HISTORY

Scottsdale School of Ballet

History

Directors Sibylle Acatos-Dadey and Donald Dadey’s, love of ballet compelled them to open Scottsdale Dance Academy – now Scottsdale School of Ballet – in 2003. Throughout the years, SSB has developed a curriculum that is focused on building technical strength, flexibility, and a love of dance, as well as nurturing artistic development.

While the school’s programs are designed with the serious ballet student in mind, SSB attracts students of all ages, with varying degrees of interest and talent, who wish to pursue dance instruction in an inspiring, enriched learning environment. Our school’s Program consists of Elementary, Junior, and Pre-Professional divisions. Each is intended to challenge students and support their physical, artistic and emotional development consistent with that level. Classes promote a focus on clarity of position and quality of movement, to help strengthen and perfect ballet technique. As the directors have again engaged a world class faculty for this year, our hope is that each student will excel in their level. We offer a Recreational Program for the upper level students as well as an Adult Program, for those who wish to develop strength, and flexibility without too demanding of a schedule.

In addition to the solid dance curriculum Scottsdale School of Ballet offers various performance opportunities to our students. We feel that performing is a part of a student’s training and participation in all of our performances is a necessity. Every year we present two performances with original choreography and staging by the directors and faculty. Students, registered at the beginning of the year have the option to perform in our “Winter Festival” and the Spring Performance, “Soiree de Ballet,” unless you enroll in the non-performing “Recreational” option, or opt out of the performances. Students registered late in the season will be permitted to perform only with the approval and at the discretion of the directors. Please consult the “Performance Page” with requirements for all performers. All performing students will be required to attend Saturday rehearsals in addition to the regularly scheduled classes.

Through the years we are proud that the following students, Ashley Cox, Gabriella Keski, Allison Arendt, Andrew Hagerty, Jay Markov, Taylor Harrison, Jacqueline Gionet and Jacqueline Bertault, who were awarded the Scottsdale Ballet Foundation Scholarship and have attended such prestigious summer programs as: the Paris Opera Ballet School, American Ballet Theater Austin and NYC, and the Joffery Ballet School. Last years graduates Maria Biondo and Caroline Biondo were accepted and are attending the dance program at Texas Christian University and Julia Taravella is attending University of Arizona.