Erin and Jeffrey Return to MDT&S

We’re delighted to share that two of the Twin Cities’ favorite ballet teachers are returning to teach at Minnesota Dance Theatre & School on a regular basis, each bringing their gift for teaching dance to our range of students, from the little ones in the Young Children’s Division to the advanced professionals in the Open Division.


Erin Baltes taught for the Young Children’s Division for more than ten years before taking a break to care for her own young children. She’s very excited to be returning to teach the Saturday morning classes for ages 4 and 5.

Erin’s formative training included Milwaukee Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and Minnesota Dance Theatre. Erin danced as an apprentice with MDT and then received a B.A. in Visual Arts, Theater and Art Education from the University of Minnesota. Erin is also a substitute teacher and painting instructor.   

The Young Children’s Division offers introductory ballet classes for ages 3.5 to 11. Registration is now open for the 2019-20 school year. LEARN MORE


Jeffrey Hankinson served as the School Director for MDT from 2009 to 2011 and since then has been an occasional guest teacher for the Open Division. Beginning in September, he will teach Advanced-Professional Ballet on Friday mornings at 9:30am, working with company members, trainees, and Open Division students.

A South Carolina native, Jeffrey began his dance studies at the Carl Crosby School of Dance and then graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with a concentration in classical ballet. He continued training at the School of American Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. He was also a guest artist for Loyce Houlton’s Nutcracker Fantasy, creating a beloved interpretation of the role of Godfather Drosselmayer.

Jeffrey was a principal dancer with the Des Moines Ballet and soloist with Ballet d’Anlego. He later danced with the Alvin Ailey Repetory Ensemble, Elisa Monte Dance, Joyce Trisler Dance Company, and Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. He has toured throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. 

Jeffrey was a member of the ballet faculty at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center and is a guest teacher at many dance schools around the country. In addition to his tenure as School Director for MDT (2009-2011), Jeffrey has taught ballet locally for the James Sewell Ballet, St. Paul Ballet, Saint Paul Conservatory of Performing Arts, TU Dance, Woodbury Dance Center, Ballet Co.Laboratory. Jeffrey is also an abstract painter and has many pieces in private collections around the country and abroad.

The Open Division offers all levels of ballet for adults and teens, ages 16 and up. All are welcome to join us on August 24 and 25 for the Open Division Open House, which features free classes, discount class cards, and an MDT company showing. LEARN MORE

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