Our Mission

Ballet Florida’s Mission is to support dance creation, education, and preservation through the highest quality performances and educational programming; and to reach the widest possible audience to deepen the public appreciation of dance as an art form.

About Us

Ballet Florida is a 501(c)(3) non for profit organization in the heart of the Palm Beaches.  Divided into three parts, we make dance accessible to everyone. Dance education taught by world renowned teachers at The Academy of Ballet Florida, performances and artistic development incubated by dancers of The Professional Company, and momentous Community Outreach and scholarship programs allow us to reach our widest possible audience.

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The Company

The Company of Ballet Florida’s mission is to create new work while performing a selection of timeless classics. By housing collaborative projects between dancers, choreographers, visual artists, musicians, composers, designers and other art forms, we develop and showcase a versatile dance medium.  Programs include full-length evenings performed in traditional theaters, contrasted by intimate non-traditional environments. We hope to reach all generations and cultures through our dancing while opening the minds of those who have not yet had the opportunity to experience this spectacular art form. Stay tuned for more details and exciting news about The Company of Ballet Florida including special events and performances. Dancers who wish to audition please contact
or call 561-655-6882.




EMILY CHU from Saratoga Springs, NY, found her love of dance at an early age. She began her pre-professional career at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, MA, where she graduated with a major in ballet, directed by Mr. Michael Owen. In 2015, she received her BFA in ballet from the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), directed by Ms. Shellie Cash and Mr. Qi Jiang, where she was able to further her training into contemporary, modern, and choreography. Since graduating, Emily has continued her work in the arts with Rainbow Circus Miami, performing in classical and contemporary dance as well as expanding into contortion and aerial dance.



As a dance artist, Mindy concentrates on ideologies surrounding femininity, sexuality, and the moving dancing body. In 2017, Mindy completed her Master of Fine Arts through Hollins University where she had the opportunity to study abroad in Frankfurt, Germany for three consecutive summers. During this time, she worked on three major projects. Her independent study investigated the transgression of ballet through her two-part interview series of Radical ballet while her research paper project explored Voyeurism and the Ballerina. Mindy’s final thesis production and written document examined the performance of sexuality in the fields of pornography and choreography by exploring kinesthetic pleasures through a reflective and reflexive performance. She has had the opportunity of performing her thesis project in West Palm Beach, FL at The Box Gallery and in Boynton Beach, FL in part of the Boynton Beach Arts District ActivistaArtista Festival. Prior to accomplishing her MFA, Mindy was an adjunct instructor of dance at The University of South Carolina for four years. Previously, she completed her Bachelor of Arts from USC as a Cum Laude graduate, where she received the University of South Carolina Dance Program Director Award for outstanding dedication, talent and passion for the art of dance. During her time at USC, Mindy had the opportunity to perform works choreographed by Tanya Wideman-Davis, Thaddeus Davis, George Balanchine, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Gianni Di Marco, Hannah Lagerway, and many others. As a professional performing artist, Mindy has worked with Carolina Ballet Theatre in Greenville, SC and Wideman-Davis Dance in Columbia, SC. Mindy currently resides in Delray Beach, FL as a freelance dance artist, where she is performing with Demetrius Klein Dance Company and Lauren Carey’s Ballet Florida. This spring she is teaching at Hollins University as a visiting assistant professor in part of the dance program.



ALYSSA THOMPSON received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from New World School of the Arts/University of Florida. Upon graduation, she began her dance career with Repertory Dance Theatre of Utah where she performed works by prominent classical and contemporary choreographers such as Merce Cunningham, Jose Limon, Bill Evans, and Zvi Gotheiner. Alyssa returned to Florida to dance with Surfscape Contemporary Dance Theater and pursue a Master of Nonprofit Management from Florida Atlantic University. She is currently teaching dance, performing with local choreographers and working in the nonprofit sector. Alyssa is thrilled to join Ballet Florida this season!



