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    Dance Day at the Depot

    Mark your calendars for
    Dance Day at the Depot
    Sunday, April 27
    1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
    Free dance presentations
    by School of the Minnesota Ballet
    celebrating National Dance Week!

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    School of the Minnesota Ballet
    Robert Gardner—Artistic Director

    Dance Day at the Depot
    April 27, 2014
    1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
    Depot Great Hall
    Come celebrate National Dance Week as the School of the Minnesota Ballet presents Dance Day at the Depot in the Great Hall. Ballet IV – VII students demonstrate ballet and jazz technique, Ballet VI and VII students present the Hungarian Princess Dance from Swan Lake Act III, Ballet V students present “Entrance of the Fairies” from the Prologue of Sleeping Beauty, and the whole audience can join in social dances for all ages.

    School of the Minnesota Ballet
    Student Performance
    May 9, 2014
    7 p.m.
    DECC Symphony Hall
    Adult $14, Child $7

    The School of the Minnesota Ballet showcases student progress over the year in works choreographed by class instructors. The perfomance also includes Teen/Adult Division students and the two levels of Creative Dance, for children with physical/developmental challenges.

    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.”

    Nutcracker info:

    School of the Minnesota Ballet students are invited every year to audition to perform in The Nutcracker. We have created a page just for Nutcracker information for parents/students. We will keep this page updated with schedules, notices, and important information.

    Click here to go to the 2013 Nutcracker info page.

    Calendar of Events 2013–2014

    (subject to change)

    Aug. 26 – 30, Interim Classes for Ballet V – VII taught by Minnesota Ballet staff with live accompaniment by Elena Knezevich. Classes run from 9:30-11:00 a.m. and are $8 per class, or $35 for the week. Classes will be held at the Grain Exchange Studios.
    Sept. 6, Financial aid applications due
    Sept. 7, Saturday Sampler, Depot Studios

    Sept. 9 – Jan. 13, Semester I
    Sept. 28, Nutcracker auditions, Depot studios
    Oct. 18 – 19, A Fresh Mix, DECC Symphony Hall
    Nov. 3, Sugar Plum Fair, 1:30 – 3:30, Grain Exchange Studio
    Nov. 4 – 9, Parent Observation Week
    Nov. 28 – 30, Thanksgiving Recess (no classes)
    Dec. 20 – 22, The Nutcracker, DECC Symphony Hall
    Dec. 23 – Jan. 12, Winter Recess (no classes)

    Jan. 13 – May 9, Semester IIschool14 2
    Jan. 20, Martin Luther King Day (no classes)
    Feb. 17 – 23, Winter Break (no classes)
    March 3 – 8, Parent Observation Week
    March 28 – 29, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, DECC Symphony Hall
    April 7 – 13, Spring Break (no classes)
    April 27, Dance Day at the Depot, 1:30 – 3:30 Great Hall
    May 4, Creative Movement Presentation, Depot Studio I
    May 9, Student Performance, DECC Symphony Hall
    June 7, Saturday Sampler, Depot Studios
    June 9 – July 25, Summer Term (June 30-July 5 off)
    July 7 – 25, Summer Intensive
    July 25, Student Summer Showcase, Duluth Public Library Plaza

    Download a 2013-2014 class schedule here

    Download a 2013-14 Registration form here.

    Download a 2013-2014 Financial aid and Scholarship form here.

    Download a 2013-14 Student Season Ticket Special Offer form here.

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    Creative Movement: student choice of leotard, 
ballet tights and ballet shoes recommended.

    All ballet students must follow the assigned dress code at all times. Male ballet students must wear black tights, black technique shoes, and a plain white T-shirt. All female ballet students must wear pink tights and technique shoes, leotard in the color and style of their class level, and their hair in a neat bun.

    All classwear is available in dancewear catalogs and may be ordered from Grand Jeté, St. Paul, 651-227-0331.
    Recommended for Pre-Ballet–Ballet IV:
    Capezio cap-sleeve leotard style #CC400C
    Required color for each ballet level:
    Pre-Ballet: light pink leotard
    Ballet I: light blue leotard
    Ballet II: lavender leotard
    Ballet III: royal blue leotard
    Ballet IV-1st year: burgundy leotard
    Ballet IV-2nd year: garnet leotard
    Ballet V: navy blue #CC100 Capezio camisole leotard
    Ballet VI & VII: black skirt and black #CC100 Capezio camisole leotard and white skirt and white #CC100 Capezio camisole leotard for Variations

    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 changed styles.  Please email Kristopher Catt, for more information.


    Class Decriptions:

    Duet: Children 18 months to 3 years, with caregiver participation, explore movement, rhythm, coordination, and pre-dance skills in a fun yet structured environment. Children wear non-restrictive clothing and can be barefoot or wear shoes; adults should wear comfortable clothes.

    Tap for Tots: Children 3-5 years old are encouraged to develop their use of rhythm by using tap and jazz techniques. Begin with bare feet. Tap shoes required. *Time and date TBA.

    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. Students may wear their choice of leotard: tights and ballet shoes are recommended.

    Athletic Dance for Young Men: Dance-based exercises build strength, flexibility, and coordination.

    Jazz: Beginning/intermediate students ages 12+ work on basic contemporary jazz movements for coordination and rhythm.

    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 the Teen/Adult class page.

    Creative Dance: Children ages 8+ with physical/developmental challenges can improve flexibility, strength, and coordination while enjoying dance. Placement to section is by class teacher. Click here to read more about this class.

    School of the Minnesota Ballet Staff

    Robert Gardner—Artistic Director
    LilaAnn Coates White—Principal Teacher
    Willy McManus—Managing Director
    Tracy Colclough—Office Assistant