The 2016-2017 Dutchess Dance Company.    Photo by Flynn Larsen


"There is always a moment in childhood when the door opens to let the future in."
                              --  Graham Greene  --




The Dutchess Dance Company


The Dutchess Ballet Company was founded by Valerie Feit in 1994 under the auspices of The Young People’s Performance Company, Inc. ("YPPC"), a New York State not-for-profit corporation. Alex Bloomstein is now the Artistic Director and Executive Director of the Company, now called the Dutchess Dance Company (DDC"). The DDC is dedicated to providing a variety of performance experiences to dancers. DDC member dancers work with professional choreographers, and perform in various venues, utilizing the highest production values. DDC members also work and perform with community organizations.  Performance portfolios developed by DDC members are often featured parts of college applications.

Operations of the Dutchess Dance Company are separate from Ballet Arts Studio.  Membership in DDC is by invitation, and members of the DDC pay annual membership fees.  


 

The 2016-2017 Dutchess Dance Company. Photo by Flynn Larsen


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)
·The Ellison Ballet
·Ballet Academy East
·The American Ballet Theater School
·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 Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet
·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 Berlin State Opera Ballet School (
Germany )
·Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Summer Programs
·The New York State Summer Schools of the Arts, Ballet, Modern and Theater 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




The 2016-2017 Dutchess Dance Company. Photo by Flynn Larsen


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

 

The 2014-2015 Dutchess Dance Company rehearsing Boundaries, choreographed by Selina Chau, faculty member of Ballet Arts Studio, and Resident Choreographer for The Dutchess Dance Company. -- photo by Mary Eickler