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The Arena supports a diverse cultural environment in Minneapolis through classes offered at the studio. Affordable classes are offered for children and adults at a bustling location that supports those who are interested in the moving arts.
- Dedicated students in dance/moving arts
- Recreational learners across mind/body movement disciplines
- Area schools through our DanceON program
- Business leaders through our neighborhood enrichment program
- Community members through our panel discussions, community meeting spaces, social dances, rentable space, informal showings, performances and events
- The creative potential of everyone and the transformative power of the arts to change lives
- Both the artistic process and the artistic product
- Diversity and serving as a bridge to connect people
- Inclusiveness and removing barriers to make the moving arts accessible
- Innovation and delivering thought-provoking, relevant programs and experiences to the communities we serve
- The people who work and volunteer to support our mission
- Our unique Minneapolis home and the community that is created when people learn together through the arts
The Arena is located in Studio 308 in the Calhoun Building at 711 W. Lake Street in Minneapolis.
This just off the Lyndale-Lake Street intersection.
There is free street parking in the area.
The building has an elevator.
Click to sign up for open classes on our MINDBODY site!
This includes pilates, moving practice, gyrokinesis, capoeira, and contemporary forms
Click to sign up for an enrollment on our MINDBODY site!
This includes all creative movement and dancing together classes, as well as the monthly unicorn sweat classes
Open Class Drop-In – $10 for 30 minute classes; $17 for 60-90 minute classes
Discount Card – $150 for 10 classes (Expires 2 months from purchase date)
Flex Card – $160 for 10 classes (Expires 1 year from purchase date)
Enrollments – $210 for 14-wk series
*Capoeira also offers this enrollment pricing – great way to save!*
Mat Pilates taught by Amy Kristin Jones; Tuesdays, 9:00am-9:30am
Mat Pilates is a type of mind-body exercise promising the regular participant a longer, leaner body. The mat Pilates exercise routine is performed on the ground using an exercise mat. Over the years, mat Pilates exercise has evolved to include small pieces of equipment such as resistance rings, balls and bands. The exercises in mat Pilates focus on strengthening the muscles of the hips, back, abdominals, and glutes or what is known in Pilates as the powerhouse.
Moving Practice taught by a rotating teaching artist every month; Tuesdays, 9:30am-11:00am
Weekly Class Series Geared at Fostering Professionals’ Artistic Voice and Technical Talent. Train with Fellow Professionals in a Range of Contemporary Dance Aesthetics.
September – Sarah McCullough
October – Jennifer Ilse
November – Jose A. Luis
Gyrokinesis taught by Non Edwards; Tuesdays, 4:00pm-5:00pm
GYROKINESIS®Method offers exercises rooted in full-body movement that builds skill in coordination and proprio/interoception. Exercises can be performed seated on an armless chair or stool, standing, and on hands and knees. We will work on the seven spinal movements, joint articulation, and cultivating strength with coordinated breath while transitioning through sequences with fluidity. The GYROKINESIS® Method addresses the entire body, opening energy pathways, stimulating the nervous system, increasing range of motion, and creating functional strength through rhythmic, flowing movement sequences.
Capoeira taught by Jim Bozic with co-teacher Miles; Wednesdays, 6:30pm-7:30pm
A Brazilian martial art form, combining self-defense, acrobatics, dance, music and song. It was developed by slaves who used it to disguise the fact that they were practicing fight moves. Capoeira is ‘played’ (it’s known as the ‘game’, or jogo) in a circle called a roda, accompanied by music and singing. Only the hands and feet touch the floor.
Contemporary Forms taught by Mathew Janczewski; Fridays, 9:30am-11:00am
Class with a desire to promote spatial and corporeal awareness through clarity and precision. Inviting ourselves to observe, welcome, enhance, abandon and rediscover movement patterns, qualities, focal points, personal habits and preferences in order to stay alert in the present moment. Through a gentle warm up of set exercises, students will transition to a pre-conceived phrase to share experiences while encouraging individuality.
Unicorn Sweat Teacher taught by Annika Hansen and Abigail Whitmore; Sat. 11pm-12pm (Last Saturday of every month)
Unicorn Sweat is a dance party workout celebrating the joy of moving to pop music and the liberation of all bodies. Inspired by the first era of aerobic fitness classes, dress in your favorite 80’s attire and come ready to sweat!
Kids Creative Movement (ages 6-8) taught by Tori Casagranda; Wednesdays, 5:30pm-6:15pm
In this class, students explore dance concepts like Speed, Energy and Rhythm. We work on large and fine motor skills through creative movement games, improvisation and practicing movement skills. Our environment empowers students to make choices and provides thoughtful practice of studio etiquette. Every class is a joyful exploration of movement and a celebration of what each body can do! Ages listed are recommended but not definitive.
Creative Movement (4-6 year olds) taught by Kendall Kramer; Sat. 9:00am-9:45am
Creative Movement (4-6 year olds) is designed to give young artists the tools they need to explore their unique voices, alone and as an ensemble. Dancers hone age-appropriate modern, ballet, and jazz vocabularies, while growing creatively. This 14-week class period dives into the 4 elements of the artistic process: creating, performing, responding, and connecting. Students learn dance terminology in addition to creatively describing common dance exercises and explorations. Examples of class themes include responding to stimuli, learning how to modify dance steps, creating the structure of a story, and interpreting written or visual art (literacy and reading comprehension not necessary). Exercises, music, and props are carefully chosen to stimulate the imagination and expand upon common experiences of the young dancer. Introduction to the historical and cultural roots of dance, body-awareness, and breathing, in an inclusive environment of laughter and cheer. Ages listed are recommended but not definitive.
Dancing Together (2-4 year olds with caregiver) taught by Kendall Kramer; Sat. 10:00am-10:45am
Dancing Together teaches coordination and musicality, while allowing the natural creativity of the young dancer to blossom. Dancers and caretakers move together to explore the elements of dance: space, time, and energy; the concept of “performing,” and creating improvisational dances. Exercises, music, and props are carefully chosen to stimulate the imagination and expand upon common experiences of the young child. Introduction to body-awareness and breathing. Ages listed are recommended but not definitive.
Through the many movement forms for the body and mind: dance, yoga, tai chi, Feldenkrais, meditation, and beyond, we nurture the artistic and creative potential in our students—and our community.
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