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The Conservatory at NSB provided me with the opportunity
to explore my artistry as a dancer, through class work and performance the faculty at NSB allowed me the chance to work towards my dreams every day.

– Olivia Cornelius, Class of 2019

My time at The Conservatory at NSB has been a huge step forward in my journey towards becoming a professional dancer. With the various styles of dance taught by the extremely knowledgeable and supportive faculty, along with the many performance opportunities, I feel confident that I am prepared to enter the professional world of dance.

-Melanie Cuddeback, Class of 2019

Growing up at Northeast School of Ballet has been an incredible ride. My seven year old self, would have never imagined that I could have made a career in dance. Every step of my journey at NSB over the past eleven years has motivated me to achieve my dream. During my time the Conservatory, I have been surrounded by the most hardworking students and teachers. They are all so passionate about what they do, and it is evident in every class and rehearsal. I am the person I am today because of the constant support from my peers and teachers. In addition, I will graduate with all the memorable performance opportunities with friends, guest artists, choreographers, directors and musicians both at home and abroad. I’m grateful to have grown up at NSB and have experienced so many blessings at such a young age. It has been amazing!

– Gia DiLisio, Class of 2019

The Conservatory at Northeast School of Ballet changed my life.
I remember the first days when the concept of a Conservatory program was still a distant dream. It was hard to believe a program with this level of rigor and training could be possible. It wasn’t until I saw a draft of the schedule that I knew it would work out. When the program was officially announced I could barely contain my excitement. The idea of being in the studio all day with people that all share the same love and passion for dance was incredible. To this day, the same love and passion flows through the studio. The energy that is shared by the students and teachers is truly magical. Not only has it nurtured my passion for dance, it has helped me to find my voice through movement. Movement has become a conversation with everything around me. Whether it is through the rigorous ballet training or the freedom of improvisation, each member of NSB’s brilliant faculty has helped me to discover an aspect of my voice. I will forever be thankful to everyone that has made my time at the Northeast School of Ballet possible.

Ethan Maszer, Class of 2019

Deciding to leave the typical high school path for the The Conservatory at Northeast School of Ballet was a hard decision
for both my family and I, but ultimately the right decision for my future. The Conservatory gave me a means to fully explore my passion for ballet and realize that it could become my career path. I was also able to continue pursuing my academics at a high level, allowing me to have potential futures in both dance and college. Without the exceptional training and performance opportunities given to students of the Conservatory, I would not be the dancer or the person I am today. NSB has given me many life changing experiences for which I will always be grateful.

Sophie Michel, Class of 2019

I joined the Conservatory at Northeast School of Ballet at the
start of my senior year of high school. Prior to this, my training came from a dance studio that didn’t focus on classical ballet. Ballet has always been my favorite style of dance, but since I felt uncomfortable leaving my childhood studio, I didn’t switch until my last year of high school. Although I treasured the time I spent at my studio, I felt I had learned all I could and it was time to move on. I am so happy with my decision to study at The Conservatory at NSB. All the teachers and dancers are so kind and welcoming, and I really feel that my experience here will help improve my dancing technically and artistically. I feel challenged every day by the curriculum. The faculty gives understandable corrections and I feel they are truly looking out for my wellbeing. I’m so lucky to spend so much of my time focusing on an art form I am truly passionate about, and I am happy to have found my place at NSB.– Niamh Rollins, Class of 2019. The Conservatory Program has been an amazing start to my pre-professional ballet career. I couldn’t have grown without the guidance of the program’s amazing staff. Their professionalism, knowledge, patience and dedication have been instrumental in improving my technique, musicality, and artistry. I could not have asked for a better environment in which to learn and grow. The program has encouraged my passion for dance and it has provided me with an unforgettable experience that I will carry with me throughout my life!

– Zoe Van Beever, Class of 2019

 

Joining the conservatory was not an easy decision. To dedicate more than 20 hours of dance a week meant sacrifice, hard work, and an unbelievable amount of perseverance. However, looking back as a senior, I can say with full confidence that I do not regret my decision in the least. The excellent, well-rounded training I received from the remarkable faculty to the generous performing opportunities have become imperative to my growth as a dancer. The faculty members at the Conservatory are not mere teachers, but mentors who care deeply about each dancer and have passed on the joy of dancing to myself. Everyday, when I come into the studio, I sense a camaraderie that is so special and unique to this school and it truly feels like a second home to me. Any dancer who joins The Conservatory will be both challenged and inspired by the incredible amount of talent and artistry here. The Conservatory has cultivated an energy so contagious that it can only empower its dancers to offer that positive energy to the world.

