Inna Ballet is a treasure in the city of Rochester. The instructor, Inna Esipova, is a Bolshoi Ballet trained, professional ballerina. She has more than 20 years of professional ballet experience that she shares with her students. She is not only knowledgeable about ballet, but she is a good teacher of ballet which is not always the case. She is mindful of injury prevention, caring, thoughtful, and most of all respectful of her students. Never have I encountered a teacher like this in the Rochester area. Inna offers ballet training from age 5 and up. Her love of this art shows in everything she does at her school. Her adult classes are not just exercise classes, which is very typical of many studios. Her school focuses on proper technique for every level. There is a very low student to teacher ratio with a lot of attention to detail for each student. Even her youngest classes learn proper ballet technique, but are also taught to dance. Another uncommon trait about this school is that there is no pressure to become a professional dancer. If you choose to pursue a career in ballet, Inna will help you however she can to accomplish this, but if you wish to take ballet once or twice a week simply because you love it, you are welcomed to do so! There is an annual Nutcracker performance, as well as a spring performance that all students may participate in. Inna Ballet offers a summer intensive classes, too, with an invitation to view the variations that have been practiced during this time at the end of the segment. If you are looking for true Vagonova training, without all the drama of a “studio”, I would highly recommend this ballet school.
We have an authentic Russian ballerina here in Rochester! Inna Esipova graduated from the Bolshoi Academy in Moscow, danced on the stages of the Bolshoi and Mariinsky theaters and toured throughout the world. Although many claim to, there are relatively few who have the actual certification to teach the Vaganova style of ballet. Inna possesses credentials in classical ballet training and coaching for performance and competition which are unsurpassed in this region. As a former professional ballet dancer who worked with several companies in the U.S. and Canada, I know that the upper level ballet training at Inna Ballet rivals any pre-professional ballet academy. Inna overflows with joyful enthusiasm and has a special gift for drawing out the strength, technique and beauty in every student, young or mature. Whether a recreational dancer or one who wishes to pursue ballet as a career, all benefit from plenty of personal attention. The studios are light-filled with high ceilings and the floor is safe for the dancer. We are thrilled that Inna Ballet has come to Rochester!
My daughter has been dancing at Dance Connection since she was 3 years old and she is 12 now. The instructors have been outstanding and the non-competitive and inclusive environment has helped her to build great self-esteem. She was shy and reserved and now she can't wait to dance each year. Dance has been a huge part of our lives and now in middle school she was willing to get right up there in the school play as a dancer, and on the dance team... she even choreographed a dance for the school talent show and performed with her friends. Denise gives all of her students the opportunity to participate in community service activities such as performing for residents of local nursing homes, and doing fundraising benefit dance shows for charity. These opportunities help to instill the spirit of giving back to the comminity in her students, and helps with character development.
As a student of Inna Ballet, I am grateful to have the opportunity to train with a ballerina who has graduated from the Bolshoi Academy and performed in the Bolshoi and Mariinsky Theaters. When I joined Inna Ballet, I had a foot injury which threatened my ability to dance. Inna was very mindful of how I worked and did not push me to further injury. Yet, one year later, not only have I gained so much strength, I am performing variations en pointe, thanks to Inna’s personal attention and expertise in training in the pure Vaganova style. We work very hard in class, but Inna is warm-hearted and kind! She deserves more than five stars! :)
Esther's relaxed and insightful teaching style allowed me to overcome my fear of dancing in public. She taught me "survival" dance techniques that have carried me through many social situations that would have made me very uncomfortable had I not known how to move around the dance floor. I now recieve compliments from all my dance partners and I leave feeling on top of the world. Who could ask for more!
Inna is a wonderful teacher. She is kind and very friendly. Her classes have a small teacher to students ratio, so I feel that I am getting a lot of personalized attention. Inna is very focused on technics and will explain everything to me. I noticed how quickly I improved in just 3 month. Inna Ballet offers classes for all abilities. Each spring you get to perform in a recital. Fun! Thank you, Inna!
My daughter and I have been a part of Dance Connection for 11 years and out of all of the dance schools that I have been involved with, Dance Connection is by far the best. The instructors attend seminars and classes continuosly to bring in new and challenging material and they are amazing with the students! When you become a student with Dance Connection you really are becoming part of a family.
My daughter has been dancing at Dance Connection since she was 5, I love the teachers and can't say enough about how wonderful everyone is. I recommend every one who I know is looking for a dance studio for their kids. My best friend brings her children there as a result, my cousin brings her daughter. It's just an amazing dance studio. I even started taking the adult hip-hop class.
I have two daughters that have been dancing at The Dance Connection since they were 3. We are extremely happy with the instruction and the attention that they receive. They have a great time while excercising and improving self esteem. Denise is like a second mom to all of the girls and her staff is awesome.
SUPER amazing instructors who are very encouraging for beginners and advanced alike. I am in better shape than ever and am happy just thinking about dancing. Even my husband, reluctant initially, really enjoys the challenge and chance to be "the leader"!