Heartland Youth Ballet

Changing Lives Through Dance.

The Ballet Alliance

An Association of Pre-Professional Companies

The Ballet Alliance member companies value rigorous training methods and innovative choreography, which directly benefit the technical and artistic development of our dancers. Our member Artistic Directors have built a unique and lasting camaraderie that relishes an inspiring support of each other, shared professional development, and networking opportunities.

The members of The Ballet Alliance host an annual 4-day Festival where our dancers take master classes from renowned instructors, participate in dance-related seminars, perform for their peers, and forge new relationships. During the Festival, member dancers are seen by recruiters from world-class ballet schools, professional dance companies, and college & university dance programs. It is common for dancers to be awarded scholarships to summer intensives, early acceptance to higher education dance programs, and receive apprenticeships or professional contracts from Artistic Directors. Over $66,000 in scholarships were distributed at our 2019 Festival in Spokane, WA.

An Adjudication process precedes the Festival in early spring. Each season, a professional in the field of ballet is selected to become an Adjudicator who then gives constructive insights for our member companies. The Adjudicator visits each company on its home turf to evaluate their training methods, choreography, and non-profit organization. The Adjudicator becomes the Artistic Director of the Festival, having chosen works for 4 evenings of performances, and continuing the evaluation process throughout the performances. This process helps to maintain the standards of The Ballet Alliance, which values education, thus securing the future of our dancers.