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This fall marked a new beginning for me: starting a new company, Ballet Kalamazoo. This company is made possible by all of us and this is what makes Ballet Kalamazoo special. It is a community filled with kind, friendly, welcoming dancers and families. As an instructor, I want to change the way dance is taught by providing a classroom experience that is driven by positivity, joy, and happiness.


The importance of learning proper ballet technique, the vocabulary, artistry, discipline, dedication and respect of the art form while working as a team and showing kindness to one another is emphasized. I’ve seen in a short time how incredibly capable even the youngest dancers are and how their individual talents are shining through. It is incredible to see week after week how they all improve individually and as a ballet company.


THANK YOU to my wonderful dancers and their families. 


We have had some exciting events this fall. Six of our dancers auditioned and received parts in The Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker! The performance is Tuesday, December 6th at 7pm at Miller Auditorium. Visit for tickets. I am so proud of our dancers for taking part in such an amazing opportunity, and I can’t wait to see them perform! 


Our “Bring a Friend Week” was the week of October 24th -27th.  Dancers could wear their Halloween costumes and bring a friend for a free special ballet class. It was so great to see all the costumes and the affection shared by the dancers and their friends. There is nothing better than to dance with your best friend! 

 December 10th is our Nutcracker Tea and Cookie Decorating Party to celebrate our dancers and the joy of being together in the Christmas Season. The theme is ballet’s most famous story: The Nutcracker and we will have a tea party with cookie decorating, dancing and more!



Everyone is welcome to join us for this special event!


If you are interested in joining Ballet Kalamazoo, this is a great way to meet everyone, see the studio and sign up for our Winter Semester!


RSVP on Facebook:

Nutcracker Tea and

Cookie Decorating Party


The classes on December 12th, 14th and 15th are our Parent Observation Nights.  We invite our families to sit inside the ballet studio and see the amazing progress and talent their dancer is demonstrating this year.


Ballet Kalamazoo will be organizing a special group outing for our dancers and families to the Alamo Drafthouse to see the upcoming movie The Ballerina! More details to come soon! In the meantime, check out the trailer:

Ballerina Official International Trailer #1 (2016) Elle Fanning, Maddie Ziegler Animated Movie HD. I can’t wait to see it with everyone!


I found a new favorite product I would like to share!  I am in love with the Rubia Wear Legwarmers. They are handmade by Boston Ballet Principal Dancer Ashley Ellis, and I came across them on Instagram.  I ordered my first pair, and I absolutely love them. Ashley Ellis picks unique fabrics and fun colors and truly understands the needs of dancers.


Most legwarmers are bulky, unflattering, and they either don’t stay up or are too tight. Rubia Wear provides the right amount of warmth, and they are so flattering! I love supporting small businesses especially, a fellow dance artist. They make leg warmers for kids too!


I posted a fun boomerang video of myself showing off my new legwarmers and was excited to see Rubia Wear re-post! Check it out :) 


You can follow me @amykzooballerina and @balletkalamazoo on Instagram.














I was asked this week by a young dancer my advice on feeling disappointed. My advice is that we all feel this emotion, and it can be confusing. We can look at disappointment as a failure, or we can see it as an opportunity to grow and move in a new direction. Each disappointment provides a point of learning. It is in these challenges that can spring determination. It is ok to feel disappointed but then you have the ability to become empowered by it. Let it drive you to your fullest potential and trust in your path and that there is always something greater waiting around the corner.


Most importantly, believe in yourself and keep going towards your goals. 


I hope to play an important role in my dancers’ lives by providing a nurturing place in Ballet Kalamazoo. I will give my dancers a warm studio, a loving heart, a listening ear and the gift of dance.


I hope you’ll join us!




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