Nestled in the Cathedral Hill District on Selby Avenue, our Saint Paul, Minnesota studio has the privilege of providing our friends and neighbors with the opportunity to experience the joy of ballroom dancing. We at Arthur Murray Saint Paul are proud of our heritage and history serving the Twin Cities community. Come visit us for private and group Ballroom and Latin dance lessons that are tailored to your needs and the experience you want to create no matter what your age or skill level. We have the pleasure of helping our friends with their first wedding dance, prepare for their next dance competition or by just providing them with a creative opportunity to socialize.
Celebrate! Dance Academy offers tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, preschool, boys, hip hop, modern, pom/danceline, and clogging technique classes to dancers, age three through adult. Celebrate! is a Christian value-based studio offering a noncompetitive dance experience with age appropriate music, costuming, and choreography. We encourage dancers of all ability levels to participate and will make accommodations for those dancers with special needs. In addition to our annual recital, Celebrate! dancers may choose to participate in a full-length ballet production, The Fantastic Toy Shop, every other year (odd years).
Cinema Ballroom is a facility designed for every aspect of the partner dancer’s lifestyle. It is the hub for learning to dance from the top professionals in the state. It also hosts sizzling hot social dance events catering to all dance levels and ages. At Cinema Ballroom, we teach all forms of partner dancing including Latin (ie. cha cha, rumba), Ballroom (ie. waltz, foxtrot), Salsa (ie. merengue, mambo), Swing (ie. lindy hop, west coast) and Night Club (ie. night club two step, country, hustle). We teach via a combination of private lessons (one on one with an instructor), group classes and practice sessions. We also host events to showcase our students and our professional instructors.
Classical Ballet Academy & Ballet Minnesota
Saint Paul Studio:
314 Chester Street
Saint Paul, MN 55107
7582 Currell Boulevard, Suite 207
Woodbury, MN 55125
The mission of Classical Ballet Academy of Minnesota is to create a professional school dedicated to the pursuit of artistry in dance with high quality education for the performing arts dancer.
Classical Ballet Academy, the official school of Ballet Minnesota, offers classes for ages 4-18 along with adult classes. The Performing Arts Program stresses technical, as well as performance, development through graded classroom progression and performances. Students perform in Ballet Minnesota productions including The Fall Concert, The Classic Nutcracker, Minnesota Dance Festival and The Summer Series.
Classical Ballet Academy training develops musicality, correct posture and alignment. Classical Ballet Academy students develop respect and are encouraged in discipline and accountability in and outside of the studio. Many students have gone on to teach, attend major universities with dance scholarships, and dance in professional companies all over the world.
8595 Central Park Place
Woodbury, MN 55125
We teach over twenty styles of Ballroom, Latin, Swing, and Country dances, including: bolero, cha cha, country two step, East Coast swing, foxtrot, hustle (disco), line dancing, mambo, merengue, night club two step, polka, rumba, salsa, samba, tango, Viennese waltz, and West Coast swing. We offer group classes, private lessons, performance teams, dance parties, showcases, and competitions, for singles and couples of all ages. We also provide offsite event entertainment- we can teach, perform, emcee, and DJ your events!
Whether you want to learn to dance for fun, are planning a wedding or attending one, or want to learn some dance skills before going on your next vacation, The Dancers Studio would like to share with you its passion for dancing. Our instructors are personally interested in each and every one of their students, and have the knowledge and experience to help meet a variety of dance goals. Our outgoing and friendly administrative team is always around to greet clients, answer questions, and schedule lessons.
We specialize in teaching all of the popular and classical dances including: salsa, swing, rumba, cha cha, merengue, waltz, foxtrot, tango, nightclub two-step, and more. We offer private lessons for individualized attention, group classes to build your basics and lead/follow skills and practice parties to meet new friends and integrate what you have learned in lessons. For more information about renting our spaces for classes, weddings, parties, and other special events, please visit dseventcenter.com to contact an Event Coordinator.
2110 Eagle Creek Lane, Suite 350
Woodbury, MN 55129
Legacy Dance Studio is family-owned and has been operating since 1998. Our mission is to provide students of all ages the skills they need to enjoy dance for a lifetime. Our curriculum stresses ballet technique as the base for all dances. The types of dance offered in addition to ballet are tap, jazz, lyrical, and hip hop. Dance conditioning and Pilates stress core strength training while individual technique classes provide the dancer the ability to concentrate on specific fundamentals of dance. Legacy offers a variety of classes for recreational students ages 2-18 ranging from beginner to advanced. Each age class has a maximum number of students to allow an appropriate amount of one-on-one attention. The studio also offers students the opportunity to try out for a competition line for those looking for a chance to perform outside of the studio. Individual music and vocal lessons are also available at the studio.
