We are starting our 11th Season at Ballet Prestige! Fall classes begin September 5th, 2017

All levels welcome, from Beginner to Pre-Professional and Adult.

All classes taught by highly trained ballet professionals...
Vaganova Method

Small Classes, personal attention and correction:

  • ballet technique
  • variation
  • character
  • partnering
  • pointe
  • repetoire

Two Annual Performances:

  • Nutcracker
  • Spring

Our students have successfully competed at YAGP, Easton, Valentina Kozlova, Connecticut Classic


Zhanat Baidaralin & Vera Kurmasheva are internationally recognized ballet teachers and choreographers and have taught in many places in America including Dance Theater of Harlem NY, Walnut Hill in MA, Festival Ballet in RI and many other places. We offer a comprehensive ballet program along with pointe, partnering, variations, turn techniques, ballet heritage; along with elements of historical dances and character, modern and workout. Classical ballet is the principle discipline in our school. We devote a lot of attention to technical skills, stamina, musicality; teaching the understanding of the classical ballet movements, its vocabulary, and artistic presentation.

Students will receive personal attention from experienced and dedicated teachers. We also offer two annual performances, which are The Nutcracker and our Spring Performance, on a professional stage. Everyone will have the opportunity to perform. We are glad to share more than 50 years' stage and teaching experience with all our students, and are preparing our students for ballet competition, including YAGP (Youth American Grand Prix); in fact, Ballet Prestige's students have been accepted at many prestigious summer dance programs, which include The Kirov Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Briansky Ballet Center, Bossov Ballet Theatre, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and The Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts.

Our Mission

Our mission is to teach world-quality ballet based on a Russian syllabus universally known as the Vaganova method. We adopted this system to effectively educate American students. As a result we have created a very flexible and successful method that has allowed some of our students to join the ranks of professional companies around the world.

Zhanat Baidaralin

Artistic Director / Choreographer

Mr. Baidaralin received an advanced degree in choreography and production from the renown Russian Academy Department of Art Choreography in Moscow. After Dancing in his younger years, his career turned to that of choreographer, director and producer of a wide variety of dance and theater projects, movies, state television including the massive opening ceremony of the 20th Moscow Olympiad in 1980, the first private Dance Company in Kazakhstan which toured to South Korea and China.

Vera Kurmasheva

Studio Director / Artistic Director

After a 20 year professional performing career, Ms. Kurmasheva continued her studies at the Kazakh State Academy of Arts in Classical Dance Instruction and Choreography. Ms. Kurmasheva was one of the most recognized teachers at the Almaty State Academy of Ballet where she taught Classical Ballet, Historical Dance, Ballet History, and Ballet Theory for the professional track students.

Marni Lawson

Youth Division Teacher / Costume Mistress

Vilia Putrius

Character / Ballet Teacher

Lauren Difede

Contemporary Teacher

Our Performances

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All photos courtesy of Jane Byington, Richard Dionne, and Anastasia Serkebayeva

Ballet Prestige Productions

Spring Performance

The Nutcracker


2017/2018 Class Schedule

August Schedule

Classes Offered

  • Basic Ballet
  • 3 - 4 Years
  • Basic Ballet 1
  • 5 - 6 Years
  • Basic Ballet 2
  • 6 - 8 Years
  • Beginner Ballet 3 / Intermediate 1
  • 8 - 10 Years (with 1 or more years experience)
  • Intermediate 2
  • 10 - 12 Years (with 1 or more years on pointe)
  • Intermediate 3
  • 12 - 14 Years (with 2 - 3 years on pointe)
  • Intermediate 4 / Advanced
  • 14+ (pre-professional)
  • Private Lessons
  • Preparation for Ballet Competition
  • Pointe
  • Partnering
  • Variations
  • Character Dance
  • Adult Advanced

Thank You for Your Interest in
Ballet Prestige

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