The Anchorage Classical Ballet Academy is one of the leading dance studios in Anchorage. ACBA is committed to excellence in dance education and we aim to encourage a widespread love of dance in a welcoming and positive environment. Since 1997, ACBA has preserved the art of classical dance by inspiring, enriching, and educating the community.
Located in Anchorage, Alaska, the Anchorage Classical Ballet Academy is a comprehensive dance facility within the Anchorage area. ACBA has four studios and offers multiple styles of dance for the dancer as young as 16 months old to adult. ACBA offers a range of options across styles, age groups, and abilities. Whether you are aiming for a professional career, looking to stay fit or finally ready to give dance a try, we have a class for you. The teachers at ACBA have a vast range of experience across multiple disciplines. Our collective approach is to share our love of dance while being supportive and encouraging. Enroll for group lessons or book private lessons at a time that suits you.
68+ Weekly Classes
Dance is our passion. Dance is our art.
Our vision is to create a world where everyone shares our love for the classical art of dance. We have witnessed first hand how dance builds character, confidence, and friendships. We seek to inspire, enrich, and educate while creating an encouraging and positive atmosphere. Students at ACBA learn self-discipline and teamwork while gaining self-esteem. We strive to provide exceptional instruction and leadership to our students and instill the importance of etiquette and manners.
Anchorage Classical Ballet Academy was established in the fall of 1997 to preserve the art of classical dance while providing professional instruction to aspiring professionals and recreational dancers in the community of Anchorage, Alaska and beyond.
Nurture - ACBA provides a constructive environment through positive reinforcement and encouragement of individual technique, performance development, potential, and the love of dance.
Respect - ACBA maintains a culture of mutual respect. ACBA respects a dancer’s personal qualities and contributions, enabling them to develop self-respect for their abilities and skills and their progress as a dancer.
Integrity - ACBA acts with honesty, integrity, and trust in offering all dancers opportunities to succeed.
Excellence - ACBA uses sound educational practices based on specific knowledge of dance education, child development, and the art of dance that ensures a safe, healthy, and appropriate environment for learning.
Commitment - ACBA is committed to the development of the dancer as an artist and a person, as well as an appreciation of the art of dance.
Community - ACBA is a community. We are a family. It is a place where all are welcome and all belong.
Students are accepted and placed into their appropriate level according to age, talent, attitude, and musicality. Careful attention is given to introduce the advanced students to the discipline, physical demands and standards of the classical dancer. Scholarships are available for students demonstrating talent and financial need.
Anchorage Classical Ballet Academy admits students of any race, color, or national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs and other school-administered programs.
The ACBA team of experienced, friendly, and caring dance instructors and administrators have a range of skills they share with our students.
Ms. Stephanie Brent
Executive and Artistic Director
Ms. Kathryn Gabel
Ms. Alice Bassler Sullivan
Ms. Shannon Wellmann
Ms. Layla Brent
Mr. Ryan Martin
Artistic Director and Ballet Master
Ms. Jocelyn Schendel
Ms. Amy Black
Ms. Charlotte Letner
Ms. Madison Kohler
Ms. Tara Brooker
Ms. Kiara Bringhurst
Administrative Assistant and Instructor
Mr. James Ackermann
Mx. Avery Canale
Our Board of Directors