School News and Performances

Photo: Jeff Bassinson

June 3 & 4, 2023 – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

At Jesse Auditorium, presented by the University Concert Series

Fall down the rabbit hole into the fantasy world first imagined by Lewis Carroll with Mareck Dance’s ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’. Karen Mareck Grundy’s original choreography and Tom Andes’ musical score bring Carroll’s classic hurtling into the 21st century with sensational costumes, innovative choreography, and more than its fair share of outlandish characters! Featuring local musicians and student dancers alongside Mareck Dance’s professional dancers, ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ is a whimsical thrill ride the entire family will love.

Photos: Shanna Maschmann

June 17, 2023 – Youth Ensemble Auditions

Mareck Center for Dance is looking for dancers to join us for our 2023-2024 Youth Ensemble!

Auditions will take place on Saturday, June 17th. Registration will begin at 2pm, and the audition will be from 2:30-4:30pm. All dancers enrolled in Ballet III-Ballet VI from Spring 2023 are eligible and encouraged to audition. Students interested in Youth Ensemble must be current students or new students enrolled in Fall 2023 classes.

Please email us by June 1st if you plan to attend the audition on the 17th!

Audition Day Information:

  • Dancers should wear a leotard, tights, and ballet shoes to the audition (Pointe shoes if applicable)
  • Please bring a headshot, your first arabesque photo, and your resume
  • Audition fee: $15

The Mareck Center for Dance Youth Ensemble aims to provide our intermediate and advanced students with performance and choreographic opportunities in a professional atmosphere. In addition to the Mareck Center for Dance Winter and Spring showcases, students in the Youth Ensemble have also performed at National Dance Week St. Louis, Carmina Burana, Grant Arts Night, Choreographic Installation, Dancing with Missouri Stars, and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Students also compete at Youth America Grand Prix. Joining Youth Ensemble is a commitment to rehearsals and performances from August 2023-June 2024, so please consider this obligation if you plan to audition. Additionally, any dancers interested in joining Youth Ensemble should attend either Summer Session classes, our 2-week Pre Professional Summer Intensive, or a different summer intensive, to maintain their dance training throughout the summer.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Ms. Sarah, our Youth Ensemble Director, at