|There is always a moment in childhood when
the door opens to let the future in.
-- Graham Greene --
Dance Beacon/Ballet Arts Studio
TRAINING DANCERS SINCE 1969
At Dance Beacon/ Ballet Arts Studio, we open that door for children of all ages every day, and have been since 1969, when Ballet Arts Studio was founded.
At Ballet Arts Studio, Dance Beacon, and the Dutchess 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 Ballet Arts Studio in 1969, now known as Dance Beacon/Ballet Arts Studio and utilizing a progressive approach to the Vaganova system, our programs have grown to include the Dutchess Dance Company (formerly the Dutchess Ballet Company) and The Young People's Performance Company, Inc. ("YPPC"), which focus on pre-professional performance experiences, including community-based performances, as a means to personal growth, dance training and artistic development.
Dance Beacon/Ballet Arts Studio, Dutchess Dance Company and YPPC programs center around a complete approach to learning, individual growth, and talent and artistic development. The faculty at Dance Beacon/Ballet Arts Studio and Dutchess Dance Company nurture positive attitudes and attributes in students so that each may fully develop their personal and creative potential. Welcome to Dance Beacon/Ballet Arts Studio, and the Dutchess Dance Company, where children of all ages experience personal and artistic transformation.
"Ballet Arts' performance at the J.V. Forrestal Elementary School
was a unique experience for our students. They were very impressed to see the ballet dancers perform so gracefully. I could hear students talking about the performance and trying to imitate some of the dance moves they saw. Bringing the dancers from Ballet Arts Studio to the J.V. Forrestal Elementary School was my way of supporting the arts and the Beacon Community. I wish the talented students at Ballet Arts Studio much success."
Wanda Gonzalez, Principal
J.V. Forrestal Elementary School
Beacon, New York
Dance Beacon/Ballet Arts Studio
Quality. Creativity. Commitment.
Classical dance training transforms discipline, commitment, hard work, struggle and effort into freedom and joy. As students discover that practice leads to fluency, they experience the awe and wonder of authentic self-expression. For young performers, standing on a brilliantly lit stage is unforgettable. But beyond the mythic dream of actually becoming a performer, it is the students' experience of the value of discipline, teamwork, perseverance and just plain hard work that these young artists take with them out of the studio, off of the stage, and into life.
Dance Beacon/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 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.
Dance Beacon/Ballet Arts Studio Faculty
Our faculty is dedicated to maintaining high standards in the teaching of Vaganova-based classical ballet. We combine this most classical and technical method with the best of the subsequent Russian methods, together with the French and Italian schools, while adding a distinctive dose of American restlessness and spirit.
Extraordinary INSTRUCTIONOur professional faculty shares a common technical background and 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 full and exciting dance training in a creative environment that emphasizes communication and creativity between students and teachers.
Laura Martel teaching Lower School I ballet in Studio One. --Photo by Rachel Hutami-Goodhill
The primary emphasis at Ballet Arts Studio is on technical training. Students also have opportunities to perform in various venues throughout the area.
Each year, the faculty carefully assess and place each student in the class level best for that student's growth and progress.
♦ Classical Ballet ♦ Pointe
♦ Contemporary and Modern Dance
♦ African Dance ♦ Jazz
♦ Private Coaching ♦ Performance and Audition Preparation
♦ Performances ♦ Guest Artists
& Guest Artists
Contemporary and Modern Dance
& Guest Artists
Classical Ballet Curriculum
Ballet Arts Studio, Dutchess Dance Company and Dance Beacon Performances
Photo by Rachel Hutami Goodhill
Students’ Artistic & Academic Achievements
Dream. Envision. Strive.
The Ballet Arts Studio and 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.
·The School of American Ballet (Official School of the New York City Ballet)
·The North Carolina School of the Arts
·The American Ballet Theater School
·The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (On scholarship)
·Houston Ballet School
·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 Company
·The Berlin State Opera Ballet School (
·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
·Barnard College (High School Valedictorian)
·College of Saint Rose
·Duke University (High School Valedictorian)
·Ithaca College (Doctoral program in Physical Therapy)
·Mary Mount Manhattan College (High School Valedictorian with full artistic merit scholarship)
·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
·State University of New York at 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
♦ The Dayton Ballet Company
♦ Les Grands Ballet Canadiens
♦ The Pennsylvania Ballet Company
♦ The North Carolina Dance Theater
♦ 42nd Street on Broadway
♦ The Joffrey Ballet
♦ The Pacific Northwest Ballet Company
♦ The State Street Ballet