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Fall family events at Laumeier Sculpture Park

Photo: Laumeier Sculpture Park
Photo: Laumeier Sculpture Park

Ready to explore contemporary art in lush fields, free your imagination, create your own works of art, and see dance on riding lawnmowers? Be sure to experience Laumeier Sculpture Park‘s fun and free family friendly events this Fall. All ages are welcome, although the tours may be more interesting to children age 8 and up.

Friday, September 5, 2014 at 5 pm
Family Tour: “How’d They Do That?”
The Way Field at Laumeier Sculpture Park
12580 Rott Road, St. Louis

Join Laumeier Sculpture Park for a visual tour and scavenger hunt. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at how large-scale sculptures are built and maintained. Learn how natural phenomena and the environment affect the preservation and deterioration of works of art.

Friday, September 5, 2014, 5 to 7 pm
Family Activity: Feast for Your Eyes
The Way Field at Laumeier Sculpture Park
12580 Rott Road, St. Louis

Participants in this activity will experiment with color and work together to create an expressive work of art.

Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 2 pm
Family Tour: Poetry in Motion
Meet at the sculpture: Tony Tasset, Eye, 2007
Laumeier Sculpture Park
12580 Rott Road, St. Louis

View kinetic works of art and those with implied movement, including the current Kranzberg Exhibition Series installation, Tom Huck: Bugs, 2014 (this exhibition opens October 3, 2014 in the Children’s Sculpture Garden at Laumeier). The whimsical installation will inspire visitors to take a closer look at how art can amplify or reframe both the beautiful and creepy-crawly in nature.

Sunday, October 5, 2014, 2 to 4 pm
Family Activity: Art Moves!
Education Center Deck at Laumeier Sculpture Park
12580 Rott Road, St. Louis

Rhythm and movement in nature can serve as wonderful inspiration! Join Laumeier Sculpture Park for kinetic creations and take home a family-focused activity book, featuring original drawings by 2014 Kranzberg Exhibition Series artist Tom Huck.

Photo: Laumeier Sculpture Park
Photo: Laumeier Sculpture Park

Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 11 am & 1 pm
American Arts Experience St. Louis 2014
Laune Dance Performance

The Way Field at Laumeier Sculpture Park
12580 Rott Road, St. Louis

Dancer, choreographer, and 2015 Kranzberg Exhibition Series artist Ashley McQueen will honor the labor that goes into the manicured landscape at Laumeier Sculpture Park. Through a series of dance performances using riding lawnmowers, hedge-trimmers, and watering hoses, Ms. McQueen and her dancers will explore Laumeier Sculpture Park’s unique relationship with the St. Louis County Parks staff—highlighting the passion and hard work that are involved in the care and maintenance of the 105-acre park.

Questions about these events? Call 314.615.5278 or info@laumeier.org.

Laumeier Sculpture Park Site Map

Laumeier Sculpture Park Visitor Information (Please do not climb on sculptures!)

Laumeier Sculpture Park Discovery Guide

Laumeier Sculpture Park Family Activities for Home


New Ballet Studio Opens in Crestwood

Kay Tabisaura, who has been teaching in the Dance Co-Op space inside the Crestwood Mall, has just opened up her own space in the same mall. Her studio, East West Ballet, is located near Sears. A former dancer with Ballet Philippines and Singapore Dance Theatre, Kay is a certified and registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance. In addition to her time in St. Louis, she has taught in Toronto and Hamilton (Canada) and in Los Angeles and Orange County.

Her current schedule includes classes for preschoolers up through adults.

I’ve been taking her adult classes for about a year and have really enjoyed the small class sizes, thoughtful technique corrections, musicality, and ability to get her students moving across the floor. I’ve taken adult ballet classes all over the country in more urban areas and greatly appreciate Kay’s dedication to adult dancers and well thought out barre (yes, adults take a little longer to warm up!). She even offers a Sunday afternoon intermediate ballet class–the only one I know of in the St. Louis area. (There is a beginning class at COCA on Sundays, but it is designed for dancers new to ballet, is not available year-round, and requires you to sign up for a whole semester.)

My preschooler has also had fun in Kay’s Music and Movement class–it’s a bit of a Kindermusik/creative movement hybrid class.

The new studio space is on the small side, but the floor is wonderful. It features new Marley on a subflooring that has some nice spring to it. You will feel secure in your turns. There is also ample, free parking in the Crestwood Mall parking lot.

