Monday, December 13, 2010

Dance to Learn Programs Kick-Off Performances!

Tribunal Trilogy Photo: Amy C. Miller
Ordway Education welcomed more than 400 students and educators for the Dance to Learn Kick-Off performances on November 30th and December 1st.  The performances featured the work of the programs teaching artists Karla Nweje and Leah Nelson!  Students and educators from Linwood/Monroe Arts Plus, FAIR School Downtown, and Sheridan Hills started by watching a piece choreographed by Leah Nelson called Asphalt Yards, and then experienced a piece choreographed by Karla Nweje titled Tribunal Trilogy.  Students and educators then reflected on the two dance pieces using reflection tools from the Artful Handbook guided by coaches Becca Barniskis, Bettine Hermanson, and Barbara Cox.    

Asphalt Yards Photo Amy C. miller
What is Dance to Learn? 
Dance to Learn is an arts education program that fosters learning in and through dance in K-12 schools.  Inspired by experiencing culturally diverse dance performances at the Ordway and utilizing the tools in the Artful Handbook, Dance to Learn provides support for teaching teams at each school site in understanding dance as an art form and creating strong, authentic connections between the principles and key concepts of dance and other curricular subject areas.  The program is managed by the Ordway and the Perpich Center for Arts Education, with major support provided by the Hearst Foundation.


What is the Artful Handbook?
The Artful Teaching & Learning Handbook provides blue prints for a versatile arts education model. Full of tools, processes and examples from its field sites, the handbook offers the practitioner research-based support for building arts based and arts infused learning. This model is powered by the belief that all students can achieve high academic standards in and through the arts.



Monday, November 15, 2010

Tickets are still available for BeijingDance/LDTX!

Who is BeijingDance/LDTX?

The birth of BeijingDance/LDTX (Lei Dong Tian Xia, translated as Thunder Rumbles Under Heaven) in 2005 not only caught widespread international attention, but also captured the imagination of many artists in China. BeijingDance/LDTX was born out of a controversial and exciting time of rapid cultural change in China, becoming China’s first professional dance company founded independently from government.



Founded by veteran choreographers and a new generation of dancers in China, BeijingDance/LDTX is a platform for contemporary creations. Under the artistic direction of Willy Tsao, China’s foremost figure in modern dance and deputy artistic director Li Hanzhong, the company boasts an ensemble of technically exquisite dancers and a diverse repertoire. BeijingDance/LDTX serves as both a leader and a catalyst for the modern and contemporary dance and dance appreciation movement. By presenting new choreographers and providing platforms for developing artists, BeijingDance/LDTX pioneers China’s most cutting-edge choreography.


What are people saying about BeijingDance/LDTX?

"The company doesn't merely dance splendidly, it dances ferociously."
LA Times

Not only was the dance movement rich and profound, the music and artistic design also stood out as innovative and challenging."
The People's Daily News

"Throughout the performance, the audience appeared spellbound by the movement on stage. It wasn't until the performance was over that the spell was broken, with the audience yielding at the feet of the company."
El Norte


Matinee performances held Wednesday, April 6 and Thursday, April 7, 2011
Reserve tickets for your school by calling Ordway Education at 651.282.3115
Recommended for grades 6-12



Let us know!
How is Chinese history taught in your school?
How can BeijingDance/LDTX’s performance be integrated into your school’s curriculum?

Last Chance to Enter Ordway Education Ticket Give Away!

Ordway Education will be giving away two pairs of tickets to each of the following public performances of the Target® World Music and Dance Series performances!


Tiempo Libre on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010 at 7:30PM
CONTRA-TIEMPO on Friday, Nov. 19, 2010 at 7:30PM
To enter fill out the form below and tell us what types of articles, resources, discussions, and opportunities you would like to see on the Ordway Education News blog!

Winners will be drawn  at random from entries and notified by Nov. 16, 2010.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

New Teen Media Program Launches!

Three weeks ago, we launched the new Teen Media program with students in the Mass Media and Democracy course at Perpich Center for Arts Education High School.  Students will explore social justice issues world-wide through UNICEF and through the work of musician and activist Angélique Kidjo.  This 10 week residency focuses on media production, imagery, and social justice issues. Two classrooms of around 30 students are working with Sherine Crooms, media artist and educator, to create collaborative public service announcements (PSA) surrounding social justice issues of their choosing.

