"Claim Your Future Through Artistry"
School of BalletCNJ provides New Jersey and other surrounding areas with ballet training in an atmosphere that declares artistry as top priority. Whether a dancer is on the path to a professional career or just studies the art form for sheer enjoyment, BalletCNJ gives students an inside perspective on ballet and performance, ranging from the "young dancer" to the "pre-professional". BalletCNJ was founded by a current professional ballet dancer, with the idea that students work alongside professional or former professional dancers to solidify an artistic identity, find personal strength, build confidence and achieve a finely tuned technique.
Presented with fun and challenging classes, students are introduced to a variety of styles. They will be aware of how to work in different ways, decipher musicality and become a versatile instrument for choreographers and their repertoire.
The focus is for dancers to learn about themselves and grow through performance opportunities, while encouraging strong connections with other dancers in a friendly environment. BalletCNJ offers an arrangement of programs that prepares individuals for their personal best and that, in the future, will designate Central New Jersey as a region which produces top tier dancers and unforgettable artists.
Philosophy of Training
BalletCNJ believes in a challenging progression of training that inspires students to reach their true potential and go far beyond. Young Dancer Division students (ages 3-9) are placed according to their age in order to allow for proper physical development through these crucial young years. Dancer Division students (ages 10 +) are placed according to their skill level and knowledge of dance. After transitioning into Dancer Division, BalletCNJ encourages students to further specialize in a style of dance of their choosing while still keeping a strong focus on developing ballet technique and artistry.
Pre-Professional (ages 10+) and Professional (ages 14+) Training Programs offer students the chance to get the attention they need to improve and achieve their goals. These classes have limited spots available to keep class sizes small and to provide greater consideration to the individual needs of each student. These programs are designed and recommended for serious students who seek a career as professional dancers.
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Alexander Dutko received his pre-professional training on scholarship at the Nutmeg Conservatory, School of American Ballet, and the Universal Ballet Academy (formerly the Kirov Academy). In 2000 he was named an ABT National Training Scholar. Mr. Dutko was the first male dancer to win the Regional
Youth Grand Prix Title and in 2003 placed top 6 in the senior division and was awarded a scholarship at the Youth America Grand Prix Finals in NYC. In 2004 Alexander was the first of 10 dancers invited to join the inaugural class of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre. There he trained with Gelsey Kirkland, Julie Kent, Ethan Stiefal, Leslie Browne, Olga Dvorvenko to name a few. Alexander had the opportunity to dance in the 10th Anniversary ABT Studio Company Gala at Lincoln Center, in the premiere of Jessica Lang's Veiled Calling. Upon graduating from the school Alexander accepted a position in Miami City Ballet, under the direction of Edward Villella, performing and touring in such ballets as Balanchine's Prodigal Son, Symphony in C, Serenade, Western Symphony, and the Nutcracker, Twyla Tharp's In the Upper Room, Paul Taylor's Funny Papers, and Villella's Don Quixote and Giselle. In the spring of 2007, Alexander choreographed his first ballet Venia for Miami City Ballet's "Our Show" Performance. In the fall of 2007 he became a member of Ballet Gamonet- Maximum Dance Company, performing principal roles in Carmen and Grand Pas Classique. That same year he was featured in Pointe Magazine's "YAGP:Where are they now?". Alexander danced with American Repertory Ballet where he performed numerous soloist and principal roles in The Nutcracker, Kirk Peterson’s The Eyes That Gently Touch and Tears of the Moon, Patrick Corbin’s Follia, Gerald Arpino's Viva Vivaldi and Confetti, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and the title role in the world premiere of "Firebird". In 2011 he performed in the Career Transitions Gala at City Center in NYC, hosted by Chita Rivera. Alexander has choreographed for the Lynch School of Ballet in Long Island, American Ballet Theatre "Young Dancer", and for the O Dance Festival in West Palm Beach, FL. He was faculty at Rutger's Mason Gross School of the Arts teaching BFA students. Mr. Dutko is proud to be the Founding Artistic Director of BalletCNJ.
Thiago Castro Silva is originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He Began his early dance training at Boca Ballet Theater in Boca Raton, Florida, under Dan Guin, Jane Tyree and Helen Greenford. He continued on to study with former Ballet
Florida principal dancer Deborah Marquez at School of Ballet Arts in West Palm Beach. He later went on to perform professionally with Boca Ballet Theater and Arts Dance Generation in productions of The Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, Giselle, La Bayadere, The Nutcracker and George Balanchine’s Serenade alongside American Ballet Theater and New York City Ballet principal dancers: Julie Kent, Marcelo Gomez, Jose Manuel Correno, Daniel Ulbricht, Irina Dvorovenko, to name a few. In 2011, Thiago danced a collection of jazz repertoire for the YPO Funding Organization of the Florida Grand Opera in Miami and taught at the inaugural session of the Ballet Central New Jersey Intensive. Mr. Silva was a 2012 member of O Dance, a dance festival which takes place in West Palm Beach, FL. He has performed as a guest artist with the Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in their production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Mr. Silva is delighted to have trained several BalletCNJ dancers for the Youth America Grand Prix. His students have gone on to place top 12 regionally and have received invitations into the NYC Final. Thiago has taught ballet for Rutgers University. He is proud to be the Founding School Director for BalletCNJ.
"I cannot recommend Ballet Central New Jersey enough! My daughter is thrilled to be here and loves every moment. For over a year, we tried lots of other studios in the area, only to find that they all focus on select girls or competition teams. Directors Alexander and Thiago are dedicated to each and every dancer that walks through the door. They work them hard, but make it fun and exciting. And the performances are breathtaking. This gem of a school will make your child—or yourself--a better dancer than you ever thought possible!"
Student and School Accomplishments
BalletCNJ students have been accepted and received scholarships to train at renowned Summer Intensives and Schools throughout
the country and abroad.
- American Ballet Theatre (NY)
- School of American Ballet
- Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
- American Academy of Ballet
- Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet
- National Ballet of Canada
- Beijing Dance Academy (China)
- Kaatsbaan International Dance Center
- Kansas City Ballet School
BalletCNJ students have continued on to perform and dance with
- Columbia Classical Ballet
BalletCNJ Students have also participated, placed and won scholarships at prestigious competitions in the US and abroad.
- Youth America Grand Prix Finals (NYC)
- American Dance Competition
- USA International Ballet Competition
- Tanzolymp International Dance Competition (Berlin)