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Experience the School of Dance this Fall!

Browse Fall 2019 Class Listings | Download the New to Fall welcome letter and Weekly Schedule

At the Lawrence Arts Center School of Dance, we provide an extensive program of dance classes and performance opportunities for movers of all ages! From Chinese Classical Dance to Wee Dance, there is a class for everyone! Check out our Fall course catalog by clicking the links below. Member enrollment begins July 28; general enrollment begins August 4!


Auditions and Scholarship Opportunities

September 7: Auditions for The Nutcracker, A Kansas Ballet 2019

Sponsored by the Thomas D Galloway Family and TCK- The Trust Company of Kansas

Calling all dancers grades 1-12 and adults to audition for Arts Center’s The Nutcracker, A Kansas Ballet. This production is based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s original story and set in Lawrence, Kansas during the Civil War era. This newly envisioned ballet production tells the story of how Drosselmeyer and Clara liberate the wooden Nutcracker soldier from the clutches of the Mouse King. This family production is for audiences of all ages. Be apart of this winter seasonal favorite! Please arrive 30 minutes prior to audition time. Attending the audition is FREE, and no prepared materials are required to audition.  Dancers should arrive wearing appropriate dance attire and be ready to move. Audition times to be announced next month! 

Boys Dance Scholarships for Young Men 2nd-12th Grade

The School of Dance proudly offers scholarships for young men who demonstrate an interested in the field of dance. To be eligible, applicants must be between 2nd to 12th grade, have trained at the School of Dance for a minimum of one year, and are endorsed with a reference from a School of Dance faculty member. In addition, scholarship awardees agree to meet individually with the School of Dance Director each semester. Partial and full scholarships can be used for ballet, jazz, tap, modern, contemporary and hip-hop classes during the Fall and Winter-Spring semesters. There is no application deadline.  Learn more about how to apply by contact Hanan Misko, School of Dance Director, at hanan@lawrenceartscenter.org


Meet Our New Faculty!

Tristian Griffin – Modern

Born and raised in Kansas City, MO, Tristian Griffin trained at the Legacy School of the Arts (‘06-’08), Virginia School of the Arts (‘08-’09), and Kansas City Ballet (‘09-’10). In 2014, he graduated from Texas Christian University receiving his BFA in Ballet with an English minor. During his 4 years at TCU he was awarded in 2012 the Corps de Ballet International’s Basil Thompson Memorial Scholarship and the Nordan Fine Arts Scholarship each year. Following graduation, Tristian danced with Garth Fagan Dance Company for 2 years under the direction of Garth Fagan. While with GFD, he performed at monumental venues for the performing arts. To name a few, at the Ebony Repertory Theatre (L.A.), Joyce Theatre (N.Y.C.), and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (N.Y.C.). Shortly after his time with GFD, Tristian was featured in a solo in Company E’s(IN) Security production at the Kennedy Center, D.C.. More recently, Tristian has danced with Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company at Jacob’s Pillow. Throughout Tristian’s career, he has danced works by William Forsythe, Ronald K. Brown, Christian Von Howard, Alex Ketley, Gerald Arpino, and Ohad Naharin. Aside from dancing professionally, he has also taught in various settings including classes through Em’s Spotlight and H.A.L.O. (Helping Art Liberate Orphans) Foundation for underprivileged children at several Kansas City’s community centers. While freelancing, Tristian discovered his passion for choreography and several of his works have been acknowledged by many. One of those works, “Seeking Momentum in the Flesh” was commissioned by City in Motion’s 2018 “Modern Night at the Folly” and Kansas City’s “OpenStage”. He was also selected as tenure for the Charlotte Street Foundation’s 2018-2019 Artist-in-Residency program. Check out our spotlight on Tristian! 

Maya Tillman-Rayton – Hip Hop

Maya Tillman-Rayton is the instructor for Hip-hop I – Fundamentals of Hip-hop. She is a 2003 graduate of the University of Kansas, with a degree in Human Biology, as well as a former member of the Unity Dance Crew where she served as president from 2001-03. Maya’s teaching career spans 15 years in the Lawrence and Kansas City Area, earning several choreography and entertainment awards for her works. She is also a two-time scholarship recipient from Monsters of Hip Hop dance conventions. Recently Maya was a Catalyst Choreographer for Kansas City’s Day of Dance.