Youth Ballet Classes Return!
12-week Session: Wednesdays
February 22 – May 17, 2023*

We are excited to once again offer Youth Ballet Classes through a partnership with instructor Leona Cichy at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center on Wednesday afternoons this winter/spring for youth in Pre-K through 4th grade.

Students will learn basic ballet techniques in a fun and encouraging class environment. Classes will be held on Wednesday afternoons in the upstairs loft studio at the Cultural Center (accessible only by stairs).

*12-week session dates have been adjusted due to weather to February 22 – May 17, 2023. [Two classes were canceled due to inclement weather, so the 12-week session has been extended to May 17, 2023.]

Class times by age group are as follows:

  • Pre-K – Kdg: 4:00 – 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays – $90 fee for 12 weekly 30-minute classes (includes $10 costume fee)
  • 1st – 4th grades: 4:30 – 5:15 p.m. Wednesdays – $120 fee for 12 weekly 45-minute classes (includes $10 costume fee)

A short Recital for parents and families will be held on Wednesday, May 10, 2023 at 5:30 p.m. at the Perham Auditorium (in Old High School). Classes will meet in Perham that day for dress rehearsal at the following times: 4-4:30 Pre-K-K 4:30-5:00 1st-4th Grade.

The final ballet class will be held Wednesday, May 17 at the Cultural Center.


The goal of these youth ballet classes is to instill a love of movement and dance in children. Young dancers will learn basic ballet movements in a positive and fun environment. Proper technique is taught through creative dances and imagination.

The structured classes will focus on the basics of gross motor movement including strength, coordination, and flexibility, as well as socialization and group learning. Every class will be a dance adventure of music and movement!

Teaching ballet to your littles is Leona Cichy. Leona began dancing at the age of two and is trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and modern, among other styles. She was a member of the competitive Legacy Dance Company in New Jersey for ten years, and has over 10 years of teaching experience in a variety of dance styles. Leona also has extensive experience in youth development and programming and is the Founder and Director of Roots and Wings Forest School.

Class sizes are limited; please complete the form below to sign up today. Full session payment is required to guarantee your spot. The Cultural Center is closed during the month of January, so it is best to click below to pay online. Contact us with any questions or to make other payment arrangements at 218-385-3339 or

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    Questions? Contact instructor Leona Cichy at or the Cultural Center at or 218-385-3339.

    These activities are made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through an operating support grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.