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    Ballet Office Has Moved!

    The Minnesota Ballet office in our new quarters:
    Minnesota Ballet
    Wells Fargo Building
    230 W. Superior St. Suite 50
    Duluth, MN 55802

    Building Level AB
    Office Hours:
    9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Office phone: 218-529-3742

    Student Summer Showcase July 27

    School of the Minnesota Ballet
    Student Summer Showcase
    Noon July 27, 2018
    Duluth Public Library Plaza

    Free Public Presentation

    The School of the Minnesota Ballet steps outside to present its Student Summer Showcase featuring upper-level students demonstrating ballet, jazz, tap, character (European folk dance), and musical theater dance. Students from the choreography class perform their own works-in-progress.

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  • Parents, The Spring 2018 Newsletter is now available. It has important info about the May student recital at the DECC.

    Click here to download the Spring Newsletter 2018

    Attention parents of Creative Movement students: The Creative Movement presentation at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 5, will be held in the Grain Exchange studio, 8th floor of the Board of Trade Building, 301 W. First St.

    School of the Minnesota Ballet t-shirts are now available for a limited time only.

    Also, student raffle packets are available at both the Depot and Grain Exchange studios. We have some great prizes again this year, along with incentive prizes for the top three students who sell the most tickets.

    Follow the School of the Minnesota Ballet on Facebook.

    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.”



    Click here to download a Student Handbook.


    The School of the Minnesota Ballet has online registration!

    Registration for Semester I and II will open on Monday, August 14th.


    School of the Minnesota Ballet class schedule.
    Updated 9-14-17


    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.

    School of the Minnesota Ballet Calendar 2017–18
    Events subject to change.
    Sept. 9 Saturday Sampler: Depot studios, 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
    Sept. 11 Financial aid applications deadline
    Sept. 11 – Jan. 14 Sem. I, School of the Minnesota Ballet
    Sept. 30 Nutcracker Auditions: Depot studios
    Oct. 7 Nutcracker rehearsals begin
    Oct. 20-21 Minnesota Ballet’s Fall Performance
    Clowns & Others, DECC Symphony Hall (All students are encouraged to attend.)
    7 p.m. Friday & Saturday
    Oct. 23 – Oct. 28 Parent Observation Week
    Nov. 5 Sugar Plum Fair fundraiser for financial aid: Board of Trade Studio,
    1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Student demonstrations, Ballet III – VII, Creative Dance
    Nov. 21 Nutcracker mandatory evening rehearsal
    Nov. 23 – 26 Thanksgiving Recess
    Dec. 8 – 10 The Nutcracker: DECC Symphony Hall
    7 p.m. Friday and Saturday
    3 p.m. Sunday
    Dec. 11 – Jan. 7 Winter Recess
    Jan. 15 Martin Luther King Day: No classes
    Jan. 16 – May 11 Sem. II, School of the Minnesota Ballet
    Feb. 12 – 17 Parent Observation Week
    Feb. 19 – 25 Winter Break
    March 23 – 25 Minnesota Ballet’s premiere of Swan Lake: DECC Symphony Hall –
    10 a.m. Thursday, March 22, Student Enrichment Matinee for school children
    7 p.m. Friday & Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday: performances
    (All students are encouraged to attend a performance.)
    April 2 – 8 Spring Recess
    April 28 Dance Day at the Depot: Great Hall
    May 5 Creative Movement Presentation: Grain Exchange Studio, 8th fl. Board of Trade Building, 301 W. First St., 4 p.m.
    May 11 Student Performance:
    DECC Symphony Hall 7 p.m.
    June 9 Saturday Sampler, Depot studios,
    10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Free trial classes.
    June 11 – July 27 Summer Term (week of July 2-July 8 off)
    July 9 – 27 Summer Intensive, Levels I and II
    July 27 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, September 30.
    There will be a $25 costume alterations/maintenance fee for
    students after they are cast for the performance.

    Tuition policies. Tuition must be paid online in conjunction with your online registration.

    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 11.

    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 anytime 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 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: 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.
    Linda Carrillo, Vaganova-trained, Cecchetti-certified teacher.
    Rachel Fuchs, Creative Dance teacher, company apprentice.
    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.
    Sarah White, teacher and company member.
    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