Learning ballet is more than just mastering the technique and body movements. It also helps young students to appreciate the art form as well as to embrace the value of creativity, discipline and commitment. That said, here are the Top 10 Ballet Studios in KL & Selangor if you have a ballet dream to fulfil!
1) Asia Ballet Academy
What do the likes of Mikhail Baryshnikov and Galina Ulanova have in common? Both of them are some of the world’s greatest ballet dancers classically trained using the Russia-based Vaganova method, the very same now used in Asia Ballet Academy. They offer four types of lessons here, including the Professional Class and Interest-Oriented class. The former is more for those who want to pursue a career in ballet, while the latter is more for leisure and hobby. Either way, if you are unsure, Asia Ballet Academy provides a free trial class.
2) Dance Space
Dance Space has been around since 1993 under the stewardship of Datin Jane Lew, former dancer and founder of the studio. First established in Empire Klang, Dance Space has since expanded to three more studios in Bukit Tinggi, Setia Alam and Empire Subang. The studio consists of highly-talented teachers, who have years of experience in ballet dancing themselves. Classes are available for different ages from preschool (age 4-6) to Advanced 2 levels.
3) Dance Link Performing Arts
Located at Wisma Setapak 33, Dance Link Performing Arts specialises in both classical ballet and contemporary dance lessons. Alfren Salgado, a former award-winning Ballet Manila soloist serves as the artistic director of the school and also teaches ballet himself. Besides ballet and contemporary, Dance Link Performing Arts offers different dance classes as well, namely floor barre and jazz. For more info on class availability and trials, do not hesitate to reach out to Mr Alfren (017-978 6448) or Ms Beh (012-624 9312).
4) Tutu Toe Dance Academy
Spearheaded by Ms Jess Foo and Ms Queennie Chng, who are both ballerinas themselves, Tutu Toe Dance Academy offers classical ballet and modern jazz classes. Children can look forward to learning under the professional guidance of highly-trained dance instructors. Tutu Toe Dance Academy also prides itself in providing a safe and secure environment for the students with a 24-hour CCTV and alarm system. To date, they have three branches in Kota Damansara, Desa ParkCity and 1 Utama — all of which features spacious studios spanning over 3,000 square feet, complete with parents’ waiting room and costume exhibition area. One-time trial classes are also available for booking at RM50 per person.
5) Alice Chow Ballet
Alice Chow, who founded her eponymous ballet school in 2013, offers young students the opportunity to learn classical ballet. Together with her team of qualified ballet instructors, they teach students from the age of 3 to 18. What’s more, potential students with great results stand a chance to win the school’s ballet dance scholarship. Classes are categorised based on ages, starting from the beginners’ levels of Lil Ballerinas and Pre Ballet (Age 3+ to 5) to Graded and Advanced Ballet. New students are required to audition prior to joining the school, with fees varying from RM20 to RM50.
6) KL Dance Works
Looking to build a career in professional ballet dancing? This is where KL Dance Works comes in, a school that houses a team of highly-talented ballet teachers with years of experience. They teach young students from age 5 and above based on the classic Vaganova method. Besides education, they also provide students with opportunities to take part in productions, helping them gain performance experience. KL Dance Works operates at PJ’s Jaya One, with their upcoming Puchong branch scheduled to open in September 2020. Call 011-1437 7616 or 012-292 6900 to book for a trial class.
7) Federal Academy Of Ballet
With an illustrious history stretching over 50 years, Federal Academy of Ballet (FAB) has established itself as a household name in Malaysia. Most of their past students have gone on to advance their career in prestigious dance schools, including the Royal Ballet School. Others have won the privilege of obtaining dance scholarships from the likes of the London Studio Centre and Bush Davies School of Theatre Arts. FAB offers different types of dance classes, covering everything from pre-school ballet to classical ballet as well as modern dances like hip hop and Zumba. You can locate one of their five branches throughout the KL and Selangor areas such as Bangunan FAB at Section 14, PJ and Pandan Indah.
8) Vivace Dance Academy
Vivace Dance Academy is no stranger to providing professional dance training, with their academy’s history spanning 15 years. They specialise in a wide range of dance classes such as ballet, rhythmic gymnastics and jazz. Led by founder and principal Corine Beh, who has over 20 years of experience in rhythmic gymnastics and ballet, students get to learn from some of the best and experienced dance teachers in the academy. Trial classes are also available.
9) Pointe and Music Dance Academy
Pointe and Music Dance Academy prides itself in bringing the best quality of ballet education to both young children and young adults. Housed with teachers with distinctive qualification and experience, there are a few selected programmes you can look forward to. This includes the Early Childhood Program, where students age 2.5 to 5.5 get to learn simple ballet movements such as jumping and spinning. They also teach the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus, starting from RAD Pre-Primary (5-6 years old) to RAD Advanced 1 or 2 for older students.
10) The Dance Stage
Situated in Connaught Ave at Taman Bukit Cheras, Lovell Chia founded The Dance Stage as part of her efforts to help young dancers achieving the finest ballet education possible. She also favours a comprehensive teaching approach, offering students more than just a fixed syllabus by nurturing them into an all-rounded ballet dancer. Classes are available for children and older students as well. If you’re interested, get in touch with them for a trial class!
That’s not all! More Top 10s in Malaysia are waiting to be discovered!
The compilation of this list was made from accumulation of Public Votes at TallyPress.com.