Our exciting Summer Classes & Camps

Ballet Performance


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


Professional Faculty: 

 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



Professional Faculty

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.


Ages 7.5-12

July 22-26

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

$ 120

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

July 22-25

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.

Ages 3.5-6

Monday- Friday 4:00-5:30 pm


Theatre Kids

Registration closed! Wait list available

July 15-20

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.

Ages 7-10.

Monday-Friday   4:00-6:00 pm

$ 90

Open Classes 

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

Cards of 10 Classes
A. 10 1 hour classes $90/ $10 single class
B. 10 45 min. classes $70/ $8 single class
C. 10 1.5-2 hour classes $ 130/ $12 single class
Take Adult Jazz & Tap together with a C card

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