Amherst Ballet offers high quality dance and ballet training in Amherst, MA for students of all ages and levels of experience. Amherst Ballet’s mission of Ballet for All promotes the message that dance is not only for people with a certain body type, of a certain age or from a prescribed socio-economic category. It supports racial, ethnic and religious diversity, and cultural tolerance. Since Amherst Ballet began in 1971, it has offered students young and old the opportunity to perform in productions such as full length story ballets and concert dance works by resident and guest choreographers. These kinds of performances are unique in our geographic area. Our vision for the school includes diversifying our performance repertoire to honor the vibrant cultural traditions that are represented within our community. Amherst Ballet can be an innovator of social change in our area. Our new outreach initiative seeks to bridge generational gaps by bringing groups of dancers to perform in local senior centers, nursing homes and extended care facilities, for those who are unable to attend our regular performances. Over the next few years we aim to take our mission further to reach more students and audience members in our region. With your support, we will be able to further this initiative and more effectively meet this goal.
Amherst Ballet is "Ballet FOR ALL". We accept both children and adults, of all levels and all backgrounds. Scholarships are available for qualified low-income families. We consider the training of ballet to be a vehicle by which we teach discipline, focus, taking directions, accepting corrections, and giving young people confidence to not only perform, but to become responsible citizens and leaders who are supportive of the arts.
It is the aim of Amherst Ballet to train the body first in classical ballet to instill control and discipline and then apply these techniques to other forms of movement. We work to train dancers who are willing, cooperative and adaptable to all styles of dance that any choreographer may require. Our dancers are known for this ability, and choreographers love to work with them. The discipline our students learn in the studio is applied to their school work and other activities. For those who pursue dance careers, our alums have proven themselves in the dance world. Students trained at Amherst Ballet have gone on to prestigious pre-professional programs such as Dance Theatre of Harlem, Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet, Kirov Academy D.C., North Carolina School of the Arts, The Rock School, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Washington Ballet School, and Escuela Victor Ullate. Amherst Ballet alums have danced in such companies as Idaho Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Nashville Ballet II, and on Broadway.
Our Board of Directors
Heather W. Reichgott Gopal Narayanan Reiko Sono Chad Chaffee Paul Dennis Malobi Narayanan Peggy Schwartz Molly Stamell, Artistic Director of Amherst Ballet (ex officio); resides in Amherst
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