Curio Dance

Curio Dance Curio Dance & School Through dazzling performances, we celebrate diversity by blending Classical, Traditional, and Urban professional dance.
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Curio Dance is a group of professional dancers, artistically directed by Dario and Giselle. They have world-renowned experience choreographing and performing in national dance companies, Broadway shows, television, film, and full-length productions in the fine arts and commercial dance industries. They specialize in classical, traditional and contemporary movement to demonstrate history in the tremendous American dance forms. The Mejias were finalists on America’s Got Talent with Team iLuminate, where they also created shows at Disneyland and Six Flags Theme Parks. They have performed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Good Morning America, the TODAY Show, MGM Grand in Las Vegas and Radio City Music Hall in NYC. EDUCATION: After receiving their education in dance performance from The Juilliard School and SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance, they together joined Luna Negra Dance Theater of Chicago. Seeking more creative collaborations, the siblings took their art form to another level by fostering the original creation of iLuminate. iLuminate has extended its tenure as a recognized dance sensation from NBC’s America’s Got Talent with a self-titled show running off-broadway. Amidst all of Curio Dance’s adventures, Dario and Giselle’s hearts have stayed connected to home and to their roots among the Twin Cities vibrant and diverse community of dancers and starting in 2009, Dario and Giselle presented an evening length duet performance to sold-out audiences at Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis. This dynamic duo has carefully studied artistic direction of famous choreographers such as Julie Taymor (Across the Universe), Lorence Rhodes and Benjamin Harkarvy (Juilliard), Robert Battle (Alvin Ailey), Dwight Roden (Complexions), Desmond Richardson (Chicago), Joe Lanteri (NYCDA), Mia Michaels (SYTYCD), Paul Taylor (Paul Taylor Dance Company), Laura Glen (Jose Limon), Mark Morris (Mark Morris Dance Group), Cindy Salgado (Cedar Lake Dance Ensemble), James Canfield (Nevada Ballet Theater), Laurie Stallings Vanderpool (Hubbard Street Dance Chicago), Eduardo Vilaro (Luna Negra Dance Theater)

Curio Dance is a group of professional dancers, artistically directed by Dario and Giselle. They have world-renowned experience choreographing and performing in national dance companies, Broadway shows, television, film, and full-length productions in the fine arts and commercial dance industries. They specialize in classical, traditional and contemporary movement to demonstrate history in the tremendous American dance forms. The Mejias were finalists on America’s Got Talent with Team iLuminate, where they also created shows at Disneyland and Six Flags Theme Parks. They have performed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Good Morning America, the TODAY Show, MGM Grand in Las Vegas and Radio City Music Hall in NYC. EDUCATION: After receiving their education in dance performance from The Juilliard School and SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance, they together joined Luna Negra Dance Theater of Chicago. Seeking more creative collaborations, the siblings took their art form to another level by fostering the original creation of iLuminate. iLuminate has extended its tenure as a recognized dance sensation from NBC’s America’s Got Talent with a self-titled show running off-broadway. Amidst all of Curio Dance’s adventures, Dario and Giselle’s hearts have stayed connected to home and to their roots among the Twin Cities vibrant and diverse community of dancers and starting in 2009, Dario and Giselle presented an evening length duet performance to sold-out audiences at Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis. This dynamic duo has carefully studied artistic direction of famous choreographers such as Julie Taymor (Across the Universe), Lorence Rhodes and Benjamin Harkarvy (Juilliard), Robert Battle (Alvin Ailey), Dwight Roden (Complexions), Desmond Richardson (Chicago), Joe Lanteri (NYCDA), Mia Michaels (SYTYCD), Paul Taylor (Paul Taylor Dance Company), Laura Glen (Jose Limon), Mark Morris (Mark Morris Dance Group), Cindy Salgado (Cedar Lake Dance Ensemble), James Canfield (Nevada Ballet Theater), Laurie Stallings Vanderpool (Hubbard Street Dance Chicago), Eduardo Vilaro (Luna Negra Dance Theater)

Operating as usual

Thank you Mary Divine and the Pioneer Press!! 💙💙
11/15/2020

Thank you Mary Divine and the Pioneer Press!! 💙💙

Martha Graham, Isadora Duncan and Madonna all in the same day!
11/05/2020

Martha Graham, Isadora Duncan and Madonna all in the same day!

