Save the date for the 8th Annual CANDY BOX Dance Festival!
April 22-27, 2024
The Southern Theater
The CANDY BOX Dance Festival is a week-long dynamic sampling of featured performances, masterclasses, and in-progress showings, hosted by ARENA DANCES and presented April 22-27, 2024 at The Southern Theater. The CANDY BOX Dance Festival features both emerging and established choreographers, Happy Hour work-in-progress performances, and master class offerings.
Tristan Koepke and Benny Olk
Paula Mann/Time Track Productions
HAPPY HOUR ARTISTS:
Shannon Hartle Dolan
Kaitlyn Hawkins and Alicia Steeves
Duniya Drum and Dance
The CANDY BOX Dance Festival, presented by Mathew Janczewski’s ARENA DANCES, is an annual, week-long, eclectic gathering and dynamic sampling of featured performances, masterclasses, and work-in-progress showings.
CANDY BOX Dance Festival is a unique celebration of dance, packed with a wonderful assortment of various tastings that include renowned choreographers, accomplished dancers, and fresh movement styles all perfectly packed into one sweet treat of a week. It is an opportunity for diverse emerging and established artists to share the performance stage, with the addition of selected artists leading intimate workshops to offer a welcoming space for communal movement education, and in doing so gathering a range of tastes for varied audiences. From Featured Artists performances by nationally notable choreographers and collectives, to Happy Hour showings by exciting local dancers and emerging creatives, CANDY BOX is sure to offer a flavor for every performing arts enthusiast to savor and enjoy. Along with daily performances and masterclasses hosted throughout an impressive six day streak, question-and-answer sessions are offered for additional insight and rare sneak peeks into the engaging works created and designed by each artist exclusively for the festival. Audiences are sure to experience a wide array of artistry, offering a unique flavor in every bite.
“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, Founder + Artistic Director of ARENA DANCES
The Southern Theater
1420 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454
ARENA DANCES asks that anyone experiencing symptoms of or recently exposed to COVID-19 refrains from attending the festival. At this time, masks are optional at The Southern Theater.
Offerings to be announced soon.
HAPPY HOUR ARTISTS
- Monday, April 22 – Shannon Hartle Dolan | Kaitlyn Hawkins and Alicia Steeves
- Tuesday, April 23 – Kayla Schiltgen
- Wednesday, April 24 – Amez Dance
- Thursday, April 25 – Duniya Drum and Dance
- Friday, April 26 – Penelope Freeh
Featuring works by Tristan Koepke & Benny Olk, Paula Mann/Time Track Productions, and jess pretty.
- Thursday, April 25 – 7:30pm
- Friday, April 26 – 7:30pm
- Saturday, April 27 – 2:00pm // Pay-As-Able pricing option available at the door ONLY
- Saturday, April 27 – 7:30pm
BEFORE April 23: $20 online in advance | $18 student/senior
AFTER April 23: $27 online + at the door | $20 student/senior discount
TICKETS ON SALE SOON
We extend a special thank you to our Season Sponsors and Event Donors:
This festival is also made possible with the support of the following: