School of Classical Ballet

The best of dance in Billings, Montana


Since its inception, the School of Classical Ballet has been dedicated to providing quality dance instruction appropriate for the age and physical development of each student.  The School provides a diversified program that meets not only the needs of those who seek a fun, creative, and challenging environment, but also those who wish to pursue a professional dance career.

The School of Classical Ballet offers classes in a variety of dance genres including Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop,Tap, Pre Ballet, and Creative Movement. 


SUMMER 2017 

Exciting dance camps, intensives and ongoing classes


Register now for summer intensives with exceptional faculty!

Join us this summer for intensive weeks of learning, creativity, artistry, and fun.  The world-class faculty coming to us this summer include:

Leigh Schanfein - ballet, contemporary, pointe

Tucker Davis - jazz, musical theater, lyrical 

Nicole Restani - modern, composition, contemporary

Alexey Kulpin - ballet, variations, character, pointe, partnering

Danielle Bower - contemporary, modern, hip hop, composition

Mira Cook - contemporary, improvisation, composition, ballet

Roni Mahler -  ballet, pointe, variations, repertory

Kirsten Cooper - jazz, lyrical, musical theater

Maurice Watson - modern, jazz, contemporary

Each week is an opportunity not to be missed!

These multi-level SCB intensives will take place June 19-23, July 24-28, July 31-Aug 4 and Aug 7-11, 2017.  All workshops will be held at Montana Dance Center.  Find out more on the summer workshops page, the MDC website, and ask Julia and Betty about registration today! 



Our Location 

SCB is excited to have new studio spaces located at Montana Dance Center, 701 Daniel Street. The Center has four new studios with state-of-the-art sprung floors. There is nowhere else like it so come see the amazing new space for yourself!



SCB News


        First  rehearsal will be at the YWCA with San Diego Ballet Director Robin 

          Costume fittings at ABT (Dancers should enter through stage door in the alley)
          Party Children: 9:30-10:00
           Fight Scene (soldiers & cavalry):      10:00-11:00
           Gingersnaps     11:00-11:30
           Garlands            11:00-11:30
           Snow, Flowers, Merliton, Chinese: 11:30-12:30 
          Baby & Jr. Rats & Baby Dolls:  5:00
           Sugarbabes, Candycanes, Bears, Sheep, Ladies in Waiting 5:30 

        Rehearsal at SCB ACT 1: 12:30-2:45
          Arrive at 12:30:  Party Children, Clara, Baby Dolls - approx ending at 1:45
  Arrive at 1:30: Baby & Jr. Rats Soldiers, Cavalry : approx ending at 2:15
           Arrive at  2:00  Snowflakes: approx ending at 2:30
        Rehearsal at SCB ACT 2: 2:30-4:15  
        Clara, Sugar Babes, Candy Canes, Ladies In Waiting, Sheep:  approx ending at 3:15        
           Chinese, Merliton,  Russian Bears, Garland Girls, Gingersnaps, Flowers, Finale: approx ending at 4:00 

        Friday Dress Rehearsal ABT 
        5:00-7:00 staging/blocking with company both casts**
           7:00-10:00 Full rehearsal with Billings Orchestra Saturday Cast onstage (Sunday may watch)**
           Dancers just in Act I may be excused after intermission and notes.
           Act I usually finish about 8:30. Act II is usually done by about 9:45.

          Dress Rehearsal ABT   1:30-4:00                
          1:30-4:00 Dress & Orchestra rehearsal Sunday Cast**(Saturday cast may watch)
           ACT I:  PARTY SCENE 12:30 with hair and make up ready.  FIGHT SCENE 12:45 hair and make up on.
           ACT II:  at theater by 1:00  hair and make up on.

         Performance at 7:00p.m
           ACT I  PARTY SCENE arriving at 6:00 with hair and make up. FIGHT SCENE & SNOW  6:15
           ACT II  arriving at 6:30 with hair and make up.

SUNDAY November 30th
          Performance at 2:00p.m.
           Act I arriving at 1:00 with hair and make up. Fight Scene 1:15
           Act II arriving at 1:30
Dancers should arrive with hair and make on for dress rehearsal Saturday and for performances. as there is very little room back stage. 
Basic make up for girls: make up base, eye brow, lashes, little blush, natural colored lipstick. No jewelry or nai polish on stage

            Parents should pick up & drop of dancers at ABT at the  stage door in the alley.            
           *Only parents helping back stage are allowed in the theater during rehearsals*
           Please know that there is no video taping or photography allowed during rehearsals or 
           performances. We can take pictures back stage. 
If the dancers are only in the first half of the show they may be excused to either sit with their parents during the second half or to go home but please be sure they are checked out before they leave the theater.

