Amherst Ballet performances have been contributing to the cultural life of the Amherst area for over four decades. From the beginning, our performances have been marked by their originality, artistry and costuming. Amherst Ballet has staged well known full length short-form ballets such as Pineapple Poll, Chopiniana, Firebird, and Peter and the Wolf, and well known full length ballets such as Swan Lake. We have created new short form narrative ballets such as Alice in Wonderland, The Tempest, Hansel and Gretel and new long form ballets such as The Magician’s Nephew, An Evening of Music and Dance with Johann Sebastian Bach, and Emily of Amherst.
Our performances have also been noteworthy for their collaborations with other artists and cultural institutions including the Layaali Arabic Music Ensemble, the Emily Dickinson Museum, the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra, the Valley Light Opera, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, the Smith College Orchestra, authors Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple, composer Ted Trobaugh, illustrator Rebecca Guay and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.
Amherst Ballet’s reputation has extended beyond the Amherst area. Amherst Ballet dancers have performed at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum, dance festivals in Scotland,Yugoslavia, Hawaii and Maine, at American International College, and at the New York Botanical Garden in conjunction with their exhibit on Emily Dickinson.
Amherst Ballet is the recipient of a Gold Star Award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council in recognition of its cultural contributions.