Adult Drop-in Classes

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ADULT DROP-IN BALLET CLASSES

Drop-in classes are offered for dancers ages 12 through adult. No pre-registration is required. Payment is by the class or multiple class card. You can purchase your card online, in the office, or from an instructor in the studio with cash, check, or credit card. https://boulderballet.org/online-payment-for-drop-in-classes/

Beginning/Intermediate drop-in class
Boulder Ballet’s adult drop-in classes are a welcoming environment that allows adults to experience an enjoyable form of exercise at any point in life and for any level of dance skills. These classes teach a fun, yet challenging art form that allows adults to expand their knowledge of movement and build a
good foundation.

Advanced drop-in class
Boulder Ballet’s advanced drop-in classes are perfect for those looking for a challenge. Often combined with Boulder Ballet company dancers, the advanced class is a perfect fit for college students, professionals or former professionals, and those who have had consistent ballet training. All classes are taught by former professional dancers. This professionally paced class is an excellent environment to expand artistry and technique on a flexible drop-in basis.

Adult Class Rates
Single class: $18, Professional/College Student single class: $12
10-class punch card: $150, Professional/College Student 10-class punch card: $100
30-Day Unlimited card: $200
Barre only: $12, Pointe class: $12; 10-class punch for Barre or Pointe only: $110

Dancers in levels 5,6 or 7 who are enrolled in all their classes may take Saturday adult drop-in classes for $10.

Monday            Intermediate with Rebeca Ramirez            9:30-11:00 AM Studio 1
Tuesday            Advanced  with Lance Hardin                      9:30-11:00 AM Studio 2
Tuesday            Beginning with Rebeca Ramirez                 5:30-7:00 PM    Studio 3
Wednesday      Intermediate with Ana Claire                      9:30-11:00 AM Studio 2
Thursday          Advanced  with Dominic Walsh                   9:30-11:00 AM Studio 1
Thursday          Beginning Teen & Adult with Laura Saylor    5:30-7:00 PM    Studio 3
Friday                Advanced  with Makaila Wallace                9:30-11:00 AM Studio 2
Friday                Intermediate with Laura Saylor                  6:00-7:30 PM    Studio 2
Friday                Beginning/Intermediate Pointe  with Laura Saylor  7:30-8:30 PM     Studio 2
Saturday           Intermediate  with Amy Earnest                9:00-10:30 AM  Studio 1
Saturday           Advanced    with Lizanne McAdams Graham    Noon-1:30 PM Studio 1


Adult Class Faculty

Lance Hardin is Artistic Director for Boulder Ballet Company and a native of Chicago, where he received his training from Larry Long at the Ruth Page Foundation School of Dance. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Ballet from Indiana University, where he studied under the direction of Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, Patricia McBride, Jacques Cesbron, and Violette Verdy. As a professional dancer, Mr. Hardin has danced with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, North Carolina Dance Theatre (currently Charlotte Ballet), Chautauqua Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Ballet Nouveau Colorado, Boulder Ballet, Springfield Ballet Company, and the Yoko Kasai Ballet Studio located in Japan. He has performed principal roles by world-renowned choreographers such as George Balanchine (Allegro Brilliante, Four Temperaments, Western Symphony, Who Cares), Paul Taylor (Esplanade, Company B), Dwight Rhoden (Verge), Nacho Duato (Jardi Tancat), William Forsythe (In the Middle Somewhat Elevated), Michael Pink (Romeo and Juliet), and Alonzo King (Map). Presently, Lance is enjoying many requests as a guest artist, teacher, and choreographer. Mr. Hardin has taught dance for the past 23 years and holds numerous choreographic credits including The Denver Independent Choreographer’s Project, Springfield Ballet Company, Boulder Ballet, and Fractured a collaboration with his wife Amy Earnest for James Sewell Ballet. Prior to joining Boulder Ballet, Lance and Amy served as Co-Dance Directors at The Myles Reif Performing Arts Center in Minnesota. Lance served as Associate Artistic Director of Boulder Ballet for four years before becoming Artistic Director in 2020.

Lizanne McAdams-Graham has over 45 years’ experience as a professional dancer and dance educator and has devoted her entire life to the arts. She began training at the age of 3 under the direction of her late mother, Lorraine McAdams, legendary Director and Founder of the National Ballet of New Jersey, and her father, a professional musician raising five children on a 12-acre dance complex. In her youth, she was a full year scholarship student to Joffrey Ballet NYC, Harkness House for Ballet Arts NYC, Pennsylvania Ballet, and Choreography NARB workshops. She joined the Croatian National Ballet and Opera Theatre in Zagreb, in the former Yugoslavia at the age of 17 dancing principal and leading roles in Nutcracker, Coppelia, Giselle, Swan Lake, Serenade, Romeo & Juliet, Sleeping Beauty and Firebird, Graduation Ball, Carmina Burana, Bolero and Cinderella. She has studied with Finus Yhung, David Howard, John Prince, Maria Vegh, Basil Thompson, Michael Smuin, Alonzo King, Maggie Black and Robert Blankshine, Kristina Elliot,Yehuda Maor, Loyce Holton, and Pavel Rotaru.  

