Zenon Dance Company to close after 2019 season

The dance company has experienced major cuts in the past two years.
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Zenon Dance Company of Minneapolis has announced that its 2019 season will be its last.

The company, which performs from the Cowles Center for Dance in downtown Minneapolis, has confirmed it will close this summer after its final stretch of shows between June 13-16.

In an announcement Tuesday, the dance company said it's experienced "significant cuts" in the past two years from its long-term corporate and foundation funders.

Notably, it lost funding from the Jerome Foundation, which had provided financial support through commissions. Another major backer, the Target Foundation, had recently announced it would be making changes to the nonprofits it supports.

Increased construction and rising parking costs in downtown Minneapolis have also contributed to the decision to close.

There's also an uncertain future for the Zenon Dance School, whose classes has helped support the dance company over the years, but has also been struggling with the impact of construction and parking costs.

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It's now in the process of trying to renegotiate its lease with the Cowles Center for Dance so that the dance school can continue to operate.

Zenon grew out of a 1983 merger between the Rezone Dancers and Just Jazz Dancers, which had been created four years earlier with the founding of the Ozone Dance School.

Over its 36 year history, Zenon has toured and performed in countries worldwide, including Cuba, France, Russia, Hungary, Aruba, Switzerland, Saipan and Guam.

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