Joan Albright and Susan Alessi established The Huntington Center for Performing Arts (“The Center”) in 2005 to offer Long Island, a conservatory environment in which to learn & experience the performing arts, without having to travel to NYC!
The Center is home to Huntington Ballet Academy, using the “ABT ® National Training Curriculum”, Les Petits Danseurs – “a dance school for little ones”, Suzuki Music School – “learning by listening”. The Center is also home to the Long Island Ballet Theatre, a professional ballet company that provides performing opportunities for students, pre-professionals & professionals from Long Island and the tri-state area.
The Huntington Ballet Academy was formed to support the ambitious work of Long Island Ballet Theatre (LIBT); the organization where they had forged their friendship some 5 years prior. One year later, in 2006, Huntington Suzuki Music School was acquired, a school with a 30- plus year history in Huntington teaching strings to young children using the Japanese method of auditory- learning.
In 2009, the children’s school Les Petits Danseurs was formed to introduce very young children to the beauty and enjoyment of classical dance and the joy of movement. At the top of the Les Petits school is the Primary level of training and the first level of the American Ballet Theater National Training Curriculum that was incorporated into the Huntington Ballet Academy training in the same year (2009). In addition to offering classes in ballet & related Pointe & classical variations, the curriculum also provides for the study of jazz, character ballet (folk dancing of other nations) & modern dance.
The Center also offers a course in musical theater training which consists of voice, dance and theater arts culminating in a workshop performance of a popular children’s musical. The Musical Theater Program has performed excerpts from The Wizard of Oz, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Peter Pan, Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory &The Little Mermaid.
In addition The Center offers classes for adults in private piano & string classes, chamber ensemble, ballet for toning and flexibility and Broadway Jazz.
The teaching staff for all programs is university or conservatory trained, most with post-graduate degrees as well as accomplished performing artists in their own right. The ballet faculty is all ABT certified teachers with master degrees from the NYU/ABT program in ballet pedagogy.