The history of Ballet Arts is a reflection of the history and success of dance in America. Founded in 1937, Ballet Arts is one of the longest-established, continuously-operating dance schools in New York City's history.

For over 80 years, our studios have provided a home for some of the finest teachers in America, where the creation and rehearsal of many famous ballets took place and where the hard work of students propelled some to great fame in the dance world. Ballet Arts has hosted some of the legendary dancers and choreographers of the 20th century.

From its time at Studio 61 in Carnegie Hall, the Ballet Arts school has played host to such early dance pioneers as The Isadora Duncan Dancers, Ted Shawn, Ruth St. Denis, and Yeichi Nimura. Later, when classical ballet captured the American imagination, Ballet Arts was foremost in providing teaching and rehearsal space to such legendary figures as Michael Mordkin and Lucia Chase (who would shortly found a company called Ballet Theatre), Agnes DeMille, Jerome Robbins and George Balanchine.

After WWII, Ballet Arts was a mecca for some of the greatest teachers in the country: Alexander Danilova, Margaret Craske, Vladimir Dokoudovsky, Rosella Hightower, Eugene Loring, Vera Nemtchinova, Bronislava Nijinska, Nina Stroganova, and Anthony Tudor.

Since that time, the school has attracted an ever-wider range of teachers in all disciplines, but it is in the field of ballet that Ballet Arts has shown its leadership: Willy Burmann, Robert Blankshine, Nanette Glushak, Woytek Lowsky and Bo Spasoff, among many others. They provided an important transition to the modern era.

With our faculty of outstanding achievement, Ballet Arts is among the finest schools in the United States and continues to be a center for creative learning in the field of dance. 

We look forward to continuing our wonderful legacy and expanding the boundaries of our work in the world of dance education.

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IN MEMORY: Teachers From Our Past

  1. Agnes de Mille

  2. Aida Alvarez

  3. Alexandra Danilova

  4. Amelia Gilmore

  5. Angel Cansino

  6. Anton Dolin

  7. Antony Tudor

  8. Boris Romanoff

  9. Bronislava Nijinska

  10. David Harris

  11. Dean Crane

  12. Edward Caton

  13. Eugene Loring

  14. Eva Evdokimova

  15. Floris Alexander

  16. Gemze de Lappe

  17. Henry Danton

  18. Jan Miller

  19. Johan Renvall

  20. John Prinz

  21. Jon Gregory

  22. Kaleria Fedicheva

  23. Kira Guzikova

  24. Kirill Matveev

  25. Lisan Kay

  26. Lowell Smith

  27. Margaret Craske

  28. Mariquita Flores

  29. Mary Jane Brown

  30. Nana Gollner

  31. Natasha Grishin

  32. Nicholai Orloff

  33. Nina Stroganova

  34. Patricia Dokoudovsky

  35. Paul Petroff

  36. Robert Blankshine

  37. Rosella Hightower

  38. Sonia Woizikowska

  39. Vera Nemtchinova

  40. Vladimir Dokoudovsky

  41. Vladimir Konstantinov

  42. Wilhelm Burmann

  43. Woytek Lowsky

  44. Yeichi Nimura