Leatherstocking Ballet, Inc.
The Leatherstocking Ballet holds its classes at the Utica Academy of Science gymnasium located at 1214 Lincoln Avenue, Utica, NY
Twas the Night Before Nutcracker
Acro for dancers
Acrobatic Arts certified syllabus.
Progressing Ballet Technique certified instructor.
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About Leatherstocking Ballet, Inc.
The Leatherstocking Ballet, Inc. is a nonprofit regional dance company whose focus is to provide performance opportunities to all children ages 3 to 18 of the Mohawk Valley. These children participate in yearly performances, usually in the winter and spring. 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.
Mission: Leatherstocking Ballet's mission 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.
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 now a full School of Dance comprised of dance students, aged 3 to 18 years. In the past, children from Watson Williams, Roscoe Conkling, and the Mohawk Valley Refugee Center have performed alongside company members in performances for the general public and area schools. Now, the School of Dance fills performance roles with their own students and auditions students to fill extra roles as necessary.
Jamie Sitera, Artistic Director
Jamie Sitera is the founder of the Leatherstocking Ballet, Inc. and has served as its Artistic Director since its inception 22-years ago. Ms. Sitera has a Master’s Degree in Dance Education and her Certificate of Advanced Studies in Educational Leadership.
Our Dream: Promote and produce performances that offer opportunities to children of varied cultural backgrounds who are interested in taking part in artistic activities. Foster friendships, cultural understanding and aesthetic education.
The Royal Academy of Dance
The Royal Academy of Dance is one of the world’s most influential dance education and professional membership organizations. They set global standards for exams in classical ballet, teacher training and Continuing Professional Development for dance.
A RICH HISTORY
Founded in 1920 to set standards for dance teaching within the UK, today they have a presence in 83 countries, with 36 offices and over 14,000 members worldwide. The RAD counts more than 1,000 students in their teacher training programs and more than a quarter of a million students are being examined in this syllabus. They support their membership through the knowledge, and expertise of a highly qualified staff and through conferences, workshops, training courses and summer schools.
EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION
Royal Academy of Dance exams are recognized as very high quality training throughout the dance community by judges at competitions, colleges, and dance companies all over the world.
Some well-known students of the RAD are Margot Fonteyn (Soloist Vic-Wells Ballet), Amanda McKerrow (Soloist ABT), Stella Abrera (Principal ABT), David Howard (Dancer and teacher at the Royal Ballet), and Harris Beattie (star of Billy Elliott).
The RAD's patron is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.