It’s Halloween week! Wear your Halloween costume to dance this week! 🧡🎃
10/27/2020

It’s Halloween week! Wear your Halloween costume to dance this week! 🧡🎃

We are dancing OUTSIDE tonight with ALL UPDOWN FUNK (Teen & Adult) dancers at 5:30pm-6:25pm. We will NOT have class at 6...
10/23/2020

We are dancing OUTSIDE tonight with ALL UPDOWN FUNK (Teen & Adult) dancers at 5:30pm-6:25pm. We will NOT have class at 6:30.

We had a blast celebrating a very special set of birthdays yesterday! Thank you Sunny Hill for having us! Let us bring t...
10/21/2020

We had a blast celebrating a very special set of birthdays yesterday! Thank you Sunny Hill for having us!
Let us bring the dance party to YOU! 💙

Today we had a dance party day with Curio Dance studio. We had so much fun!

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10/08/2020

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Photoshoot 2020 photos are done and everyone looks great! 💙
10/01/2020

Photoshoot 2020 photos are done and everyone looks great! 💙

No outdoor classes today due to rain and chilly weather! See you next week. Stay dry.
09/30/2020

No outdoor classes today due to rain and chilly weather! See you next week. Stay dry.

*New* Ballet class for ages 8+ with Caitlin on Tuesday’s 6:30-7:30pm! Come improve your technique and get those bodies d...
09/28/2020

*New* Ballet class for ages 8+ with Caitlin on Tuesday’s 6:30-7:30pm! Come improve your technique and get those bodies dancing! First class begins tomorrow, come in for a free trial! Caitlin has over 20 years of professional performance and teaching experience and specializes in ballet and technique training.

09/24/2020
MN Original

Throwback Thursday!

Saturday was #NationalDanceDay. What a better time to celebrate Dario and Giselle Mejia's company Curio Dance? Their aim is to "honor diversity by blending classical, traditional and urban styles of dance."

*New* Curio Merch coming soon! Check your emails later today for pre-ordering information!
09/24/2020

*New* Curio Merch coming soon! Check your emails later today for pre-ordering information!

Performing Division PhotoShoot TODAY!!! See you all soon 😘
09/19/2020

Performing Division PhotoShoot TODAY!!! See you all soon 😘

TEACHER FEATURE: Caitlin Mejia is Teaching Artist and Executive Director of Curio Dance & School. Caitlin holds a BFA in...
09/10/2020

TEACHER FEATURE: Caitlin Mejia is Teaching Artist and Executive Director of Curio Dance & School. Caitlin holds a BFA in Biology from the University of Minnesota and has studied dance extensively with the School of the American Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Ballet West and the Minnesota Dance Theatre.

She has performed in iLuminate on the New World Stages Off Broadway, Radio City Music Hall, Broadway in the Park and on television for America's Got Talent. Her local performances include featured roles in Loyce Houlton’s Nutcracker Fantasy and other Minnesota Dance Theatre performances. Caitlin also stage managed Curio Dance’s Drop The Mic performances and the school’s Spring Recital. Caitlin began teaching in 2007 under the direction of former San Francisco Ballet School Director, Gloria Govern. She has been the Ballet program director at Premiere Dance Academy, Heartbeat studios, Jete Dance Centre and Moore Than Dance. Some of her former students have gone on to dance in professional ballet companies including Pacific Northwest Ballet and Pittsburg Ballet. She has developed the education based dance curriculum for our Young Children’s program for Curio Dance including First Moves and the popular Performing Arts Preschool.

Throwback to State Fair 2019! We are please to announce a *new* UpDown Funk TEENS Outdoor Dance class on Fridays. Find r...
09/03/2020

Throwback to State Fair 2019! We are please to announce a *new* UpDown Funk TEENS Outdoor Dance class on Fridays. Find registration on www.curiodance.com

Teacher Feature! Dario Mejia (Co-owner Curio Dance, Choreographer, Teacher, and Dancer) pursued his dance training durin...
08/31/2020

