Pensacola Youth Ballet is an extension of the ballet program at LaBelle Performing Arts. PYB is a pre-professional program for children ages eight and up. We utilize a progressive syllabus to prepare students for a professional career in the arts. Our focus is on our students growth, and development in all areas, including building a diverse performance resume. We believe it is necessary for each student to have opportunities that challenge, encourage, and improve their overall confidence according to their technical and artistic level. In addition to the multiple performance opportunities we offer throughout the year, our studio serves as an audition hub for professional ballet summer programs such as Oklahoma City Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Nashville Ballet, and New York Dance Project. We are always trying to expand our students education beyond our studio walls and into the professional arena. Our students benefit from guest instructors and supplemental classes in theatre and music, as well as resume and self marketting, dance history, and cross training led by professional trainers.
Directed by Michael Wardlaw, former Senior Soloist with Cincinnati Ballet , and Soloist with Tulsa Ballet. Mr. Wardlaw takes great pleasure in providing his students with 26 years of professional experience. A graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, his career has spanned both national and international stages. In addition, his students have gone on to dance for such companies as Oklahoma City Ballet, Ballet Idaho, Het Nationale Ballet, Disney and Broadway. Pensacola Youth Ballet is proud to be the official ballet company of LaBelle Academy of the Arts.
Romel Frometa and Emma Vislay (Nutcracker)
Pensacola Youth Ballet offers two productions each year, including The Nutcracker and our "Evening of Dance". In addition to these opportunities, our students perform at the Great Gulf Coast Arts Festival and in LaBelle Performing Art's end of year production.
Featured Dancer: Ella Smith