Youth Ballet Classes Return!
Fall & Spring 10-Week Sessions
Weekly on Wednesdays
Dates & Details Below

We are excited to once again offer Youth Ballet through a partnership with instructor Leona Cichy at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center on Wednesday afternoons for youth starting in Pre-K (age 4) and now through 6th grade!

Students will learn basic ballet techniques in a fun and encouraging class environment. New in 2023, a third age group has been added. Classes will be offered on Wednesdays in the upstairs dance studio at the Cultural Center (accessible only by stairs).

Times / Age Groups / Fees:

  • 4:00 – 4:30 p.m. – Ages 4-6 (PreK-Kdg), $80 per session, includes costume fee
  • 4:30 – 5:15 p.m. – Ages 6-9 (1st-3rd Grades), $120 per session, includes costume fee
  • 5:15 – 6:00 p.m. – Ages 9-12 (4th-6th Grades), $120 per session, includes costume fee

Dates – Fall 2023 & Spring 2024 Sessions:

Both a Fall Session and Spring Session will be held; each is 10 weeks and will culminate in a short recital (details TBD). Classes held on Wednesday afternoons, on the following dates:

  • Fall 2023 Session: Wednesdays, September 13 – November 29, 2023 (NO CLASS 10/11 or 11/8)
  • FALL 2023 RECITAL: Wednesday, November 29 @ 6PM @ NYM City Hall Ballroom (scroll down to end of post for details)
  • Spring 2024 Session: Wednesdays, February 21 – May 1, 2024 (NO CLASS 3/13)

Registration & Payment:

Limited spots to ensure small class sizes; 12 students per class/age group. Full session payment is required to guarantee your spot.

To register and pay online, click on the link below for the fall or spring session:

Click to Register & Pay for Fall 2023 Ballet > Click to Register & Pay for SPRING 2024 Ballet >


To pay in person, please fill out the registration form below and stop by the Cultural Center anytime during our Open Hours (Wed & Thurs 10-7, Fri 10-5, Sat 10-3), or mail a check to Cultural Center, PO Box 246, New York Mills, MN 56567.



    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.

    Fall Ballet Recital: November 29, 2023 @ 6PM @ NYM City Hall Ballroom

    Students will perform a short recital for parents and families at the City Hall during the annual Cultural Center Winter Fundraiser, which takes place at the Civic & Commerce Association Community Christmas Tree Festival. This performance will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 29, 2023 in the City Hall Ballroom and will be free to attend. All are invited to stay and support the Center’s work at the fundraiser! NEW THIS YEAR, there will be floral bouquets available for purchase for your dancers! Thanks to Designs by Tes for sourcing these flowers for us.

    Please call the Cultural Center at 218-385-3339 or contact instructor Leona Cichy at with any questions.