Dancers of all ages and skill levels will find a home with Saint Louis Ballet School. Registration is open now online at stlouisballet.org, and classes begin August 18.
Administrator Tanya Strautmann, who danced professionally with Saint Louis Ballet for 16 years, praised the art as something that “helps you throughout your entire life.”
“Children enrolled in ballet do well in school studies because they learn discipline and focus in ballet class,” Tanya said. “And especially during these times of uncertainty, children need a constant in their life and ballet can be that activity that is good for their body, brain and spirit.”
For virtual needs due to the pandemic, the school uses the Zoom platform and parents have praised the school on its professionalism and how well the teachers interact with the students through Zoom.
“It’s as if they are getting a private lesson” said SLBS parent April Phillips.
Saint Louis Ballet School is the educational branch of the Saint Louis Ballet. Students learn from professionals.
Classes include Mommy/Daddy & Me (age 2), Pre-Ballet (ages 3-5) and Ballet 1-8 (age 6-high school), plus tap, jazz, hip hop and contemporary.
For adults wishing to rekindle an old talent or learn a new one, SLBS offers a variety of ballet, tap, and jazz classes. All adults have the convenience of a drop-in rate or class card. SLBS also features private music lessons in piano, flute, violin and viola. Parents with dancers and musicians will love the convenience. Plus, studying an instrument helps dancers improve skills and engagement with music.
“Our teachers love ballet for everything it is. They don’t have to see every student become a professional,” Tanya said. “We have the ability to take care of the students who want to do it as a career, but also care for the students who just want to dance.”
For information on classes and more, visit stlouisballet.org or call (636) 0537-1998.
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