Ballet Royale Minnesota
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Pre-Ballet

Ballet Royale's Creative Dance program is a professionally developed and comprehensive program drawing on decades of dance and music teaching experience, which offers an incomparable experience for children from walking age through 6 years old. These innovative classes encourage musicality, imagination and self expression through the art of dance and music. We will have fun being fairies and dragons, beating on drums, galloping like wild ponies all in a fun, safe, nurturing environment. There is also a separate class specifically designed for five and six year old boys that boys may take instead of or in addition to the general Pre-Ballet Creative Dance classes.

 
 
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Mommy & Me

Ages: Toddler – Three

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Creative Dance I

Ages: Three or Four

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Creative Dance II

Ages: Five Years Old or Completed Creative Dance I

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Creative Dance III

Ages: Six Years Old or Completed Creative Dance II

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Preparation for Ballet

Ages: Seven Years Old or Completed Creative Dance III

 
 
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Beginner Ballet

Youth Ballet (Runs Full School Year) is for students 7 years of age and older. This program follows a seven-level elementary through advanced intermediate ballet syllabus; the higher levels include Modern (Contemporary) Dance, Preparation for Pointe training, Performance ("Musical Theater") Jazz, an elite Solos/Variations class, and Pointe classes. All levels of Youth Ballet include or incorporate Repertoire training, in which students learn choreography & dances. 

 
 
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Youth Ballet I

Ages: 7 and older

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Youth Ballet II

One year of Youth Ballet i Required

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Equivalent by evaluation

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Youth Ballet III

One year of youth ballet II required

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equivalent by evaluation

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Youth Ballet IV

One year of Youth Ballet III

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Equivalent by Evaluation

 
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Intermediate Ballet

Youth Ballet (Runs Full School Year) is for students 7 years of age and older. This program follows a seven-level elementary through advanced intermediate ballet syllabus; the higher levels include Modern (Contemporary) Dance, Preparation for Pointe training, Performance ("Musical Theater") Jazz, an elite Solos/Variations class, and Pointe classes. All levels of Youth Ballet include or incorporate Repertoire training, in which students learn choreography & dances. 

 
 
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Advanced Youth I

One year of Youth Ballet IV

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equivalent by Evaluation

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Advanced Youth II

One year of Advanced Youth i

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equivalent by Evaluation

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Preparation for Performance Track

One year of Advanced youth II required

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equivalent by evaluation

 
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Advanced Ballet

Ballet Royale's Performance Track and Professional Trainee Division Programs provide the most comprehensive advanced professional Ballet training available, and  is for students who are talented, ambitious and wish for a rigorous or pre-professional course of study in classical ballet and related dance forms.

Three years of Advanced Youth Ballet or its equivalent is generally required. 

Students must be pre-approved and invited each year to participate in this program; students new to Ballet Royale seeking to enter this program must take a placement/audition class in order to be considered for the program.  All placement decisions within this program will be made by the school directors and faculty based on the student's individual abilities, not their age.

In a addition to professional Ballet training, Performance Track and Professional Trainee students will also have classes in classical-based Performance Jazz, Modern (Contemporary) dance, Pointe, Repertoire, Pas de Deux ("partnering"), Variations, Progressing Ballet Technuque, independent workshops, guest teachers and personal coaching.

 
 
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Performance Track

Students must be pre-approved and invited each year to participate in this program

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PROFESSIONAL TRAINEE DIVISION

ADMISSION TO THE PROGRAM IS BY AUDITION AND INVITATION ONLY.

 
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Boys Ballet

Unique in Minnesota, this innovative program is designed specifically for boys and taught by male teachers.  Ballet Royale understands the importance of providing targeted opportunities for boys in addition to the myriad of mixed classes available to both genders; boys learn differently, and respond to different classroom atmospheres and teaching approaches, and respond particularly well to a male teacher.  To meet these needs, Ballet Royale offer boys classes for Pre-Ballet Creative Dance, general Boys Dance based cross training, and Ballet for Boys.

Ballet Royale’s Boys classes are for students 5 and older, with or without prior dance experience, and are developed and taught primarily by former professional dancer Rick Vogt.  These classes focus on strength, stamina, conditioning, coordination, focus, and agility in a fun, creative atmosphere. 

