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 4: 4:00–5:30 pm
Ballet 5: 5:30–7:00 pm
Pointe (Ballet 5): 7:00–7:45 pm
Studio 2
Preschool Tap: 4:00–4:30 pm
Creative Movement: 4:30–5:15 pm
Tap 1: 5:15–6:00 pm
Ballet 1: 6:00–7:00 pm
Studio 1
Ballet 3: 4:00–5:30 pm
Ballet 2: 5:30–6:30 pm
Ballet 4: 6:30–8:00 pm
Pointe (Ballet 5): 8:00–8:45 pm
Studio 2
Beginning Tap: 4:00–4:45 pm
Beginning Ballet: 4:45–5:30 pm
Contemporary: 5:30–6:30 pm
Ballet 5: 6:30–8:00 pm
Pre-Pointe (Ballet 4): 8:00–8:45 pm
Studio 1
Creative Movement: 9:00–9:45 am
Beginning Ballet: 9:45–10:30 am
Mom's Conditioning: 10:30–11:30 am
Studio 2
Kid's Creative Dance: 10:30–11:30 am
Studio 1
Girls Hip Hop: 9:30–10:30 am
Tap: 10:30–11:15 am
Boys Hip Hop: 11:15 am–12:15 pm
Ballet 4: 4:00–5:30 pm
Conditioning (Ballet 3-5): 5:30–6:30 pm
Ballet 5: 6:30–8:00 pm
Pointe (Ballet 5): 8:00–8:45 pm
Studio 2
Ballet 3: 4:00–5:30 pm
Ballet 1: 5:30–6:30 pm
Adult Ballet: 6:30–7:30 pm
Summer Intensives & Workshops
Intermediate/Advanced Workshop
June 18-22: 10:00 am–2:00 pm
Ages 8 and up, $125 per dancer

Budding Ballerina Workshop
July 9-12: 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Ages 3-5 & 6-7, $98 per dancer

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 - $50/month
  • 2 classes per week - $90/month
  • 3 classes per week - $130/month
  • 4 classes per week - $160/month
  • 5+ classes per week - $180/month
  • Each additional child per family will receive a 20% discount
  • Private Lessons - $50 per hour
  • Enrollment Fee - $30 ($15 if paid by August 15)
  • Christmas performance Fee (optional audition) - $35
  • Tuition is due the first lesson of each month
  • Please make checks payable to Petra Ballet Company
  • No refunds are given for missed classes

Class Policy

  • Classes meet weekly at 1711 W. Battlefield, Suite U Springfield, MO 65807
  • Missed classes may be made up by attending an additional class assigned by the instructor
  • In case of inclement weather, classes are cancelled when Springfield Public Schools are cancelled


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

Creative Movement ~ Girls: Black or pink leotard, pink footed tights, pink leather ballet shoes. Pink or black skirts may be worn. Hair must be pulled back in a secure pony tail or bun with no wisps. Boys: Black athletic pants or gym shorts (knee length), black or white T-shirt or tank, white socks, black leather ballet shoes.

Beginning Ballet - Ballet 5 ~ Girls: Black leotard, pink footed tights, pink leather ballet shoes. Black skirts may be worn. Hair must be pulled back in a secure bun with no wisps.
Boys: Black athletic pants or dance pants, black or white T-shirt or tank, white socks, black leather ballet shoes.

Jazz ~ Girls: Any colored leotard, pink footed tights, black leather jazz shoes. Shorts are optional. Hair must be pulled back in a secure pony tail.
Boys: Black athletic pants or gym shorts (knee length), any colored T-shirt or tank, black leather jazz shoes.

Irish ~ Girls: Girls: Any colored leotard, black footed tights, black leather jazz shoes. Shorts are optional.
Boys: Black athletic pants or gym shorts (knee length), any colored T-shirt or tank, black leather jazz shoes.

Tap ~ Girls: Girls: Any colored leotard, pink footed tights, black tap shoes. Shorts are optional. Hair must be pulled back in a secure pony tail.
Boys: Black athletic pants or gym shorts (knee length), any colored T-shirt or tank, black tap shoes.

Pointe Class ~ Black leotard, pink footed tights, black skirts may be worn. Hair must be pulled back in a secure bun with no wisps. Please sew ribbons neatly on pointe shoes with no safety pins.

Adult Ballet ~ Comfortable, flexible clothing such as leggings, sweat pants or shorts may be worn with a T-Shirt or tank top. Please wear leather ballet shoes (pink for ladies, black for men). Hair should be pulled back securely away from the face.

