Driftless Dance Festival

Classes and Workshops

The Driftless Dance Festival offers opportunities for those of all ages and abilities to experience dance in a friendly and welcoming environment. Whether you’re new to movement or a seasoned professional, there is an opportunity for you!

Advance registration is not required but is recommended to secure your spot. On-site registration will be available during the festival as space allows.

Pass Holder Registration

Class Pass and Plus Pass holders may register for unlimited master classes and workshops at no additional charge.* To register, click here and log into your account, and click on Ticket Packages. Then choose the event you’d like to attend from the drop-down menu. Alternately, you can select events from the calendar once you’re logged in and your pass benefits will be automatically applied. You may also call the box office at 507-457-1715 for assistance.

Performance Pass holders may register for free workshops and purchase “a la carte” master classes and events during the priority registration period (ends Sunday, February 9).

*Subject to availability

2019-20 Page Series Subscribers
Please call the box office to order Plus or Performance passes if your Page Series subscription includes SPEAK and/or James Sewell Ballet. The value of these events will be deducted from your festival package price. Class passes do not include performance tickets and may be ordered through normal channels.

Not a pass holder? Click here for more information or to order.

Single Event Registration

“A la carte” registration for master classes and workshops will open on Monday, February 10.

Explore the events below and click “register” to complete your registration.

Free Workshops

The festival offers seven free opportunities for community members of all ages and abilities to explore dance and movement in a friendly environment!


The full schedule of festival classes, workshops, and special events is available below. Click the toggle for a quick view of all festival events, or explore the calendar tiles below for full descriptions and information. Click the links within each event to register, or click here to go directly to the registration site. As a reminder, you must be a pass holder and be logged in to the registration site in order to register during the priority registration period.

At-a-Glance Schedule

Friday, March 27
5 – 6:30 pm: Opening Reception at Blue Heron Coffeehouse
7:30 pm: SPEAK performance at Page Theatre, with post-performance q&a

Saturday, March 28
At Valéncia Arts Center
9-10 am:
• Yorchha with Renée Copeland (Beginner/Intermediate)
• Laboratory with woolen lover (all)
• Open Stretch (all)

10:10 – 11:10 am:
• Polynesian Dance with the Winona International Dancers (all)
• Tap with Michelle Dorrance (Fast Beginner/Intermediate)

10:10 – 11:40 am:
• James Sewell Ballet – Ballet Master Class (Intermediate/Advanced)

11 am – 1 pm:
Community Fair

12:45 – 1:45 pm
• Body-Mind Wellness with James Sewell (all, ages 13+)

1:15 – 2:45 pm
• Hip Hop with AJ Juarez (Intermediate/Advanced)
• Tap with Michelle Dorrance (Intermediate/Advanced)

2-3 pm: Kathak with Leela Dance Collective (all)

3 – 4:30 pm
• Yorchha with Renée Copeland (Intermediate/Advanced)
• Tap with Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards (Intermediate)

10:15 – 11:15 am: Rhythm and Movement for Families with Leela Dance Collective at the Winona Family YMCA
11:45 am – 12:45 pm: Lunch with the Artists and Panel Discussion at Acoustic Cafe

At the Page Theatre
3 – 6 pm: James Sewell Ballet Open Rehearsal
6:15 pm: Pre-performance talk with James Sewell
7:30 pm: James Sewell Ballet Performance

Sunday, March 29
At Valéncia Arts Center
10 – 11 am: Classical NIA with Jacque Paulsen (all)
11:15 am – 12:15 pm: Irish Dance with Alana Pelowski (all)
11:30 am – 1:30 pm: Ballet with Tammy Schmidt / MCA Summer Dance Intensive Audition (Intermediate/Advanced, ages 12+)
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm: Swing, Swing, Swing! with Breitlow Ballroom (all)

At the Page Theatre
3 pm: Winona Dance Showcase
Join us for a celebration in the lobby following the performance!


700 Terrace Heights
Winona, MN 55987



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