Eastern Connecticut Ballet Philosophy

What Sets Us Apart

Our Philosophy

At Eastern Connecticut Ballet we are proud to be the region’s premier school for dance education. We teach our students to aspire to excellence, a philosophy that drives everything we do. Educating dancers is our primary mission, but we also cultivate the appreciation of dance in our communities. Our live performances, such as our annual “Nutcracker,” bring joy and inspiration to thousands every year.

Executive Director Lise Reardon and Artistic Director Gloria Govrin have created a school that brings professional, New York City-level training to the small towns and countryside of Connecticut. Ms. Reardon, a leading educator, and former dancer founded our school in 1992; she has guided ECB for more than a quarter-century of growth, both in our East Lyme studios and through our community outreach. Ms. Govrin — a longtime principal dancer with New York City Ballet who mastered her art under the tutelage of the legendary George Balanchine — shares that legacy with today’s students and faculty.

The Balanchine© technique forms the core of our curriculum. Working as a team, our expert faculty members are dedicated to preparing their students for the rigorous demands of today’s choreography. Whether in class or in performance, an ECB-trained dancer demonstrates the results of that training: a high level of strength, versatility, and energy, along with clarity and generosity of movement.

Engaging the mind, emotions, and imagination, our program cultivates skills that can enhance academic learning. Dancing also promotes a healthy lifestyle and builds teamwork and friendships. Step by step, from studio to stage, ECB teaches young people not only to reach for their dreams but also how to achieve them.