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Pioneer Valley Ballet

Technique & Determination.

Pioneer Valley Ballet's training program uses a unique Listen, Think, & Move philosophy to create determined, strong, and supple dancers who possess poise, confidence, and self-respect.



Under the direction of Maryanne Kodzis and Thomas Vacanti, dancers learn both contemporary and classical choreography throughout the year in classes and on-stage.



PVB Dancers join professionals and community members on-stage every season to perform in opulent classic ballets, including our regionally known production of The Nutcracker.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

PVB awarded MCC Grant

In recognition of its significant role as a cultural ambassador to regional children, Pioneer Valley Ballet has been awarded a Mass Cultural Council Cultural Investment Portfolio (CIP) Peers Grant to expand its Educational Outreach Program.

Each year PVB hosts developmentally-appropriate school day programs to coordinate with winter and spring productions at Northampton’s Academy of Music. The Educational Outreach Program is led by an experienced educator/dancer who leads students on a journey into the world of ballet, exploring dance vocabulary and popular ballet steps, the many elements of a ballet production, and what it takes to be a dancer. Students meet choreographers and dancers, learn about costume and set design, and see how it all comes together in a captivating performance. Interactive, educational, and entertaining, the program features scenes and performers — including area high school students — from the current production. Since 2008 hundreds of school children from PreK-5th grade have participated, and the numbers keep growing.

“We are thrilled by this affirmation of PVB’s cultural relevance, both to our region and to Massachusetts as a whole,” states PVB executive director SerahRose Roth. “We are grateful to the Massachusetts Cultural Council for their commitment to our ballet studio and to regional schoolchildren.” Acknowledging PVB’s ongoing commitment to its outreach program, the award letter noted “MCC staff and panelists were impressed by the work you [PVB] are doing to increase public value for the citizens of Massachusetts.”

More information about participating in PVB's Educational Outreach Program.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Online Registration Opens

We are thrilled to be working with ClassBug, a new class registration software program, to offer ONLINE REGISTRATION for the first time.

In one location, dancers and the parents of dancers can register for class, register for auditions, and also purchase performance gifts and keepsakes.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

VIP Nutcracker Dress Rehearsal

Our Final Dress Rehearsal of The Nutcracker is proceeded by a special VIP event just for major donors, sponsors, and community supporters.  Board members (some in full costume!), Staff, and Directors mingle before the show along with fellow ballet supporters.

VIP Dress Rehearsal is the evening of Thursday, December 11th.

To become a Major Donor or Sponsor, or to request an invitation email Executive Director SerahRose Roth or call 413-527-6363.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Auditions for The Nutcracker


Auditions for Nutcracker are being held on Saturday, September 13, 2014. Children aged 4.5 – 12 are invited to audition and play a role.  No dance experience necessary.  Advanced dancers (12+ years old and en pointe) should contact the studio for audition information.


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Boys & Girls ages 4.5-7
10:30 am Registration
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Auditions

Boys & Girls ages 8-12
(not on pointe)
12:30 pm Registration
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Auditions


PVB Studio, 116 Pleasant Ste, Ste 155, Easthampton, MA 01027


Children who are at least 4.5 by the day of the audition will receive their role the day of the audition.  We cast children based on their experience, age, and aptitude during the audition.  We set children up for success by casting them in roles that are developmentally appropriate for their age, creating a positive audition, rehearsal, and performance environment, and supporting their love of dance.


We encourage you to register your child in advance although it is not required.
Registration forms are available online and in PVB's studio.


Non-refundable $27 registration fee and $20 costume fee per child.


My child missed the audition.  Can she or he still participate?
We may still have a few roles available.  Please contact Noelle to discuss opportunities for you child.
My child has no dance experience.  Can she or he still participate?
Yes.  Every child can participate.  We have developmentally and age appropriate roles for all skill levels.
What roles do the children play?
Roles vary depending on the performance but here are a few examples: reindeer and candy canes (The Nutcracker), pearls and sea horses (The Little Mermaid).
What is the rehearsal schedule?
Most dancers rehearse on Saturdays for 45-60 minutes, depending upon the role.  Some groups of dancers rehearse for a little longer, and occasionally on a week night.  Our advanced dancers (on pointe) rehearse all day Saturday in addition to Friday evenings.  During the final week of rehearsals, all dancers attend a mandatory orientation at the Academy of Music and most dancers also participate in one or more dress rehearsals on a week night.  Specific rehearsal schedules will be handed out at the auditions.
How do I get tickets to the performance?
Tickets will be available for purchase in the studio before being sold online and at the Academy of Music. We do not offer complimentary tickets to our community dancers.
How much does it cost to participate?
Registration Fee, $27
Costume Fee, $20
Children will need to provide their own leotards, tights, and ballet slippers to be worn under their costumes for dress rehearsals and performances.  Specific color requirements will be made available shortly after rehearsals begin.
If you are experiencing financial hardship, please call or email our Executive Director to discuss special arrangements for your child.
What happens on the day of auditions?
After registration, your child will be given an audition number to pin to his or her shirt or leotard.  You will all be asked to wait in line, in order of your number for your turn to audition.  Children are brought into the audition hall in groups where they are led through basic dance stretches, are measured for their costumes, and learn choreography to perform.  They audition for Artistic Directors Maryanne Kodzis and Thomas Vacanti.  While your child is auditioning, parents attend a mandatory orientation where they review important information about participating in the performance.
What should my child wear to the auditions and rehearsals?
Wear comfortable clothes he or she can move in.  Tights and leotard are not required, but many dancers prefer to wear them.  Ballet slippers are recommended but not required during studio rehearsals.  If your child does not yet own ballet slippers, we suggest waiting until you know the color required for their costume before purchasing.  Children without ballet slippers should wear socks for rehearsal. No bare feet.
Do we get to keep the costumes?
Pioneer Valley Ballet has an extensive collection of costumes that we use every year for our productions. Your costume fee helps off-set the cost of upkeep, cleaning, alterations, and replacements.  Dancers do not keep their costumes.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Open House is August 23

Open House is on August 23

take a FREE class
MEET the trainers
WATCH Advanced Dancers in action
take a TOUR of the studio
ENROLL in class


PVB staff and trainers will be on hand to answer your questions about our classical ballet training and dance classes.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Golf Tournament Fundraiser is June 8

Second Annual Golf Tournament

A Fundraiser to support the mission-based programs of Pioneer Valley Ballet

June 8

Tekoa Country Club

Online registration available below.  If you prefer a paper registration, you can download a registration form, and send to PVB, 116 Pleasant St, Ste 155, Easthampton, MA 01027

Second Annual Golf Tournament
to support the mission-based programs of Pioneer Valley Ballet
Four Person Team Scramble
Donald Ross/Geoffrey Cornish Designed 18 Hole Course
Hole-in-One, Closest to the Pin, and Longest Drive prizes
Dinner Included
PLUS! PVB Polo Shirts available for pre-order during registration!

Mother's Day Brunch is May 11

Mother's Day Brunch May 11 at Look Park Garden House

A very special floral fundraiser to benefit Pioneer Valley Ballet's many educational and outreach programs.Guests will enjoy a gourmet buffet brunch in the beautiful Look Park Garden House acompanied by a performance by PVB dancers. Guests can add that special touch by having a bouquet delivered right to mom during the brunch!

Seating is limited to make your reservation early.