Our exciting Summer Classes & Camps
July 29 - August 9
Monday-Friday 10:00 am-5:30 pm
Mankato's only full-day ballet intensive. This program is for students ages 11 to adult who are currently studying dance and have participated in at least three years of ballet training at an intermediate or advanced level.
Ends in a stage performance on August 9 at 6 pm
Ballet, Pointe, Variations, Men's Class, Partnering,
Character Dance, Jazz Dance, Choreography,
Modern, Variations, Repertoire
Annmarie Carlson Drake, Ted Sothern
David Loudermilk, Sam Budzinski
& Master Teacher Mary McNulty Hayes
2 weeks: $ 320 ; 1 week $ 180
Ask us about family stays for out-of - town students
Mary’s early training was at the Dallas Civic Ballet with former dancers of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo: Natasha Krassovska, George Skibine, and Marjorie Tallchief. At age 12 she received one of the first Ford Foundation Scholarships to study at the School of American Ballet followed by summers at the American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet School and Harkness Ballet. Mary’s professional career began at the Chicago Opera Ballet directed by Maria Tallchief. At age 18 she was invited to Paris to join the Ballet Populaire du Reims and remained in Europe for over 8 years dancing professionally in Kassel, Kiel and Frankfurt, Germany. Summers she continued to train with in Paris with Raymond Franchetti and Gilbert Mayer, and in New York with David Howard and Finis Jhung. She has worked with some of the greatest 20th century choreographers such as Peter Wright, Jiri Kylian, and William Forsythe. Mary served as Assistant Artistic Director of Kingwood Dance Theatre, assistant Director of Tyler Ballet Company, and taught and choreographed for Litchfield Dance Arts near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Her students have received scholarships for summer workshops at the Pittsburgh Youth Ballet, Joffrey, North Carolina School of the Arts, Lines Ballet, and Dance Theatre of Harlem.
Musical Theatre Performance
July 15- July 26
Learn from the pros! Become a better actor by exploring the fundamentals of acting, movement, and story creation.
Ends in a stage performance on July 26th at 7 pm
Each day of this intensive experience will include:
Text Analysis: Learn to interpret an author’s intentions and connect to deeper layers of meaning through language and subtext.
Voice and Movement: Heighten your physical and vocal awareness and control.
Improvisation: Engage your imagination. Trust your impulses. Hone your craft through spontaneous play.
Scene Study: Apply your new skills to craft richly developed scene work.
Audition Prep.: Learn the skills to present yourself successfully.
Make it a day long experience by adding the Theatre Dance Workshop
Ages 10 -18
Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Virginia Donohoe Sommer
Originally from Mankato, Virginia has worked as a drama instructor and actor in both New York and Los Angeles. She holds an MFA in Acting from Case Western Reserve University/The Cleveland Play House, and a BA in Theatre from Marquette University. Favorite roles include Viola in Twelfth Night (Cleveland Play House) and Timandra in Island (New York Shakespeare Exchange).
David T. Loudermilk
David received his BFA in Directing, with a minor in dance from Catawba College. He has performed both regionally and internationally at theaters, theme parks and on cruise ships. He has also served as an educator, artistic director and producer/investor (Broadway: Doctor Zhivago, Tuck Everlasting; West End: Memphis). He has received theatre awards from the American College Theatre Festival, North Carolina Theatre Conference and Star News Media.
Join us in this adventure into the exciting and rewarding world of dance. Participants study ballet, modern improvisation, jazz, tap, acting and character dance daily throughout the week long program. Classes are taught by Riverfront and guest faculty. This program offers an inspiring opportunity for new students to be introduced to dance and for experienced beginners to further develop their skills. Ages 7.5 -12
Mon.-Fri. 3:30-6:00 pm
Theatre Dance Workshop
Two Weeks: July 15 - July 26
Hone your skills in Tap, Jazz and Hip hop in these fun, fast paced classes. Individualized levels. For actors and dancers ages 10 -18.
Beg/Int Jazz M-Fri 1:00-2:00 pm
Adv Jazz Dance M-Fri 2:00-3:00 pm
Beg. Tap M-W 3:00-3:45 pm
Int/Adv Tap M- W 3:45-4:30 pm
Hip Hop all levels Th,Fri 3:00-4:00 pm
One Week: $90 Jazz/Hip hop/Tap
Two Weeks: $160 Jazz/Hip hop/Tap
Registration closed! Wait list available
An imaginative introduction to the theatre. Children are given a space to explore, tell stories, sing songs, become animals, and create characters while playing turn-taking and sharing games that emphasize teamwork. For young children, storytelling and imaginative play is their way of constructing and understanding of the world. Ends with a costumed presentation.
Monday- Friday 4:00-5:30 pm
Registration closed! Wait list available
Students will explore the basics of theatre-making through games, improvisation, performing text, exploring movement, singing, and using costumes and objects to illustrate stories. Your young performer will learn to bravely take the stage, building confidence and a sense of community. Ends with a costumed studio performance.
Monday-Friday 4:00-6:00 pm
June 10- July 25
Int/Adv. Ballet Mon./Wed./Thurs. 4:30-6:00 pm
Pointe Mon/Thurs. 6:00-6:30 pm
Teen/Adult Ballet Monday 7:30-8:30 pm
Adult Jazz Dance Tuesday 7:00 -8:00 pm
Beginning Adult Tap Tuesday 8:00-8:45 pm