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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

    Free Trial Classes September 8

    Saturday Sampler
    Ballet Studios at The Depot
    506 West Michigan Street

    It’s great chance for children, teens, and adults to try a free class or two and for ballet students new to the school to be placed at the most appropriate level.

    No reservations needed. No need to wear special dancewear for the Sampler; come in comfortable clothing.

    For More Information: 218-529-3742

    Saturday Sampler Schedule
    10:00-10:30 Creative Movement (age 3-5 yrs)
    10:30-11:00 Pre-Ballet (age 6-7 yrs)
    11:00-11:30 Ballet Technique (ages 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 a 2018 Financial Aid form.

    Click here to download the Fall Session Schedule Students 2018.

    School year Fall of 2018 – Spring of 2019

    The School of the Minnesota Ballet has online registration!

    Registration for Semester I and II is open!th.

     

     

    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, projectc@minnesotaballet.org for more information.

     

    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: wwwmnballet.org 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.

    Instructors:

    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 www.minnesotaballet.org.

    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
    principalteacher@minnesotaballet.org
    Mary Gummerson—Executive Managing Director
    marygummerson@minnesotaballet.org

    Jean Larson—Office Administrator
    office@minnesotaballet.org