The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts



As the Midwest’s largest nonprofit dance complex, The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts offers our local arts community the dance-centric facility it needs to flourish. By providing nine rehearsal studios, three theaters, and administrative office space for 26 leading dance and performing arts organizations, The Cowles Center ensures that local artists can thrive and still call Minnesota home. 

Since opening our doors in 2011, we have welcomed more than 900,000 audience members, students, and artists to The Cowles Center. The historic buildings we reside in have become dynamic hubs of creativity, innovation, education, and diversity - resulting in a vibrant arts community where we can live, work, and move together. 


When you give to The Cowles Center, you help transform the lives of thousands of students through our art-infused education programs. On Thursday, November 16 - Give to the Max Day, show us your support as we work to transform our communities with creativity. From student matinees to in-school dance programs, help us ensure that new ways of thinking, learning, and moving are accessible students of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds - no matter their ability to pay.             


Everyone who makes a donation to The Cowles Center on November 16 between midnight and 11:59pm will be entered to win one of 25 hourly prizes, including our grand prize of visit from Marie & her Nutcracker to the school of your choice! Check out our list of hourly prizes below and set your alarm to give during the hours of your favorite prizes! 

Midnight: Behind-the-scenes tour of The Cowles Center 

1am: Two-hour studio rental to host a class/rehearsal of your choice

2am: Cowles Center swag bag

3am: $250 gift card towards the custom tap shoes of your dreams by The Fair Inc. 

4am: 2 tickets to the 2018 Raze the Barre After Party

5am: Opportunity to hold a photo shoot in one of The Cowles Center’s historic dance studios

6am: 2 tickets to St. Paul Ballet's Fifth Anniversary Best performance 

7am: Adult cocktail and dance class sampler for 10 

8am: Private viewing for 4 of a Nutcracker (not so) Suite rehearsal 

9am: 2 tickets to the pre-show reception and performance of Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota's: Pink Floyd's The Wall: A Rock Ballet 

10am: Pre-show backstage champagne toast prior to a performance

11am: 2 tickets to Herb Johnson III and J-Sun's Mixtape Side B hip-hop compilation 

12pm: Onstage photo with Nutcracker (not so) Suite's Barbie and Ken 

1pm: Behind-the-scenes tour of The Cowles Center 

2pm: Photoshoot opportunity on the roof of The Cowles Center with the downtown skyline as your backdrop 

3pm: 2 tickets to Ragamala Dance Company's world premiere of Body, the Shrine - a piece celebrating the company's 25th anniversary 

4pm: Opportunity for 2 to watch Nutcracker (not so) Suite from the control booth 

5pm: 2 tickets to Minnesota Dance Theatre's spring performance with pre-show cocktails

6pm: 2 tickets to the 2018 Twin Cities Tap Festival Artist Showcase 

7pm: Cowles Center 2018/19 season package of winner's choice 

8pm: 2 tickets to the opening night party and performance of Nutcracker (not so) Suite 

9pm: Happy hour for 4 at The Cowles Center with Minnesota's beloved Sally Rousse 

10pm: One-hour dance class for a K-12 school of winner's choice 

11pm: 2 tickets to Shapiro & Smith's Later That Night...

GRAND PRIZE: Visit from Marie & her Nutcracker to a local school or office of your choice for a mini Nutcracker inspired performance

(EVERYONE who donates on 11/16 is entered to win the grand prize, even if they win a prize earlier in the day! Selected school or office must be within 30-mile radius of The Cowles Center.) 

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