Piedmont students perform in Piedmont Ballet Academy spring recital

Advanced dancers perform to Paquita Excerpts by Ludwig Mincus, choreography adapted by Amy Bouris

Piedmont Ballet Academy hosted its annual Spring Recital on Saturday, May 28 for the first time since the start of the COVID pandemic at the Valley Center for the Performing Arts at Holy Names University. 

The recital featured performances from all of the students, from the pre-ballet five-year olds to adults, including Piedmont High School seniors Maggie Sullivan, Caroline Collins, Maya Kumar, Sophia Heistand, Cecelia Johnson, and Lauren Quick.  

Many of the more advanced dancers have been studying at Piedmont Ballet since they were young, starting in the pre-ballet program at age 4 or 5. This Annual Recital is the culmination of months of choreography and practice, and was an opportunity to witness how beautiful, and how athletic, this art form is.  

Director Neela Reed continued classes online during the pandemic, and the dancers demonstrated their dedication to their craft by continuing to learn and advance their skills, even in that format. Their talents were on display as the curtain went up and the music started — impressive performances all around.

Piedmont Ballet Academy offers summer classes and camps, and a fall class array. Visit  www.piedmontballetacademy.com or contact Artistic Director Neela Reed at (510)658-6166 or ms.neela@piedmontballetacademy.com for more information.

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