Our Mission

Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 9:31 am

The Scarsdale Ballet Studio is recognized as Westchester’s premier destination for classical and contemporary ballet training. Our balanced, creative, and disciplined approach focuses on shaping each student into a healthy, technically accomplished, well-rounded dancer, regardless of his or her aspirations.

Our outstanding faculty prepares aspiring professionals for the mental and physical challenges of today’s dance world through extra performance and training opportunities and careful, individualized mentoring that is often unavailable in the highly competitive New York City academies. Young dancers who study just for enjoyment receive the same level of attention and consideration which will instill in them a lifelong love of music and dance.

Beyond exploring the classical repertoire, the Studio offers its dancers an opportunity unique in Westchester: to learn and perform the choreography of George Balanchine with Artistic Director Diana White, a former soloist of the New York City Ballet who worked directly with Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. Additionally, our students work on an on-going basis with the renowned New York City-based, award-winning choreographers, Pedro Ruiz and David Fernandez.

SBS students are regularly accepted into the most prestigious summer training programs, such as the American Ballet Theater, School of American Ballet, Boston Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Alvin Ailey, and Joffrey Summer Intensives, Suzanne Farrell’s Cedar Island and Kennedy Center Programs, the Kirov Academy, the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, NYSSA, the Gelsey Kirkland Academy, and more. Several of our alumni have gone on to study full-time at the School of American Ballet, (the official school of the New York City Ballet), the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theater, and at the High School of the Performing Arts. Two of our students have been medalists at the Youth America Grand Prix, the largest international student ballet competition awarding scholarships to the world’s foremost professional ballet academies.

Several of our alumni are now dancing professionally, most notably at American Ballet Theater, Complexions, and the New Jersey Ballet. Many of our students have been accepted into colleges with major dance programs, including Harvard, Columbia, NYU, and the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College. Others now have careers in dance management, marketing, and journalism, most notably at New York City Ballet and Pointe Magazine. Still others have become keepers of the flame, embarking on careers as professional ballet teachers and studio owners themselves.

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