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    Ballet Move Is Underway

    The Minnesota Ballet is moving to new quarters:
    Minnesota Ballet Conservatory
    Wells Fargo Building
    230 W. Superior St. Suite 50 55802

    Office phones are scheduled to be working on Wednesday, May 30. Until then, you may contact the Ballet through:
    Mary Gummerson, Executive Managing Director
    218-390-8697

    Free Trial Classes Saturday, June 9

    Ballet Depot Studios, 506 W. Michigan St.
    10:00 – 10:30 Creative Movement (age 3-5 yrs)
    10:30 – 11:00 Pre-Ballet (age 6-7)
    11:00 – 11:30 Ballet Technique (age 8-10)
    11:30 – 12:00 Ballet Technique (age 11-adult)
    12:00 – 12:30 Beginning Tap (age 10-adult)
    12:30 – 1:00 Jazz (age 12-adult)
    1:00 – 1:30 Modern (age 12-adult)

    No reservations needed. It’s great chance for children, teens, and adults to try a free class or two and for ballet students new to the school to be placed at the most appropriate level.

    No need to wear special dance wear for the Sampler; come in comfortable clothing.

    For more information: Call the Ballet, 218-529-3742

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  • The Minnesota Ballet’s outreach goal is to educate students, teachers and community members about dance through a broad range of affordable programs that can be tailored to particular needs. For more than four decades the Minnesota Ballet has been bringing the joy and challenge of dance to people where they live, work, and go to school.

    To reserve a program or for more information,

    Contact: Outreach Programs
    Phone: 218-529-3742
    E-Mail: balletmaster@minnesotaballet.org

    Introduction to Ballet & Jazz

    Students discover what it feels like to move beyond the norm as they learn leaps, jumps, and turns. They will also be introduced to ballet history and basic French terms used in ballet. Jazz dance instruction completes the program, offering a more “show biz” approach to dance theater arts.

    Length: 60 minutes
    Group size: Up to 50 K – 5th-grade students
    Place: Gym

    How You Move Is How You Dance

    In this class, students learn how dance steps build on ordinary movements to express how we feel, such as reaching, bending, walking done different ways. Students are then put into groups with a choreographer designated in each group, who will create steps and movements to music, then teach them to the eager dancers in their group. At the end of the class they will present the piece to their fellow classmates. This process always ends up being a big lesson in leading, following, and cooperating.

    Length: 60 minutes
    Group size: Up to 50 K – 5th-grade students
    Place: Gym

    A Day in the Life of a Dancer

    Students learn about the life of the professional dancer in exchanges with the Minnesota Ballet dancers. Volunteers are chosen to participate on stage during the introduction.

    Students then are treated to excerpts from the Ballet’s diverse repertoire, from classical ballet to jazz pieces. After the mini performance, students have the chance to ask dancers questions.

    Length: 50–60 minutes
    Group size: No limit of K – 12th-grade students
    Place: Gym or stage with NO concrete or hard base

    One-Week Residency for Your Entire School

    In this longer program, the entire school experiences an introduction to ballet, character (European folk dance), jazz dance, capped by a lecture-demonstration of dance technique and a spectacular mini performance by the whole Minnesota Ballet company. Scheduling will permit every child in your school to experience the freedom of dance movement and an introduction to dance. This week will uplift every student.

    Length: Up to four 45-60-minute classes daily week ending with 60-minute Lecture-Demonstration & Mini Performance
    Group size: K – 5th-grade students
    Place: Gym or stage with NO concrete or hard base

    Fees are for within the Ballet’s home range. Beyond 30 miles from downtown Duluth there will be additional travel-related charges.