The Braintree Ballet Company is the resident ballet company of Melissa Kelley’s Dance Studio of Braintree, LLC. Since its debut performance of Cinderella in 1995, the company has produced numerous ballets under the direction of founder, Melissa Kelley Clark. These performances have helped many local families enjoy the art of dance and given our students the opportunity to participate in and experience a live classical ballet performance.
While watching her students grow and develop as dancers, Melissa Kelley Clark decided it was time to take her advanced dancers to another level. They had already been awarded countless high scores and national titles at dance competitions but Ms. Clark wanted more for them. By starting the Braintree Ballet Company, she provided her students a different venue in which they could continue their studies, as well as a way she could spend more educating them about the performance side of ballet, and the history behind the choreography, stories, and music of some of the most loved classics.
The company has provided Ms. Clark’s dancers a wonderful opportunity to develop as artists and fall further in love with the world of ballet. Her dancers are dedicated, passionate students who strive to give the audience a magical experience every performance. By having the Braintree Ballet Company as somewhat of an extension of the studio, it gives younger students something to look forward to, to work for, and to be proud of. It’s an experience not all dance students get so Ms. Clark is thrilled that she can offer this to her students if they wish to be a part of something so special.
The Braintree Ballet Company continues to provide a professional dance experience for students chosen through an audition process. Younger students of the studio may audition to be guest dancers with the company when a particular ballet allows for adorable children’s roles. The company favorite is the annual Nutcracker Ballet, presented every December. During this ballet we get to see to see our company dancers working so well with the younger students and inspiring them for the future. For us, there is no greater gift than that of inspiration!
To date, the company has presented a number of ballets, including Cinderella, Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, and Hansel and Gretel. The company has also performed an original ballet entitled “An Evening with Degas”, and celebrated a Gala performance that included excerpts from some of Ms. Clark’s favorite ballets, including Giselle, A Mid Summer Night’s Dream, and other original works.
Be sure to check out more about Braintree Ballet Company by visiting their web site at www.BraintreeBalletCompany.com. Make sure to add their annual holiday favorite, The Nutcracker, to your family’s winter celebrations. It is great for the entire family!