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!
School of the Minnesota Ballet Student Performance
tickets are now on sale.
Adult $14 and child/student $7.
Performance is at the DECC Symphony Hall
Friday, May 9, at 7 p.m.
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
May 9, 2014
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.”
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.
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 II
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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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