We are so excited that The Driftless Dance Festival will be happening in Winona, March 27-29, 2020. This new Festival is presented by the Page Series. As a partner Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) is so excited to be providing workshop space inside the Valencia Arts Center and to have a dancers performing in the local dance showcase on Sunday. Three of our instructors will be leading workshops: Raina Racki will be leading Hula, Alanna Pelowski will be teaching basic Irish, and  Tammy Schmidt will be leading a 2 hour intermediate/advanced Ballet Class that also doubles as an audition for the 2020 Summer Dance Intensive and Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Dance Scholarship. Additionally,  MCA alumni will be involved; Renée Copeland will be teaching Yorchha and Jarod Boltjes will be performing with James Sewell Ballet.

The Festival will encompass a weekend of performance by national, regional, and local dancers as well as artist talks, master classes, workshops, and events that offer festival goers the opportunity to interact with visiting artists, develop skills, and build community.

Festival performances will include SPEAK, a collaboration of San Francisco-based Kathak dancers Rina Mehta and Rachna Nivas alongside world-renowned tap artists Michelle Dorrance and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, with live accompaniment from leading jazz and classical Indian musicians; James Sewell Ballet, as part of the Company’s 30th anniversary tour; and a showcase celebrating dancers from across the Winona area.

MCA is so excited about all of the opportunities that this festival will offer dancers and dance enthusiasts of all ages and abilities. Thank you Page Series for bringing this amazing new programming to Winona! Below is the Festival Schedule at a glance. To register for the workshops, purchase tickets, or to see for descriptions of programming. Visit: Pagetheatre.org

Driftless Dance Festival At-a-Glance Schedule
At-a-Glance Schedule

Friday, March 27
5 – 6:30 pm: Opening Reception at Blue Heron Coffeehouse
7:30 pm: SPEAK performance at Page Theatre, with post-performance q&a

Saturday, March 28
At Valéncia Arts Center
9-10 am:
• Yorchha with Renée Copeland (Beginner/Intermediate)
• Laboratory with woolen lover (all)
• Open Stretch (all)

10:10 – 11:10 am:
• Hula with Raina Racki (all)
• Tap with Michelle Dorrance (Fast Beginner/Intermediate)

10:10 – 11:40 am:
• James Sewell Ballet – Ballet Master Class (Intermediate/Advanced)

11 am – 1 pm:
Community Fair

12:45 – 1:45 pm
• Body-Mind Wellness with James Sewell (all, ages 13+)

1:15 – 2:45 pm
• Hip Hop with AJ Juarez (Intermediate/Advanced)
• Tap with Michelle Dorrance (Intermediate/Advanced)

2-3 pm: Kathak with Leela Dance Collective (all)

3 – 4:30 pm
• Yorchha with Renée Copeland (Intermediate/Advanced)
• Tap with Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards (Intermediate)

10:15 – 11:15 am: Rhythm and Movement for Families with Leela Dance Collective at the Winona Family YMCA
11:45 am – 12:45 pm: Lunch with the Artists and Panel Discussion at Acoustic Cafe

At the Page Theatre
3 – 6 pm: James Sewell Ballet Open Rehearsal
6:15 pm: Pre-performance talk with James Sewell
7:30 pm: James Sewell Ballet Performance

Sunday, March 29
At Valéncia Arts Center
10 – 11 am: Classical NIA with Jacque Paulsen (all)
11:15 am – 12:15 pm: Irish Dance with Alana Pelowski (all)
11:30 am – 1:30 pm: Ballet with Tammy Schmidt / MCA Summer Dance Intensive Audition (Intermediate/Advanced, ages 12+)
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm: Swing, Swing, Swing! with Breitlow Ballroom (all)

At the Page Theatre
3 pm: Winona Dance Showcase
Join us for a celebration in the lobby following the performance!