Celebrating Our 52nd Year of Dance!
The American Academy of Ballet, under the direction of Maris Battaglia, recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. More than 147 students have gone on to achieve prominent careers across the States, Canada and Europe in dance companies, television and the Broadway stage. We are proud to continue that tradition throughout the many years to come! The Academy's success and continued philosophy over the years is that "love and discipline can work together in a warm and caring atmosphere to provide positive experiences that will last a lifetime."
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About the May Performance
At the American Academy of Ballet, our annual end of year performance showcases our dancers and their training received throughout the year. The May Performance is a wonderful opportunity to perform at the beautiful UB Center for the Arts main stage for a grand audience unlike any other! The show has become a tradition for all Academy students' family and friends to enjoy, selling out performances and promoting the arts in Western New York.
Every year, different themes and dances are performed on the stage by all students from ages four to eighteen. Some have included Four Seasons, Sleeping Beauty, Mary Poppins, Lion King, Swan Lake, and our famous finale of Time to Say Goodbye as well as many more from well known ballets, the Broadway stage and movies!
"I admire Maris and the way she mentors her students. She is an example for dance teachers all over America. Her dedication, her imagination and caring, warmth and knowledge that she gives to her students is so impressive. She has produced many wonderful dancers over the years through her performances." - Patricia McBride, former principal dancer with New York City Ballet