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Reviews and Previews from 32nd Spring Season

Star Tribune (review by Caroline Palmer)
Pioneer Press (review by Chris Hewitt)

Critical Acclaim

City Pages Best of 2012 "Best Dance Performance in the past 12 months for Storm"

“Zenon Dance Company has legs, in every sense of the word. Like a classic film, the troupe has weathered the dips and swells of changing artistic and popular taste with its integrity intact. The troupe’s diverse repertory of jazz, post-modern and experimental works — commissioned from some of the world’s most intriguing choreographers — has only grown more satisfyingly complex over time: richer, spicier, ever-surprising and with an impeccable finish.” Metro Magazine

“Zenon Dance Company is a regional treasure.  Elegant and assured...immensely versatile but inherently comic...intelligent and true.” City Pages

“Zenon’s spring concert demonstrates – with unflagging fortitude, artistic virtuosity and technical clarity – why this repertory troupe has retained its vitality for two decades. In short, this is a dance company that can do it all.” Star Tribune

“fearlessly versatile dancers…with the skill and focus of champion athletes” St. Paul Pioneer Press

MplsStPaul Magazine Best of 2007 "Best Dance Company"

School Acclaim

City Pages Best of 2008 “Best Place to Learn to Dance”: “Seasoned teachers, focused workshops, a non-intimidating atmosphere, and a host of classes. No wonder the bright studios are filled with a cross section of Twin Citians…The faculty includes some of the area’s top movers.”

City Pages Best of 2007 “Best Place to Learn to Dance”: “If you go to local hip-hop shows, you might have noticed something new in recent months: an influx of younger b-girls. Ask these confident beginners where they learned to pop, lock, and body rock, and they'll invariably tell you: ‘Zenon.’”

Testimonials from Residencies

“Your love for and belief in the power of dance was so evident in the transformation of our anxious and somewhat reluctant students to excited, creative and focused dancers.” — Jill Buckingham, Clinical Director, Family Centered Youth Services

“Zenon's commitment and dedication to working with diverse public school students is apparent in their professional approach to teaching dance, as well as by the skilled personal manner in which they interact with students…The success of the Zenon Dance Residency is a tribute to the artistry of the Zenon dancers and their mission to spread the joy of dance.” —9th Grade Teachers, Minneapolis Southwest High School

“I woke up excited to go to school all week.” —Minneapolis Public Junior High Student

“I felt that it was like poetry.” “It was one of the most coolest shows. I thought it was so cool that I would watch it again.” "I learned don’t be afraid.” —Students, Downtown Open School and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School


2010 Minnesota SAGE Award for Dance, Outstanding Ensemble

McKnight Excellence in the Arts Award
Twin Cities Mayors' Public Arts Award