TU Dance

Supporting the Connective Power of Dance

Giving to TU Dance
Through performance, outreach and education, TU Dance celebrates the connective power of dance for audiences, students and performing artists. In the ten years since our founding, generous gifts from individual donors have made this work possible. In fact, Minnpost cited TU Dance among 18 highest impact nonprofits in providing access to the arts. With your donation, you are supporting the connective power of dance in local and touring performances, educational outreach programs and training for students at TU Dance Center in Saint Paul, featured in this short video by Minnesota Philanthropy Partners.

About TU Dance
Founded in 2004 by Toni-Pierce Sands and Uri Sands, TU Dance has garnered audience and critical acclaim for its diverse repertory, versatile artists, and for performances that are engaging, dynamic and generous. Modern dance, classical ballet, African based and urban vernacular movements are combined in inventive and unpredictable ways to provide opportunities to experience the connective power of dance.   TU Dance Center, opened in 2011, realizes a vital part of Toni and Uri’s vision to establish a welcoming hub for rehearsals, dance education and training in Saint Paul.  Now in its third year, TU Dance Center offers year-round educational programming for dance students of various ages and levels. TU Dance and TU Dance Center have also enjoyed local and national recognition, including StarTribune’s Artists of the Year, the inaugural Princess Grace Award in Choreography, DANCE Magazine 25 to Watch, City Pages 2011 Artists of the Year, the 2011 Sally Ordway Irvine Award for Initiative and was recently named as Minnesota Monthly's 2014 Best Dance Company.  TU Dance founders Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands were recently named 2015 USA Fellows. 

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