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.

Olivia Schaffer

Assistant to the Director, The Ballet Club
Olivia Schaffer, committed and trained in The Ballet Club philosophy, is focused on teaching young children and teens at the school and on developing their potential to the fullest.  Artistic and creative, in addition to being a nurturing, patient, and very effective instructor, she is also expanding her skills as a costume designer.  Ms. Schaffer received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College.

Katie Eshbach

Instructor, The Ballet Club
Katie Eshbach received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance from SUNY Purchase College.  Katie has taught and danced professionally throughout New York and in Australia.  Enthusiasm, a positive attitude, and patience are the key elements in her teaching style.  She is also a certified group fitness instructor and personal trainer.

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 permanent, 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.