The Saratoga City Ballet School is proud to celebrate over 20 years in educational excellence. The school was founded as the Children's Ballet Theatre School in Malta, NY by Patti Pugh Moore, in 1988. Under her nuturing eye, the school grew into one of the foremost training grounds for classical dance in the Capital Region. Now in its 10th year under the direction of Julie P. Gedalecia and Eve D. Whelchel the school continues its commitment to providing quality instruction for young people of all ages and abilities.
Our goal is to provide artistic training of the highest possible caliber, while offering all students of the school a positive learning experience. The program begins in our Children’s Division, where young dancers learn the joy of moving to music in a creative and fun environment. In our Main Division, students start the focused work of learning this challenging art form. It takes hours and years of repetition for the body to “memorize” the steps of classical ballet. We believe in encouraging every student to reach his or her potential through positive reinforcement and personalized guidance.
The benefits of ballet training go above and beyond simply learning steps and how to move. The study of classical ballet also develops:
- Strong, healthy and graceful bodies
- Appreciation for the arts, both as a performer and an observer
- Commitment and dedication
- Attention to detail
- The value of setting a personal goal and working hard to achieve it
Because of the training they receive, our dancers compare with some of the top in the nation. Our students have attended many top summer programs including School of American Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Chautauqua Ballet, ABT New York, California and Texas, Exploring Ballet With Suzanne Farrell, Walnut Hill, Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet School, NYSSSA Ballet Program, Nutmeg Ballet, The Rock School, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Walnut Hill, The Rock School, and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. This year four of our students were selected to participate in NYCB’s Firebird and Romeo and Juliet at SPAC. Most of our advanced students excel academically and have been accepted into top universities and arts conservatories.
The Saratoga City Ballet School is a non-competition, non-recital school, meaning that proper technique and form are foremost to our approach rather than costly competitions and large, recital-type performances. From the age of 6, our students get the opportunity to perform with the Saratoga City Ballet Company in professional quality productions. Our youngest students take part in an annual demonstration performance. With small class sizes and individual attention, our focus on quality, not quantity, is the reason we are recognized throughout the capital region as a leader in classical ballet education.
We hope you enjoy your time with us as much as we enjoy sharing our love of dance with you.
Julie P. Gedalecia & Eve D. Whelchel, Directors