Zenon Dance is excited to announce Benjamin Johnson, Chloe Nagle and Anna Pinault as the Spring 2023 Zenon Dance Zone Choreographers. The Zone Dance program is designed to join Zenon’s community of dancers in a shared dance experience with local choreographers. This season will culminate in a showcase sharing Zenon Dance Zone works with guest artists on Friday and Saturday, June 2 & 3, 2023 at 7:30pm at the TEK Box in The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts (2nd Floor).
Benjamin Johnson has been making dances for two decades. He has choreographed on professionals, and students as young as 7. Most of the dances have been ballet based. He started ballet lessons at 14, and was able to dance professionally until age 37. He has continued to perform, mostly Nutcrackers, since his retirement from full time dancing. He started teaching at Zenon in 2010. He has really enjoyed passing on his own unique viewpoint of ballet technique. His focus in class, as well as in his pieces, is on the fun that can be had with dancing. He is a firm believer that people should dance because they want to, not because they have to.
Rehearsals: Sunday | 3:00-4:30pm
Chloe Nagle is a dance artist, Alexander Technique teacher, writer, and yoga instructor recently relocated to Minneapolis. She received an MFA in Dance from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a BFA with honors in Dance from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. She completed 200 hours of yoga teacher training at Amara Yoga and Arts of Urbana and recently completed Alexander Technique teacher training under the direction of Rose Bronec. Nagle has taught college-level courses in Contact Improvisation, Introduction to Dance, and Making Dances while a graduate student at UIUC. In the Urbana community, she taught Contemporary Dance at Urbana Fine Arts Center and the Move MS program as well as yoga workshops to support the well-being of students during the pandemic in the Anthropology and Latina/Latino Studies Departments. Nagle’s choreography has been showcased at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Danceworks Milwaukee, and Milwaukee Summer Series.
Rehearsals: Saturday | 9:30-11:00am
Photo by Kym McDaniel
Raised in Minnesota, Anna has worked as a dance artist and educator in New York City for the past 10 years. She moved back to the Twin Cities in 2022 to pursue the next season of her creative work.
Anna’s current MN work includes Ashwini Ramaswamy’s Invisible Cities, and projects with TU Dance and Flying Foot Forum. She also continues to work with the NYC-based Rovaco Dance Company.
Her work as an educator has included Dance Theatre of Harlem, The Neighborhood Playhouse School, Daya Yoga Studio, the NYC Public School System, Zenon Dance School, Hothouse Minneapolis, and TU Dance.
Anna also practices Thai Bodywork and is studying for her MS in Human Movement Science. Her passion for bodily education spills into both her teaching and artistic work. Her current creative processes explore the repetitive translation and transmutation of our universe’s intrinsic languages.
Rehearsals: Tuesday | 5:30-7:00pm