Mission Statement: The Sun Valley Ballet School strives to provide high-level dance instruction and performance opportunities with affordable tuition, retain small class sizes and make available financial assistance and scholarships.
The Sun Valley Ballet Foundation, Inc was established in 1978. At that time it was simply, The Ballet Foundation, Inc. Through the years the Foundation has supported The Sun Valley Ballet School, it too having a few varied names; The Ballet School, The Clara Spiegel School of Performing Arts, The Sun Valley Performing Arts School and now the well established, The Sun Valley Ballet School. The Sun Valley Ballet School is a non-profit school. School Directors are non-paid volunteers.
In January 2008 the north valley studio was moved into the new YMCA. The YMCA built a state of the art dance floor in their main studio and our Ketchum dancers have enjoyed this fine studio and facility.
In 2016 the SVBS moved their Hailey studio into a newly renovated space downtown Hailey at the Meriwether Building 111 N 1st Ave, # 1A, just off Main Street and Bullion. This facility also has a state of the art dance floor and easy access for all middle school, high school and south valley elementary and preschool dancers.
Ms. Caputo moved to Sun Valley in 1984 and guest taught at the Sun Valley Ballet Foundation. Prior to her move to the Wood River Valley, Ms. Caputo danced with the New York City Center Opera Ballet Company and Charles Weidman Dance Company. In 1948 she joined the New York City Ballet and danced under George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. In 1985 she became the director of the Sun Valley Ballet School, re-energizing it and creating a true ballet school for serious students. In 1988, she founded the Sun Valley Summer Dance, an annual festival that graced the valley with world-class dancers from the Joffrey Ballet for five years. Additionally she choreographed many wonderful musicals presented by the Laughing Stock Theatre Group.
In honor of Ms. Paula Caputo and her invaluable contributions, the “Paula Caputo Scholarship Award”, a full tuition scholarship, was made available to all students in the studio ages three years old through the fifth grade.
Since 1978, at the SVBS there has always been a continuing vision and passion for dance, in particular ballet. Ballet is more than just dance. It teaches self esteem, confidence and body awareness. These skills transfer to all the activities that the children of the Wood River Valley enjoy. We at SVBS embrace the outside activities of our dancers. We encourage our dancers to lead a full and happy life. We hope that the skills we give them in the dance studio transfer into all aspects of their flourishing lives.