During the first session, students watched a wide range of advertisements and discussed their content, use of imagery, social context and relationship to the videos. The conversations were open and inventive and we are very excited to see what this group of students will come up with for the project content. They will be reaching out to the community to interview people that connect to their topic of interest and learning about the best interview techniques. Production starts in a week which means the students will begin learning about the technical aspects of video production, materials and also the artistic and strategic elements of documentary interviewing and creation.

The content of the PSA is social justice and students have selected topics ranging from racial equality to bullying in schools.

If you and your students had an opportunity to create a PSA, what topics would be important to them and why would it be important for your students to share their PSA with the world?

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Stronger Together: Creating a Collaborative Message on Arts in Education Policy and ESEA Reauthorization Webinar

Join parents, teachers, artists, administrators and other arts education advocates for the Stronger Together: Creating a Collaborative Message on Arts in Education Policy and ESEA Reauthorization webinar on Tuesday, December 7, 2010 at 1:00 pm EST/10:00 am PST. Don't miss out on the opportunity to be a part of a diverse group of advocates working to develop a core, unified message platform to communicate the essential role of arts education. A facilitated discussion on including statewide and national events where the message can be delivered to key decision makers, as well as general Q and A will follow the presenters’ remarks.

Speakers include:

Jennifer Hahn, of keepartsinschools.org will serve as host and briefly recap the process that led to the recommended core message platform.

Narric Rome, Director of Federal Affairs at Americans for the Arts, will talk about their national 50 state advocacy efforts.

Pam Bachilla, Alameda County Office of Education’s Alliance for Arts Learning Leadership Policy and Advocacy Consultant, will discuss the current policy agenda as well as strategies and tools to shape coordinated and aligned advocacy.

This webinar is FREE but you must RSVP to receive instructions. Please contact Rosslynn Pieters at 914-833-7093 or rpieters@douglasgould.com. 

All children deserve a great well-rounded education. Learning in and through the arts should be a vital component of all public schools for every student -- no matter where they live. This Web site in an online community for arts education advocates, focusing on the efforts and successes of local organizations, communities, teachers and leading voices throughout the country who are all working to Keep Arts in Schools! 


How do you advocate for the arts in your school?
 Use the comment field below to share your response with other educators.


Latin Social Dance Class with CONTRA-TIEMPO

The Ordway would invites you to a Latin Social Dance Class with CONTRA-TIEMPO, a social activist dance company from L.A. that takes Latin social dancing to new heights!  Ana María Alvarez, founder and director, will make personal appearances at a number of Twin Cities schools and community organizations. Best of all, she and her company members are leading two salsa dance classes open to the general public on Monday and Tuesday evenings. This workshop offers you the rare opportunity to learn Casino Rueda: Cuban Salsa danced in a circle with frequent partner changes. CONTRA-TIEMPO will also introduce you to concepts of “compassionate partnering.” This class will certainly leave you feeling inspired, productive, engaged, and communicating better with barriers broken down. No partner is required and any level of experience is welcome.

Latin Social Dance Class with CONTRA-TIEMPO

Date:     Two nights: Monday Nov. 15 & Tuesday,  Nov. 16
Time:     6:30 – 8pm
Where:  Ordway Center, Drake Room 
               [Please enter through Stage Door on 5th Street]
Cost:     $10; Free with a ticket to the public performance
               on Friday, Nov. 19

RSVP to Amy Miller (651.282.3017; amiller@ordway.org)

Meet and work with CONTRA-TIEMPO company members who will teach Casino Rueda (Cuban Salsa danced in a circle with frequent partner changes) and work with students around concepts of 'compassionate partnering'.  This class will leave participants inspired, productive, engaged, and communicating better with barriers broken down!

No partner required; any experience level welcome

For tickets to the public performance, please contact the Ordway Box Office at 651.224.4222 or online at www.ordway.org

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Enter the First Ordway Education News Blog Ticket Give Away!

Ordway Education will be giving away two pairs of tickets to each of the following public performances of the Target® World Music and Dance Series performances!

Tiempo Libre on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010 at 7:30PM
CONTRA-TIEMPO on Friday, Nov. 19, 2010 at 7:30PM

To enter fill out the form below and tell us what types of articles, resources, discussions, and opportunities you would like to see on the Ordway Education News blog!


