Every style of dance graces the many stages in and around the Twin Cities. Here are a few of our favorites.
This dance company is well known for its varied performances that are rooted in classical musical theater-meets jazz dance style, bringing together area dancers, musicians and artists of all ages.
The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts is at the heart of the Twin Cities’ thriving dance community. Home to the James Sewell Ballet Company and featuring performances by the Saint Paul Ballet, this lovingly renovated theater moved—literally—over 12 memorable days in 1999 from its former home to its current home on Hennepin Avenue.
James Sewell Ballet was the dream of Sally Rousse and James Sewell, two innovators who together re-imagined what a contemporary ballet company could look like: a chamber dance troupe that blends the elegance of classical ballet, the freedom of modern dance, and the can-do spirit of vaudeville.
Now in its 23rd season, Ragamala has been hailed by The New York Times as “soulful, imaginative and rhythmically contagious and shows how Indian forms can provide some of the most transcendent experiences that dance has to offer.”
Founded in 2004 by Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands in St. Paul, TU Dance is a leading voice for contemporary dance. The 12-member, professional company is acclaimed for its diverse and versatile artists, performing work that draws together modern dance, classical ballet, African-based and urban vernacular movements.
One of North America’s premier repertory dance companies, Zenon commissions new works from talented emerging choreographers as well as internationally renowned masters, in order to continually drive the evolution of dance standards in Minnesota.