Whether the goal is to pursue dance itself or to cross-train for other sports such as hockey, soccer, football, etc., Ballet Royale’s Boys Dance training benefits boys of all ages and abilities.  Dance training and conditioning improves gross motor skills, hand-eye coordination, agility, strength, flexibility, balance, and posture, while increasing self-confidence, motivation, mental focus, and self esteem. 

Such benefits transfer to all life activities, both physical and mental. Research establishes an objective and quantifiable positive relationship between arts education and academic success, not only in overall academic achievement, but particularly in mathematics, creative and critical thinking, problem solving, engagement and persistence, and community and civic engagement. 

This is a great opportunity for the curious, interested, or motivated boy to try one of the most demanding and rewarding athletic activities available, in a safe, focused and structured environment.

 
 
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Boys Creative Dance Adventures

Ages: 5-6 years old

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Boys Dance

Ages: 7+ years old

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Ballet for Boys I

Ages: 7+ years old

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Ballet for Boys II

Ages: 8+ years old or completed Ballet for Boys I

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Men’s Intermediate Ballet

Ages: 11+ years old or Completed Ballet for Boys II

 
 
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Summer Classes, Workshops
& Intensives

Master teachers join our renowned faculty and local guest instructors to give professional instruction in a structured and focused setting. Ballet Royale's Summer Intensives are comprehensive day programs providing the finest professional instruction for all ages, for those students striving to reach his or her full potential. 

We offer a wide variety of Summer Term classes for all levels, specialty workshops, and three separate Intensives.  For example, we offer:

PRE-BALLET LEVELS:

  • July 8-August 16, 2019: Mommy/Daddy & Me: For Boys & Girls ages toddler to 3 accompanied by an adult

  • July 8-August 16, 2019: Pre-Ballet Creative Dance: For Boys & Girls ages 3 to 6

  • Saturdays, June 15, 2019, July 13, 2019 and August 17, 2019: Creative Story Ballet Day Camps: For Boys & Girls ages 5-9 with or without prior ballet training

YOUTH BALLET LEVELS:

  • Saturdays, June 15, 2019, July 13, 2019 and August 17, 2019: Creative Story Ballet Day Camps: For Boys & Girls ages 5-9 with or without prior ballet training

  • June 10-28, 2019: JUNE YOUTH BALLET III AND IV MINI WORKSHOP

    This program is designed to keep your dancers skills on track before attending a Summer Intensive. Classes run for 3 weeks, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. This program is only open to dancers who attend the July Full Day, or July Evening and August Jump Start

  • July 8-25, 2019: JULY SUMMER INTENSIVE DIVISION I AND II:

    July 15 – 25, 2019 DIVISION I INTENSIVE: Age 8+ w/ minimum one year of ballet technique. Placement Evaluation Required if Non-Ballet Royale Student.

    Students will perform in the Summer Showcase Performance.

    This Intensive has been developed to give students the ultimate experience in ballet. Your dancer will have Classical Ballet and Repertoire class each day. On the last day of the intensive the dancers will perform in an in-studio showcase.

    July 8-25, 2019 DIVISION II INTENSIVE: Age 9+ w/ minimum three years of ballet technique. Audition NOT Required but Placement Evaluation Required if Non-Ballet Royale Student

    Full Program: July 8 – 25 includes Valley Fair Outing with Performance and Summer Showcase Performance.

    Partial Program (2 week options): July 8 – 19 (Dancers attending this program will NOT be in the Showcase or Valley Fair Outing) or July 15 – 25 (Does Include Valley Fair Outing with Performance and Summer Showcase Performance.)

  • August 19-23, 2019: Youth Ballet August Jump-Start Intensive: For Boys & Girls entering Youth Ballet 1, 2, 3, & 4 in Fall 2019

    Sign up for this week-long workshop designed to strengthen and prepare the dancer for Fall Semester.

  • August 18-23, 2019: Youth Ballet Pointe Preparatory Workshop: Starting the week off with getting pointe shoes, this week-long workshop will introduce pointe to your dancer. Invitation by the director only OR dancers entering Advanced Youth I in Fall 2019.

ALL BALLET LEVELS:

  • July 8- August 16, 2019: Six Week Evening Summer Term Ballet Classes: Ages 7 to Adult, Beginner through Advanced

INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCED BALLET LEVELS:

  • Summer Intensive Programs: Our Three main Separate Summer Intensive Programs for talented and focused Intermediate and Advanced Ballet Students:

  • June 10-28, 2019:  “SPRING INTO SUMMER,” FEATURING PROGRESSING BALLET TECHNIQUE®

    NO AUDITION REQUIRED

    Intermediate/Advanced (completed minimum of One Year Pointe for girls) through Professional.

