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    Summer Session 2016

    Class change schedule due to storm damage at the Grain Exchange Studio:

    Schedule changes for tomorrow Friday, July 22.

    Ballet IIs move to Depot studio II regular time 10-11:00

    Ballet IVs year 1 move to Depot studio 1 regular time 9-11:00

    Level I move to Playhouse space regular time 11-1:30

    Additional information regarding address/room number/directions needed

    Level II move to Depot studio I regular time 11-1:30

    Regular afternoon classes at the Depot for Contemporary Ballet and Choreography


    June 13 – July 29, 2016
    Intensive: July 11 – July 29, 2016
    Week of July 4 – July 10 off

    Summer Showcase: July 29, 2016

    Click here to download the summer 2016 student brochure.

    Click here to download the Summer registration 2016 form.

    Click here to download the general summer school class schedule for 2016.

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    Click here to download the 2016 Summer Intensive schedule.


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    Creative Movement: Children 3–5 years old are introduced to dance through basic locomotor movements and encouraged through props and a wide variety of music.
    Pre-Ballet I & II: Children 6–7 years of age learn basic ballet concepts and develop self-confidence.
    (Light pink cap-sleeve leotard)
    Ballet I: Students 8+ years of age and 1st or 2nd year of ballet. (Light blue cap-sleeve leotard)
    Ballet II/III: Students 9-10+ years of age and 2nd and 3rd year of ballet. (Lavender or Royal blue cap-sleeve leotard)
    Ballet IV, Yr. 1: (Audition required) (Burgundy cap-sleeve leotard) Ballet IV, Yr. I students are strongly advised to take summer technique and pre-pointe classes to strengthen feet and ankles.
    Pre-Pointe, Intro to Variations for Ballet IV, Yr 1: (Audition required) Students must strengthen their feet to prepare for going on pointe and to prepare for learning solos from classical ballets.
    Students will obtain pointe shoes during June for use in July Pre-Pointe classes after completing Pre-Pointe classes in June. Tap, Character, Jazz Styles and Musical Theater Dance are also open to Ballet IV, Year 1.
    Ballet IV, Yr 2 – Ballet VII: (Audition required) (IV, Yr. 2: Garnet cap-sleeve leotard; V: Navy camisole leotard; VI/VII: Black camisole leotard) For well-rounded dance training, Ballet IV, Yr. 2 – Ballet VII students are strongly recommended to study a variety of dance styles, including Jazz, Character, Tap, and Musical Theater Dance, and to take, at a reduced rate, the full Summer Session with Intensive classes.
    Pointe for Ballet IV, Yr. 2 – Ballet VII: (Audition required)
    Pointe Variations for Ballet IV, Yr. 2 – Ballet VII: Audition required. Students learn to apply their pointe work to classical ballet choreography. Variations/Corps de Ballet for Ballet VII’s include company repertoire that they may be eligible for next season.
    Pilates Mat Exercises: These exercises will improve strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, and posture.
    Tap 1 & 2: Students learn the fundamentals of this percussion dance form with its focus on rhythm and music. Instructor will inform students about shoes.
    Character: Students in Ballet IV+ learn authentic European folk dance, important because it is included in many classical ballets such as Swan Lake.
    Composition/Choreography: Students in Ballet IV, Yr. 2 + have the opportunity to learn about the art of creating dances and explore their creative abilities in dance. Limited enrolment to this 6-week class. May be taken only in conjunction with at least one other dance class.
    Jazz: Students ages 12–adult learn popular dance forms which incorporate everything from Contemporary Jazz to Disco.
    Musical Theatre Dance: Students 12–adult learn choreography used in popular musicals which help broaden their range as performers.
    Modern: Students 12+ will develop full-body strength and mobility while learning a broad-ranging expressive outlet.
    Corps de Ballet Ballet V, Year 2, Ballet VI & Ballet VII only. Teaches students the art of working in groups, in unison, and in canon.

