Why choose Amherst Ballet?
You'll work with top-quality dance instructors
As clarified in its mission statement, Amherst Ballet is committed to quality dance education and boasts star-studded faculty starting with Artistic Director, Madeleine Bonn, who served as a principal dancer for José Mateo Ballet Theatre for 14 years. Other faculty members include Stephanie Shumway, a sought-out dance instructor of Deerfield Academy, Sage Wilson, an alumna of Amherst Ballet and currently a professional ballet dancer, Karen Michaels, a dancer/masseur who has developed an original introductory Ballet course for adults that is easy to follow and beneficial to the body. These instructors are dedicated to nurturing each and every student’s skills and creativity in a safe and positive manner. Moreover, the curriculum has now been expanded to include Modern Dance (Martha Graham), Hip Hop, Contemporary and Zumba®. Read the faculty bio or class descriptions.
comfort and community
True to its mission of building a diverse and inclusive community of dancers and dance enthusiasts, Amherst Ballet has been offering a friendly, communal environment to its students for years and many of its alumni consider the school as their second home.
You'll be a part of the local art history
Amherst Ballet has existed in the town of Amherst for half a century. During that time, the school has collaborated on many occasions with local musicians, poets, writers, and other artists and produced original shows that contributed significantly to the art scene of Pioneer Valley including “Emily of Amherst” as shown left. Students have had meaningful experiences by participating in AB’s public performances throughout the history of the school.