Our Mission is to expose Rockland County, NY to Classical Ballet in its truest form while bringing it into the 21st century and evolving with the times. Making proper ballet training accessible to Rockland county youth no matter their situation, giving anyone who wishes the chance to study and reach their fullest potential.
"Based on the Russian method." Simply meaning we are carrying tradition into the 21st century, using methods and techniques founded in the Vaganova method.The Vaganova method is a technique and training system devised by the Russian dancer and pedagogue Agrippina Vaganova (1879–1951). It fuses elements of traditional French style from the romantic era with the athleticism and virtuosity of Italian technique.A training system created in Soviet Russia for students of a very particular body type, upbringing and lifestyle. While this method has many wonderful aspects and offers a wonderful foundation, it must be tailored and evolve to relate and be effective in today's American student and their lifestyle.Thankfully, the ballet world is no longer strictly reserved for a cookie cutter ballerina body type. Like everything else in our world ballet continues to grow, change and evolve! This is what makes it so beautiful. Never losing its history, roots, culture, traditions and foundations we must evolve so that we can produce not only strong students, but healthy, lasting, employable dancers.
"As a parent of three girls all of whom have attended Balbach School of Dance for a number of years, I can honestly say that what impresses me most about the school and Ms. Rebecca is that everything she does centers around respect. You can see that shine through in every interaction, in every class. In a world where the media increasingly seems to showcase provocatively dressed young girls who are taught dance tricks to impress the masses, Ms. Rebecca’s goal is simply to pass along the beauty, artistry and technique of ballet and make it accessible to everyone. She respects her students as individuals and respects the art of teaching all that ballet has to offer, and that’s why my kids keep asking to go back to her school. Will they grow up to be ballerinas? Perhaps, or perhaps not. But what matters to me most is that with Ms. Rebecca’s positive influence and nurturing teaching style, I know they will grow up with a strong sense of self-worth and will meet any new challenge with respect for the process of learning."
-Tina LoPresti (Parent)
"Rebecca is an incredibly knowledgeable teacher, with an approach to ballet technique that is deeply rooted in tradition, but up to date with industry standards in health and well-being of dancers. Her attention to artistry is top-notch."
-Audrey Fenske (Assistant Director Rockbridge Ballet)
"My daughter has been taking classical ballet with Ms. Balbach for 4 years and has fallen in love with it, in large part due to Ms. Balbach. The school is truly a hidden gen with highly professional training in a positive environment. Ms. Balbach's love for the kids and her high expectations of her dancers produce top quality results. The annual gala in June is a highlight of the year and the quality of performance is a testament to the hard work of Ms. Balbach and her school. Highly recommended!"
- Olivia Imoberdorf (Parent)
"When you’re screwing up and nobody says anything to you anymore that means they’ve given up on you…you may not want to hear it but your critics are often the ones telling you they still love you and care about you and want to make you better." - Randy Pausch. I watched an interview of "The Last Lecture" and Randy Pausch said something that stuck with me and made me think of Ms. Rebecca. There are so many dance teachers who will falsely encourage and make everyone think they are a star. If that's the kind of teacher you want Balbach School of Dance is not for you. However, if you want someone who will work endlessley to make you the best you can be, Rebecca is the right choice. Being corrected is part of life, I have never taken time to appreciate those who critique me. Each year I can personally see my own improvements. Balbach School of Dance has increased my confidence, worth ethic and has helped shaped me into who I am today. I am forever grateful for every one of Ms. Rebecca's corrections. I would recommend Balbach School of Dance to anyone who wants their kids to grow up being strong, confident and motivated. "
-Allison Eliopoulos (Alumna)
"The best ballet classes in North Rockland. Ms. Rebecca really loves and care for her students. My daughter loves her classes. Highly recommend."
-Kathy Feliz (Parent)