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Open Professional Classes/Advanced Ballet

For the Dancer with an advanced level of experience in ballet technique. This class is attended by the St. Paul Ballet Company.

Tuesday, January 23 10:00am class cancelled due to shoveling out!

Open Advanced Ballet:

For the dancer with at least five years of classical ballet training.
Mondays 10:00-11:30am
Tuesdays 10:00-11:30am
Wednesdays 10:00-11:30am
Thursdays 10:00-11:30am
Fridays 10:00-11:30am

NOTE: No Advanced Open Ballet class on the second Tuesday of every month listed below due to Ballet Tuesdays at the Landmark or Toddler Tuesdays at the MOA.

October 10, 2017
November 7, 2017
November 14, 2017
December 12, 2017
January 9, 2018
February 13, 2018 
February 20, 2018
March 13, 2018 
April 3, 2018
April 10, 2018
May 1, 2018

In addition, Advanced Open Ballet will be canceled when the Company is on tour or out of the studio.

January 11, 2018
January 15, 2018
March 5-9, 2018
March 14-16, 2018
April 16, 2018
May 7, 2018

Class Rates

Single class rate: $15 (Barre only: $8)
Post-Secondary Student single class rate: $10 (with valid student ID)
Professional dancer single class rate: $10 (please show current artist contract, pay stub or program)

6-class card: $78 good for 3 months from date of purchase.
12-class card: $132 good for 3 months from date of purchase.
4 Week Unlimited class card: $125 good for 4 weeks from date of purchase.
6 Month Unlimited class card: $600 good for 6 months from date of purchase.

Location and Parking: 

655 Fairview Ave N, a few blocks north of University Avenue. Greenline LRT station at Fairview and University.
Free parking!

Volunteer opportunities: Help support the ballet. Call the studio at 651-690-1588 to inquire.


Jeffrey Hankinson
A South Carolina native, Jeffrey began his dance studies at the Carl Crosby School of Dance in Aiken.  Jeffrey is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem North Carolina.   Jeffrey was a principal dancer with the Des Moines Ballet and Ballet D’anlego.  He later joined the Alvin Ailey Repetory Ensemble directed by Sylvia Waters and danced for the Ailey organaization for three wonderful years.  He has danced with the Elisa Monte Dance Company, the Joyce Triscler Dance Company, and the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company and has toured throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.  Jeffrey was also ballet master at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center under the direction of the late Denise Jefferson.

Broadway credits:  “The King and I” (starring Lou Diamond Phillips), “Little Me” (starring Martin Short), “Ragtime”, “Jerome Robbins Broadway” (starring Tony Roberts), “Damn Yankees” (starring Jerry Lewis), “Follies”, and Susan Stromans “A Christmas Carol”. Jeffrey has appeared in film and television and wrote his first short film “Obedience,” which made its world premier at the New York International Independent Film Festival in September 2002 and has been screened at 6 major festivals around the world.

After leaving New York and moving to Minneapolis, Jeffrey worked as a manager for Chef David Fhima, and also was assistant general manager at Chambers Kitchen, located at the Chambers Hotel downtown Minneapolis with acclaimed Chef Jean George Vongerichten. Jeffrey then served as the school director for the Minnesota Dance Theatre & the Dance Institute under the artistic direction of Lise Houlton from August 2009 until June 2011.  Jeffrey is now owner operator of two Dunn Brothers coffee shops in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Laura Greenwell
Laura is trained in classical dance from Ballet Arts Minnesota, under the direction of Bonnie Mathis, Christina Onusko and Lirena Branitski. She continued her studies with the Butler Ballet, the dance department of Butler University in Indianapolis. For more than eight years she has been instructing Vaganova-based Russian ballet and pointe, and has been creating classical and contemporary ballet works for various dance schools.  Laura is an American Ballet Theatre(R) Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level Seven of the ABT(R) National Training Curriculum. She has extensive character dance training, and has been privately coached by Lirena Branitski. Laura has most recently danced as a company member with Saint Paul Ballet. She focuses her teaching on the unique combination of proper technique, artistry and passion for dance. Outside of the dance world, Laura enjoys cooking Italian food, attending arts events, and spending quality time with her husband, son Eugene and family.

