History of SLK Ballet School
SLK Ballet School began as an open year-round daytime training program designed to allow students of all levels to train with a flexible schedule and supportive environment. SLK Ballet's Professional Daytime Program is now known as Chevalier Ballet Professional Training Program, a daytime trainee program preparing serious ballet students for a professional career in both classical and contemporary dance. SLK Ballet school is now an afterschool-only professional training program dedicated to providing students with the highest quality ballet training in an inclusive environment. SLK Ballet school is open to all students with beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels of training.
Under the direction of Sara Knight and her staff, SLK Ballet School offers classes in classical ballet, pointe, repertoire, contemporary, character, musical theatre, floor barre, pilates, pas de deux and stretch classes. Private coaching is available upon request.
SLK Ballet School's syllabus is based on the Vaganova method and incorporates traditional Russian, English, French and Danish techniques. The school year runs from September into June. Summer Intensives are held in two locations. 2-weeks are offered in Florida at the end of June, and 2-weeks are offered in New York City during the month of August.
Throughout SLK Ballet School's history, students have gained performance experience through guesting with various ballet companies throughout the U.S. and abroad, including Chevalier Ballet company in New York City. Students have been involved in outreach dancing in hospitals and schools around the New York City area and abroad including the Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital (NYC), The Ronald McDonald House of Manhattan, Mount Sinai and Sloan Kettering (NYC), Success Academy (NYC), Holme J & I (Yorkshire, U.K.), Scholes J & I (Yorkshire, U.K.), Holmfirth High School (Yorkshire, U.K.).
SLK Ballet School has provided students with exchange programs with the Central School of Ballet, Masters of Ballet, and English National Ballet School, in London, England. Select advanced students have been granted the opportunity to study at these prestigious ballet schools.
"SLK helped me grow as dancer in so many ways. Sara Knight and all the teachers give each student corrections very specific to their individual needs and what they need to work on. They were always very focused and worked with me on anything I struggled with. When it comes to company auditions and breaking into the professional ballet world, all the faculty at SLK were extremely helpful guiding me through the auditioning process. The time I spent at SLK is very special to me. The instruction I got helped so much technically, but I also feel I was able to find my own artistry in dance, thanks to the wide curriculum and all the performance opportunities. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for SLK Ballet, and for that I am truly grateful."
— Stella Durden, 2019 Graduate
COVID-19 Health & Safety
Our first and foremost commitment is to the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, extended families and community. If our current plan needs to change in order to put safety first, then we will do so without hesitation and with full measure.
Proof of Vaccination
SLK Ballet School supports and abides by the health guidelines in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control, the City and State of New York, SLK Ballet School and Battery Dance Studios. Everyone ages 12 and up must show proof of being fully vaccinated. Children ages 5 –11 must show proof of their first vaccine by 14 December 2021 and proof of their second vaccine by 20 January 2022. SLK Ballet will monitor current guidelines and City and State rules, and update its own policies accordingly.