Monday, October 25, 2010

Ordway Education's First Annual Career Day!


c.Amy C. Miller

The first annual Ordway Education Career Day was a success with over 100 students attending from the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, Mainstreet Performing Arts High School and Perpich Center for Arts Education.  The day was led by, T. Mychael Rambo and started with a fantastic ground breaker which had students out of their seats and dancing in the Marzitelli Foyer. 

Panelists representing a broad range of careers in the creative sector participated in a panel answering questions for the students. Panelists included: Janis Weller and David Lewis from McNally Smith College of Music, Martin Gwinup from the University of Minnesota, Shira Naharit from the Ordway, and Myrna Packer of Bridgman/Packer Dance.  

Each of the panelists also lead a small breakout session for students covering topics like “Why do I want to be an Artist”, “Myths of the Artist”, “Technical Aspects of Theater”, “Being a Community Artist” and “Internships: What are they and How to get one”.  Many of the participants said it was a great experience to work with students from other high schools and to learn about careers that they hadn’t thought about before! 

Looking for opportunities and resources for your students to explore careers in the arts?

Explore the Ordway Education's online career resources, including our NEW Interactive Careers Map

Friday, October 22, 2010

TICKETS AVAILABLE: $3 Global Arts Workshops !

Taking place during the week of the Flint Hills International Children’s Festival, these engaging hour long workshops are taught by Twin Cities artists and cost just $3 per student.  Space is limited to 30 learners per workshop, so reserve your seats before they are sold out!

Call the Education Hotline at 651.282.3115 to place your order today!

Latin American Folkloric Music
May 31, 2011 9:15am - 30 Seats Available!
May 31, 2011 10:30am- SOLD OUT
Suggested Grades 2-6
Explore the music and instruments of Latin American folkloric music with Ecuadorian educator and performer Leo Lara. Students will learn the text and meaning of traditional songs and rhythms of Latin American countries through interactive  demonstrations and instrument try-outs!
Mexihca Culture & Dance
June 1, 2011 9:15am - 30 Seats Available!
June 1, 2011  10:30am - 30 Seats Available!
Suggested Grades 2-6
Engage students in this all abilities dance workshop as they learn the traditions, history and art of dance of the Mexihca (Aztec) culture with Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli.
West African Movement
June 2, 2011 9:15am - 30 Seats Available!
June 2, 2011 10:30am – SOLD OUT
Suggested Grades 3-8
Explore the movements that became the fundamentals for hip-hop, jazz, and many other modern dance styles through an experiential class on traditional West African dance with Fatawu Sayibu, director of Tiyumba Dance Company.



Taiko Drumming
June 3, 2011 9:15am - SOLD OUT
June 3, 2011 10:30am -11 Seats Available!
Suggested Grades 3-8
Learn the techniques and history of taiko drumming with instructors from Mu Performing Arts! Students get the opportunity to play on a taiko practice drum!




Latin Social Dance
June 2, 2011 9:15am - 30 Seats Available!
June 2, 2011 10:30AM – SOLD OUT
Suggested Grades 2-6
Cowles Center instructor Giselle Mejia, will teach a wide variety of social dances born out of Latin America. Styles include salsa, merengue, bachata, cumbia, and mambo. Students get ready to move, as we will learn the basic steps to each dance style.





Tuesday, October 19, 2010

President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities participates in White House Tuesday Chat on the role of the arts TODAY!

The White House’s Tuesday Talk series will offer a live video chat on October 19 at 2:15 PM with the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities (PCAH) Co-chairs George Stevens, Jr. and Margo Lion, as well as PCAH members Chuck Close, visual artist, and Damian Woetzel, dancer. The chat will focus on the role of the arts in building healthy communities, schools and institutions, as well as the upcoming National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards, hosted by the First Lady at the White House Wednesday, Oct 20th.

The President’s committee members will take questions from the audience live. The Tuesday Talks is a new feature produced by White House to connect people around the country to engage with policy experts, administration officials and more every week on a whole host of topics. The series kicked off with a live a chat with Elizabeth Warren, the new head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

To participate in the chat with the President’s Committee members on arts education you can do the following:



For more information visit the White House Blog.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Special Group Discount!
The Ordway is offering a special student group discount for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat! The show will run at the Ordway in downtown Saint Paul from December 7, 2010 to January 2, 2011.

Discounted student group tickets are $14.50 including fees. Performances begin evenings at 7:30pm, and at 2 pm for weekend matinees. Weekday matinees will be held on December 22- 23 and 29-31 at 2 pm. A matinee performance will also be held on
December 24 at 12 pm.