Mid-career Ms. McAdams-Graham joined the renowned ODC/Dance, exploring contemporary dance, completing world tours in Russia, Southeast Asia, Hawaii, and Australia, along with residency at Jacobs Pillow, Joyce Theater, City Center, Lincoln Center in NYC, and Kennedy Center in D.C. She has guest appeared for Los Angeles, Santa Fe, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco Opera Ballet Companies in “Faust”, “Die Fledermaus”, “La Traviata” “Orfeo Ed Euridice” and “Aida” and appeared on the PBS televised production of “Dance in America”.  

Ms. McAdams served on the dance faculty for Dance Alloy at Carnegie-Mellon University, Point Park University, Pittsburgh Youth Ballet, Drexel University, Dance Institute of Austin, Ballet Arts of Austin. She has set major ballets on Charleston Ballet, Ithaca Ballet and Walnut Hill School for the Arts. She retired from performing in 1997 and conducted company class for Boulder Ballet, Cleo Parker Robinson, David Taylor Dance Theatre, Zikir Dance Ensemble and Wonderbound in Colorado. She conducted thriving professional classes at Colorado Ballet and Denver Dance Center for 22 years. She was Ballet Mistress for David Taylor Dance Theatre and Dawson/Wallace Dance Project. Ms. McAdams was Ballet Director/Choreographer for Sweatshop Dance 2014-2018, receiving National Critics Choice recognition for choreography. 

Makaila Wallace started her training at Boulder Ballet and continued her full-time dance training at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet school. After dancing with the RWB company she traveled to join the Royal Swedish Ballet. There she had the opportunity to perform many lead roles, including Myrtha in Giselle(staged and cast by Natalia Makarova). She later returned to Canada where she was one of Ballet BC’s principal dancers for over a decade. Dancing nationally and internationally her personal performance highlights have included works by choreographers Johan Ingar, Crystal Pite, Twyla Tharp, Emily Molnar, Aszure Barton, Serge Bennathan, Jorma Elo, Jiri Kylian, and Medhi Walerski among others. Makaila was also honored to be a part of the Margie Gillis Legacy Project, working intimately with Ms. Gillis and performing alongside her in Florilege in the Sechelt Arts Festival in 2015. 

In 2017-2020 Makaila joined Ballet BC’s artistic staff as a part-time rehearsal director (under the direction of Emily Molnar who was appointed the new artistic director of Nederlands Dans Theatre in 2020). As well as traveling to Tel Aviv, Israel to begin the Gaga teacher training. She has also acted as an assistant to world-renown Finnish choreographer Jorma Elo on a number of projects. Including setting his work First Flash on Ballet BC, coaching his pieces at the 2018 Prix de Lausanne, and helping to stage Trigger, Touch, Fade on Pennsylvania Ballet in 2019. In both 2016 and 2019, she had the pleasure of joining him as an assistant for his full-length production of Alice in Wonderland set on the Finnish National Ballet. 

Most recently, Makaila joined Ballet BC as Lady Capulet in Medhi Walerski’s Romeo and Juliet and is currently an independent dance artist, teacher, and coach living in Colorado. 

Rebeca Ramirez, originally from Mexico, began her classical professional ballet training at the National Ballet School of La Havana Cuba “Fernando Alonso” at the age of 15. There, she graduated as a professional ballet dancer and teacher. During this time she had the opportunity to dance ballets such as Don Quijote, La Bayadere, Raymonda, and more. After graduating, Rebeca moved to New York City were she joined the Joffrey Concert Group. There she had the opportunity to dance ballets such as Valse Fantasy and Serenade by George Balanchine, as well as Suite Saint-Saëns and Light Rain by Gerald Arpino. There she learned different styles and techniques the ballet world has to offer. After two years, Rebeca and her now husband Carson decided to join Cleveland Ballet. In her two years at Cleveland Ballet she performed ballets like Alice in Wonderland by Margo Sappington and Coppelia by Ramon Oller. After moving to Colorado, Rebeca shifted her focus to teach full time as well as working at the dance wear store, Boulder Body Wear, where she became a pointe shoe fitter. Now, Rebeca is teaching at Boulder Ballet, she is excited to share all of her experience and knowledge with students of all ages.