Out On A Limb Dance Company engages the creativity and talents of dancers who share a common belief that dance is meant to entertain and touch the lives of audiences and dancers alike. Our dance company presents the opportunity for young dancers to work with professional dancers and choreographers throughout the year. Professional mentoring of young dancers will help prepare the next generation of performers for their careers in an atmosphere that is nurturing and supportive, rather than competitive.
Pas de Deux Dance Studio is dedicated to providing quality ballet instruction in a fun, non-competitive environment, focusing on technique, artistry and a love of dance. In addition to evening classes, daytime classes are available for pre-school and homeschool students.
Classes in traditional ballet are available for ages four and older. We encourage older students to check us out as well – it is never too late to start ballet! Please see our website for complete details on classes, schedules, the studio and our locations in the Saint Paul area.
Saint Paul Ballet
655 Fairview Avenue N
Saint Paul, MN 55104
(651) 219-5741 spcballet.org
Saint Paul Ballet’s vision is to rejoice in the beauty and immediacy of dance with the widest possible audience and to lift the human spirit through the art of ballet. Its mission is to provide the finest dance education, reduce barriers to involvement in the art of dance, and perform a vibrant repertory with a passion for the highest level of excellence.
We work to make ballet accessible for every age and body from creative movement to advanced ballet and pointe technique. We offer a children’s program, pre-professional program, teen and adult open classes for beginning and intermediate levels and open professional classes.
With an emphasis on the healthy dancer, the company will be hosting Take Back the Tutu: The Holistic Dancer Series for the 2014-2015 Season. There will be a free lecture every month by dance physical therapists, researchers, teachers, and specialists at the SPB studios. Please see our website for more information.
DanceLife Ballroom offers professional training in many ballroom dance styles, including American Smooth, American Rhythm, International Standard and International Latin. Our studio also offers classes in various forms of swing, hustle and salsa. We encourage students to participate in both group and private lessons. We also offer dance parties, dance excursions and dance cruises. DanceLife Ballroom invites our more advanced students to become involved in the exciting world of DanceSport, which includes thorough competitive training for local, national and international ballroom dance events.
Deuxmensions Dance Theatre & School, under the direction of Michelle Doyle & Kirstin Doyle, believes in providing a well-rounded dance education that helps develop the potential, creativity and confidence of each of our students as they grow and learn in the world of dance.
Deuxmensions Dance Theatre & School offers classical ballet, pre ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, hip hop, tap and musical theatre training to dancers ages three-adult. We are a non-competition dance school that focuses on teaching proper technique and an appreciation of dance as an art form. We are dedicated to giving our students a solid dance education and technical foundation. We require our teachers to have a degree in dance, and all have many years of teaching and performance experience. At Deuxmensions, we pride ourselves in selecting music, choreography and costumes that are age-appropriate and family friendly. The highlight of our year is the full length, all-school ballet(s) we produce each spring.
Jawaahir Dance Company & The Cassandra School of Middle Eastern Dance
*Studios also in Bloomington and Saint Paul
The Cassandra School philosophy of teaching is to treat every student as though he/she is an aspiring professional Middle Eastern dancer: giving the student all the skills and coordination necessary and challenging all students to achieve a personal best!
The Cassandra School offers year-round classes in the art of Middle Eastern dance for adults ranging from beginning to professional. Started by Cassandra in 1978, the school now serves as the teaching arm of Jawaahir Dance Company. Classes incorporate many relevant aspects of Middle Eastern dance, music, and culture. The regular classes serve the seven-county metro area and are sought by students from across the United States. Many dancers from around the country have relocated expressly to study with Cassandra at the school.
In 1980, the Lake Harriet Dance Center opened in the Linden Hills Area and, after fifteen years, moved to its current location on Lyndale near 66th. Since it opened, the studio has grown and matured into one of Minneapolis’ most reputable dance centers. This well-rounded studio nurtures and trains dancers from four years old through adult. The staff believes that, in addition to training dancers, they are instilling in the students not only a love of dance, but also a sense of self-worth and accomplishment. Because the Dance Center endorses the philosophy that dance is an art form, not a sport, the studio does not perform in competitions. The children also perform in two recitals; Winter and Spring. Everything we put into teaching, nurturing, and giving performances gives continuity to the students, offering a broad range of classes and allowing them the opportunity to grow.
