En Avant!

An Artspace fundraiser for The Cowles Center
$0 - $250
Ticket Prices: 
General Admission: $0
Suggested Donation: $50

An Artspace Benefit for The Cowles Center

Friday, November 6, 2020  

En Avant means moving forward! Let’s celebrate the perseverance of the Minnesota dance community and look forward to the fantastic programs, performances, and artistry that lie ahead with a day-long virtual program of activities on November 6, 2020. For those missing community, we've partnered with local breweries to provide a safer gathering experiece for our benefit. Learn more below!

Our En Avant! Auction is now live! Check out the items and get bidding: Here's the link.


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Need to troubleshoot your registraton? Email Alyssabeth Sandberg, our Audience Services Manager at asandberg@thecowlescenter.org



Schedule of Events

12:00 – 1:00 PM: Dress Rehearsal
Join a lunchtime Musical Theater dance class with Cowles Teaching Artist, Renee Guittar. This class is for dancers of all ages and abilities – so grab your roomie or a kiddo!

5:00 - 9:00 PM: Brewery Viewing Party
Meet your friends and family for a safe and delicious viewing of En Avant! Modist Brewing in Minneapolis and Dual Citizen Brewing Company in Saint Paul each offer a designated party space. RSVPs are required.

6:00 - 6:30 PM: Pre-Show Warm-Up
Get ready for tonight’s performance, no stretching or resin required. Learn how to make the En Avant! signature cocktail, and get a behind the scenes tour of the Goodale Theater.

7:00 - 7:30 PM: Show Time!
You’ll get a sneak peek: Tune in for an exclusive preview of some of the upcoming shows in our 10th anniversary season! Performances include THE MIXTAPE Collective, Ballet Co.Laboratory, and collaboration between Hatch Dance and STRONGmovement. Emceed by Teaching Artist Rush Benson, who will also lead a Fund-A-Need call to give. 

Plus: Be the first to hear about our plans for sustaining the dance community and providing more access to dance education – and how The Cowles Center pivoted our Education and Community Engagement programs to reach more audiences than ever.

8:00 PM: Curtain Call After Party
Let loose! Join Cowles’ Teaching Artist, Djenane Saint Juste for Caribbean Dances that will make for a fun and joyful interactive dance party. Turn those Zoom cameras on, and let’s move together! 



General Admission: Free
Admission to attend En Avant! is complimentary. A suggested donation of $50 will support The Cowles Center in providing sustainable, equitable access to dance education and programs. Any attendee who donates $50 or more will receive the downloadable En Avant! Accompanist* as a thank you from us!

*What is the En Avant! Accompanist?

This is a particularly talented accompanist! Within, you’ll find an event toolkit that includes fun additions to enhance the whole family’s event experience! Coloring activities, games, educational resources, cocktail and mocktail recipes, curated list of recommended dance music and movies, and information about the upcoming 20/21 season and programming are all included.


To RSVP and for more information, please visit this webpage.
Please note that General Admission ticket holders will still need to RSVP. 

RSVP here!


The En Avant! Host Committee

Co-Chairs: Bryan Pattee and Tom Pack
Committee Members: John and Jesse Burnette, Gwen Cooney, Kirstin Currie, Rikaela Greane, Lisa Hake, Ameila Hardy, Masami Kawazato, Kaye Lockrem, Claire Mitchell


En Avant! is sponsored by: 

Presenting Sponsor: U.S. Bank
Goodale Theater Sponsor: EY
Performance Sponsor: KPMG
Fund-A-Need Sponsor: AVM Construction, Best Buy, Great Clips
Hospitality Sponosors: 3M, Ameriprise Financial, Eide Bailly, Maslon LLP, Taft Law, UrbanWorks, Watson-Forsberg
Host Party Sponsors: Dual Citizen Brewing Company, Indeed Brewing Company, Modist Brewing
Patron Sponsors: Braun Intertec, LHB Architects 


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