Hamilton City Ballet, founded by Max Ratevosian and Melania Pawliw, first opened its doors in September 2001 in downtown Hamilton and has since moved to their new location in Dundas. The school offers children, teens and adults unique and innovative classes, from Moms & Tots Ballet to traditional Vaganova-based professional classical ballet training.
The school's commitment is to provide students with instruction of the highest standard in a healthy and happy environment, while focusing on excellence of technique, the development of artistry, self-confidence and creativity.
Some of the school's students have been accepted to the leading Canadian ballet institutions, the National Ballet School, Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Boston Ballet School, Quinte Ballet School, Kirov Ballet School in Washington, Bolshoi Ballet School, L'Ecole Superieure de Ballet Contemporain, Alberta Ballet School, Alvin Ailey, and the American Ballet Theatre's summer programs.
The Hamilton City Ballet offers its dancers an opportunity to perform on stage in the school's annual Spring Recital, and during the summer months, the students can benefit from a two or 4 week intensive training program.
The Hamilton City Ballet is located in Dundas, on the west side of Hamilton Ontario. Quiet tree-lined streets, historic 19th century buildings, arts, culture and recreation and over 100 shops, restaurants and services nestled in the heart of picturesque Dundas Valley provides a unique charm and ambiance. A rich arts community exists in Dundas with organizations like the Dundas Valley School of Art, The Carnegie Gallery, DLT Theatre and many art studios.
One can hike or cross country ski on the trails through the Dundas Valley or visit Webster's Falls in the Spencer Gorge. Located in the Golden Horseshoe, Hamilton is home to McMaster University, the Arts Gallery of Hamilton, Theatre Aquarius, a professional Theatre Company, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hamilton Opera Company and the Royal Botanical Gardens.
Niagara Falls and Toronto are within driving distance and Go Train service is available between Hamilton and Toronto.