Performance of Bach Inventions at Herberger Theater Sat Nov. 14th!

    Scottsdale School of Ballet - Dance for all ages

    Scottsdale School of Ballet is delighted to invite you to see the upper levels perform Cece Huffman’s classical ballet, World Premiere of “Bach Inventions” set to the piano inventions of Johann Sebastian Bach. Our school’s performance is on Saturday, November 14th at 4:35 p.m. on the open air Pavilion Stage at the Herberger Theater, 222 East Monroe. Come and enjoy a wonderful ballet and other events, seating is limited so arrive early and enjoy some of the other activities.

    For those of you who would like to follow along at the show we have the casting below, or you can download a copy here. BACH INVENTIONS CASTING

    See more below Casting for Live Stream options!

    The event is free for all and there are activities for children, while keeping within the Covid 19 protocol. For more information on go to the link  FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS

    Can’t make it to the show? No problem as the event will also be LIVE STREAMED by the Herberger Theater. Here are the instructions to stream the performance.

    Any user wanting to watch the livestream of a performance will need to visit this link:

    Users will need to refresh the page around the start time of the performance. If the livestream does not show up, try again in a few seconds until the featured stream shows LIVE. Any user joining a livestream in progress will not be able to re-watch the beginning of the stream until an hour or so after the performance concludes and Facebook processes the video for viewing. After Facebook processes the video, users can use the same link provided to watch videos from earlier in the day. We will try our best to start the stream a minute or two early to allow viewers to join the stream. We hope you enjoy the performance!

    SSB Opens on Monday, August 17th!


      Scottsdale School of Ballet

      2020-2021 Season

      Directors Sibylle Acatos-Dadey and Donald Dadey are happy to announce that Scottsdale School of Ballet, will be open for in studio classes on Monday, August 17th. Wow, this is our 17th season, and we remain positive for the future ! We are happy to welcome all new and returning students to the 2020-2021 season. We know that despite this current situation, we will continue to inspire, motivate and challange the SSB students to be their best.

      This year, you will see all of the familiar faces with the SSB Faculty, Sibylle Acatos-Dadey, Donald Dadey, Paola Hartley, Cece Huffman, Julia Chacon, Kelsey Kroll and as always, our pianist for the Advanced level classes, Amanda Hidalgo. Feel free to peruse the bios of our faculty by going to the FACULTY page.

      We hope that everyone is staying safe and we want all to know that the safety of our staff and students is a highest priority for us. We will continue to follow all practices, policies and procedures as recommended by the CDC. and other health organizations. By implementing safety measures against the Covid-19 virus, we feel we are providing a safe environment. You can access these safety requirements for students and staff HERE.

      We are ever hopeful for our students to perform and although most theaters are closed through December 2020, we will continue to explore options for parents to see a presentation of the SSB students in December and again at the end of the year in May as has been the tradition of SSB since we first opened our doors.

      We hope if you are not currently enrolled in SSB, that you will take advantage of a free trial class. We are sure we will be a good fit for all the dance needs of your child.

      Soiree de Ballet 2020: To Our Students

        A Letter to our Scottsdale School of Ballet Students 

        Dear SBB Students,

        Today you would have been preparing for the opening night of the “Soiree de Ballet 2020”. You would have, as the well trained students that you are, made sure that you had all shoes, leotards, make-up, hair and other necessities already at the theater last night for the dress rehearsal. You would have signed yourselves in to get ready for warm-up, prepare for the day and await any corrections. You would work though those to ensure that you were in top form for your performances.

        We know that come performance time, you would have poured your heart and souls into every step and every moment onstage so that at the final curtain you would find yourselves exhausted. Exhausted, yes, but satisfied at knowing that all of the class time and rehearsal you put into this, would have been well worth every second and look forward to tomorrow’s matinee.

        Although none of this will happen, we are so grateful that you all still remain the most important part of Scottsdale School of Ballet. You cannot know our disappointment in the fact that you will not have your performances of the “Soiree de Ballet 2020” as planned and we are sorry this has happened. Parents we want to thank you as well for the support you have given Scottsdale School of Ballet and keeping your child dancing with us.

        We also want to let our Advanced Level II, know that we are so proud of all of you and the young women you have become and yes, we do take some credit for that as you have probably spent more time at the studio with us than you did at home.

