Spring Classes

Spring Classes now in Session

February 26 – May 10, 2018

Enroll Now

Summer Dance Program

Summer Dance for all Ages

Sign-up now

Learn more

Audition

Auditions for 2018-19 Season

April 13 & 14

Learn more

Experience Excellence

Creative Arts Repertoire Ensemble (CARE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting dance in West Michigan. CARE encourages young artists by providing performance opportunities, technical staging skills and a positive dance experience while concentrating on the dancer as a whole person.

To achieve this mission we operate as two complementary companies: Creative Arts Repertoire Ensemble (CARE) and CARE Conservatory of Ballet (CCB).

CARE

Every year, CARE presents three public performances. We also participate in arts outreach through free school performances and community arts events.

CCB

The CARE Conservatory of Ballet is a training school for students interested in pursuing classical ballet. We also offer jazz, modern, tap, yoga and more.

Welcome to Creative Arts Repertoire Ensemble’s 26th Season

CARE has been delighting children and adults with family-friendly ballets for almost a quarter of a century. Our one-hour performances make classical ballets and children’s stories come alive through dance. Our dancers will soar on the state-of-the-art stage of the East Grand Rapids High School Performing Arts Center with convenient free parking. Busy families can choose a Saturday morning performance or a Saturday or Sunday matinee on our performance weekends. Plus, we always offer an opportunity for our young audience to talk with the ballet dancers at the conclusion of a performance. We want to nurture a love of ballet!

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

This magical tale takes four children through an old wardrobe and into a fantasy world where they meet a brave lion, a wicked witch, talking animals and mythical beings. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is an original ballet based on the popular children’s novel by C.S. Lewis. The show is approximately one hour long and is presented without intermission, making it perfect for young families!

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

This original ballet, based on Clement C. Moore’s familiar poem and set to traditional holiday music, has become a Thanksgiving Weekend tradition in Grand Rapids. Mischievous mice, dancing stockings, magical toys and Santa with his prancing reindeer combine to create a wonderful hour of family entertainment. Even the youngest members of your family will enjoy this show! The audience is welcome to join Santa and the cast on stage after the performance so don’t forget your camera!

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Celebrate February with Shakespeare’s fantasy love story, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This humorous story is condensed and simply told through dance and lovely melodies composed by Felix Mendelssohn. With fairies, humans and a dancing donkey, the stage is transformed into a delightful scene of fun and confusion.

Experience the Joy of Classical Ballet

Individual Tickets

The single ticket prices are:

  • $15 for adults
  • $10 for students
Purchase Tickets Online

Season Tickets

Season tickets for the 2017–18 season are:

  • $35 for adults
  • $25 for students

Download order form below for individual and season tickets or call CARE at (616) 464-3682.

Download Order Form

CARE Ensemble

The Ensemble is comprised of 22 ballet students ranging in age from 12–19. Additional dancers are selected through an open audition process to complete the casts for each ballet. A typical ballet performance includes 40–50 dancers ranging in age from 4 to 19.

Who are the Ensemble Members?

These are our most accomplished dancers who are selected through performance experience or by open audition by the artistic director. Ensemble members must take two classes a week plus a pointe class for girls or “guy” class for boys. 

Kiana

Kiana

Full Ensemble

India

India

Full Ensemble

Eliza

Eliza

Full Ensemble

Claire

Claire

Full Ensemble

Rachel

Rachel

Full Ensemble

Marin

Marin

Apprentice

Elizabeth

Elizabeth

Junior Ensemble

Elizabeth

Elizabeth

Adjunct Member

Harrison

Harrison

Full Ensemble

Bill

Bill

Full Ensemble

Rose

Rose

Full Ensemble

Lily

Lily

Full Ensemble

Sawyer

Sawyer

Full Ensemble

Belle

Belle

Apprentice

Savanah

Savanah

Junior Ensemble

John

John

Adjunct Member

Maia

Maia

Full Ensemble

Lydia

Lydia

Full Ensemble

Gabrielle

Gabrielle

Full Ensemble

Colleen

Colleen

Full Ensemble

Katiri

Katiri

Apprentice

Paige

Paige

Junior Ensemble

Madie

Madie

Junior Ensemble

Ylenia

Ylenia

Adjunct Member

Emily

Emily

Full Ensemble

Sophie

Sophie

Full Ensemble

Claire

Claire

Full Ensemble

Eric

Eric

Full Ensemble

Ellie

Ellie

Apprentice

Olivia

Olivia

Junior Ensemble

Christian

Christian

Adjunct Member

CARE Directors

Heather Liskiewitz

Artistic Director

Miss Heather debuted as CARE Ballet’s Artistic Director during the 2017-18 season with Cinderella. Previously Ballet Mistress and Costume Seamstress, Heather received her early training with Judy Genson and performed with the Creative Arts Repertoire Ensemble. Graduating Magna Cum Laude, she received a BFA in dance from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Heather has performed professionally with the Minnesota Ballet, Ballet San Antonio, Continental Ballet and the Illinois Ballet. She is also a freelance dancer and choreographer. Her choreography credits include works for Wright State University, Gem City Ballet, Young People’s Ballet Theatre, and the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre.

