Sally Rousse

ICON SAM: Temple Dances
Ticket Prices: 
Adults - $25

ICON SAM: Temple Dances is an historical, hysterical romp that takes place in the doorways, studios, alleys, and hallways of 528 Hennepin Avenue. Now The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts, this building has been many things, most notably, a Masonic Temple. The roaming show features choreography by award-winning local dancemakers Wynn Fricke, HIJACK, Lise Houlton, Judith Howard, Judith Brin Ingber, STRONGmovement, Sossy Mechanics, Sally Rousse, and others and explores notions of transition and inclusiveness.

Know Before You Go

  • ICON SAM: Temple Dances is a promenade performance experience throughout the eight marbled floors of The Cowles Center.
  • Please plan to arrive early. Once the performance has begun, we cannot accommodate latecomers.
  • You should expect to be on your feet for most of the 90-minute show.
  • Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes (closed-toe shoes are best).
  • Please avoid bringing bags or personal items. You'll be asked to check all items (phones, bags, etc) at our complimentary coat check.
  • The performance route is approximately 0.75 miles and includes going both up stairs (around 126 steps) and down stairs (36 steps). Elevator routes are available for those who prefer not to take the stairs. Please email if you would like to request an elevator route to travel from floor to floor.
  • If you or anyone in your party has concerns related to this promenade performance, please contact so we can ensure the most comfortable experience for you.
  • Please be advised that ICON SAM contains some mature content and language. 

Due to the site-specific nature of the performance, there is very limited capacity. Limit: 40 tickets per show.

Performer Bios

About Sally Rousse
Best known to Minnesota audiences for her work with James Sewell Ballet, which she co-founded in 1990, dance maker Sally Rousse made her 1992 Minneapolis debut in what was then known as The Little Theater (now TEK Box) on the second floor of the Hennepin Center for the Arts. Rousse worked tirelessly with Artspace, the Minnesota Legislature and Minneapolis City Council, and the dance community to raise funds and awareness for the Shubert’s historic move and renovation. In 2014 The Cowles Center and James Sewell Ballet (JSB) honored Rousse with a tribute and retrospective. 

Photo by Cameron Wittig, courtesy of Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.