Dancers of all ages and skill levels can find their niche at St. Louis Ballet School. On Feb. 1, registration opens for the school’s summer programs.
Administrator Tanya Strautmann, who danced professionally with St. Louis Ballet for 16 years, said ballet develops lifelong skills.
“It teaches you a discipline, how to achieve certain goals,” Tanya said. “Most students in ballet class are actually doing really well in school because they have that discipline.”
Because St. Louis Ballet School is the educational branch of St. Louis Ballet, students are learning from professionals. Summer classes are highly encouraged to stay sharp.
“It’s a muscle development and skill that needs continued training in the summer. You don’t want to lose that over the summer,” Tanya noted.
The school offers intensive summer programs for three age levels: a two-week program for ages 7-9, a four-week intermediate program for ages 10-13, and a four-week advanced program for ages 14-18.
Participants will take ballet classes such as technique, pointe and variations, interspersed with classes of other genres such as musical theater, jazz, Pilates and body conditioning.
“It’s a very well-rounded program for students,” Tanya said. “They’re getting that basic technique in the morning and then other genres throughout the day.”
St. Louis Ballet School also offers Storybook Princess Camps for ages 3-6, filled with dance, crafts, a performance for parents and more!
Evening summer classes are available for students who cannot attend a daily program.
Visit St. Louis Ballet School’s website for summer program dates and times.