Click here to sign up for our free introductory session on April 13 from 2:15 to 3:30pm!  

No experience necessary!
Open to ages 7-10

Ballet Explorers teaches movement through play! 

SATURDAYS 2:15-3:30PM April 13-May 25 plus rehearsals listed below

• Transportation provided
• Dance clothing and shoes provided
• Sensory-friendly environment
• Bilingual (Spanish/English) Dance Component

Click the poster to register!
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Saint Paul Ballet is very excited to invite the dancers in the Ballet Explorers workshop to be part of the American West performance experience!  This year ‘American West’ performances will be May 31st and June 1 at the O’Shaughnessy Auditorium a in St. Catherine University in St. Paul.

Here is a full list of the Workshop times required for class, rehearsals and performance preparation. These take place in the St Paul Ballet studios, 655 Fairview Ave N, St Paul MN, 55104

Saturday, April 13, 20, and 27: 2:15-3:30 pm (Intro sessions!)
Saturday, May 4: 2:15-3:30 pm
Sunday, May 5: Full Cast Rehearsal (specific times TBD)
Saturday, May 11: 2:15-3:30 pm
Saturday, May 18: 2:15-3:30 pm
Sunday, May 19: Full Cast Rehearsal (specific times TBD)

Tech (rehearsal at the theater with costumes and lights) and Performances will be held at The O’Shaughnessy Auditorium, 2004 Randolph Ave, St Paul, MN 55105

Wednesday, May 29: Tech rehearsal (specific times TBD)
Thursday, May 30: Dress Rehearsal (specific times TBD)
Friday, May 31 & Saturday, June 1: Spring Showcase performances (specific times TBD)

Meet your Teacher!

Emilia Garrido Vásquez-
Teaching Artist, Children's Programming

Emilia embarked on her dance journey at age 3 in Ecuador. At 14, after relocating to the U.S., she joined the school of St. Paul Ballet, graduating from their pre-professional program in 2019. Prior to her college years, she was awarded a fellowship from James Sewell Ballet. Emilia pursued a major in Psychology at St. Kate’s and another in Theater and Dance at Macalester College. Professionally, she danced with Continental Ballet Company. Emilia has choreographed several pieces, including “Matilda Jr.” at Highland Park Community Center Theater. At Macalester, her honors piece, “A Place in Between,” earned her the David Wick Choreography Award. Emilia’s recent focus is on fostering inclusivity and accessibility in dance education through her community project, Ballet Explorers. Partnering with SPB and collaborating with local nonprofits and businesses, offers free introductory ballet classes to children from minoritized communities.

We remain committed to inclusive excellence, especially for those who are marginalized, and will continue to offer scholarships and find a spot for anyone who wants to dance!

Our organization is a non-profit and our staff are hourly employees. Their contribution to the vitality of our lives is hard to quantify: beautiful movement and music sparks our imaginations, gives us meaning, helps us understand our world and gives us great personal satisfaction. Please consider a DONATION as we work to remain accessible to all.