Monday, August 26, 2013

Ordway Education Fall On-Sale on Friday, August 30 starting at 7am!

The annual Ordway Education Fall On-Sale will take place on Friday, August 30, 2013, starting at 7 a.m. for weekday matinee performances that are especially designed for students in kindergarten through 12th grades. Ordway welcomes all public, private, charter, and home schools to our school performances. Tickets are only $3.50 - 5.00 and we offer bus reimbursement to ALL schools that attend!

On-sale orders may be placed by:
Phone 651.282.3115
Mail: Education Sales, 345 Washington Street, Saint Paul MN 55102
Fax: 651.215.2135

All mailed and faxed orders arriving on or before August 30, 2013 will be processed at the end of the day on August 30, 2013, in the order they are received.

August 30, 2013 will be your first chance to order tickets to the Flint Hills International Children's Festival performances!

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2014 Flint Hills International Children’s Festival School Performances & Global Arts Workshops

Tickets go on-sale August 30 at 7am by phone!
Join the Ordway for the 2014 Flint Hills International Children’s Festival. Plan a day of excitement with your students, featuring the best international performing artists from around the globe and hands-on Global Arts workshops for only $3.50 a ticket!

Make a day of it! After attending a performance, workshop or both, head out into the Festivalgrounds in Rice Park and Landmark Plaza to eat lunch and experience FREE live performances by Minnesota artists on our outdoor stages, art make-and-take activities tents, the ARTwalk, and more.


 May 27 - 30 | Recommended Grades PK-8 | 60 minute performances
Music Theater | 1709 Seat Capacity
Get ready for an explosive musical dance experience that uses the body as an instrument. Step Afrika! is the first professional company dedicated to the art of stepping, a traditional form of body percussion developed by African American college students. Stepping is based on a long and rich tradition in African-based communities. The dancers use movement, stomps, claps, and chants to create a percussive dance experience like no other, Step Afrika! is sure to enthrall and engage audiences with their highly visual rhythmic performances!

De Temps Antan

May 27 - 30 | Recommended Grades PK-8 | 60 minute performances
Lowry Lab Theater | 100 Seat Capacity

De Temps Antan presents traditional Quebecois music with charm, humor and impeccable musicianship that will have your toes tapping by the end of the first tune. The trio’s powerful style, which blends tradition with contemporary flair, is anchored by the “tac-tic-a tac” of les pieds, a form of seated tap dancing found only in French Canada, and features the fiddle, accordion, harmonica, guitar, bouzouki, and singing in French. De Temps Antan— the name translates as “From Bygone Times”—are influenced as much by their world travels as by their fieldwork and family ties. This talented trio is sure to provide a musical experience of boundless energy and the distinctive joie de vivre found in traditional Quebec music.

Alice in Wonderland
May 27 - 30 | Recommended Grades 2-8 | 60 minute performances
Lehr Theater| 120 Seat Capacity

The percussive dance and theater company, Flying Foot Forum, invites you to dive down the rabbit hole with one of its most ambitious productions yet, Alice in Wonderland. Audiences will be taken through Lewis Carroll’s classic literary tale in this innovative promenade-style performance that seeks audience participation to help Alice on her journey. Get ready to play croquet with the Queen of Hearts, sing along with the cast, participate in a dance off, and explore the wonder that is Wonderland, first hand.

May 27 - 30 | Recommended Grades 2-6 | 60 minute performances
Weyerhaeuser Auditorium | 230 seat capacity

A storm is on its way and you are only able to take a few items with you. What would you take? Follow a very brave boy, Oslo, and his mother, Ruthy, on their journey of discovery as preparation for an impending storm has them help their community members pack the things they cherish, or as Ruthy calls it, “love luggage.” Together Oslo and his mother face the elements to learn what matters most through a world of stories surrounding each person’s love luggage. Hailing from Australia, Terrapin Puppet Theatre brings the heartfelt and lyrical story of Love to life with both traditional puppets and digital puppetry that create larger-than-life-characters and beautiful storytelling.

2014 Flint Hills International Children's Festival Global Arts Workshops

Engage your students in hands-on Global Arts Workshops during the Flint Hills International Children’s Festival. These one-hour workshops are taught by Twin Cities’ artists, and cost just $3.50 per student!

Latin American Folkloric Music
May 27, 2014 at 10:00AM & 11:15AM
Recommended Grades 2-6 | 60 minute workshops
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!

Heart of the Dance: Fancy Dancing
May 28, 2014 at 10:00AM & 11:15AM
Recommended Grades 3-8 | 60 minute workshops
Work with championship Fancy Dancer Larry Yazzie to learn the basic forms and steps of high energy Fancy Dance. The workshop will end with a traditional round dance in which students can express themselves through their newly created dance steps!

