Ballet Arts Studio
Training dancers since 1961

Ballet Arts Studio Pre-Professional student Kaelin Martin
   as Kitri from Don Quixote.   --Photo by VamProductions.

There is always a moment in childhood when the door opens to let the future in.

-Graham Greene

      For 54 years we have been opening that door for children of all ages every day. At Ballet Arts Studio, and The Dutchess Dance Company, our pre-professional dance company, we know that there is nothing that compares to conservatory-based dance training for teaching children and young adults the meaning, joy and fulfillment that comes from commitment and hard work--all in the context of the beautiful art form that is dance. The value of our programs is measured each and every day, when the students see the physical results of that discipline, commitment and hard work in their own bodies and in their developing artistry.
      Founded originally as "Ballets Arts Foundation, Inc.", Ballet Arts Studio utilizes a progressive approach to the Vaganova system.  Over the years our programs have grown to include The Dutchess Dance Company, The Young People's Performance Company, Inc. ("YPPC"), and Dance Beacon, focusing on professional-level performance experiences as a means to artistic growth and development.

      Ballet Arts Studio, The Dutchess Dance Company and YPPC programs center around a complete approach to learning, individual growth, and technical and artistic development. The faculty at Ballet Arts Studio and The Dutchess Dance Company nurture positive attitudes and attributes in students so that each may fully develop their personal and creative potential. Welcome to Ballet Arts Studio, and The Dutchess Dance Company, where children of all ages experience personal and artistic transformation.

Alex Bloomstein
Artistic Director

Lower School I ballet in Studio One.

Studios and Facility

    Our school facility includes a performance-size main studio, a lower level studio and classroom, offices, waiting areas, and dressing rooms. Both studios have sprung floors, greatly reducing injuries in dancers.

     Ballet Arts Studio and The Dutchess Dance Company are located in the thriving and developing arts community of Beacon, New York. In addition to shops, art galleries and an antiques district, Beacon is the home of Dia: Beacon Reggio galleries, featuring one of the largest contemporary art collections outside of New York City.


    Our professional faculty shares a common technical and professional background, as well as educational philosophy. Our teachers and guest artists received their training and performance experiences in internationally recognized conservatories and dance companies, including American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, the Boston Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Washington Ballet, The School of American Ballet, the American Ballet Theatre Scholarship Program, the Pearl Primus Dance Company, the Merce Cunningham Dance School, and the Rockettes. Together, they provide the highest quality dance training in a supportive environment that emphasizes communication and creativity between students and teachers.

Photo by Rachel Hutami-Goodhill


     Ballet Arts Studio offers both day classes and evening and Saturday classes including Ballet, Modern, Jazz, African, Tap, and Musical Theater, “Dance with Me Baby” (classes for parents/caregivers with their babies) and adult ballet, adult tap and adult modern.  Ballet training is emphasized, as it is the foundation for many other forms of dance instruction at the studio.   Private coaching and performance and audition preparation are also available. The studio is proud to welcome guest artists and the diversity and fresh approach that they bring.

Classical Ballet and Pointe:  Alex Bloomstein, Selina Chau, Cammy Eckert, Deanna Ford, Todd Hall, Laura Seaman & Guest Artists

Contemporary and Modern Dance:  Alex Bloomstein & Guest Artists
African Dance: Belle Golden

Jazz: Deanna Ford
Tap: Katie Bissinger

Musical Theater: Katie Bissinger

Dance With Me Baby; a class for toddlers

This class is designed for children approximately 18 months to three years old, and their caregivers.  It is an interactive dance/movement class for children and caregivers with themes such as seasons, ''things that go", weather, and more, all set to music.  The class starts with story time and transitions into movement, dance and musical instruments, developing a child's sensory and fine motor skills in the process. The class often ends with "freestyle" dancing.

Pre-Professional student Mimi Marchesona at Beacon Falls, near Ballet Arts Studio
Classical Ballet Curriculum
      Preparation for Ballet is geared to three to five year olds who are just starting out on their journey into dance. The class is designed to teach children a love of dance, encourage artistic creativity, and gently set the foundation for the discipline that is classical dance. The class meets once each week.

       Lower School Ballet, Levels I through IV is generally designed for children ages five through 12. In these classes, large and small motor skills and coordination are developed using conservatory-level standards. Students are introduced to the French vocabulary associated with ballet, and are also introduced to specific ballet steps utilizing proper ballet technique. Creative and expressive movement, teamwork, music appreciation, and encouraging a love of movement are emphasized. Depending on the class level, students study two or more times per week.

       Middle School Ballet, Levels I & II focuses on dancers aged nine through 12 to 13. The primary goals remain developing coordination and encouraging a love and appreciation of proper technique and of movement and music. Class work continues to include the development of large and small motor skills and the French language vocabulary of ballet. Students begin to learn more and more complex ballet steps using proper technique. Students are introduced to specific expressive concepts of movement, and how to communicate through movement. Multiple classes are offered, and students are strongly encouraged to take more than two or three classes each week. 

          Upper School Ballet focuses on 13/14 year old dancers through to pre-professional. The training continues to meet conservatory standards. Progress is guided and measured by individual evaluations and appropriate placements. Students may work on more than one level within the Upper School simultaneously, or stay in one level for more than one academic year. Multiple classes are offered, and students are encouraged to take class every day, and to take more than one class each day.

      Pointe placement is made following an individual assessment by the Director, in consultation with faculty members.  Dancers wishing to go on pointe and/or remain on pointe must take a minimum of three ballet classes per week.
This requirement assures the safety of the dancer, as well as developing the strength and technique needed to safely progress on pointe.

