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Applause, Applause!

As usual it was a WONDERFUL experience!  Tons of positive response and a fantastic parent and community support.  I am sure we'll continue our partnership in the years to come!

Thank you so much - I am very thankful that we reconnected.

Looking forward to future collaborations!
Julia Drake, Princial, Springhurst Elementary, Dobbs Ferry, NY


We had a great time today!  We absolutely loved Cierra and of course, Andrei.  They are both really good at what they do!  We think it went very smooth, kids were very cooperative and truly enjoyed the production.  We had a good parent turn out and were pleased with the day!
We look forward to the spring with our first and second graders performing Swan Lake!
Best Regards,
Tina M. Martinez
Operations Director
Mott Haven Academy Charter School
The show was spectacular!!! The dancers received such rave reviews. I definitely look forward to working with you guys again. Cierra was outstanding. She is a natural born teacher. Andrei was able to work with the boys so well. I was very impressed. I will be sending you an official correspondence after the 12/21/11 show. OUTSTANDING is all I can say. Thank you.
Dana Beard, Cultural Arts Liaison, Countrywood Primary, South Huntington, NY

Thanks so much. All of you were so wonderful and it was fantastic working with you. Talk to you soon for planning for next year."
Mara Ganeles, Principal, New Day Academy High School, the Bronx.

“After the show I was so proud of all of us because we actually did something good and the outcome was so great because I know we all enjoyed ourselves. I will remember this for the rest of my life. I will use this experience to motivate myself in life.”
Shannell Skeete, 9th grader, New Day Academy, the Bronx

"It's a crackerjack Nutcracker."
Beth Whitehouse, New York Newsday

"I have gotten so many compliments from teachers about your [Swan Lake] program! Everyone loved it! I can't wait to see the Nutcracker!"

Marina Cappelletto, Arts Liaison, P.S. 147, Brooklyn

"We worked with Sondra Forsyth and her amazing Ballet Ambassadors in a residency like none I have ever seen in 40 years in education."
Dr. Judith Wooster, Superintendent, Amagansett UFSD
"Your staff engaged all the students in the learning process by providing motivation, modeling, and most importantly the support, encouragement, and clear and high expectations necessary to facilitate a successful student outcome."
Carol Brady, Assistant Principal, PS 256Q, a self-contained school for Autistic, Fragile X, and emotionally challenged children in Queens.

"Your presentation/workshops was by far one of the most valuable, rewarding and entertaining performances that I have ever scheduled for our school. Your show involved so many of our students. Our students and teachers alike couldn't stop raving about it."
Linda Melnick, Performing Arts Teacher, PS 8, the Bronx


An unsolicted review on the Guidestar web site:

January 28, 2011

Ballet Ambassadors has visited our elementary school in Brooklyn twice, and we are planning another day of Ballet for the spring. Everyone on the staff is always amazed at how much Ms Forsyth and her teaching artists manage to teach during one school day.


I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Our students do not have the resources to attend or study ballet on their own or with their parents. Ballet Ambassadors has done a great job teaching children about classical ballet. It is wonderful to see how focused the children are, and how well they learn their part in such a short time. The classes in the audience were totally awed by their schoolmates' performance at the end of the day. The parents raved.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Can't think of anything I would change.