About SLK Ballet School

"Any aspiring dancer who is evaluating pre-professional training companies should consider that the high percentage of SLK Ballet students who have realized their dreams of joining a professional company far exceeds that of any other comparably-sized training company. These results directly stem from the quality, innovation and rigor of instruction, and the level of personal commitment that Sara Knight makes to each dancer's technical and professional development. Based on its proven record of graduate placements, choosing SLK Ballet could be the best pre-professional dance training decision you will ever make."

- Jody Edwards

Father of Kylie Victoria Edwards (SLK Ballet Graduate 2016, Broadway's 1st National Tour of "Anastasia" )


"Deciding to attend SLK ballet was the best decision I could have made for my professional career. Sara Knight is the most kind-hearted, passionate, and knowledgeable teacher I have ever had. During the two years I danced at SLK, myself and the other students had many performance opportunities as well as opportunities to dance abroad. Any dancers attending SLK Ballet will be provided with such opportunity to advance themselves to their full potential under the tutelage of encouraging, patient, and driven teachers."  


- Alexandra Harrington, SLK Ballet Graduate 2015, Chevalier Ballet Dancer, SLK Ballet Faculty


"I am grateful to have the opportunity to study at SLK Ballet, where I have been pushed to my potential, physically, mentally, and emotionally.  Under Sara Knight’s genuine, strong, and precise instruction, I have gained the technique, skills, and mindset to pursue a professional dance career.  I thoroughly enjoy my time in  the studio each day, full of powerful energy, and I am very blessed to have found someone so dedicated to her students."

- Madison Mercadante, SLK Ballet Graduate 2018

SLK Ballet, located in New York City, is an exclusive year-round training program designed to prepare the serious ballet student for a professional career in both classical and contemporary dance. It is the official school of Chevalier Ballet


Under the direction of Sara Knight and her staff, SLK Ballet 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's training syllabus is based on the Vaganova method and incorporates traditional Russian, English, French and Danish techniques.
The school year runs from September into June with a 4 week
Summer Intensive offered during the month of August. 

SLK students gain performance experience throughout the year guesting with various companies throughout the U.S. and abroad, as well as their annual performance every June ending their school year. They are 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 has exchange programs with the Central School of Ballet, Masters of Ballet and English National Ballet School, in London, England. Select advanced students have an opportunity to study at these prestigious ballet schools.