Schools are responsible for their own busing.

You can request tickets online at
www.ordway.org/groups/request or call Group Sales at 651-282-3111.

Note: Limited availability; minimum purchase 10 tickets. This offer is not valid on previously purchased tickets.


Let us know! What is your favorite Joseph moment or song?

Thursday, October 14, 2010

$10,000 prize recognizing School Board for outstanding support of the arts in education! Apply today!

Since 1998, the KCAAEN and the National School Boards Association (NSBA) have provided an annual award to a school board(s) that has demonstrated support for and commitment to high-quality arts education in its school district, community, state or special jurisdiction. This national award recognizes districts that have included all four major artistic disciplines – visual arts, music, theater and dance in their programs. 

The award competition program involves one school board per state that comprises the maximum national pool of nominees. Final selection is made by a national panel of arts educators and arts administrators including representatives of KCAAEN and NSBA.

The winning district receives a plaque presented at the National School Boards Association Annual Conference, and a cash award of $10,000 to use for their arts education programs.  For more information and to apply, please visit www.kennedy-center.org/AllianceAwards.  

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

2011Festival ARTwalk: A World of Surprises!

The ARTwalk is a month-long exhibition of young artist's artwork in downtown Saint Paul. It is a unique opportunity for schools and community organizations to highlight the visual arts achievements of young people. As a part of the Flint Hills International Children's Festival, the ARTwalk celebrates young artists’ creativity from across the region. Last year over 600 submissions from around the region were featured. Given the ARTwalk is a non-juried exhibition; participants are encouraged to be selective in their entries.


Entries can be submitted on a group or individual basis. All artwork must be delivered by February 28. The ARTwalk will be on display May 6 through June 6, 2011.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
Groups may apply for funding to participate in a site specific installation. To learn more contact Kirstin Wiegmann at kwiegmann@ordway.org by December 16, 2010.

Click here to learn more about the ARTwalk and how you or your students can be a part of the art!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

2010 Sally Awards - Now Accepting Nominations

Dear Arts Enthusiast,

One of the most fun and rewarding parts of my job is having the opportunity to honor the extraordinary Minnesota artists who inspire us every day through their creativity in the arts. For 18 years, the Ordway has formally recognized their contributions through the Sally Ordway Irvine Awards. We invite you to join in the fun by nominating artists to be considered for the 2010 Sally Awards.

As members of the Ordway's circle of supporters, we welcome your participation in this important Ordway tradition. It's easy to do. Just think about the artists who have inspired you, your family or your friends, and forward their names to us as nominees for the 2010 Sally Awards. This year, we've added a new award inspired by the Legacy Amendment: Arts Access. It will recognize extraordinary efforts to increase the depth and breadth of Minnesotans' participation in the arts. The 2010 Awards include the following five categories:

ARTS ACCESS - VISION - INITIATIVE - COMMITMENT - EDUCATION

Our arts scene is so rich and vibrant that it's impossible for us to keep up with all the great work being done around the state. You probably know about artists who are not yet on our radar screen. Don't keep their talents a secret! Any arts organization or individual in the state of Minnesota is eligible, as long as they have not already been a recipient.

Please consider making a nomination, and forward this invitation to your friends! The nomination form is available on our website at ordway.org/sallyawards.

THE SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2010.

If you have any questions regarding the nomination form or the awards, please contact Kate Youngdahl at 651.282.3101. We'd love to hear from you!

Cordially,

Patricia A. Mitchell
President and CEO

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

GRANT ALERT: College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts

Introducing the College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts  
Celebrating achievements in arts education.
The College Board is now accepting applications for the Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts. This new award will recognize and celebrate the achievements of six K–12 member schools that have implemented arts programs to promote student learning and creativity in exemplary and innovative ways.

One school from each of the College Board's six regions will be recognized as a finalist and awarded a grant of $3,000 to support the continuation and growth of their arts programs. Of the six finalists, one school will be named the national winner and will be awarded an additional $1,000. Regional winners will be honored at their respective 2011 College Board Regional Forums;* the national winner will also be honored at College Board Forum 2011.

To learn more and apply today, visit http://artsaward.collegeboard.org or e-mail artstaskforce@collegeboard.org.

The deadline for applications is Nov. 15, 2010.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Are you using arts integrated lessons and or strategies in your classroom?

Share with other educators how you have incorporated arts integration strategies in your teaching, or other arts integration resources you have used in the comments field below!

