Thursday, March 24, 2011

BeijingDance/LDTX Ordway Extra at the Downtown Saint Paul Public Library

The Ordway is partnering with the downtown Saint Paul Public Library to present The BeijingDance/LDTX Ordway Extra this Sunday at 2pm. This Ordway Extra will feature assistant Chinese professor at Macalester Frederick Green, as well as dancer and teaching artist Karla Nweje.

Professor Frederick Green will speak about the politics of dance in modern China, and Karla Nweje will discuss and give a demonstration on modern dance. It will be a great introduction to the BeijingDance/LDTX performances taking place at the Ordway in early April.

The event is free and open to the public.

BeijingDance/LDTX Ordway Extra
March 27, 2:00pm
Downtown Saint Paul Public Library: 90 4th Street West, Saint Paul

You're Invited to TU Dance Open Rehearsals

TU Dance and the Ordway invite you to the following Open Rehearsals to observe the company as they prepare for a performance on May 6th at the Ordway, which includes the World Premiere of With Love.

Featuring the music of Donny Hathaway, choreographer Uri Sands uses the inspiration of paintings by African American artist Ernie Barnes to set the tone of With Love.

Admission is FREE, but space is limited. Please RSVP to Amy Miller at or 651.282.3017 to reserve your space.

1st Open Rehearsal
March 30, 5:30 - 6:30pm
TU Dance Center: 2121 University Ave West, St. Paul

2nd Open Rehearsal
April 13, 5:30 - 6:30pm
TU Dance Center: 2121 University Ave West, St. Paul

3rd Open Rehearsal
April 27, 5:30 - 6:30pm
Ordway Drake Room: 345 Washington Street, St. Paul

Limited off-street parking at TU Dance Center is available; street parking surrounding the building is also available.

Supported by the Joyce Foundation with a Joyce Award.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

TU Dance warms up K-12 classrooms!

In the fall of 2010, TU Dance and the Ordway received funding from The Joyce Foundation to support the commission of a new dance work, With Love, choreographed by one of TU Dance Company's artistic directors, Uri Sands. Set to premiere at the Ordway on May 6, With Love will feature the music of Donny Hathaway and is inspired by paintings by African American artist Ernie Barnes.

In addition to this commission, The Joyce Foundation grant also provides support for TU Dance and the Ordway to embed the company's aesthetic and vision in the community through a series of open rehearsals, master classes, and school residencies.

During the week of March 7 -11, several members of TU Dance held classes at Southwest High School, Saint Paul Conservatory for the Performing Arts, FAIR School Crystal, and Battle Creek Middle School. The company members instructed students on the proper way to warm-up and introduced dance techniques that included modern and African-based movement, all from the company's dance vocabulary. The residencies were a great sampling as to what TU Dance plans to offer dance students with this summer's opening of the TU Dance Center.

Debra McGee of TU Dance leads a warm-up with students from Kristy Pierce's class at Battle Creek Middle School.

Students at Battle Creek Middle School practice their new moves!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The ARTwalk: Linking Literacy and the Arts

A dedicated art teacher from Michelle and Barack Obama Service Learning Elementary has found a way to establish a connection between literacy and the arts by utilizing the Flint Hills International Children's Festival's annual ARTwalk.

Click here to read the entire article by Angie Miles at

Friday, March 11, 2011

Ordway Education Festival Ticket Giveaway!

Ordway Education will be giving away a classroom set of thirty-five tickets for the Corbian the Dinosuar performance during the Flint Hills International Children's festival May 31-June 3!  The performance is recommenced for grades k-8!

To enter fill out the form below and tell us:
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  • What do you feel the value of Ordway's programming is to your students?
  • Do you have a favorite festival memory or moment? If so can you share it? 
  • What types of articles, resources, discussions, and opportunities you would like to see on the Ordway Education News blog!

A winner will be drawn at random from entries and notified by April 1, 2011.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

ARTwalk Deadline Extended to March 13, 2011 and check out the NEW ARTwalk Process Revealed Video with Curator Mike Mason!

Ever wonder what happens to your art after you submit it to the ARTwalk. Join ARTwalk curator Mike Mason as he shows us how a a piece of work goes from delivery to display in the new ARtwalk Process Revealed video!

Do you still have work that you would like to submit to the ARTwalk?
We are extending our submission deadline to Sunday, March 13th!

To learn more about the ARTwalk download a submission form by clicking on here.