Announcing: MotionArt to offer youth classes and new workshops

Longtime cfpa tenant MotionArt, lead by Director Pam Gleason, is excited to be offering a new set of classes at cfpa this fall: ongoing Youth Dance and a four-session intensive workshop, Moving Anatomy (all ages.) MotionArt will continue to offer Adult Modern Dance classes as usual.

****Come to cfpa on Thursday, September 12th, 4:15-5:15 pm,  for a FREE sample class/Open House****

Youth Dance Classes

WEDNESDAYS (SEP 18 – NOV 13)   9:00 – 9:45 am
FRIDAYS ( SEP 20 – NOV 15) 10:15 – 11:00 am

This class guides preschool aged boys and girls to explore dance concepts through playful, structured activities accompanied by acoustic instruments and a wide variety of music. Children expand their movement vocabulary, develop body awareness, and gain self-confidence in a fun, nurturing environment. 

Cost: $110 for 9-week session


SATURDAYS (SEP 21 – NOV 16) 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

This class facilitates children’s understanding of dance elements through improvised and structured activities. Boys and girls explore multiple concepts inherent in the dance elements of Space, Time and Energy while practicing movement skills and enjoying new challenges. Students at this age begin to create their own dances and share them with their peers. No previous experience necessary.

Cost: $110 for each 9-week session


AGES 7-9: WEDNESDAYS (SEP 18 – NOV 134:30 – 5:30 pm
AGES 10-12: FRIDAYS (SEP 20 -NOV 15) 4 – 5 pm

In this class, students expand their creative potential and kinesthetic awareness as they explore a variety of concepts within the dance elements of Space, Time and Energy.  They are introduced to basic technical skills and movement vocabulary of Modern Dance and also have opportunities to improvise and choreograph their own dances. No previous experience in either age category is necessary.

Cost: $120 for each 9-week session

All MotionArt instructors are professional dance educators who specialize in teaching children. For more information, please visit, call 612-922-6019 or email

Moving Anatomy, a four-session intensive.

MotionArt is excited to be offering a variety of workshops for movers of all ages and abilities – dancers and nondancers – interested in learning more about their bodies in motion. The first of the series, beginning in September, will be a workshop called Moving Anatomy. Not only will this be a “user friendly” introduction to skeletal and muscle anatomy, but participants will be able to apply this knowledge on themselves and others to increase awareness, learn more efficient movement patterns and to help in the prevention of injuries. Instructional methods will include the presentation of information, demonstrations using a skeleton and other instructional models, hands on learning, movement exploration, discussion, and reading material to take home.

To aid in the learning process, this workshop will be broken down into 4 mini workshops, with each one focusing on a different area of the body.  These four sessions (see below) will meet over the course of two months. It is recommended to take all four parts of this workshop to get a complete “roadmap” of your body and to enhance your learning about how the body moves as a whole. That being said, you may sign up for individual sections.

Dates /Times/ Price:

Spine, Rib Cage and Pelvis:            Saturday, Sep 28th       1-4 pm $35

Pelvic Girdle, Hips and Thighs:      Saturday, Oct 19th       1-4 pm $35                   

Knees, Ankles and Feet:                 Saturday, Nov 2nd        1-4 pm $35                       

Shoulder Girdle and Arms:            Saturday, Nov 16th       1-4 pm $35          

$ 125  for whole workshop

To Register: Our website is currently being updated for online registration.  In the meantime, please email  or call 612-922-6019 for registration and questions.

Other Info:

  • Dress comfortably in clothes that allow for movement. 
  • Bring a mat if you have one. 
  • Bring a water bottle(or nonalcoholic beverage of your choice) and snack if you wish. 
  • We’ll take breaks as needed. 
  • Plan on a fun, casual atmosphere!

Pam Gleason, Director of MotionArt, will be will be presenting the workshop. She holds a Master’s degree in Kinesiology, a BS in Health and Safety Education (with Dance and Psychology minors) and taught The Articulate Body (a kinesiology course for dance majors) at the University of Minnesota for 15 years. She also initiated and taught Pilates courses in the U of M dance department.  She is a certified Pilates instructor, a certified Personal Trainer and a level one Fascial Stretch Therapy Practitioner. She currently works with people spanning a vast range of ages and abilities in her work with clients in her private Pilates practice, with students in her dance classes and with dancers in her choreography for MotionArt.

To learn more about MotionArt and other workshops being offered in winter and spring, please visit our current – yet soon to be updated – website at