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Russell Talbert Dance Studio

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Who We Are

Russell Talbert first became interested in dance as a college student at Northern Illinois University. He was so impressed by a performance of the George Faison Company, the choreographer for the Broadway show "The Wiz", that he immediately switched classes in the performing arts. He began studying African, Modern, Jazz and Ballet forms of dance and transferred to Columbia College, Chicago to study more intensely. Mr Talbert received a B.A. degree and also earned full scholarship to the Stone Camryn School of Ballet, Chicago.

Mr Talbert went on to dance professionally with the San Antonio Ballet Company of Texas, Erie Bay Front Ballet Company of Pennsylvania, Joseph Holmes Dance Theater, Chicago Dance Medium and Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and taught workshops for the Bahamas National Dance Company. His repertoire includes principal roles in the "Nutcracker", "Le Corsaire's pas de deux", "Romeo and Juliet" and "Carmen and Coppella".

Mr Talbert carved out a specialty in choreography that instructs and challenges young dancers. His works have been commissioned by numerous youth programs. He established his Chicago presence teaching ballet with The Joseph Holmes Dance Theater, Chicago Dance Medium, Sammy Dyer School of the Theater and at the Southside YMCA. In 2000 The Russell Talbert Dance Studio launched as an independent endeavor. Mr Talbert is committed to teaching the highest level of ballet technique as students explore the creative, educational and cultural aspects of dance.

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About Russell Talbert Dance Studio

At Russell Talbert Dance Studio, all students from the children to the adults are challenged to perform at their highest potential.
Dancers demonstrate an impressive level of technical proficiency, professionalism and enthusiastic energy for classical ballet and other dynamic dance forms.
Classes are offered all year for dancers age 5 thru adult.


Classes We Offer

Pre ballet, Ballet I/II, Ballet II, Ballet III/IV with Pointe and Stretch and Strength.

2022 - 2023

Session 1 September 6 - October 29, Tuition due week of first session

Session 2 October 31 - December 24, Tuition due week of first session

Session 3, 2023

January 2 - February 25, Tuition due week of first session

Session 4  February 27 - April 22, Tuition due week of first session

Session 5 April 24 - June 17 Tuition due week of first session

Holiday Closures:

November 21 - November 28 , 2022

Reopening November 29


December 19 - January 1

Reopening January 2

2023 Festival of Dance 

Tech Rehearsals June 15 and June 16 6pm-9pm CDT

Performance Saturday, June 17 3:00 pm CDT

Six week Summer intensive Session


July 5-August 15, 2023

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Pre Ballet, I/II/III/IV, Stretch and Strength/Open Ballet

Fall-Spring 2022-2023

Pre Ballet 

Saturday 8:30am-9:15 am

Ballet I

Saturday 9:30am-10:30am

Ballet II


w/intro to Pointe Class optional

Ballet III/IV

Saturday 12:30pm-3:15pm

w/Intro to Pointe Class optional

Stretch & Strength/Open Ballet Class

Open Ballet

Wednesday 6:30pm-8:30pm

Tuition & Fees

Annual $50.00 (non refundable) registration fee

Tuition applicable to 8 week session

One class per week session $205

Two Classes per week session $270

Three classes per week session $350

Four classes per week session $430

Single class/One time trial session ADULTS only $20.00

Payments by cash, check or money order. Credit card and PayPal, will include a service fee.

*Tuition payments are non refundable and are not transferable to other sessions.

Festival of Dance

June 17, 2023 3:00pm CDT



Summer Session (based on 6 week session) 2023

Payment upon registration

July 10-August 15 2023

1 class/wk $320

2 classes/wk $600

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Festival of Dance

To be eligible to perform in the annual Festival of Dance in June, students must be enrolled by Session 2.

Costumes & performances will be required & charged separately. Details  will be provided directly to eligible dancers.

Technical rehearsals: June 15 & !6 2023 6:00pm-9:00 pm CDT

Performances  June 17 2023 3:00 pm CDT


Summer Session Intensive

Tentative Schedule

Payment upon registration

$320/1 class/wk

$600 for 2 classes/wk

(based on a 6 week session) 2023 July 10-August 15 2023

Ballet III/IV with pointe (Summer)  Tuesday  6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Ballet II (Summer)  Wednesday 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Ballet I (Summer) Monday 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Contact Russell Talbert Dance Studio Today

 Mayfair Academy of Fine Arts

8701 S Bennett St,

Chicago, IL 60617


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