Are your children involved in this year’s production of The Nutcracker? Keep up to date on all the info with a page dedicated to the latest updates on the rehearsal process.
Saturday, November 22, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, November 23, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Visit the Ballet’s Booth!
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.”
School of the Minnesota Ballet students are invited every year to audition to perform in The Nutcracker. Students must be in Ballet I and must be 8 years old by October 1, 2014, to audition. We have created a page just for Nutcracker information for parents/students. We will keep this page updated with schedules, notices, and important information.
School of the Minnesota Ballet Calendar 2014–15
Events subject to change.
Aug. 18 – 29 Interim Master classes, Ballet V, Year II, and up.
Sept. 1 Financial aid applications deadline
Sept. 6 Saturday Sampler: Depot studios, 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Sept. 8 – Jan. 10 Sem. I, School of the Minnesota Ballet
Sept. 27 Nutcracker Auditions: Depot studios
Oct. 17 -18 Minnesota Ballet’s Fall Performance of Who Cares?
DECC Symphony Hall (All students are encouraged to attend.) 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Nov. 2 Sugar Plum Fair fundraiser for financial aid: Grain Exchange, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Student demonstrations, Ballet III – VII, Creative Dance
Nov. 3 – 8 Parent Observation Week
Nov. 27 – 29 Thanksgiving Recess
Dec. 12 – 14 The Nutcracker: DECC Symphony Hall
7 p.m. Friday and Saturday
3 p.m. Sunday
Dec.15 – Jan. 10 Winter Recess
Jan. 12 – May 15 Sem. II, School of the Minnesota Ballet
Jan. 19 Martin Luther King Day: No classes
Feb. 16 – 21 Winter Break
March 2 – 7 Parent Observation Week
March 27 – 28 Minnesota Ballet’s Spring Performance of Sleeping Beauty: DECC Symphony Hall
10 a.m. Thursday, March 26, Act I. Outreach program for school children
7 p.m. Friday and Saturday
(All students are encouraged to attend Friday or Saturday’s performance.)
April 6 – 11 Spring Recess
April 26 Dance Day at the Depot: Great Hall
(National Dance Week April 22 – May 2)
May 3 Creative Movement Presentation: Depot Studio I, 4 p.m.
May 15 Student Performance: DECC Symphony Hall 7 p.m.
June 6 Saturday Sampler, Depot studios, 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Free trial classes.
June 8 – July 24 Summer Term (week of June 29-July 4 off)
July 6 – 24 Summer Intensive, Levels I and II
July 24 Student Summer Showcase, Duluth Public Library Plaza
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 have changed styles. Please email
Cheryl Podtburg, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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.
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, email@example.com
LilaAnn Coates White—Principal Teacher, firstname.lastname@example.org
Willy McManus—Managing Director, email@example.com
Tracy Colclough—Office Assistant, firstname.lastname@example.org