About Us2018-06-30T11:02:12+00:00
  • Ballet

Dance classes with a difference

At American Youth Dance Theater you’ll find a wide variety of dance classes for children and teens of all ages from toddlers through high school.  Our teaching philosophy promotes learning in a positive, developmentally sound environment with lots of individual attention. American Youth Dance Theater’s personal approach to teaching dance helps each student who is willing to learn, reach their highest potential. All our dance classes for children and teens allow students to feel a sense of pride in their accomplishments. They are encouraged to aspire towards their own personal goals in a manner which celebrates the individual and promotes self-esteem and positive body image.

Our most popular dance classes include Mommy-n-Me, Tiny Tots for Toddlers, Ballet, Tap, Broadway Jazz and Hip Hop for dancers in Pre-school through High School. Our Summer Camps, Summer Dance Classes and Summer Intensive programs prove to be increasingly popular every year, and we also offer Dance Themed Birthday Parties.

Why Choose AYDT?

A studio’s teaching philosophy directly impacts the student’s learning experience… Learn More >
We believe in performance as a vehicle to increase self-esteem and learning… Learn More >
Class sizes at AYDT are kept small to ensure a good student teacher ratio.. Learn More >
It is very important for a dance studio to be constructed with the right materials… Learn More >

Meet Our Team

Natalia Alonzo-Brillante
Natalia Alonzo-BrillanteFounder and Director: Instructor in Pre-Ballet, Ballet and Pointe
Natalia Alonzo-Brillante’s background includes extensive training in classical ballet, modern dance and Flamenco. She studied contemporary dance at the Martha Graham School and has spent over 15 years of her career learning and performing the technique and repertoire of Isadora Duncan.

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Deborah Anthony
Deborah AnthonyInstructor in Mommy-N-Me, Tiny Tots, Ballet, Broadway and Tap
Deborah moved to New York City from Buffalo, New York to pursue a career in musical theater and dance. After completing her education at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy she graduated Summa Cum Laude from New School University with a B.F.A. in Musical Theater.

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Sam Turner
Sam TurnerInstructor in Ballet, Pointe & Broadway
A Florida native, Sam began his training in music and dance at the Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. School of the Arts, the Academy of Ballet Florida, and summer intensives at Boston Ballet.

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Sophie Alpern
Sophie AlpernInstructor in Pre-Ballet, Ballet, Pointe and Open Level Ballet
Sophie Alpern, a native New Yorker, has been dancing since age five. She trained at the School of American Ballet, Steps on Broadway, North Carolina School of the Arts, Houston Ballet Academy, and the Royal Ballet School.

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What People Are Saying About AYDT

I have never worked with an institution providing activities for my kids (I have 3 and we’ve lived in many countries) that is as professional as yours!
Rouba, Parent

This is extremely helpful. I just wanted to drop you a note to say how much I appreciate the thoughtful and thorough (recitals information) materials.

Anastasia, Parent
The recital was a terrific experience. Thanks so much for your hard work, I know you and the faculty have a lot of additional work and responsibility because of the recital and it is a truly unique and priceless experience for the students.
Barbara, Parent
Taking hip hop class has helped me improve my football skills!
Jacob, Student
I would like especially to thank all your Ballet team for your support, dedication and energy to get the girls ready for the ABT exams. You have been able to develop incredible improvement, and inspire passion of dance, friendship and team spirit.
Freddie, Parent
Zoe loves going to class and practices at home every night and puts on recitals for us all the time. Thanks for giving her such a great experience!
Lisa, Parent
We are so “proud” of you–we feel as though we’ve watched you and the studio grow to such a wonderful, professional but human school and are so thrilled for your success!
Jane, Parent