Thursday, January 10, 2019

Dancing Our MindBodies: Movement Class with Sam Aros Mitchell

Community Events & Programs, Master Classes & Workshops

Free and open to all! Space is limited. Advanced registration required.

To RSVP, email

Ananya Dance Theatre | Shawngram Institute for Performance & Social Justice, 1197 University Avenue West, Saint Paul, MN 55104
Space will open at 11:30am for warm up.


Led by visiting artist Sam Aros Mitchell, Dancing Our MindBodies incorporates investigative scores learned from Mitchell’s work with Rosy Simas over the years, as well as the many physical training methods Mitchell has encountered and trained with as both performer and teacher. These techniques include yoga, Feldenkrais, Indigenous practices, cognitive re-patterning, Suzuki training, Viewpoints, Augusto Boal’s Games for Actors and Non-Actors, contemporary dance technique, gymnastics, and Min Tanaka’s Body Weather/MB training. By centering love, respect, reciprocity, and empathy into this movement practice, all as a community will move towards an experience that flows with continuous non-stopping intention, pushing into personal self-empowerment, agency, and empathy. It will also be really fun! Every body is welcome; every age is welcome.

Please wear comfortable clothing. This class is open to all kinds of movers, beginning, intermediate or advanced. Space is limited. Please email to reserve a space.


Sam Aros Mitchell is Yaqui (enrolled Texas Band of Yaqui Indians). Sam earned his MFA in Dance Theatre from UC San Diego (Kumeyaay territory), and a BFA in Dance from UC Santa Barbara (Chumash territory). Sam has performed and taught professionally for over 25 years. He continues to work, teach, and learn, from within his Yaqui community, from within Native American and First Nations communities, and from within contemporary dance communities. He is currently in his fourth year of a performance studies PhD program at UC San Diego. Find out more about Sam at


More Weave

This class is part of Rosy Simas’ Weave dance project. It is one of multiple community engagement activities that have been created for the Twin Cities Native and arts communities. These include events centering Native youth and elders, Native women, Native writers, and the dance community. To learn more about these activities, and Weave, which premieres Saturday, January 12, 2019, 7:30pm at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, please visit