The North Fork Ballet offers ballet instruction to children 4 years old through adults. Our goal is to offer high quality ballet training in a nurturing environment. We teach respect, confidence, and creative expression from the earliest ages. Our curriculum is built to instruct proper technique, the building blocks of ballet, which helps prevent injuries, and creates confident dancers. In addition to movement fundamentals, improvisation and composition are also taught, nurturing the artist in each student, as well as the technician.
Making the performing arts available to all North Fork Valley residents is a major goal of the North Fork Ballet. We achieve this by offering a free holiday performance annually, and low ticket prices for spring productions. The North Fork Ballet offers affordable tuition rates and costumes, and no registration or performance fees. Scholarship opportunities will also be available, beginning the fall of 2020.
Owner & Instructor
Bekah Scalero began dancing at age 4 in Cape Coral, FL, at a non-competitive studio, Maranatha School of Dance, studying ballet, tap, lyrical, and many other forms of dance.
By high school she had fixed her focus on ballet and modern dance, and wanted to become a choreographer. For two years in college, she studied on scholarship at a pre-professional company, Foothills Dance Conservatory, in Seneca, SC, and began teaching her own classes at the YMCA. After that she returned to teach at her home studio, and worked for Ballet Magnificat! in Jackson, MS, for several summer intensives.
In 2013, after hiking the Appalachian Trail, Bekah took up river guiding in the summers, teaching dance and performing in the winters. Bekah and her partner, Daniel Roman, moved to the North Fork Valley in 2017 to open the adventure company, Western Slope SUP. Inspired by the Foothills Conservatory, which brings quality performing arts education to small mountain towns, Bekah began the North Fork Ballet in 2018, providing ballet instruction at the Blue Sage Center for the Arts in Paonia, CO.
Betsy Johnson danced as a child with Miss Elaine Valois in Maumee, OH, learning ballet, tap, and baton.
She met her husband, Mic, at dancing at a disco in 1979. She leapt back into ballet after a decades-long break when Bekah began offering adult classes at the Blue Sage. Betsy says taking dance has made her feel stronger and more graceful, and has re-inspired her creativity. She now assists teaching the Pre-Ballet class and loves dancing and holding hands with little people.