This is a magical place! The professional and caring atmosphere at the Ballet School of Stamford is incredible! My daughter loves every aspect of the school! Finding this school was like hitting the jackpot!
My daughter has danced at BSS for 8 years, and I have nothing but respect for this marvelous institution. In addition to instilling a love of dance and providing superior instruction, BSS has given her a strong sense of responsibility, community and respect for others. Her relationships with her teachers and the administration go far beyond the classroom. They are mentors, field trip chaperones, and role models. As far as nonprofits go, BSS uses its donations to directly benefit our community -- giving so many children with a desire to dance the opportunity to learn from the best. It is an absolute pleasure to see the diversity or our city represented on stage during the year-end performance. I am proud to be associated with BSS as a parent, volunteer and donor, and will continue to support the school even after my daughter graduates this year.
My daughter has danced with BSS for 7 years. The quality of instruction is second to none. Most importantly, BSS has instilled a strong sense of community, responsibility, maturity and commitment in her. I think they strike the right balance between competition and teamwork as well. You do have to audition for larger roles in productions (and there are clearly some standouts) but everyone is able to participate and find their place in the spot light. Even the location of the schools contributes to my daughter's independence at a young age. The girls have extensive rehearsals at various times of day, and over time have earned the right to leave the facilities and take advantage of the restaurants, shops and libraries of downtown Stamford. I am so pleased that the school is representative of the larger Stamford community -- doing so much outreach and offering numerous scholarships to children who wouldn't participate otherwise. BSS is a second home for my daughter and I'm proud to support it
Ballet School of Stamford has served as a place of inspiration and a second family and home for my now high school-age daughter since she was a toddler. School director Marti Etter and the entire staff bring a high degree of integrity and technical sophistication to the dance curriculum and show compassion and care to every student on a 1:1 level. I'm also impressed with the diversity of the school. Children of all backgrounds--from Stamford, Bridgeport, New Canaan, Greenwich, Bedford, NY and other nearby towns--come together to partake in the joy of dance. Each student, no matter his/her dance ability or neighborhood, is welcomed and encouraged, and strong friendships spawn between students who would otherwise not have a chance to meet. This is a ballet school with heart. I'm proud to be the parent of a BSS student, as well as a volunteer and donor for the school.
Having volunteered since the opening of the school, I am more impressed, inspired and delighted every year by the quality of ballet education offered here. High standards, caring faculty, dynamic leadership all contribute to the magic of the school.
I cannot say enough great things about Ballet School of Stamford. My daughter has been dancing at BSS for the past 7 years and she absolutely loves it. The instructors and staff genuinely care about the dancers and want to see them succeed and be the best they can be. They have instilled self-confidence and pride in my daughter's abilities as a dancer, and as a person overall trained with focus and self-dicipline both physical and mental that will serve her well in life. She has forged long-lasting friendships with her classmates as well as her instructors. Most of the staff and instructors have been at BSS since my daughter began. It's so nice (and rare!) to have that kind of continuity, especially at a non-profit. Clearly, the staff at BSS love what they do and it shows - in their kindness, determination and exuberance for dance.
The highly qualified and professional staff at the Ballet School of Stamford have inspired my daughters love of and commitment to dance . She gets incredible individual attention from every one of the staff which, in today's world, is hard to come by! I highly recommend the Ballet School of Stamford!
My daughter began taking classes at the Ballet School of Stamford at age 3. I am so thankful for the caring and expert teachers that have given her not only the beautiful gift of ballet, but also self confidence, poise, and grace. The staff is talented, as well as kind, and they create a beautiful environment for all students to learn, love, and respect Ballet and each other.
We switched from another local studio four years ago. At the time my older daughter was 9. We switched because her primary interest is ballet. Since she began she has improved every year. The teachers are excellent The teachers have the right balance of firmness and nurturing. My younger daughter began dancing at the Ballet School when she was 4. The instruction for the young children is great. The teachers are patient and kind and the students love it.
I love that there is no pressure to promote children on pointe before they are physically ready. Once they begin pointe it is in small amounts so as to prevent injury. They work with each student individually to help them develop into the best ballet dancer they can. The end of year show is spectacular. Unlike many studios, class time is not lost rehearsing for the show. Those interested in performing have rehearsal outside of class time. This way their development is not hindered.
I love that it is a non profit. Dance is important and students shouldn't be restricted to only those who can afford it. In class, one cannot tell the socio-economic background of the students. The school is very diverse.
I highly recommend and will continue to have my daughters dance at the Ballet School.
This is a wonderful non-profit. The school brings culture and dance to the area. They give many scholarships to provide instruction and a safe place to those who cannot afford it.
My daughter is not a scholarship student but has been dancing with the Ballet School of Stamford for 11 years. The school has amazing instructors. This has become a home away from home for my daughter. Besides getting the best dance instruction in Faifield/Westchester, they are taught discipline, compassion and team work. It has given my daughter a wonderful outlet with the rigors of high school. This is a fabulous non-profit organization and school!
I recently enrolled my 15 year old daughter in BSS after her high school could not fulfill her needs for an extra curricular activity. I am really happy that i choose this one because they make us feel like we are not the new family and they welcomed us in. My daughter stated that even the other students treat her like family and are very helpful. They are helping me to make my daughter a well rounded individual and to become more aware of the endless possibilities out there for her. She is a very shy child and this class has built her confidence so much that she is auditioning for her first play.
My daughter has attend the school for a number of years and has grown as a dancer and a young woman under the direction of the wonderful staff of the school. Aside from receiving excellent Ballanchine-style ballet training, she has learned about personal health and hygiene, accepting disappointment (in not receiving roles), supporting classmates, personal responsibility, time management, etc. She really looks forward to the summer program every year where they are really allowed to explore their passions as well as dip their toes into new dance styles. I'm proud to be a part of a school that is an excellent citizen of our diverse city too. BSS's outreach is excellent. They are always willing to step up and contribute to public school functions in any way they can.
I enrolled my daughter at age 5. She is 14 now and has attended each session (plus summer sessions)continuously. The BSS staff has become an extended family to us, they are genuinely concern and dedicated in grooming a well rounded dancer/person. The program is reflective of the New York City Ballet in that the BSS requires uniform dress for each level achieved, in addition to Bun Day, where the student is taught the correct way to style her hair in a bun. I have seen a young duckling grow into a beautiful swan. Because of ballet my daughter has gained confidence in many areas of her life. She has established longterm friendships and new found friends from around the world. She has become exposed to such genres as classical music and foreign languages. I believe the physical benefits of attending the BSS will serve her well into her adult life. We are grateful to have found the BSS program and recommend the school to every community.