Teacher Feature! Dario Mejia (Co-owner Curio Dance, Choreographer, Teacher, and Dancer) pursued his dance training during his formative years at the nationally renowned Larkin Dance Studio in Maplewood, Minnesota. In high school, he received an award at the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts in jazz dance. He continued formal dance training at the Juilliard School and Minnesota Dance Theater, as a student and company member. He performed with Mark Morris and Luna Negra Dance Theatre. Since 2007 he has been producing and curating dance performances, including Curio Dance and Drop the Mic! now in its fourth year of production. In 2010, he is a founding member Team iLuminate who took 3rdplace in America’s Got Talent. He contributed to iLuminate in various roles, performing, choreographing and directing. The feature full-length iLuminate show, Artist of Light, has performed off-Broadway in 2012 and 2013. He created full-length shows on Crystal Cruises Symphony, “Imagine,” at 6 Flags over Georgia and Texas, and the Central Asia Tour for the U.S. Embassy. He has also choreographed and performed for The Greatest Cabaret in the World, a guest appearance on America’s Got Talent at Radio City Music Hall 2013, a guest performer on Good Morning America and The Ellen DeGeneres Show, a personal interview with Telemundo, the TODAY show on NBC, and CUE BALL, in Boston MA.

Dance begins TODAY!!!! We are so excited to see you all back in the studio!!!!! 💙💙It’s not too late to register for clas...
08/31/2020

Dance begins TODAY!!!! We are so excited to see you all back in the studio!!!!! 💙💙It’s not too late to register for classes! Open enrollment until mid October. We will have an outdoor performance this fall for all students! Let’s do this!

Getting ready for classes to begin on MONDAY! Did you know we always carry a stock of dance wear and shoes at the studio...
08/28/2020

Getting ready for classes to begin on MONDAY! Did you know we always carry a stock of dance wear and shoes at the studio?

TEACHER FEATURE — Giselle Mejia believes in keeping the dance studio a sacred space to explore many types of energy and ...
08/28/2020

TEACHER FEATURE — Giselle Mejia believes in keeping the dance studio a sacred space to explore many types of energy and allow our bodies to express ideas larger than life. She has been the Artistic Director, Choreographer and Instructor of Curio Dance & School and a Teaching Artist with The Cowles Center since 2009. She currently is a faculty of Gustavus Adolphus College Giselle acquired an MFA in Dance from Peck School of the Arts at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from SUNY Purchase College in New York, where she concentrated on contemporary dance, somatic studies, improvisation and dances of the African Diaspora. She was Associate Choreographer for In The Heights, an Ordway Original and an Actor in the Ordway’s West Side Story. Her dancing has brought her around the world; including Spain, South America, China, Indonesia, Russia, South Africa, Egypt, and across the United States to perform at principal theaters and study with national dance companies including Luna Negra Dance Theater of Chicago and world-renown technology-driven dance company iLuminate who were finalists on “America’s Got Talent.”

Social distance < social Dis-DANCE. 💃🕺🏻
08/26/2020

Social distance < social Dis-DANCE. 💃🕺🏻

We followed our feet this morning to this beautiful spot. Everyone was soaked on our return 😉
08/26/2020

We followed our feet this morning to this beautiful spot. Everyone was soaked on our return 😉

We need community. We need connection. We need each other. Let’s do this TOGETHER! 💙
08/25/2020

We need community. We need connection. We need each other. Let’s do this TOGETHER! 💙

At Curio Dance we have Small class sizes and a positive encouraging environment because we believe that everyBODY can da...
08/25/2020

At Curio Dance we have Small class sizes and a positive encouraging environment because we believe that everyBODY can dance! Sign up TODAY! www.curiodance.com Classes begin Aug 31. In-studio, outdoor and virtual options available.

Did you know that Curio Dance is offering an 8-week session of OUTDOOR DANCE!? Outdoor Preschool dance on Monday morning...
08/24/2020

Did you know that Curio Dance is offering an 8-week session of OUTDOOR DANCE!? Outdoor Preschool dance on Monday mornings and recreational dance on Wednesday evenings. Visit www.curiodance.com to register. Classes begin next Monday!!!

