Ballet with Justin Leaf

Justin’s ballet classes offer an opportunity to practice classical ballet technique with an emphasis on musicality, coordination, phrasing, placement, and line. The classes draw from Justin’s most intensive experiences as a dancer, with formative training that included the Vaganova Method at The Kirov Academy, Balanchine technique at Pacific Northwest Ballet School and the School of American Ballet, and the Corvino approach with mentors Andra and Ernesta Corvino. He also draws from his comprehensive training at The Juilliard School (BFA 2001) and professional experience as a company member of James Sewell Ballet (2002-2008) and Minnesota Dance Theatre (2008-2014).

With more than twenty years of teaching experience, Justin nurtures each student to achieve their potential through focused study of the classical principles along with the sheer joy of movement. Classes are tailored to the goals of the students, ranging from recreational to professional.

Minnesota Dance Theatre & School

OPEN Advanced Ballet at MDT

Thursdays 9:30am - 11:00am
Saturdays 10:30am - Noon

Open to adults and teens ages 16 and up. Class is ongoing throughout the year with occasional substitute teachers.

More info at mndance.org. Class


Ballet Co.Laboratory

OPEN Advanced Ballet at BCL

Mondays 10:00am - 11:30am
Tuesdays 10:00am - 11:30am

Open to adults and teens ages 15 and up.

Check balletcolaboratory.org before coming in for class. Any changes to the schedule will be posted there.

Photo by Chris Holden for Minnesota Dance Theatre

Photo by Chris Holden for Minnesota Dance Theatre