Alex Bloomstein









July 24, 2018


Ballet Intensive Workshop with former New York City Ballet Dancer and Choreographer

Beacon, NY, July 24, 2018 Ballet Arts Studio will offer an exclusive five-day Ballet Intensive Workshop taught by former New York City Ballet dancer and renowned choreographer Miriam Mahdaviani from August 13th through 17th. Mahdaviani danced for two of ballet’s greatest choreographers, George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, and has created new works on prominent dancers such as Wendy Whelan and Christopher Wheeldon. Currently, Mahdaviani teaches ballet technique at Vassar College and coaches students at professional dance training programs around the country.


For the Ballet Intensive Workshop, Mahdaviani will draw on her extensive professional dance experience to offer instruction in Balanchine technique, working to strengthen students’ ballet technique, speed, dynamic range, and musicality. Experienced dancers 12 years of age and older will spend the week practicing new skills, improving pointe work, studying character dance, and learning classical variations. Mahdaviani will also teach classes in dance history, nutrition and injury prevention, and work with students to create new choreography. The week culminates with an in-studio performance for family, friends, and the community on Friday, August 17th at 5 pm.


This summer-time Ballet Intensive Workshop enables students to give full attention to dance training, and to spend the week with other teenage dancers from our local area who share a passion for dance.


The Ballet Intensive runs August 13-17 from 10am-4pm (7 pm on Friday).

Registration deadline is August 6. $375 for the week.

To register, or to inquire about this workshop, please contact Ballet Arts Studio, 107 Teller Avenue, Beacon, New York at 845.831.1870 or


More About Miriam Mahdaviani


Miriam Mahdaviani began her classical training at the School of American Ballet, after which George Balanchine invited her to join the New York City Ballet (City Ballet). During her 14-year career at City Ballet, she danced in over 40 Balanchine ballets, and worked with other notable choreographers including Jerome Robbins, Lar Lubovitch, Twyla Tharp, Jacques d'Amboise, and Peter Martins. She performed leading roles in numerous Balanchine ballets, among them Jewels, The Sleeping Beauty, La Valse, Coppelia, and The Nutcracker. On screen, she appeared in the Dance in America series on PBS, and in City Ballet's movie of Balanchine's The Nutcracker. Ms. Mahdaviani has choreographed several ballets for City Ballet as well as for major dance companies around the United States and internationally. Since 2004, Ms. Mahdaviani has been a visiting professor of dance at Vassar College, teaching ballet technique and pointe classes at the beginner through advanced levels. She also teaches master classes and workshops in Balanchine technique at ballet schools, college dance programs, and summer programs throughout the Northeast.


More About Ballet Arts Studio

Ballet Arts Studio has been training dancers since 1961. The school utilizes a progressive, modern approach to Agrippina Vaganova's ballet curriculum and technique.  Over the years, its programs have grown to include The Dutchess Dance Company and The Young People's Performance Company, Inc. ("YPPC"), focusing on professional-level performance experiences as a means to artistic growth and development. The school’s teachers and guest artists received their training and performance experiences in internationally recognized conservatories and dance companies, including American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, the Boston Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Washington Ballet, The School of American Ballet, the Mark Morris Dance Company, the Merce Cunningham Dance School, and the Radio City Rockettes. Ballet Arts Studio and The Dutchess Dance Company are located in the thriving community of Beacon, New York.


Miriam Mahdaviani performing with the New York City Ballet in Raymonda Variations by George Balanchine. Photo by Paul Kolnik