Dancers should bring a bag of some kind to put their belongs in. Water bottle recommended also games, books, or something for younger students to do while they are waiting to perform.
                           Please put name inside dance cloths and shoes.



Friday, Sept. 8th &  Saturday Sept. 9th 2017

Held at Montana Dance Center, 701 Daniel

$5 Audition fee. Checks made out to Betty Loos

Please check below for your audition time based on age, level, and height.

Please arrive at least 15 minutes early, as forms will have to be filled out.

Dancers need to warm themselves up.

No observing of any auditions Allowed! 


FRIDAY, September 8

4:30-5:45pm - Ages 8+ for students 4' 8" - 5' 2"

Clara, Prince, Garland, Ladies in Waiting, Jr. Rats, Sr. Soldiers, Russian Bears, Party Boys & Girls. (Girls picked for party scene will need to stay for the next audition.)

6:00-7:15pm - Ages 6+ for students - 4' 2" - 4' 7"

Party Boys & Girls, Fritz, Gingersnaps, Candy Canes, Jr. Soldiers, Sheep

SATURDAY, September 9

9:00-10:00am - Ballet Class: Robin Morgan, Artistic Director San Diego Ballet

Intermediate/Advance level Dancers. Ages 12 & up

10:00-11:00am - Ages 13+ advanced 5' 2"+

Petals, Snow, Garlands,  Ladies in Waiting, possible variations and/or understudies for variations.

11:00am-12:00pm - Ages 6+ for students Under 4' 2"

Baby Dolls, Baby Rats, Sugarbabes, Sheep

PLEASE NOTE: Girls chosen for party scene , Senior & Junior soldiers, garland, & gingersnaps will have rehearsals Saturday, September 9 starting at 12:00pm with Robin to learn choreography for party scene. 



Montana Dance Arts Association is a non profit group that puts on two week end workshops a year. One the third weekend of Oct. and the other in the spring usually April. They bring in amazing guest teachers from around the country to educate Montana Dancers for fun filled dance weekends. They also provide scholarships to talented young MT dancers and teachers to further their studies at prestigious summer dance programs.  Ballet, Jazz, Modern,Tap, Hip Hop and more are taught during these weekend workshops (Oct/Apr), which are held in the various major MT cities. Workshops are open to students ages 9 and up, with at least 2 years dance experience. The spring workshop offers classes and holds adjudications for students wanting to try for scholarships to study at various summer dance intensives around the United States. 

Fall 2017 MDAA workshop October 20-22 in Great Falls 

Spring 2018 MDAA workshop  April 7 & 8 in Helena

ABT Dance Performances & Master Class 2017

Dance Theater of Harlem Master Class, Thursday Oct. 5th inter/adv. level ages 12 & up

5:oopm -7:00pm  at Montana Dance Center 701 Daniel.

Cost is $20. Pre register by calling  702-7262. Class size limited. Checks made out to ABT.

Dance Theater of Harlem Performance Friday,Oct. 6th. at ABT.

Call box office for tickets. Student prices $25. 


Week End of May 18,19, & 20th ( Rehearsal & performance)



MADCo is a community-based dance company for dancers ages 8-18 with a minimum of two years dance experience co sponsored by Montana Dance Center and School of Classical Ballet.

This is a performing company of young people, offering professional performance opportunities for children and, in so doing, provides powerful and playful dance performances accessible to people of all ages. Performances will include professional theaters, Dance Showcase, School Performances, and other Venues. 

Company Directors:  Julia Marble, Carly Green, & Betty Loos

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5th Annual Showcase - Saturday, April 1, 2017  at Lewis & Clark Middle School



Senior Company:  Emilee Brown, Helena Brown, Reagan Chakos, Gwen Clark, ElianaDavila, Carlie Dodd, Maddy Hust, Emily Kelly, Cara Lagge, Brynn Newell, Amber Nichols, Cora O'Brien, Marlee O,Toole, Frankie Parrott, Emily Point, Brittany Riley, Selby Schye, Lila virostko

Junior Company:   Chloe Hartman, Sophie Kroll,  Molly Mullowney, Landy Neil, Clara Oliveira, Janie Quandt, Meredith Rentz

2015 -16 Choreographers: Katie Conrad, Paige Fredlund, Carly Green, Ricki Feeley, Erica Gionfriddo, Megan Mullowney, Hannah Brown, Maribel Schaff, Leigh Schanfein, Nikki White, and Tucker Davis