About us

Our School

Ballet Theater of Phoenix is a school where students come to develop their artistry, skill, understanding, and passion for classical ballet. We offer the finest quality education in a beautiful new training facility in the heart of Phoenix. Our faculty brings a blend of experience, knowledge, artistry, and compassion to the studio. This creates an environment where each student is guided to reach their fullest potential. We see not only what the student has to offer right now, but what they have the ability to become with careful, individualized instruction. Ballet Theater of Phoenix is dedicated to nurturing a future generation of dancers, perpetuating the art of the classical ballet, and passing on the rich heritage of ballet to future generations.

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Our Mission

Our mission is to provide excellent classical ballet instruction that trains the whole dancer in order to help students understand themselves not only as an artist and performer, but also as a person. Ballet is a means of expressing ones' soul through technique and the freedom of movement it engenders. We individually nurture each student - helping them reach their utmost potential as a dancer. By providing high quality training that is based on each student's individual physical, intellectual, and emotional needs, we give students the tools they need to thrive in the world of ballet, or in any discipline they might pursue.

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Our Curriculum

Our school curriculum follows the ABT National Training Curriculum.

ABT’s National Training Curriculum is a program for the development and training of young students that embraces sound ballet principles and incorporates elements of the French, Italian and Russian schools of training. Under the direction of ABT Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie, ABT’s National Training Curriculum was designed and written by Franco De Vita and Raymond Lukens in collaboration with ABT’s Artistic Advisors and the Medical Advisory Board. ABT’s National Training Curriculum aims to assist beginning through advanced teachers in training dance students to use their bodies correctly, focusing on kinetics and coordination, as well as anatomy and proper body alignment. Artistically, the National Training Curriculum strives to provide dance students with a rich knowledge of classical ballet technique and the ability to adapt to all styles and techniques of dance.

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Our Faculty

Our faculty is comprised of experienced dance-educators who have immersed themselves in the art of dance. BTP teachers continue to educate themselves and grow as artists in order to maintain the highest standard of excellence in dance education.

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Jennifer Cafarella

Director

Jennifer Cafarella started her formal ballet training with the Nina Marlowe School of Ballet and The School of Ballet Arizona and graduated from the prestigious Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts. Her professional performance includes Ballet de Cali in Colombia, Ballet New England, Granite State Ballet, Jose Mateo’s Ballet Theatre, and Convergence Ballet.

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Belinda DePasquale

Assistant Director

Belinda DePasquale began her ballet training in Massachusetts and has trained with Maria Vegh, at Boston Ballet’s Dance Lab, and at David Howard’s Summer Dance Intensive. She received her bachelor’s degree from Bard College, where she majored in French, studied abroad at La Sorbonne in Paris, studied Modern Dance focusing on the Dunham Technique, and was choreographer and soloist for the student-led ballet company.