VANESSA ROSEN was born in Caracas, Venezuela and raised in South Florida where she currently resides as a freelance contemporary/modern dancer. She graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies in Arts and Humanities with a focus on dance and a minor in Ethnic Studies. She co-founded the FAU Dance Organization (FAUDO), which provided college dancers in the community adult level modern classes and performance opportunities. Vanessa has performed with the companies: TranZenDance Productions (Davie), FAU Dance and Theatre Ensemble under the direction of Clarence Brooks and was cast in historical works such as Lynchtown by Charles Weidman and Rooms Etude by Anna Sokolow (Boca Raton), MusInc: An Artists' Collective (Tampa and West Palm Beach) and The Movement Project, under the direction of Diana Hoffmaster (West Palm Beach). Vanessa also performed and served as Artist Liaison for The Dancers’ Space (West Palm Beach), where she was a part of works by David Parsons, Joshua L. Peugh and Kyra Jean Green. She continues to delve into the worlds of modern and contemporary dance, seeking influences from around the world. Vanessa has been accepted into intensives with the Hofesh Shechter Company (London) and Batsheva Dance Company (Tel-Aviv), American Dance Festival (Durham) and BODYTRAFFIC (Los Angeles). In April 2014, her first solo work, Phase 6, was chosen to be produced by The Dancers’ Space at the Duncan Theatre (Lake Worth) as a part of “An Evening of Contemporary Dance; works by local and nationally recognized choreographers”. Her first group work, Alive she cried… premiered as part of create.DANCE.florida Fall Collection 2015. Vanessa is honored to be welcomed into the Ballet Florida family!



Assistant Professor Jin Lee Hanley has taught in the Dance Department at Palm Beach Atlantic University (“PBA”) in West Palm Beach, Florida since 2005. During that time, she has been involved with PBA’s Dance Ensemble as a resident choreographer, rehearsal director, and performer.  She is also a faculty member for the PBA preparatory dance program, where she teaches technique classes and choreographs for younger up-and-coming dancers. Ms. Hanley has taught for various events, organizations, and churches, including the American College Dance Festival, Florida Dance Education Organization, and the World Missions Conference in New York City. She has also served as a guest instructor at Bellhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi, at Kong-ju University, Pneuma Ballet Theatre, andYoung-Nam University in South Korea, and at Calvary Chapel Academy in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Immediately prior to coming to PBA, she was the Director of Dance at Little Flock Church in New York City. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Florida Dance Education Organization, and is co-chair of the Florida National Honor Society of Dance Arts. She has been a artist with The Dancers’ Space, a non-profit organization in South Florida, and first year serving as the program coordinator to enhance the programs and education through TDS in Palm Beach County.



Mycaela is a Jupiter local and Florida native. She is part of the first class of dance minors at Florida Atlantic University and she is also an English major and a studio art photography minor. She is in her senior year and will graduate in May 2018 with her bachelors degree and a professional and technical writing certificate. Mycaela has been dancing since the age of 3 and is a Dreyfoos School of the Arts alumni. She has trained and danced with choreographers from around the globe including Christopher Huggins, Margo Sappington, Levi Marsman, Ryan Redmond and more. She is currently the head ballet and pointe teacher at Char-Mar Dance School in Lake Park and she also teaches jazz and contemporary. She has danced a few seasons with FAU’s Repertory Dance Theater Ensemble and she is looking forward to continuing to progress with Ballet Florida.



Carlos Macias, a Cuban native, graduated from The National School of Art of Cuba with professional honors. There he danced under Director, Alicia Alonso, from 2008 to 2014 as a soloist. Mr. Macias then moved to the United States and danced with Ballet Evolution of Charleston in South Carolina. His performances include soloist in Giselle, Nutcracker, Majjisimo, Dionanea, Dialogo, Coppelia, and Carnival of the Animals. In addition, the Corp de ballet in Swan Lake, Shakespeare, Cinderella, Fille mal Gardee, and Bayadere.




Christopher Woodyard, a senior at The Harid Conservatory has extensively trained with the industry’s leading teachers that specialize in the Vaganova ballet technique and modern dance. Mr. Woodyard attributes his success and artistic style to the crafted talents of Meelis Pakri, Victoria Schneider, Inna Stabrova, and Dmitriy Tuboltsev, as well as Lauren Carey and Mark Godden. His accomplishments include attending The Harid Conservatory and The Juilliard School Summer Intensive in New York City. He was chosen among applicants all over the world for both prestigious schools. Christopher was also selected to perform two contemporary-ballet pieces created by Mark Godden, as well as a solo that he is now able to add to his repertoire. As Christopher continues to audition for various world-renowned dance companies and top-rated colleges, he is thrilled to have the opportunity to gain more performance experience right here in Palm Beach County with the professional company of Ballet Florida.

“Ballet involves discipline, self-control, respect and critical thinking...”



