MYB Executive Artistic Director, Rose Caiola, first opened Studio Maestro in 1995 at the 68th St. location on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Ms. Caiola's dream was to create a pre-professional ballet school for students, ages 8-23, with a strong foundation in classical technique including a diverse faculty to train aspiring young dancers in a nurturing environment. The first teacher for the pre-professional division of the school was current MYB Head Faculty, Deborah Wingert. As time progressed, Ms. Caiola was able to bring on more faculty members including current Head of Classical Repertoire, Marina Stavitskaya. She also brought in esteemed guest teachers including Violette Verdy, Judith Fugate, Christina Fagundes, and Leslie Browne. As the school grew, the need for a larger space became apparent. The search began for an ideal location to house the growing school, which was renamed Manhattan Youth Ballet in 2005.
In 2008, Manhattan Youth Ballet moved to Ms. Caiola's dream space of Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, an 18,000 square foot multi-purpose facility dedicated to serving the evolving needs of New York City’s arts community, as well as a cultural home base for one of the City’s newest residential neighborhoods, West Clinton. The school has grown from a two-level program into a six-level graded curriculum that includes classes in technique, pointe, men's technique, partnering, character, contemporary, and pilates. Each year, MYB serves over 100 students from New York City’s tri-state area, placing its graduates into some of the world’s leading dance companies, including American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Washington Ballet, Corella Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theater. Focused on real-world training, students are offered multiple opportunities to expand their professional experience, thanks to seasonal intensives, workshops and master classes taught by leading artists from around the globe. Also, thanks to a faculty whose pedigree spans The Kirov Ballet to modern masters such as Lar Lubovitch, students have the unique opportunity to learn classic and contemporary repertoire from Marius Petipa, George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, and Anthony Tudor, to name a few.
* In 2011, MYB added New York City Ballet Principal Dancer, Daniel Ulbricht as Artistic Advisor and Brian Reeder as Choreographer-in-Residence.
As a core program in the Centers’ conceptual design, Manhattan Youth Ballet feeds the founding vision of taking an art form traditionally available to a select few and making it accessible to all. The facility lies strategically between Lincoln Center and Broadway’s theater district, and, not coincidently, shares numerous ties with the professionals who work in both spheres.
* Manhattan Youth Ballet admits students of any race, color, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin, with all rights and privileges, to programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin in administration of its education policies, admission policies, scholarship programs or any other school-administrated programs.
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