Public Performances and Events 2017

Join us! Put Tofte Lake Center on Your Calendar This Summer
The following performances, workshops and events are open to the public

Concert: Siama's Congo World Trio 

  7:00 PM

  Friday September 22, 2017

Siama's congo World Quartet brings Feel-Good Music from the Heart of Africa to the deep woods of Tofte Lake Center; featuring Siama Matusungidi (guitar/mbira/vocals, Dallas Johnson (vocals) and Tim O'Keefe (drums & harmonica) Learn about Siama here then join us for an evening of lively rhythm and song. Suggested donation $10

(events held earlier in 2017)

Yoga Classes 

  8:30 – 9:45 AM  

  Thursdays, June 15 -  September 14, 2017 (no class on August 10)

   Classes are open to the public - $12 / drop-in

Concert: The Starfolk (with Jacqueline Ultan from Jello Slave)

  7:00 PM

  Friday June 16, 2017

The Starfolk concoct fierce chamber pop led by Brian Tighe (The Hang UpsThe Owls), and featuring Allison LaBonne (The Owls, Typsy Panthre) and cellist Jacqueline Ultan (Jello Slave, Saltee). Dirty guitar riffs and insistent rhythms are interspersed with angelic moments of McCartney-esque melody writing; steeped in lush, eerie harmonies and cello arrangements that pivot nimbly from textural, to pulsing, to soaring through a major melodic theme. The Starfolk are currently finishing their second collection of songs for release in 2017. Suggested donation $10

Evening Yoga Class with Sudha Carolyn Lundeen

  7:00 to 8:30 PM

   Friday, August 4, 2017 

This Strong Body, Spacious Mind, is a workshop with master teacher Sudha Carolyn Lundeen RN, E-RYT 500 and Senior Faculty at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox. Massachusetts. The workshop is designed to open the joints with gentle spiral movements; strengthen key muscle groups with various yogic approaches; expand the capacity of the lungs with both energizing and calming breathing techniques and quiet the monkey mind by ending with a guided visualization/mediation. Leave the class feeling empowered and ready for the week ahead! Sudha is a master of calm, compassion and gentle humor inviting everyone to claim their own space for their practice. Appropriate for all levels, including beginners.

Fee: $25 regular or $20 for those with a TLC Yoga Card (cash or check at the door) 


Moving Yoga with Suzanne Costello

  9:00 - 10:00 AM


  5 days!  Monday - Friday,  August 7 - 11, 2017


This one-hour class combines movement from a dance/theater lens with yoga and is open to all levels. Instructor Suzanne Costello, Artistic Co-Director of Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater, has over 35 years of teaching, directing, performing, and choreographing. Costello has pursued a yoga practice for many years as a complement to her dance/theater movement work. Donation is at your discretion.


Movement Workshop: Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater

  5:30 – 7:00 PM

  Wednesday August 9, 2017 

Please join the artists of Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater for an Intergenerational Movement/Theater Workshop at Ely's gorgeous and rejuvenating Tofte Lake Center. Participants will be introduced to a , warm-up that blends relaxation, yoga, stretching, gestural expression and more in a supportive atmosphere that requires no previous training or experience. Ages from teens to seniors welcome. Suggeted donation $10


Dance Performance: Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater

  7:00 PM

  Friday August 11, 2017

Please join the artists of Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater for a performance of their current works in progress plus a piece from their repertoire. Suggested donation $10

Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater (SPDT) is an internationally recognized performance company, founded in 1978 by Stuart Pimsler, and co-directed with Suzanne Costello since 1984. The company has been presented throughout the US and internationally in Canada, Europe, Israel, Taiwan, Russia, Bermuda, China, and Mexico. SPDT’s community inclusive work, which engages a diverse array of groups - students, caregivers, audiences, and community members - has been lauded as a “National Model” by The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and its Arts & Healthcare work has been recognized for “Best Practices” by the National Endowment for the Arts.

 All events are held in the Aerie Dance and Performance Studio at Tofte Lake Center

2209 Fernberg Road, Ely MN 55731

Carpooling is encouraged/parking is available onsite 

Directions: Drive from Ely east on Sheridan Street (HWY 169); Go past the Wolf Center; after the Garden Lake Bridge, the HWY turns into the Fernberg Road; Tofte Lake Center is 15 miles from Ely on the left, just after the Tofte Lake Public Landing. Plan 25-30 minutes drive time so you can enjoy the view. Please note that your Map app or GPS unit may not work accurately!

Phone 218-365-7769 or