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    Temporary Ballet Studio

    The Minnesota Ballet has adapted a space to serve as a ballet studio to replace the Grain Exchange studio. Until we can return home, we will be at 114 West Superior Street, second floor. Please double check the school class schedule for your class location.

    Click here to download the 2016-17 school schedule.


    Friday, October 7, 2016
    7 – 11 p.m.
    Depot Great Hall
    506 W. Michigan St.

    Put a little glam and a lot of fun in your life at the Ballet’s ball at the Depot’s lofty Great Hall. Dance to live music. Nibble on great food from the Vanilla Bean and desserts from How Sweet It Is. Enjoy a floor show. Strut your fancy hat in the Parade of Hats and maybe win a prize. Bid on great items in the auction. Cash bar. $50 per person.

    “One of the highlights of the Duluth party scene”
    —Duluth-Superior Magazine

    Tickets & information: 218-529-3742

    Click here for on-line reservations.

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    Ballet Depot Studios, 506 W. Michigan St.

    The road in front of the depot will be closed starting September 12. The city anticipates a two-week time-frame but we’re estimating an “end of September” completion date to give room for delays. Parents will not be able to drop off students in front of the depot. The parking lot will be open and you can access the lot from 6th avenue. You are able to pull into the lot and drop the kids off there and the sidewalks will remain open. Please feel free to call the ballet office with any questions or concerns. Thank you for your patience.

    Temporary second studio: 114 West Superior Street, second floor.

    Saturday Sampler—September 10
    Ballet Depot Studios, 506 W. Michigan St.
    Free trial classes: no reservations needed
    10:00 – 10:30 Creative Movement (age 3–5)
    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)

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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.”


    Click here to download a Student Handbook.

    Click here to download the 16-17 school schedule.

    Click here to download the 2016-17 Registration form.

    Click here to download the 2016-17 brochure

    Click here to download the Financial aid application 2016-17.

    16-17 school grid

    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 2016–17
    Events subject to change.
    Sept. 10 Saturday Sampler: Depot studios, 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
    Sept. 6 Financial aid applications deadline
    Sept. 12 – Jan. 14 Sem. I, School of the Minnesota Ballet
    Sept. 22-24 Special performance: Moving Beyond
    Location to be announced.
    Oct. 1 Nutcracker Auditions: Depot studios
    Oct. 8 Nutcracker rehearsals begin
    Oct. 21-23 Minnesota Ballet’s Fall Performance
    Dracula, DECC Symphony Hall (All students are encouraged to attend.)
    7 p.m. Friday & Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday
    Oct. 31 – Nov. 5 Parent Observation Week
    Nov. 6 Sugar Plum Fair fundraiser for financial aid: Venue to be announced,
    1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Student demonstrations, Ballet III – VII, Creative Dance
    Nov. 22 Nutcracker mandatory evening rehearsal
    Nov. 24 – 27 Thanksgiving Recess
    Dec. 9 – 11 The Nutcracker: DECC Symphony Hall
    7 p.m. Friday and Saturday
    3 p.m. Sunday
    Dec.12 – Jan. 2 Winter Recess
    Jan. 16 Martin Luther King Day: No classes
    Jan. 17 – May 12 Sem. II, School of the Minnesota Ballet
    Feb. 13 – 18 Parent Observation Week
    Feb. 20 – 26 Winter Break
    March 24 – 25 Minnesota Ballet’s Spring Performance of Firebird: DECC Symphony Hall – 10 a.m. Thursday, March 16, Outreach program for school children
    7 p.m. Friday, Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday
    (All students are encouraged to attend Friday or Saturday’s performance.)
    April 3 – 9 Spring Recess
    April 23 Dance Day at the Depot: Great Hall
    (National Dance Week April 21 – 30)
    May 6 Creative Movement Presentation: Depot Studio I, 4 p.m.
    May 12 Student Performance:
    DECC Symphony Hall 7 p.m.
    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
    temporary address at:
    227 West First Street, Suite 312
    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.
    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,