Find rhythm, groundedness, and flow with dance classes at Ananya Dance Theatre's Shawngram Institute for Performance & Social Justice.

In-Person & Online Classes

All classes are currently in session!

With the New Year, we are welcoming a few changes regarding class participation and class times. We are grateful for the ways zoom has enabled us to widen our access to Yorchhā and helped to foster relationships across many lands and time zones. We are taking this lesson forward by specifying the participation structure for each class. Our intention for this shift is to create optimal learning environments and lesson plans for the different modalities. For more information about the participation structure of each class, please see their descriptions.


Water Dances

Wednesdays 9:45-11:00 am CT (in-person only*)

A weekly dedication to the vitality and life force of Water. In class, we will offer breath, dance, meditation, story, song, and reflection. Each class will take shape a little differently, staying responsive to the ongoing movements protecting the sacredness and longevity of water worldwide. Water Dances will begin with grounding movement, flow into dedicated time for personal practice/research/reflection, and close with collective sharing. All who are committed to deepening their relationship with water are welcome to participate.


Yorchhā Elements | Yorchhā Integrations

Yorchhā Elements, Fridays 5:00-6:00 pm CT (virtual only*)

Yorchhā Integrations, Saturdays 9:00 am-10:00 am CT (in-person only*)

Yorchhā Elements | Yorchhā Integrations is a new approach to the previous Intro and Advanced class structure. Now, these classes are in conversation with each other, breaking down Yorchhā elementals like footwork or torso articulation in the Friday “Elements” class and then adding continued complexity in the following Saturday’s “Integrations” class.

*Yorchhā is Ananya Dance Theatre’s trade-marked contemporary technique that intersects principles of vinyasa yoga, classical Indian dance form Odishi (from the eastern Indian state of Odisha), and martial art form Chhau (also from Odisha). These traditional aesthetics are refracted and reimagined through transnational-feminist practices of solidarity and resistance to create a contemporary vocabulary of movement that dances forward our dreams for a just world.


Yoga: Aligning With Land

Sundays 3:00-4:00 pm CT  (hybrid participation*)

From Tadasana (mountain pose), the first asana in Surya Namaskar sequence, we connect our feet to the ground and attune our internal landscape to find equity on the ground under our feet. Our practices of relationality and reciprocity are also building blocks for sustainable and regenerative body practices. This Vinyasa class breaks down the fundamentals of structural and energetic alignment in Yoga while moving towards right-relationship with place and community. All are welcome to participate. Variations and modifications will be provided for multiple access points in each class. Mats and blocks are encouraged with limited supplies available at the Institute.


*All in-person classes are held at the Shawngrām Institute for Performance & Social Justice located at 1197 University Ave W, ST Paul, MN 55104. Students attending in-person classes must wear face masks during class. No exceptions.

*All virtual and hybrid classes have new corresponding zoom links.

Contact Kealoha at for zoom class links, or with questions about accessibility.

Subscribe to our Shawngrām Classes google calendar to know exactly when we are taking breaks and restarting classes.


Looking for information about Summer Intensive 2024? Click HERE.


Payment Information

Classes are operated on a pay-what-you-can basis. 

We suggest that participants pay $15.00 per class, but please donʻt let financial limitations stop you from participating! Another way to contribute is by sharing information about the classes on your social media or inviting people in your orbit to take classes with you!

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For liability purposes, please read through our participation waiver. Do not hesitate to ask questions or ask for variations on our movement in class. Our priority is to dance together joyfully, safely, and to the fullest of everybody’s abilities that day.
Liability Disclaimer:
By participating in these activities, you agree that Ananya Dance Theatre is not responsible for, and you hereby waive all claims for loss, injury, or illness to person or property relating to your participation in activities sponsored by Ananya Dance Theatre.

Ananya Dance Theatre is supported in part by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Ananya Dance Theatre | Shawngram Institute for Performance & Social Justice

Mailing Address: P. O. Box 40064, Saint Paul, MN 55104

Street Address: 1197 University Avenue West, Saint Paul, MN 55104