

SOLO Fellows and their commissioned Choreographers include:

  • Renée Copeland – Choreographer: Erika Bettin, Italy
  • Sharon Mansur – Co-directors: Yara Boustany, Lebanon; Andrea Shaker, MN; Mette Loulou van Kohl, NY
  • Yeniel “Chini” Perez Domenech – Choreographer: Ephrat Asherie, NY
  • Erin Thompson – Choreographer: Bebe Miller, OH
  • Joseph “MN Joe” Tran – Choreographer: Rudi Goblen, FL
  • Elayna Waxse – Choreographer: Bobbi Jene Smith, NY

The Cowles Center and the McKnight Foundation’s Artist Fellowships Program present SOLO as part of The Cowles Center’s 21/22 Season.

MotionArt Adult Modern Dance Classes

MotionArt’s mission is to share the art of dance and the joy of movement with people of all ages and abilities.We strive to enrich lives by fostering creativity, body awareness and self-expression in a fun, non-competitive, welcoming environment.

We offer ongoing dance classes in-studio, on Zoom and outside-weather permitting. Paying the regular rate helps keep our organization afloat; however, no one will be turned away for inability to pay. There is also an option to pay what you can.

Please go to to sign-up for classes, or contact Pam for info.

Beginning Modern Dance
Monday, 4:30-5:45pm
Center for Performing Arts, Studio #105

Beginning Modern Dance
Tuesday, 5:00-6:15pm

Intermediate Modern Dance
Wednesday, 10:30am-12:00pm
Outdoor classes, weather permitting, or Zoom. Contact Pam Gleason for information.

Ageless Dance
Thursday, 4:30-5:45pm
Center for Performing Arts, Sun Room

Mixed Level Modern Dance
Saturday, 4:00-5:30pm