School of Dance: Spring Newsletter


Updated Mask Policy

Based on new CDC guidelines and recommendations we’ve received from the Lawrence Douglas County Health Department; the Lawrence Arts Center has updated its mask recommendations.

Starting March 28th face masks will no longer be required to enter our building. However, students and staff in the Preschool and Kindergarten will continue to wear masks because the people involved in these programs are considered a vulnerable population.

View the entire policy change here!


Gearing Up For Summer

Summer 2022 program enrollment is open now for members and to the public. Click here to view the print catalog, and click here to view the classes on our website! 


April 23-24 | Lawrence Ballet Theatre Spring Performance

Lawrence Ballet Theatre returns to perform live on the Arts Center mainstage!  Showcasing 29 company members, LBT will present original choreographies by Jerel Hilding, Kristopher Estes-Brown and Shannon Pickett. Bringing the concert to a close will be the restaging of the remarkable and delightful Les Patineurs, choreography by Frederick Ashton and music by Giacomo Meyerbeer. Bring the whole family to enjoy this lively, full evening of dance.

Sat, April 23 | 7 pm

Sun, April 24 | 3 pm 

Ticket Options

$15 in-person student tickets

$20 in-person tickets

$20 livestream access

Click here to view the event website for more specific information!


May 21-22 | End of Year Showcases 

This annual event celebrates the achievement of School of Dance students through senior solos and class-based performances. Please note that only select youth and adult classes are scheduled to perform on this event. Click here for a detailed performance schedule. Student participation is free and includes one comp ticket. For those of you who have accepted participation, you will receive further information in the future via email! 

May 20 | 7 pm

May 21 | 9:30 am, 12 pm, 5 pm, 7:30 pm

Ticket Options – available to the public for purchase on April 3.

$12 in-person tickets

$20 livestream access

Click here to view the event website for more specific information!


Summer Programming: Camps, Intensives, and Dance Opportunities! 


Lawrence Dance Intensive

Experience Artistic Growth and Make Connections through World-Class Instruction

No pre-screening or audition is required to attend. Dancers must be 10 to 18 years of age by the start of the intensive and dancing at an Intermediate/Advanced level. Senior Intensives may include a level assessment on the first day of the program. More information on financial aid and the intensive can be found on the website here!

June 6- 17 | Senior Lawrence Dance Intensive Summer Ballet 

Enroll here!

June 6-17 | Junior Lawrence Dance Intensive Summer Ballet Session I

Enroll here!

July 25-29 | Junior Lawrence Dance Intensive Summer Ballet Session II

Enroll here!


June 20-24 | Break’n to the Beat! Hip Hop Camp with Maya Tillman-Rayton

Think you know hip hop? This funky camp teaches street moves and grooves that are based on the original principles of hip hop – love, peace, unity, and having fun! Learn how to break, mix, mc, and dj. Become a b-boy or b-girl for a week and discover the rich history and fun culture of hip hop! Enroll here!


June 27- July 1 | Take Me to the Ballet Camp with Shannon Pickett 

Slip on your dance shoes and experience the magical world of classical ballet. Learn famous dance steps as you take flight over Swan Lake, awaken the Sleeping Beauty, and help Cinderella find her slipper. Then, use your imagination to help create an original ballet to perform on the last day of camp. No story ballet is complete without a costume, so you will be crafting your very own tutu and other accessories to wear for your performance. See you at the ballet! Enroll here.


July 11-22 | Where the Sidewalk Ends Camp with Paige Comparato and Shannon Pickett

This July, the Summer Dance Performance camp takes a trip to Where the Sidewalk Ends. Using a variety of dance genres, participants will bring to life the whimsical and creative poetry of beloved author Shel Silverstein. Dancers will work with all aspects of the production, from sets to choreography to costumes. This two week camp will culminate in a performance for family and friends. Bring a hearty snack – you will be busy! Enroll here.


July 25-29 | Movers, Shakers & Makers Camp in Collaboration with Youth Visual Arts

Get creative in the studios this summer! Young artists will be inspired each week by a different theme as we explore a wide range of art media and techniques. Morning and afternoon projects are always different and fun, allowing young artists to pair a morning and afternoon to make full-day! Campers are encouraged to bring a prepared snack. Those that choose to stay all day should bring a sack lunch & drink to join our supervised ‘lunch bunch’.

This collaborative camp will mix together specialized Dance and Visual Arts instruction to get us moving and shake up our ideas as we make art all about movement, rhythm, and pattern. Campers will spend part of each day learning to bust a move in the Dance Studios and then apply that dance experience to visual works of art as we stamp out patterns, paint swirling lines, and use our whole bodies to draw and paint.

Click below to enroll: 

Ages 6-8 Morning Camp

Ages 9-12 Morning Camp 

Ages 6-8 Afternoon Camp

Ages 9-12 Afternoon Camp 


July 25- 29 | Summer Dance Performance Ensembles 

Performance opportunity! Join a Summer Performance Ensemble to present original choreography with your fellow dancers at the new dance-space, 10th & Mass. Each ensemble is restricted to only 16 dancers who will perform 1-2 dance works. Deadline to enroll is July 11. Final showing is scheduled for July 29 at 7:30pm. See ensemble requirements for more details.

Click link below for more details and to enroll: 

Irish Dance Performance Team

Ballet Corps 

Hip Hop Crew 

Jazz Ensemble 


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!