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The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts

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The Cowles Center is the flagship center for dance in Downtown Minneapolis, dedicated to providing a performance, rehearsal and administrative home to more than 15 Minnesota arts organizations and educational resources statewide. Integral to the Center’s mission is providing high-quality arts education to students throughout the State of Minnesota.

2015-2016


2012-2013

Honorable Mention


2011-2012

Honorable Mention


2010-2011


 

Programs by The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts

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Flamenco: (Level 1) Tangos de Triana

Take a journey through Spanish culture with traditional Flamenco dance and guitar demonstration, followed by a lecture about Spanish history and...

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Hip Hop: Fundamentals of Breaking

Trace the evolution of Hip Hop culture from its roots in New York City to its present place in the music industry. Through spinning on the grounds,...

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Latin Social Dances: Merengue, Bachata, Cumbia, Mambo, Salsa

Trace the roots of Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Cumbia, and Mambo back to their origin and discover where and how they are danced today. For students...

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Mexican Hat Dance

The Mexican Hat Dance is a fun and easy way to learn about the culture and history of Mexico. Through a short lecture on the origins of the Mexican...

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Social Dance Party!

Learn about the basics of social dancing and its many varieties through discussion and then try it out for yourself. Social dances are an excellent...

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Storytelling through Kathak: Classical Northern Indian Dance

Students will explore body percussion, how hand gestures can be used to tell a story, and basic patterns and positions. Finally they will learn to...

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Moving through American History

Take a trip through American History, from jazz to soul, from funk to hip hop in this engaging and fun lesson. Students will learn the basic steps...

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Flamenco: (Level 2) Tangos Gitanos

Expanding on the Flamenco Level One course, adding more complex rhythms and longer choreographic sequences. Delve deeper into Spanish history and...

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Flamenco: (Level 3) Sevillanas

Learn the traditional partner dance performed at the Spring Fair in Sevilla with an explanatory lecture and lesson by Susana di Palma. Perfect for...

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Dance Hall Days: Explore Dances of 1910-1940

Get moving while you explore how dance in the ragtime era pushed societal norms with Teaching Artist Christopher Yaeger. Listen to the big band...

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Dance in Popular Culture

Build an understanding of how race, class, gender, and ethnicity have shaped the American experience through popular culture. Try out the basic...

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Musical Theater Dance: 1950's - Today

Short combinations to music from Tony Award winning musicals will take participants through a tour of Musical Theater dance history from the Golden...

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Percussive Dance: Unlocking the Human Instrument

This class combines drumming and dance for beginning and advanced movers alike. We will go through the basic steps of physicalizing the beat as an...

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Soul Dance Celebration

Students will explore the fundamentals of these fun, energetic moves as they learn about the creative icons and the rich cultural dynamics of this...

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Swing Dance

Students will develop an appreciation for the history of swing dancing and its intersection with jazz. Basic swing elements such as syncopation...

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The History, Music and Movement of Jazz Dance

Through learning simple rhythmic movements, students get to experience the relationship between jazz dance, history, and music. Learn how jazz was...

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More About This Provider

Type of Organization

Performing Arts

Contact

Elyse Chambers   samm@norsoft.net
528 Hennepin Ave S
Minneapolis MN 55403
6122063643
United States

http://www.thecowlescenter.org

Primary Disciplines

The programs of The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts cover:

International
Community Interests
Social Studies/History
Fine Arts
Foreign/World Languages
Health/Physical Education
Career Education
Mathematics
Performing Arts
Character Education
Standards
Collaboration
Dance

Awards, Quotes, Testimonials

Minnesota PTA Board of Directors
"The Minnesota PTA, as well as the National PTA, is very impressed with this terrific outreach arts program. It offers an added element to the art programs of all schools in the state. And the fact that it is free to schools in Minnesota makes it a possibility for any school."

Hopkins High School of the Swing Session
“Thank you SO much! It was a highlight of my year!”

Rahn Elementary on the City Children’s Nutcracker sessions:
“It was great to see how technology can make things like this happen for students.”
“Our arts budgets are never enough and many of our students don’t have the money to take dance classes on their own.” (commenting on interest in future sessions)

Brooklyn Junior High of the Hip Hop Sessions
“I loved seeing the smiles and hearing the laughter of the students as they were participating. This experience allowed some students to express themselves in front of their peers in a new way.”

Morris Area High School of The Cowles Center Residency
“It was a real neat experience and we would love to be a part of it again. I know my students have a greater appreciation for both hip hop and swing. They realized the dances are a lot more difficult than they appear. I also have a greater appreciation for them too – I was exhausted and sore after!”

STUDENT COMMENTS

Main Street School on the Ballet Session:
“We did the same thing in modern dance and it gets better every time. I thought the abstract modern excerpt was beautiful. I love the choreography, it's creative and very abstract and entertaining.”
“I thought that the video conference was fun and it was really entertaining and made a fun way to spend a ballet class.”
“It was fun and different from a regular class which I liked”

Little Falls High School on the Swing Session:
“It was fun and he wasn’t pushy about going fast. It gave us time to learn it. It was a new experience.”
“It was a great experience and thank you for having us and taking your time to teach us!”

Brooklyn Junior High on the Hip Hop Sessions:
“I like it, we should do this once a year, every year.”
“It was fun and no one laughed at each other because we were all learning. It was great exercise…you would sweat!”
“I liked learning about the four elements of hip hop. It was fun!!!”

"Morris Area High School on The Cowles Center Residency"
“She made sure we all understood, was very positive and prepared us all more for contest.” (of the vocal technique session)
“I really liked their positive attitudes and the type of dances we learned.” (of the hip hop and swing dancing sessions)
“The swing session had some cool moves that I could use at a wedding or something and impress everyone.” (of the swing dancing session)
“I really liked learning the history of the dance.” (of the hip hop session)