School of Dance April Newsletter

School of Dance Monthly Newsletter

Thank you for reading the School of Dance April 2024 Newsletter! You will find information on important dates, upcoming performances, upcoming auditions and Summer Session Info!


 This newsletter includes:


Important Dates

    • April 1 | Last day to change participation for EOYS, Tickets on Sale 
    • April 5-7 | KU UDC Performance, Support Maya and Claire!
    • April 13 | Annual Art Auction, Watch out for road closure this weekend 


Upcoming Performances

    • April 19-20 | Lawrence Ballet Theatre’s The Firebird 
    • May 17-18 | End of Year Showcases 


Summer 2024! 

    • Summer Enrollment 
    • LBT Auditions 
    • Lawrence Dance Intensive 
    • Summer Camps & Programming 


April 1 | Last day to change participation for EOYS & Tickets on Sale 

April 1st is the last day to change your participation for this year’s End of Year Showcase performances. If you wish to change your participation, please email Tickets for EOYS also go on sale April 1! Please see the cast hub here for the schedule and important information. 


April 5-7 | KU UDC Performance, Support Maya and Claire!

KU’s department of Dance and Theatre invites you to attend this semesters University Dance Company Concert! This Spring students and choreographers examine the ideas of world-building, connection, and suspense through the artform. Ballet, contemporary, hip hop, and jazz provide uplift and stir creative souls in this repertoire concert and special guest KC Aerial Arts will have patrons on the edge of their seats. Featuring works from our own Claire Buss and Maya Tillman-Rayton. Click here to purchase tickets!


April 13 | Annual Art Auction

Just a heads up, the Annual Art Auction will close the road in front of the arts center this weekend. Plan extra time for parking, and know that things will be busy.



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April 19-20 | Lawrence Ballet Theatre’s Spring Performance 

April 19 | 7pm

April 20 | 7pm

Experience Lawrence Ballet Theatre’s enchanting presentation of The Firebird. This one-act ballet, choreographed by Artistic Director Cynthia Crews, is inspired by Micheal Fokine’s original vision. The intoxicating score by Igor Stravinsky sets the stage for Prince Ivan’s journey into an enchanted forest, where a magical Firebird enjoys golden apples and Koschei the Immortal reigns over mythical creatures and beautiful captive princesses. This is the ultimate Russian fairy tale brought to life, accompanied by original works from choreographers Kristopher Estes-Brown, Melissa Hale Coyle and Liat Roth. An exhilarating evening of dance for the whole family awaits! $10 early bird tickets through April 15!

Get Tickets!

May 17-18 | School of Dance End of Year Showcases 

May 17 | 7pm

May 18 | 11am 4:30pm, 7:30pm

This annual event celebrates the achievement of the School of Dance students with senior solos and select class-based performances. Tickets are available April 1st!

More info and Tickets!


Summer Enrollment Open Now! 

 Click here to browse our offerings and enroll now! 


June 8 | Lawrence Ballet Theatre Auditions 


Auditions are held each year for company members and apprentices. To be considered for Lawrence Ballet Theatre, applicants must attend a formal audition. Pre-registration is required. The deadline to register online is June 6. Auditions will be held on Saturday, June 8 from 1-3 pm. 

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.


Click here for more details and to register! 


Lawrence Dance Intensive 2024


Since 2016, the Lawrence Dance Intensive has connected regional dancers with sought-after instructors and guest artists to enrich your skills and artistry. Based on a diverse and well-balanced curriculum, the Lawrence Dance Intensive strives to develop the artists of tomorrow.


Junior Intensives

  • June 3-7: Session I: Ballet

Prerequisites: Ages 11-15, dancing at an intermediate level (equivalent to Arts Center Ballet level IV-Va)

  • July 22-26: Session II: Ballet & Contemporary

Prerequisites: Ages 10-15, dancing at an intermediate level (equivalent to Arts Center Ballet level III-Va)


Senior Intensive

  • June 3-14: Ballet & Contemporary 

Senior dance intensives cover a variety of dance styles at the intermediate/advanced levels.

Includes ballet, pointe, partnering, variations, wellness/enrichment, contemporary, improv, creative process, hip hop, repertory, choreography sessions and showing on the final day.

Prerequisites: Ages 12-21, dancing at intermediate/advanced level (equivalent to Arts Center Ballet level Vb-VII)


Click here for more information!


Summer Camps & Programming

June 4- 25 | Summer Ballet Performance Ensemble 

Performance opportunity! Join the Summer Ballet Performance Ensemble to present original choreography by Cynthia Crews. Deadline to enroll is May 31. Final showing will be held concurrent with the Choreographer’s Showcase located at 10th & Mass Studios on Fri, June 28 at 7:30pm. Participants should be dancers placed in Ballet I-III or equivalent and actively attending a summer weekly dance class.


June 17- 21 | Take me to the Ballet Camp

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! No Camp on June 19.


June 28 | Student Choreography Showcase 

Calling movement creators 3rd grade through Adults 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 dances for the show. Showcase is on June 28th at 7:30pm.


July 7- 19 | Little Red Riding Hood Summer Dance Performance Camp 

Looking for an exciting summer dance experience? Join us as we retell the popular fairytale of Little Red Riding Hood through movement and music.  What part will you play? As Little Red Riding Hood sets out on her journey to her grandmother’s house, she encounters the townspeople, the forest animals, a field of daffodils and the noble huntsman.  And, of course, her fateful meeting of the Wolf changes everything.  Don’t miss out on this fun performance opportunity as everyone works together to present the show.  Enroll by May 20 and save $10.


July 22- 26 | Stop, Rock, Mic Drop Hip Hop Camp 

Calling those who are interested in and love hip hop! Based on the original principles of Hip hop – love, peace, unity, and having fun, this camp will give you the knowledge to become either a dj, beatboxer, dancer, or graffiti artist. This is your one-stop shop to discover the rich history of hip-hop culture. Ends with a camper-led explosive hip-hop show. Enroll by May 20 and save $10.