Leatherstocking Ballet Has a New Home



By Lizz Allers, Program Associate

On the move! That describes the Leatherstocking Ballet’s newest initiative. In its 22-year history, the Ballet Company has drawn its dancers from the many dance studios throughout the Mohawk Valley and leased dance space to hold its rehearsals. That has all changed with a generous grant secured by County Executive Anthony Picente through the Partner’s in Prosperity Grant allowing Leatherstocking Ballet to move into its first real home. With the new owners of 171 Genesee Street (Catholic Bookstore currently is located on the first floor), the Leatherstocking Ballet will become the occupants of the newly renovated third floor.

An Open House will take place on Tuesday, September 8 and Wednesday, September 9 with placement classes for students both days. Students will now be able to receive their ballet training as well as have all their performance opportunities with the Ballet Company. Students registered for classes will be able to take part in Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Exams under the direction of Jamie Sitera, Teaching Diploma Specializing in the Teaching of Children, as the only fully registered RAD studio in the area, perform in the Leatherstocking Ballet’s annual Nutcracker and Spring performance, take part in American Academy of Ballet Performance Awards and competitions, as well as work with world-renowned guest dancers and choreographers. Early bird registration and placement classes will be available before the official September opening.

For more information on placement classes, schedules, registration, faculty, Grand Opening, and more, please visit the Leatherstocking Ballet’s website at:, email to, or call (315) 737-0703.


Posted On: August 24, 2015
Listed As: Arts Forum