Beyond Ballroom Dance Company partners with schools and non profit organizations to offer performances and education opportunities.
Life Long Learning opportunities for seniors capable of various degrees of mobility. Workshops teach the basics of partnership dancing and emphasize the social and health benefits of ballroom dancing.
The History and Heritage of Ballroom Dance is a program for school aged students focusing on the unique history and heritage of each of the ballroom dances. This workshop teaches the basic patterns, timing, and lead/follow in several dances and discusses how the dances are alive and still evolving today.
Lead/Follow workshops use ballroom dance to explore the concept of leading and following and how each role is essential to the success of the partnership. The class teaches the basics patterns of the dances, focusing on the challenges and opportunities afforded to each partner's role.
Beyond Ballroom Dance Company Teaching Artist Roster
Deanne Michael specializes in teaching American Ballroom and Latin dance to youth and seniors. email@example.com
Julie Jacobson specializes in teaching American Ballroom dances, and Latin dance. firstname.lastname@example.org
Jay Larson specializes in American and International style ballroom and Latin dances. email@example.com
April Dahl holds a B.S. in Kinesiology and is a certified postural alignment specialist. She specializes in Argentine Tango. Dahlx362@umn.edu
Shane Haggerty specializes in American Ballroom and Latin dance. He is fluent in Spanish and available to teach Latin social dances for Spanish language classes. Shanehaggerty82@gmail.com
Joy Davina specializes in salsa, Latin social dances, and west coast swing. firstname.lastname@example.org
"What great dance instructors: fun, funny, patient, helpful...every minute was positive. They especially helped my wife, who is in a walker/wheelchair." - Attendee from the Alzheimer's Association of MN/ND.
For information about our outreach and education programming contact Deanne Michael - email@example.com.
For over a decade Beyond Ballroom Dance Company has presented original work that challenges the traditional form, creating a new genre of concert dance- Ballroom Dance Theater.
Whether it’s the passion of a tango, the flirtation of a cha cha, or the romance of a waltz, the dances provide the framework for a story. These are stories and dances that audiences relate to, that touch them in some way, and make them feel like dancing in the aisles!
If ballroom dance conjures up images of fiercely competitive, rigidly scored contests, this show will explode that stereotype with the first click of a high heel on the theater floor. Combining the technical mastery of ballroom dancing with the artistic freedom and innovation of theater, Beyond Ballroom Dance Company explores and expands the boundaries of ballroom dance with an original work, Interplay: Dinner for Seven. Using intricate, precise ballroom movement, the dancers explore the complexities of human relationships in the interaction that occurs among friends at a dinner party. This is a rare opportunity to see ballroom dance champions unleash their creativity while demonstrating the absolute mastery of technique that serves them so well in competition.
This groundbreaking company features professional ballroom dance champions who have turned the rules of ballroom dance competitions upside down to create a show that has been called sensual, and at times, even outright sexy. Clashing and Converging offers a glimpse into the competitive ballroom style that first brought theses seven dancers head to head, and then inspired them to join together to break all the rules.
Corruption and intrigue result in murder at the Green Lantern Saloon! Join Beyond Ballroom Dance Company as they explore the gangster underwold of the 1920s and 30s, when St. Paul was home to some of the era's most notorious criminals: John Dillinger, "Baby Face" Nelson, Ma Barker and her boys. Enjoy the artistry of this ever-popular dance company as they find inspiration in the seedy world of prohibition-era crime, and take it from the streets to the stage!
This work was created through a collaborative process in which each of the company members contributed their vision and talent. When discussing production ideas, we liked the theme of￼strangers interacting- particularly in an urban setting such as a bus stop, where people don’t often make connections with others. Ballroom dance is, in essence, about connecting with another person, and portraying the nature of that relationship through the character of the particular dance.
Choreographer: Jean Marc Genereaux - Choreographer for Fox TV's So You Think You Can Dance?
Choreographer: Gary Pierce - U S American Ballroom Champion
Choreographer: Scott Anderson - Fred Astaire National Champion
Choreographers: Scott Anderson, Paul Botes, Nathan Daniels, Alain Doucet, Donna Edelstein, Jean Marc Genereaux, Julie Jacobson, Jay Larson, Megan McClellan, Deanne Michael, Cindy Nehrbass, Mariusz Olszewski, Gary Pierce and Brian Sostek.
This production was created to reveal the relationships that exist between partners in each dance. The Book of Love contains chapters of romance, passion, and joy- as well as, regret, loss, and misunderstanding. It is a story of love and life, and one that ballroom dance, with its roots in social dance halls and clubs, was created to reflect.
Choreographer: Megan McClellan, Brian Sostek
In a world populated with "evildoers" who seem to get away with their nefarious actions all the time, who could resist the classic tale of retribution offered by Cinderella? Obviously, we couldn't. And yet, neither could a lot of other companies in town. So we decided to twist the tale to our own ends, leading these fabulous dancers way, way beyond ballroom.