One great resource to check out is ARTSEDGE, a website developed by National Endowment for the Arts, the United States Department of Education, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

ARTSEDGE aims to connect people to people, to connect people to resources, and to build a new base of knowledge in the area of arts education. ARTSEDGE offers free, standards-based teaching materials for use in and out of the classroom, as well as professional development resources, student materials, and guidelines for arts-based instruction and assessment.

ARTSEDGE is broken down into three sections:
Teach: Transform you teaching with arts integrated resources for the k-12 classroom.  This section includes lessons by subject areas and grade levels, information on standards, web link’s and how to’s.

Connect: Access ideas, tools and people the support the role of arts in education. This section includes articles and reports, contacts and advocacy essentials.

Explore: Discover the world of the arts through interactive media- rich activities.  This section includes “Look, Listen, Learn” activities, important days in the Arts, meet the artist and arts quotes

  
 
              

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Only Two Weeks Left!

Hurry! The deadline is fast approaching to receive Target Field Trip Grants!

Target will be awarding 5,000 grants of $700 each to schools throughout the nation for the 2010-2011 school year. Educators may use grant funds for field trips to connect their in-school curriculum to out-of-school experiences!

The deadline for grant applications is September 30, 2010.

Visit
https://targetfieldtripgrants.target.com/register.php for field trip ideas, application information, rules & eligibility requirements, and FAQs.

Have you received a Target Field Trip Grant in the past? Share your story with us!

First Annual National Arts In Education Week!

Did you know that this week is National Arts in Education Week?

Congress designated National Arts in Education Week as the second week of September to promote and showcase the essential role that arts education plays in creating a successful, well-rounded and engaged student!

The resolution states: Arts education, comprising a rich array of disciplines including dance, music, theatre, media arts, literature, design, and visual arts, is a core academic subject and an essential element of a complete and balanced education for all students.

Did you know that Ordway Education programs engaged more than 50,000 students and educators last year through performances, study guides, workshops and residencies?

Check out these great resources to learn more and become an advocate:

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

GRANTS ALERT: ACE Dance Program

School Grant Applications now available for Arts Course for Educators (ACE) Dance Program!

ACE~Dance provides professional development in dance education for teams of educators in Minnesota K-12 public schools.  Participating teams attend workshops at the Perpich Center and receive on-site coaching in dance curriculum and arts integration at their schools.  Participating school also receive a grant to cover expenses associated with the program.

The deadline for school grant applications is September 24, 2010.  ACE~Dance is a program offered by the Perpich Center for Arts Education. 

Applications Maybe downloaded from the Perpich Center website at www.pcae.k12.mn.us/pdr/ace/ace_grant_2010.html or by contacting Janice Schroer at 763-591-4705.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Welcome, Allison!

Please join us in welcoming Allison Wells as the new Education Assistant at the Ordway!

Allison graduated from the University of WisconsinEau Claire in 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance. She has had internships with the Minnesota Opera (2008) and the Ordway Center for Performing Arts (2009). Allison will be working closely with schools in Minnesota and Wisconsin for the 2010-2011 Performing Arts Classrooms series, assisting with ticketing, bus reimbursements, special events, and study guides. Welcome back to the Ordway, Allison!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

2010-2011 Brochures are Out! On-Sale Set for September 3, 2010!

The annual fall on-sale will take place on September 3, 2010 and will be your first chance to order school performance tickets for the 2011 Flint Hills International Children’s Festival.  Tickets are still available for performing arts classroom performances as well!

Check out the Festival performances!

Corbian the Dinosaur
Ordway Music Theater
May 31 & June 3, 2011 

Recommended Grades 2-8
Corbian the Dinosaur is a truly unique theater experience featuring larger-than-life, glow-in-the dark characters that light up the stage. Created by a magical scientist, Corbian is much more than a pet! As Corbian’s animal instincts take over, the scientist creates a heart for him and encourages him to experience life beyond the scientist’s workshop. Join Corbian as he meets a gangly ostrich, a beautiful fish and a menacing red dinosaur that help him learn the value of compassion, friendship and love.
iancarney.com








The Man Who Planted Trees
F.K. Weyerhaeuser Auditorium
May 31-June 3, 2011

Recommended Grades 1-4
 
This magical, comical and multi-sensory performance by Puppet State Theater Company of Scotland is an adaptation of Jean Giono’s ecological fable and tells the inspiring story of a French shepherd and his dog. Together they set out to restore a ruined ecosystem by planting a forest, acorn by acorn, tree by tree. An unforgettable story, The Man Who Planted Trees reminds us that one man and his dog can change the world!
puppetstate.com






