Open Classes

Enjoy dance at any age. Stay stronger, more flexible, and more active through movement…

In-Studio and Virtual Classes available.


Starting September 21st!

Open Classes are intended for students ages 13 and up. Take them seriously, or take them for recreation. We offer something for everybody!

We are excited to premiere “Open Class Sundays” at Minnesota Ballet. Spend your Sunday afternoons taking one or more classes, enjoying our variety of offerings for a reasonable price. In-studio classes may be taken virtually.


Open Beginner Ballet: Thursday 7:15pm-8:30pm

Open Intermediate/Advanced Ballet: Sunday 1:00-2:30pm

Open Ballroom: Monday 6:30pm-7:30pm

Open Pilates: Thursday 12:00pm-1:00pm

Open Yoga: Sunday 9:30am-10:30am

Open Jazz: Sunday 3:00pm-4:00pm

Open Tap 1: Sunday 4:30pm-5:30pm

Open Tap 2: Sunday 5:45pm-6:45pm

Open Virtual Modern: Monday 9:00am-10:00am


Registration link coming soon! For more information email Principal Teacher, LilaAnn Coates White, at OR Artistic Director, Karl von Rabenau, at


Dress Code

Open Classes and Creative Dance do not have a specific dress code. Proper shoes are recommended, along with comfortable clothes that move easily, but are not too baggy. Once you begin attending a class, you’ll learn about any appropriate items needed for different styles of class: shoes (ballet, tap, jazz) or accessories (Pilates) that you may want to purchase.

Open Class Descriptions

Develop strength and grace through classical ballet technique. You will feel longer and stronger and will know that you are making lasting improvements in your posture and flexibility.

Free your body to move through space—high, low, fast, slow. You will develop full-body strength and mobility while giving yourself a broad-ranging expressive outlet.

Tap I & II
If you have some pent up, get down and make sound energy inside you, try a tap class. There is nothing like the fun and mental challenge of a good rhythm tap pattern to get you going. Beginning Tap is for those with no tap experience or those wanting a refresher; Intermediate Tap is for those with some experience.

Brush up on your ballroom steps or learn new ones. You’ll shine on the dance floor while burning calories. Please contact the Ballet office for dates and times.

Pilates Mat Exercises
For the allover conditioning regimen developed for dancers and used by the Minnesota Ballet Company, the Pilates mat class is it. The instructor keeps you interested and challenged, groaning and laughing, all the way to a well-toned, more injury-resistant body. All you do is show up.

Learn popular dance forms which incorporate everything from Contemporary Jazz to Disco.

Open Class Teaching Staff

Linda Carrillo, teacher, School of the Minnesota Ballet, trained at the University of Utah, Ballet West in Salt Lake City, and the Joffrey Ballet in New York. She also performed and toured with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. She trained in the Vaganova technique and is certified in the Cecchetti Method.

Nancy Gibson began teaching for the School of the Minnesota Ballet in 1974 and served as Artistic Director of the Minnesota Ballet 1988–92. She leads workshops for both teachers and coaches and has been on the faculties of L’Academie de Ballet du Saguenay in Quebec, JAS Dance Centre in the Twin Cities area, University of Minnesota Duluth. She also teaches at Madill Performing Arts Center.

Paige Kohler, teacher, graduated from the School of the Minnesota Ballet and also studied at summer intensives at North Carolina School for the Arts, Joffrey New York, Boston Ballet, and Joffrey Midwest. She has danced professionally in the area along with co-owning a dance studio in Wisconsin since 2002. She has choreographed for the Ballet’s Celebrity Dance Challenge along with Denfeld’s musicals, and Playhouse shows such as Cats, Rock of Ages, Chicago, and many others. She is also AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE® certified, Pre-Primary-Level 5.

Alex Loch, comes to ballet from a background in gymnastics. At St. Cloud University, he earned a B.A. in English with a minor in dance. In Seattle he danced with Khambatta Dance Company and taught ballroom, Latin and swing dance. He danced with the Minnesota Ballet in the 2010-11 season as a trainee.

Renee Moe, studied dance at UMD and in New York City. She founded Sterling Dance in Grand Marais in 1994. She has performed with Keane Sense of Rhythm Tap Co., Ressl Dance, and Project Lulu.

Jessica Roeder, writer, teacher, and dancer, has danced with Aspen Dance Connection and in Dances on the Lakewalk. Since 2012, she has taught a weekly dance class for people with Parkinson’s based on the Mark Morris Dance Group’s Dance for PD program.

And other additional teaching professionals.