Open Laboratory ⎪ June 8, 2019

Performance #1 at 2:00pm
Performance #2 at 3:15pm



At the end of May and through the last days of BCL’s Spring Semester we are proud to implement the Mini-Mester, an intensive-style capstone to the 2018/2019 season. During their regularly scheduled class times, BCL dancers in levels 1-4 will learn contemporary, ballet, and modern repertoire which will culminate in a year-end Gala Performance, 
Open Laboratory and are invited to community barbecue, all at our home in St. Paul on June 8th from 2-5pm.

At Ballet Co.Laboratory, we know that the dancers of today are required to be versatile, creative and adaptable. The Mini-Mester gives our students the exposure to the quick process of learning and performing new work whilst in their familiar and celebrated studio home. We aim to push their artistic boundaries and show off the results of their dedicated year of work.

We are welcoming Christian Warner and Amanda Sachs to the Mini-Mester faculty to teach additional classes for levels 3 and 4 and set new repertoire. They will be joined by current faculty members who will set short ballet and modern works on levels 1 and 2 which will also be performed at Open Laboratory.

Open Laboratory, is not only a year end performance and celebration of our hard-working students, but also a community celebration of all that BCL has accomplished in the past 9 months. We invite all who have had a hand in making the BCL dream a reality to attend.

This is a free event, with a suggested donation of $10 per seat to see the performance. Grilled hot dogs and burgers will be available for purchase after both performances have finished, around 3:45. These proceeds will go directly towards scholarship funds for summer and fall semesters.


Mini-Mester Guest Teaching Artists


Christian A. Warner began his professional career at the age of seven in the NetWorks touring production of Oliver! The Musical, and later joined the east coast tour of Disney’s The Lion King as Young Simba, making his broadway debut two years later. He graduated from HSPVA in Houston and Point Park University in Pittsburgh with a BFA in dance. Christian has acquired repertoire by Sonya Tayeh, Troy Powell, Thang Dao, Dwight Rhoden, Larry Keigwin, Jessica Hendricks, Mark Morris, Bennyroyce Royon and Luke Murphy, and Stacey Tookey. He most recently worked for Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre and is a company member with TU Dance. Christian has graced the stage with Ballet Co.Laboratory in both Nutcracker in Wonderland and Remembering the Little Prince.


Juliana Johnson is a dancer, choreographer, and visual artist from the Twin Cities. She is currently working as a freelance choreographer, dancer, and graphic designer. She began her training at Classical Ballet Academy, then explored modern and contemporary styles of dance through attending the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists and training at TU Dance Center. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Fordham University Lincoln Center with a BFA in dance and a BA in visual art. Her company work includes TU Dance Company, Minnesota Opera, Kinematic Dance Theater in NYC, and Arena Dances. She has performed works by Alvin Ailey, Ohad Naharin, Stefanie Batten Bland, Uri Sands, and Gregory Dolbashian. With a passion to create immersive art experiences, Juliana focuses on blending mediums in the performance realm aiming to engage audiences with an embodied sensibility driven by humanity.


Tickets can be obtained at the front desk from a faculty member or receptionist as available after 4:30pm starting on the Tuesday before the performance.

Tuesday, June 4th after 4:30pm
Wednesday, June 5th after 4:30pm
Thursday, June 6th after 4:30pm
Friday, June 7th after 4:30pm
Saturday, June 8th starting 12pm.

Seating will be limited. There may be additional standing room. If you have a large party we ask that you split up your group, if possible, between the first and second show. Families are limited to viewing only one performance, but if standing room is available you may, of course, attend. We then invite all to stay and enjoy the barbecue out back of our space.

If you would like to include a suggested donation of $10 you may do so at the time of purchase or at the door before the performance you choose to attend.



2pm Open Laboratory Performance #1

2:45 Words from the Director in the BCL lobby

3:15 Open Laboratory Performance #2

3:45-5pm Barbecue