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.


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