guest performances



The Hanifl Performing Arts Center is thrilled to bring renowned theatre and dance companies to our space in White Bear Lake.

“French Twist” is an unconventional blend of dance and theater… for creative whimsey and antic artistry, c’est très bon.” -The Pioneer Press

“There's nothing pretentious or intimidating about this dancing, it's fun and accessible and thoroughly enjoyable for everyone.” -Cherry & Spoon

FRENCH TWIST! fROM flying foot forum


Just as you'd expect from the wildly imaginative, truly original Flying Foot Forum, their 25th anniversary concert series pulls out all the stops in it's remounting of FrenchTwist! Director/Choreographer Joe Chvala and his merry band of players bring their signature storytelling to a turn-of-the-20th century Paris nightclub filled with gorgeous music, theatrical storytelling and percussive dance;conjuring up the spirits of bygone Paris, from the jazz artists to spirited performances reminiscent of Loie Fuller, Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron, cabaret singers, tap dancers extraordinaire and a Flamenca powerhouse. It's eclectic, fun, wild, and of course there's the Can-Can.