Free Program for Minnesota Schools

The Cowles Center is now accepting  Interest Forms for our FREE Dance Without Barriers residency program. This program is ideal for an entire grand band or for a specialty teacher for an entire school year. Greater Minnesota schools are encouraged to apply and take advantage of this program using video conferencing technology.

We are looking for classroom teachers who are committed to providing students with an engaging arts experience and who are willing to collaborate with professional Teaching Artists through thoughtful planning and teaching.  
 Selected schools will be notified and invited to fill out full applications by Wednesday, May 10th. 

We hope to be an arts resource for your classroom to enhance student learning!

Types of Residencies
The Cowles Center has been providing free dance residencies to schools throughout MN through its Dance Without Barriers program for the last 14 years. Over the years, we have grown to work with over 60 communities and over 17,000 students.

  • Exploratory: Emphasis on learning a dance style and the cultural/historical significance of the dance form
  • Arts Integration: Makes connections between dance styles and core curriculum
  • Creation: 10-class residency focusing on student composition and a final performance