Our Philosophy

A letter from the owner and artistic director

"It is my belief that dance is an essential part of a healthy and educated life, and therefore not a luxury. While my educational approach focuses and intends to train and prepare dancers for professional careers in dance, non-career minded students also profit from physical, emotional, and aesthetic benefits. These benefits include self-discipline, self-motivation, a strong work ethic, improved memory and better health, enhanced interpersonal relations and emotional reassurance, polished manners, excellent goal setting skills, patience, perseverance, and an appreciation for high standards of excellence.

Ballet is fundamentally a performance art form and not something that is limited to the confines of a studio.

At Columbus Youth Ballet Academy our classes focus on proper ballet technique, including proper alignment, proper use of feet, arms, head and épaulement, turn-out, sense of line and form, musicality and phrasing, discipline and etiquette, proper terminology, artistry, energy, appropriateness for the age and level, and last but not least, the joy of dance! Our curriculum encompasses a unique blend of Russian, French, Danish, and American ballet technique as practiced in professional companies and schools in the United States and Europe with an emphasis on a quintessential demand for excellence from myself, as well as my students. This was a particular trait taught at my alma mater, Dance Theatre of Harlem.

Finally, it is my goal to provide each student with a safe educational environment and the proper individualized encouragement, so that he or she may find his or her own voice and internal drive to work towards becoming the best dancer and human being that they can possibly be.  

I believe in working with each student as an individual, helping each dancer understand how the generally accepted technique and artistic values relate to his or her personal abilities, skills, and career choices. In addition to a social responsibility for greatness that is achieved by knowing that there is no choice involved in “Being your Best”, only in “Doing your Best”, with a dose of excellence and a sense of “I AM” bringing forth confidence, not arrogance, for the entire world to see.”

~ Lee Edwards, Owner and Artistic Director, Columbus Youth Ballet Academy