Welcome to the Dancers’ Workshop

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The Dancers’ Workshop has been training Baton Rouge’s dancers since 1973 and we are the official school of the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre.  Thousands of dancers have come through our program.  Many have done it simply for the enjoyment of dance, while others have gone on to prestigious careers in professional dance companies and even on Broadway.

All classes are developmentally appropriate, technique based, and progressively paced.  Our pledge to you is to provide the highest quality dance instruction available at an affordable cost.

We love to dance and you will too.

Our Facility

State of the Art

We have three studios under one roof with enough size to accommodate all levels .  Parents can use either our indoor or outdoor waiting areas, depending upon the weather.   Our studio is located in a neighborhood with a number of restaurants, coffee shops, grocery stores, and shopping areas within several blocks of the studio.  The office is staffed during most class periods to help with registration or scheduling issues and for dropping off payments.

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Schedule and Class Information

INFO ON CLASS LEVELS
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Fall/Spring Schedule

Upcoming Events

Costume Week 3yr olds – Level 3/4:  October 25-30

Parent Watch Week (A-I): November 1 – 6

Parent Watch Week (J – R):  November 8 – 13

Parent Watch Week (S – Z):  November 15 – 20

Two adult guests per dancer.  Siblings of any age are not permitted.

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Meet our Directors

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Molly Buchmann  (Co-Artistic Director) is co-owner of The Dancers’ Workshop, co-artistic director of BRBT, and retired Head of Dance for the LSU Department of Theatre where she developed the current dance minor program. She has choreographed over 60 musicals for professional, community and university theatres as well as ballet and modern works for BRBT, LSU, Western Oklahoma Ballet, and San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet. Her choreography has been recognized by a Choreographic Fellowship from the State of Louisiana and by gala recognition from Regional Dance America Southwest for her works set on both BRBT and San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet. She holds a master’s degree in dance and taught choreography, dance history and dance performance at LSU. In 2001 she received an LSU Tiger Athletic Foundation Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching. For the State Department of Education, she has written dance and fine arts curriculum guides and served as a dance clinician for teachers throughout the state. She has studied and performed with ProDanza Italia and, along with Ms. Mathews, received the Mayor-President’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. She is an American Ballet Theatre Certified Teacher who has successfully completed all levels of the ABT National Training Curriculum through the ABT Teacher Training Institute.

Sharon Mathews (Co-Artistic Director) is co-artistic director of BRBT and co-owner of The Dancers’ Workshop. From 1976 to August 2014, she served as Director of Dance for Baton Rouge Magnet High School. She holds a BS in Education and an MS in Dance from LSU. She has been named Outstanding Dance Educator in the state by the Louisiana Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Regional Dance America Southwest, the Superintendent’s Task Force for Arts in Education and the State Arts Contents Standards Committee and has written curriculum guides for dance at the state and parish levels. She was resident choreographer for the BR Opera and has choreographed for the Gilbert and Sullivan Society, LSU Opera, LSU Theatre and Theatre Baton Rouge. Choreography includes Carmen and The King and I for LSU and Oklahoma! and West Side Story for Theatre Baton Rouge. In 2003 she was inducted into the University High School Hall of Distinction and Baton Rouge Magnet High School Hall of Fame. She is an ABT Certified Teacher who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Institute in Primary through Level 7 and Partnering of the ABT National Training Curriculum.

2021 Graduating Seniors

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Charlotte Balart has been dancing for 15 years with this year’s “Coppélia” her favorite ballet performance. She will be attending LSU’s Honor’s College next fall on the President’s Alumni Scholarship. Charlotte’s advice to upcoming dancers is “Stick with dance even if it gets hard!”

Congratulations to Delaney Dufrene!  She graduated from LSU with a BA in Poli Sci, Minor in Spanish, Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US Air Force, and named Top Cadet over all branches of the service at LSU.

Chloe Higgins has been dancing for 14 years and has most enjoyed performing in the always magical Nutcracker! She will be attending Franciscan University next fall to study physical therapy but will continue to pursue her dreams of a dance career while continuing to train and perform here in Baton Rouge. Chloe’s advice to young dancers is “Never let perfection get in the way of passion. Let that passion be the drive for your hard work to see how far you can go.”

Adrienne Simmons has been dancing for 15 years with her favorite dance memories as Odette/Odile in the Youth Ballet and while performing in Taylor Mitchell’s “Unfinished Business.” She is graduating with honors from University View Academy and plans to attend the University of New Orleans on scholarship to continue her training in the performing arts. Adrienne’s advice to dancers is “Dance is for everyone- you don’t have to look or be any certain type of way. Use your movement as a way to connect with who you are, and don’t be afraid to take risks and do things you’ve never done before”.

The Dancers’ Workshop

10745 Linkwood Court

Baton Rouge, LA   70810

225-767-5814

dancersworkshop@bellsouth.net

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