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.



Instagram Live Classes

Donation based Instagram live classes start today! Tune in EST and use the link in bio to support our instructors



Very grateful to have performed 3 performances of VISION at the Kravis Center last weekend before the serious impact of


A Barkin’ Ballet Brunch

Sunday February 2, 2020 11 am – 1 pm Hosted by Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League On February 2nd, Join


Ticket are on sale now!

Ticket are now on sale for Vision. March 7th and 8th at Kravis center Persson Hall. Ticket available at https://www.kravis.org/events/vision/


Living Room Series 3rd Edition

Sunday November 24, 20195:00- 6:00 PMBallet Florida218 Westminster Rd. West Palm Beach, FL 33405 The Living Room Series is back


Save the Date!

Ballet Florida will be performing at The Daniel Lewis Dance Sampler as part of the National Dance Educational Organization Annual Conference.


GODDESS GATHERING with Angi Vergara-Estlund Friday September 27th 7-9pm

Attention YOGIS! Connect to your Soul’s wisdom through all the senses as we come together in the first Goddess Gathering


We are open Wednesday September 4th, 2019 With a modified schedule!

Pilates All LevelsWith Eliana Girard5:30 PM – 6:30 PM Adult Beginner BalletWith Amy Cosentino6:30 PM – 7:30 PM Use link


Hurricane Dorian

We will be closed September 2nd and 3rd, 2019 due to hurricane Dorian. All regularly scheduled classes will resume Wednesday


Press Release

Lauren Carey’s path has taken her from Dreyfoos School of the Arts to The Juilliard School in New York and


Registration is Open!

Academy Registration Is Open! 10% OFF Fall Tuition now through August 15th ONLY! Beginner through Advanced Classes Ages 3 – 17 Give


Performance at Indian River Gardens

Join Courtney and Mindy Sunday evening, July 14th 5:00pm, for an open showing and discussion on Ballet Florida’s property of



Ballet Florida has partnered with the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County for Moasic a month of shows, art, ideas,


Free Performance at The Norton Museum of Art

Art After Dark Friday May 24th 6 and 7:30pm As part of the contemporary dance series at the Norton, Ballet Florida


Breathwork Master Class

Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 4:30 PM – 6 PM Change your breathing, change your life! Come breathe with master


Living Room Series 2nd Edition Pt. 3

Sunday April 14th 5-6pm Join Mindy Rawlinson at Ballet Florida’s Living Room Series 2nd Edition Pt. 3! FOR YOUR EYES


Ballet Florida Preforms at The Duncan Theater

Saturday April 13, 2019 Ballet Florida performs Norbert De La Cruz III “Beyond/Body” as part of create.DANCE.florida at the Duncan


Company Audition May 11,2019

Saturday May 11, 2019 Time: 1-3pm Location: Ballet Florida, 218 Westminster Road, West Palm Beach, Fl 33405 Currently seeking male


One Day Workshop with Eliana Girard

Saturday March 23rd 1 – 5pm Ballet Florida Students Ages 13-20 $100 per Student All students must register prior to


Dance, Sip, & Shop @ Cynthia Rowley Palm Beach

Dance, Sip, & Shop. February 8, 2019 at 5:30pm Cynthia Rowley Boutique, 340 Royal Poinciana Way, 325C 10% donated to


Ticket are on sale now!!!

  MAR 1, 2019 – MAR 2, 2019 | HELEN K. PERSSON HALL, Kravis Center Tickets available at https://www.kravis.org/events/pulse/ Ballet Florida Presents: PULSE


Ballet Florida Performs at the Grand Re-Opening of the Norton Museum of Art

Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 10 AM – 5 PM  Location: Norton Museum of Art1450 S Dixie Hwy, West Palm


Living Room Series 2nd Edition

Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 5 PM – 6 PM Location: 218 Westminster Rd. West Palm Beach, Fl 33405 The


CityZen Garden Opening!

Pictured here is Artistic Director Lauren Carey unveiling one of three Dudali sculptures by artist Beju LeJobart at CityZen Garden


Ballet Florida at CityZen Garden

Thursday, December 13, 2018 Time: 5:30 – 8:00 PM Free to the public CityZen Garden at Broadstone City Center 400


Join Artistic Director Lauren Carey at The Frank

Thursday December 6, 2018  Time: 6:30 – 8:00pm This is FREE lecture held at The Frank. 601 City Center Way,


Wine Tasting with Ballet Florida

Thursday November 8th, 2018 / 6:30pm – 8:30pm / Tickets $50 (Age 21+) Purchase ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wine-tasting-with-ballet-florida-tickets-51170373966 Join us for a carefree evening


Figure Drawing with Ballet Florida Dancers

Monday 10/22 & 10/29 Time 6:00pm – 9:00pm Location: 1608 Gallery Price:$40 Come join us and Charles Bane for figure


Workshop with Christopher Caldwell

Simonson Technique    Sunday 10/14/18      Time: 2:00PM – 4:00PM Early Registration $40     Day of $50    Students $20 Sign up


Workshop with Jacquelyn Elder

Date: 9/23/2018 From: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Jackie was recently involved in a creation titled “27 Perspectives” directed by Maud Le Pladec (Centre


Wee Royals

Tuesday August 14th Sessions at 3pm and 4pm  Let your Wee Royals live out their ballet dreams with Ballet Florida in


Wizard of Oz Under the Stars!

