About The Ballet Class
The Ballet Class was founded in 1978 by Lynne Stetson, who danced in the New York City Ballet for nine years under the direction of George Balanchine. In 2007 the stewardship of The Ballet Class and its traditions were assumed by its current director Celeste Morningstar, who previously taught at the school for 20 years and danced professionally in Arizona Ballet and American Festival Ballet. It is located at The Rye Arts Center.
The Ballet Class provides classical ballet training for children between the ages of 5 and 18 with varying levels of experience and accomplishment. The younger students learn the fundamentals of ballet while older students study technique, pointe, partnering and variations.
Students who attend The Ballet Class from September to June are given an opportunity to perform on stage in a recital at the conclusion of the year where they can demonstrate their accomplishments. Some students are invited to participate in lecture demonstrations at local schools. Many students have moved on to study at School of American Ballet in New York and have become professional ballet dancers in companies throughout the United States.
The faculty is comprised of an extraordinarily accomplished group of teachers who are presently or have previously been professional ballet dancers in some of the most prestigious ballet companies in the country including New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. They all enjoy the tradition of passing on to their students the classical ballet knowledge and technique acquired from their own renowned teachers.