Open Classes

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

In-Studio and Virtual Classes available.


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 taking one or more classes, enjoying our variety of offerings for a reasonable price. In-studio classes may be taken virtually. 

Register and buy passes here.


Open Beginner Ballet: Thursday 6:00pm-7:15pm 

Open Intermediate/Advanced Ballet: Sunday 1:00-2:30p (Starting in August)

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

Open Jazz: Sunday 3:00pm-4:00pm (Not currently available)

Open Tap 1&2: Sunday 4:30pm-5:30pm (Not currently available)

Open Virtual Only Modern: Monday 9:00am-10:00am  (Not currently available)                   

For more information and for virtual access links 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.

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.


“Sunday Slow Flow” A gentle awakening to the day, this slower paced flow class is designed for athletic recovery or as a weekly reset for mind and body. This practice emphasizes mindful breathing, foundational postures, and simple flow sequences with long holds and deep stretches. All levels welcome. 

Open Class Teaching Staff

LilaAnn Coates White, Minnesota Ballet Artistic Associate/Principal Teacher, trained at the National Academy of Arts, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. She apprenticed with the Des Moines Ballet, taught at the Allegro Dance Theatre, Tennessee, and was a company member of the Minnesota Ballet from 1986

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.

Dominique Jenssen, currently a professional ballet dancer with Minnesota Ballet, began her yoga journey over nine years ago to offset the physical demands of her career. Dominique has been teaching yoga for the last four years across the U.S. She is enthusiastic about lifetime health and fitness and believes yoga provides us with the tools to THRIVE. Her class will focus on the foundational postures of yoga, while playing with creative transitions. While not in the studio, she can be found playing outside! Hiking, biking, and paddle boarding are among a few of her favorites.

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.

Kentaro Shiozawa

And other additional teaching professionals.