Mexihca Culture & Dance
May 28, 2014 at 10:00AM & 11:15AM
Recommended Grades 2-8 | 60 minute workshops
In this all-abilities dance workshop, students will learn the traditions, history and art of dance of the Mexihca (Aztec) culture with Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli.

Latin Social Dance
May 29, 2014 at 10:00AM & 11:15AM
Recommended Grades 2-8 | 60 minute workshops
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.

Taiko Drumming
May 29, 2014 at 10:00AM & 11:15AM
Recommended Grades 3-8 | 60 minute workshops
May 30, 2014 at 10:00AM & 11:15AM
Recommended Grades 3-8 | 60 minute workshops
Learn the techniques and history of taiko drumming with a taiko performing artist. Students get the opportunity to play on a taiko practice drum with a Mu Performing Arts instructor!

Hip-Hop Dance
May 30, 2014 at 10:00AM & 11:15AM
Recommended Grades 2-8 | 60 minute workshops
Join teaching artist Leah Nelson as she introduces students to the history of hip-hop dance culture through instruction in the fundamentals of popping, locking and breaking.

2013-2014 Performing Arts Classroom Series

50-60 minute performance | $3.50 Tickets | Recommended for grades K-12
The Performing Arts Classroom series provides students a unique glimpse in to World Music and Dance! These are 50-60 minute weekday matinees that feature world renowned performing artist from around the globe. Performing Arts classrooms take place in the Ordway’s Music Theater.These performances are on-sale now.
Please note: Ticket availability was last updated on 9/13 and is subject to change at any time

Lizz Wright & Raul Midón
October 24, 2013 | Recommended Grade 4-12
$3.50 Tickets | 60 Minute Performance

Singer-songwriters Lizz Wright and Raul Midón join forces to present an awe-inspiring collection of music that spans the genres of jazz, R&B, soul, and gospel. Midón combines phenomenal guitar chops, deftly executed vocal mouth trumpet and an impassioned voice likened to that of Donny Hathaway and Stevie Wonder. Wright’s luminous, smoky and perfectly pitched gospel-trained contralto voice emerges as an irresistible force of clarity and emotion. Backed by a full band, these two masters of song will share their effortless magnetic stage presence and music
with educators and students.

Raul Midón
October 24, 2013 | Recommended Grade 4-12
$3.50 Tickets | 60 Minute Performance
Raul Midón is a one-man band who offers a fresh fusion of old-school soul, Latin jazz and folk-pop. The singer-songwriter began his solo career after touring and recording with contemporary pop stars Shakira and Enrique Iglesias. As a soloist, he combines phenomenal guitar chops, deftly executed vocal mouth trumpet and an impassioned voice likened to that of Donny Hathaway and Stevie Wonder. Blind since infancy, Midón is a rare musical force who reminds us how strong the connection between man and music can be.

Yemen Blues
October 28 & 29, 2013 | Recommended Grade 6-12
$3.50 Tickets | 60 Minute Performance
Join international music sensation Yemen Blues as they bring their fusion of multinational music to the Ordway’s Music Theater. Featuring the oud, gimbri, viola, cello, flute, trumpet, trombone, percussion, voice and bass, they merge West African rhythms and ancient Jewish Yemeni melodies with mambo, blues and funk. Yemen Blues seamlessly blends and improvises across musical genres and languages, flowing from Yemeni Arabic to Creole, Hebrew and Moroccan Arabic, all led by Yemeni-born Israeli singer Ravid Kahalani. The band’s multinational members from Israel, Finland, Uruguay and the U.S, embody their mission of bridging peoples differences, whether they stem from nationality, religion or other barometers.

Rennie Harris Puremovement 
February 5, 2014 | Recommended Grade 2-8
February 6, 2014 | Recommended Grade 6-12
$3.50 Tickets | 60 Minute Performance
Rennie Harris Puremovement (RHPM) has emerged as an international hip-hop dance ambassador. RHPM’s goal is to provide audiences with a sincere view of the essence and spirit of hip-hop, rather than the commercially exploited stereotypes most often presented by the media. Harris, a North Philadelphia native, founded RHPM in 1982 based on the belief that hip-hop is the most important original expression of a new generation with the unique ability to express universal themes that extend beyond racial, religious and economic boundaries.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo
February 10, 2014 | Recommended Grade K-6
$3.50 Tickets | 60 Minute Performance
Ladysmith Black Mambazo has been singing the story of South Africa for more than 50 years. The a cappella group gained worldwide fame when Paul Simon featured it on his 1986 album Graceland. The group has been traveling the world ever since “spreading the message of peace, love and harmony.” Borrowing heavily from the traditional Zulu musical style of
isicathamiya, the group features stunning vocal harmonies, mouth percussion and cascading melodies accompanied by graceful choreography.

