About the School
Bay Ridge Ballet is a classical ballet school offering year-around quality education in a wide range of dance forms including ballet, pointe, modern, tap, jazz, hip-hop, tumbling, musical theater, boys classes, adult classes and pre-professional training programs.
Our primary emphasis is developing the art and technique of ballet, as we believe it is a strong dance foundation that provides a safe and healthy approach to all dance genres. You can find a body-safe, technical approach in all BRB classes.
At BRB, our mission is to inspire, motivate and nurture dance students by providing education in a positive manner. We maintain a fun, yet disciplined environment that will allows students to develop and master dance skills along with a lifelong appreciation for dance.
BRB provides a strong program in proper technique, vocabulary, discipline and artistry as we strive to empower our students with a strong sense of self-confidence. All programs are taught in a welcoming and non-competitive environment that encourages growth as a dancer, as well as an individual.
BRB gives back with programs like the Junior Teacher Program and our community performances throughout the year!
Offering quality dance training in our Brooklyn community since 2016, BRB is where Bay Ridge comes for exceptional dance training!
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About the Director
Patricia Foster-Grado, originally from Atlanta, began her teaching career in 1997 at The Georgia Ballet where she received most of her dance training as a child, before joining the professional company. Affectionately called Miss Patty by her students, her vision is to ignite children with enthusiasm for dance and to foster every child's individual needs to become the best dancer they can be. Having assisted classes from the young age of 10, dance education has played an important role in her development as a performer and an instructor.
An honor graduate from Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts at Pebblebrook High School, Patty performed with The Georgia Ballet and taught all over the Atlanta area while working towards her Dance Education degree at The University of Georgia on full academic scholarship. Continuing her education in Philadelphia at The University of the Arts, she received the “Best Dancer” award and graduated honors with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Modern Dance Performance.
In 2006, Patty was honored to join Parsons Dance and travel the world performing and teaching David Parsons' modern style. Other company credits include The Georgia Ballet, Kris Cangelosi Dance Project, Ruth Mitchell Dance Theater, Alliance Theatre Company, Brian Sanders' JUNK, Royal Hoppers Swing Dance Troupe, Michigan Opera Theatre and Eisenhower Dance Ensemble.
Patty has taught and choreographed a wide range of techniques, to thousands of students across the country at schools and universities including Brooklyn Ballet, Koresh Dance School, Mesa College, The University of Pennsylvania, Oakland University, Pebblebrook Performing Arts High School and Interlochen Center for the Arts.
Patty is a certified teacher in the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum. Her students have been accepted with scholarship opportunities to programs such as ABT, SAB, Joffrey, Bolshoi and more!
Currently, Patty is proud to be founding director of Bay Ridge Ballet, where she pledges to bring quality classes to our Brooklyn community. With two young children of her own, Patty understands the value of good education and the power of an influential teacher.
With 25+ years experience teaching ballet, modern technique, jazz dance, tumbling and tap to students of all ages, she truly has a passion for her art and is excited to offer Bay Ridge a fresh perspective on dance education!
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