Help ARENA continue to be a force in this dance community, providing strong instruction and a voice for local dance artists.

The past year has brought many exciting programs to fruition. ARENA kicked off the pilot program for DanceON, a k-12 educational outreach program, at three Twin Cities’ schools. Through these immersive residencies, ARENA engaged with over 90 students teaching them how to talk about, interpret and create contemporary choreography. ARENA will be returning to these schools this spring for an additional week each to deepen the work that was started in the fall. The objective of DanceON is for a dance company to spend two years at each school before rotating to additional local schools with another dance company taking their place at the previous; through this structure, students will be exposed to an array of aesthetics, teaching approaches and dance philosophies, all the while, normalizing the presence of performing arts in public education.   

Another highlight of this past fall was ARENA’s return to The Fitzgerald Theater in downtown Saint Paul with the premiere of Hold My Hand, with a politically charged central theme of gun violence in America. The success of this one-night-only performance was largely due to the strength of the collaborations that took place in the making of the evening’s title work hold my handInspired by NPR’s Sophie Chou’s sonification of gun violence statistics, an original score by 2018 McKnight Fellow Joshua Clausen was be performed live by MPLS (imPulse) choir led by Samuel Grace with special guest Soprano, Carrie Henneman Shaw, and Zeitgeist new music quartet. Holding nothing back, the dancers tapped into the emotional impact of this reality, blurring the lines between artistry and activism.

In upcoming news, ARENA is presenting the 3rd 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 Chris Schlicting, April Sellers Dance Collective and STRONGmovment, alongside showings by Blake Nellis, Brenna Mosser Dance Works, Taja Will, Non Edwards and ARENA – 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 began a weekly class series! Each month is taught by a different company members, offering dancers the chance to try on different personal aesthetics, class structures and kinesthetic methodologies. Learn about where, when and whose teaching this month on our Events Calendar and get your dancing body to class!

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.

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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.

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Mark Addicks & Tom Hoch, Jake & Hope Armour, Erin Harney Cragg & David Cragg, Milo Pinkerton & Virgil Taus, Sandy Simmons & Kevin Kunz, Dana Swindler & Greg Walsh

Carter Averbeck, Jerry Burg, Dustin & Kelli Jo Haug, Lori Hollenkamp, Kent & Heather Pilakowski, Rick Schaefer, Steve & Jenni Norlin-Weaver

Natalia & Alex Berglund, Connie Blome, Joe Crook, Jessi Fett, Robert Landis, Catherine Malmberg Dannenbring, Scott Mayer, Don Ofstedal & Jerry Lee, Bailey Ortley, Dennis Yelkin

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.