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.