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Minnesota Dance Theater

Experience masterful performances at the renowned Minnesota Dance Theater

Minnesota dance theater Dance theater is defined as the union of dance and theatrical methods of stage performance creating a unique performance in contrast to classical ballet which adheres to a defined protocol.

The Minnesota Dance theater is a contemporary Dance theater beloved by both regulars and first time visitors. It was founded in 1962 by Loyce Houlton and is a gem in the Twin cities where it has won accolades for its masterful performances.

Major dance companies that have performed at the Minnesota Dance Theater include The James Sewell Ballet, Ballet Minnesota, Arena Dance and Zenon Dance Troupe.

The dance theater is based at the Hennepin Centre for the Arts and has hosted notable luminaries such as the flamboyant ‘Prince’ a.k.a The Artist formerly known as Prince and Abdo Sayegh, a native Venezuelan who wows crowds with his performances.

Student artists at the Theater have to go through a rigorous selection process involving multiple levels, with level 1 and 2 being the most basic. The intermediate stage, or level 3 focuses on refining technique while advanced classes in level 4 to 7 develop confidence levels to allow the participants to perform boldly in the glare of stagelights. The highest levels attained in the last five weeks and are extremely intensive. Other rites of passage include the ‘Nutcracker Fantasy Workshop’, ‘Open advanced Master class’, ‘Short Ballet Mini Camp and the Hopkins Summer program.

One thing that stands out about the Minnesota Dance Theater is the scope and diversity of its program. Jazz, Tap, Modern, Ballroom, Cheerleading, Pilates, Gymnastics and Basic Aerobics are taught with an equal commitment to excellence.

It is noteworthy to know the cost training at this theater. Level 1 and 2 training is priced at a competitive 225 dollars while the advanced levels’ 6 and 7 can cost over 1400 dollars. Financial aid is offered based on family resources and degree of commitment of the individual. For any education to be fully effective the whole spectrum of teaching must be covered and at the Minnesota Dance Theater and the instructors do not disappoint. Theater etiquette is preached incessantly as the graduates may be expected to perform not just to regulars but distinguished members of society. Without a doubt, this cultural icon will continue to attract a devoted following for years to come.



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