Ballet Arts students have several performance opportunities throughout the school year. All of our students participate in our year-end Dancer's Journey Showcase. Ballet Arts school director Melissa Larish is currently the Artistic Director of Mohawk Valley Ballet, a youth ballet company open to all dancers in the Central New York Region by annual audition.  MVB company members perform in the annual holiday performance of The Nutcracker and a spring ballet production.

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This performance gives each student the opportunity to mark the achievements made during their year of ballet instruction.  Students at each level perform and illustrate the beautiful progression of ballet technique as it develops through the grades via character dances and new pieces of choreography.

Photo by Emily Elwell


Mohawk Valley Ballet is the premiere youth ballet company of Central New York. The company's annual production of The Nutcracker at The Stanley Center for the Performing Arts in Utica is a family tradition for dancers and the public alike.