Our Mission

Petra School of the Arts has a mission to train up artists with a heart for worship. Teaching from a Christian perspective, we desire to offer a wholesome and safe environment to learn, be challenged, and grow. Instructors strive to provide technical excellence in teaching styles and impart a passion for worship to the students.

Studio 1
Ballet 3: 4:00–5:15 pm
Contemporary: 5:15–6:15 pm
Ballet 4/5 : 6:15–7:45 pm
Pointe Level 4/5: 7:45–8:30 pm
Studio 2
Jazz 4/5: 4:00–5:00 pm
Beginning Ballet: 5:15–6:15 pm
Teen/Adult Ballet: 6:15–7:15 pm
Studio 1
Ballet 4: 4:00–5:30 pm
Conditioning: 5:30–6:30 pm
Ballet 5: 6:30–8:00 pm
Pointe Level 5: 8:00–8:45 pm
Studio 2
Ballet 1: 4:45–5:45 pm
Creative Movement: 5:45–6:30 pm
Studio 1
Ballet 2: 4:00–5:15 pm
Creative Movement: 5:15–6:00 pm
Studio 2
Hip Hop: 4:00–5:00 pm
African: 5:00–6:00 am
Studio 1
Ballet 4: 4:00–5:30 pm
Ballet 5: 5:30–7:00 pm
Pointe/Variations Level 5: 7:00–7:45 pm
Studio 2
Ballet 3: 4:00–5:15 pm
Pre-Pointe/Pointe Level 4: 5:30–6:15 pm
Beginning Ballet: 6:15–7:15 pm
Beginning Tap: 7:15–8:00 pm
Studio 1
Junior Company (by audition only): 9:30 am–12:00 pm

Each student’s placement is based on individual ability. While age provides a basic guideline, technique levels will be determined and assigned by the instructor.

Tuition (per student)

  • 1 class per week - $55/month
  • 2 classes per week - $95/month
  • 3 classes per week - $135/month
  • 4 classes per week - $165/month
  • 5+ classes per week - $185/month
  • Single class - $15
  • Private Lessons - $50 per hour
  • Each additional family member will receive a 20% discount
  • Payments may be made with cash or check. Checks are payable to Petra Ballet Company.
  • Tuition is due by the 10th of each month. A late fee of $15 will be applied to payments received after the 10th of the month unless previous arrangements have been made.
  • A fee of $20 will be charged for returned checks.
  • No refunds nor carry over to the following month’s tuition for missed classes.

Additional Fees

  • $30 registration fee ($45 per family) due at time of enrollment
  • $100 annual performance fee (first installment of $50 due by October 31, second installment of $50 due by March 31)
  • Spring costume fees due by February 29. If a student is enrolled in more than one class, there will be an additional costume per class. All accounts must be up to date and paid in full for students to participate in the spring performance.

Class Policy

  • Classes meet weekly at 1711 W. Battlefield, Suite U Springfield, MO 65807
  • Each student’s placement is based on individual ability. While age provides a basic guideline, technique levels will be determined and assigned by the instructor.
  • Missed classes may be made up by attending an additional make up class assigned by the instructor.
  • In case of inclement weather, classes are cancelled when Springfield Public Schools are cancelled.
  • While no refunds will be given, extra make up classes may be scheduled due to cancelations made by Petra School of the Arts.


Thank you for choosing modest and appropriate dancewear for all classes.

Attire For Girls

Leotard: Each ballet level has a specific leotard color. Please see the assigned color for your class. All approved leotards in the dress code can be purchased at the Petra Studio. The last week of each month is a "free week" and students may wear solid leotards of any color. Skirts may be worn for pointe class.
Leotard Colors:

  • Creative Movement - White
  • Beginning Ballet - Pink
  • Ballet 1 - Sky Blue
  • Ballet 2 - Lavender
  • Ballet 3 - Mulberry
  • Ballet 4 - Burgundy
  • Ballet 5 - Royal Blue

Classes other than ballet may wear solid leotards of any color and fitted shorts. Comfortable fitness clothing may be worn over leotard for Hip Hop.

Tights: Pink footed tights (convertible tights are acceptable). No underwear please.


