Amherst Ballet was founded in 1971 by Therese Brady Donohue to train children in elementary school through high school in classical ballet based on the Royal Academy of Dancing syllabus of London. In 1976 Donohue founded the non-profit Amherst Ballet Theatre Company to give young talented dancers the opportunity for creative and professional performing experiences and to bring high quality dance programs to educate and entertain children and adults in the community and schools. In 1977 Therese Donohue bought the property at 29 Strong Street in Amherst, added on two dance studios to the back of the building and moved Amherst Ballet there. In 2000 the school and performance company merged into one non-profit entity. From 2003 until 2011 Amherst Ballet was directed by Catherine Fair. In 2006 the board of directors purchased the building at 29 Strong Street assuring Amherst Ballet of a permanent home. Sueann Townsend assumed the Executive Directorship in 2012 and shifted the training to the Vaganova syllabus.