Maria de Barros
February 18, 2014 | Recommended Grade 4-12
February 19, 2014 | Recommended Grade 4-12
$3.50 Tickets | 60 Minute Performance
Maria de Barros was born in Dakar, Senegal, lived in Mauritania, and grew up in Rhode Island… but her heart belongs to Cape Verde. This island archipelago, off the Western coast of Africa, is the birthplace of her parents and home to the musical styles of morna and coladeira, which feature rhythms and cadences from West Africa, Brazil and Portugal. Accompanied by keyboard, bass, guitar, and drums, de Barros celebrates the musical legacy of her varied background through the subtle soulfulness of morna and the rich melodies and danceable beats of reggae, samba, bossa nova, and coladeira, a Cape Verdean dance rhythm. Your students will be captivated by the journey through genre, from dance music to ballad, with lyrics in Spanish, English, Portuguese, and the Cape Verdean creole language of Criolu, a blend of Portuguese with West African languages.

Axis Dance Company
March 19, 2014 | Recommended Grade 2-6
March 20, 2014 | Recommended Grade 6-12
$3.50 Tickets | 60 Minute Performance
AXIS Dance Company, one of the world’s most acclaimed and innovative ensembles, will forever change the way you think about the possibilities of the human body. Under the artistic direction of Judith Smith, the company of seven dancers— with and without physical disabilities—challenges the possibilities of movement, expanding and enriching the art form itself.

This presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program 
Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Minnesota State Arts Board and General Mills Foundation.

TU Dance May 8, 2014 |Recommended Grades 4-12
May 9, 2014 |Recommended Grades 4-12
$3.50 Tickets | 60 Minute Performance
Celebrating their 10 year anniversary, TU dance founders Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands aim to uncover the connective power of dance for audiences, students, artists, and the community. TU’s work, featuring a fusion of modern, ballet, West African, and street dance, is ultimately about the human experience; be it through the music you hear, the performance you see on stage or the person sitting next to you in the audience.

2013-2014 Broadway Songbook Series

90 minute performance | $5.00 Tickets | Recommended for grades 6-12
The Broadway Songbook Series gives your students a window into the world of musical theater through the works of some of the most famous songwriters of all time! Each 90-minute performance will be a mix of the composers’ life stories, a glimpse into what made their work extraordinary and a sampling of their work through live vocal performances. Broadway Songbook performances take place in the Ordway’s Musical theater Stage with the audience sitting on stage!

Musicals of the 1950s
October 17, 2013|Recommended Grades 6-12
$5 Tickets |90 Minute Performance
The 1950s were a Golden Age of Broadway musicals. All the great cast of characters were in peak form and perfected the art of musical comedy. This decade was a virtual explosion of musical gems including Rodgers & Hammerstein II’s The King & I, Bernstein’s West Side Story and Lerner & Loewe’s My Fair Lady, just to name a few!

George Gershwin
January 3, 2014 | Recommended Grades 6-12
$5 Tickets | 90 Minute Performance
George Gershwin is one of the most celebrated writers in the history of Broadway. In his short lifetime, he composed luscious scores filled with timeless songs that are still popular today—The Man I Love, Someone To Watch Over Me, They Can’t Take That Away From Me, Swanee, I Got Rhythm, Summertime, and it’s impossible to overlook his orchestral masterpiece, Rhapsody In Blue.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Poetry Out Loud : Participate in the 2014 Competition!

The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with U.S. state arts agencies to support Poetry Out Loud, a contest that encourages the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.

Poetry Out Loud uses a pyramid structure that starts at the classroom level. Winners advance to a school-wide competition, then to a regional and/or state competition, and ultimately to the National Finals. 
Each winner at the state level receives $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip with an adult chaperone to Washington to compete for the national championship. The state winner's school receives a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. The first runner-up in each state receives $100, with $200 for his or her school library. A total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends is awarded annually at the National Finals.
Poetry Out Loud curriculum materials include the online poetry anthology, a comprehensive teacher’s guide, a DVD of National Finals performances, lesson plans, and promotional and media guides. Hard copies of  materials are free for teachers participating in the official program. 
Materials are sent to high schools beginning in August, and the program is run through early winter. (Poetry Out Loud does not require full class periods and can be completed in 2-3 weeks.) States hold their competitions by mid-March. Following the state finals, the National Finals will be held in Washington, DC, April 28-30, 2014.
This is a great opportunity for students, teachers, schools, and all involved!
If you are interested in participating in the official Poetry Out Loud Contest, please contact your
state arts agency.
Wisconsin Arts Board
Jacki Martindale

Friday, August 9, 2013

Triple Threat Training Student Showcase

Check out the video of our Triple Threat Training students showing what they learned during their week at the Ordway's Summer Musical Theater Intensive!