Choreographer: Nathan Daniels, Jay Larson
Choreographer: Mariusz Olszewski, Scott Anderson, Brian Sostek, Megan McClellan
A rakish wolf comes across the sweet and curious Red and her surprisingly capable grandmother, and gets more than he bargained for.
Choreographer: Mariusz Olszewski, Scott Anderson, Deanne Michael, Julie Jacobson, Cindy Nehrbass
Hans Christian Andersen's story of an emperor of China who becomes enthralled by the song of a plain woodland songbird. After luring the nightingale to court and cating her so that he may possess her beautiful song, he is presented with a bejeweled mechanical bird who is not what she seems.
Choreographer: Rufus Dustin
Choreographer: The Company
If you where a color, what color would you be? Subtle blue? Quiet mauve? Through his "word jazz", Ken Nordine has given unique personalities to a wide range of colors that may offer inspiration for exploring this question! BBDC is thrilled to show their interpretation of Nordine's colors through dance, along with jazz numbers by composer/pianist Dave Brubeck.
Finding inspiration in the glory days of partnership dancing, when Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers swept across the stage and movie screen, this piece contrasts classic images of ballroom icons with BBDC’s modern style of ballroom dance. Directed by Scott Anderson
MatchMen is the story of one woman’s hesitant foray into the world of online dating. The piece combines traditional ballroom and Latin dance elements to portray the male/female connection— or, at times, disconnection— that can occur when the computer is the third party in a developing relationship. The music of Nancy Wilson juxtaposes the bittersweet sounds of an era gone by with the new reality of romance. Written and Directed by Donna Edelstein
For our 10th Anniversary season, Beyond Ballroom revisited audience favorite and the company's first original production, Dinner for Seven.
The Beyond Ballroom Dance Company is a unique team from diverse business and dance backgrounds whose knowledge of corporate development guide and support the mission of the BBDC.
Ballroom Dance Instructor and Beyond Ballroom Co-Founder
Vice President of HealthEZ. President of LaFavor Dance Events, which provides consulting, event planning, negotiation and management for Dancesport competitions and other dance events.
Area of expertise: business to business sales and relationship management at the CEO/COO/VP level
Ballroom Dance Instructor and Beyond Ballroom Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director
Vice-President of Cinema Ballroom and Director of IT/Service Delivery for Zayo Enterprise Networks, LLC.
Area(s) of expertise: graphic design, IT, small business management
Ballroom Dance Instructor
Area of Expertise: legal
Sales Manager and Trainer
Area of Expertise: sales
Area of Expertise: fundraising
Area of expertise: finance
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For over a decade Beyond Ballroom Dance Company has presented the joy and beauty of ballroom dance to thousands through innovative theatrical productions and educational programming.
Founded in 2003 by professional ballroom dance champions committed to presenting ballroom dance as an art form rather than the competitive sport it has become, the company creates productions that blend the technical expertise of competitive ballroom dance with the artistry of concert dance. As the only ballroom dance theater company of its type in the country, BBDC has become a cherished playground for ground-breaking dancers and choreographers to stretch the boundaries of ballroom dance.
Beyond Ballroom puts enough spin on the art form to make a disco ball look like it’s standing still
With its fresh perspective and radical performances, Beyond Ballroom Dance Company is changing the face of ballroom in the Twin Cities.
Beyond Ballroom Dance Company takes championship ballroom dancing beyond the competitive show circuit and into a theatrical setting with sass, sensuality and panache.
Expect elegance, sophistication, heart-pounding rhythms and an eye-opening look at what ballroom dance in the 21st century can be.
Splice competitive ballroom dance with a mischief-filled narrative,an eclectic song list and lots of sexiness and sass, and you have the Beyond Ballroom Dance Company.
...playful and sweet, often sensual and sexy...also over-the-top hilarious...
The shows they create take ballroom dancing into a new realm- that of character-driven, narrative concert dance.
Beyond Ballroom Dance Company... choreograph[s] to spotlight the artistic and theatrical possibilities of ballroom dance.
A combination of basic ballroom and rhythm actions, theatre arts moves and modern and jazz dance work in combination to evoke strong emotional responses in the audience....These...performers truly excel at stage dancing, bringing relaxation and character portrayal abilities to this medium that they never exhibited to this extent on the competition floor.
they tell a story by breaking into dance! …just wonderful, exhilarating, dance!
Beyond Ballroom has reinvigorated traditional dances—the waltz, tango, fox trot, etc.—by integrating them into dramatic narratives.
Our work is made possible by the generous contributions of individuals and organizations who believe in our mission of developing productions and outreach programs that educate, entertain, enrich our community, and challenge the boundaries of ballroom dance!
Beyond Ballroom Dance Company and our Board of Directors sincerely thanks the following individuals and organizations for their financial contributions and commitment to dance:
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
As the only ballroom dance theater company of its kind in the country, BBDC relies on the generosity of individual, corporate, and foundation sponsors to continue our innovative productions and programming. Your support allows us to remain a treasured asset to the community!
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5315 Oliver Avenue S.
Minneapolis, MN 55419
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