        Private Coaching and Audition Preparation addresses individual development with specific corrections and coaching. Whether regular or occasional, private classes are an excellent tool for enhancing progress. Students who require audition choreography should speak with Ballet Arts' staff and faculty at least eight weeks in advance of an audition date.

Modern, Jazz, Musical Theater, African and Tap Curriculum

Modern classes at Ballet Arts focus on "off center" use of the legs, arms, spine , pelvis and head, as well as using one's weight in curves, spirals and floorwork.  Musicality, phrasing, and movement generated by a wide range of dynamic energy is emphasized.  Students will be introduced to key historical modern dancers and their movement styles, including Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, Jose Limon (Humphrey/Weidman Technique), Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor and Twyla Tharp, among others.  Solid ballet technique is important in this class, and all dancers MUST be taking at least one ballet class at Ballet Arts to join a modern class.

      Jazz:  In the Jazz classes, students learn isolations of all body parts, turned-in and turned-out positions for the legs, and all fundamental and advanced (in the advanced classes) Jazz movements, including the classic Jazz traveling steps, turns, jumps and leaps.  The class emphasizes technical accuracy and performance quality in complex Jazz combinations.  Solid ballet technique is important in this class, and all dancers MUST be taking at least one ballet class at Ballet Arts to join a Jazz class.

      Musical Theater:  This class focuses on "Broadway" style Jazz floorwork and technique for warm-up, but includes other Jazz styles as well, including Luigi and Simonson techniques.  In center, the students explore classic Broadway dance repertoire, with an emphasis on legendary Broadway choreographers such as Jerome Robbins and Bob Fosse.  Students are encouraged to incorporate acting and singing into their dancing, although these skills are not required to take the class.  Solid ballet technique is important in this class, and all dancers MUST be taking at least one ballet class at Ballet Arts to join a Musical Theater class.

      African Dance:  The African Dance classes are centered around the organic history of all movement and dance-- representing both daily work and ceremony, communicating emotions such as joy and sadness, and celebrating rights of passage.  Dancers are bare-footed, bringing them closer to the earth, and use their arms and legs in preparation for "fight or flight".  This class reminds us that essentially all forms of dance, including ballet, have a strong connection to African dance.

      Tap:  Tap classes at Ballet Arts present a unique combination of both Broadway and Rhythm styles of Tap.  Students learn the fundamental building blocks of both forms of Tap, in the steps and the melodies and rhythms used in class.  As they advance, students are encouraged to add improvisation to their tap dancing.


     All students are placed in classes according to age, maturity, physical development, technical proficiency and experience. Each year, the faculty carefully assess and place each student in the class level that is best for that student's growth and progress.


    The Annual Showing of the Curriculum takes place in each class during the final week of December before the holiday break. Parents, family and friends are invited to take photographs and to videotape.

    The Spring Concert offers a grand performance of the culmination of our dancers training. For many years we have been performing at Bardavon Opera House in Poughkeepsie, which provides high production value and the dancers the thrill of performing at a professional venue with all the glamour of a beautiful historic theater.       

     Studio performances
at Ballet Arts Studio provide an intimate atmosphere in which young dancers can explore performance and excel as dancers.

     Dutchess Dance Company Performances occur during our Spring Concert and at other venues and community events, such as Dancefest! and our Winter Tidings performance during the year. 

Ballet Arts Studio Pre-Professional student Mimi Marchesona in the Bluebird variation.

Students’ Artistic & Academic Achievements

      Ballet Arts Studio and The Dutchess Dance Company have provided educational guidance for students and emerging artists who have been accepted to the following nationally recognized schools, colleges, universities and dance companies.

Professional Schools

·The School of American Ballet (Official School of the New York City Ballet)

·Ballet Academy East
·American Ballet Theater Summer Programs
·Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet
·SLK Ballet New York City
·University of North Carolina School of the Arts
·The American Ballet Theater School
·The Ailey School, the official school of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (On scholarship)
·Houston Ballet School
·Ballet Met
·The Miami City Ballet Summer Program
·The San Francisco Ballet Summer Program
·The Boston Ballet School and Apprentice Program
·The Rock School of the Pennsylvania Ballet Company
·The Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet
·The Berlin State Opera Ballet School (
Germany )
·Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Summer Programs
·The New York State Summer Schools of the Arts, Ballet and  Modern Divisions
·Walnut Hill School for the Arts
·The State Street Ballet Colleges
·Barat Conservatory
·Barnard College (High School Valedictorian)
·Boston College
·Brandeis University
·College of Saint Rose
·Columbia University
·Connecticut College
·Dean College
·Duke University (High School Valedictorian)
·Goucher College
·Hamilton College
·Ithaca College (Doctoral program in Physical Therapy)
·Mary Mount Manhattan College (High School Valedictorian  with  full artistic merit scholarship)
·Mercyhurst College
·University of Maryland (Full artistic merit scholarship)
·University of Michigan
·The Juilliard School
·Pennsylvania State University (High School Valedictorian)
·Point Park College (Presidential scholarship)
·New York University -- Tisch School for the Performing Arts
·Sarah Lawrence College
·Smith College
·SUNY New Paltz, Purchase,  Binghamton, Geneseo, Buffalo (with various artistic scholarships)
·University of the Arts (Presidential Scholarship)
·Vanderbilt University (High School Valedictorian)
·Vassar College (High School Valedictorian)
·Wake Forest College

Professional Dance Companies

  •  American Ballet Theater
  •  Dayton Ballet
  •  Les Grands Ballet Canadiens
  •  Pennsylvania Ballet
  •  North Carolina Dance Theater
  •  42nd Street on Broadway
  •  The Joffrey Ballet
  •  Pacific Northwest Ballet
  •  The State Street Ballet