The mission of the Minnesota Dance Theater School is to present masterful and inspiring dance through performance and education. Students of our school inherit knowledge from our renowned faculty, who nurture each child’s potential for artistry and self-confidence. Joy and agility are encouraged through training, mentoring and performing experiences, furthering their skills and talents. Our faculty is dedicated to providing guidance and experience that shape the performer both technically and artistically – not only to become professional dancers, but to develop the confidence and discipline in pursuing all life goals. Classes for students ranging from pre-school to adult are designed to meet a variety of abilities. Central to our purpose is inspiring and challenging students to achieve their best.
Zenon Dance Company and School’s mission is to sustain an artistically excellent, professional dance company in the Twin Cities by commissioning the works of emerging and locally, nationally, and internationally recognized modern and jazz choreographers, and to present this work to diverse communities, including those with disabilities. Zenon accomplishes this through performance, education, and outreach. Zenon’s dance school provides high quality dance instruction for avocational and professional dancers within a diverse curriculum.
The Academy of Russian Ballet is the first Russian dance school in Minnesota committed to educating children in the best traditions of Russian ballet mastership. The Academy’s comprehensive curriculum, based on the Vaganova method, is proven to instill in dancers incomparable technique while striving for a greater sense of artistry, clarity, grace, athleticism, speed, and musicality. The Academy of Russian Ballet creates ballet performance opportunities in Minnesota with works such as The Nutcracker, Halloween Adventure, Peter and the Wolf, and more.
Ashley Ballet Arts Academy is a dance school where students of all ages and abilities receive exceptional training in ballet and its related arts. It is a nurturing and comfortable, yet disciplined and stimulating environment, where students can acquire a lifelong appreciation of the art and joy of dance. The school’s philosophy is that every student should receive an excellent dance education whether they are to be the stars of tomorrow, the scholar at the university or any other member of society. This school is a place where the child attending receives excellent ballet and dance training and a fostering of their inner self.
Our school provides a complete ballet program from the earliest level, at three years old, through pre-professional and adults. Instruction is offered at the recreational and pre-professional training level. The school follows a well-developed syllabus for each ballet level, influenced by the Vaganova method of ballet technique. All of our faculty members are experienced teachers with professional dance careers and/or a degree in Dance.
The Metropolitan Ballet Academy is the official school of the Metropolitan Ballet and offers classes for novice through professionals interested in fine training and performance opportunities. There are three divisions of training: Open Division for young dancers beginning or furthering their training; Professional Trainee Division for older teens and young adults committed to pursuing a career as a professional dancer; and Adult Ballet for individuals that wish to keep in shape, begin a new form of exercise or get back to their childhood passion of ballet! The Metropolitan Ballet is committed to serving our diverse community and the individual by providing exquisite training at all levels regardless of age or ability, with deep concern for the whole student and the development of unique potential.
Platinum Dance Center is a new dance studio owned and operated by Erica Leanna and Lexi Zimmermann, former Minnesota Timberwolves Dancers. They are excited to bring their expertise and passion to the metro area. Platinum Dance Center’s signature dance program includes performance, competition and technique classes for dancers of all ages and skill levels. They share a newly renovated space with their affiliate company, The Metropolitan Ballet Academy, and offer ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, creative movement, dance team and lyrical. They host birthday parties, princess camps and more! Visit our website for more information.
Secrets of Classical Ballet Academy
5211 W 73rd Street
Edina, MN 55439
Secrets of Classical Ballet Academy is directed by Russian Prima Ballerina and International Gold Medalist Tatiana Berenova.
Ms. Berenova is well known throughout the professional ballet community all over the world. Her studio is open for young talents of different ages and levels of training, with or without previous dance experience. Besides providing classical ballet training, Secrets of Classical Ballet Academy holds summer intensives each year that offer a wide variety of classes, such as contemporary, pointe technique, female/male variations, body conditioning, character dance and acting. Private lessons and choreography are available upon request.
Belle Ballet offers quality dance education to the St.Croix Valley. A staff of knowledgeable and caring professionals offers first class dance training in a pleasant and supportive environment. Our offerings include preschool music and movement and Vaganova Russian ballet for all ages and levels. Regardless of your age, experience level or focus, you are welcome and it is our intention to provide you with a quality experience that fulfills your needs.
