Space Coast Ballet Academy

Training Tomorrow’s Dancers for the World Stages

Dance is almost an innate characteristic in many little girls and boys.  From the time they learn to stand on their feet, their little bodies begin to bounce and move to the sounds around them.  By the time they are three or four years of age little girls in particular often begin their first dance classes.  For them, it is a way to begin expressing themselves – and just plain fun.  For parents, it is way to foster socialization, inspire confidence and simply too cute of an opportunity to pass up.

While it is an art, ballet should also be considered a sport.  Like any other sport, it requires a lot of strength and determination, as well as poise and focus.  And often, the opportunity to excel requires sacrifice.

There are many different styles of dance.  Today, classical ballet often takes a back seat to other trendier forms such as hip-hop or jazz.  However, young children with a dream of dancing ballet can see those dreams realized right here in Brevard County.

The Space Coast Ballet Academy, originally Melbourne Ballet Center, began in 2001 when former Kirov Ballet Dancers, Boris Chepeley and Janna Kirova moved from St. Petersburg Russia to Brevard.  Today, the Space Coast Ballet performs world-class productions at the King Center for the Performing Arts.

The Space Coast Ballet Academy offers top training in lyrical, jazz and character dance with an emphasis on classical ballet.  Their programs encompass a broad range of students from beginner to advanced, with some having been accepted into professional dance companies around the world.

Sixteen-year-old Emily Slawski, has most recently been asked to dance with the Royal Swedish Ballet.  In previous years, Ashley Lunn (then 17) received a one-year scholarship to the Academy of Dance in Italy.  She now dances at the Slovak National Theater. And Megan Amanda Ehrlich left the Space Coast Ballet at age 15 to dance with the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington D.C. before being accepted into the San Francisco Ballet.

Many others have also been accepted into some of the very prestigious Summer Intensive Programs at professional ballet schools like the American Ballet Theatre in New York, the Joffrey Ballet School also in New York, the Princeton Ballet School in New Jersey, and the Kirov School of Ballet in Washington D.C.

For these young women, the dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer is being realized thanks to their intensive training with the Space Coast Ballet.  Their achievements should serve as an inspiration to other young dancers in the community.  From those first bouncy movements to the delicate skill of dancing on pointe, dreams of dance do come true.

Coming in December: “The Nutcracker”

Each December, the Space Coast Ballet performs “The Nutcracker” at the King Center for the Performing Arts.  This year’s performance will be held on December 1. Principle dancers come from around the world to perform.  The performance is done with perfection and the sets, brought in from St. Petersburg, Russia, are breathtaking.  In addition, the show features a live horse drawn carriage, beautiful costumes and much more.  Open auditions are held in each year in early September and children from the Space Coast Ballet and throughout the community are invited become a part of this beautiful performance.

To learn more about the Space Coast Ballet, classes and how to be a part of the Nutcracker, visit the Space Coast Ballet Academy website at SpaceCoastBallet.com, email: info@spacecoastballet.com, or call (321) 684-7390.