    Local Ballet IV, Yr. 2 – Ballet VII students are strongly recommended to take, at a reduced rate, the full Summer Session with Intensive classes. The Intensive allows students to enhance their training, experience the physically-challenging pace professional dancers must meet daily, plus learn other dance styles:

    Pas de Deux/Contemporary Repertoire (in Level 2) prepares dancers for their roles in partnering and teaches contemporary dance styles.
    Corps de Ballet (Level 1) teaches students the art of working in groups, in unison, and in canon.
    Athletic Dance for Young Men builds strength, flexibility, and coordination. Athletics are stressed through dance-based exercises.
    Tap helps students develop a sense of rhythm and musicality. The Intensive also offers specialty classes.
    Modern introduces students to Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, and other contemporary techniques.
    Jazz teaches students ages 12–adult popular dance forms which incorporate everything from Contemporary Jazz to Disco.
    Musical Theater Dance teaches students 12–adult choreography used in popular musicals which help broaden their range as performers.
    Character introduces students to the European folk dance in many classical ballets.
    Pilates Mat Exercises helps develop core strength and flexibility to enhance technique.
    Contemporary Ballet combines both classical and modern techniques, working both en pointe and off, in a style that is reflected in many choreographers’ works today.

    Guest Faculty for Summer 2016


    Guest Intensive Instructor:
    Mario Nugaramario Nugara
    Mr. Nugara trained at Balanchine’s School of American Ballet and has danced with our nation’s most prestigious companies. As a student, he danced with the New York City Ballet. He has also danced professionally as a company member with the Boston Ballet, Texas Ballet Theater, and appeared on Broadway with Rudolph Nureyev. Mr. Nugara holds a BFA and MFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He was selected as a Fulbright Scholar in 1991 to Copenhagen, Denmark, in conjunction with the Royal Danish Ballet and the University of Copenhagen, the only ballet dancer awarded that honor. During that time, he taught at the Royal Danish Ballet; Cullberg Ballet; Ballet Academy of Stockholm, Sweden; and at the New Danish Dance Theatre, the Marie Brolin‐Tani Dance Theatre, and Dansens Hus. He has extensive teaching experience in the New York and Los Angeles Metropolitan areas. Mr. Nugara is founder and present Artistic Director of the City of Angels Ballet in Los Angeles and Artistic Director of the California Riverside Ballet.

    Guest Summer Instructor:
    Karl von Rabenau

    Karl Headshotcropped BWRaised in Duluth, Minnesota, Karl von Rabenau received his early dance training at the Duluth Ballet, now Minnesota Ballet. He continued his training at Minnesota Dance Theatre, the Boston Ballet School, and the San Francisco Ballet School. Mr. von Rabenau danced for ten seasons as a soloist for the Milwaukee Ballet. During his tenure with MBC he danced such roles as Iago in Jose Limon’s The Moor’s Pavane, and The Blue Bird Pas de Deux from Sleeping Beauty. Mr. von Rabenau has also performed the lead roles in Choo San Goh’s In The Glow of the Night and Unknown Territory as well as George Balanchine’s Rubies, The Four Temperaments, Tchaikovsky Pas Deux, Serenade, and Allegro Brilliante. While with Milwaukee Ballet, Mr. von Rabenau also had the opportunity to dance in works by Petipa, Eugene Loring, David Parsons, Jean–Paul Comelin, and Lisa de Ribere.

    Prior to dancing with MBC, Mr. von Rabenau danced for five seasons with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. While dancing with PBT, he toured to Taipei, Taiwan, and fulfilled the dream to dance Balanchine’s Tarantella Pas De Deux. He also performed the role of Lucentio in John Cranko’s The Taming of the Shrew. Other highlights of his time spent with PBT include dancing many works by George Balanchine including the 3rd Movement from Western Symphony, Benvolio in Bruce Wells’ Romeo and Juliet, as well as Agnes De Milles, Fall River Legend, and Falls in Alvin Ailey’s The River.

    Mr. von Rabenau began his career as a member of Boston Ballet II and apprentice to Boston Ballet. He has also performed with the Omaha Ballet and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet where he had the privilege to dance such roles as Harlequin pas de deux, Tarantella pas de deux and the lead in Divertomento No.13.

