Check back shortly for info on next year’s festival, the 5th annual CANDY BOX Dance Festival, coming to The Southern Theater Spring of 2021!

And in the meantime, scroll down to get a glimpse of last year’s excitement!

HIJACK, Shapiro & Smith Dance, and Chris Yon & Taryn Griggs

WORKS IN PROGRESS Showings by Berit Ahlgren, Judy Shui Xian, Borealis Dance Theatre, Annika Hansen, Abigail Whitmore & Collaborators, and Slo Dance Company


Candy Box, presented by Mathew Janczewski’s ARENA DANCES is an annual, eclectic gathering of performances, masterclasses and work-in-progress showings. This year’s festival features a range in levels of experiences, aesthetics and choreographic voices to offer a diverse array of treats!

“Establishing a career in dance can be challenging and isolating. That’s why coming together every year like this is so crucial; it creates the learning opportunities and personal connections people need in order to realize their full artistic potential. And by extending the support of the dance community to the next generation of talented makers, we help keep the scene vital and strong.” – Mathew Janczewski


Shapiro & Smith Dance

Chris Yon & Taryn Griggs

The Southern Theater
1420 South Washington Avenue, Minneapolis



Featured Artists

Performances/Showtimes –
Purchase Tickets Here Starting February 27th
Thursday, April 30 – 7:30pm PAY AS ABLE
Friday, May 1 – 7:30pm
Saturday, May 2 – 2:00pm PAY AS ABLE & ASL INTERPRETED
Saturday, May 2 – 7:30pm

HAPPY HOUR ARTISTS 5:30 – 6:30pm
(Works-in-progress showings)
$25 Five-Show Package (sold here) / $12 per show (cash/check/card at the door)

  • Monday, April 27 – Berit Ahlgren
  • Tuesday, April 38 – Judy Shui Xian
  • Wednesday, April 29 – Borealis Dance Theater
  • Thursday, April 30 – Annika Hansen, Abigail Whitmore & Collaborators
  • Friday, May 1 – Slo Dance Company

$20 Five-Class Package (sold here) / $10 per class (cash/check/card at the door)

  • Monday, April 27 – Borealis Dance Theatre
  • Tuesday, April 28 – Shapiro & Smith Dance
  • Wednesday, April 29 – Chris Yon & Taryn Griggs
  • Thursday, April 30 – Slo Dance Company
  • Friday, May 1 – HIJACK


Slo Dance Company

Judy Shui Xian

Borealis Dance Theatre

Annika Hansen, Abigail Whitmore & Collaborators

Berit Ahlgren

This festival is made possible with the support of the following –


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