Dance Company in Lawrence

A Pre-Professional Dance Company

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Broaden Your Dancing Experience

If you’re a ballet dancer interested in joining a dance company, consider the Lawrence Ballet Theatre.

The resident pre-professional ballet company of the Lawrence Arts Center, the Lawrence Ballet Theatre, provides extensive training and performance opportunities while expanding connections to the dance world.

Our Facilities & Curriculum

About Lawrence Ballet Theatre

Led by Artistic Director Cynthia Crews, company members of our pre-professional dance company gain exposure and experience through numerous performances of classical ballet repertoire and original works. Dancers also have the opportunity to work directly with professional guest choreographers in addition to their work with the artistic director!

Setting the Stage

We’re committed to providing Lawrence’s pre-professional dance company with a facility that provides every resource needed. This includes 3 spacious professional dance studios equipped with everything practicing dancers need and a 300 seat theatre. Our space at 10th and Mass Studios also features space for dance.

Guide to Lawrence Ballet Theatre

Company Members must:

  • Be at least 11 years of age or older
  • Take 3 ballet technique classes per week
  • Attend all weekly company rehearsals (2 to 4 hours per week) and additional rehearsals during production weeks
  • Be available to perform at scheduled events/concerts

Membership Requirements

Dancers must attend a formal audition for Lawrence Ballet Theatre. Auditions are held each year for the company and apprentice levels of LBT.

Company Member Expectations

Members are expected to meet class and rehearsal requirements set by the artistic director. Pointe work, or working towards dancing en pointe, is required of all female company members. Throughout the season, company members will be asked to participate in special workshops and master classes, work with professional guest choreographers and present performances in the community.

Senior Members must also:

  • Take 1 additional dance technique class of any style per week.
  • Attend 2 rehearsal periods during the week

Financial Aid

Dance is for Everyone

The School of Dance strives to provide access to dance classes and performances through various financial aid and scholarship opportunities. We offer scholarships, income-based financial aid, the option to “Try Before You Buy” and a bundle dance discount for students taking three or more classes.

Explore Financial Aid & Scholarships

Contact School of Dance

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Discover Lawrence Ballet Theatre

Interested in learning more about the Lawrence Ballet Theatre? This pre-professional ballet company provides extensive opportunities to connect with the dance community.

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Art is for Everyone

Making Dance Accessible to All

Lawrence Arts Center is here to ensure anyone—of any age and any background—can connect with a supportive community and flex their creative muscles. With contemporary exhibitions, performances, and an array of music education classes for adults and kids, everyone will find something that’s right for them.

Our primary state-of-the-art facility at 940 New Hampshire St. features classrooms, studios, theatres, and more. To further support the community, we also have a space for classes and rehearsal at 10th & Mass Studios.

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What Is a Pre-Professional Ballet Company?