Dance classes begin Aug 31!!!! Register today, class sizes are limited. www.curiodance.com
08/21/2020

Dance classes begin Aug 31!!!! Register today, class sizes are limited. www.curiodance.com

Open House is happening now on this beautiful afternoon! We are here till 7pm! Stop by and say hello! 💙
08/18/2020

Open House is happening now on this beautiful afternoon! We are here till 7pm! Stop by and say hello! 💙

We hope to see YOU tonight at our Open House! Meet the instructors, register for classes and support local business and ...
08/18/2020

We hope to see YOU tonight at our Open House! Meet the instructors, register for classes and support local business and get your dancewear needs for the start of the dance season!
Curio Outdoor Open House TODAY, 3-7pm in the studio parking lot.

Curio Dance Open House is tomorrow, Tuesday, 3-7pm. We will be set up Outside the studio in the parking lot. Meet the in...
08/18/2020

Curio Dance Open House is tomorrow, Tuesday, 3-7pm. We will be set up Outside the studio in the parking lot. Meet the instructors, register for classes and get your dance wear! 💙💙

08/07/2020

How excited are YOU for Auditions tonight? Dario is this excited....🤩🥳😆

08/06/2020

Rain. On. ME! 💥

Where’s.........Fonteyn?! Can you find her in this photo, dancing with the “big” kids. 👯‍♀️
08/06/2020

Where’s.........Fonteyn?! Can you find her in this photo, dancing with the “big” kids. 👯‍♀️

