Zenon Dance

528 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403



(612) 338-1101

Classes offered: Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern Dance, Hip Hop, World Dance, Health + Wellness, Contact Improv

Description via website: “Zenon also operates a dance school that welcomes all dancers, regardless of age, ability or experience. First-rate, independent instructors ably teach a wide range of dancers, from the nationally renowned to the beginning child or adult. City Pages rated the school “Best Place to Learn to Dance” in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011.”

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Zenon is located in an historic building in downtown Minneapolis. There are numerous classes for adults available including ballet, belly dancing, tap, modern and jazz. I have had four different teachers in my ballet classes and they are all excellent. Each of them makes an effort to get to know you and help you at your level. The classes are arranged at various times during the day so it is easy to find a convenient time. The studio has some wear but is adequate for dance with a worn marley floor. All ballet classes have a pianist playing. The fee is very reasonable at $13/class (usually 1.5 hours long). They offer punch cards that have a discount and it is a further discount if you pay for a full session. Classes run year round and through the summer. There is no dress code whatsoever and many of the students look like they rolled out of bed in the dark and dressed in whatever was on the floor or dirty laundry basket. So no intimidation factor with the clothing! You will also see people of all ages and shapes so anyone can fit right in! It is easy to get to by car, bus or light rail. The light rail stops about a block from the studio. There is only a one thing I don’t like about this studio. The classes at times get a bit large and you can feel forgotten. The teachers do a good job of trying to minimize this problem when it occurs.
I would highly recommend this studio! Especially if you are just starting they are very welcoming and non stressful!

9 out of 10


Do you take classes over the holidays?

English: A ballet dancer doing barre work.

.(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of the things we discussed on Tweetchat on Saturday was how we weren’t sure what we were going to do over the holidays–most of us don’t go to studios that offer classes over the holidays. The studios I attend do (with the exception of Christmas Eve and Day and New Year’s Eve and Day), however, I will be away at families’ houses for the majority of the holidays since I have a winter break at college. I plan on doing my ballet workout DVD and well as my modern dance DVD, in addition to lots of stretching and theraband exercises.

Do your studios offer classes over the holidays?

Guest Post: Profile of Susan Attfield from Pretoria, South Africa

Today’s post (Adult Ballerina Project’s first guest post!) is brought to you by Susan Attfield, who owns her own ballet studio, Dance Hub, in Pretoria, South Africa. You can read her blog, Ballet for Adults in South Africa, here. Enjoy her post about being an adult ballerina and going on to open her own studio!

I started dancing just more than four years ago. I did two years of modern dancing when I was about 15 years old, but always want to do ballet. I had no prior experience in ballet till 2008 and never did ballet as a child.

Prior to starting ballet myself, I have not even seen a ballet or a live ballet performance on stage ever! I have always known that I wanted to do ballet, even as a child. My mother however, believed ballet was too expensive to take on as a hobby and wanted me to rather excel in athletic track events, which I did.

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