The New American Youth Ballet and Conservatory was founded in 2004 to provide Northeast Indiana children from all socioeconomic backgrounds the opportunity to efficiently pursue both elite-level classical dance training and a rigorous college preparatory education without compromising the quality of either experience.
Offering courses for all ages and levels, the New American Youth Ballet follows an exclusive classical ballet syllabus based on the aesthetics of George Balanchine and the teachings of Marcia Dale Weary—two of the foremost visionaries of classical ballet in America.
This curriculum develops dancers who reach an advanced level of training at a very young age and who possess the precise technique, speed and intense musicality characteristic of contemporary American-style ballet training while maintaining a pure classical line and artistic sensibility.
Our schedule is individually customized to suit each dancer’s needs throughout the various seasons of training. Performance repertory is carefully selected to strengthen and challenge our students’ artistic and technical needs.
In ten years of operation, our dancers have achieved outstanding success in the ballet world. Our intermediate and advanced dancers regularly receive scholarships to the finest summer programs in the country, including the School of American Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet School, the Chautauqua Institution, and many more.
Our alumni are working in professional companies such as the New York City Ballet, Charlotte Ballet, Nevada Ballet Theatre, and Louisville Ballet, as well as studying on scholarship at the top ballet departments in the country, including Indiana University, Butler University, University of Arizona, and University of Utah.
The New American Youth Ballet is a member of the Mid-States Regional Ballet Association and Regional Dance America.
Unique to our program is the option for our advanced dancers to combine their ballet training and academic schooling through our on-site college preparatory private school, the New American Conservatory.
For more information on the New American Conservatory, please click on the New American Conservatory tab at the top of this page or download our Curriculum Guide.