Ordway's Triple Threat Training program is a professional musical theater intensive for young adults, ages 13-18. Our skilled and experienced instructors worked with the participants on how to hone their vocal, stage and dance techniques as well as build their skill set for auditioning, increase their knowledge of musical theater history, and practice character development through the use of dramaturgy.

The Student Showcase included choreographed numbers to such classics as "A Bushel and a Peck" and "The Oldest Established" from Guys and Dolls, as well as the 80's classic "Mickey" in the spirit of the upcoming Bring It On: The Musical, coming to the Ordway this May. The entire cast came together in the grand finale, dancing and singing to a scene from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Wizard of Oz, coming to the Ordway this December.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

The Ordway at the MN Field Trip Expo

The Ordway had a wonderful time at the MN Field Trip Expo yesterday! We saw some familiar faces and made new acquaintances with people from all over Minnesota. It was a fantastic event at Target Field, and it was made even better because we had Dorothy in tow. See if you can recognize who played our Dorothy.
Dorothy exploring the MN Field Trip Expo.     

Ordway Education and Group Sales in the Target Field dugout.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Come visit us at the Minnesota Field Trip Expo!

Ordway Education will be an exhibitor at the 2013 Minnesota Field Trip Expo at Target Field on Tuesday, August 6th. If you are attending the Expo, be sure to stop by and say "Hi!" as well as register to win a pair of tickets to see Miss Saigon at the Ordway!  

Our display board is ready! All we need is visitors!

If you are interested in attending this free expo, please visit:

Hope to see you at the Expo!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

You're Invited to Explore the Intersection of Percussive Dance and Math!

Please join us for the next Artist to Artist professional development opportunity offered in conjunction with a quarterly Teaching Artist Journal (TAJ) Resource Exchange design team meeting on Wednesday, August 21 at the Perpich Center for Arts Education in Golden Valley, MN.

For this particular professional development opportunity we have our TAJ colleague presenting, Malke Rosenfeld, who is an experienced independent teaching artist and editor/curator of TAJ's ALT/Space. This is a chance for us to widen the Artist to Artist network, deepen our relationship with another TAJ colleague, and to learn from and contribute to the development of Malke's  innovative program. Malke's collaboration with math education specialist Jane Cooney has given her particular insight and experience into the intersection of percussive dance and math and how her art form can be authentically integrated into deep math learning in the classroom (  In addition to Malke, we will also hear from teaching artist Peyton Scott Russell and review compelling student work from an Ordway education program and an interdisciplinary MPS collaborative project. Session details below.

Session 1 -  9:30 am – 12:30 pm to be held in the Perpich Center Arts High School building (check in at front desk).
Join fellow teachers and artists as we review Malke's Math in Your Feet program. Malke will present her program and some lesson examples and we will have the opportunity to offer her our feedback and response. This will set the stage for an in-depth consideration of what strong interdisciplinary arts programming looks like. We will consider elements of her program design and how it pertains to our own practice as educators and teaching artists no matter our art form or area of expertise. What kind of depth is needed to create arts integrated programming? How do we as teaching artists and educators effectively share our work with others in professional development settings? What can we learn about our own work and each other's when we review a specific resource and engage in structured lesson analysis? 

Session 2 -  2:00 pm – 5:00 pm to be held in the Perpich Center's Gaia Building (check signage at door)
We will review a range of student work in graffiti art, contemporary dance and multiple art forms--including work that Malke has collected in her program--all with an eye toward developing our ability to effectively document and assess our own teaching and the resulting student work in meaningful ways—no matter in what art form we work. 

Come prepared to experience some interesting, high quality exemplars in arts learning and to meet and connect with colleagues new and old. Learn more about opportunities for you to contribute to the Teaching Artist Journal. We'll have refreshments! It will be fun! (and of course highly educative).

Both sessions are being offered free of charge thanks to the collaborative sponsorship of the Teaching Artist Journal and the Perpich Center for Arts Education, with additional in-kind support from Minneapolis Public Schools, and the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, and members of the independent Artist to Artist network. 

Please let Becca know ( if you plan to attend one or both sessions. And as we move forward with continued Artist to Artist and TAJ programming for 2013-14, we welcome your input on topics, resources and presenters for upcoming sessions. Please email us with your thoughts and ideas. New artists and educators are always welcome at any time.

We hope to see you on Wed. August 21!