Co-founded in 1988 by acclaimed dancer/choreographer Daniel Duell and former ballerina Patricia Blair, Ballet Chicago is an internationally recognized professional-track school of ballet dedicated to rigorous technical training in a culture that fosters personal growth. The School curriculum is based on the ballet technique established by George Balanchine, who revolutionized the art form by expanding and streamlining the fundamentals of classical ballet. Led by Mr. Duell and Ms. Blair, Ballet Chicago’s esteemed faculty provides one of the highest caliber curriculums in the nation and is known for its ability to transform dancers through highly focused guidance, correction, and validation for each student.
- The Preparatory Division
Ballet Chicago’s Preparatory Division classes provide an inspired introduction to the arts with a focus on creativity, group interaction, motor skill development and the joy of self-expression.
- The Student Division
The School of Ballet Chicago offers a comprehensive training environment that provides students with the skills necessary to pursue a career in classical ballet and inspires each of them to reach their very best potential through the study and discipline of classical ballet. The technique taught at The School is based on standards established by George Balanchine and emphasizes the energy, musicality, articulation, and generosity of spirit that is the hallmark of Balanchine trained dancers.
- The Professional Division
The Professional Division offers a comprehensive training program for the serious student who aspires to be a professional dancer. Admittance to the program is by audition only. The students in the program train daily to master advanced technical skill, consistency, musicality, articulation, and natural expression. To provide performing experience that is a critical component to the student’s development, the Ballet Chicago Studio Company was created in the fall of 1997. Composed of advanced level students, The Ballet Chicago Studio Company performs professional level repertoire in theatrical venues throughout metropolitan Chicago. The company repertory consists primarily of the works of George Balanchine, whose ballets are performed by dance companies all over the world. This unique opportunity to perform the ballets of Mr. Balanchine is made possible through a special arrangement with the George Balanchine Trust