About The Ballet School of Stamford Foundation


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

Our History

The Ballet School of Stamford was founded in 1998 as a non-profit organization. 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 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 that in the last 15 years, 100% of our graduates have gone on to college including those who dance professionally.


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.

These projects have included dramatic, corporate and educational pieces. Many have been used as fundraising vehicles for non-profit organizations. Clients have included The U.S. Navy, Smithsonian Institution, New York Philharmonic, the Dallas, Denver, and National Symphonies, Grollier Publishing, AT&T and Pitney Bowes.

Locally she has served on the Friends Board for St. Lukes Lifeworks, Roxbury School Executive Board, the Connecticut Association of Production Professionals Executive Board, Connecticut Film and Video Commission Advisory Board, the steering committee for the Collaborative Alliance and as a board member of the Stamford Public Education Foundation. She is on the advisory board for the Fairfield County Community Foundation's Center for Nonprofit Excellence.

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.

After graduating from Stamford High School, grants and scholarships enabled Renee to attend Berkley Business College in White Plains, NY where she majored in Business Administrations. She currently resides in the Stamford area with her family.


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
Paula Bell - High Ridge Brands
Irene Ricci

Brittny Adebowale, Devon Ostheimer, Maura McHugh, Franki Mastrone, Sophie Xu