Phoenix Youth Ballet Theatre is a full ballet training program that operates on the local school calendar as well as offering seasonal performance productions.
Our goal is to bring real-world dance experiences to our dancers by performing classical repertory works, full-story length ballets and learning contemporary choreography along side current professional dancers. Through funding and community sponsorship, we can continue to provide these opportunities at no additional charge for our students.
Our research-based ballet curriculum provides the proper progression taking into consideration a child’s age, physical development, maturity and natural ability. Our ballet program starts at the fundamental beginnings and progresses through levels 1-7. PYBT students have high standards, high goals and a high level of respect for their ballet training. Our program is to designed to offer challenge to each dancer on an individual level and provide a comfortable place to learn without intimidation. Master classes are taught throughout the year by prestigious guest artists from companies such as American Ballet Theatre and Ballet Arizona. Our summer program is run through Arizona Dance Artistry. View our Summer training program here.
Our dancers have been accepted to national and international summer programs such as Grand Rapids Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, Ballet Arizona, Colorado Ballet, Boca Ballet Theatre and The Rock School.
Samantha Scotto Gobeille, PYBT Artistic Director/Founder
Samantha received her formal dance training while attending Alexander Dreyfoos School of the Arts, a conservatory for dance and academics, in West Palm Beach, FL. Samantha has studied jazz, ballet, modern, lyrical, tap and acrobatics for over 20 years.Samantha’s heart was stolen by the beautiful art of ballet she became a part of Boca Ballet Theatre Company, in Boca Raton FL, in 1994 where she trained under Dan Guin and Jane Tyree. Samantha has danced various corps and lead roles alongside principal dancers, such as Angel Correla from American Ballet Theatre and Heather Sanders from Southern Ballet Theatre (Orlando Ballet), in the following ballets: Les Slyphides, The Nutcracker, La Bayadere, Raymunda, Coppeila, Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, Con Amore, Sleeping Beauty, Serenade and Swan Lake. Since 2003, Samantha has been teaching jazz, ballet and other technique classes where her love for children, a passion to teach and need to pass the flame of dance, inspired her to open her own studio, Arizona Dance Artistry, in Phoenix, AZ in July 2008. In addition to owning, operating and teaching full time at the studio, she is the founder and director of, Phoenix Youth Ballet Theatre, a non-profit program housing a dance scholarship program and a community youth ballet company. Her passion for teaching and sharing her love for dance history has made Arizona Dance Artistry a true center of the arts honoring dance in the past, present and future.
Melissa Satyavelu, PYBT Assistant Director and Curriculum Coordinator
Melissa Satyavelu is a native of the Midwest and trained traditionally in Tap, Jazz and Ballet since age four. At age twelve she began training with the Kansas City Ballet School where she trained under the direction of Karen Brown, Andrew Carr, and Sean Duus. She remained at the school until age seventeen when she became an Apprentice with Kansas City Ballet’s professional company under the direction of the late Artistic Director Emeritus Todd Bolender and Artistic Director William Whitener. Melissa began furthering her Contemporary and Modern training at age fourteen with the late Paul Chambers and members of Paul Taylor’s company. At twenty-one Melissa moved to Pittsburgh, PA to pursue her Bachelor’s Degree in Dance. While studying at Point Park she received training from Dana Arey (former Ballet Mistress of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre) Kiesha LalamaWhite (choreographer for Houston Metropolitan Dance Theater, Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Company, and River North Jazz Dance Chicago) Ron Tassone (former Julliard graduate and choreographer on Broadway) and Pearlann Porter (Artistic Director of The Pillow Project). In three years she completed the program, graduating Summa Cum Laude with her BA in Dance with a Jazz Concentration. Melissa was one of the founding members of Phoenix Contemporary Dance Company. In 2012, she became a certified Pilates instructor through Balanced Body, and she now teaches at a Balanced Body teacher training facility in Phoenix in addition to teaching for Arizona Dance Artistry and Phoenix Youth Ballet Theatre.
Elizabeth Fadell, PYBT Faculty and Co-Choreographer
Elizabeth grew up in Port Huron, Michigan and earned her BA in Dance from Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Following graduation she danced professionally with the Grand Rapids Ballet.
Some of her favorite ballets that she performed while dancing with the company are: “Little Swan” in Black Swan and White Swan , Learning How to Write, and Serenade. Elizabeth then went on to teach all of the levels at the Grand Rapids Ballet School, as well as taking on the position as the School Administrator. She also had the great opportunity to teach ballet to over 2,000 students the inner city schools of Grand Rapids through the Dance Immersion program with the Grand Rapids Ballet.
Phoenix Youth Ballet Theatre is the resident ballet company at Arizona Dance Artistry dance studio. The studio has 3 studio spaces, all with professional marley floors and sub flooring.
Beginning in 2015, Phoenix Youth Ballet Theatre began partnering with United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona to provide creative movement and Pilates classes at the Laura Dozer facility in Phoenix for children with a range of special needs and an opportunity to perform in our annual production of The Nutcracker Suite. Our goal is to provide social engagement of typical and special needs students to encourage acceptance and a deep appreciate for others. Phoenix Youth Ballet Theatre and Arizona Dance Artistry will provide scholarship to select students at the UCP Laura Dozer center and provide complimentary tickets to our annual production of The Nutcracker Suite.
Support the Phoenix Youth Ballet Theatre by donating $15-$500 a month for 12 months. Open to individuals or businesses
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How can you support the program?
-Commit to a monetary donation of $15 or more as a one time donation or monthly contribution
-Purchase tickets to a performance
-Donate in-kind items or services to benefit overall production budget
All donations are tax deductible, Phoenix Youth Ballet Theatre is a non-profit 501c3 organization. Donations can be made at any level from $15 and up.
ELEVATE the love and respect for the arts in the Phoenix community by connecting our youth with professional productions and professional guest artists.
ENGAGE Phoenix youth through dance, physical activity and an overall human connection to inspire social acceptance. Providing and arts and humanities experience for children across levels of ability and socioeconomic backgrounds.
ENCOURAGE community service and cultural development while teaching young dancers self-confidence, manners and respect for peers.
Our goal is to provide dance education, costumes, sets and preparation for The Nutcracker Suite to children at a minimal cost. Starting in 2015, PYBT has expanded our community outreach to local organizations to provide dance and theater opportunities to children with special needs. To achieve this goal we rely on fundraising activities, sponsorship from the community and performance ticket sales.
Phoenix Youth Ballet Theatre Founder/Director: Samantha Gobeille
Abram H. Burgher, MD