    Recommended ages: 11-26 years old.

    For motivated dancers experience Ballet Royale’s groundbreaking training featuring Progressing Ballet Technique® cross-training, the industry’s most advanced and cutting edge regimen specifically designed to improve ballet dancer’s core stability, weight placement, alignment and muscle memory. This program will maximize improvement and accelerate students’ progress, and is particularly crucial for those preparing to attend summer intensive programs.  The Intensive features a daily regimen of Ballet Technique, Pointe and Ballet Royale's Progressing Ballet Technique®.

  • June 10-14, 2019: MALE DANCER BALLET INTENSIVE

    INVITATION OR PRE-APPROVAL REQUIRED

    Unique in Minnesota, this weeklong Intensive Program is for motivated; aspiring Male Dancers ages 10 through adult. Designed by former Professional Ballet Dancer Rick Vogt, this program focuses on strength, power, technique, and performance. These classes provide a rare opportunity for men and boys to gain invaluable skills and insights beyond those presented in mixed classes. Students receive individualized attention and coaching from the state’s foremost male ballet teachers. Classes include Ballet Technique, Targeted Strength Training, and Classical Variations.

  • July 8-25, 2019: FULL DAY SUMMER INTENSIVE IN COLLABORATION WITH TWIN CITIES BALLET

    Three Progressive Divisions (I, II and UPPER) from AGES 8+ through Professionals (Variable Length Options)

    AUDITION REQUIRED for UPPER DIVISION

    Attend an exciting and rigorous ballet-based dance program featuring artistic Directors Denise and Rick Vogt with Master and Guest teachers.  Each student will receive the finest professional instruction allowing them to reach his or her full potential.  Unique to this intensive, students will be highlighted in an end of program Summer Showcase Performance.

    This year, we will be incorporating group outings for the dancers to help them bond with their classmates and make life-long friendships. Classes include Ballet Technique, Pointe, Preparation for Pointe, Modern, Jazz, Character, Variations, Repertoire, Men’s class, Progressing Ballet Technique®, Hip-Hop, Contact Improv, Pas de Deux, choreographic methods, stretching, Injury Prevention plus enrichment classes.

    Enrollment in the Program is limited, in order to maintain the quality of the training.  Class placements for those accepted into the Summer Intensive are made based on the order Registrations are received.

    UPPER DIVISION (Audition Required)

    Full Program: July 8 – 25 includes Valley Fair Outing with Performance and Summer Showcase Performance.

    Partial Program (2 week option): July 8 – 19 (Dancers attending this program will NOT be in the Showcase or Valley Fair Outing) or July 15 – 25 (Does Include Valley Fair Outing with Performance and Summer Showcase Performance.)

    MORNING ONLY BALLET & POINTE OPTION (Does not Include Valley Fair Outing with Performance and Summer Showcase Performance.)

    Full Program: July 8 – 25

    Partial Program (2 week options): July 8 – 19 or July 15 – 25

  • August 5-16, 2019: AUGUST GRAND PRIX SOLOS & VARIATIONS WORKSHOP

    AUDITION REQUIRED

    Workshop for Intermediate (ages 10+) through Professionals.

    Ballet Royale introduces a focused ballet and variations workshop specializing in preparing dancers for performing or competing in national ballet competitions. Following daily Classical Ballet Technique and Pointe or Men’s Class, dancers learn classic ballet variations and receive advanced personal coaching. With Guest teachers, Ballet Royale Faculty and Twin Cities Ballet Principal Dancers Marissa Debenedictis and Natalie Rossi.

    This Workshop benefits all dancers, whether preparing for a competition, an upcoming performance, or simply wanting to polish and improve their artistry, technique, and quality.

    Students will also have the opportunity to perform in an in-studio showcase performance at the end of the workshop.


    *Audition Required for upper levels of the July and August programs. 

First Summer Intensive Audition: February 10, 2019

Second Summer Intensive Audition: April 7, 2019

Adult/Teen Classes

Ballet Royale does not limit its offerings to traditional ballet students.  We offer classes that are open to teens and adults of every level of experience. Adult Beginner and Advanced Beginner classes are designed for teens and adults with no or very limited previous ballet or Modern experience, and vary between 1 hour and 1.5 hours long.  Adult Open Ballet classes are 1.5 hours long, and geared toward the intermediate level teen or adult dancer with some prior ballet experience on a flexible, balanced level. 

