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St. Croix Ballet’s new Pre-Ballet program meets Minnesota’s state pre-school standards

St. Croix Ballet is excited to offer Pre-Ballet (ages 3-4) and Level I-1 (ages 5-6) classes that meet Minnesota state standards for preschool. SCB has also redeveloped the curriculum for the first three years of ballet (Pre-Ballet through Level I-3) so that it is developmentally appropriate, fun, and gives young dancers a strong foundation to launch them into the Vaganova method of ballet taught at St. Croix Ballet.

SCB’s pre-ballet program was developed by long-time SCB ballet instructor Abbie Defiel Kaufenberg. Abbie is a certified Minnesota teacher, with both k-6 elementary and k-12 French licenses, and teaches at Stillwater Jr. High. Susan Hovey, SCB Director, is also a Minnesota certified teacher for English Learners (EL). She teaches and advises at Skyview Elementary, Oakdale. Ms. Abbie and Ms. Susan oversee SCB’s pre-ballet program (Pre-Ballet, ages 3-4; Level I-1, ages 5-6).

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Ballet training for all ages and all levels.

Founded in 1991 by Karla Sweeney, St. Croix Ballet has become one of the Twin Cities top ballet studios.

The year-round program includes two full-length ballets -- The Nutcracker and a spring show (past shows have included Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia); a three-week summer intensive that includes modern, character, jazz, ballet, and Pilates; a Summer Gala performance in Stillwater's picturesque Pioneer Park as well as periodic Master Classes by guest artists and intensives throughout the year, that include character dance.

In 2013, Susan Hovey took over as Director of the studio from founder Karla Sweeney, who recently passed away (February 12, 2015) after a gallant 15-year ongoing battle with late-stage breast cancer. Ms. Karla left an incredible legacy of ballet and dance to the St. Croix Valley and her inspiration continues to guide the studio through the ongoing training and yearly performances.

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