Judith VandenBosch

Stage Manager, Ballet Mistress, Head Costume Seamstress

Judith began stage managing during the 2017-17 performance of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. She brings an organized and direct element backstage while also emphasizing safety. During rehearsals, she assists the Artistic Director as Ballet Mistress. Additionally, she is Head Seamstress in charge of the beautiful costumes seen on stage.

Judy Genson-Wadsworth

Founder, Artistic Director Emeritus

After 25 years of inspiring young dancers on stage, Mrs. Genson-Wadsworth retired as Artistic Director of CARE during the 2017-18 season. She began her training locally with Florence Cassell, Zita Harris, and Sally Seven. She continued her studies in New York City with Vincenzo Celli, himself a student of Enrico Cecchetti. She also took instruction in the Russian technique from Richard Thomas and Barbara Fallis. Genson toured New York and New Jersey with the Young Ballet, an ensemble group which performed lecture demonstrations and classical variations from most of the white ballets. After her return to Grand Rapids, Judy joined Grand Rapids Civic Ballet in 1972 where she was principal dancer performing virtually all of the works in the Company’s repertoire. She was named the director of Grand Rapids Civic Ballet Junior Company at its inception in 1981 and assistant to the director of the main Company in 1982. After hanging up her toes shoes in 1987, Genson was the Acting Artistic Director until she became the Company’s Business Manager.

Trent Wadsworth

Technical Director

In addition to being Technical Director/Production Manager for CARE, Trent Wadsworth is the Manager and Technical Director for the East Grand Rapids Performing Arts Center and manages Pioneer Auditorium in East Grand Rapids. Trent works with Creative Mercenaries and has worked with Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, Circle Theatre, Grand Rapids Jewish Theatre, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Ballet, Cornerstone College, West Michigan Jazz, and is a member of the United States Institute of Theatre Technology.

CARE Board of Directors

President Kate Cragwall

Vice-President Beth Kromer

Secretary Yolanda Gonzalez

Treasurer Justin Foster

Jim Chervenka

Judy Genson-Wadsworth

Dawn Hodgkinson

Anne King

Penny Notter

Paul Rozeboom

Trent Wadsworth

Joy Walczak

Jennifer Yoder

School Performance Program

CARE has a long tradition of introducing classical ballet to underserved students in the Greater Grand Rapids area. Before each show opens, our education specialist and one or two CARE cast members visit schools to summarize the story, explain the choreography, identify character traits, and introduce the music. Students also learn what to expect during the ballet and how to respond appropriately as members of the audience. As the grand finale, 1200 enthusiastic students fill the East Grand Rapids Performing Arts Center, where they are treated to a dress rehearsal and come away with a new excitement and appreciation for the arts.

I truly spent over a month trying to learn about this story in class and in one hour it all made sense to me.

High School Student

My favorite part was the “black-outs” on the stage because I had to use my imagination to think what all might be going on that I could not see.

4th Grade

Aberdeen Elementary

I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the great show you put on for me. It was almost like a lifetime experience.

Student

My favorite part was when the little girl could not quite keep up..she was trying so hard. I like that part because she did not give up when she messed up..she kept going and acted like nothing had happened.

Student

How many dollars does it take to bring students to the ballet?

Seat One Child

Provide a Bus for 50 Students

Classroom to Attend

Fill an Auditorium with 650 Students

Make a Donation

This program is funded by generous donations to the CARE School Performance Program. Please consider helping us “level the playing field.” Any and all donations are gratefully accepted. All contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

Donate now with PayPal

Ballet Auditions for 2018–19 Season

April 15

CARE Ballet will hold open auditions for the 2018–2019 performance year on April 13 & 14, 2018, at the CARE Conservatory of Ballet.

Audition format

Dancers participate in age-specific ballet class. Boys and girls ages 5 through high school are welcome.

Free

There is no charge for the audition.

Performance Fee

A performance fee of $30 per production will be assessed for all non-ensemble members. This fee will be due at the time a student is cast in a production.

Registration Required

Please call (616) 464-3682 to register for an audition time.

Upcoming Season

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

November 23, 24 & 25, 2018

A Midsummer Night's Dream

TBA February 2019

Why dance with CARE Ballet?

Performance Opportunities

We offer the opportunity to learn all aspects of performance through participation in three unique ballet productions a year.

