The Academy of Ballet Arts performs and participates in numerous events each year. Our St. Petersburg Ballet Company performs our annual production of the Nutcracker as well as a Spring Dance Concert each year. Our dancers perform at a number of venues in the Tampa Bay area throughout the year.

Dancers and instructors from our studio participate in the Great American Teach-In each November. We perform at First Night in St. Petersburg and at numerous other area events.


St Petersburg Ballet Company 2024 Spring Show
2024 Spring Show

Saturday, May 4th at 7 PM &
Sunday, May 5th at 3 PM

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The St. Petersburg Ballet Company presents their annual Spring Show.

In this show you will see the first release of brand-new choreography by Michelle Kuusela, Marsha Wilson, and Brieanna Hynish, exploring the beauty of friendship and love. These heart -touching pieces are mesmerizing incarnations of emotions that dance can capture in art form. Our concert features everything from contemporary ensembles and pas de deux, to classical works. We will also present Act 2 from the romantic ballet Giselle. A ballet featuring a beautiful musical score, love, heartbreak, and triumph. This is a performance enjoyable by all, with something for the child-like wonder, the music enthusiast, and the lover of dance.


Spring Show Act I

Giselle: Restaged by Michelle Kuusela

The ghost-filled ballet tells the tragic, romantic story of a beautiful young peasant girl named Giselle and a disguised nobleman named Albrecht, who fall in love, but when his true identity is revealed by his rival, Hilarion, Giselle goes mad and dies of heartbreak. After her death, she is summoned from her grave into the vengeful, deadly sisterhood of the Wilis, the ghosts of unmarried women who died after being betrayed by their lovers and take revenge in the night by dancing men to death by exhaustion (a popular theme in Romantic-era ballets). Led by Myrtha, the Queen of the Wilis, they target Albrecht when he comes to mourn at Giselle's grave, but her great love frees him from their grasp. They gain their power in numbers as they effortlessly move through dramatic patterns and synchronized movements and control the stage with their long tulle dresses and stoic expressions, creating an ethereal atmosphere that builds as they gradually close in on Albrecht. By saving him from the Wilis, Giselle also saves herself from becoming one of them.

Giselle: Delilah Kuusela

Myrtha: Lauren Smalling/Kayla Steh

Albrecht: Javier Riefkohl Garcia

Hilarion: Troy Reamsnyder

Wilis: Demi-Soloists: Clare Gramlich & Ana Verano/Sloane Perler

Wilis: Corps: Kayla Steh/Lauren Smalling, Sloane Perler/Ana Verano, Amy Louise Davis, Lyla Notchick, Gwen Connors,
Reese Honsinger, Zuri Jenkins, Anna Honsinger, Yara Hemadeh, Greta Walker, Valerie Brice, Corina Schriver

Spring Show Act II

Yellow Moon: Choreography by Michelle Kuusela

Delilah Kuusela, Kayla Steh, Lauren Smalling, Clare Gramlich, Ana Verano, Sloane Perler

Heat & Dark: Choreography by Michelle Kuusela

Reese Honsinger, Gwen Connors, Amy Louise Davis, Lyla Notchick

No Man’s Land: Choreography by Michelle Kuusela

Anna Honsinger, Yara Hemadeh, Greta Walker, Sunny Highshaw, Breslyn Vermillion, Elena Muhari, Valerie Brice

Crying Breath: Choreography by Michelle Kuusela

Delilah Kuusela & Javier Riefkohl Garcia

Who’s Got the Pain: Choreography by Troy Reamsnyder

Sunny Highshaw, Yara Hemadeh, Elena Muhari, Declan Andringa

To Become: Choreography by Michelle Kuusela

Coco Bryan, Annie Cabral, Ella Borton, Ariella Davis, Lillian Stephenson, Olivia Mantilla, Zoey Contreras, Izabella Johnson, Alice LaVenture, Madeleine Bouchard

Alps: Choreography by Michelle Kuusela

Delilah Kuusela, Kayla Steh, Lauren Smalling, Clare Gramlich, Ana Verano, Sloane Perler

Requiem for a Tower: Choreography by Brieanna Hynish

Breslyn Vermillion, Sunny Highshaw, Elena Muhari, Brooke Sherman, Yara Hemadeh, Valerie Brice, Declan Andringa, Zuri Jenkins

La La Land: Choreography by Marsha Wilson

Delilah Kuusela, Kayla Steh, Lauren Smalling, Clare Gramlich, Ana Verano, Sloane Perler, Reese Honsinger, Gwen Connors, Amy Louise Davis, Lyla Notchick

The St. Petersburg Ballet Company is the official company-in-residence at The Academy of Ballet Arts (a 501(c)3 Nonprofit). 

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253 Fifth Ave. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
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