        Graduates, we hope that soon we will be able to celebrate your accomplishments in a formal gathering but for the moment please accept this small tribute below. We wanted more impromptu photos of these graduates that is different than what you usually see. In seeing where our graduates will attend college, whoever said that ballet does not make you smarter, needs to read below. You ladies will always be our “Fabulous Five”.

        SARAH BRODERS – Congratulations!

        Sarah will be attending Duke University in Durham, North Carolina at the Pratt School of Engineering in as a Biomedical Engineer major and a minor in Dance.


        HANA MILLER – Congratulations!

        Hana will be attending Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan and is majoring in Environmental Science.


        NATALYA STANISIC – Congratulations!

        Natalya will be attending the Honors College at Arizona State University in Tucson, Arizona and is majoring in Biochemistry


        HANNAH WOOLERY – Congratulations!

        Hannah has committed to pursuing a professional career in ballet and we are hoping for her to attend Scottsdale School of Ballet for another year.



        GENEVA HOWES – A Huge Congratulations!
        Geneva is the first student to attend Scottsdale School from Pre-Primary (age 4) through to the Advanced graduating level.

        Geneva will be attending Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona and is majoring in Accounting


        Happy New Year for 2020

          Scottsdale School of Ballet would like to wish all dancers in Scottsdale School of Ballet a very happy and successful New Year. If you are looking for ballet training in the Scottsdale and Phoenix area, look no further.

          You will find all you need at our school from quality ballet training to dynamic Flamenco and Contemporary classes as well!

          If you are new to our school, we start open enrollment next week and you may come to any class from January 6th on to receive a free trial class. Following your class we will give you our evaluation for proper placement with your future in ballet and dance. Contact us at 480-948-8202 or email us at


          We look forward to seeing all of our students on January 6th, and look forward to welcoming all new students into the SSB family.


          Nutcracker Sweets Tea 2019

            The Scottsdale Ballet Foundation is once again holding the best Nutcracker Sweets Tea in the Valley! Save the date for the wonderful event with a full 3 Plated Tea Service, crafts for the little ones and featuring a special holiday performance by the students of the Scottsdale School of Ballet.

            The event will be held at the luxurious Chateau Luxe in Phoenix on Sunday, December 15th. The event doors open at 11:30 a.m. and we will finish by 2:00 p.m. You can purchase you tickets here or at the front desk of Scottsdale School of Ballet but make sure you purchase them soon to enjoy this kickoff to the holiday season. For more information on the Tea call the foundation at (480) 665-8679.

            A limited number of only 4 Premiere Tables at *$600.00 each include:

            1. Priority seating and entry into the event
            2. A table for 10 with Reserved Seating in front of the Stage
            3. 1st served for all plated tea service

            Regular tickets are: *$55 Adult – *$45.00 Child
            *Ticket prices listed are when purchased at Scottsdale School of Ballet. All tickets purchased online including the 3% PayPal fee.

            Seating for the regular tickets is open seating will follow the Premiere Tables and is on a first-come first-served basis. Purchase tickets at the Scottsdale Ballet Foundation website at SBF TEA and for individual tickets, chose 1 option, the number of tickets and to purchase additional tickets in a different option, click “continue shopping” at the top of the PayPal page.

            If you cannot make it to the Tea, consider making a donation to the foundation with the PayPal link.

            2019 Winter Festival

              2019 Winter Festival

              The Scottsdale School of Ballet’s  “2019 Winter Festival”, sponsored by the Scottsdale Ballet Foundation will feature a World Premiere by Donald Dadey, entilted “Distant Land”, set to the charming English folk tunes of John Rutter. This ballet showcases the Pre-Professional levels at SSB in a challenging work with fast technnique and pointework.

              For the holiday treat of the evening we present “The Nutcracker Suite” where the directors, Sibylle Acatos-Dadey and Donald Dadey, have re-staged a 1st Act Party Scene, leading into a dreamy Snow Scene. For the 2nd Act we have highlighted all of the traditional dances, culminating with the dance of the “Sugar Plum Fairy” and a rousing finale by the entire cast to set you in the holiday Spirit.

              Box Office 602.787.7738  or go online to purchase your TICKETS.

              2019 2020 Season supported by The Scottsdale Ballet Foundation

                The 2019 2020 Season

                Scottsdale School of Ballet is happy again to receive the support of the Scottsdale Ballet Foundation. Please take a few minutes to review this presentation about SSB and the foundation. Just click on each slide to go to the next one.

                SSB is and is still accepting enrollment for all levels. If you have a younger child who is interested in ballet, go to the registration page to get them enrolled today. There are great benefits to having more than 1 child enrolled as you will receive a 10% family discount on all tuition for the year.

