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    Student Summer Showcase, July 28

    Free Outdoor Presentation
    Friday, July 28
    Duluth Public Library Plaza

    Across from The Depot

    The School of the Minnesota Ballet showcases its upper-level students as they demonstrate ballet, modern, jazz, tap, character (European folk dance), musical theater dance, and their own works in progress created during the choreography class. Highlighting the presentation will be special works by two guest teacher/choreographers.

    Guest Choreographers

    Special Works by Guest Teachers/Choreographers
    Igor Burlak
    , who studied at the School of American Ballet, is a faculty member at the Boston Ballet School and former member of such companies as the Minnesota Ballet. His visit is funded in part by the John T. and Elizabeth C. Adams Arts Fund of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation.

    Marco Carreon, dance faculty member at California State University Dominguez Hills, directs its resident dance company MOSAIC. In March he taught in the North-Central Region American Dance Association Conference, held at UMD.

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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.”




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    Saturday Sampler—June 10

    Ballet Depot Studios, 506 W. Michigan St.

    (Free trial classes, no reservations needed)

    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)

    School year Fall of 2017 – Spring of 2018

    Fall school info is currently being edited. Updates to follow.

    Click here to download a inventory of shoes that the Minnesota Ballet has for sale. This inventory is new and unused from former company members or current company members that have changed styles. Please email
    Cheryl Podtburg, for more information.

    June 10 Saturday Sampler, Depot studios, 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Free trial classes.
    June 12 – July 28 Summer Term (week of July 3-July 9 off)
    July 10 – 28 Summer Intensive, Levels I and II
    July 28 Student Summer Showcase, Duluth Public Library Plaza, noon

    Office & Main Studio
    Please mail tuition and correspondence to our address at:
    301 West First Street, Suite 800
    Phone: (218)529-3742 Fax: (218)529-3744
    Additional studios: The Depot, 506 W. Michigan St.

    Nutcracker auditions will be held Saturday, October 1.
    There will be a $25 costume alterations/maintenance fee for
    students after they are cast for the performance.
    Tuition Policies. Tuition may also be paid on line via Paypal.
    Tuition payments must accompany registration. Those paying on line must mail registration form to office:
    No refunds. No transfers. No prorating of tuition unless due to injury. A 1.5% finance charge per month (18% per year) will be added to tuition not received by payment deadline.
    A $20 late fee will be charged to any student taking class before registering. Tuition must be kept current for students to continue taking classes. Parents granted an alternative payment schedule must sign an agreement.
    Parents with 3 or more students in the school will receive a 5% discount on combined tuition total.
    Some financial aid is available to qualifying students. To apply, fill out a financial aid application (available at the Ballet office). Due September 6th

    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.

    Snow Day Policies
    The School of the Minnesota Ballet does NOT hold classes on days or evenings when Duluth public schools are closed for snow days. Weekend classes at the Depot will be cancelled any time the Depot building closes because of snow.
    Please call the Ballet office at 529-3742 or check our website: or Facebook page. Local radio and tv stations will also be notified.

    Class Descriptions

    Creative Movement I, II: 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: 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.


    Our exceptional faculty includes professional and former professional dancers and accredited instructors. To view biographies of our staff, teachers and company members, please visit our website at

    LilaAnn Coates White, Principal Teacher, AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE® certified, Primary-Level 5.
    Suzie Baer, Creative Dance teacher, Corps de Ballet rehearsal mistress, and company member.
    Linda Carrillo, Vaganova-trained, Cecchetti-certified teacher.
    Nancy Gibson, teacher, choreographer, former Artistic Director.
    Laura Goodman, teacher and former company member.
    Sarah Gresik, teacher and company apprentice.
    Paige Kohler, teacher and professional dancer, AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE® certified, Pre-Primary-Level 3.
    Renee Moe, teacher, founder, Sterling Dance, Grand Marais.
    Erin Wourms, teacher and former company member.
    Nikolaus Wourms, teacher and company member.


    School of the Minnesota Ballet Staff

    Robert Gardner—Artistic Director,

    LilaAnn Coates White—Principal Teacher
    Mary Gummerson—Executive Managing Director

    Tracy Colclough—Office Administrator