"I see dance as glue for a community" - Twyla Tharp
Small group dance classes to keep freelance artists moving safely together during this uncertain time.
$15 In-Person Class
$10 Virtual Class
$10 Barre Only
Virtual options offered via Zoom; please contact to request Zoom Link
(In order to create safely distanced classes this rate is a reflection of the small class size; once class sizes increase rate may go down)
Class sizes are currently limited to 7 students and 1 instructor for safety and social distancing.
Virtual offerings available through Zoom.
Masks will be required while entering/exiting and moving in the space
Hot House MPLS
2303 Kennedy St NE Suite 420
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Free parking is available on Kennedy Street or Summer Street, or in the Kennedy Building lot.
Enter through the main (south) doors on Kennedy Street, and take the stairs to the 4th floor.
Dancer, choreographer, educator, and writer Penelope Freeh dismantles antiquated modes of how ballet is taught, languaged, applied in research terms, and expressed physically, intellectually, performatively, and at the gut level. Through her practice of expanding the terms and exploding the tropes of ballet, she aims to meaningfully connect with a diversity of collaborators, colleagues, students, and audiences.
Her modern class offers a rigorous blend of foundational concepts and imageries. It begins on the floor with gentle stretching and yoga postures that warm up the spine, igniting the head-to-tail connection. On their feet, dancers move through an ever-changing series of skill building exercises that borrow from the Horton technique and Taylor style, establishing movement vocabulary and concepts that build as the class progresses. Across-the-floor exercises lead into sweeping, space-eating combinations that call for technical specificity inside of abandon. It is through letting go where discovery happens.
Freeh is a two-time McKnight Fellow for Choreographers, McKnight Fellow for Dancers, and Sage awardee for Outstanding Performer. Her work is in the repertoires of Alternative Motion Project, Gem City Ballet, James Sewell Ballet, Minnesota Ballet, Minnesota Dance Theatre, and Zenon Dance Company among others. Residencies include the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography and the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France.
Penelope danced for James Sewell Ballet for seventeen years, serving as Artistic Associate from 2007-11. She is faculty at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul Ballet, St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, TU Dance, and Zenon. She holds a Dance MFA from Hollins University.
performs, teaches, choreographs, writes, and advocates as a dance artist. She received two McKnight Fellowships for Dancers, a Sage Award for Outstanding Performer and was named Artist of the Year by CityPages. She co-founded James Sewell Ballet (JSB) in New York City in 1990, serving as its managing director and artistic associate throughout its move to Minneapolis in 1993. Since leaving JSB in 2014, Rousse’s site-specific work has taken dance off the tradition stage and featured artists who identify as LGBTTQ+, mature, disabled, female, BIPOC. As the Cowles Center’s first Artist in Residence, she engaged the local community through free workshops, art installations, tours, discussions, and the acclaimed promenade performance ICON SAM: Temple Dances (Best Performance of 2018, CityPages). Her choreography has been seen in both theatrical and commercial venues such as the Guthrie, Southern, and State Theaters; the Walker Art Center, MASS MoCA, the Cartoon Channel, and Harvard’s American Repertory Theatre. Rousse performed as a leading dancer with the Royal Ballet of Flanders and Ballet Chicago, dancing works by Maurice Béjart, Jiri Kylian, and over 75 new works created on her by contemporary and post-modern choreographers.
Da’Rius Malone, from Chicago, IL, began his training under the direction of August Tye at Hyde Park School of Dance. Da’Rius is a 2014 graduate of The Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts), where he won the award for Scholar-Artist and had the privilege to perform works from leading Chicago dance companies such as DanceWorks Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Muntu Dance Theater, and Joffrey Ballet. Da’Rius continued his training at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Da'Rius is a 2018
graduate with his BFA in Contemporary Dance Performance with an Emphasis in Ballet. After his time at The Boston Conservatory Da’Rius was asked to join Jon Lehrer on his European Tour as a guest artist. After, Da’Rius then became a company member at James Sewell Ballet. Da'Rius has performed works by Doug Varone, Joshua Manculich, Merce Cunningham, and Danny
Buraczeski. He has also danced in several world premieres of choreography by Gabrielle Lamb, MADBOOTS and Yury Yanowsky. Da’Rius has performed excerpts of Don Quixote and Raymonda restaged by former Boston Ballet principal dancer Adriana Suarez and Gianni DiMarco. Da'Rius has also trained with the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company (Israel), Hubbard Street Dance
Chicago, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Ballet Austin, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater and 10 Hairy Legs. Da’Rius wants to use his dance education and experience as a professional concert dancer to create a platform to make a positive impact in life.
Andrea's professional performing career spans over 25 years. A graduate from Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet Professional Division, she has continued to evolve in contemporary and musical theater styles, in such productions as Celine Dion's "A New Day," Cirque du Soleil's "Viva Elvis," and "Chicago the Musical" International tour. A current resident of Minneapolis MN, she has most recently performed at the Guthrie Theater ("West Side Story," "Guys and Dolls," "Cyrano de Bergerac"), Chanhassen Dinner Theaters ("Holiday Inn," "Music Man"), The Ordway ("Smokey Joe's Cafe"), and in several Collide Theatrical's original jazz dance musicals.
Andrea has choreographed for several regional theaters and studios across North America and has taught master classes internationally in ballet, contemporary, musical theatre, and Fosse technique (Broadway Across America). A personal movement coach, her focus is to guide a more efficient way of moving without involuntary tension with deeper understanding of technique in every style, for every mover.
