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Celebrating Our 52nd Year of Dance!

The American Academy of Ballet, under the direction of Maris Battaglia, is celebrating its 52nd year of dance. 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 positive reinforcement can work together in a warm and caring atmosphere to provide experiences that will last a lifetime."

Princess Camp

Important Dates:


April 10-15 - Spring Break - Studio Closed
April 17 - AAB Reopens
May 26 - Dress Rehearsal at UB
May 28 - AAB Performance
May 29 - Memorial Day - Studio Closed
June 14 - Last Day of AAB Classes
June 17 - Fairytale Dance Performance
June 26 - Princess and Dance Camps begin
August 14-18 - Intensive Week
September 9 - AAB School Begins

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.

Swan Lake

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!

Ballroom Fall Flowers Mary Poppins

M&M

"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

TTSG & Maris

American Academy of Ballet