School of Dance Newsletter: November with the School of Dance


COVID-19 New Policy

Our COVID-19 policy has changed! Starting on October 25, 2021, students participating in adult classes and all patrons 12 & older attending performances and events will be required to show proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test. Click here to see the full details.


November 5th-7th | ALINEA presented by Tristian Griffin Dance Company

ALINEA is back by popular demand! Initially premiering at the Lawrence Arts Center in March 2021, ALINEA uncovers the origin of human thought in its purest state. Facing and overcoming barriers, the characters of ALINEA explore degrees of friction while testing the theory: What can be learned by returning to the beginning of an idea?

Experience the vision of Tristian Griffin embodied by nine strong, beautiful dancers while listening to an original score performed live by Philip Daniel with poetry and text by Poet t.l sanders.

November 6th: 7:30PM, November 7th: 3PM

*On Friday, November 5th at 5PM, audience members are invited to watch a dress rehearsal. There will be limited seats and tickets will be pay-what-you-can!

Find out more information and purchase tickets here!


November 22 | Last Day of Fall Semester Classes

The last day of Fall Semester classes is November 22!


November 28 & December 5 | Fall Enrollment

Winter/Spring Session enrollment for members opens November 28th, and open registration begins December 8. Classes will be available to browse on the website November 10th, so keep an eye out!


December 1 | Winter Dance Showcase

On December 1st at 7PM we will be holding a Winter Dance Showcase for select classes, in lieu of a final class showing! This event will be presented on the Mainstage at the Arts Center on Dec. 1st. This performance will be for family only, but a livestream will be available!


December 3rd | Theatre and Dance For the Very Young Proposals Due

The Lawrence Arts Center is hosting a Theatre and Dance for the Very Young (TDVY) virtual conference April 22-24, 2022 in conjunction with our Theatre and Dance for the Very Young program and Play Lab research series. This virtual event will be a gathering space for makers/artists/scholars/students in the TDVY field, as well as Early Childhood educators. We invite attendees to share, celebrate, wonder about, dialogue, challenge, and investigate any and all topics connected to the very young experience.

The call for proposals is officially open and will close on December 3rd. We are eager to have strong representation from both the performance and education side. All the info on the conference and applying to present can be found here.


December 7 | Student Choreography Showcase Form Due

The Student Choreography Showcase is back in person! Calling movement creators 3rd grade thru Adult for our Student Choreography Showcase. The Student Choreography Showcase is an event for School of Dance students to showcase self-choreographed dance works in a supportive and encouraging environment. Student choreographers are responsible for selecting and rehearsing their dancers prior to the show. Registration is FREE; fill out the application linked below!


Choreographic Guidelines:

  • Duration should not exceed 2mins, 30 secs, unless approved by the School of Dance Director.
  • Choreography, music, and costuming must be appropriate for an all-age audience.
  • Students are responsible for providing their own costumes and props.
  • Choreographers must purchase and provide their own music.
  • Solos & family dances are highly encouraged. All participants are required to follow the Lawrence Arts Center’s Health and Safety Guidelines for Phased Reopening.
  • Choreographers are provided a studio space for their rehearsals, Nov. 30 – Jan. 14 (subject to the availability of the Arts Center). For more details, contact Hanan Misko, School of Dance Director:


December 10-12 | The Nutcracker, A Kansas Ballet

It’s back! Experience the sensation and charm of the Lawrence Arts Center’s original production. A winter family favorite, this ballet is based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s original story and set in Kansas during the civil war. Witness the magic and wonder of this story as Drosselmeyer and Clara defeat the Mouse King and liberate the Nutcracker from his enchanted form.

December 10 | 7 PM

December 11 | 2 PM & 7 PM

December 12 | 3 PM

In-Person Main Stage Tickets
Presale tickets for cast members and their families must be purchased through the box office by phone or in person. Public ticket sales are open now! Purchase 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:

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

COVID-19 Guidelines and Instructions for students can be found here:

  • Minimize presence while inside the building. No congregating in hallways or main public areas of the 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!