School of Dance Newsletter: This Fall With the School of Dance

COVID-19 Update 

Our COVID-19 policy is changing! Beginning 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. Click here to see the full details.


New Class Alert: Irish Step Dance For Teens and Adults 

Do you love Celtic music and the lively rhythms of Irish Step Dance? Then come in and dance a jig with our Irish Step guru, Annie Stark!

Annie is a third-generation Irish dancer with roots in Sligo, Ireland. She is a champion dance competitor and teacher with the Driscoll School of Irish Dance in Shawnee, where she trains and competes year round. She is also a company member of Ceili at the Crossroads, a Kansas City-based company that fuses traditional and modern Irish dance with contemporary.

Along with being a dancer, Annie is an accomplished Irish fiddler, and performs Sundays as the in-house dancer at O’Dowds Irish Pub in Kansas City. The mixture of the two art forms encourages a unique perspective on Irish dance. Annie studied violin at the Chicago College of Performing Arts.


October 11 | Session B Begins!

Session B classes will begin on October 11th. There is still time to get enrolled for session B! Check out our classes and enroll here


Oct. 11-16 | Class Observation Week

Our Fall session classes are well underway!  During the week of October 11-16, families and caregivers are invited to observe class via zoom, through the Virtual Dance Portal. We hope that this will provide you an opportunity to see what your dancers have been working on in class! 

Please visit the virtual dance portal to find zoom links specific to your dancer’s class.

Virtual Fall Dance Portal  (Aug. 28- Nov. 22) – Lawrence Arts Center

For questions, please contact the School of Dance at 


Oct. 9-10 | LBT Present Madeline at the Carnival

Madeline is back!  Lawrence Ballet Theatre will again present an adorable dance adaptation of a story by Ludwig Bemelmans. An all-ages family favorite! Both performances are at 3PM. Purchase tickets here


Oct. 28 |  No SOD Classes Held at Main Building after 3PM!

There will be no classes held in the main building on October 28th. These classes have been rescheduled for Thursday, December 2nd. This does not affect morning classes or classes held at studio 840!


Nov. 5-6 | 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 5th: 7PM, November 6th: 3PM 

Find out more information and purchase tickets here!


Nov. 22 | Last Day of Fall Semester Classes

The last day of Fall Semester Classes is November 22, nless you are in a  class that has a makeup scheduled for December 2nd!


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 open October 1!


Shout Out to Elijah Padden: National Merit Semifinalist!

Lawrence Ballet Theatre dancer, Elijah Paden was just named one of the National Merit Semifinalist based on his performance on the PSAT test last October! 

He will now have the opportunity to apply for Finalist level recognition.  That’s pretty cool! Congrats on all of your accomplishments Elijah, the School of Dance wishes you the best as you continue your academic journey!

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: 

  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!