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New York City’s leading center for complete ballet education, inspiring students to fulfill their highest potential within a caring and nurturing environment

Ballet Academy East offers comprehensive dance training for beginners through professionals. Led by world-class faculty in an environment that encourages professional and personal success, BAE is your home for quality dance education.

BAE is home to aspiring dancers of all ages in its Young Dancer, Pre-Professional, and Adult Divisions. Located in an epicenter of dance and culture, BAE is internationally recognized for exceptional dance training. Classes nurture students’ physical and emotional well-being, build their technical skills, and develop their artistry. Performance opportunities in the Pre-Professional Division offer students the chance to work with a variety of internationally-recognized choreographers and coaches in classical, neo-classical, and contemporary works. 

Julia Dubno, Founder and Director

Diane Miller-Chapman, Administrative Director
Amy MacDermott, Director of Admissions for the Young Dancers Division
Katherine Eletto, Studio Manager
Rebecca Chaires, Administrative Coordinator
Kaileigh Underwood, Administrative and Development Coordinator
Nancy Sebouhian, Faculty & Staff Coordinator

Front Desk Administrators:
Paige Cowen, Liliana Chapman, Hannah Curry, Vivianna DeSantiago, Zoe Harris, Sophia Masterson, Natalie Mishkin, Renee Smith, Kelsey Shelton, and Cleo Sykes

Ballet Academy East is honored to house the David Howard Memorial Library, a collection of books bequeathed to BAE by the beloved dance icon, David Howard. Mr. Howard was one of the most highly respected and sought after ballet teachers in the world. His student roster included countless professional dancers from New York City Ballet, Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and beyond. Every Summer Intensive David Howard graced BAE with his presence. Our hope is that this beautiful library enables our students and faculty to continue to feel David Howard’s remarkable presence at BAE.

Check Out Books

The books on the bottom four shelves may be checked out and taken home in two week intervals. Please see a front desk associate to retrieve a book from the book case. You will need to leave your name and email address. Books are to be returned no later than two weeks after check out.

The Special Collection

The books located on the top shelf and programs may be looked at in the studio, but may not leave the premises. If you would like to look through a book or program from the Special Collection, please see a front desk associate.

Available positions will be posted as needed.

Diversity Statement:

BAE cherishes the diversity of our community. We recognize and respect individual differences in culture, race, ethnic origin, religion, gender, and sexual orientation, and provides a welcoming environment of respect and sensitivity.

General Policies:

  • No animals allowed unless they are trained service animals, wearing their vests.
  • Please follow all Health and Safety Protocols listed on our website.
  • Please follow all dress code and rules related to your school division, listed on the program pages of our website.
  • Students arriving more than 10 minutes after their class has begun will be asked to reschedule for another day. This is for the safety of the individual student who has not warmed up properly, as well as to avoid interruptions for the teacher and students already in the class.

“Performing in BAE productions gave me the opportunity to take my skills to the next level in highly produced productions. It was also such a thrill to dance in front of a live audience in New York City.”