Vermont Ballet Theater and School

Town Meadow Complex
21 Carmicheal Street – Suite 203
Essex, Vermont 05451


4066 Shelburne Road,
Building E
Shelburn, VT


Classes offered: Ballet

Description via Website: “Vermont Ballet Theater School, the largest ballet school in the state of Vermont, provides students with a choice of professional and non- professional dance training and performance experience in a friendly and nurturing environment; guiding students through the world of ballet.”

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Perfect Pointe Dance

Perfect Pointe Dance Studio
2499 N Harrison St, Suite LL1
Arlington, VA 22207-1633



Classes offered: Ballet, Modern, Tap, HipHop, Jazz, Musical Theater Dance

Description via website: “Perfect Pointe Dance Studio of Arlington, VA strives to foster creativity, cultural appreciation, self-confidence and a healthy and active lifestyle in students of all levels and ages by providing high quality dance education with an equal emphasis on Ballet, Tap and Jazz technique. We appreciate each student’s unique capabilities and endeavor to give each individual the education and attention they deserve through our highly skilled and caring staff and by keeping our class sizes small.”

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Maryland Youth Ballet School

Maryland Youth Ballet School
926 Ellsworth Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20910


Classes offered: Ballet, Broadway Jazz, Core Conditioning

Description via website: “MYB has approximately 1600 students ranging in age from 2 years to 80+ years. Each year graduates of MYB are accepted directly into professional companies or the country’s most prestigious performing arts training centers and universities.  MYB’s faculty is regarded as among the finest in the country coming from successful professional careers with such companies as the National Ballet, American Ballet Theatre (ABT), The Washington Ballet, Houston Ballet, and many others.”

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Renowned for its strong classical training for youth, Maryland Youth Ballet (MYB) attracted my attention with its wide array of adult ballet classes, from beginner to advanced (for professional dancers). A live pianist accompanies students through 90-minutes of barre and center work. I have enjoyed various instructors and benefitted from clear instructions and class corrections. My favorite teacher is Julie Miles, who provides specific individual corrections and encouragement.

I love the classes’ organized structure and challenging curriculum. The class levels’ names can be a little deceptive. For example, a Beginner II class would be very challenging for a beginner and presupposes previous ballet training; the Advanced Beginner level (which often includes not only amateur dancers but also teachers and professional performers) is quire rigorous but anyone up to the challenge would enjoy it.

MYB boasts an inviting atmosphere to dancers of all ages and abilities. Daytime, evening and weekend classes are available to accommodate anyone’s schedule. An adult performance class is also sometimes available.

9 out of 10

–Helen Mao

Festival School of Ballet

Festival School of Ballet
Church of the Good Shepherd
96 Jewett Parkway
Buffalo, New York 14214

716-984-1586 OR 716-982-1465

Classes offered: Adult Ballet

Description via Website: “The Festival School of Ballet was founded in 1987 by Clare Fetto and her husband, Keith Carcich. After more than ten years of teaching and performing throughout Western New York, they saw a need in the city of Buffalo for a school offering classical ballet training in a professional atmosphere.”

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Festival School of Ballet is the perfect studio for any ballet class! Beginner level classes for all ages, plus advanced and pointe classes. Clare Fetto is a wonderful teacher who knows how to explain the basics, teach form and technique and make everyone find their inner dancer.

FSB does not follow the traditional recital method of instruction. They do offer two performances a year for those who want to be involved, however, they do encourage dancers to audition and perform whenever and wherever possible.

Overall, FSB is the ideal place to study ballet, no matter your age or skill level. It truly is a great school of ballet!

9 out of 10


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