Greenwich Ballet Academy was founded in 2006 and is proud to be among the most prestigious and highly regarded pre-professional classical ballet academies in the United States. The Academy’s mission is to nurture talented young students toward careers in professional ballet and optimizing college aspirations. The Academy takes great care in directing each of its students on an individual path toward excellence and with an emphasis on superior technique, artistry and stage presence. GBA promotes this learning in a positive environment that develops not only exceptional dance skills, but overall health, fitness, self-confidence, and leadership.
A Time Tested Approach to Classical Ballet Training
Greenwich Ballet Academy’s program is inspired by the prestigious and historic Vaganova Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia. The Vaganova Academy has produced many of the world’s greatest dancers of the past and present including Anna Pavlova, Rudolph Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Diana Vishneva, Svetlana Zakharova, and Yury Grigorovich.
The core GBA curriculum has eight Levels, beginning with Level 1 (designed for 7-10 year olds), and progressing through Level 8 (average age 16-18 years old). In 2013, GBA began offering instruction for Pre-Academy students (children ages 5-7) and Early Preparation classes for our youngest dancers (ages 4-5).
The full curriculum for our most advanced students is approximately 20 hours of training per week and includes technique, pointe, contemporary, classical variations, conditioning, stretch, Master Classes and solo and partnered performance opportunities as determined by the Artistic Director. Stage experience is critical to our students’ success. GBA mounts a Nutcracker production each holiday season and a Spring Showcase.
Greenwich Ballet Academy is committed to a small class size for optimal personalized attention and instruction. Classes are taught by renowned professionals who have had successful careers and significant teaching experience.
Our faculty consists of full time and part time professionals with extensive classical and contemporary dance experience. Read more about our current faculty members. Our faculty have performed in principal roles all over the world, and convey to the student all the essential elements of professional success inside and outside of the studio. Many GBA students and graduates have gone on to join professional dance companies, win prestigious competitions, and have received college scholarships in dance, musical theater, and other fields of dance.
Master Classes & Workshops
Greenwich Ballet Academy has invited many renowned dancers and teachers to give master classes and workshops including:
- Gillian Murphy, principal dancer, American Ballet Theater
- Anna Liceica, formerly, soloist American Ballet Theater, YAGP Judge
- Karin Averty, formerly Premiere Danseuse Paris Opera Ballet & principal dancer San Francisco Ballet, Ballet Mistress ABT Studio Company, YAGP judge
- Natalia Osipova, principal dancer of the Royal Ballet, London, UK
- Irina Dvorovenko, formerly principal dancer of American Ballet Theater, NYC, USA
- Maxim Beloserkovsky, formerly principal dancer of American Ballet Theater, NYC, USA
- Keenan Kampa, first American invited to dance with the Mariinsky Theater, St.Petersburg, Russia
Scholarship Policy for Boys
Boys in Levels 3-8 may be offered partial scholarships based on age, experience and commitment. Scholarships are offered and reviewed annually. GBA is committed to recruiting and supporting boys who are interested in classical ballet training.
Board of Directors
Patricia Franklin, Chairman
LeAnn Lindsey, Treasurer
Elizabeth Lillien, Secretary