Magazine article Dance Teacher

School's In

Magazine article Dance Teacher

School's In

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Three new ballet schools opened their doors this fall.

* When Ballet Internationale-Indianapolis succumbed to bankruptcy last year, taking its professional ballet school, the Clara R. Noyes Academy, down with it, Victoria Lyras knew she had to do something about it. So the former Pennsylvania Ballet principal took "a tremendous leap of faith" and leased the former company's space. She opened the Indianapolis School of Ballet this August. "The most important thing right now is to build the trust of the community again, because it was devastating [when the company and school closed down]," says Lyras, who trained at the School of American Ballet.

The school features more than 10,500 square feet, three large studios and brandnew floors and barres, and offers three programs: a children's program for ages 4 to 7, a preprofesslonal track for ages 7 to young adult and open classes in ballet, tap, jazz and ballroom for ages 13 and older. "The priority is to pass on the wealth of information that I have been so blessed to acquire, through my teachers and my professional career," Lyras says. "I just hope we multiply and blossom." Info: 317-955-7525; www.indyballet.org

* This October, The Dance School in Everett, Washington, also opened in the home of a beloved former studio. Its mission is to carry on the legacy of the Betty Spooner School of Dance, which operated for about 80 years and was the second-oldest dance academy in the state.

The latter school, known at the time as the Betty Spooner Creative Arts Foundation Studio, closed in 2004 after the death of Spooner's son, Michael Jordan, who had run the school for 37 years. …

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