About Us

Anne Easterling-Freifelder

Founder and Director, The Ballet Club
Anne Easterling-Freifelder is a master ballet teacher and choreographer.  She began dancing professionally in 1986, and has performed a wide range of both classical and modern work in the United States and in Europe.  Ms. Easterling-Freifelder also trained as a competitive figure skater in her youth and has served as a ballet coach as well as an artistic advisor for choreography for figure skaters.  She has been a teacher of ballet and creative dance since 1997, and is the developer of a unique approach to ballet instruction.  Ms. Easterling-Freifelder received her Master of Fine Arts Degree in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.  She is the author of Discovering Ballet:  A Guide for Teachers of Young Children.

 The Ballet Club is different:

The Ballet Club was founded by Anne Easterling-Freifelder in 2011.  Unlike the traditional approach to ballet instruction, our approach with our students is to stress:

  • Individuality
  • Creativity
  • Focused learning / focus on potential for growth

We offer a unique curriculum developed by the director.

We have a dedicated staff.

Our Approach to Ballet Instruction:

Includes integrating traditional techniques along with new approaches that bring the art form forward and make ballet more accessible.

  • An innovative but classical approach
  • Single instructor classrooms, concentrating student attention
  • Promote focused learning
  • Provide a holistic approach to ballet instruction
  • Provide a non-judgmental, open environment which recognizes that the needs and skills of each child differ
  • Recognize and develop talent
  • Unique curriculum is designed to engage all students in a positive and joyful way

The Ballet Club is a school where children are going to be assessed as individuals and have an opportunity to grow on their own terms.

Instructors:

All instructors at The Ballet Club are trained by Ms. Easterling in The Ballet Club Curriculum and Syllabus.

Sarah Chin-Antal, Marymount Manhattan College
Katie Eshbach, SUNY Purchase
Jennifer Hite, Butler University
Yukiko Matsubara, Aoyama Gakuin University
Jonathan Matthews, NYU Tisch School of the Arts
Jessica Sgambelluri, Marymount Manhattan College