Much Ado About Dance this Summer at the Arts Center

Summer Enrollment 2020

Throughout the summer, all dance classes will be held online via live interactive Zoom sessions. During the summer session, video recordings will not be available. In-person participation is subject to guidelines set forth by the Kansas Department of Health & Environment, the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department & Arts Center availability. We will come together to dance when it is safe to return, with limited class size and adherence to health/safety guidelines within the building and our studios. Plan for all dance classes to be delivered virtually as we open the summer semester. Families will be notified as updates occur.

Students are required to enroll each semester before attending class. Class listings are available in the online Summer Catalog. Interested students may enroll in classes online, over the phone by calling the Front Desk 785.843.2787 or emailing Once enrolled, you will receive an email confirmation. Prior to the start of class, staff will contact you via email with details regarding Zoom login information for live interactive classes/camps, and class-specific instructions including space, equipment and attire requirements. If applicable, it will also include information about supply kits.

Don’t Forget the Dance Bundle Discount!

Individuals and families who enroll in three or more weekly dance classes receive 25 percent off all dance tuition. Discount pricing can be applied when enrolling online or with the front desk. Families wishing to set up a payment plan and/or apply for financial aid will still need to do so by contacting the front desk staff. The dance bundle discount cannot be combined with any other discount.

Financial aid for the summer is limited but available on a sliding scale based on household income. Financial Aid applications are available online. 

Lawrence Arts Center’s Health & Safety Guidelines for Phased Re-Opening

As restrictions on public spaces and gatherings are released, programs will naturally ease into in-person experiences. Because we care deeply about health and safety, this new reality involves being mindful about our physical spaces, as well as how we interact with each other. In response, we will closely follow the phased guidelines for public health outlined by the State of Kansas and Douglas County.

Watch the Arts Center web site to stay up to date on our policies and plans for summer re-opening. Current protocols are detailed in CEO Margaret Weisbrod Morris’s blog.

We are adopting these policies to:

  • Protect health and safety at the Lawrence Arts Center.
  • Ensure appropriate physical distancing.
  • Practice proper infection control.
  • Communicate openly with the public about our health protocols.

Graduating Senior Virtual Showcase | May 23 @ 7:30-8:30 | Streaming live on

The School of Dance will honor its 2020 graduating seniors in a Virtual Showcase Concert celebrating each of our dancers’ unique perspectives. Five newly choreographed works will culminate with a final group performance. We are excited to share in their achievements as we send off this year’s senior dancers. Please join us for a most memorable experience!

Click here for more details. Watch the seniors in this YouTube video!

Auditions Update

Carmine Ballere Merit Scholarship Auditions

August 23, 2020 | 2:30-4:30 pm | Location: TBA

Established in 1997, the Carmine Ballere Scholarship is awarded to students who have demonstrated excellence and commitment in dance. Encouraging the study of ballet and a lifelong devotion to dance, the scholarship covers the cost of four ballet and pointe classes per week, as well as all production and participation fees during the Fall 2020/Spring 2021 semesters. Awardees are required to serve as teachers’ assistants for one Preschool/Kinder class per week, and must currently be enrolled in Ballet IV-VII to audition.

Lawrence Ballet Theatre 2020-2021 Auditions 

August 23, 2020 | 2:30-4:30 pm | Location: TBA

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. Members are expected to meet requirements set by the artistic director and commit to a full year as a company member.


Company Members & Apprentice Company Members are required to:

  •   Be at least 11 years of age or older
  •   Take three ballet technique classes per week
  •   Take one additional dance technique class of any style per week (optional for Apprentice)
  •   Attend all weekly company rehearsals (4-5 hours per week) and additional rehearsals during production weeks
  •   Be available to perform at scheduled events/concerts