Maine State Ballet will offer three summer dance workshops for children of all ages. All workshops will take place in Maine State Ballet’s air-conditioned theater and classrooms on Route 1.

For children age 4 through 7, Maine State Ballet will hold three-day workshops beginning June 23 incorporating ballet, tap and song with a performance opportunity at the end of each session.

Dancers in third and fourth grades will be able to sign up for classical ballet workshops that also include performance opportunities at the end. These workshops begin June 23. And for serious ballet students in fifth grade and higher, Maine State Ballet is offering an intensive summer program beginning July 7 with a comprehensive curriculum and weekly performance opportunities. Students may register for any or all of the six weeks.  Students attending four or more weeks of the workshop may be invited to perform in the Maine State Ballet summer production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in August.

“These workshops are an excellent opportunity for some of our more advanced students to really focus on dance with the day-long classes, and for our younger dancers to learn more while still having fun this summer,” said Linda MacArthur Miele, artistic director of Maine State Ballet. “We know all of our dancers truly enjoy performing so we are very pleased to be able to present performance opportunities for the dancers in all of the workshops.”

For more information or to sign up, visit mainestateballet.org. The nonprofit Maine State Ballet is one of New England’s leading performing arts institutions. Its two components are the School for the Performing Arts, offering instruction in ballet, tap, jazz and other dance styles to more than 500 children and adults; and the Maine State Ballet Company, comprised of more than 25 professional dancers.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.