Help ARENA continue to be a force in this dance community, providing strong instruction to new and veteran moving bodies and a voice for local dance artists to share their work.

Let’s talk a look back at this amazing year –

ARENA DANCES had the honor of returning to Roosevelt High School to bring our educational outreach program DanceON to 60+ students. These students come from a myriad of different backgrounds with 36% African American , 33% Hispanic, 22% Caucasian, 5% American Indian, and 3% Asian American. With each residency, we introduced students to concepts of modern dance technique, history and choreography. It was extremely important to me that the students experienced the skills of teamwork, creative problem solving and personal expression that are so intrinsic to dance. With each class, we were also able to spend time demystifying the process of dance-making, closing out the residencies with the creation of a piece for each school. We are excited to slide, swoosh and fly across the dance floor with these students, as well as the students of Creative Arts Secondary School, again this spring! 

Another highlight of this past fall came to life as ARENA DANCES took to the intimate TEK BOX theater for the world premiere of One Room: Collective Power and Contemporary Dance. One Room shared an evening of viscerally honest choreography, performed by a stunning all-female sextet, against the backdrop of Nils Frahm’s experimental, ethereal and contemplative music. Crafting the work collaboratively with the dancers, we explored themes of conflict, negotiation and resolution. In addition to the collaboration between the dancers and I, the work truly soared with the partnership of costume designer Trevor Bowen. Trevor’s translation of the themes of the work into the fabrics, construction and motion of the costumes added immensely to the sensational experience of the dance against the white walls of the TEK BOX and the drive of Nils Frahm’s music.

Performing elsewhere around town as well, ARENA DANCES was invited to dance at the Walker’s Terrace Thursday summer event and the annual Choreographer’s Evening showcase this November. These opportunities to engage with new audiences has been such a joy. 

As we embark on our 25th Anniversary year, we are so excited to share what is in store for you!

In upcoming news, ARENA is presenting the 4th annual CANDY BOX Dance Festival at The Southern Theater this spring. Like picking your favorite candy out of an amazing assortment, CANDY BOX will offer the Twin Cities’ community a whole week of special events to partake in! This year’s festival features the new work of HIJACK, Shapiro & Smith, and Chris Yon/Taryn Griggs, alongside showings by Borealis Dance Theater, Slo Dance Company, Berit Ahlgren Creates, and more – the best sweets in town! Check out our Spring Performance page for more information on the week’s workshops, panel discussion, and performances!

We have also be bringing our weekly class series back, ARENA TEACHES, starting this April! Each month will be taught by a different local artist, offering dancers the chance to try on different personal aesthetics, class structures and kinesthetic methodologies from dancers who do not teach regular classes around the Twin Cities. In the new year, you can learn about where, when and whose teaching each month on our Events Calendar. We hope to see you in class!

In culmination of the celebratory year, we will close out the fall with a multidisciplinary evening of wonder, beauty and innovation unlike any dance performance the Twin Cities has done before! 

As you can see, ARENA is making an effort to increase accessibility and engagement with dance, but there are many costs to funding a season. Here is what your contribution will support:

Artist salaries
Rehearsal costs
Composer and music rights
Lighting and set design
Operational support
Projects and outreach

ARENA DANCES is a non-profit organization with tax-exempt, 501(c)3 status and as such, all contributions are tax-deductible.

Every gift, in any amount makes a difference to ARENA!
We truly appreciate your support.

Annual Giving of $1000+

Annual Giving of $500 – $999

Annual Giving of $200 – $499

Annual Giving of $50 – $199


By Check:
Make payable to ‘ARENA DANCES’ and mail to ARENA DANCES, P.O. BOX 50261, Minneapolis, MN 55405.

By Phone:
Contact Mathew Janczewski, Artistic Director, at 612-804-0238.

Recurring Pledges:
Pace the generosity of your gift! Donate online and make a monthly pledge.

Employer Matching Gift:
Asking your employer to match your donation is an easy way to increase your impact on ARENA DANCES.


SUSTAINER ($1000+):
Mark Addicks & Tom Hoch, Jake & Hope Armour, Erin Harney Cragg & David Cragg, Milo Pinkerton & Virgil Taus, Sandy Simmons & Kevin Kunz, Dana Swindler & Greg Walsh

LEADER ($500-999):
Carter Averbeck, Jerry Burg, Dustin & Kelli Jo Haug, Lori Hollenkamp, Kent & Heather Pilakowski, Rick Schaefer, Steve & Jenni Norlin-Weaver

PROMOTER ($250-499):
Natalia & Alex Berglund, Connie Blome, Joe Crook, Jessi Fett, Robert Landis, Catherine Malmberg Dannenbring, Scott Mayer, Don Ofstedal & Jerry Lee, Bailey Ortley, Dennis Yelkin

SUPPORTER ($100-249):
Larry & Caryl Abdo, Rebecca Heist, Pam  & Fritz Lott, Sam Winks


ARENA DANCES would like to thank our corporate sponsors and the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.