Class prices at East West Ballet are one of the best values in St. Louis County. Adult class cards are $53 for 5 classes ($10.60 per class) or $12 for one drop in class. Tuition for the kids classes start at $40 a month with discounts available when multiple family members enroll. For adult dancers (non-professional) in St. Louis, you can expect to pay $15 to $20 per class at other studios in the region, so again, I reiterate, East West Ballet is an incredible value!

One last note, East West Ballet embodies more serious ballet teaching but without the scariness or formality of some studios. (You know, those studios where the teacher has a stick, rolls his/her eyes at the adult dancers, and the girls have troubling eating concerns.) Kay is very knowledgeable and experienced, but practical, patient, and warm in her teaching approach. Also, East West Ballet is not a competition studio and it is not a “dress up in princess costumes and prance in recitals so we can get your parents’ money studio.” Just straightforward, smart teaching in a clean and serene space.

More information at 314.398.9960 or East West Ballet.

Adult Ballet Classes in St. Louis

St. Louis doesn’t seem to have a big audience for serious ballet study, and most programs are geared towards young children and high school students. If you are looking for ballet class for adults (beginners, returning students, college students coming home for a visit, etc…), here are a few good studios to try. A side note: in some cases, these web sites do not accurately represent the dance studios, so try to look beyond the design (or lack thereof).

Caston’s Ballet Academie: Located in Webster Groves, Caston has some fine teaching for beginners and intermediate dancers. I recommend the Friday at 4:30 pm class and the Saturday at 10 am class. Both are advanced beginning, maybe early intermediate levels and are attended by mainly teenagers and several adults (Saturday class). Teachers Yulia, Lynette, and Akira are wonderful with adults. The downside of this studio is that classes are quite expensive. The drop in rate for adults is $20 a class and can go down to about $16 class if you sign up for an entire semester. Pricing information.

East West Ballet: Located at the Dance Co-op St. Louis inside the Crestwood Mall, East West Ballet is run by Kay Tabisaura-Hahn, a certified Royal Academy of Dance teacher. The adult ballet classes are held on Saturday mornings starting at 9 am. The intermediate class starts at 10 am. Kay is an incredibly comprehensive teacher who is patient, creative, and uses beautiful music. These classes are very small so far, so be prepared to have individualized attention. The studio floor is fairly hard, marley on top of a rubber mat on top of cement, so be careful if you have any knee issues. East West Ballet offers a trial class for $5 and adult drop in rates are currently $8 to $12 a class depending on how many you buy at once. Schedule and pricing information.

COCA (Center of Creative Arts): COCA is the glamorous one of all (i.e. big and well funded). Located in University City, COCA is a nonprofit multidisciplinary and multicultural arts organization who provides performing and visual arts education classes, performance opportunities, professional development, a theater, exhibition space, and an outreach program for low income youth. It’s huge 60,000 square foot space gives you some expansive dance studios filled with natural light and great flooring.

Many of the adult ballet classes feature a live pianist which makes ballet so much more dynamic and time efficient (no fiddling with the CD player!). I’ve had classes with Carrie, Christine, Kathleen, and Octavio so far, and they have all presented well planned, fun, humorous, and smart classes. Carrie teaches an excellent beginning class on Sundays at 2:30 pm (I don’t think there is another Sunday ballet class in St. Louis) and Christine offers brilliant corrections in her Tuesday at 7:30 pm intermediate class. I don’t believe Kathleen is teaching adult ballet this semester, but if you do get a chance to take her class at some point, she is fabulous and challenges your memory skills and core strength. I only had one class with Octavio this past summer, but he had a wicked sense of humor and presented such thoughtful combinations with an important focus on breath and fluidity.

Classes are expensive (a recurring theme with ballet in St. Louis, a side effect of not having a large enough audience). When you become a COCA member (tax-deductible contribution) at a certain level, you can get a small discount on semester registration and do not have to pay the registration fee. So technically, classes are approximately $16 to $20 class depending on your COCA member status. They do have a drop-in card but it is reserved for professional dancers and college students, although if you ask permission you can sometimes buy a class card ($180 for 10 classes, expires in one year) in addition to already being registered for one class. They have a flexible make-up class policy.

COCA’s 2010-2011 Classes Guide

Happy dancing and keep that ice pack handy.