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    INSTINCT June 13-17, 2016

    Join ARENA DANCES for a week of classes and repertory opportunities taught by founder and artistic director, Mathew Janczewski. Targeted for the high intermediate to advanced level dancer, participating artists will observe their process of dancing from their instincts with imagination, physical idiosyncrasies and kinetic response. Observations and discussions about the many ways of working […]

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    TWITCH April 1-24 @ the Southern

    What do the artwork of Jim Hodges, cruise ship entertainment, and Irving Berlin have in common? Come find out in ARENA DANCES’ TWITCH, a series of new and repertoire dance works presented in celebration of the company’s vibrant 20-year history! Who: Mathew Janczewski’s ARENA DANCES What: TWITCH When: April 1, 2, 12, 13, 14, 15 […]

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    The Main Street Project on Tour in Morris, MN

    The Main Street Project in residence March 2-5 The University of Minnesota- Morris, Humanities Fine Arts Building, 125 600 East 4th Street, Morris, MN 56267 Performance Saturday, March 5th 7PM The Main Street Project is an evening-length dance performance created from our community center residencies that premiered May 16, 2014 at the College of St. […]


Founded in 1995 ARENA DANCES creates and performs original modern dance choreography promoting community gathering, dialogue and impact.

ARENA DANCES is a modern dance company performing the work of Mathew Janczewski. The work is abstract in form, giving shape to emotions, exploring the depths and the limits of what drives us as humans to connect, to break away, to survive. Just as our emotions can veer wildly, ARENA incorporates a highly kinetic style of movement, a sweeping physicality that takes in a broad range of feelings and the posturings we may make to protect ourselves in the world. The work springs first from Mathew’s own experiences; then, through the movement and structure, ARENA seeks to find a form to give those experiences both truth and commonality.

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