Class Information

Name: Nuts Nutcracker Ages 3-7
Level: 3 - 7 yrs/beg
Time: Wed 04:00 pm to 05:00 pm
Studio: B
Cost: $0.00

Audition Fee: $25

Winter Show Cost: $275

Dance Type: Ballet

Description: Ballet is a systematic dance based on formalized positions of the arms, feet, and body designed to enable movements that create the greatest possible agility, control, speed, lightness, and grace. Classical-ballet technique is based on the turned-out position of the legs. This position increases the range of movement through the hip and imparts pleasing body lines through the extended leg. The choreography of classical ballet may be romantic, realistic, or mythological, representing a variety of dramatic and emotional situations. Ballet an art that simultaneously requires strength, resilience, elegance and grace. It may be difficult to master and takes lots of patience and practice to learn. Ballet can be studied at any age, although early age beginnings facilitate strength, spatial/temporal awareness, and coordination. Some studies have shown that girls retain the flexibility established through ballet across their adulthood. Ballet lessons emphasize stretching to strengthen and enlongate posture. Additionally, the correct French names for steps and positions need to be learned. As dancers progress, barre work becomes an essential tool for learning the steps and positions as well as building strength, agility and flexibility. Respect is a pervasive aspect of ballet and proper ballet etiquette is learned and practiced. Ms. Raena teaches a fusion of Russian and American ballet and Ms. Amy teaches a fusion of Cecchetti and Russian ballet. Ms. Lisa teaches a fusion of Cecchetti and Russian ballet.

Instructor: Lisa Conlin


Lisa Conlin trained at Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Hubbard Street Jazz Dance & Gus Girodano in Chicago, IL, Steps, and Broadway Dance Center of NY,NY, and on scholarship at Dupree's, in Los Angeles, CA. She danced with ND Jazz Dance Co., Continental Ballet Co., and with several independent choreographers. She is currently a principal dancer with Ballet of the Dolls Dance Theater Company in Minneapolis, MN. Favorite Lead Dance roles include: Goldilocks, Sinderella, and Romiette. Favorite Solo roles include: The stepsister in Cinderella, LIZA, Ms. Santa, Rat Princess, The Martini Girl, and Paula in the Prom. Favorite Ensemble pieces: The Willis in Giselle and The Women in Carmen.

Some of Lisa's favorite projects include: Zhauna Frank's Dream Channel Episode 1 & 2 performed at the Paul Taylor Studio in NY, NY, "Venus"- A Rock and Roll musical, Ballet of the Dolls Fashion Ball, Macy's Midwest Big Life Calvin Klein Tour, and playing the featured tap dancer with her tap partner Vance Holmes in the play musical production of Gianni Sent Me. Other tap credits include tapping with Sweet Feet Tap Company and Keane Sense of Rhythm Tap Company.

Lisa was also cast in several National and Regional TV Commercials for Big Lots, Ordway Theater, Great Clips, Best Buy, Armed Forces, as well as print, runway, and video productions for Target, Macy's and other corporate events.

Lisa conceived the Ritz Theater's RENOVATE-A Choreographer's Evening seven years ago to give Minnesota choreographers a place to create and show their new works and has been curating it for the last seven years. She has presented four full length shows: Sacred, Blue Heaven, The Secret Annex, and Stripped. Most recently, her fourth full length show "Sacred" was performed in Minneapolis in April 2014 at the Ritz Theater. She was a grant recipient of the American Composers Forum's Live Music For Dance Minnesota Program.

She has also showcased her work for the Walker Arts Center, Old Arizona Studios, Patrick's Cabaret, Studio 2A Project, Loring Playhouse, Ritz Theater, Southern Theater, and the MN Fringe Festival. She recently studied with OFF Leash Area in Minneapolis taking a performance artist workshop and studied with Ecclectic Edge Jazz Ensemble and Guest Artists for a week long dance and music study focusing on jazz, hip hop, African, music rhythms, musical theater, and technique.

Lisa directed the Prior Lake Dance School for 12 years as well as directed and choreographed "The Nutcracker" and excerpts from Swan Lake. She has been teaching, choreographing, and directing dance for children and adults in the Midwest for over thirty years at several dance studios, dance workshops & camps, and judging dance competitions at both State & National levels throughout the Midwest. Lisa has been directing and choreographing the Balleraena Winter Show for the past six years including Snow White, Dancing Through Oz, The NUTS Nutcracker, and Aladdin and Jasmine's Dance Adventures.

Lisa and Raena founded LIRA Dance Theatre Company in June 2015. Lisa has been the Co-Artistic Director of LIRA for the last five years.