About The Ballet School of Stamford
The purpose of The Ballet School of Stamford is to foster the Art of Ballet. Toward this end, it will undertake the following activities:
- Offer excellent ballet training to all levels of students
- Work with other educational institutions to develop outreach programs on ballet
- Develop a community awareness of the value of dance education
- Promote and encourage cultural diversity in ballet training
- Strengthen the connections between visual and performing arts by working with other arts organizations
- Engage in cultural activities that will enhance the quality of life in Stamford
The Ballet School of Stamford was founded in1998 as a non-profit organization. Currently we have two hundred and eighty students attending classes in our studios in Stamford's Old Town Hall. We have earned a reputation of nurturing young dancers through a disciplined and focused training program that brings out the best of their natural talent. Our faculty led by Artistic Director Michael Vernon is a dedicated and knowledgeable group of professionals who are passionate about teaching. Our outreach program "Dance for All began the first week we opened our doors with a class at St. Lukes LifeWorks and has continued successfully by partnering with other social service organizations to ensure we are reaching young people who can benefit from our programs. We are proud in the last twelve years that 100% of our graduates have gone on to college including those who dance professionally.
Michael Vernon - Artistic Director
Michael Vernon studied at the Nesta Brooking School of Ballet and the Royal Ballet School in London with such legendary teachers as Dame Ninette de Valois and Leonide Massine. ..more..less
Marti Etter - Executive Director
Marti Etter's professional career encompasses over twenty years of experience as a production manager and coordinator for theater, opera, concerts, film, dance and multi-media projects. ..more..less
Renee Robinson - Administrator
Renee Robinson has held the position of administrator at The Ballet School of Stamford for the past twelve and a half years. She has held varied positions in the past in both the corporate and retail industries. ..more..less
Lauren Etter - Ballet and Modern
Lauren Etter trained at the The Ballet School of Stamford where she began teaching and choreographing under the mentorship of Stephanie Marini, along with Michael Vernon and Peter Anastos. ..more
Eliza Sherlock-Lewis - Ballet
Eliza Sherlock-Lewis, native of Weston, MA, trained at Walnut Hill School for the Arts and spent summers at School of American Ballet, Miami City Ballet School, and Boston Ballet School on scholarship.
Karilyn Surratt - Ballet and Jazz
Karilyn is thrilled to join the faculty at The Ballet School of Stamford after a great year that included performing in Goodspeed Musicals' Anything Goes as Virtue, teaching dance for Goodspeed's Arts Education Program, performing a new ballet by Graham Lustig, artistic director of Oakland Ballet, and teaching the awesome BSS students at the summer intensive.
Dana Thomas - Ballet
Dana Thomas is from Centreville, Virginia. She studied with the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Dance Institute of Washington, spent summers at Debbie Allen Dance Academy and Mark Morris Dance Group. ..more..less
Kwame' Henry Jones - Percussionist
Kwame' Henry is a professional multi-instrumentalist and vocalist who was born and raised in New York City.
Board of Directors
President Judith Ellenthal
Cacace, Tusch & Santagata
Marti Gibson Etter - The Ballet School of Stamford
Cindy Shumate - Regeneron Pharmaceuticals
Ben Wheeler - Wheeler and Co.
Peter Buck - Creative Pension and Design
Chris Curti - Blue Wolf Capital Partners
Melinda Cloobeck - Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
Marita Martiney - Janssee, Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson and Johnson
Paula Bell - High Ridge Brands
Interns - Brittny Adebowale, Grace Savage, Bridget Piel, Devon Ostheimer, Maura McHugh, Franki Mastrone