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, July 9, 2015

FLUX, live on Mass Appeal

"We're trying to stretch our vocabulary and what we think of as ballet at Pioneer Valley Ballet...and it really...stretches our dancers as well." - Thomas Vacanti on Mass Appeal

FLUX Dancers

Introducing PVB's FLUX Dancers

Performing TENsogs

choreographed by Co-Artistic Director Thomas Vacanti

Adan A. Alarcon was born in San Antonio, Texas, where he began to dance Folklorico, Flamenco, and urban styles at the age of ten.. In 2012, Alarcon began technical training at Palo Alto College in San Antonio, Texas, where he received an AA in Dance, under the instruction of Erica Wilson-Perkins. Additional Training: apprenticed with the Guadalupe Dance Company,under Jeanette Chaves. Credits: Asociacion Nacional de Grupos Folkloricos; PACdance Company at Palo Alto College; Erison Modern Dance Company in San Antonio; Spare-Works Dance Company in San Antonio, Texas, under the instruction of Amber Ortega-Perez; Blue Star Works-in-Progress; Waco Dance Festival; and Texas Dance Improv. Festival. Alarcon is a BFA student at UMass, Amherst.

Jessica Batten trained with New Jersey Dance Theater Ensemble under Nancy Turano and graduated cum Laude from SUNY Purchase, with a BFA in Dance. Performance Credits: NJDTE; Cedar Lake II; Connecticut Ballet; Bradley Shelver Contemporary Dance Theater; Ballet Hispanico of NY; Nimbus Dance Works; Aspen Santa Fe Ballet; and currently at the Metropolitan Opera. Ms. Batten was invited to perform in Cali, Colombia in the Fifth Annual International Dance Festival 2011, representing the USA with Earl Mosely's Diversity of Dance and has traveled the world performing and teaching. She has also performed with the Kirov Ballet at the Metropolitan Opera House in NYC. And in 2008, she appeared on the AMICI Television show in Rome, Italy as a Guest Profesionista.  TV Credits: Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Teaching, Coaching, and Choreography: The Joffrey Ballet School; NJ Dance Theater Ensemble; Columbus Pre-School; and The School of Nimbus Dance Works. Additionally, Ms. Batten has been the Guest Artist in Residence for the last 3 years at The Putney School in Vermont, and also for the Putney Pre-College World Dance summer program at Amherst College.

Emma Buckley just graduated with honors from Northampton High school. She studied with PVB for 12 years. She will be attending the Pell Honor's Program at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island this fall with a planned major in social work where she plans to continue to dance while she studies. This summer, she is the assistant stage manager at the Academy of Music Summer Musical Theatre Workshop. Credits with PVB: The Nutcracker; Aladdin; Beauty and the Beast; The Little Mermaid.

Lauren Kennedy studied with PVB for 8 years where she also assisted with the pre-ballet I class. A recent graudate of Northampton High School (with Honors), she will be attending Dickinson College where she plans to major in International Relations with a concentration in Environmental Studies. Additional Training: Boston Ballet Summer Intensive, Carolina Ballet Summer Intensive, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet Summer Intensive, and Ballet Austin Summer Intensive. Credits with PVB: The Nutcracker; Aladdin; Beauty and the Beast; The Little Mermaid.

Mackenzie McClung began dancing at the age of two.  Training: Academy of Dance Arts.  Mackenzie choreographed for several Nutcrackers and holiday shows, along with setting choreography for The Bromfield School Drama Society’s presentation of 3 Ghosts. Credits: Shadows Dance Art Experience; Endearment Dance Company; the Nines Festival in Devens; the Three Rivers Costume Ball; UMass Dance Team; Emerging Choreographer Series (UMass), Alive with Dance (UMass), and The Informal (UMass). Mackenzie is a Dance and Hospitality major and Arts Extension Service Student at UMass, Amherst, and is putting together a collaborative production with musicians from UMass Amherst and a jazz band from UMass Lowell.

