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The Nutcracker outside of the Lawrence Arts Center

We’ll see you in 2021 for The Nutcracker, A Kansas Ballet

With careful consideration for our common health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lawrence Arts Center has joined the ranks of dance companies across the nation in making the difficult decision to put on hold our seasonal holiday production. The Nutcracker, A Kansas Ballet is one of Lawrence’s preeminent annual performances, as well as … [more]


Dance Parties Offer Outdoor Fun for the Whole Family

Locked in the house with nowhere to get your groove on? Have a house full of toddlers with energy to spare? Looking for a dance party with all the fun but none of the germs? Join us at the Douglas County Fairgrounds and find a party to fit your needs! This month the Lawrence Arts … [more]


CVKey is at the LAC!

As part of our ongoing mission to open our doors in the safest and healthiest way possible, the Lawrence Arts Center has joined a community pilot program to test a health verification mobile app called CVKey. CVKey was developed by a non-profit group co-founded by former Google vice president Brian McClendon, called CVKey Project. CVKey … [more]


DIY Ballet Barre Tutorial

For the majority of students of dance, the pandemic has posed new challenges, questions and required technical proficiency while adjusting to the world of virtual participation. Students and instructors of The School of Dance at the Lawrence Arts Center have been transitioning to a hybrid approach since March 2020. It has been a practice of … [more]


Dance Families Help Us Stay Healthy & Creative

Whether it’s taking children to classes multiple times a week or tearing tickets at productions, our dance families have long been known for going above and beyond the call of duty by supporting not only their own dancers, but the program as a whole. And during this pandemic, they have truly shined! Both in the … [more]


Dance Kits Will Get You Up and Moving!

So, you know about our visual art kits, but did you also know we also have dance kits to move you through a world of adventure? Packed with mystery boxes, these fun kits are filled with surprise materials to make your own props and videos to guide you through movements. Best of all, you can … [more]


Fall Classes for the Youngest Dancers with Elizabeth Newell

If you have an aspiring young dancer in your life, a class with instructor Elizabeth Newell might be just the thing your fall plans need. From Preschool Dance to Kinder Ballet, Elizabeth provides a nurturing and fun learning environment sure to foster your little one’s joy in movement. About the Instructor Elizabeth Newell studied Graphic … [more]


Watch as Black Box Floor Nears Completion!

We are taking advantage of reduced foot traffic at the Arts Center by making a few long-overdue improvements! The first space to see major change is our Black Box theater, which is getting new flooring for the first time since our facility opened in 2002. The Black Box is one of the more widely used … [more]


Prepare to Dance with us this Fall!

The School of Dance is proudly committed to make dance 100 percent accessible to our community. For more than 30 years, the School of Dance’s curriculum has been based on national dance education standards and taught by professionals. Students follow a sequential training program developed to suit age and ability that fosters creativity as well … [more]


School of Dance Auditions Coming in August

Lawrence Ballet Theatre Company and Carmine Ballere Scholarship Auditions  August 23, 2020 | 2:30pm-6:30pm |FREE | Mainstage Pre-registration is required. Deadline to register online is August 20. Applicants will be assigned to a specific one-hour time slot to audition in person in small groups. Virtual auditions also will be offered. Auditionees are required to follow … [more]