Established in 2007, Lake Area Dance Center offers a diversity of high quality dance programs ranging in ages 1 1/2 years to adult. Among these programs include creative movement, tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical, and hip-hop classes for both recreational and competitive dancers.
It is the purpose of Lake Area Dance Center to provide high quality dance instruction to children and adults that will not only develop technical ability but also self-discipline and confidence. In order to accomplish this end result, we feel obligated to treat all students, regardless of their level of proficiency, with equal care and consideration at Lake Area Dance Center.
Additionally, Artistic Director/Instructor Maria Pomerleau aims to foster the creative imagination of her students and to create a safe, friendly atmosphere for her dancers. Most of all, Lake Area Dance Center aspires to be a place “Where Dance Is SERIOUS Fun!” making each student’s time with us, regardless of how much or how long, a delightful and memorable one!
Founded in 1991 by Karla and Brian Sweeney, St. Croix Ballet has become one of the Twin Cities top ballet and dance studios. The year-round program includes two full-length classical ballets – The Nutcracker and a spring show (past shows have included Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Coppelia); a three-week summer intensive that includes modern, character, jazz, ballet, and Pilates; a Summer Gala performance in Stillwater’s picturesque Pioneer Park, as well as periodic Master Classes by guest artists and intensives throughout the year. The very capable teaching staff utilizes the Vaganova pedagogy and syllabus as the foundation of the studio’s training.
Woodbury Dance Center
Main Studio (and Postal Address)
380 Rivertown Drive, Suite #1100
Woodbury, MN 55125 woodburydance.com
Second Studio Location:
1125 Woodbury Drive, Suite #600
Woodbury, MN 55125
Woodbury Dance Center is a family-orientated dance studio offering quality dance instruction for ages eighteen months to adults. We offer classes in tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, hip hop, pom, pointe and creative movement. We offer recreational and competitive classes year round for boys and girls. We focus our dance studio on helping our students discover the joy of dance. Our highly-skilled teaching staff is made up of dedicated professionals who have many personal accomplishments in the dance world.
Al-Bahira Middle Eastern Dance Theater and the Aalim School of Dance, LLC.
Aalim School of Middle Eastern Dance offers weekly classes and workshops in belly dance, Middle Eastern folkloric dance, and fusion dance forms. Aalim School is the educational partner of Al-Bahira Dance Theater, a professional performing company.
Ballet Royale Minnesota & Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota
Ballet Royale Minnesota is an independent ballet school, founded and directed by former professional ballet dancers Denise and Rick Vogt, offering a comprehensive ballet-based curriculum of study for students of all ages and abilities, from pre-ballet creative movement to pre-professional level classes.
Ballet Royale is also proud to be the official residence of the non-profit dance company, Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota, an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit, semi-professional dance company that draws its dancers from area professional dance companies, dance schools, and community residents.
TCB strives to introduce the artistry, discipline and athleticism of ballet and other dance forms to Minnesota communities, through performances, educational and interactive programs, scholarship awards, and collaborative artistic events. Governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and driven by the energy and efforts of dedicated parents, students, volunteers and community sponsors, TCB continues to develop a variety of community outreach initiatives, including working with other arts organizations and schools, and to offer both its participants and audiences the opportunity to experience the enriching world of dance.
Bloomington Center for the Arts
1800 West Old Shakopee Road
Bloomington, MN 55431
(952) 563-8562 continentalballet.com
Continental Ballet Company’s mission is to enrich the community by preserving the art of classical ballet through professional performances, dance development, and educational programs. As both a company and a school of ballet, Continental Ballet Company has been providing professional performances and educational programs for over 25 years in the Twin Cities. Their instructors are professionals and dancers with the company who are motivated to teach because of their love of ballet and their desire to share their knowledge and experience.
The primary focus of DanceWorks has always been to teach and nurture a love of dance through our recreational classes, competition lines, pre-school program and ballet curriculum. DanceWorks continues to inspire, motivate, and challenge all aspiring dancers in achieving their goals.
Our ballet program currently consists of four levels: Ballet Pink A & B (beginners), Ballet Blue (advanced beginners), Level 4 (intermediate) Level 5 (intermediate with pre-pointe class) Level 6 (advanced with pointe class). Our curriculum is not focused on creating professional ballerinas but allows students to enjoy, yet be challenged by the discipline and fundamentals of ballet while still being able to participate in high school activities. DanceWorks has produced the Nutcracker Ballet since 1996, and continues to do so during the holiday season.