Lauren Carey

Artistic Director
LAUREN CAREY is a native of West Palm Beach Florida where she trained at The Academy of Ballet Florida with additional instruction from Demetrius Klein, and Dennis Wayne. Her summers were spent studying with Miami City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, American Ballet Theater, The School of American Ballet, and The Paul Taylor Dance Company.  She went on to graduate from The Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. School of the Arts in 2007, where she now continues to teach and choreograph as an Artist in Residence. Lauren is a graduate of The Juilliard School where she received a Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree in 2011. While attending The Juilliard School Miss Carey had the privilege of dancing works by Bronislava Ninjinska, Stijin Celis, Larry Keigwin, Ohad Naharin, Jose Limon, and Alexander Ekman. Miss Carey earned a Master of Arts degree, from New York University majoring in "Teaching Dance in the Professions” with a concentration in American Ballet Theatre Ballet Pedagogy and is a certified teacher by the American Ballet Theatre's National Training Curriculum in all levels. Miss Carey is also the modern technique teacher on faculty at The Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton. Lauren has completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training certification and is a staff member at Haute Yoga Palm Beach. It has been her dream to return home to South Florida and rebuild what Ballet Florida once was. Now as Artistic Director of Ballet Florida it is her full-time job to managing the professional company and school all while building a comfortable space which makes dance accessible to everyone. She is dedicated to enriching the community through her work at Ballet Florida. 

Lyndsey Carey

Director of Outreach
LYNDSEY CAREY was born and raised in West Palm Beach Florida where she grew up dancing at The Academy of Ballet Florida and Palm Beach Ballet Center. She attended BAK Middle School of the Arts as well as Dreyfoos School of the Arts majoring in dance. Lyndsey also trained at The Houston Ballet Academy, The Joffrey Ballet School New York and Miami City Ballet School. After attending The University of Arizona, Lyndsey continued to nurture her passion for sharing the gift of expression through movement arts with others, especially children. As Director of Outreach at Ballet Florida, Lyndsey’s multidisciplinary talent in various art forms including dance, music, and visual art allow her to provide the students in Ballet Florida’s programs with a well-rounded understanding of all art forms. Through her work, Lyndsey strives to enlighten and engage both current and future audiences through educational programs and events. In addition, as appointed historian of Ballet Florida, Lyndsey’s photography and film work is featured as part of many Ballet Florida’s collaborative works. Lyndsey continues to travel nationwide researching, learning, and exploring arts education. Ballet Florida is very fortune for the opportunity to share Lyndsey Carey’s experiences and teachings with all the students of The Academy of Ballet Florida and surrounding outreach programs.

Guy Palmer

Managing Director of Creative Projects
GUY BEAUMONT PALMER was born in London, England where he lived until the age of five before moving with his family to the United States. Mr. Palmer was introduced to dance by Dennis Wayne when he was six years old through his CULTURESHOP. Shortly after Mr. Palmer participated in the workshop, he joined Marie Hale’s Ballet Florida as part of the scholarship program. Mr. Palmer attended Bak Middle School of the Arts and upon graduation went to the Dreyfoos High School of the Arts. Mr. Palmer danced in the U.S. until he was 18 years old, then moved to Mannheim, Germany for University studies. Mr. Palmer received a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance, Teaching, and Choreography from Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik und Darstellende Kunst Mannheim. After completing his studies at the University, Mr. Palmer returned to the United States and has been teaching and choreographing ever since. He is happy to be a part of Ballet Florida as The Managing Director of Creative Projects as well as the head the Men’s Division at The Academy of Ballet Florida.

Ocean Dull

Guest Faculty
OCEAN DULL was born in Connecticut and received her formal ballet training at the School of American Ballet. Ocean has performed with the Pennsylvania Ballet, New York City Ballet and San Francisco Ballet. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Temple University and Masters of Arts degree from New York University in Dance Education. Ocean is an ABT® Certified Teacher of the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum in all levels. Her teaching experience includes Peridance, the Third Street Music Settlement, American Ballet Theatre’s outreach program in New York City and Ballet Florida. Ocean is currently on faculty at FineLine Theatre Arts in Connecticut where she instructs and choreographs for children to adult students. Ocean privately trains and coaches participants for the Official Connecticut Classic Ballet Competition and a variety of summer programs across the country.


The Norton Museum’s Art After Dark with Ballet Florida

May 14, 2018

MAY 24, 2018 5 – 9 PM Free Admission 6:30 PM / Performance by Ballet Florida Dancers from Ballet Florida



May 20, 2018 2-4PM In this workshop, led by modern dancer and certified Alexander Technique instructor, Gaynelle Gosselin, you will


WELCOME | An Immersive Dance Experience

April 30, 2018

WELCOME will span four showings over two nights, Friday May 18, and Saturday May 19. Showings on Friday, May 18,



April 24, 2018

On April 24th Ballet Florida is participating in the Great Give, a 24- hour online giving event designed to raise



Chris Caldwell will be teaching The Simonson Technique workshop at Ballet Florida. Enjoy enhanced mind-body connection with this organic approach


Ballet Florida presents “Reawakening” | March 24, 2018 at The Kravis Center

March 8, 2018

Ballet Florida presents “Reawakening” March 24th 2018 at The Kravis Center Persson Hall 8pm. An evening of fresh works by Contemporary Choreographers including Jerry


Dennis Wayne Remembrance | January 8, 2018

January 24, 2018

Ballet Florida honored Dennis Wayne, the original “Bad Lad of Ballet”, during a celebration of Life, January 8th 2018 at


Norton Museum of Art | December 28, 2017

January 17, 2018

Ballet Florida performed original work created to reflect the Norton Museum of Art’s exhibit “Miss Lucy’s 3 Day Dollhouse Party”.


