Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Workshop with Dobet Gnahoré: An Evening on African Rhythms

Learn more about Afro-Pop, a fusion of rock, funk, and African grooves and rhythms, in this high-energy vocal and dance workshop led by Dobet Gnahoré, singer, dancer and percussionist from Côte d’Ivoire. Complete with live drumming, experience Dobet’s charismatic presence and energetic style of movement up close in this unique opportunity. 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Ordway Center, Drake Room
375 Washington Street, St. Paul
$10 per person, or $5 per person for Dobet Gnahoré ticket holders.

  • All ages welcome.
  • No experience necessary.

Pre-registration is required, call 651.224.4222 to secure your spot!

Please visit our Master Classes and Workshops webpage for more information about upcoming events.

Monday, December 8, 2014

A Christmas Story Workshop and Lunch

Last week, Lisa Bartholomew Given, dance captain of A Christmas Story, the Musical, taught participants choreography from the show!

Lisa Bartholomew Given teaches participants                                                          Photo by Alan Post

A Christmas Story, the Musical participants                                                           Photo by Alan Post

A Christmas Story, the Musical participants                                                           Photo by Alan Post

Lisa Bartholomew Given teaches participants                                                          Photo by Alan Post

A Christmas Story, the Musical participants                                                           Photo by Alan Post

Cast members from A Christmas Story, the Musical joined participants following the workshop to hang out and eat lunch together.

A Christmas Story, the Musical cast and workshop participants                               Photo by Alan Post

To find out more about Musical Theater Training opportunities like this one, visit

Monday, December 1, 2014

Minnesota Middle School Association

The Ordway Education team will be at the Minnesota Middle School Association on Thursday, December 4, at the Double Tree Hilton & Convention Center in Bloomington. 

Don't miss your chance to get your hands on your very own red Ordway Tote* bag, as modeled by our Education team member, Ian, below!

To receive your Ordway Tote* bag, simply print this blog post or pull it up on your smartphone and present it at our booth! 
*limited quantities available

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Study shows evidence that arts education can greatly benefit at-risk youth

The National Endowment for the Arts has released a report examining the benefits of arts education for at-risk youth titled The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth: Findings from Four Longitudinal Studies (James S. Catterall et al., March 2012).

The report examines the results from four separate longitudinal studies of at-risk youth engaging in arts education. The authors distinguished populations who did or did not intensely engage in the arts, as well as populations of students of high and low socioeconomic status (SES). They then compared the academic achievement, civic engagement, and labor market outcomes of each of those populations as they related to each other.

The report found three major correlative conclusions:
  1. Socially and economically disadvantaged children and teenagers who have high levels of arts engagement or arts learning show more positive outcomes in a variety of areas than their low-arts-engaged peers.
  2. At-risk teenagers or young adults with a history of intensive arts experiences show achievement levels closer to, and in some cases exceeding, the levels shown by the general population studied.
  3. Most of the positive relationships between arts involvement and academic outcomes apply only to at-risk populations (low-SES). But positive relationships between arts and civic engagement are noted in high-SES groups as well.
The full report can be found here.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

"Raíces y Sueños: the Artistry of Cuba" Cultural Conversation

Photo by Sherine Onukwuwe
Building Bridges: Music and Cultural Diplomacy Between the United States and Cuba, a cultural conversation led by Dr. Melisa Rivière, offered attendees a valuable historical piece to the "Raíces y Sueños: the Artistry of Cuba" series. A brief chronological history of US-Cuba musical, political, and cultural interactions was followed by a discussion between Cuban musicians, Yrak Saenz aka Vitalicio, Gloria Rivera, and Doug Little, in which they shared their own experiences, thoughts, and hopes regarding music and cultural diplomacy between the two countries. Following their unique perspectives on the topic, Dr. Melisa Rivière continued the conversation by opening the floor to questions from audience members.

Please join us for our next Ordway Cultural Conversation on February 25th 2015 at 6PM.
A special thanks to Intermedia Arts for hosting these events!

Photo by Sherine Onukwuwe
Photo by Sherine Onukwuwe

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Workshop and Lunch with the Cast of A Christmas Story, the Musical

Join the Ordway for this unique opportunity to learn choreography and meet cast members from the Ordway's Production of A Christmas Story, the Musical!

Participants will learn dance combinations from the show while building their dance repertoire and skill set. After the workshop, students will have the opportunity to engage with the cast during lunch.

Saturday, December 6, 2014
Workshop: 10am–12pm
Lunch with cast members: 12pm–1pm
Ordway Center — Drake Room
Youth ages 12–18
$30 per person

Participants will need jazz shoes. Previous musical experience recommended. Space limited to 30 participants.

To register, call the Education Hotline at 651.282.3115.

Special ticket offer!
Students participating in the workshop will receive a discount code at the time of registration for $30 tickets* to the matinee performance of A Christmas Story, the Musical on December 6 at 2pm following the workshop and lunch.

*Not valid on previous purchases or with other offers. Subject to availability. Limit 2 tickets. Scale 4. Expires November 30, 2014.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Welcome Angelique Moore, Education Communications Intern!

Angelique Moore is the education communication intern working in the Education Department at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. She graduated from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a Spanish Studies minor. In addition to her work at the Ordway, Angelique teaches ballet classes to K-5 students after school through Saint Paul Public Schools Community Education and works as a Front Desk, Sales, and Service Coordinator at Estetica Salon & Spa. Angelique looks forward to helping to share with the public all of the awesome programs and events organized by the Ordway's Education Department.