Michigan Ballet Academy is the premier ballet training school in West Michigan. Under the direction of international dancer and teacher, Nikoloz Makhateli, MBA provides students the opportunity to train using the internationally recognized Vaganova method. MBA faculty and staff provide an atmosphere that is always supportive of all students. But even more importantly, the students support each other and create a bond based on their shared love of dance.
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World Class Training
MBA makes use of a consistent, graduated, ballet training program, based on the Vaganova technique of the Mariinski Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia. All Michigan Ballet Academy students benefit from this training program which can prepare students for professional careers or just provide each student, regardless of their career ambitions, with the best and most correct training possible. Male students at MBA benefit additionally from a Comprehensive Boys Training Program
Michigan Ballet Students audition to perform in two major productions each year including Nikoloz Makhateli's interpretation of the holiday classic, the Nutcracker. MBA performs at a state of the art 800 seat auditorium, and students gain experience in participating in a professional level production. Smaller groups of MBA students also perform at many different community venues throughout the year.
Classes for All Ages
In addition to the formally structured Pre-Professional and Professional programs, Michigan Ballet Academy offers classes for students aged 3 to adult. For the youngest students, the Creative Movement program teaches body awareness, musicality, flexibility, and coordination. For ages 5 - 8, MBA offers Pre-Ballet and Beginning Ballet programs. This program introduces the children to basic ballet positions and prepares interested students for entry into the professional program. For adult dancers and intermediate to advanced level students who only have time for one or two classes a week, MBA offers our Open Division classes.