The History of Neglia Ballet
In 1994, husband-and-wife team Sergio Neglia and Heidi Halt established Neglia Conservatory of Ballet on the 4th floor of the Pierce-Arrow Building on Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo. They incorporated their professional ballet career experience and teaching expertise to introduce Western New York dance students to a new caliber of classical ballet training.
In 1999, Neglia Ballet Artists was formed to give Buffalo a professional performing company. That was the same year Neglia Ballet became a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.
Since 2004, Neglia’s International Summer Intensive Program has offered specialized training for students from Argentina, Japan, Canada, and the United States with visiting faculty from around the globe.
In September of 2016 Neglia Ballet completed Phase 1 of their capital campaign and moved to their current home in the Tri-Main Center on Main Street in Buffalo. The new state-of-the-art space on the 6th floor overlooks the iconic water tower, sweeping views of Buffalo and Niagara Falls, offers natural light, spectacular sunsets, sprung floors, a wellness room and welcome center for guests. Neglia Ballet has grown from 10 students to over 120 students ages three to adult.
Neglia Ballet has performed acclaimed productions all over Western New York including at Rockwell Hall, ArtPark, Flickinger Performing Arts Center, and most notably their annual The Nutcracker at Shea’s Performing Arts Center with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.
Formed not for profit 501(c)(3) and production company, Neglia Ballet Artists
First performance of "Romeo & Juliet" at Rockwell Hall
First performance at Shea’s, "Baba Yaga." First "On School Time" performance
Performed "Romeo and Juliet" at Shea’s
Performed "Spartacus" at Shea’s. International Summer Intensive Program begins
Performance of "Don Quixote" at UB Center for the Arts
First performance with the BPO at ArtPark
First performance of "The Nutcracker" at Shea’s with the BPO
Performed "Romeo & Juliet" with the BPO at Shea’s
Performance of Balanchine’s "Serenade" & Act 2 of "Swan Lake" at Shea’s with the BPO
Performed "Giselle" at Shea’s with the BPO
Start of the Capital Campaign. Move to new studios at Tri-Main Center
10th Anniversary of "The Nutcracker" at Shea’s with the BPO.
25th Anniversary of the Conservatory, training over 120 students ages 3 – adult
Transitioned to classes via Zoom during the first months of the COVID-19 global pandemic
Held our first ever virtual Summer Intensive Program with students and teachers from around the globe
In-person training resumes at the studio with safety precautions
Heidi Halt choreographs first virtual piece “Come Closer” on alumna Adelaide Clauss now with The Washington Ballet
First year without a Nutcracker in 12 years due to the pandemic
In lieu of a live Spring Gala, Neglia’s first fundraising matching campaign: Spring Pas de Deux
Many pas de deux videos released from the vault. Local corporate sponsors matched individual gifts for a total of $9,455. Premiere of “Come Closer”
Summer Intensive program returns in-person