The following are questions commonly asked by audience members attending Dance St. Louis performances at the Fox Theatre and Touhill Performing Arts Center. If you need additional assistance, please feel free to email or call our offices at 314.534.6622.
What is Dance St. Louis?
Since 1966, Dance St. Louis has been bringing extraordinary dance from around the world to St. Louis. Dance St. Louis is a dance presenting company and a non-profit organization, one of the oldest and most respected dance presenters in the United States. Our mission is to provide the St. Louis region with the world's best dance and to develop an appreciation of dance as an art form. Dance St. Louis fulfills this mission through dance presentation, creation and education outreach.
Dance St. Louis is committed to bringing audiences the full spectrum of dance, from classical ballet, contemporary ballet, and modern dance to ethnic, ballroom, tap, jazz, hip-hop, and cutting-edge artists of every sort. Major companies are presented at the Fox Theatre and at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Over the years, Dance St. Louis has raised the curtain on stars such as the Kirov Ballet, STOMP, American Ballet Theatre, Tango X 2, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Joffrey Ballet, Riverdance, Martha Graham Dance Company, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Tap Dogs, Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Stuttgart Ballet, Pilobolus, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Sydney Dance Company, David Dorfman Dance Company, and Compania Nacional de Danza. Click here for a full list of companies Dance St. Louis has presented.
Dance St. Louis is committed to fostering new dance. To this end Dance St. Louis co-commissioned Paul Taylor's Black Tuesday , and the piece premiered at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis on May 11-12, 2001. Mr. Taylor himself was on hand for the premiere. In May of 2004, Dance St. Louis produced Contemporary Moves 2004. With this unprecedented event, Dance St. Louis commissioned 14 local professional choreographers to create 14 world premiers featuring St. Louis-based professional dancers.
Dance St. Louis' education and outreach includes free Speaking of Dance talks hosted by Artistic and Executive Director Michael Uthoff that precede most Fox Theatre performances, with artistic directors, ballet masters, dancers and choreographers talking informally with audience members about their work.
Dance St. Louis also presents master classes, Young People's Performances and multi-week in-school residencies with professional dance companies. Each year, the Extended Residency Program introduces thousands of schoolchildren to the magic of dance through in-school workshops and mainstage performances. Dance St. Louis' residency programs have brought companies like Pilobolus Too, Paul Taylor, Taylor 2 and Miami City Ballet into St. Louis schools, colleges and communities surrounding the metro area including Warrenton, Wright City, Elsberry, Clopton, Clarksville, Bowling Green and Cape Girardeau, MO.
Does Dance St. Louis offer dance classes?
Dance St. Louis offers master classes for experienced dancers in conjunction with our performances. For more information please email or call Wendy Markum, administrative assistant, at 314.289.4115.
Dance St. Louis acts as a resource for the local dance community. Many local dance companies and studios participate in our Member Company program. The participating universities, companies and studios offer a variety of classes in different dance styles throughout the year. Please visit our Member Company listing to visit some of their websites
At what time do the performances start?
Evening performances usually start at 8 PM. Matinee performances usually start at 2 PM. Be sure to check each individual event as start times do occasionally vary.
What do I wear to the perforances?
Anything from jeans to furs! Wear whatever makes you feel comfortable and able to enjoy the performance.
How early should I arrive at the theatres?
Traffic and parking can be heavy around performance times. Please allow plenty of time to arrive and park with about 20 minutes to spare so you can get into the theatre and find your seats.
What if I am late?
Please be aware that Dance St. Louis performances have seating holds for latecomers. This means that if you arrive late and the performance has begun you may be asked by ushers to sit in the back rows of the theatre until an appropriate pause or intermission. At that time ushers will help you find your original seat. Seating holds are used to ensure the safety of latecomers and protect the artistic integrity of the performance for all of our patrons.
Can I use electronic devices or cameras?
Please turn off cell phones, pagers, and alarm watches when entering the theatre. The use of photographic or video recording equipment is strictly prohibited. Flashes especially can be dangerous to the safety of the dancers.
Can I bring my children?
Children are very welcome at Dance St. Louis performances . If you would like more information about a specific show to help determine whether it is appropriate for your children, please email or call Barbara MacRobie, public relations manager, at 314.289.4108. All children, no matter how young, need a ticket to enter the theatre.
If I am unable to attend a performance, will I be able to return or exchange my tickets?
All sales are final and there are no refunds and no exchanges. Only season ticket holdres may exchange tickets. If you are unable to attend a performance, please contact the Box Office prior to the performance to exchange (season ticket holders only) or release the ticket (General Public). The ticket can be made available for another patron. For more information on becoming a subscriber and receiving our subscriber exchange policies please visit our season ticket holder benefits page.
What kinds of discounts do you offer? Do you ever have any special offers?
Children under 12, Students with proper ID and Senior Adults over 60 receive discounts on shows except for Premium Special Events (only one discount per ID). Groups of 20 or more generally receive a 20% discount off the single ticket price. Email or call Lauren Wilmore, education & marketing coordinator, at 314.289.4114 for more information.
What are the Box Office hours at Dance St. Louis?
Regular box office hours:
Monday-Friday: 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Friday of a performance: 9:30 AM to noon
Saturday & Sunday closed.
*During the summer, the Box Office closes at noon on Fridays
Dance St. Louis
3547 Olive Street
St. Louis, MO 63103
Visit our Single Ticket Page for other ways to purchase tickets.
How can I support Dance St. Louis?
If you wish to make a monetary donation or volunteer your time to Dance St. Louis, please contact Maureen Manget, director of development, via email or by phone at 314.289.4104. Also, you can explore the benefits of giving in the SUPPORT section of our website.