Brandywine Ballet Co

Rating: 4.7 stars   23 reviews

Nonprofit Issues:

Arts & Culture


317 Westtown Rd Suite 5 West Chester PA 19382 USA


The Brandywine Ballet Company was founded in 1978 by Artistic Director Donna Muzio as a semi-professional dance ensemble serving Chester County, Pennsylvania and the surrounding areas.  Through the Brandywine Ballet pre-professional dancers were afforded the opportunity to perform in a professional setting and work with professional artists.  In 1999 with assistance from internationally recognized choreographer Eddy Toussaint, the Brandywine Ballet debuted Brandywine Ballet Theatre, a fully-professional arm of the Company.  Through Brandywine Ballet productions, audiences are able to enjoy classic and contemporary ballet performances including such favorites as Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Dracula and the holiday classic The Nutcracker.

Target demographics:

broaden and entertain audiences

Direct beneficiaries per year:

over 100 students and over 4000 patrons of live performing arts.

Geographic areas served:

West Chester, Pa


full length ballets, student matinees, summer workshops and master classes

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 3 stars  

The Brandywine Ballet is a very great pre-professional ballet company. They are extremely professional and all of the dancers are very talented. There are a ton of performing opportunities and the dancers are able to train under great teachers. The students learn professionalism, dedication, and exceptional Vaganova technique. However, the Brandywine Ballet does need some work behind the scenes. It is evident that there is a lot of favoritism and politics involved. I also can't see the difference between the Brandywine Ballet Company, Theatre, and Trainees. They usually get the same parts and the same amount of performing opportunities and the same dance classes. Some students received more attention because their parents paid more, while other students were ignored. Students are also told not to audition for other summer intensives. Money seems to be a driving force with this organization. Even though there is work to be done behind the scenes, it is without a doubt one of the best dance schools in the area. I would recommend it to serious ballet students, but they should be aware of the politics.

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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have seen multiple shows by the Brandywine Ballet Company and Theatre, among them The Nutcracker, Dracula, Voices. The quality of dance is generally good in the older dancers. However, I see no versatility when the dancers perform other styles. All of their performances have the same balletic choreography with little to no variation. If these dancers wish to pursue professional careers, I hope that they are being exposed to different styles and aren't being trained as "bun heads" who aren't able to let go of their technique if need be. Also, personal interaction with some of the dancers has revealed that there have been quite a few experiences with eating disorders. I understand that there is a certain image expected of ballerinas; however, I DON'T understand how such an organization could put the health of their dancers (none of them over the age of 25 and many of them in their teens) as a second priority to a quality performance and a stable company. Of course, this company is very good at ballet and their ballet performances; perhaps the best in the area. I just think that perhaps it needs work behind the scenes.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

high quality, technical performances.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I am thankful The Brandywine Ballet is in my hometown of West Chester, PA. This organization has provided me with high quality training and performance opportunities I couldn't have received anywhere else in the area. I am an advocate of art education and Brandywine Ballet has exceeded my expectations. I will forever love the company and the wonderful people involved. As I take my career to new heights I will take everything I've learned along the way with me.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the performances put on multiple times per season. They are always fresh, exciting experiences that have many hours of hard work and dedication put into them. The time, effort, and talent of everyone involved really shines on stage!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make every production even more spectacular and special. If the budget was increased the Fall series of Dracula could have flying dancers and numerous other stage features simply un-affordable at this time.

Ways to make it better...

the company had more money in it's budget to increase the stage theatrics, as well as the professional staff.

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One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

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