Ensemble Perks

Our Adjunct, Apprentice and Full Ensemble dancers receive shoe stipends. There are no audition fees for non-ensemble members.

Dance for the Community

CARE Ballet is committed to community outreach. In our twenty-six history, we have introduced over 50,000 at-risk elementary school students to classical ballet through our performances. Come be a part of something wonderful!

CARE Conservatory of Ballet

The CARE Conservatory of Ballet is a training school for students interested in pursuing classical ballet. Classes are based on the Italian Cecchetti syllabus and are augmented with strengthening classes, pilates, yoga, jazz, tap and even musical theater. Classes emphasize technique, musicality and creativity. Students receive individual attention and discover that the joy of studying classical ballet is learning to accept challenges, take risks, achieve personal goals and improve day to day.

2017–2018 Class Offerings and Tuition

CARE Conservatory of Ballet offers three 10-week sessions during the school year. Call us at (616) 464-3682 to register.

1st 10-Week Session

September 11, 2017 – November 17, 2017

2nd 10-Week Session

November 27, 2017 – February 16, 2018
(No classes December 22 – January 7, classes resume Monday, January 8)

3rd 10-Week Session

February 26, 2018 – May 10, 2018
(No classes April 2 – 8)

Student Classes

1 Hour Class Tuition

$135/10-Week Session
  • Call (616) 464-3682 to reserve a spot
  • All class placement is determined by the director
  • Class size is limited
Class Schedule

1½ Hour Class Tuition

$160/10-Week Session
  • Call (616) 464-3682 to reserve a spot
  • All class placement is determined by the director
  • Class size is limited
Class Schedule

Pre-School Boys & Girls

Wee Can Dance

A 45-minute group class for ages 3 & 4
$100/10-Week Session
  • Wee Can Dance is a fun introduction to dance for boys and girls. Wee Dancers will explore dance and movement with music, fun props like scarves and hoops, and of course imagination. This class will help build flexibility, memory and motor skills, and encourage following directions, sharing, and cooperating with others. Children will jump, twirl, and discover how much fun it is to express themselves through dance.
Class Schedule

Mommy & Me

A 45-minute group class for both child ages 3 & 4 and parent
$150/10-Week Session
  • Tiny movers have an opportunity to attend class and bond with Mom (or Dad!) in a shared introduction to dance. This special 45-minute class encourages creativity, flexibility, coordination, listening and memory skills, musicality, and dancing. Scarves, hoops, balls and other fun props will be used throughout the class. Parents can be a part of this special experience to help tiny movers build self-esteem and improve fine and gross motor skills.
Class Schedule

Adults

Adult 12 Punch Card

1 Hour Classes
$120
  • Good for any 1 hour adult class

  • 12 Punches

  • One punch per class

Class Schedule

Adult 12 Punch Card

1½ Hour Classes
$140
  • Good for any 1½ hour adult class
  • 12 Punches

  • One punch per class

Class Schedule

Class Attire

Girls
For ballet classes, please wear pink tights, leotard (no neon please) and pink ballet shoes. Comfortable clothing and dance shoes for all other classes. No street shoes.

Boys
For ballet classes, please wear white t-shirt, black shorts or athletic pants and black ballet or jazz shoes. Comfortable clothing and dance shoes for all other classes. No street shoes.

Adults
Workout clothes with ballet or dance shoes. Please no street shoes.

Call (616) 464-3682 to reserve a spot

Class size is limited

2017–18 School Year Class Schedule

Why take classes at CCB?

Dance at your own pace

We offer 3 ten-week sessions a year, allowing dancers to progress at their own pace, rather than be locked into one class for a year.

Performance Opportunities

We offer the opportunity to learn all aspects of performance through participation in three unique ballet productions a year.

Caring Teachers

Our teaching staff meets regularly to consult on the total development of a dancer.

2018 Summer Programs

Prince & Princess Camp

June 19, 20 & 21, 2018 

9:30AM – 11:45AM

A royal invitation to princes and princesses across all kingdoms! Come and join us for a magical three days where kids will enjoy arts and crafts, games, and snacks fit for royalty. Dance away in our CARE Kingdom.

Call (616) 464-3682 to reserve a spot

Class size is limited

Tuition

$100

Narnia Camp

July 24, 25 & 26, 2018

9:30AM – 11:45AM

Curious about this new camp? Come see what it’s all about! We will discover new adventures every day! Get lost in the world of Narnia.

Call (616) 464-3682 to reserve a spot

Class size is limited

Tuition

$100

7 Wednesdays of Dance

Summer 2018 Schedule

June 20 & 27;  July 11, 18, 25;  August 1 & 15

This summer we are offering dance classes all day Wednesday for seven weeks. Easy punch card allows you to pick and choose.

