As clarified in its mission statement, Amherst Ballet is committed to quality dance education and boasts star-studded faculty starting with Artistic Director, Madeleine Bonn, who served as a principal dancer for José Mateo Ballet Theatre for 14 years. Other faculty members include Junichi Fukuda, an internationally renowned dancer and choreographer, Stephanie Shumway, a sought-out dance instructor of Deerfield Academy, Iris Berkman, a seasoned instructor of creative dance, and Karen Michaels, a dancer/masseur who has developed an original introductory Ballet course for adults that is easy to follow and beneficial to the body. These instructors are full of knowledge and beautiful to look at, but more importantly, they are dedicated to nurturing each and every student’s skills and creativity in a safe and positive manner. Moreover, the curriculum has now been expanded to include Modern Dance (Martha Graham), Hip Hop, and Zumba®. Read the faculty bio or class descriptions.