Twenty-one years ago, the Neglia Conservatory of Ballet opened, providing a distinctively high level of classical ballet training to dance students in Western New York. Since its inception, the Conservatory has achieved great success in identifying and developing young talent as well as creating an international reputation for superior training.
After leaving the Cincinnati Ballet, Buffalo native Heidi Halt, a former professional dancer, and Argentinian-born ballet artist, Sergio Neglia, rooted their family and founded Neglia Ballet in Buffalo, NY. Neglia describes the conservatory’s expressive ballet training style as one that imparts energy and feeling with regard to the body’s movements rather than merely stressing machine-like technique.
Over the years, Halt and Neglia have expanded conservatory programming to include classes for children ages 3 and older, as well as for adults (both beginners and experienced dancers). The Conservatory boasts a strong training program for boys and men unparalleled in the region. Halt and Neglia also created Neglia Ballet Artists, giving Buffalo a professional ballet company. The dedication Neglia Ballet gives its students have lead them onto careers with dance companies such as the American Repertory Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, North Carolina Dance Theater, Richmond Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet and American Ballet Theatre.
Today, Neglia Ballet offers students the opportunity to audition and perform with professional dancers and the BPO onstage at Shea’s. This September students and local dancers can audition for Baba Yaga (October TBA), and The Nutcracker (Nov. 26 & 27). Students also participate in a conservatory performance at the end of the school year.
In addition, Neglia Ballet now offers dance and exercise classes for adult students of all levels!