Dance Without Barriers

Dance without Barriers brings high quality dance learning experiences to students across Minnesota. In 19/20, Dance without Barriers will provide 350 free sessions to 25+ Minnesota public schools, engaging more than 1,900 students from 75 different elementary, middle, and high school classrooms. 

The Cowles Center has been providing free dance residencies to schools throughout MN through its Dance Without Barriers program for the last 15 years. Over the years, we have grown to work with over 60 communities and over 22,000+ students.


2019/20 Interest Form

Types of Residencies:

  • 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

Through our Dance without Barriers Programs comes Creations: a 15-class residency focusing on student composition and a final performance.

Contact Jessi Fett, Director of Education & Community Engagement, at or 612.206.3640 to learn more.