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Amherst Ballet


Amherst Ballet accepts all children regardless of ethnic background, religion, or weight. Scholarships are available for qualified low-income families. We consider the training of ballet to be a vehicle by which we teach discipline, focus, taking directions, accepting corrections, and giving the children confidence to not only perform, but to become responsible citizens and leaders who are supportive of the arts.

It is the aim of the Amherst Ballet to train the body first in ballet to instill control and discipline and then apply these techniques to other forms of movement. We try to train the complete dancer by high school graduation who is willing, cooperative and adaptable to all styles of dance that any choreographer will require. Our dancers are known for this ability, and choreographers love to work with them.

Although our aim is to train professionally so that each dancer is prepared for a professional career in dance if they so choose, we are proud of the fact that most of our dancers choose to further their education. Dancers get into outstanding colleges and universities and incorporate dance in some way into their lives forever. We are an academic community of five colleges and continuing one's education is primary with most families. Nevertheless our alums have proved themselves in the dance world in such companies as Merce Cunningham, Omaha Ballet, the Greater Houston Civic Ballet, Charleston Ballet Theatre, Hoechster Ballet (Germany), Ballet Contemporain de Bruxelles, Delia Stewart Jazz Company, Luis Fuente's Ballet Company (Spain), Rachel Lampert Company, Mixed Company (New York City).

The Amherst Ballet is located in Amherst Massachusetts, two hours west of Boston and north of Springfield, MA. Considered a small rural town with a population of 35,000, it is the home of the University of Massachusetts and Amherst College. The Amherst Ballet present facility houses two studios and was built by its founder Therese Brady Donohue in 1976. In a residential neighborhood, it is in walking distance to Wildwood Elementary School and the Amherst Middle and High Schools. North of Town center, it is one block from the east side of the University campus.

TheAmherst Ballet was founded in 1971 by Therese Brady Donohue to train children ages five through high school in classical ballet based on the Royal Academy of Dancing syllabus of London. In 1976 Donohue founded the Amherst Ballet Theatre Company to give young talented dancers the opportunity to experience creative and professional performing experiences and to bring high quality programs to educate children in the community and schools.

Ballet training is based on The Royal Academy of Dancing syllabus. The Lower School trains children kindergarten through sixth grade in ballet with jazz technique classes available once a week for ages eight and up. Classes are limited to ten children each. From level three to five, children are required to attend two ballet classes per week. The School calendar is based on thirty weeks of classes.

The Upper School, in addition to increasing the number of days its students are required to study ballet, introduces pointe work to qualified students, modern dance, jazz dance, and Pilates Body Conditioning. Three levels, A, B, and C, divide students by ability in 7th through 12th grades. Qualified talented students in sixth grade are accelerated into Level A. Pianists are used to accompany ballet classes in both the upper and Lower Schools.



School name:Amherst Ballet
Address:29 Strong Street.
Zip & city:01002 Massachusetts
Phone:413-549-1555
Web:http://www.amherstballet.org
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