Oyu Oro Afro-Cuban Dance Ensemble
Ordway McKnight Theatre
May 31-June 3, 2011 

Recommended Grades Pre K-6

Oyu Oro fills the stage with their energetic fusion of dance, rhythm and song that pay tribute to Afro-Cuban culture. Oyu Oro explores traditional dance forms that derive from the cultures of West Africa such as the Yoruba and Congo; the rich Haitian influences that remain in Cuba of vodu and Haitian bembe; along with popular dances of Cuban heritage, including rumba and conga.

 oyuoro-afrocuban.com



Festival Surprise
Ordway McKnight Theatre
May 31-June 3, 2011 

Recommended Grades Pre K-2
 
Capture your students’ imaginations with a theater treat from across the globe. We’ll announce this show in early fall, but you will want to purchase your tickets now!

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Tickets will go on sale by phone at 7am via the education ticket hotline at 651-282-3115.  Faxed and mailed orders will be processed a the end of the day!

Watch your mailboxes for Ordway's complete education brochure in mid-August!  If you're not on our brochure list, sign-up at http://www.ordway.org/education/

Please call the education hotline at 651-282-3115 or email egomach@ordway.org with any questions.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

JOIN US FOR ROCK 'N' ROLL NIGHT! FREE SUMMER DANCE FUN!

Dance to live music Thursday nights on Landmark Plaza, 5th and Market Streets, Downtown Saint Paul. Free summer fun!


TONIGHT IS ROCK ‘N’ ROLL NIGHT
6:00pm Dance Instruction with ARTHUR MURRAY DANCE STUDIO
7:30pm Live Music ROCKIN‘ HOLLYWOODS

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, along with the Landmark Center, The Saint Paul Hotel and the St. Paul Public Library system enthusiastically announce the free Summer Dance program, a weekly social dance event at Landmark Plaza. Each week Summer Dance highlights a different social dance technique every Thursday with basic lessons by professional dance companies and the subsequent invitation to put those lessons to practice during open dancing the rest of the evening with a live, local band. Dance, relax and experience the vibrant energy of downtown St. Paul in the summertime.

5:30pm  Beer and wine for purchase throughout the night.
6:00pm  Fun dance demos and free lessons.
7:30-10:00pm  Live Music Move to a different band every week!
(In case of inclement weather the dances will move inside the Ordway.)

Ordway Summer Dance has also partnered with the St. Paul Public Library system to bring you dance-themed films at the Central Library's Friday Movie Night. Join us in Central Library's Kellogg Blvd Courtyard each Friday at 9:30pm.


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Mark your calendars for the 2010-2011 fall on-sale!


The annual fall on-sale will take place on September 3, 2010 and will be your first chance to order school performance tickets for the 2011 Flint Hills International Children’s Festival.  Tickets will go on sale by phone at 7am via the education ticket hotline at 651-282-3115.  Faxed and mailed orders will be processed a the end of the day!

Watch your mailboxes for Ordway's complete education brochure in mid-August!  If youu're not on our brochure list, sign-up at http://www.ordway.org/education/

Please call the education hotline at 651-282-3115 or email egomach@ordway.org with any questions.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Join us for Ordway Summer Dance!

FREE SUMMER FUN!
Dance to live music Thursday nights on Landmark Plaza, 5th and Market Streets, Downtown Saint Paul. Free summer fun!

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, along with the Landmark Center, The Saint Paul Hotel and the St. Paul Public Library system enthusiastically announce the free Summer Dance program, a weekly social dance event at Landmark Plaza. Each week Summer Dance highlights a different social dance technique every Thursday with basic lessons by professional dance companies and the subsequent invitation to put those lessons to practice during open dancing the rest of the evening with a live, local band. Dance, relax and experience the vibrant energy of downtown St. Paul in the summertime.

5:30pm  Beer and wine for purchase throughout the night.
6:00pm  Fun dance demos and free lessons.
7:30-10:00pm  Live Music Move to a different band every week!
(In case of inclement weather the dances will move inside the Ordway.)

Ordway Summer Dance has also partnered with the St. Paul Public Library system to bring you dance-themed films at the Central Library's Friday Movie Night. Join us in Central Library's Kellogg Blvd Courtyard each Friday at 9:30pm.

