Bravo Norman, Bravo!

North Star Ballet paid  tribute to its Founding Artistic Director, Norman Shelburne, October 18 at Salisbury Theater; and it was a surprise!54461042ef770.image

It’s not easy to surprise a man who has lived in Fairbanks for more than 30 years and mentored a large segment of the community.

But an entire theater full of people — former students, families, community friends — managed to keep the secret and surprised Norman Shelburne, who recently retired from North Star Ballet.

Read the entire article by Kris Capps here.

photo courtesy: Sherrie Merdes

Meet our new Artistic Director – Courtland Weaver

Chris Kapps of the Fairbanks Daily Newsminer did a very nice article about our new Artistic Director, Courtland Weaver.nsb_news_sp14

After dancing in France for nine years, Weaver worked as associate director of Alaska Dance Theatre in Anchorage, collaborated with other arts organizations and worked as stage manager and lighting designer/technical director at the Alice Bassler Sullivan Theatre. He was named Anchorage Concert Association’s educator of the year in 2004.

He knows Alaska, and he knows ballet.

One of his strengths is collaboration and innovation.

“I like to see my dancers dance. And not traditionally where you see them dance,” he said. “We used to call ourselves a guerrilla dance company. We would do dance interventions. It’s called flash mob now.”

Read the rest here.

Fall Dance School Schedule

School Calendar

August 21     Company and Apprentice Auditions 5 pm
August 22     In-person registration 10 am – 6 pm
August 22     Junior Company Auditions 5 pm
August 23     In-person registration 10 am – 6 pm
August 23     Scholarship Auditions 2 pm
August 25     First day of Classes
August 30     Chili Potluck at the Studio 11am-2pm featuring Jim Baird’s Chili
September 1  Labor Day Holiday
September 7   Nutcracker Children’s Auditions 2 pm
September 22   See’s Candy Fundraiser Begins

 Download a schedule for the 2014 – 2015 school year by clicking on the link below.

Fall Schedule 2014-15 final

We will be in the studio during the Fair to answer questions and to register students (in person or by phone) from noon – 8pm M-F and from noon – 4pm on weekends. Stop by to see us!

Thank you

To all the parents and friends who helped to set up the studios for the Summer Intensive Performance!

To the dancers who did a beautiful job!! and

To the faculty who worked with the dancers during the Intensive!


Summer Intensive Performance

intensive logoCome to the Summer Intensive Performance Friday, July 11 at 4pm at our studio on the Fairgrounds. The free performance  will last half an hour and include:

  • A ballet to Scarlatti choreographed by Norman Shelburne
  • A modern piece choreographed by Kathryn Alter of the
  • An excerpt from Coppelia, Le Travail, choreographed by Norman Shelburne

Refreshments to follow.

Shop at Fred Meyers and support the North Star Ballet

Fred Meyers has begun a community support program that links shopper’s rewards cards to Fred Meyers donations.

  • Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to North Star Ballet at You can search for us by our name or by our non-profit number – 87147.
  • Then, every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping North Star Ballet earn a donation!
  • You still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates, just as you do today.
  • If you do not have a Rewards Card, they are available at the Customer Service desk of any Fred Meyer store.
  • Click Freds donation program for a flyer with more information and . . . . . . .

Thank you for your support!