These classes are ideal for teens who starting training later than traditional students, adults who danced when younger and wish to again enjoy the benefits and joy of ballet, or even professionals or teachers looking for extra classes.

Recognizing that some teens and adults often require more flexible training options, we offer alternative scheduling and payment through our Open Enrollment program. This provides those who love to dance but are committed to various other obligations a customized plan to meet individual needs. 

Winter/Spring Semester 2019 begins January 3 and runs until May 17.

Class Schedule:

Monday: 7:30-8:30pm Ballet for Teens

Tuesday: 7:45-9:00pm Adult Beginning Ballet

Thursday: 7:00-8:30pm Adult/Teen Intermediate/Advanced Ballet

For mornings and more advanced class schedules please contact the studio.

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Contact Us

We would love to hear from you!

For more information or if you have questions, please contact us by e-mail, in person, or by phone, or use the convenient contact form below:

 
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Our Office

16368 Kenrick Avenue
Lakeville, MN, 55044
United States

 
 

Our Directors

“Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit, wisdom is knowing not to use them in a fruit salad” ~Rick Vogt

 
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Denise Vogt: Co-Director

A native of England, Denise trained in London under dancers of the Royal Ballet, Sadler's Wells, and Rambert, and holds elementary, intermediate, and advanced Certificates from the Royal Academy of Dance.  Denise danced professionally with the Kiel Capitol Theater Ballet, Osnabrück Contemporary Dance Theater and  State Theater Kassel in Germany. She also danced in the musicals West Side Story, Chicago, and Man of LaMancha.  Denise's teaching career spans three decades, and she has given guest and Master Classes in England, Los Angeles and Germany. Since moving to Minnesota in 1989, Denise has taught throughout the metro area, including the University of Minnesota, the Classical Ballet Academy of Minnesota in Saint Paul, the Saint Paul Public School System, Ballet Arts Minnesota (now The Dance Institute) in Minneapolis, and Minnesota Dance Theatre company. Denise has taught and choreographed locally in the south metro since 1992, and was the Director of the ballet program at Dance Works for 14 years. Denise's students have gone on to study and dance with such prestigious institutions as the San Francisco Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Julliard, Houston Ballet, Tulsa Ballet Company, the New York Rockettes, Milwaukee Ballet II and American Ballet Theatre.  Denise has choreographed over 60 works, and is currently the Artistic Director of Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota (formerly Lakeville City Ballet), a non-profit 501(c)(3) dance organization. Widely recognized as one of the premier ballet teachers in Minnesota, Denise is also a winner of the Dakota County Tribune's  "2011 Exceptional Businesswomen Award."

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Rick Vogt: Co-Director

Born in St. Paul, Rick first trained and danced with Jo Savino's original Classical Ballet Academy of Minnesota / St. Paul City Ballet.  He studied on scholarship with San Francisco Ballet, Joffrey Ballet and David Howard's in New York, and the University of Utah Ballet Majors Program.  Professionally, Rick was a Soloist and Principal dancer in Germany with the Kiel Capitol Theater Ballet and the State Theater Kassel, and in the U.S. with Nevada Dance Theater, Utah Ballet, and as a guest artist with Ballet Minnesota in St. Paul and Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota (formerly Lakeville City Ballet).  He has danced principal and solo roles in classics such as Coppelia, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, and a myriad of roles in the Nutcracker, and other jazz, rock and contemporary works. He has also danced with Ballet West, The Washington Ballet in D.C., Arizona Dance Theater, and Jazzin' Dance Co., performing works by Choo San Goh, George Balanchine, Jean-Paul Comelin, and Arthur Mitchell.  Rick has danced in the stage musicals West Side Story and Chicago, and in the movie Footloose. For over 20 years Rick has choreographed and taught Ballet, Pas de Deux, Boys Dance & Ballet, and Jazz classes throughout the Twin Cities, including at the Classical Ballet Academy of Minnesota in St. Paul, Dance Works in Lakeville, DeLange Dancers Studios and Ballet Arts Minnesota (now The Dance Institute) in Minneapolis.  Rick is the Associate Artistic Director of Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota, and has a B.A. in Philosophy and a Law degree from the University of Minnesota.