July 15  DISCO
6:00pm Dance Instruction with ARTHUR MURRAY DANCE STUDIO
7:30pm Live Music BOOGIE WONDERLAND

July 22  CAJUN/COUNTRY
6:00pm Dance Instruction with FLORY KATZ & RICK ERNST
8:00pm Live Music KEVIN ANTHONY AND THE TWIN CITY PLAYBOYS

July 29  ROCK ‘N’ ROLL
6:00pm Dance Instruction with ARTHUR MURRAY DANCE STUDIO
7:30pm Live Music ROCKIN‘ HOLLYWOODS

Aug 5  BALLROOM
6:00pm Dance Instruction with CINEMA BALLROOM
7:30pm Live Music JERRY O’HAGAN ORCHESTRA

Aug 12  REGGAE/WORLDBEAT
6:00pm Dance Instruction with KENNA SARGE
7:30pm Live Music NEW PRIMITIVES

Monday, June 21, 2010

Ordway Summer Dance kicks off with Salsa Night!

Salsa Night was a great way to begin Ordway Summer Dance!
More than 200 people learned, watched, listened and danced salsa inside the Ordway's Marzitelli Foyer due to inclement weather.
Check out the pictures & video below!

Live music from Salsa Del Soul and salsa dancers of all levels take over the Marzitelli Foyer!

Dance instruction with Manuel & Carmen Rubio.

Don't miss the second Thursday of Ordway Summer dance!

It's FREE and it's SWING Night with live music from The Senders!

Dance to live music on Landmark Plaza in Saint Paul.

When: Thur, June 24, 2010

5:30pm beer and wine for purchase throughout the night

6:00pm Dance insturctions from Arthur Murray Dance Studio

7:30pm The Senders take the stage!

Please invite anyone who may be interested!

In case of inclement weather the dance and music will move inside the Ordway!

Check out the band at www.thesenders.net/index.html

For more info visit www.ordway.org/summerdance/

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, along with the Landmark Center, The Saint Paul Hotel and the St. Paul Public Library system enthusiastically announce the free Summer Dance program, a weekly social dance event at Landmark Plaza. Beginning June 17, Summer Dance highlights a different social dance technique every Thursday with basic lessons by professional dance companies and the subsequent invitation to put those lessons to practice during open dancing the rest of the evening with a live, local band. Dance, relax and experience the vibrant energy of downtown St. Paul in the summertime.


~Erin

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Photos from the Saint Paul Public Schools Honors Concert, Performance Art and World Party at the Ordway


Hundreds of the best artists, vocalists, and musicians from Saint Paul Public Schools showcased their skills and talents as part of the annual Honors Concert, Performance Art and Art Exhibition.

The Saint Paul Public Schools nineteenth annual Honors Concert and Performance Art event was hosted by the Ordway on our main stage on April 27, 2010.

Check out the photos below!

The College of Visual Arts will host the 2010 Honors Art Exhibition May 21-29, featuring the visual artists’ creations selected from original paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures and other works submitted by students every spring. The Exhibition Opening will take place May 20 from 6pm-8pm.










Photos: Aaron Smith

Monday, April 26, 2010


Shangilia Educators Workshop with J.D. Steele

When: Saturday, May 8 from 1:00pm-2:30pm
Where: The Directors Studio in Minneapolis
Cost: $3

Join composer and teacher J.D. Steele who will lead participants through an introduction to the performing group Shangilia with personal stories of the young performers and their unique artistic journey. Participants will also learn a song from Shangilia’s June performances that are a part of the Flint Hills International Children’s Festival, and will leave with a music CD to bring back to their classroom.

Space is limited, so please call 651-282-3135 to reserve your space today!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Diavolo Homeschool Workshop!



Check out Education at the Ordway's first homeschool workshop with Diavolo!
The workshop was a follow-up for students that attended a Diavolo performance in March. The workshop took place at The Director's Studio in Minneapolis where seven homeschool students took part in a movement and trust building workshop with Garret, a Diavolo company member.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Welcome to the New Home of Ordway's Education News!

In an effort to keep all education liaisons up to date on Ordway Education events and opportunities, we are moving our newsletter into a blog format! This will allow all liaisons to access news and receive updates in a more timely fashion.

We would love to hear what kind of news and events you would like to see posted on the blog, so please comment and let us know!

Thank you,

Erin Gomach
K-12 Education Coordinator