Mission: The Leatherstocking Ballet, Inc. is dedicated to working with young dancers and bringing the excitement of dance and performance to students who have not had the opportunity to be a part of an organized production.
About Us: The Leatherstocking Ballet, Inc. is a nonprofit regional dance company whose focus is to provide performace opportunities to all children ages 5 to 18 of the Mohawk Valley. These children participate in two performances per year, including The Nutcracker in December and an annual spring performance. Our aim is two-fold: to attract the attention of the serious ballet student and to attract the interest of minority students of various cultural backgrounds.
History: The Leatherstocking Ballet, Inc. was formed in 1994 to foster a healthy interest and development of the performing arts in the Mohawk Valley. The Leatherstocking Ballet, Inc. is comprised of ballet students, aged 8 to 18 years, who have auditioned to become company members. Additionally, children from Watson Williams, Conkling Elementary and the Mohawk Valley Refugee Center have performed alongside company members for the past 16 years in performaces for the general public and area schools.
The Dream: Promote and produce performances that offer apportunities to children of varied cultural backgrounds who are interested in taking part in artistic activities. Foster friendships, cultural understanding and aesthetic education.
Promote interest in dance performances and prepare its members for performances in ballet and other artistic art forms.
Provide a medium of expression for regional choreographers, dancers, musicians and designers.
Stimulate interest in ballet and ballet schools.
Provide a medium of practice and performances for those dancers who are interested in gaining professional work.
Present civic performances of high artistic quality for the public of the Mohawk Valley.
Rehearsal space provided by:
John Winter Family Fund
Jamie M. Sitera
Strategic Financial Services
Schmitt and Lascurrettes, LLC
A. Vitullo, Inc.
Furrino and Hamlin
Gene and Mary Ellen D'Amico
Midtown Utica Community Center
Montaldo Line-Up and Repair
Mr. & Mrs. Rocco Perretta
Mr. & Mrs. Tullar
Photography by Patricia J. Tahan
Players of Utica
Re-Utilize CNY Estate Sale & Cleanout Service, Inc.
Spectrum Wash & Lube
Stephanie Buxton & Minh Pham
The Dance Store
The Jones Family
The Martin Family
The Moger Family
The Sins Family
The Tutty Family