St Paul Ballet

A nonprofit organization

$6,385 raised by 61 donors

64% complete

$10,000 Goal

Help us Give the Joy of Ballet to Students in Need 

As we enter our 25th year as a ballet school, we are breaking barriers and opening our doors to a wider community.  We are here to encourage those who long to begin ballet, continue classes, and also to guide our pre-professional students with expert instruction. The heart of St. Paul Ballet is in our classes.  At the center of our classes are exceptional teachers. See more on one of our beloved teachers by clicking on the "Lirena's Story" tab on the top right of this page.

Joy is alive in the classroom

Our dancers experience joy in so many ways -- a new skill learned,  new friendships, the feeling of truly connecting movement to live music, and the awe of dancing in a beautiful performance hall. Besides our youngest dancers, we see the delight of an adult with Parkinson's moving more gracefully through dance; we see the faces of a mother and a toddler dancing together in harmony, and the pride of an advanced student mastering a challenging dance. 

Together, we can make these experiences accessible to all students. Need-based aid covers class fees and some expenses for those who cannot afford them. Pointe shoes cost $100 and often must be replaced within the year. Class fees include trained instructors, choreographers, live music, and studio space. Continuing dancers perfect their craft over many years, with increasing costs. 


Donate now to close the Financial Need Gap

This year, 1 out of 5 St. Paul Ballet students needed financial help to take classes. Our financial aid through October totals just over $10,000 compared with only $5,000 for all of last year. Donations allow us to support families who experience a setback or can't manage class payments on top of everything else. Sometimes it's a health crisis; other times, a parent loses a job. Whatever it is, we want to say "Yes! Yes, you can take classes this semester. Yes, you will be able to perform on a stage with your classmates.

" My parents are already working as hard as they can "  

-SPB student answering the question on the need for financial aid

The gap between what families can pay and the expenses of delivering classes is growing. Please give today to help us close the gap. Help us say "Yes!" to every student. 

Your gift makes it possible

$25 buys one leotard for daily wear 

$50 provides live music for an hour of class

$75 pays for six classes for a young student

$100 provides one pair of Pointe shoes

Thank you for your support at any level. 


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St Paul Ballet

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Arts & Culture Education Children & Family


655 Fairview Ave. N.
St Paul, MN 55104



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