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New York, NY 10128

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Located in the heart of New York, BAE has five spacious, air-conditioned studios with sprung floors, mirrors, sound systems, and pianos, which are available for rental. The versatile spaces at BAE are ideal for your next reception, fundraiser, corporate event, meeting, private party, photo shoot, or rehearsal.

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Meet BAE Pre-Professional Division Student, Lina!

Pre-Professional Division Student, Lina Skalbania joined BAE this fall. We asked Lina to share her personal story and what her NYC experience as been like so far. 

BAE: Tell us about yourself. Where are you from? What is your ballet history?
Lina: I’m originally from Seattle, Washington. I began dancing at the Pacific Northwest Ballet School when I was 5, and I trained there in creative movement to level 8. I spent the 2019-2020 school year in Boston Ballet School’s Pre-Professional Program. Now, I’m excited to be training at BAE!

BAE: What inspired you to move to NY to study at BAE?
Lina: I had always heard very great things about BAE from my peers such as the helpfulness of the teachers, the well-structured classes, and the feeling of community within the school. I knew that I wanted to dance somewhere where I could strive to grow the most as a dancer as I could, within a supportive environment, leading me to audition for BAE while in quarantine (I auditioned from my garage in Seattle!). I really enjoyed my audition class and after I had been accepted, a dancer that I really look up to at PNB recommended BAE to me, further solidifying my decision to train with BAE. I fell in love with NYC after spending a summer at SAB. Getting to live in one of my favorite cities was an added bonus of getting to train at BAE! Also, I feel very lucky to be able to train in person at the BAE studios for a lot of my classes.

BAE: How have you adjusted to life in NY during the pandemic?
Lina: I am loving getting to live in NY! While I don’t think I’ve explored the city as much as I normally would because I’m trying to stay socially distanced during Covid, I am enjoying going for walks in Central Park and around my neighborhood. I am really hoping that the vaccines will allow for performances in the city to occur soon!

BAE: Tell us about your BAE experience so far.
Lina: I feel so grateful to be able to train at BAE! I really love the specificity and detail of all of my teacher’s corrections and I really appreciate how supportive and kind all of my teachers and peers are.

BAE: What are your dreams/goals?
Lina: My dream is to dance with a professional ballet company in the future.

BAE: Can you please share some of your “Fun Favorites” (movie, color, ballet, song, role model)?
Lina: Movie: One of my favorite movies is Ballet Now, featuring Tiler Peck. High School Musical is another one of my favorites.  Color: Pink!  Ballet: That is hard! A few of my favorites are George Balanchine’s Serenade and Jewels. Also Swan Lake and Don Quixote.  Song: I don’t really have a favorite song. I like listening to several different genres of music including pop, some older musicians like Bruce Springsteen (My family listened to him a lot when I was younger.), and musical theater.  Role model: I have always looked up to Carla Körbes a lot. Having the opportunity to watch and at times perform with her when I was younger really inspired me to want to be a dancer and artist. I’ve been lucky enough to take a couple of classes with Carla at PNB and at Boston Ballet’s summer intensive.

BAE: Is there anything else you would like to tell us about yourself?
Once again, I feel very grateful to be able to train with BAE! I feel very thankful towards my teachers and peers for being so dedicated, kind, and supportive!