The Greenwich Conservatory of Classical Ballet offers world class ballet training for young dancers ages 5 - 18. The program's aim is to provide the fundamental skills for dancers to excel in classical ballet and to achieve the highest level of ballet mastery for each child based on his or her age, ability and interest. Training is achieved through step-by-step, technical in-studio training, as well as master classes, workshops, and performances. The Conservatory is dedicated to exceptional ballet instruction and education. This includes instilling a love and respect for ballet, classical music, the performing arts, and international language and customs. Developing the dancer's personal artistic "voice" through their dance work is also a goal for each student in the program.
The Conservatory is based in Greenwich, CT, with classes taught at two downtown Greenwich studio locations, easily accessible by train, car and bus. Academic year classes are held at the YWCA Greenwich's Royce Porter Dance Studios and the Conservatory summer program is located at Greenwich Academy's Wallace Performing Arts Center. Classes are taught by highly skilled instructors with high standards for personal integrity and with a demonstrated passion for passing on their vast experience and expertise to the next generation of dancers. The instructor team is committed to both group and individual excellence and results. The role of each Conservatory teacher is to train and mentor each dancer, to advocate for ballet opportunities for each student and the group, and to educate and reinforce for dancers and families the profound relevance of classical ballet in today's world.
The Conservatory follows as practically as possible, the curriculum and methodology of Russia's Vaganova Ballet Academy, the gold standard in classical ballet instruction. This training system is designed to involve the whole body in every movement, and to build the strength and stamina required to execute the full repertory of classical ballet positions, combinations and overall works. The Conservatory is dedicated to providing a rigorous, supportive, and inclusive training environment where personal leadership skills are fostered alongside the dancer’s ballet mastery.
A great deal of research, and many published articles by fitness experts, neuroscientists and child development experts support the benefits of classical ballet training for children (and adults). These benefits include: improved posture, improved coordination and balance, greater flexibility and muscular control, greater agility, improved sensorimotor performance, heightened cognitive functioning, improved musicality, improved confidence and social connection . Click here to read more about the Benefits of Ballet and Dance.
The Conservatory is a member of the National Dance Education Organization, and the Honor Society for Dance Arts, a non-profit organization which aims to recognize outstanding artistic merit, leadership, and academic achievement in students studying dance in public and private schools in K-12 education, dance studios, cultural/community centers, performing arts organizations, and post-secondary education, as well as to foster an appreciation for dance as a true art form and one worthy of recognition and prestige.
GCCB is a member of the Marius Petipa Society, the National Honor Society for Dance Arts, the National Dance Education in the Arts, the Greenwich Arts Council, and other organizations devoted to the promotion of classical ballet, dance education and the arts.