Two anniversaries in March commemorate two distinct achievements for the Crooked Tree School of ballet.
This month, 18 years ago, Artistic Director Heather Raue founded the school of ballet. March 24, 2021 marks a full year since the first virtual dance class offered due to the pandemic.
Raue founded the School of Ballet, starting with just a handful of students. In its nearly two-decade existence, thousands of students have studied with the School of Ballet and gone on to become professional dancers, choreographers, educators, light designers, production managers and more.
“March 24, 2021, marks our one-year Zoomaversary of our virtual programming,” said Raue. To celebrate, the school is hosting a live stream event 7 p.m. on Friday, March 26.
Upper-level dancers have created their own screendances with the guidance of Raue and instructor and alumnae Haley Van Patten. The culmination of this work will be shown during the celebration on the Crooked Tree Arts Center School of Ballet Facebook page.
To continue with both old traditions and new, for the spring season Crooked Tree is offering a hybrid programming of its courses. The classes running from April 6-June 19 will be scheduled both in person and via Zoom.
“This means that our students will have the option of returning to in-person instruction on a part-time basis, while students who wish to continue Zoom instruction will be allowed to do so,” Raue said.
“Students who wish to participate in our reduced-size in-person classes will be scheduled for both part-time in-person and part-time Zoom instruction to give as many dancers as possible the opportunity to have the in-studio experience,” Raue said.
In-person Dance Fusion I and Beginning Ballet classes will also be available to dancers, ages 4 – 6, under the direction of instructor Karrie Benedict.
Registration for the CTAC School of Ballet’s Spring Session is now open. To learn more visitor call (231) 347-4337 to enroll.