  • Ballet - Pink ballet shoes with sewn elastic
  • Pointe - Pointe shoes must have sewn ribbons and elastic
  • Tap - Black tap shoes/li>
  • Jazz - Black jazz shoes
  • Hip Hop - Tennis Shoes
  • Contemporary, Conditioning, and African - Barefoot

Hair: Hair should be pulled back neatly in a high or low bun for all classes. Short hair may be pinned back from the face. Neat ponytails are acceptable for African and Hip Hop.

Teen/Adult Ballet: Fitted fitness clothing or shorts may be worn over leotard. Pink ballet shoes. Hair pulled neatly away from face.

Attire For Boys

Pants: Black knee length shorts or fitted sweatpants.

Shirt: Plain white T-Shirt

Shoes: Black ballet shoes with sewn elastics or jazz shoes

Street clothes may be worn for Hip Hop.

Contact Information

Kim Raymond, Artistic Director

Lacey Pailes

Lacey is originally from Virginia, where she began ballet at three years old. Her early training was at Swan Ballet Dance Schools in Fairfax and Sterling, VA, under the direction of Lilie K. Pour. Following her family’s move in 2000, Lacey continued her dance training at Joy’s School of Dance in Waco, TX, under the instruction of Joy Burkhart, Meredith Sutton, and Natalie George.

In 2007, Lacey attended Ballet Magnificat!’s Summer Intensive and felt God calling her to use her gifts as a dancer to glorify and serve Him. On return from Ballet Magnificat!’s Intensive that summer, she participated in several dances with her church. She began to pursue ballet more seriously. Lacey had the opportunity to receive private instruction from Stephanie Ulmer, a former Trainee with the San Francisco Ballet.

During one of the most influential periods of her training, Lacey received extensive instruction under former Ballet Magnificat! Omega Company Member and Instructor, Lydia Spano from 2008 to 2011. Here she was supported and encouraged in her pursuit of using dance to serve Christ. Lacey also continued to attend Ballet Magnificat!’s Summer Intensives from 2008 to 2010. She was accepted as a Trainee with Petra Ballet Company in 2011, promoted to Apprentice in 2012, and became a Company Member in 2014.

Kim Raymond

Kim is a native of Springfield, MO. She began ballet at age seven with Debbie Claus at Springfield School of Dance and completed her advanced training at Ozark Dance Academy under the direction of Julia Bubalo. Kim also studied and performed at Southwest Missouri State University and Springfield Ballet throughout high school. She moved to Jackson, Mississippi to join the Trainee Program at Ballet Magnificat! in 2001. After three years as a Trainee, she was promoted to Company Member with Ballet Magnificat! Omega.

In August 2004, Kim Married Jason Raymond, who was later employed as the company’s Road Manager. The couple moved to Springfield in 2007 and founded Petra Ballet Company the following year. Kim’s teaching experience includes six years at Ballet Magnificat! School of the Arts, Ballet Magnificat! Summer Dance Intensives, and workshops at Credo Dance Academy, Ozark Dance Academy, Red Door Dance Company, and Springfield Ballet. Kim guested as an instructor and choreographer on tour in the United States and internationally, including master classes in Soust, Holland and the Prague Conservatory of Dance.

As the founder of Petra Ballet Company, Kim serves as the Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer for the company, and as Director of Petra School of the Arts. Jason and Kim are the proud parents of their four children.

Sarah Shepard

Sarah is from Franklin, North Carolina. She started dancing at age three, and in June concluded her fifteenth year at Betsy’s School of Dance. In those fifteen years, Sarah was instructed and trained in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, and African Fusion. She also received instruction in ballet and pointe from Triple Threat Performing Arts Academy for two years.

Sarah performed in three productions of the Nutcracker and has also performed with United Praise Team. She participated in Overlook Theatre Company for ten years, where she acted, danced, and choreographed several pieces. She also attended Jump and Fusion dance convention and competition. Sarah participated in the spring intensive at Ad Deum in Houston, Texas, as well as summer intensives at the Orlando Ballet and Nashville Ballet. Sarah feels strongly called to dance ministry. She is excited to have the opportunity to dance with Petra and share her love for the Lord through dance.