Ballet Conservatoire XIV is Historic Ellicott City’s official ballet school, an elite ballet coaching facility under the co-direction of preeminent teachers Donna Pidel and Hans Nelson. Ballet Conservatoire XIV offers an intensive ballet program for the serious dancer from the age of 10 years, as well as a children's program from age 2½. Choosing a limited number of students who display the determination, passion, discipline, and talent necessary, Ballet Conservatoire XIV offers training and personal coaching that cultivates the soon-to-be professional dancer, prompting companies and universities to offer our dancers positions, scholarships, and jobs.
That is our mission.
Ballet Conservatoire XIV follows a specific, graded curriculum as outlined in American Ballet Theatre's National Training Curriculum. Each level is designed to be sensitive to the developmental needs of the age group, fostering discipline and creativity while encouraging each child to reach their highest potential. The curriculum combines scientific principles with elements from the French, Italian, and Russian schools. Classes focus on building a solid foundation in ballet technique with an emphasis on proper placement and safe progressions of movement while remaining sensitive to the developmental needs of younger dancers.