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Wilmington Ballet Academy of the dance is celebrating 60 years educating dancers in wilmington.  stay tuned for news of our anniversary celebration.

 
 
        Madame Helene Antonova

        Madame Helene Antonova

               James Jamieson

               James Jamieson

It all started when...

Madame Helene Antonova, a dancer with the Diaghilev Ballet and Ballet Russe, and the acclaimed American dancer, teacher, and choreographer James Jamieson founded the Academy of the Dance at 906 West Street in Wilmington, Delaware.  The studio, known as the oldest surviving classical ballet studio in the tri-state area, is still going strong today.  Since it's founding in 1956, the Academy of the Dance has instructed thousands of area residents - both young and old - in the physically demanding and character-building art of ballet.  The studio has sent hundreds of young people on to professional careers in theatre and dance companies including: American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Washington Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Martha Graham Company, Stuttgart Ballet, Boston Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and City Ballet of Los Angeles.  

The studio passed another great milestone in staging its 50th Nutcracker at the Playhouse on Rodney Square in December 2016, with a live orchestra and world-class professional dancers in the lead roles of Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier. Now in its ninth year as a non-profit, Wilmington Ballet Academy of the Dance continues to grow, educating dancers of all ages and backgrounds and providing access to the arts for individuals of all circumstances in Wilmington and the surrounding areas.