Date: Aug 04, 2018   /   Time: 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM  /  Free Admission Location:  The Frank C. Ortis Art Gallery and Exhibition


Royal Poinciana Plaza & Ballet Florida

WEE ROYAL SERIES Every Tuesday 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm West Courtyard Join us every Tuesday this summer at The


Encore Performance!

Unexpected Narratives in Dance July 14, 2018 Show Times 12:45 / 1:15 / 2:15 Free Admission Ballet Florida returns for


Improvisation Workshop

Date: Saturday June 16, 2018 Time: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm No prior dance knowledge or experience necessary only a


Summer Academy Intensive

Dates: June 11th- 15th 2018 Time: 1pm-4pm This 5-day intensive welcomes Intermediate-Advanced students ages 12-17. Students will receive equal training


Summer Dance Immersion Workshop

Dates: June 11th-15th 2018 Time: 9am-12pm This 5-day workshop welcomes students ages 4-11. No previous dance experience required! Dancers will


The Norton Museum’s Art After Dark with Ballet Florida

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Living Room Series

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


Registration is OPEN!

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

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

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

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


Free Performance

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



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


Ballet & Bubbly

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

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


Spring Break

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


Audition Season

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


Dance for Food Performance

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

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

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


Community Outreach January 2016

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


“Halos”, 2015

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


The Academy




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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 info@balletflorida.org




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!

“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 Beaumont Palmer

Creative Director
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.

John Prinz

Ballet Master
JOHN PRINZ grew up and received his first ballet training in Chicago, Illinois and then continued at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City as their first scholarship student. He went on to finish training at the Balanchine School of American Ballet before joining the New York City Ballet in 1963. He was quickly promoted to Principal and danced many leads in Balanchine ballets including The Nutcracker, Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet and Tarantella and was one of the original leads in Jerome Robbins Dances at a Gathering. He partnered ballerinas such as Suzanne Farrell, Allegra Kent, Kay Mazzo, Patricia McBride, and Violet Verdi. Also at New York City Ballet, Frederick Ashton revived Les Illuminations with Mr. Prinz in the title role. In 1970, Mr. Prinz joined American Ballet Theater where he was a principal dancer until 1979. Roles here included leads in Giselle, Coppelia, Fancy Free, Don Quixote, Le Corsair and he created roles in new ballets by Alvin Ailey, The River. John began teaching in 1978 in New York City including classes at Robert Denver's Westside School of Ballet and the Scholarship Program at the American Ballet Theater School under Baryshnikov. He gave Master Classes throughout Japan for the American Ballet Workshop in 1983-84; 85-86 and has guest taught at San Francisco Ballet School. As Assistant Director or Ballet Master, he has worked at the Pittsburgh Ballet, Cleveland Ballet, Ballet National de Espana, Zurich Opera House, and Staatstheater am Gartnerplaz, Munich. In 1993-94, Mr. Prinz formed a company which was invited as the first American ballet company to participate in the second International Nureyev Festival in Kazan, Russia. He lived in London where he taught at the Arts Educational Schools, Chiswick and gave daily professional open ballet classes in central London and the Adventures in Motion Pictures Dance Company.

Alexandra Safran

Alexandra Safran was born and raised in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. She began her dance training at age three under the direction of Joan Miller at the Palm Beach Ballet Center. Throughout her time there, Ms. Safran’s training was emphasized on classical ballet technique as well as jazz and modern dance. She also spent several years performing child roles with Miami City Ballet’s The Nutcracker. Upon graduating from Cardinal Newman High School in 2004, she went on to continue her training with Florida Atlantic University’s Theater and Dance department. During her time at FAU, Ms. Safran performed in multiple productions and was promoted to Dance Captain for their version of Bye, Bye Birdie. In 2007, Ms. Safran moved to White Plains, New York to further her theater and dance studies at SUNY Purchase College. While working toward her B.A. in Drama Studies, Ms. Safran made her directorial debut with her production of Anton Chekhov’s A Marriage Proposal in 2008. After returning to Florida, Ms. Safran began teaching at Jupiter Dance Academy and has enjoyed her position as the classical ballet instructor for their Junior Company division since 2012. Additionally, she choreographs for solo and ensemble pieces that have made appearances in competitions including the Tremaine Dance Convention. In 2015, she also joined the staff of Palm Beach Ice Works as a ballet instructor for figure skaters. Ms. Safran is very excited to continue sharing her passion for classical ballet with the Ballet Florida community

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.

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.

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