Jumpin’ Into June! Summer 2021: You Don’t Want to Miss Out!

June 7 | First Day of Summer Semester

Summer Semester starts this week! There is still time to enroll! Click here to view our Summer 2021 Catalog

June 7 | Lawrence Dance Intensive: Summer Ballet Jr. (session I)

June 14 | Summer PerfromaDancExplorium – Charlotte’s Web with Paige Comparato & Shannon Pickett

June 19 | Deadline to enroll in Summer Dance Ensembles 

June 20 | Deadline to enroll in Averill Community Dance Film

June 28 | Lawrence Dance Intensive: Summer Ballet Sr. (session I)

July 4 & 5 | No Classes Held 

July 2 | Auditions for Lawrence Ballet Theatre Company

July 12 | Lawrence Dance Intensive: Summer Ballet Jr. (session II)

Aug. 2 | Lawrence Dance Intensive: Summer Ballet Sr. (session II)

June, July & August | Summer Programming: Intensives, Camps, and Ensembles

Lawrence Dance Intensive 

Since 2016, the Lawrence Dance Intensive has provided quality artistic and development opportunities to dancers across the region with accomplished faculty, guest artists, and choreographers. This summer, it returns to host a series of one-week summer programs for ballet dancers ages 10 to 18 years in the Lawrence Arts Center dance studios. Based on a diverse and well-balanced curriculum, this program is designed to develop the artists of tomorrow.  Check out the webpage here for more information! 

Junior Intensives

Session I: June 7 – 11

Session II: July 12 – 16

Senior Intensives 

Session I: June 28 – July 2

Session II: August 2 – 6 

Summer Dance Performance Ensembles 

Brand new! Join a Summer Performance Ensemble to present original choreography with your fellow dancers on the outdoor stage at South Park. Each ensemble is restricted to only 9 dancers who will perform 1-2 dance works. Deadline to enroll is June 19. Final showing is scheduled for July 29 at 7:30 pm. See requirements for more details.

Ballet Corps I

For grades 2 to 6

7/19-7/29, MO;WE;FR 4:30PM-6:00PM

Enroll & more details here

Ballet Corps II

For grades 3 to 8 

7/19-7/29, MO;WE;FR 6:15PM-7:45PM

Enroll & more details here

Hip Hop Crew 

For grades 3 to 8 

 7/19-7/29, MO;WE;FR 6:30PM-8:00PM

Enroll & more details here

Irish Dance Performance Team 

For grades 3 to 12 

6/10-7/29, TH 7:00PM-8:00PM

Enroll & more details here

Jazz Troupe 

For grades 3 to 8 

7/19-7/29, MO;WE;FR 4:45PM-6:15PM

Enroll & more details here

Tap Ensemble 

For grades 3 to 12 

7/19-7/29, MO;WE;FR 1:00PM-2:30PM

Enroll & more details here

Summer Camps & Films 

Summer Dance Film Project


Directed by Ric Averill

Choreographed by Eleanor Goudie- Averill 

Inspired by the “Harlem Shake,” a dance that was created by a Harlem dancer Al. B. in the early 1980s when it became a global phenomenon celebrating its wild energy and enthusiasm. This film seeks to assemble a collection of Lawrence movers of all- ages. Participants will be part of the creative process and require no prior dance experience. This will be an Averill- Arts Center experience you won’t want to miss! Enroll here

Rehearsals will be held between July 6th and August 7th. The film will premiere online on August 27th. 

Summer PerfromaDancExplorium – Charlotte’s Web with Paige Comparato & Shannon Pickett

Join us in the studio and at the South Park outdoor stage as we explore E. B. White’s tender tale of the wise spider Charlotte and her quest to save Wilbur the pig. In this magical barnyard adventure, participants will weave together dances, costumes, and sets that celebrate the extraordinary friendships and acts of bravery on Zuckerman’s farm. The second week of this camp will be held outside at the South Park outdoor stage with a final performance on Thursday, June 24 at 10:00 am. Don’t miss this terrific, radiant production! Register here!

This camp will be held Monday – Thursday 9:00am-11am June 14th- June 24th.

Lawrence Ballet Theatre Company

Lawrence Ballet Theatre (LBT) is the resident pre-professional ballet company of the Lawrence Arts Center. The mission of Lawrence Ballet Theatre is to provide extensive training and performance opportunities, and to broaden connections to the dance community. Led by Artistic Director Cynthia Crews, company members gain exposure and experience through numerous performances of classical ballet repertoire and original works. LBT dancers work directly with professional guest choreographers in addition to their work with the artistic director. Lawrence Ballet Theatre is a member company of the prestigious Regional Dance America/MidStates. Each year, Lawrence Ballet Theatre attends the annual RDA/Midstates Festival held in various cities across the Midwest.

Auditions are held each year for company members and apprentices. To be considered for LBT, applicants must attend a formal audition.

More information here. Pre-registration is required. The deadline to register online is June 30. Pre-register here

As we navigate through this semester together, please stay diligent by taking all safety precautions for the health of everyone. We ask that you follow these measures if you plan to visit the Lawrence Arts Center or take classes in-person:

  1. Conduct COVID-19 Self-Screening prior to or upon entering the building.

COVID-19 Guidelines and Instructions for students can be found here:  https://lawrenceartscenter.org/covid-19-guidelines/

  1. Minimize presence while inside the building. No congregating in hallways or main public areas of the building. 
  2. Follow Proper Traffic Flow while inside the main building.

Thank you for choosing to enroll in dance classes with the School of Dance, during a time like no other in history. We are grateful and honored that you wish to continue your dance education and experience with us!