About School


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This page is for the Fall through Spring schedule of the School of the Minnesota Ballet. The Summer program has its own page under “Summer Programs.”




Our student handbook is being updated!

Download the 2020-2021 Financial Aid form, due September 9, 2020.

The Minnesota Ballet has an inventory of shoes for sale. This inventory is new and unused from former company members or current company members that have changed styles. Click here to view the google doc with the most up to date list, and contact the office for more information or to make a purchase.

Tuition Policies

Tuition can be broken into monthly installments using the autopay option on our online registration network. Tuition must be kept current in order for the student to continue taking classes. No refunds. No transfers. No prorating (exceptions can be made when due to injury on a case by case basis). A 3% monthly finance charge will be added to tuition nor received by payment deadline. A $50 late registration fee will be charged to any student taking class before registering. Parents with 2 or more students in the school in the same semester will receive a 5% discount on combined tuition total. Some financial aid may be available to qualifying students. To apply, fill out a financial aid application (available at the Ballet office or online). Financial aid applications are due September 9, 2019.

Snow Day/Weather Event Policies

The School of the Minnesota Ballet does NOT hold classes on days or evenings when Duluth public schools are closed for snow days and significant weather events. Weekend classes at the Depot will be cancelled anytime the Depot building closes because of snow and significant weather events. Tuition will not be refunded for weather related closures. Students may have opportunities to make up lost time — please inquire at the office. 
Please call the Ballet office at 218-529-3742, check our website at www.minnesotaballet.org, or our facebook page for updates. Local radio and TV stations will also be notified, but will broadcast cancellations at their own discretion.

Dress Code

All students Pre-Ballet through Ballet VII must follow the assigned dress code at all times.
All male ballet students must wear black tights, black technique shoes, and plain white T-shirt, tucked in.
All female ballet students must wear pink tights and pink technique shoes, leotard the color of the class level, hair in a neat bun.
Minnesota Ballet is not responsible for injuries sustained in class and/or ballet activities.

Class Descriptions

Creative Movement and Pre-Primary: Children 3-5 years old are introduced to dance through basic locomotor movements and encouraged through props and a wide variety of music (Student choice of leotard; tights and ballet shoes recommended)
Classwear is available in dancewear catalogs and may be ordered from Grand Jeté, St. Paul, (651)227-0331.

For Pre-Ballet – Ballet IV: Capezio cap-sleeve leotard style CC400C, required color is listed for each level.
Pre-Ballet I, II: Children 6-7 years of age learn creative dance, rhythm, and movement patterns, and develop self-confidence. (light pink leotard)
Ballet I: Students 8+ years of age and 1st year of ballet. (light blue leotard)
Ballet II: Students 9+ years of age and 2nd year of ballet. (lavender leotard)
Ballet III: Students 10+ years of age and 3rd year of ballet. (royal blue leotard)
Ballet IV-Year I: Audition required. (burgundy leotard)
Ballet IV-Year II: Audition required. (garnet leotard)
Ballet V: Audition required. (navy Capezio CC100 camisole leotard)
Ballet VI-VII: Audition required. (Black skirt and black Capezio CC100 camisole leotard; white skirt and white CC100 camisole leotard for Variations)
Pointe for Ballet V-VII: Audition required.
Pointe Variations for Ballet VI-VII: Audition required. Students apply pointe work to classic pieces.
Athletic Dance for Young Men [ADFYM]: Dance-based exercises build strength, flexibility, and coordination.
Beginning Tap: Students ages 10+ develop sense of rhythm and phrasing useful in other dance forms (For more experienced tappers: Intermediate Tap follows Beginning Tap. See Teen/Adult brochure.)
Creative Dance: Children age 8+ with physical/developmental challenges can improve flexibility, strength, and coordination while enjoying dance. Placement to section is by class teacher. Creative Dance has its own web page here.
Class supported by Van Gorden Fund, Miller-Dwan Foundation.

2020-2021 School Calendar

Details coming soon.

School of the Minnesota Ballet Staff

Karl von Rabenau – Artistic Director

LilaAnn Coates White—Principal Teacher

Kelli Latuska—Executive Director