WAYZATA – A well-known ballet company performs a grand throw in Wayzata at the Metropolitan Ballet.
Erik Sanborn, founder of the Metropolitan Ballet, said the company has been looking to expand from St. Paul to the Southwest Metro for some time.
“The (Wayzata) community supports the fine arts and goes to see classical ballet,” he said. “Now families looking for classical ballet don’t have to consider going all the way downtown and will have a place nearby.”
The Wayzata Ballet Academy opened on September 8. It is the first in the region to focus solely on classical ballet.
As Sanborn scouted for potential school locations, Wayzata stood out for having a number of ballet patrons.
“We thought this location would be ideal,” he said.
Classes work on traditional techniques and bases.
“Professional classical ballet is very specific. It is a highly technical dance form revered in all dance circles as the foundation of technique, coordination and technical ability. Many people in other forms see ballet as a way to build their foundation.
The school is affiliated with the Metropolitan Ballet, which means that students will have the opportunity to perform “The Nutcracker” with the Kenwood Symphony Orchestra and other classical ballets of the season among them.
There are three teachers at the school, Sanborn said. Trial lessons are free and the school welcomes students from 3 years old.