Academy Overview

The Academy of Ballet Fantastique is the official training school of Ballet Fantastique, the only professional contemporary ballet company in residence at the Hult Center. Our boutique professional training school develops the next generation of bold, powerful, well-rounded ballet artists, athletes, and creatives.

Ballet Fantastique, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was founded nearly two decades ago in downtown Eugene by mother-daughter team Donna and Hannah Bontrager. We are a family of artists deeply committed to excellence: At Ballet Fantastique, our limited class sizes and world-class professional dance faculty instructors (many of them active professional Ballet Fantastique Company artists) guide students in a motivated, inspiring atmosphere.

At The Academy of Ballet Fantastique, relationships are the focus, every dancer means something to us, and our training program is not only driven by athleticism, but also compelled by artistry.

ARE YOU A BFAN DANCER?

  • You are looking for mentorship by working, active professional faculty from across the US and the world.
  • You want to stand out and make the most out of every class in small class sizes with a 12:1 student-to-teacher ratio.
  • You want professional performance opportunities, including the chance to audition for professional performance opportunities with the Ballet Fantastique professional company at the Hult Center. (The Academy of Ballet Fantastique is also a Resident Company of the Wildish Theater, where the school performs four times per year to offer performance opportunities for students.)

Ballet Fantastique is an equal-opportunity institution committed to cultural diversity. We admit students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin. Please learn more about us below, and don't hesitate to contact us. Welcome—we're so glad you're here!

 

99% of BFan parents and dancers say that they chose us because of our small class sizes.

97% of BFan parents and dancers say that they chose us because of our stellar faculty.

And 99% of families who come try a class at Ballet Fantastique choose to enroll with us.


Dance Classes + Training Programs

 bfan twinkling stars in their performance costumes, 2018 // photo: gustavo ramirez

bfan twinkling stars in their performance costumes, 2018 // photo: gustavo ramirez

YOUNG DANCER PROGRAM

Children ages 2 & up

Ballet Fantastique’s one-of-a-kind dance classes, ballet lessons, and storybook summer dance camps in Eugene for children ages 2-9 teach kids to express ideas and concepts through the wonderful language of dance—while building athleticism, flexibility, coordination, musicality, creativity, and self-confidence!

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 bfan student kenzie ballenger (now a bfan company senior apprentice // photo: gustavo ramirez

bfan student kenzie ballenger (now a bfan company senior apprentice // photo: gustavo ramirez

PRE-PROFESSIONAL TRAINING DIVISION

Dancers ages 6-professional

Classes in the Academy of Ballet Fantastique’s Professional Training Division (ages 9 and up; Ballet Brilliante ages 6 and up) meet from two to six times per week, attract dancers from across the US, and boast an incredible 1:12 coach-to-student ratio (waiting lists are available when classes are full). BFan students build a distinctive artistic expression and technical proficiency.

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 bfan company dancer + academy coach ashley bontrager on the oregon coast // photo: new religion

bfan company dancer + academy coach ashley bontrager on the oregon coast // photo: new religion

SUMMER INTENSIVES & CAMPS

Dancers ages 2-professional

The Academy of Ballet Fantastique offers a highly unique Summer Intensive Program with semi-private coaching (classes limited to ten dancers) for youth ages 7-20, as well as our Professional Dancer Development Program (sliding scale; by audition only); and fun and creative Summer Fairytale Dance Camps (kids ages 2 & up)—all in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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 bfan teen/adult open program // photo: emily rizo

bfan teen/adult open program // photo: emily rizo

ADULT/TEEN OPEN PROGRAM

Teens ages 13+ - Adult

Jump in! Ballet Fantastique's Adult Program features Ballet Fantastique's beautiful downtown dance studios, learning at your own pace, and a fun and motivated atmosphere. Join us for classes in Adult Ballet, Adult Modern Dance, Adult Pre-Pointe, Adult Pointe, and Adult Variations, as well as special workshops.
 

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 Photo: bfan coaches work closely with each student // photo: marc allen mintz

Photo: bfan coaches work closely with each student // photo: marc allen mintz

THE DIFFERENCE

A fresh approach to dance lessons

The atmosphere at BFan is filled with opportunity and guidance as our students grow, build confidence, and achieve their highest athletic and artistic potential. Learn more about what makes us so unique.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 bfan company artist and coach GUSTAVO RAMIREZ // photo: BOB WILLIAMS

bfan company artist and coach GUSTAVO RAMIREZ // photo: BOB WILLIAMS

WATCH OUR VIDEO

What Makes a Dancer

Browse our video, and see more of the Academy and Ballet Fantastique contemporary Chamber Company in action in Ballet Fantastique's all-original repertoire (You Tube channel).

 

 

 

 

 

 


BALLET BIRTHDAY PARTIES

Celebrate your unforgettable event with us

Ballet Fantastique offers children's birthday parties in Eugene. Choose from one of our themes, or we'll work with you to create your own.

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