Dance for Joy! | December 2017

January 15, 2018

Ballet Florida’s “Dance for Joy!” outreach event hosted children of the local community for a day celebrating the gift of


Norton Museum of Art | July 20, 2017

January 12, 2018

During “Art After Dark” at the Norton Museum’s summer event, company members of Ballet Florida performed site-specific work inspired by


Studio 1608 Art Show

November 24, 2017

Presented by Studio 1608. Don’t miss this exciting event! Enjoy fabulous evening of Art, dance inspired cocktails served by Ballet


Living Room Series

November 16, 2017

Part 1 of The Living Room Series was a success. This donation based series provides an opportunity for audience members to


Registration is OPEN!

August 18, 2017

We hope you had a fantastic summer! Fall dance classes start up on September 5th, 2017, and registration is OPEN.


Upcoming Master Class | GAGA with Genna Moroni

July 4, 2017

Master Class Series Information GAGA with Genna Moroni Saturday August 5th 2017  @ Ballet Florida from 12-3pm 40$ per person Ages


All Classes on Summer Break

Thank you to all who attended any classes this summer! Open classes are now finished for the Summer.  Both Academy


Ballet Florida AUDITIONS

May 22, 2017

Audition Location: Ballet Florida 218 Westminster Road West Palm Beach, FL 33405 Date/Time: Saturday June 10th, 2017 at 11am Details:


Summer Intensive, JUNE 5-9TH

May 11, 2017

Summer means its dance intensive season, and we are so excited to be hosting The Dancers’ Space 2017 Summer Intensive!


Free Performance

April 20, 2017

Please join us on May 19, 2017 at 7:00 pm in the Cohen Pavilion at The Kravis Center for The



April 11, 2017

Great premier performance of part two of “Ritual” first pas de deux choreographed by Lauren Carey and Guy Palmer. Presented


Ballet & Bubbly

March 27, 2017

Join us for the launch of our new website!!! Friday, March 31, 2017 5:30pm-7:30pm @ Ballet Florida 218 Westminster Road


Ballet Florida’s Northern Location

March 24, 2017

Indian River Gardens, an Artist’s Retreat opened summer of 2016. Ballet Florida’s Northern location in Fort Pierce, Florida features our


Spring Break

March 21, 2017

Spring Break is here! There are no academy or open division classes this week. Regular classes will resume Monday March


Audition Season

December 29, 2016

‘Tis the season! Audition season! Ballet Florida offers private coaching and choreography for middle school, high school, college & professional


Dance for Food Performance

November 29, 2016

Saturday November 5th 7:30pm Duncan Theater LakeWorth Florida Ballet Florida is proud to be performing in Dance For Food, an


Ballet Florida’s Summer Outreach

June 29, 2016

Our students are all smiles about their first ballet shoes! Ballet Florida’s various Outreach Programs provide children with the opportunity


The Company of Ballet Florida

February 29, 2016

 Dancer Ryan Redmond and Artistic Director Lauren Carey after performing two solo works last winter. “something old and something new”


Community Outreach January 2016

January 29, 2016

Ballet Florida Artistic Director and President Lauren Carey pictured on the left, with Lyndsey Carey, Outreach Director pictured on the


“Halos”, 2015

November 15, 2015

2015 preformance of Halos at A.W. Dreyfoos Shool of the Arts, choreographed by Ballet Florida Artistic Director and President, Lauren


Classes Offered


The Master Class Series gives students the opportunity to be instructed by various international guest teachers and choreographers. These classes are open to academy students in the Pre-Professional Division and to the general public.


Adult classes are available for beginners through professional level dancers in ballet, modern and yoga. Classes combine all the benefits of dance training including poise, grace, movement, balance, control and muscular toning. Drop in rates and class packages are available. Please see calendar.


We open our doors to underpriviliged children of West Palm Beach and surrounding areas. Our goal is to give these children encouragement, opportunities and resources to study dance. We also collaborate with local organizations and schools to offer dance immersion workshops.

Class Schedule