School of Dance’s December Season and Winter/Spring 2020 Preparation

Dec. 2-Dec. 8 | Last Class Demonstration & Observation 

All youth and adult classes have a prepared demonstration to present to friends and family during the last 15 minutes of the final class of the semester (Dec. 2-8). Two teachers have elected to provide a full class observation, rather than perform on the last day of regularly scheduled classes. For a full class observation, please plan to arrive to your student’s class a few minutes early to find seating and settle in before class begins. If you will be attending a demonstration during the last 15 minutes of class, find your seats when doors open, or wait for the teacher’s instructions to join the class. Seating is limited in the dance studios.


Full Class Observations will be offered for Youth Contemporary Movement Classes taught by Amanda Pintore.

Full Class Observations will be offered for all classes taught by Hope DeYoung-Daniels: Intro to Ballet, Ballet I, Ballet II, Ballet III, Ballet IVa & IVb and Adult Ballet.

Reminder: School of Dance End-of-Year Showcase 2020: Winter/Spring 2020 Enrollment 

This annual event celebrates the achievement of the School of Dance students through senior solos and class-based performances. Students enrolled in youth classes are required to confirm their participation at the time of class enrollment. Youth student participation is free and includes 1 comp ticket. Adult class participation will be decided in-class. Visit the School of Dance web page and see End-of-Year Showcase for more details. Additional tickets can be purchased for $9 (plus tax) starting April 1. Students may change their participation prior to March 1, with no fee. Participation status changes after March 1 results in a $25 fee.

Dec. 13-15 & Dec. 20-22 Performances | The Nutcracker, A Kansas Ballet



Join us for another unforgettable season of the Nutcracker. Experience the sensation and charm of the Lawrence Arts Center’s Nutcracker, a Kansas Ballet 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. Tickets are on sale now! Buy your tickets HERE.


Jan. 7-8| The Snow Queen Auditions – Mainstage


Auditions for The Snow Queen are right around the corner! Calling ballet dancers Grades 1-12 and Adults. The production will feature a cast of over 100 actors, dancers, and singers of all ages. Visit the audition page for details and make sure to fill out your audition form ahead of time! Dancers should plan to arrive 20 minutes prior to audition time,  in appropriate dance attire and ready to move. List ALL conflicts on your audition form!



January 7 

6:30 pm: Grade 1 (equivalent to Intro to Ballet)

7:15 pm: Grades 4-6 (equivalent to Ballet III-IV)

January 8

6:30 pm: Grades 2-3 (equivalent to Ballet I & Ballet II)

7:30 pm: Grades 6-12 (equivalent to Ballet V-VII & Pointe)

8:30 pm: Adults, 18+

January 26 & March 22 | Lawrence Dance Intensive Scholarship Auditions and Video Audition Submission 

For Intermediate/Advanced dancers ages 12-21 with at least two years of prior ballet training. No pre-audition screening required.

Join us this summer for a remarkable dance experience on the campus of the University of Kansas. A diverse and well-balanced curriculum, this program strives to develop the artists of tomorrow. A collaboration between the Lawrence Arts Center and the University of Kansas Department of Theatre and Dance, this two-week ballet intensive provides dancers with world-class instruction by accomplished faculty, guest artists, and choreographers. Full Intensive students have the option of staying in dormitories on KU’s beautiful campus.