The Academy, Montana Ballet Company’s official educational facility, provides the finest classical ballet instruction for students age 3 to pre-professional. With a humanistic approach, The Academy’s professional faculty introduces children and adults alike to the art, discipline, and beauty of classical ballet, enriching the minds and spirits of those who aspire to learn the art form and establish a profound and life-long relationship with dance.
Our preeminent training focuses on the attainment of technical ability and artistry, as well as teaching meaningful and important life skills.
We believe that dance is a holistic practice embodying not only classical ballet technique and discipline but also the many life lessons learned in the unique setting of the studio.
– Elizabeth DeFanti, MBC Artistic Director
Students from our Academy audition and are accepted to summer programs throughout the United States. Our students have attended American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, Ballet West, Harid Conservatory, and other prestigious schools. Their acceptance into these programs is a tribute to their dedication and the high quality training they receive at the Montana Ballet Company and Academy.
(Pre-Ballet & Beginning Ballet)
Our Pre-Ballet and Beginning Ballet classes introduce children to the brilliant world of dance. The primary focus in this Division is capturing children’s innate joy of moving and instilling a love of dance. Students learn rudimentary ballet vocabulary in French, classroom etiquette, and how to work in a group setting. Goals are to foster creativity, while students develop coordination, balance, and rhythm. Props are used to enhance creative movement, body awareness and understanding of spatial relations. This class is suitable for children who are able to separate from their caregiver for roughly 45 minutes.
We have ongoing enrollment for our Lower Division, accepting students throughout the academic year.