126 East 13th street, New York

Ballet and dance studio in the heart of NYC. Amazing classes at a variety of levels from beginner to advanced/pro level with thoughtful instructors.



My favorite teachers are Kathryn Sullivan, Stuart Loungway and Jamie Salmon who are alums of SAB, Joffrey Ballet and Boston Ballet. The classes are quite advanced for each level so I would recommend starting a level lower than you’re used to and work up.


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Staten Island Ballet

460 Brielle Ave,
Staten Island, NY 10314

(718) 980-0500

My Ballerina Story: Vince Svitak

100_1022First, let me say that ballet has been a passion with me since I was a kid. I remember going to Radio City Music Hall in New York for the first time on a field trip in school to go see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. I thought to myself that I would like to dance like them one day — that’s when my passion for dance began. Ever since the show, I have had dreams of dancing en pointe and performing.

But being the shy kid that I was, I never followed that dream to take classes. So as I grew up, I just put dance in the back of my mind and went into the Navy.

What made me want get into dance as an adult?

Unfortunately, I got the chance to start ballet after a second chance at life after having an accident in 2012, when I was T-boned in my car. I was able to get back on my feet cause of my experience in the Navy, I was trained to get back on my feet without the help of physical therapy, but something still didn’t feel right with me and felt weak from the accident.

I wanted to do something, but going to the gym wasn’t something I wanted to do. Going to the gym, you do the same exercises over and over again. So that is when I  decided I’d check into ballet classes because it was something I always wanted to do, and I knew you always were learning something new when you go to class.

20141217_143959Even though I knew ballet wasn’t going to be easy and I knew may not become a professional, like my two favorite dancers, Polina Semionova and Mikhail Baryshnikov, I am finally following a dream I wanted to do.

Now, that I am taking my classes, I have finally found the happiness that I’ve been looking for since I was a kid. So, if people want to look at me and judge, that’s fine because ballet is something I want to do and enjoy. Even my teacher says she sees the hidden ballerina in me come out because I have the passion for ballet when I come to class and sees me getting better every class!

Since I started going to ballet, I advanced in November ’14, to go en pointe, and have slowly progressed in my classes. Ballet has opened me up to feel the happiness that I was missing in addition to the great exercise it gives me to keep fit and to enjoy life more.

I’m here to say, if you have a dream, don’t let anyone stop you from following it cause then it may stop you from finding the happiness that you were looking for!

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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