                Why Boys Should Take Ballet!

                  Scottsdale and Phoenix Parents

                  Boys Need to Do Ballet!

                  I was introduced to ballet at age 12 and never looked back. I was lucky that growing up in Pittsburgh, I was inspired by the hall of fame wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Lynne Swann, who was injured and rehabilitated back to his steller on the field performance through ballet classes. This was more than enough proof for my classmates that, ballet is indeed not for sissies, when the great Lynne Swann was taking classes. After a short time in ballet I was awarded a full Ford Foundation scholarship to attend the School of American Ballet in New York City, and the rest is history.

                  Ballet has rewarded me in too many ways to mention, from training with some of the greatest teachers of our time, dancing around the world sharing the stage with many luminaries, to making life long friends in the arts. Please read the 2 articles in the links below, if you have a slight or even currently no interest in ballet. This is an art form that can change your life forever as it did mine.

                  Contact us at Scottsdale School of Ballet if you have any questions about enrolling for ballet classes this year. We have a place ready for you so all you need to do is get to the school and enroll. You can review all info here on the website.

                  7 Reasons Boys Should Take Ballet

                  Why Boys Should Take Ballet!

                  Classes begin August 12th 2019!

                    Wonderful Faculty for the 2019 – 2020 Season

                    Advanced Level in "The Ballet Class"

                                              SSB Advanced Level Students in  “The Ballet Class”

                    Classes for the 2019-2020 Season will begin August 12th 2019 and we want to welcome all new students and welcome back to all returning students. All students who have been enrolled in SSB last year will advance to the next level, unless otherwise instructed by the directors.

                    Level 1 in " The Ballet Class"

                    Level 1 in “The Ballet Class”

                    We take great care in making sure that our faculty is the best that can be offered and are extremely pleased with the 2019 -2020 faculty. Returning teaching staff is: Ballet/ Caroline Fazzuoli, Paola Hartey, Aidan Huff  Flamenco / Julia Chacon, Contemporary/ Kelsey Kroll, Rebecca Boizelle and our piano accompanist for the Advanced I and II, Amanda Hidalgo. We also want to welcome a new instructor to the ballet staff, Cece Huffman. She will be a wonderful addition to our school and feel free to visit the Faculty page to review her bio.

                    Level A and B in "The Ballet Class"

                    Level A and B in “The Ballet Class”

                    We have updated much of the site, with the current schedules, calendar, photos and will continue to update on a regular basis, the galleries and photos that represent the various levels in our school. Remember that you can always enroll online with the fillable form on the Registration page. Please email or call us with any questions and the current rates and fees for each level.

                    We look forward to seeing all of you the week of August 12th and keep checking back here as we will have the blog page updated regularly.

                    Soiree de Ballet 2019 “A Great Success”

                      Soiree de Ballet 2019

                      Scottsdale School of Ballet presented 2 wonderful performances at the Paradise Valley Community College on May 11th and May 12th. Both shows were a rousing success and all in attendance were treated to an evening filled with ballet, contemporary and Flamenco works.

                      Beginning with Contemporary works, we saw interpretations  of humanity and kindness  with SSB Levels 3, 4 and Intermediate, give way to a visceral and powerful presentation by the Advanced level.

                      Always a hit, “The Ballet Class” was performed flawlessly by all levels. Followed by “The Enchanted Room” the students showed wonderful portrayals as characters in this faraway land. Charming “Flowers”, “Butterflies”, “Duchesses”, “Woodlings”, “Gnomes” and ethereal “Apparitions” who offset the powerful scene between “The Girl” and “The Monsters”. All the while “The Spellcaster” and her court surprised all when choosing “The Girl” as their queen. A touching moment was provided at the end when “The Girl” is awakened to find that maybe our dreams can come true.

                      Finishing out the evening was a wonderful interpretation of the classic, “La Bayadere Act II”. Here the Pre-Professional levels had their chance to shine and pull out all of the stops, in dancing many of the demanding roles with flair and aplomb. From a lilting “Fan Dance” to a rousing “Golden Idol”, the ballet finished with a “Pas de Deux” and “Wedding Guests” quartet that held the audience captivated throughout.

                      The performances, as always are possible from the generous sponsorship and support by the Scottsdale Ballet Foundation. To get more information, or make a donation to support the wonderful work the foundation does click here FOUNDATION.