Our competition lines offer a more intense study of jazz, tap, lyrical and danceline. Most competition programs have a ballet requirement with a minimum total of three hours per week of dance. Auditions are held in the summer of each year following mandatory summer workshops.
Northfield Dance Academy is owned and directed by Daphne McCoy, a professor of Dance at Carleton College with an MFA in Modern Dance.
Northfield Dance Academy is a Ballet based studio that also excels in Modern, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre Dance and age appropriate Hip-Hop. Our mission is to give our dancer’s a solid base in technique and a love of performance and the artistry of dance. We have classes for all ages for the school year and in the summer.
Dance Impressions is a premier, student centered and award winning performing arts organization that trains students in a triple threat of dance, acting, and singing. Our goal is to develop the best in each individual performer through a combination of technical training, artistry and life lessons. Our dance program is based on the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus with Vaganova and American influences. Our jazz, modern, lyrical and tap program is based on classic techniques with contemporary and world influences. Our acting and singing program utilizes story-telling, confidence building and technical training to bring out the best inherent performer in each student. We have three educational tracks:
Recreational Program C. This is our recreational program for those who want to keep it simple. It is designed for education, fun and convenience in dance, acting and singing with holiday and spring showcase performance opportunities.
Performance Program B. This is our competitive program. It is designed for a higher lever of training in dance, acting, and singing with a wide variety of opportunities including workshops, competitions, holiday shows, and spring showcases.
Performance Program A. This is our advanced or elite pre-professional and professional training program. This is for the serious performer who wants the best in dance, acting, and singing training. It includes multiple workshops including traveling workshops, a limited number of competitions, our holiday show, our spring showcase, and a special elite showcase. Dance training will focus on ballet, pointe and modern.
The Recreational and Competition staff at Kincade Dance Industries is deeply committed to training the next generation of dancers. Everything we do has a purpose and is focused on providing the best experience possible for your dancers. Each dancer will have technique, ballet instruction and incredible opportunities to perform throughout their dance career at KDI.
The Competition Division Staff includes ballet masters, Pilate’s instructors and experts in multiple disciplines of dance including tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, contemporary, musical theatre and more. Steve Kincade infuses his passion for training and contemporary dance throughout the studio, wanting his dancers to have strong technique and beauty in their movement.
North Ballet Academy seeks to inspire growth through the art of ballet. With a team of exceptional and expert staff members, North Ballet Academy offers classical ballet instruction for novice, intermediate, advanced, and adult dancers. Aimed at both the recreational dancer and the aspiring professional, North Ballet Academy provides Russian ballet instruction (Vaganova syllabus) to foster the development of the art of ballet and encourage proficiency in ballet performance and choreography. Through distinct performing arts opportunities, North Ballet Academy seeks to expand the community’s exposure to, appreciation for, and understanding of ballet, movement, and music.
Physical Therapy for Dancers
New Heights Physical Therapy
Maryann Johnson – PT, Dance Specialist
750 Main Street, Suite #206
Mendota Heights, MN 55118
Phone: (651) 905-9000
Fax: (651) 454-1603 newheightsptmn.com
Maryann Johnson is a specialized Dance Medicine Physical Therapist. She has extensive training in treating dancers, manual therapy, orthopedic conditions and Postural Restoration. She is a graduate of University of Minnesota in Physical Therapy and a classically trained dancer. Her dance training includes the Classical Ballet Academy under Jo Savino, San Francisco Ballet, Joffrey Ballet School NYC and Pennsylvania Ballet School under Lupe Serrano. She has danced professionally with Ballet of the Dolls and other local venues. She currently teaches ballet in the Twin Cities. Maryann is a member of Minnesota Dance Medicine and International Academy of Dance Medicine and Science.
From personal interests to favorite colors, from experiences to aspirations, every individual and team is unique. You have a set of exceptional characteristics that makes you stand out in a crowd. Satin Stitches strives to embrace every unmistakable quality that makes you…you! We are excited to bring your individual vision to life!
Satin Stitches prides itself on producing couture-quality performance costumes and uniforms right here in our showroom and production facility in Minneapolis. We strive for flawless customer service from the moment you contact us to the moment you receive your final product. Our meticulous attention to detail is evident in every impeccably crafted costume and uniform that we produce.
Not only will you fall in love with your custom costume, but also you can be assured you will never see your Satin Stitches individual or Team design on someone else! At Satin Stitches, our costumes are “Designed for a Sensational Performance” and made exclusively for YOU!
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