Conditioning ~ Comfortable, flexible clothing. Junk is allowed.

Contact Information

Kim Raymond, Artistic Director

Colleen Klein

Colleen is a native of Tallahassee, FL. Her mother was a dancer and Colleen began ballet at an early age. Most of her early training was from Southern Academy of Ballet Arts under the direction of Charles Hagan and Natalia Botha. She also performed and toured internationally with the Tallahassee Ballet for many years. Colleen studied ballet at Florida State University from 1998 – 2002. She had the privilege of studying under Suzanne Farrell, Sheila Humphreys, Richard Sias, and Anjali Austin. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Studies and minored in Computer Science. Colleen also attended summer programs with Ballet Magnificat! and Miami City Ballet.

In 2002 Colleen moved to Jackson, MS, to join the Trainee Program. She was later promoted to Company Member in Ballet Magnificat! Omega. She performed and taught throughout the United States as well as internationally for seven and a half years. Colleen moved to Springfield, MO in January of 2010 and joined Petra as a Company Member and Tour Director in 2011. She now serves as teacher and choreographer for the company.

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.

Kristyn Paulos

Kristyn began dancing at Miss Minnie’s School of Ballet in Roswell, New Mexico. At age sixteen, she joined Ruidoso Dance Ensemble in Ruidoso, New Mexico. During five years with the ensemble, Kristyn performed full-length classical ballets including “Don Quixote”, “Firebird”, “Coppelia”, “Le Corsaire” and “The Nutcracker”. Kristyn received her classical training through the Italian Cecchetti method and the English Royal Academy of Dance (RAD). Through the Cecchetti syllabus, Kristyn earned her Grade VI Student Certificate.

At age 17, she became a Cecchetti instructor, and today is a Licentiate member of the Cecchetti Council of America (LCCA), having attained through Teacher Grade VI, Intermediate Certification. Kristyn enjoys coaching and representing her own students for examinations. In the RAD method, she earned her Student Intermediate Certificate. Kristyn danced at the Cecchetti International Ballet Competition Intensive in Richmond, Virginia; Christ in the Arts’ intensive in Lubbock, Texas; and Credo Dance Academy’s intensive with modern instructor Steve Rooks in Springfield, Missouri.

For six years, Kristyn has attended Ballet Magnificat! intensives in Jackson, Mississippi where she really began to develop a love for dance and knew that Lord was calling her to pursue it further for ministry. Kristyn joined Petra Ballet Company in Fall 2015, and Petra School of the Arts as an instructor in January 2016.

Danielle Race

Danielle is originally from Springfield, Missouri, where she began dancing at the age of three. At age 11, she began training under Steve and Marsha Warnke with Springfield Ballet and performed in works such as "The Nutcracker", "Coppelia", "Romeo and Juliet", and "Cinderella".

In 2008 she moved to Credo Dance Academy and was given the foundation to serve and worship through her craft. She studied under the instruction of Kim Raymond and Kate Reigler and attended workshops with guest artists such as Steve Rooks and Ballet Magnificat! Upon high school graduation in 2010, she joined Petra Ballet Company as an Apprentice and was promoted to Company Member in 2013.

In 2014, Danielle moved to Chicago to further her dance training. She was accepted as a trainee at Joel Hall Dance Center, dancing under the instruction of Joel Hall, Dereque Whithers, Duwane Pendarvis, and Betsy Herskind.

She returned to her native Springfield, Missouri, in 2015 and sand she is excited to return to Petra to teach for the School of the Arts.

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.

Joy Wilkerson

Joy is originally from Mansfield, Texas. She began studying dance at the age of four and has just concluded her fourteenth year of instruction at Leap of Faith Dance and Performing Arts Center. She has completed training in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, baton twirling, and modern at Leap of Faith and has also studied Irish step dancing at the Emerald School of Irish Dance under the instruction of Leslie Middleton, TCRG. Joy has received her primary technical training from Sharon Smith Andrews, BFA, yet in 2004 and 2006 she was given the opportunity to perform with Momentum Dance Company in The Nutcracker as choreographed by Jacqueline Ralls Forcher.

In 2005 she performed again with Momentum in Forcher’s rendition of Coppélia. In 2012, she performed the role of the Sour Kangaroo in Parables Dance Company’s Who Hears. She has also had the opportunity to attend summer dance intensives at Leap of Faith in 2009 and 2011 where she received instruction under Jeff and Natalie Lewis, founders and directors of Arrows International. Joy feels a strong calling to the ministry of dance and is so excited to be able to use her talents to glorify the Lord through apprenticing with Petra Ballet Company.