I found some beautiful “butterflies” in my backyard today 😉🦋
08/04/2020

I found some beautiful “butterflies” in my backyard today 😉🦋

Day 1 of Auditions was a success! Great job dancers
08/04/2020

Day 1 of Auditions was a success! Great job dancers

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CHILDREN’S DIVISION First Moves 45 minutes/week In this class students build gross motor skills, musicality, kinesthetic confidence and a foundation in dance technique. Students wiggle and giggle as they establish a lifelong love of dance, exploring their world through creative movement activities. This class is for students 3-5 years old. Option 1 Monday 10:30-11:15am Option 2 Tuesday 4:30-5:15pm Option 3 Saturday 8:45-9:30am Cost $100/session (8 classes per session) Pre-Dance 60 minutes/week This class focuses on basic Jazz, Tap and Ballet technique with an emphasis on rhythm and music. It is a wonderful class that encourages creativity with structured progression. It is an introduction to our Performing Division or Dance4u classes. This class is for children between the ages of 5-8 years old. Option 1 Wednesday 5:30-6:30pm Option 2 Friday 4:30-5:30 Option 3 Saturday 11-12pm Cost $110/session (8 classes per session) Pre-Dance II 120 minutes/week For the Pre-Dance student who wants to dance more than once a week. Dancers attend two Pre-Dance classes per week. This class is an introduction to our Performing Division Level I. This class is for children between the ages of 5-8 years old. Option 1 Wednesday 5:30-6:30pm Option 2 Friday 4:30-5:30pm Option 3 Saturday 11-12pm Cost $165/session (16 classes per session) YOUTH DIVISION Dance4u 1.25 hours/week Share your love of movement and joyful dancing in this class that meets once a week. For the student who knows they love to move, shake, shine and have a good time. A stress-free environment makes the class a welcoming place where you get to make new friends and lasting memories for years to come. Teachers emphasize the styles of Tap, Technique, Jazz and Contemporary. For students 8-12 years old. Option 1 Monday 7-8:15pm Option 2 Saturday 12-1:15pm Cost $120/session (8 classes per session) Dance4u2 1.5 hours/week For the mature student who is new to dance or who has been dancing for years. A stress-free environment makes the class a welcoming place where you get to make new friends and lasting memories for years to come. Teachers emphasize the styles of Tap, Technique, Jazz and Contemporary. For students 12-16 years old. Option 1 Friday 6-7:30pm Option 2 Saturday 9:30-11am Cost $130/session (8 classes per session) Hip Hop Beginning, I, & II 1.0 hour/week Come groove with us and learn the latest Hip Hop moves from stage to street. In this class you will learn choreographed routines and improvisation skills to impress your friends. Beginning Hip Hop is an introduction, Hip Hop I is for 6 to 10 year olds, Hip Hop II is for ages 10 and over who want a faster pace and bigger challenge. Beginning Hip Hop Wednesday TBD Hip Hop I Tuesday 6-7:00pm Hip Hop II Tuesday 7-8:00pm Cost $110/session (8 classes per session) PERFORMING DIVISION The Performing Division is ideal for the motivated dancer who has a passion for movement and performance. We have spent years designing a program for your dancer at the pre-professional level. We strive to pull out individual talents, teaching every dancer how to really move in many genres and techniques. Curio Dance provides performance opportunities throughout the year in the fine arts. Our training is focused on the artist and capabilities that emerge when you provide all the tools for learning in a positive, fun, rigorous and encouraging environment. LEVEL I 3 hours/week Monday 4:30-6:30pm (Ballet, Jazz) Wednesday 4:30-5:30pm (Jazz) Cost: $120/month LEVEL II 4 hours/week Tuesday 4:30-6:30pm (Ballet, Contemporary) Thursday 4:30-6:30pm (Tap, Jazz) Cost: $150/month LEVEL III 6.5 hours/week Monday 4:30-7pm (Ballet, Tap) Thursday 4:30-7pm (Ballet/Technique, Jazz/Leaps & Turns) Friday 4:30-6pm (Elements of Performance) Cost $220/month OPEN CLASSES Open classes are for the dancer who wants to improve skills in a specific dance form. These classes are ideal for the theater student who wants to learn to tap dance or the gymnast who wants to improve grace and flow through ballet technique training. It is also an introduction to dance without the full commitment to attendance every week. Open classes are classified as beginning or advanced. Dancers can find the class that is challenging yet provides some feelings of success. Ballet 1.0 hours/week Focus on basic ballet technique for the beginning ballet dancer. Strengthens posture and core to improve balance and graceful movements. Includes bar and floor work. For students 8 years old and up. Wednesday 6:30pm Cost $140 for 10 class card Musical Theater 1.0 hours/week This class is designed for the triple threat, performers who have refined skills in voice, movement, and acting. With a focus on beginning tap, this class for all ages will prepare the dancer for auditions for any event. Friday 5:30pm Cost $140 for 10 class card Jazz/Funk 1.0 hours/week Advanced class for the experienced dancer. This is the place to fuse your hip hop skills an d jazz technique. Much like jazz music, you will learn improvisation techniques and floor work along with advanced leaps and turns. Wednesday 6:30pm Cost $140 for 10 class card Contemporary 1.0 hours/week Advanced class in Avant-garde movements that are reassembled in pop culture today. This movement is based in techniques of modern dance. Thursday 7:00pm Cost $140 for 10 class card ADULT DIVISION Beginning Tap 1.0 hour/week Focus on rhythm for the ear, basic technique steps for the feet and range of motion for the whole body. You will be inspired to dance like Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. Tuesday 6:30-7 pm Cost $140 for 10 class card Advanced Tap 1.0 hour/week Be prepared to show off your best moves and lean some of the most complicated tap rhythms and dequences. You will challenge the brain, build new skills, and leave the class with endorphins rushing. Thursday 6:30-7:30pm Cost $140 for 10 class card Adult Jazz Funk 1.0 hour/week This is the place to fuse your hip hop skills and jazz technique. New skills are introduced at a pace directed by student needs. A social and fun environment for any adult who loves to move and groove with friends. Tuesday 7:30-8:30pm Cost $140 for 10 class card Yoga 1.0 hour class For all ages; vinyasa flow class to improve posture, flexibility, strength, and well-being. Beginners welcome. Intermediate yogi’s will be challenged. Wednesday 7:00pm & Saturday 8:30am Cost $100 for 10 class card

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Monday 15:30 - 21:00
Tuesday 15:30 - 21:00
Wednesday 15:30 - 21:00
Thursday 15:30 - 21:00
Friday 15:30 - 21:00
Saturday 08:00 - 15:00

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(612) 250-3990

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Representing Curio in beautiful Costa Rica!
Instructor/Choreographer Giselle Mejia is performing in The Ordway's "In The Heights", opening today and playing through Sept. 24th. Giselle is an Associate Choreographer and Ensemble member of this production. Find tickets here at www.theordway.org. This is a must-see production and 4 time Tony-award winning musical for its' original score.
Thank you Curio Dance for another fantastic year of volunteering for Youth Advantage! We are very lucky to have you in our community and appreciate the support you give to local dance students!
This one will make this summer, one to remember!
What a great week-long intensive! Thank you, Dario and Giselle!
Can you tell me how long the recital lasts tonight?