    Mr. von Rabenau’s second passion in life is teaching ballet. He has had the true pleasure to do this for the past 23 years throughout the Midwest and Eastern United States. He is currently on staff at the Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy. Mr. von Rabenau has also works with the Milwaukee Ballet II as one of the principal faculty for the last 6 years. It has been a privilege to teach class and set choreography on the talented dancers that have passed through this program. During the summer months Mr. von Rabenau returns to Pennsylvania where he has been invited to teach at Point Park University for the past 17 years and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in Carlisle, PA for the past 23 years.

    As a choreographer, Mr. von Rabenau has created numerous works for Point Park University’s International Summer Dance Program. He has had works performed in the Regional Dance of America Festivals in both the Northeast Region by CPYB and Lake Erie Ballet School, and Southeast Region by Classical Ballet of Memphis. In 2002, Mr. von Rabenau was invited to choreograph a pas de deux, Speranza for a Milwaukee Ballet presentation at the Milwaukee Art Museum.

    Three years ago Mr. von Rabenau in partnership with his wife, Jennifer Miller, created Lake Arts Project, which is a collaborative non-profit organization that finds new and innovative ways to further enhance arts education in high schools. Each year Lake Arts Project has collaborated with local high schools in the Milwaukee area to create one of a kind performances. Each year visual art and written word provided by the local high school students are transformed by professional choreographers into world premier ballets and dances that are performed by professional and high school dancers.


    The Minnesota Ballet makes its home in downtown Duluth, the air-conditioned city nestled along the shore of Lake Superior, home to many attractions, beaches, and quaint shopping districts.

    Ballet Studio I & II
    St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center
    506 W. Michigan Street, Duluth

    The School’s Studios I and II are located in the performing arts wing of the St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center, known as “The Depot.” This historic building also houses a nationally known train museum and two other museums and stands just across the street from the public library and a stone’s throw from Bayfront Park and the Great Lakes Aquarium.

    Ballet Studio III
    Grain Exchange Adams Studio
    8th floor, Board of Trade Building
    301 W. First Street, Duluth

    The Ballet’s headquarters and principal studio are in the Board of Trade Building, the top two floors that once housed the thriving Grain Exchange. The Ballet remodeled the historic site in 1999, retaining its elegant architecture reminiscent of the ballet salons of Europe.

    Both quarters are within very easy walking distance of each other in the heart of Duluth’s downtown with its attractive shops, art studios, restaurants, the Lakewalk and other waterfront attractions.

    Student Summer Showcase

    Noon, Friday, July 29
, 2016
    Duluth Public Library Plaza (across from the Depot)
    The Student Summer Presentation will feature demonstrations and works in progress.

    Video Audition Requirements

    Barre – Abbreviated 
Center – Tendu, Adagio, Pirouettes, Petit Allegro,
    Grand Allegro
 Pointe for women;
 Tour en l’Air for men

    Students will be assigned to the appropriate level.
    Open to ages 12 and up.

    Deadline for audition is May 2, 2016. Live audition is encouraged when feasible. If you are unable to audition in person, a video, training experience and references will be accepted.


    Housing, including meals, may be arranged with host families. Transportation to and from studio will be by host families or public bus. Housing may also be arranged at either of these local college campuses. Call for rates; no Ballet chaperones provided.
    University of MN Duluth, 218-726-7381
    College of St. Scholastica, 218-723-6391


    Classes only: $835
    Housing/Meals with host family: $200/week

    Dancewear for Summer Intensive

    For Classes
    at least one black camisole or black thin-strap tank leotard, with a simple back
    black skirt
    pink tights
    technique & pointe shoes

    black character shoes, with heels or flat (do not use tap shoes for character shoes)
    skirt for character, just above knee (if you own one)
    tap shoes (if you do not have tap shoes, you may use character shoes for tap)
    jazz shoes, tie or slip-on
    black jazz pants
    mat or beach towel for Pilates
    tees for Jazz, Modern, and Pilates are acceptable with either jazz pants or neat, form-fitting sweats for Pilates or Modern

    For Summer Showcase
    assortment of your dancewear