"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 they saw.  Bringing 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

"Ballet Arts was a very important part of our daughter Lucy's life since she entered the school 19 years ago at age 4. Through the expertise, commitment and focus demonstrated by her teachers, she has learned poise, grace and the importance of discipline and focus in all endeavors, while at the same time becoming an accomplished dancer.  A wonderful bonus for her are the many close friendships that she formed at Ballet Arts over the years."

Stan Freilich
Garrison, New York


"My daughter Iris began taking dance classes at Ballet Arts Studio at the age of 3. Over the years, Iris took classes in ballet, modern, and African dance; she recently graduated from both Ballet Arts and high school, and is off to college.  The classes at Ballet Arts challenged her both physically and mentally. She learned to work as part of a team and became more and more confident as she developed, all in a safe and nurturing--but demanding--environment.  When she got older, Iris began assisting in the African dance classes, something which taught her patience, compassion and how to lead and motivate a group.  The friendships and opportunities, and the confidence Ballet Arts cultivated in her, will stay with her throughout her life; Ballet Arts was a transformational experience."

Lisa Gallina
Newburgh , New York

"My sixteen year old son, Bryce, loves Ballet Arts Studio.  He came to Ballet Arts quite recently, at 14 years of age, and never felt awkward or out of place.  Ballet Arts is a place where both young men and young women can feel right at home. As a working theater kid and performer, dance is a requirement, but Bryce does it because he loves it, and recently added jazz, modern and ballet to his staple classes of tap and musical theater.  I have seen Bryce become an accomplished performer, and I’m sure Ballet Arts’ inviting, friendly, and safe environment has played a big part in that.  In the past few years, I have been amazed to see how much Bryce has grown-- His skill, confidence, and ease as a dancer have already exceeded my expectations (and probably his too!).  He loves his teachers and has made many wonderful, supportive friends. We are very grateful to Ballet Arts Studio."

Lorelei Edwards
Montrose, New York

"My daughter Kaelin began dancing at Ballet Arts Studio 14 years ago, when she was three years old.  She is now in an intensive pre-professional ballet program in New York City.  I couldn’t be more pleased with the quality of instruction provided by the talented faculty. Kaelin’s instructors consistently put students first and provided a nurturing, yet rigorous curriculum that focused on the individual dancer. There was great emphasis on developing a strong technical foundation and nurturing a love of performing arts that has served her well as she matured as a dancer. Most importantly, year by year I saw her develop greater poise, confidence, physical coordination, and self-discipline -- all qualities that have clearly helped her realize her dreams as a dancer, and will also help her in all other areas of her life."

M.J. Martin
Garrison, New York


The Dutchess Dance Company rehearsing Boundaries, choreographed by Selina Chau.  Photo by Mary Eickler