Dance Schedule

9:00-10:00am 4/Young 5 & Zumba

9:00-10:30am Ballet 3, Ballet 4, Teen

10:00-11:00am Ballet 1 & Ballet 2

10:30-11:15am  Beginning/Intermediate Pointe

11:00-12:00pm Young Tap/Jazz

11:30-12:30pm Modern/Contemporary

12:30-2:00pm Intermediate/Advance Ballet

2:00-3:00pm Advanced Pointe/Variation

6:00-7:00pm Pilates

6:00-7:30pm Adult Ballet

6 Punch Card

$80

12 Punch Card

$150

CARE Camp

Summer Intensive August 6–10, 2018 

A week-long session of diversified classes in dance, make-up, nutrition, exercise, and manners with lots of laughter thrown in. Students are grouped according to age: 6 to 8 years, 9 to 12 years & 13 years and up.  

Parents are welcome to attend the final showcase on Friday at 11:30 AM.

Call (616) 464-3682 to reserve a spot

Class size is limited

Big Camper

13 years and up
$290
  • Monday–Thursday, 9 AM–4 PM

  • Friday, 9 AM–noon

  • 26 hours of class, 4 lunches and 1 breakfast included

  • CCB CARE Camp T-Shirt provided

  • Dance attire 

Middle Camper

9–12 year olds
$190
  • Monday–Thursday, 1 PM–4 PM
  • Friday, 9 AM–noon

  • 15 hours of class, 4 snacks and 1 breakfast included

  • CCB CARE Camp T-Shirt provided

  • Dance attire 

Little Camper

5–8 year olds
$190
  • Monday–Thursday, 9 AM–noon
  • Friday, 9 AM–noon

  • 15 hours of class, 4 snacks and 1 breakfast included

  • CCB CARE Camp T-Shirt provided

  • Dance attire 

CCB Faculty

Judy Genson-Wadsworth

Founder, Business Manager, Instructor

Mrs. Genson-Wadsworth has been involved in the dance world for most of her life. She is a former ballerina with Grand Rapids Civic Ballet and The Young Ballet Company in New York City. A longtime teacher, she also is known for her choreography in many local productions. Mrs. Genson-Wadsworth co-founded Creative Arts Repertoire Ensemble in 1992 and served as Artistic Director until 2017.

Heather Liskiewitz

Artistic Staff and Instructor

Heather received her early training with Judy Genson and performed with the Creative Arts Repertoire Ensemble. Graduating Magna Cum Laude, she received a BFA in dance from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Heather has performed professionally with the Minnesota Ballet, Ballet San Antonio, Continental Ballet and the Illinois Ballet. She is also a freelance dancer and choreographer. Her choreography credits include works for Wright State University, Gem City Ballet, Young People’s Ballet Theatre, and the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre.

Andrew Amos

Annie Vandenberg

Annie is a lover of dance and movement with a passion for sharing that love with others. She has studied dance at Lansing Community College and Western Michigan University. For the last 16 years, Annie has taught dance and youth movement classes in the East Grand Rapids area. In 2012, she added Zumba to her repertoire and received certification to teach Zumba. Since then, she has taught Zumba to both children and adults throughout the region. She has participated in numerous Zumba events and benefits. Annie’s philosophy is that dance should be fun for everyone, and her students agree that Zumba is a way to incorporate dance into life!

Sue Wilson

Sue danced professionally with the Grand Rapids Civic Ballet under Sally Sevens. She graduated from University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. Additionally, Sue has been an American Council of Exercise certified group fitness Instructor for 26 years. She continues to share her love of dance being a Liturgical Dance Director at Fifth Reformed Church and teaching ballet and pilates at CARE Ballet.

Judith VandenBosch

Judith has been teaching for 24 years. In 2014, she started to educate herself in injury prevention through Perfect Form Physiotherapy, online training courses based in Australia. She is knowledgeable in fascia release techniques and proper training to help prevent injuries. She took Teacher Training Level 1 Workshop with Lisa Howell, B.Phty to perfect all her knowledge. To help dancers progress faster, Judith teaches major key aspects of improving technique and perspective. Judith is trained in the Progressive Ballet Technique, a program developed by Marie Walton-Mahon in Australia. Teaching this conditioning class for ballet dancers helps students understand the depth of training muscle memory in achieving their personal best in classical ballet. She is also licensed to teach Zumba, Yoga, balance body barre and group fitness classes. 

CARE Conservatory of Ballet

East Grand Rapids Performing Arts Center

Studio

CARE Conservatory of Ballet
2661 29th St. SE, Suite I
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49512
(616) 464-3682

Our studio is located behind Schuler Books & Music

Performance Venue

East Grand Rapids Performing Arts Center
2211 Lake Dr SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49506