ACADEMY OF BALLET ARTS INC

St Petersburg, FL   |  www.academyofballetarts.org

Mission

The mission of the Academy of Ballet Arts Inc. is to develop the potential of each student to express his or her individual ideas and emotions through the beauty of movement. The Academy values diversity, nurtures creativity and builds community. The Academy envisions developing a direct connection with the county's residents and visitors through arts education and public performances. Through the Academy's professional curriculum and performances, young dancers will be prepared to pursue a career in the arts.

Ruling year info

2001

Artistic Director

Ms Suzanne Bramblett Pomerantzeff

Studio Director

Mrs. Michelle Kuusela

Main address

2914 1st Ave N

St Petersburg, FL 33713 USA

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EIN

59-2926455

NTEE code info

Ballet (A63)

Dance (A62)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Academy of Ballet Arts has had a strong community presence in St. Petersburg and Pinellas County since its founding in 1969. As school hours, activities and academic requirements have changed in the past ten years, the Academy has found itself less visible. Family incomes and working hours for one or both parents have also changed and are reflected in a transportation crisis. A student who wishes to become a professional dancer needs access to daily class and a student who does not want a dance career but does want to achieve their personal best also needs daily class. Younger students are often enrolled in after-school care that prevents them from getting to their assigned classes which results in them having to stop taking lessons. The Academy's mission is to provide all potential student the opportunity to study dance after school and on week-ends. We are researching ways in which we can bring dance to the schools as well as bringing students to the Academy.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Creative Movement

Creative Movement introduces the basic gross motor and fine motor skills to children ages 3-5. The emphasis is on learning music recognition and tempo (Listening skills), shapes, locomotion skills, creativity, self-discipline, team work and the basics of anatomy for dancers. Individual creativity and problem solving is encouraged.

Population(s) Served

Pre-Ballet is a two year program for students 5-8 years old. It is an introductory class that prepares the body for the physical requirements of classical ballet. Concentration is on developing alignment, body awareness using Kinesiology for dancer; large motor co-ordination such as skipping, balancing on one leg; movement concepts such as under-over, around-through, high-low, soft-loud and learning how to work with others, listen and observe, self-discipline,self- motivation and creativity. Students take class once a week.

Population(s) Served

A two-year curriculum for beginning students ages 7-12 years old. The students are taught proper alignment for their own individual bodies and are being prepared to understand the principles behind turn-out, its function and proper application in dance. Students are introduced to a basic classical ballet warm-up, simple stretches,and port de bras. Center work concentrates on balance, body directions, shift of weight, spotting, port de bras, creativity, and musicality. Allegro consists of temps leve, grand echappe, changement, glissade, pas de chat, assemble, jete and sissonne simple. Classes may be taken once or twice a week.

Population(s) Served

This program is based on the Vaganova (Russian) six year curriculum as well as introducing elements of Bournonville (Danish) training and American Ballet Theatre's National Training Curriculum. Students are selected during a placement class to enter a specific level. Each level has an attendance requirement of a minimum of twice a week up to six days a week and is based on a two year curriculum in each level. The program includes required classes in ballet technique and character, pointe, variations and Pas de Deux (when appropriate), jazz, contemporary dance and modern. All classes are taught by professional staff and have the goal of providing professional training for all students even if their intent is to pursue other careers that dance.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Financials

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ACADEMY OF BALLET ARTS INC

Board of directors
as of 2/2/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Ann Victoria Balog

NWR Aquatics

Term: 2013 -

Tai White

Free-lance Artist

Michelle Kuusela

Academy of Ballet Arts Inc.

Suzanne Pomerantzeff

Academy of Ballet Arts Inc.

Ann Balog

MWR Aquatics Pensacola

Marsha Wilson

Bon Secours

Melinda Roskos

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John Davis

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Sharon McCaman

Communicasting

Grace Smith

CPA

Briana Reed

Free-lance Artist