– Christine Yi, Class of 2018

With every new encounter, first impressions form so quickly. I first heard about the Northeast School of Ballet from a friend of mine, she had gone on about how much she loved it when she went there. I attended their winter workshop in 2014, I wasn’t sure what to expect but I was excited to try something new. After just one week I knew that NSB was special and different than any place that I’ve danced. I learned so much of what I was capable of in that one week that I couldn’t wait to go back, even if it was just once a week. I realized at a somewhat late age that I wanted to get serious with my ballet training. I knew that NSB was the right place for me to learn and grow as a dancer. NSB has opened up a whole new world of opportunities for me, and for that I am grateful. Their accredited teachers are dedicated, passionate, and inspiring and I am so lucky that I get to wake up everyday and take class with such wonderful people. Joining the conservatory at NSB has not only pushed me to improve my technique, but it has also taught me that dance isn’t all about being the best, it’s about striving for excellence. I have learned this year that dance is about connection, emotion, and inspiring others. Even now when I walk into the studio I feel the same magic that I felt when I came into the studio my first week at NSB.

– Ruby D’Amico, Class of 2018

Two years ago, I was handed a pamphlet. That very pamphlet changed my life. In several ways, it unleashed a world of art, beauty and passion onto me, something that my life desper-ately needed. I have struggled with severe anxiety all of my life, and with that came the constant search for perfection within myself. When I joined the Conservatory, I quickly realized that I was never going to be able to obtain that sense of perfection within the dance world. But for some odd reason, I didn’t care. Our constant strive for perfection is nearly impossible, yet everyday, for some unbeknownst reason, we show up and pour our blood, sweat and tears, into getting a little bit closer to that goal.I have fallen in love with the constant drive that classical ballet demands from you, as well as with the people that I have searched for that with. The Conservatory has given me the love of ballet, but also a new appreciation for the love and comfort of human connection and friendship. No matter how bad my feet might hurt or how sweaty I am at the end of any given day, I would never trade this experience for anything. If nothing else, I have found myself, my friends, and my art.

Victoria Cataldo, Class of 2018

The Conservatory Program was such an eye opening experience as it allowed me to fully understand a real day that a professional dancer typically has. Not only did the training here teach me to be responsible and diligent as a student, it also gives everyone opportunities to learn choreography and perform more often. Having a professional yet supportive working environment is so important to an aspiring dancer and this program does an amazing job at providing that.

Felicia Isotti, Class of 2017

In the Conservatory Program, I was able to do what I love every day while finishing high school. The training in different styles, the learning of repertoire, and the performing opportunities is what attracted me to audition. The faculty gave tailored corrections in every class, which helped myself to grow as an individual. By the end of the first day, I knew I was coming back to a forever home.

– Jane Hannon, Class of 2017

 

 

“There are no words to describe how valuable your mentorship has been in the past years. You have believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself”NSB Alumni

 

“NSB has made me the dancer and person I am today. Each new year I felt like I loved dance even more. You inspired me to do my best and taught me the importance of a stong sense of self pride. I will hold that with me my entire life”NSB Alumni

 

“The studio was a place for me to be comfortable with myself. NSB provided an atmosphere where I could take risks, experiment, and learn with support and encouragement from others without feeling judged or pressured. This experience has allowed me to prepare for life on a broader and deeper level.”... NSB Alumni

 

“Thank you for all you have done to encourage, nurture, teach and foster my daughter’s love for dance. The faculty has made her training such a positive experience”Parent

 

“The impact you have made on my children’s lives is unbelievable…please know I’m forever grateful”Parent

 

“Thank you so much for giving me an opportunity to create and perform, it has meant so much to be embraced by your wonderful community”Accompanist

 

“Ever since I can remember NSB has been a part of my life. As I write this I’m starting to cry. I cannot imagine not coming to the school everyday next year when I attend college out of state. NSB has taught me so much and the studio was an amazing place to grow up. I’m very grateful for all the time that you put into mentoring me and I’m sure that what I have learned will serve me beyond ballet.” NSB Alumni

 

“NSB has given me so many opportunities to show others my love and passion for dance. During the times I doubted myself the faculty at NSB pushed me to succeed and to never give up. You have taught me to never stop believing in myself. I hope that in years to come I will be able to positively influence the lives of young girls and boys as you have with all the little kids you teach with big dreams.” NSB Alumni 

 

“Some of the most important things I’ve learned through my training with NSB are dedication and work ethic. These qualities have carried over into all aspects of my life, especially now that I’m doctor.”NSB Alumni

 

“Their artistry, technique and depth are way beyond their years. Your students are destined for greatness”… Mark Roxey, Artistic Director of Roxey Ballet

 

“The instruction at NSB is quite impeccable… I received a lot of individual attention in a warm-hearted manner. Each faculty member pushed me to improve my technique, and my training was personal. Not only did I excel in ballet, but because of my exposure to other dance forms at the school I’m a very well rounded dancer. This has helped me in my career ….I owe everyone at NSB my infinite thanks!”… NSB Alumni

 

“My teachers at NSB all encouraged me and made me realize that dancing professionally was a possibility. I received the same if not better training at NSB than other prestigious ballet institutions I have attended throughout my training. Not only did the teachers at NSB make sure I did my best, but made sure I had fun…this combination made me mentally and physically ready to pursue a career in dance.”…  NSB Alumni

 

“To me NSB is my second home and second family”… NSB Alumni

 

“Beyond the technical preparation NSB gave me, what helped me even more was the fact growing up in the school was like being a member of a big extended family. There is a wonderful sense of camaraderie between students….I remain friends with all of them”NSB Alumni