About the school
Piedmont Ballet was founded by Jeff Stuart and George Latimer in 1998 who served as artistic directors until 2010. Robin Costa-Gustafson was owner and artistic director from 2010 to 2018 and continues to teach at the school. Neela Reed has been owner and artistic director since August 2018. Amy Bouris has taught at the school for over a decade. In late 2020 we welcomed Miche Wong to our teaching faculty.
We do not follow a syllabus but our faculty have pedagogy training in the Cecchetti and Vaganova methods, Pre-Professional training from the San Francisco Ballet School and Contra Costa Ballet, and professional performing experience in Ballet and Modern Dance companies. Ms. Neela is certified in American Ballet Theater's National Training Curriculum Levels Primary through Level 3.
Although not a Pre-Professional Ballet school, we strive to offer quality training that includes professional etiquette and habits. We value traditional technique but also gentle, progressive teaching, body type and racial inclusivity, and community.
The school has been long known in Piedmont and beyond to be a place where children and adults alike can relax, make friends, and grow as dancers. Many families describe our school as one of their child's happiest places.