TAC Summer Events
Teachers' Conference Weekend    July 27 - 29, 2018

Summer School Week   July 29 - August 5, 2018

University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Minneapolis, Minnesota, US (UMN)

Residence address: Mark Yudof Hall -  220 Delaware St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455  Telephone: 1-612-625-8786

Yudof Hall is located in the East Bank area of the University

See below for Location, US entry documents, Venues, Accommodation and Parking, Campus & Local Attractions, What to Bring, Local Weather



TAC Summer Events 2018 are being held at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities (UMN) in Minneapolis, the largest city in the the state of Minnesota. Minneapolis is a major city in Minnesota that forms "Twin Cities" with the neighboring state capital of St. Paul. Bisected by the Mississippi River, it's known for its parks and lakes. Minneapolis is also home to many cultural landmarks like the Walker Art Center, a contemporary art museum, and the adjacent Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, famed for Claes Oldenburg's "Spoonbridge and Cherry" sculpture. 

The Twin Cities campus at the University of Minnesota is one of the largest urban campuses in the country, spanning five miles from east to west. The University is sectioned into three areas; East Bank, West Bank and St. Paul.  All TAC Summer Event venues are located in the East Bank area of campus.

The Minneapolis campus is within blocks of two major highway arteries – I-35W (north/south) and I-94 (east/west).  For general driving directions to the campus visit the Summer Events Transportation 2018 page or the University Parking & Transportation page

International visitors please note that all persons entering the United States by any form of transport require a valid passportAll Canadian Citizens entering the United States by AIR are required to present a valid passport or a NEXUS card when departing from a designated Canadian airport. A foreign national or alien entering the U.S. is generally required to present a passport and valid visa issued by a U.S. Consular Official, unless they are a citizen of a country eligible for the Visa Waiver Program, or are a lawful permanent resident of the U.S. or a citizen of Canada.  For information on entering the US visit U.S. Customs and Border Protection

The international airport is approximately 13 miles from the Minneapolis campus. 

Getting to The University of Minnesota Twin Cities, East Bank

Go to the Summer Events Transportation 2018 page for details on getting to UMN campus by vehicle, taxi, or public transit.


Accommodations and Parking

Accommodations for TCW and Summer School will be in the Yudof Residence Hall  220 Delaware Street SE. Minneapolis, MN 55445.  Details and information can be found at https://uces.umn.edu/yudof

Each suite consists of two bedrooms, each with two twin beds. The two bedrooms share a bathroom and a kitchen.  Kitchens include a refrigerator, stove/cooktop and microwave.  All suites are air conditioned, and include free wifi.  There is some information on the University website about bunk beds.  We will NOT be assigned any rooms with bunk beds.

All rooms on campus are designated non-smoking.

Meals will be served in Comstock Hall which is adjacent to the Yudof residence.  Fresh Foods will be used only for meals during the first few days of the Candidate Course - July 22 - 25.

Parking will be available in an assigned facility adjacent to the housing, and the actual parking permit will be distributed as part of the housing check-in process at a cost of $10 per day.  The permit provides unlimited in and out privileges for that assigned facility, on a 24-hour basis, for the days of residence in University housing.  The number of days required for a permit needs to include the day of arrival and the day of departure, not 24 hour periods.  For example, if you arrive at 5pm on a Friday, and depart at 3 pm on Sunday, that is a 3-day permit, not two 24 hour days.

Public Parking is also available in parking facilities on campus on an hourly or daily rate basis as space is available.  There are no in/out privileges and overnight public parking is prohibited.  The public parking rate is $3 per hour with a daily maximum of $12 per day.  Certain parking lots have a daily rate of $4 with no in/out privileges and no overnight parking.UM map 2

The university housing facilities do not provide hangers nor any toiletries. You will need to bring your own personal soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, etc. They do provide linens, a blanket, pillow, and towel for each guest which can be exchanged at the front desk for fresh supplies. Unless there is a facilities emergency, the staff do not enter the rooms so there will be no housekeeping provided. Free laundry facilities are available, so you will be able to wash clothes, however, detergent and fabric softener are not provided.


Venues for Meals, Dance Classes, Evening Social Dances, and Banquet & Ball

The campus Recreation & Wellness Center will be the venues for dance classes, evening social dances, and the Banquet & Ball. 

Meals will be served in Comstock Hall, adjacent to the Yudof Residence.

Yudof to the Recreation & Wellness Center is a .5 mile walk.

  • TAC Annual General Meeting
    The Annual General Meeting (AGM) for SCD teachers who are TAC Members will be held in Ackerman Hall on Saturday, July 28.
  • TACSound and TACBooks

The two TAC Stores, TACSound and TACBooks, will have a large stock of items at UMN, but it is not feasible to bring the entire inventory. If you know of items you particularly wish to purchase, place an order ahead of time through sound.tac-rscds.org/ or books.tac-rscds.org/

The stores will be located in the Yudof Residence Hall.

  •  Campus Recreation and Swimming facilities

Attendees who wish to make use of the Campus gym or swimming facilities will need to contact the campus offices directly for payment information.  Use of these facilities is not included with Summer Events registration.  The contact person is Julia Campbell This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. +1 612-626-0553  The Main Desk at the Recreation and Wellness Center can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  +1 612-626-9222   The Recreation and Wellness Center is also the venue for some of our dance classes  http://recwell.umn.edu/facilities/locations

What to Bring

  • dance descriptions for evening social dances (download them from the Programme 2018 page)
  • dance shoes! extra dance shoes; extra insoles
  • skirts/dresses/kilts for SCD classes and evening social dances
  • elegant attire (such as ball gown, dress kilt) for ball
  • Tuesday evening's dance is our BLING theme night to celebrate TAC 60th anniversary - the DIAMOND anniversary.  Time to flash your finest jewels and sparkles.
  • casual clothes for ceilidh and after-dance hospitality mixers
  • swim wear for campus swimming pools
  • musical instrument if you plan to attend the optional afternoon Musicians Class or contribute a ceilidh item
  • water bottle for classes and evening socials – limited water cups available as the campus encourages recycling
  • reading light
  • clothes hangers
  • an extension cord if you wish to plug in several items in your room
  • kettle, coffee maker
  • personal items and toiletries such as shampoo, toothpaste, hair dryer, etc
  • hat, sunscreen, umbrella, light jacket, something warmer for the occasional cool night walking back to residence
  • camera


Local Attractions

Look up Visit Twin Cities for things to do and see in and around the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.  The Local Arrangements committee has provided a detailed and helpful list of activities and options for sight-seeing in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Any of these can be enjoyed individually or in a group and don't require any pre-scheduled, organized tour.  We will help you with finding others who might be interested in going on the same outing.  This link will take you to a Google docs spreadsheet with all of the information.  This form will be updated as additional information becomes available:  Summer School Outings in Minneapolis/St. Paul


Local Weather

Observations about how to plan for the weather from our Local Hospitality Chair, Lara Friedman-Shedlov:  Because of its mid-continental location and distance from major bodies of water or mountains, in general the weather is unusually variable here from year to year, so it's best to come prepared for anything from cool and rainy to hot and humid.  I think it is safe to say there will NOT be snow :-) 

Tornadoes are possible in Minnesota from March through November, but the peak tornado month is June, followed by July, May, and August. 

This page will be updated as we get closer to the Summer Events  The Weather Channel for Minneapolis