Performances of High Artistic Quality
Our major productions are full-length ballets with professional choreography, scenery, costumes and guest soloists, presented at the Stanley Center for the Arts in Utica. We include in our holdings a costume collection valued at $165,000, Nutcracker sets valued at $65,000 and a $3,000 collection of props.
Development Opportunities for Young Dancers
We provide young dancers with the training and development opportunities essential to progress to professional ballet. Following the Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D.) method, we work with dancers ranging in age from preschool to young adult. They progress through levels of difficulty and achievement, testing before outside judges as prescribed by ARAD. The most accomplished dancers are offered contracts with our Company and Senior Company.
Over the past 40 years, nearly 40 Mohawk Valley Ballet Company Dancers, through their experience with us, have gone on to professional careers in dance. They have become dancers, choreographers, designers and teachers with such notable organizations as the New York City Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Boston Ballet, Cleveland Ballet and Bolshoi Ballet.
Community Education Programs Celebrating the Living Arts
We fulfill our education mission with our Education Through Experience Series, which offers an array of programs for people of all ages. With corporate sponsorships, Mohawk Valley Ballet is able to offer school-day programs at only $6.00 per ticket.
Under arrangements with BOCES, some school districts receive state funding to help with the purchase of tickets. Other schools find private sponsors to assist. Some count on families to cover the cost. Senior citizen groups also attend our school-day performances at the same price as students.