Maureen Haworth
Maureen always wanted to be a dancer, but after a knee accident, being practical, she decided to be the best teacher she could be.  Studying privately with Muriel Tweedy and Nina Hodgson she achieved the highest qualifications.  She is an Advanced Member of the Royal Academy of Dancing in Ballet.  Maureen was the youngest candidate ever to be elected by her piers as a Fellow of UK’s National Association Teachers’ of Dancing, International, in ballet, tap and modern dance. She is an Associate member of the I.S.T.D in National Dance gaining an unprecedented Distinction from the President. Adjudicator, choreographer, examiner, lecturer and teacher.  Registered and licensed by the RAD since 1985.  Maureen has owned and directed Dance Schools in Manchester, London and Frankfurt, Germany. She was an actress, director, producer and founder member of the Frankfurt English Speaking Theatre, Germany. Maureen moved to Minnesota 26 years ago and has worked on the faculty of Ballet Arts Minnesota and Minnesota Dance Theatre.

Deborah Nettell
Deborah comes to St Paul Ballet with 30 plus years of teaching experience. She began her study of classical ballet with teachers from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and later the Aments from Romania. She knew in these early years that dance would always be part of her life. For 28 years, Deborah had the privilege to study, train and be coached under Bonnie Mathis first at Minnesota Dance Theater and then at Ballet Arts Minnesota. At Ballet Arts Deborah taught in all levels, coached and choreographed for the school. Deborah credits Bonnie Mathis and Lirena Branitski for instilling high standards and excellence. She has performed with Bonnie Mathis, Lirena Branitski, Martine Van Hamel, Chris Onusko, Robin Stiehm and many others. For several years, Deborah was the head children’s rehearsal coach for the Joffrey Ballet Nutcracker, head of the dance program at The Children’s Theater Company, and created Young Audience outreach projects supervised by Marcia Chapman. In addition to dance instruction Deborah currently does Balance-conditioning-strength and body alignment and is studying Thai bodywork.

Barbara Weinstine
Barbara received her training with the Andaházys and is dedicated to the rich tradition of the Russian method, on which she bases her teaching. Barbara has studied with artists including Gabriela Komleva, Luba Gulyaeva, Marina Stavitskya, Alla Sizova, Vladimir Davidoff, Jurgen Schneider, and Carol Roderick. Barbara performed in classical ballets and original works including, Les Sylphides, Pas de Quatre, Scheherazade, Los Seises, Vivaldi Concerto and Miraculous Stag. She is proficient in knowledge and implementation of the Vaganova Syllabus.

Audition for St. Paul Ballet

Male Audition for SPB’s Contemporary Performance 

St. Paul Ballet is seeking a male dancer trained in ballet and contemporary ballet for SPB’s March 9 & 10 performances at The Cowles Center for Performing Arts. Rehearsals will start on January 16, 2018. Artist must be available for rehearsals during the day Monday-Friday from January 16-March 9, 2018. Position is paid. 

When: Friday, January 5, 2018 10:00am-12:00pm 

Where: SPB Studios, 655 Fairview Ave N., St Paul 

What: Please email and attach your resume, full body dance photo and headshot. 


2018/19 Auditions
Please email the Artistic Director to set up an audition.

*All auditions for the 2018/19 Season must be completed by April 15, 2018

Bring a full body dance photo, head shot, and resume to submit to the Artistic Director on the date audition.

Dancers may also audition for the Company during the season by attending Company Class. Please contract the Artistic Director to set up an audition (

Primary audition inquiries may be submitted as videos. Please include classwork, pointe work for women, classical and contemporary performance footage however SPB does not hire off of video only. Please attach a full body dance photo, head shot, and resume to submission.