Ballet blossoms in south metro

Ballet Royale Minnesota offers classes for dance students ranging from beginners to professional-level. Ballet Royale dancers include Kira Petersen, left, and Morgan Dewees. (Photo submitted)
Ballet Royale Minnesota offers classes for dance students ranging from beginners to professional-level. Ballet Royale dancers include Kira Petersen, left, and Morgan Dewees. (Photo submitted)

Lakeville-based dance academy Ballet Royale Minnesota is expanding its reach this fall, offering a satellite program at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center, and adding a professional training program for advanced students.

The Burnsville classes, called “Ballet @ BPAC,” are geared to beginning dancers and will include a “pre-ballet” dance class for ages 3 to 6, as well as an introduction to classical ballet class for ages 7 to 12. All the Burnsville classes begin Sept. 11.

Ballet Royale founders Rick and Denise Vogt say the idea behind the satellite program is to provide an alternative location to better accommodate students living north of the academy’s main studio located on Kenyon Avenue near the Lakeville-Burnsville border.

While the Burnsville classes are geared to beginning dance students, at the other end of the training spectrum Ballet Royale has started its Elite Professional Trainee Division for more advanced dancers and professionals.

The daytime ballet training program is by audition and invitation only, and scholarships are available. Auditions can be arranged by contacting the dance studio at 952-898-3163 or info@twincitiesballet.org.

Ballet Royale also announced this week it will be hosting open auditions next month for professional dancers interested in joining Twin Cities Ballet, the nonprofit branch of Ballet Royale that stages “The Nutcracker” and other shows each year at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center.

For the 2013-14 season, Twin Cities Ballet plans to hire professional dancers as salaried employees, rather than contracted for each production. They’re looking for both male and female professionals, and the auditions will be held at noon Sunday, Sept. 8, at Ballet Royale’s main studio in Lakeville.

More about the dance academy is at www.balletroyalemn.org.