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.


                  Soiree de Ballet 2019

                    Kenta Taniguchi

                    Scottsdale School of Ballet will once again present 2 performances at for the Soiree de Ballet 2019 a the  Paradise Valley Community College for these shows. We are also happy to announce our Spring guest artist, Kenta Taniguchi  (see bio below) of the Eugene Ballet dancing the role of “Solor” in “La Bayadere Act II. Mr Taniguchi, as well as these performances are generously sponsored by the Scottsdale Ballet Foundation.

                    The evening features the perennial favorite, “The Ballet Class,” where the audience gets a look into the training of a ballet student, from the beginning steps through the Advanced level.

                    This is followed by “The Enchanted Room”, an original work choreographed by Donald and Sibylle Dadey, and Flamenco by Julia Chacon is set to a compilation score where the story follows a girl who instead of doing homework, daydreams, falls asleep and dreams of a faraway land.  Or is it a dream?

                    For the finale, we present highlights and our variations from “La Bayadere-Act II, set to the wonderful music of Ludwig Minkus. Exquisitely re-staged after one of the classical masters by Sibylle  Acatos-Dadey, with additional choreography by her and director Donald Dadey.  We are also featuring choreography from faculty members, Kelsey Kroll and Rebecca Boizelle for our Contemporary portion of the program.

                    Again, both performances are held at the Center for The Performing Arts, Paradise Valley Community College on May 11th 7:00 and May 12th at 2:30. Paradise Valley Community College is located at 18401 N 32nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85032 at the corner of 32nd Street and Union Hills.

                    To purchase tickets now, click this link SPRING TICKETS  or you can also purchase your tickets in person  at the PVCC box office and over the phone at 602.787.7738. We encourage you to by your tickets early as we have sold out some shows in the past.

                    Kenta Taniguchi
                    Guest Artist –  “Solor” in “La Bayadere- Act II”

                    A native of Arizona, Kenta started his ballet training at the Yen – Li Chen Ballet School and
                    continued his dance education at the Arizona School of Classical Ballet and Dmitri Kulev
                    Classical Ballet Academy. He is a graduate of Texas Christian University where he attended under full scholarship,
                    and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet.
                    Kenta placed Top 12 and 3rd in the Youth America Grand Prix regional competitions. In addition to dancing, Kenta has choreographed classical and contemporary works for different schools.

                    Classes Begin August 13th!

                      Classes begin August 13th / Announcing new Faculty

                      Scottsdale School of Ballet classes will begin the week of August 13th for all levels. Please see the schedule page for more information on classes. If you are interested in a new enrollment at SSB, keep in mind that you have a free trial class so we can be sure the class and our school is a good fit for your student. Please fill out the online registration form on this web-site and don’t hesitate call to reserve your trial class.

                      We are also happy to announce the addition of Kelsey Kroll and Rebecca Boizelle, as our Contemporary teachers, and to welcome back Aidan Huff to the ballet faculty for this year. We are looking forward to the insightful training they will provide to the SSB students.

                      As usual we will have 2 performance seasons including the Winter Festival 2018 in December and Soiree de Ballet 2019 in May 2019. We encourage all of the students to participate in the shows, as this is an important aspect of ballet and dance training.

                      Feel free to email us at or call the studio at 480-948-8202.