In schools, in communities, and online

From artist-led workshops to special classroom curricula to free online lessons, Ordway's Education and Community Engagement programs connect artists with you—wherever you are. Get to know the extraordinary artists who are sharing their work, and learn where else you can find them!

2023-2024 Beyond the Stage Artists

Tumelo Khupe

Award- and tournament-winning krump dancer

Tumelo Khupe is a krumper, emerging choreographer, and actress based in the Twin Cities area. She began focusing on her passion for performing arts while still living in Botswana, before moving to the United States to pursue a performing arts career in 2016. Through work with Maia Maiden, Darrius Brown, and more recently, Herb Johnson 111, she has become a part of the street dance community, more specifically the Minnesota Krump (MN KRUMP) community, with alias "Melo.” She also works closely with mentors Wynn Fricke, Claudia Tatinge Nascimento, and Patricia Brown.

Tumelo is interested in how krump offers endless possibilities for storytelling through its technique and the language shared amongst its practitioners, and providing a shared experience that encourages community building.

With a BA in music theater and a minor in dance, Tumelo has received awards including the David Wick Leadership Award, David Wick Best Choreography Award, and The Mabel Meta Frey Outstanding Theater Artist Award, as well as first place in the first "King of the Ring" krump tournament event in Texas in 2020.


@melo_kh_ on Instagram

Ensamble 7/4

Seven witty music lovers thrilling audiences in and out of Venezuela.

Founded in Venezuela and currently based in Florida, Ensamble 7/4 has toured in the US and internationally throughout Europe and South America. They have recorded 5 albums; “Welcome to America” and “FestFanfaren”, and are both Silver Medal winners of The Global Music Awards 2018-2020 respectively.

The group also has appeared at international festivals such as the Trumpet Festival of the South East 2022 in Atlanta, the Miami World Music Festival 2018-2021-2022, the Italian Brass Week 2012-2020; International Trumpet Guild 2015-2019, FIU Music Festival 2019, Sauerland-Herbst Brass Festival 2015-2016-2017; Miami Dade College Honor Band Music Festival 2017; Schagerl Brass Festival 2014; SBALZ Festival 2011.

As members of “El Sistema” in Venezuela, in 2015 the 7/4 toured with maestro Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra (SBSOV). This time, they appeared in San Francisco and Los Angeles, where they performed in concerts such as the 2015 LA Phil Opening Night Gala.

Ensamble 7/4 Website

@ensamble74 on Instagram

Tamiko French

Multidisciplinary Creative, Sound Healer, Crystal Healer.

Since 2011 Tamiko French has been a multidisciplinary creative with a background in dance performance and choreography. Additionally, creating jewelry and sharing her gift with communities abroad has been a sincere passion that is now her full time business. Her love for science, nature, and the magic between them is carefully synergized with each service she delivers. Whether it be crystal consultation, crystal healing, custom functional jewelry, movement exploration, or a unique sound bath, you can discover something that illuminates your soul. Her vibrationally charged work has been featured at Rituals in Midtown Global Market, at various pop up shops, and resident at Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center where she is a teacher and welding artist.

In 2020, Tamiko added sound healing to her array of services in response to the rising needs of safe calm space from the murder of George Floyd, and the homeless displacement where many volunteers and homeless needed some form of calm affirming her own healing journey. She has been accredited with the International Natural Healers Association and has been featured at Well Connected Twin Cities, SALT Salon and Spa, Abbott Hospital and Mother Baby Center, One Yoga, and Watershed Spa.

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Tamiko French Websitte

@soulspeakexpressions5836 on Instagram

Lisa Arnold

Represented by Art Resources Gallery in Minneapolis

Lisa Arnold is a teaching artist who believes that art changes people and people change the world. She encourages her students to engage with themselves and the diverse world around them by using their life experiences to create art and art experiences to create their lives. Her main goal is to empower students by honing their visual, technical, and poetic abilities. She gives students tools in art interpretation and creation so they can express themselves in positive, productive, and creative ways, both inside and outside the classroom.

@xola_arts on Instagram

Chops Inc.

Helping School and Community Drumming Groups access Festivals and Competitions

Leveraging a 30-year history in national drum corps and percussion communities, Chops partners with local schools and educational groups to make restorative efforts come to life within Minnesota's music education sphere. Chops works with professionals and organizations throughout Minnesota to identify, mentor, and uplift underserved music educators and education programs in the urban core. With a belief that music education and the performing arts are strong vehicles for improving lives, Chops aims to ensure all have equitable access to grow through music education. Chops offers evidence-based program development, professional mentorship, and resource management services to education communities in the Twin Cities. In addition, Chops provides live performance opportunities for youth and adults from in- class drumming residencies, to economic opportunities with Panhandlers, Tin Cups, and ChopsLIVE entertainment groups.

Chops, Inc. Official Website

Center for Irish Music

Dedicated to handing down traditional Irish music to the next generation of musicians in our community

The Center for Irish Music (CIM) is a thriving nonprofit community music school based in St. Paul’s Hamline-Midway neighborhood. The CIM is dedicated to handing down traditional Irish music to the next generation of musicians in our community through private lessons, group classes, and events featuring world-class artists like the Minnesota Irish Music Weekend. This school performance features teaching artists Norah Rendell (flute, whistle, song), Brian Miller (guitar, bouzouki, banjo), Mary Vanorny (fiddle), and Danielle Enblom (fiddle, stepdance).

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Center for Irish Music Website

@CenterforIrishMusic on Instagram

Sivanuja Balaji

Artistic director and Founder of Nritya Kalakshetra School of Performing Arts

Guru Sivanuja Balaji is the visionary Founder and artistic director of Nritya Kalakshetra Academy of Performing Arts. She is a disciple of late Mr. Adyar K. Lakshman and Ms. Krishnaveni Lakshman, and studied under the legend Padma Subramaniam.

With over 28 years of dedication, she excels in teaching, performing, and choreographing various art forms. As an alumna of Kalakshetra Foundation, she has honed her skills in Bharathnatyam, Mohiniattam, folk dances of India, and Carnatic music, vocal percussion, and drums.

Ms. Sivanuja's influence goes beyond the studio. Her students showcase a diverse range of performances, from traditional Bharathanatyam to the elegance of Mohiniattam and the vigor of Kuchipudi, seamlessly integrating contemporary expressions.

In the cinematic realm, she contributed her choreographic talents to the film REFUGE, working with renowned choreographer Jennifer Aravey and award-winning filmmaker Philip Harder.

Recognized for her contributions, she serves as the coordinator for Griffin College London in Minnesota and neighboring states, Guest Artist at Ordway and Community advisory panel, and she’s also a member of the Cowles Center's Program & Education Committee.

@Nrityakalakshetraacademy on Facebook

@sivanujabalaji on Instagram

2022–2023 Beyond the Stage Artists

2021–2022 Beyond the Stage Artists