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ARENA DANCES’ 6th Annual CANDY BOX Dance Festival

May 2-May 7

Mathew Janczewski’s ARENA DANCES presents the 6th Annual CANDY BOX Dance Festival, a dynamic sampling of featured performances, masterclasses, and public showings. This year’s festival features the work of local Twin Cities artists Body Watani and Shapiro & Smith Dance with a sweet homecoming for choreographer’s Chris Yon/Taryn Griggs headlining at the Southern Theater.

CANDY BOX Dance Festival is a unique celebration of dance, packed with a wonderful assortment of various tastings that include renowned choreographers, accomplished dancers, and fresh movement styles all perfectly packed into one sweet treat of a week. It is an opportunity for diverse emerging and established artists to share the performance stage, with the addition of selected artists leading intimate workshops to offer a welcoming space for communal movement education, and in doing so gathering a range of tastes for varied audiences. From Featured Artists performances by nationally notable choreographers and collectives, to Happy Hour showings by exciting local dancers and emerging creatives, CANDY BOX is sure to offer a flavor for every performing arts enthusiast to savor and enjoy. Along with daily performances and masterclasses hosted throughout an impressive six day streak, question-and-answer sessions are offered for additional insight and rare sneak peeks into the engaging works created and designed by each artist exclusively for the Festival. Audiences are sure to experience a wide array of artistry, offering a unique flavor in every bite.


Body Watani

Shapiro & Smith Dance

Chris Yon/Taryn Griggs

Thursday, May 5 – 7:30pm // Dine-n-Dance special event on May 5, 6:00-7:30pm, at the Courtyard by Marriott Minneapolis Downtown

Friday, May 6 – 7:30pm

Saturday, May 7 – 2:00pm // Pay-As-Able pricing option available, at the door only

Saturday, May 7 – 7:30pm // Pre-show discussion with the Featured Artists, 6:00-7:00pm in The Southern Theater Lobby

BEFORE May 1: $21 online in advance | $18 student/senior

AFTER May 1: $25 online + at the door | $18 student/senior discount with inquiry

General Admission

$40 Dine-n-Dance Event + Featured Artist Opening Performance

Thursday, May 5, 6:00-7:30pm only


Work-in-progress showings

Daily, May 2-6, 5:30-6:30pm

Monday, May 2 – Alys Ayumi Ogura

Tuesday, May 3 – Margaret Ogas

Wednesday, May 4 – Ayumi Shafer

Thursday, May 5 – Alexandra Bodnarchuk

Friday, May 6 – Emily Michaels King

$25 Five-Show Package | $12 per show

Walk-ins welcome. Cash/check/card accepted at the door.

Additional $12 Suggested Donation – ALL DONATED FUNDS GO DIRECTLY TO THE ARTIST


Workshops taught by CANDY BOX artists

Daily, May 2-6, 4:00-5:15pm

Monday, May 2 – Alexandra Bodnarchuk

Tuesday, May 3 – Leila Awadallah/Body Watani

Wednesday, May 4 – Ayumi Shafer

Thursday, May 5 – Chris Yon/Taryn Griggs

Friday, May 6 – Laura Selle Virtucio/Shapiro & Smith Dance

$25 Five-Class Package | $10 per class

Walk-ins welcome. Cash/check/card accepted at the door.


The Southern Theater
1420 South Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55454 United States
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