Melanie Ostiguy began studying dance at the age of three at the Betty Gundersen Studio of Dance. She continued her studies at Dean College, performing with their annual Dance Company. Melanie performed as a soloist in Pointe Company under direction of Laura Young, former Boston Ballet Principal. Melanie has also been a part of the cast Grease through Dean College and Star Players of Bristol County during the summer of 2014. Melanie is continuing her dance studies at UMass, Amherst.

PVB Apprentices

Isabel Darmon-Weiss  is a senior at Northampton High School. She has studied with PVB for 14 years. Isabel is an AP and honors student and plans to continue her dance training in college. Credits: Dance Ensemble at Williston Northampton School. Additional Training: intensive under dancer and choreographer, Teddy Forance. Credits with PVB: The Nutcracker; Aladdin; Beauty and the Beast; The Little Mermaid.

Luci Calvi began dancing at 5 years old at Holmes Studio and has studied at PVB for 3 years. She will be a junior at West Springfield High School. Credits with PVB: The Nutcracker; Aladdin; Beauty and the Beast; The Little Mermaid.

Savannah Scammon  is a Junior majoring in dance at Pioneer Valley Performing Arts School. She started her ballet training at 2.5 years, joining PVB’s training program at 11 yers old, after beginning her experience at PVB as a reindeer when she was six. Additional Training: Tap and Jazz at Carol’s Dance studio; STEPS on Broadway in NYC; The Drama Studio (winner of full scholarship). Credits: George M! with Exit 7 Players in 2009. Credits with PVB: The Nutcracker; Aladdin; Beauty and the Beast; The Little Mermaid.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

FLUX performs July 16-19

boundless adventures in unexpected places
July 16 - 19

affordable, professional dance performances in everyday venues

Thursday, July 16 at 6:30pm, Millside Park, Easthampton (FREE to the public)

Friday, July 17 at 6:30pm, Russell Memorial Park, Chesterfield (FREE to the public)

Saturday, July 18 at 2:00pm, Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield (FREE with museum admission)

Sunday, July 19 at 4:00pm, Black Birch Vineyard, Southampton (FREE to the public)


Choreographed by Thomas Vacanti.
Performed by Adan Alarcon, Jessica Batten, Emma Buckley, Lauren Kennedy, Mackenzie McClung, and Melanie Ostiguy. Joined by PVB students Luci Calvi, Isabel Darmon-Weiss, and Savannah Scammon.

Into It
(a duet empowering humans to be humans while other humans watch)
Choreographed by Anna Wotring
with Melissa Byrd and Emily Relyea-Spivak.

Choreographed by Leslie Frye Maietta
with Emily Relyea- Spivak and Niki Farahani.

These performances of FLUX ChoreoLab are supported by the generosity of the Local Cultural Councils of Chesterfield, Easthampton, and Pittsfield.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Open House May 16

Children in PVB's dance studio
Rehearsal at PVB's studio

Open House is May 16

take a FREE class

MEET the trainers

WATCH Advanced Dancers in action

take a TOUR of the studio

ENROLL in class


FREE Creative Ballet Class for children 4-6 years old 11:30 - noon 

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

Golf Tournament on June 27

SWING for the ARTS


JUNE 27 






Hole-in-One Hot Tub!
Beer Tasting Noon-1pm
Put your ball to the test. Take the Dixon Challenge!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

PVB on Mass Appeal

PVB's Executive Director, SerahRose Roth, had the chance to talk with Seth Stutman on Mass Appeal.  Take a look!

Tech Week

Tech week begins today for Aladdin and his Magic Lamp!

What is tech week?! That's when all the our hard work begins to really come to life. Stage lights are hung and focused, the crew loads in the set, last-minute costume embellishments are added, dressing rooms are labeled, and the choreography is placed on the big stage at The Academy of Music.


Rehearsal for Aladdin and his Magic Lamp
The Hummingbirds rehearse.

Rehearsal for Aladdin and his Magic Lamp
Artistic Director, Maryanne Kodzis, works with Leilah Cohen (Sultan's Daughter) as Timmy Miller (Aladdin) looks on.

Rehearsal for Aladdin and his Magic Lamp
Artistic Director, Thomas Vacanti, works with Rehearsal Mistress, Lisa Baldyga, and her Assistant, Martha Potyrola during rehearsals.

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