GBA Annual June 2017 Gala Ballet Performance Tickets Now On Sale!


Greenwich Ballet Academy’s annual June Graduation Gala Performances will take place June 10 (2:00 PM and 7:00 PM) at Greenwich Academy, in beautiful Massey Theater at the Wallace Performing Arts Center. The program features a lovely ensemble piece from the ballet Paquita and all GBA students in various divertissements. A Silent Auction takes place at both performances. Champagne reception at the 6pm prior to the evening performance.

The Greenwich Ballet Academy Presents Our
June Graduation Gala Performance

Paquita Concert and Divertissements

Saturday, June 10, 2017
2:00 PM Matinee
7:00 PM Evening Performance

Join us at the
Massey Theater
Wallace Performing Arts Center

Greenwich Academy
200 North Maple Avenue
Greenwich, CT





Click the link below on the show you would like to attend and you will be directed to the Thundertix website.


Purchase Tickets for Saturday, June 10, 2017 – 2PM MATINEE


Purchase Tickets for Saturday, June 10, 2017 – 7PM EVENING GALA

GBA is Going Digital!


GBA is going digital!

Starting on May 1, GBA is transitioning to a new studio management software called Dance Studio Pro. This software will replace our existing online registration and email invoices.  Using Dance Studio Pro, you can log on to the parent portal to register for classes, pay your tuition and Studio rental fees online, check your balance and view your class schedule.



You can also download our app from the iPhone App Store.  Just search for Greenwich Ballet Academy.

The teachers will also begin taking class attendance using an iPad.





You can access the parent login here:


Please log on and verify that your email and other contact information is correct.



If you have any trouble using the system or have questions, please email

GBA’s Spring 2017 Fruit Fundraiser


Please consider buying healthy and delicious oranges and grapefruits from a top quality grower in Florida while supporting the GBA mission to be the best classical ballet training program in the area.

Thank you for supporting our school.

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First Snow 2016 GBA Annual Gala Fundraiser – Tickets Now Available


Tickets Now Available – Please call the GBA Office at 914-305-4377.

The Board of Directors of the Greenwich Ballet Academy
Cordially invite you to

First Snow 2016 is an Elegant Celebration of Our Russian Heritage
In support of our
 Nutcracker Ballet 2016 Production

With honored guests

Irina Dvorovenko & Maxim Beloserkovsky


Saturday, November 5th
7:00pm to 10:00pm


At the home of Your Hostess

Regina Kudoyarova


R.S.V.P. by October 15th. Cocktail attire


First Snow is our annual gala fundraiser to support the Nutcracker production. The event is an elegant cocktail party with delicious Russian food, “Nutcracker sweets,” and every year a highlight of Russian culture. Supporters of this event will also receive premium Nutcracker tickets before they are released to the public. Please RSVP today by calling the GBA office at 914-305-4377, to guarantee the best seats. We look forward to seeing you there!



GBA Nutcracker Ballet 2016 Performance Tickets – On Sale NOW!


Tickets for the GBA Nutcracker 2016 Ballet Performance are now available!


The Greenwich Ballet Academy

The Nutcracker

at White Plains Performing Arts Center

Yuri Vodolaga
Artistic Director

Saturday, December 3, 2016 ~ 2PM Matinee
Saturday, December 3, 2016 ~ 7PM Evening
Sunday, December 4, 2016 ~ 2PM Matinee

$100 | $75 | $50 | $30

All ticket sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.





“Tutu Chic” Benefit for GBA On November 18, 2016 – Tickets Now Available

Tutu Chic!

An Evening of ballet, fashion & shopping
To benefit Greenwich Ballet Academy
Friday, November 18 7:30 pm

Tickets $75

TutuChic GBA Benefit

Greenwich Ballet Academy Director Offers “My heart and my soul”

Photo: Bob Luckey Jr. / Hearst Connecticut Media

Photo: Bob Luckey Jr. / Hearst Connecticut Media

Yuri Vodolaga, the artistic director at the Greenwich Ballet Academy, born in Kiev and trained there and in Russia, is not one to coddle the rising dancers who are in his charge.

“First of all, it is discipline,” he said when asked about what makes ballet such an irresistible lifelong challenge.

At 56 years old, Vodolaga brims with energy during a conversation, checking frequent texts from his students updating him on their acceptances to colleges. He is reluctant to talk about himself, but when asked, he discusses his contribution to the academy and his recently won honor, the “Outstanding Teacher” award from the Boston regional competition of the Youth American Grand Prix.

“They know my professionalism,” he said. “It’s honest work — my heart and my soul — that I am giving to them.”

Leaders of the academy, which is actually based in Port Chester, but also holds classes at the Greenwich Arts Center, say the students appreciate Vodolaga’s strict ethic, delivered with a sense of humor.

“Children have a radar for honesty and they respond very well to it,” said Marisol Rivera Thurman, board chairman of the academy, and the mother of one of its recent graduates. “We’re in a society where they’re used to being ‘great’ and ‘fantastic’ at everything and getting a trophy just for standing on a stage. That doesn’t happen at G.B.A. They know they have earned it through their own hard work whatever praise comes their way.”

Photo: Bob Luckey Jr. / Hearst Connecticut Media

Photo: Bob Luckey Jr. / Hearst Connecticut Media

In his earlier years, Vodolaga graduated from the Kiev State Ballet Academy and joined the Kiev State Ballet Theater. He later received his master’s degree in teaching from the Saint Petersburg Conservatory in Russia. In 1993, after touring the United States, he chose to stay.
He had, he said, “no money, no food. We came, and I decided I have nothing to lose.”

In the United States, he amassed an extensive string of teaching experience, and has been a guest teacher at the San Francisco Ballet, Baton Rouge Ballet, Connecticut Ballet among others, according to the school.

He took over as artistic director of the Greenwich Ballet Academy in 2006, but still is in demand elsewhere, Rivera Thurman said. In 2014, when renowned ballerina Natalia Osipova was rehearsing to dance in “Don Quixote” at the Royal Ballet in London, she had Vodolaga flown to London to help her train.

“I think there are only a handful of people in the world who are like Yuri who have his training and his experience,” said Christina Volkwein, a board member of the school. The combination of the world-class training, the dance and teaching experience made him an ideal fit for the academy that seeks to offer students top training without making almost daily trips to New York City.

The training is aimed at launching the dancers on to professional careers — or at least achieving that level of accomplishment, even if they choose other vocations. Rivera Thurman’s daughter Olivia recently graduated as a co-salutatorian at the Convent of the Sacred Heart school in Greenwich and will go to Harvard University in the fall, Rivera Thurman said.

The board president said her daughter wrote the essays for her college applications about Vodolaga, and that training at the dance school six days a week taught her how much she could accomplish.
“That’s where she learned the most important lessons about perseverance and about excellence,” she said.

When Vodolaga received the “Outstanding Teacher” award in Boston, it was one of several accomplishments that the school boasted. Three students from the academy emerged to go on to the Youth American Grand Prix finals in New York City, where they competed against students from schools from Japan to Brazil.

Explaining the success, Vodolaga said, “They like our clean academic style.”
He was happy to receive the award, he said, but when asked about it, he again turned the talk to his students.

“My pleasure is to teach and see how they rise,” he said.

GBA board members boast that Vodolaga not only teaches, he choreographs. In order to obtain his degree at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, he had to learn to stage the classic ballets — Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, La Bayadare and others, they said.

“One of his strengths is putting the performances together and getting them to be (danced) exquisitely,” Rivera Thurman said. “It’s just remarkable how clean and precise the performances are.”

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