What to Expect When You Attend Class The following protocols will be in place for in-person classes during the 2020-21 season until further notice, to ensure a safe space for students and staff. Please review these along with the checklist below before coming to class. Please arrive at the studio in your dance attire. The dressing room is closed! When you enter our building, be sure you are wearing your mask. Upon arrival at the entrance of the Scarsdale Ballet Studio lobby, please maintain a distance of six feet while waiting your turn to be admitted. One dancer [...]
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The health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority. We are doing everything we can to ensure a safe space to continue sharing our love of dance! Please be familiar with our protocols and the following guidelines. They are subject to change as we continue to follow state regulations. You can also read Diana’s welcome letter for more details about our 2020 Fall season! We successfully held our summer intensive in-studio, and feel confident that we can continue to keep dancing safely. Please let us know if you have any questions. Cleaning [...]
Dear SBS Dancers and Families, I am beyond grateful to announce Scarsdale Ballet Studio’s 29th Season! Thank you for being patient while we were anxiously waiting to be sure that our re-opening could proceed as planned under the current NYS Guidelines. We are thrilled to say we can now offer our dancers the safest possible in-studio instruction and/or synchronous virtual classes. As a former ballerina, flexibility, strength, and “thinking on my feet” were some skills I learned that have stood me in good stead. I now look forward to continuing to pass these and other skills on to our dancers! I [...]
Dear Scarsdale Ballet Families, As the 2020-2021 school year approaches, we have all been forced to rethink the way we live and work in the most fundamental ways. For many of us, it has brought us to a crossroads, and I realized my time had come to move in a new direction and pursue new projects. I am deeply moved as I write to you now of my decision to leave Scarsdale Ballet. I have formed many warm and fulfilling relationships with students, faculty and Scarsdale Ballet families. I will miss you all, but I carry in my heart the many joyful moments watching [...]
Diamonds Memories I hope everyone at SBS will take advantage of the rare opportunity to watch the Balanchine/Tchailkovsky/Karinska masterpiece Diamonds, performed by the New York City Ballet, and available for streaming on the NYCB website from now until May 22nd at 8 pm. Suzanne Farrell and Jaques d'Amboise I have a long and romantic personal history with this ballet! I saw it for the first time as a child in Chicago in 1968, with the original lead cast, Suzanne Farrell and Jacques d’Amboise. Of the three ballets that make up Jewels, Balanchine’s ground-breaking, evening-length plotless ballet, Diamonds was my [...]
Happy Mother’s Day! Today, I’d like to send all of you “Ballet Moms” out there my utmost good will and support. Throughout recent history and in stories and cinema, mothers of ballet dancers have attained legendary status, and have sometimes gotten a bad rap. While most of this is myth, I can tell you that during my 28 years at Scarsdale Ballet Studio, I have met well over a thousand moms and helped many of them navigate the occasionally bewildering world of their child’s dance education. Several of these women have become my life-long friends. As I reflect on this, I [...]
Hello, Everyone! Today is International Dance Day! I wanted to celebrate this day by announcing our new SCARSDALE BALLET BLOG. Here is where I and your teachers will share our thoughts on dance, our training tips, and send you links to videos that we find enriching. We want to keep you updated about what is happening at SBS and in the world of dance. I want you to know that staying connected while inspiring and encouraging all of you is at the top of my list during this very difficult time. I am constantly looking for ways to keep you engaged [...]
Dear SBS Students and Families, As I continue to travel for the Balanchine Trust, setting some of the greatest ballets of our time, I want to share my experiences with you. Currently, I am working in Cape Town, South Africa, and over the summer I spent a month in Beijing, a new and wonderful experience. More details to come from South Africa, but here are some photos from my time in China. At the Temple of Confucius In Beijing I staged the Diamonds section of George Balanchine's Jewels as a celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the National Ballet [...]