Intermediate/Advanced Ballet with Abdo Sayegh & Penny Freeh, TU Dance


May 05 2020


11:00 am - 12:00 pm





This Tuesday class alternates teaching artist between Penny Freeh and Abdo Sayegh. Zoom meeting link at

Abdo Sayegh Rodríguez is originally from Venezuela, trained with Ballet Nacional de Caracas Teresa Carreño School, and his early performing career included both of Venezuela’s leading companies: the Ballet Nacional de Caracas and Ballet Nuevo Mundo de Caracas. Abdo danced with Minnesota Dance Theatre (MDT) starting in 1998, and became MDT’s Associate Artistic Director in 2007. He received a 2007 McKnight Foundation Artist Fellowship for Dancers, and was featured in the film documentary SOLO:2×1 directed by Bob Hammel. Abdo has served as a faculty member of MDT’s Dance Institute and the St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists (SPCPA), and presently teaches at the University of Minnesota and TU Dance Center. Joining TU Dance in 2011, Abdo was hired as consultant during the formation of TU Dance Center’s educational program. He was appointed as the organization’s Managing Director in 2012. Abdo holds a bachelor degree in Business Administration from the Universidad Catolica Andres Bello in Caracas,Venezuela. He serves on the board of, has served as a member of the SPCPA Arts Advisory Council, and was honored by the Ordway Center with its 2015 Education Award for Excellence in Community Engagement.

Contemporary ballet dancer and choreographer Penelope Freeh creates works that explore the ballet idiom even as they diverge from it. Based in Saint Paul, MN, she is a McKnight Fellow for Choreographers and SAGE awardee for Outstanding Performer. Her work is in the repertoires of James Sewell Ballet, Minnesota Ballet and Gem City Ballet among others. She receives commissions and residencies from performing arts high schools, universities and regional companies; she works with chamber-sized opera and musical theater groups; she self-produces and seeks presenters for her personal works. Penelope danced for James Sewell Ballet for seventeen years, serving as Artistic Associate from 2007 – 11. She teaches at the University of MN, Zenon Dance School and TU Dance.

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