Originally from Japan, and was trained under Mikiko Dei, Hideo Fukagawa and Jun Ishii, internationally recognized dancers, teachers and competition judges. She moved to the US in 2000 to continue her training in New York at the Joffrey Ballet School. Ms. Tokuda has danced professionally with USA Ballet, Peoria Ballet, Metropolitan Ballet and she was the principal dancer at Continental Ballet for 7 years. With diverse training in classical, contemporary, modern and jazz, she is an international guest dancer and collaborator with many companies, including Minnesota’s James Sewell Ballet and Minnesota Dance Theatre. While training in New York, Ms. Tokuda’s instructors included David Howard, John Prinz, Fabrice Herrault, and Michael Vernon. At Steps on Broadway in New York she was one of the first International Visa Program students. She has, also, trained with Boston Ballet and Connecticut Ballet. She has performed many principal roles, most notably in: Le Corsaire, Don Quixote Pas de Deux, Les Sylphides, Pas de Quatre, Agnes de Mille’s Rodeo, the Peasant Pas de Deux in Giselle, Princess Aurora, Lilac Fairy and Princess Florine in Sleeping Beauty, the Sugar Plum Fairy and Clara in The Nutcracker, Odette and Odile in Swan Lake, Coppelia, and the title roles in Romeo and Juliet, Giselle and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Ms. Tokuda is a faculty member at Minnesota Dance Theatre and a certified STOTT Pilates Instructor. She has taught many master classes in Japan and the US including at Cathedral Dance Festival and Interlochen Center for the Arts. Her choreography was chosen for Choreographer’s Evening at The Walker Arts Center and commissioned by Wayzata Symphony Orchestra, Woodale Church, Cerulean Fire, Japan America Society of Minnesota and Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists. She is a recipient of Minnesota State Arts Board. She is the owner/designer of Yukitard, a custom dancewear company, as well as, the owner/instructor of Tokuda Ballet, a private ballet school.
Elayna Waxse, originally from Overland Park, KS, began her early ballet training with Alecia Good and the Kansas City Ballet School. Growing up, she attended summer programs at the School of American Ballet in NYC, Pacific Northwest Ballet School in Seattle, and at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. At the age of 16 she moved to Seattle to attend Pacific Northwest Ballet's Professional Division program, where she frequently performed with the company. Professionally, Elayna has danced with Minnesota Dance Theatre, Colorado Ballet, Black Label Movement, and was a member of TU Dance from 2012-2019. Currently a Teaching Specialist in the dance department at the University of Minnesota, Elayna has previously been on faculty and taught workshops at many schools including the TU Dance Center, Minnesota Dance Theatre & the Dance Institute, Zenon Dance School, Ballare Teatro, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and Lundstrum Center for the Performing Arts. In conjunction with the outreach program at TU Dance, she has taught master classes at the New Orleans Ballet Association, PerformaDance of Austin, TX, St. Paul Conservatory for the Performing Arts, Mainstreet School of Performing Arts, and Perpich Center for Arts Education . Elayna is a recipient of a 2019 McKnight Fellowship for Dancers.
Helen Hatch is an independent dancer and choreographer based in the Twin Cities. Named as one of Minnesota Monthly’s “10 Artists to Watch” in 2012, Helen was a member of Minnesota Dance Theatre from 2011-2017, dancing an eclectic range of repertory while also creating her own work. Helen is a graduate of the Ailey/Fordham BFA program where she was awarded Dance Departmental Honors. Her choreography has been presented at the Ailey Citigroup Theater, the 2011 Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Festival, 2014 MN Fringe Festival, The Southern Theater, The Cowles Center, throughout Mexico and Guatemala by the Juntos Collective, and commissioned by Minnesota Dance Theatre, Saint Paul Ballet, Penelope Freeh, Aveda, and Saint Paul Ballet. Helen is the Founder and Director of Hatch Dance, whose debut performance Isotope was named a “2018 Top Ten Twin Cities Dance Performance” by the Star Tribune. Helen has taught extensively throughout the Twin Cities and is currently on faculty at Saint Paul Ballet.
Community Movement Collective (Co.Mo.Collective) is the result of an unprecedented need during a very unprecedented time. As Covid-19 quickly brought the world to a standstill in spring 2020, artists found themselves without work overnight. For independent artists, contract workers and freelance performers that meant the loss of their community, financial stability and physical space to work within. Amazingly, artists are incredibly resilient and all over the world dancers have been creating new and unique ways to connect to their art form and audiences.
Community Movement Collective hopes to use this moment in history to facilitate
using space and
generating ideas to support artists,
so we can continue to bring our important work to the world.
Creator & Founder: Hannah Benditt
Hannah Benditt graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance earning her BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography with a dual emphasis in Ballet and Modern. Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Hannah began dancing at Minnesota Dance Theatre (formerly Ballet Arts Minnesota). As a student Hannah trained at American Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Washington Ballet, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Milwaukee Ballet summer intensives. Upon graduating from UMKC, Hannah joined Common Thread Contemporary Dance Company in St. Louis, MO. She continued performing with Consuming Kinetics Dance Company, Kansas City Ballet and artists throughout Missouri.
In 2015, Hannah moved back to the Twin Cities to dance with St. Paul Ballet. Now Benditt is a freelance dancer working most recently with Minnesota Opera, An Opera Theatre, DanceCo and numerous choreographers in the Twin Cities.
The idea for Co.Mo.Collective was inspired by Hannah's experience as a freelance artist in the Twin Cities.