Connecticut Theater Ballet offers pre-professional dance training

Michelle Sperry, artistic director and founder of Fleur de Lis Dance Academy in Wilton, has launched the Connecticut Theater Ballet, a program for dancers interested in pre-professional training with advanced dance classes.
The classes are designed to prepare dancers for competitive summer intensive acceptance auditions, roles in professional dance company performances, pursuing dance scholarships in college and professional stage careers.
“While Fleur de Lis Dance Academy offers a wide range of classes for younger children and beginning dancers,” said Sperry, “we want to be able to grow with our more experienced and serious dancers and offer them greater opportunities to develop their technique and performance quality.”
Connecticut Theater Ballet will use space at Fleur de Lis Dance Academy, 1 Danbury Road, which has three spacious, light-filled studios with state-of-the-art marley flooring, a dressing room, study area, costume fitting room, a ballet supplies shop and a family lounge with a view of one of the studios.
Instructors for the classes include current professional ballerinas, dancers with national and international training and experienced teachers with college and advanced degrees.
The program follows the American Academy of Ballet syllabus, including graded exams and performance awards, and offers classes in classical ballet, pointe, modern, lyrical, Broadway, jazz and hip-hop, contemporary ballet and tap.
All dancers are encouraged to audition for the Connecticut Theater Ballet’s annual Nutcracker performance in November and its spring ballet, Cinderella, in May.
According to Sperry, the discipline, commitment and focus required for dance can benefit dancers beyond the studio.
“Utilizing the discipline and focus required for advanced dance training, our dancers continue to achieve top honors in their middle and high school academics, excel at prestigious summer intensives, and attend top universities and graduate schools,” she said.
“Through dance, they develop the confidence and determination required for success.”
Fleur de Lis Dance Academy and Connecticut Theater Ballet are sponsored by Encore Youth Company, a non-profit organization that offers full and partial scholarships to dancers who otherwise might not be able to afford pre-professional dance training.
For more information about Connecticut Theater Ballet, Fleur de Lis Dance Academy and Encore Youth Company, visit or contact Sperry at 203-210-7155 or