Early Start Dance Masterclasses Scheduled for Aug. 22-24

The School of Theatre and Dance at Kent State University is offering a special series of six Early Start Masterclasses Aug. 22-24, 2022 for intermediate and advanced dancers studying at Kent State as well as high school age dancers from the surrounding community. 

Participants can take up to two masterclasses each evening: Intermediate/Advanced Ballet with DeAnn Petruschke from 4 - 5:30pm and Intermediate/Advanced Contemporary Jazz with Erin Smith from 5:45 - 7:15pm. The cost for each class is $10.


Dates and Location

August 22 - 24, 2022

School of Theatre and Dance
Kent State University
D123 Dance Studio
Center for the Performing Arts
1325 Theatre Drive
Kent, OH 44242


How to Register

To reserve your space, please click the button below and use our online payment platform to pay for the classes you wish to take.

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Hold Harmless Form

Participants not currently enrolled at Kent State University are required to complete a hold harmless agreement. The form can be accessed at the link below.

Hold Harmless Agreement


About the Masterclasses and Instructors

Ballet with DeAnn Petruschke

August 22-24, 2022 from 4:00-5:30 pm

DeAnn Petruschke, with ballet accompanist Natasha Musaelyn, will teach a masterclass in Intermediate/Advanced Ballet each evening from 4 - 5:30 pm. 

A former soloist and in the corps de ballet for Ballet Arizona, Cleveland Ballet, San Jose Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theater, Grand Rapids Ballet and Ballet Gamonet, Ms. Petruschke joins Kent State this fall after more than a decade as ballet mistress and teacher for Miami City Ballet.

Contemporary Jazz with Erin Smith

August 22-24, 2022 from 5:45 - 7:15pm

Erin Smith will teach a masterclass in Intermediate/Advanced Contemporary Jazz each evening from 5:45 - 7:15 pm. 

A former soloist with the Columbia City Ballet in South Carolina, Ms. Smith holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and has been an adjunct faculty member at Kent State while serving as Owner/Director of Studio West Performing Arts Center for more than a decade.

POSTED: Friday, July 15, 2022 - 5:04pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, August 24, 2022 - 9:09am