Celebrated principal of Mariinsky Theatre Ulyana Lopatkina

The mission of The First Guild is to make education in classical dance (a.k.a. Ballet) available to schools worldwide.

A proven system of order, which is inherent within the structure of classical dance molds a strong, healthy identity paving the road to sucess in every aspect of individual's life.

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Ballet & Identity: Part 1 of 2. (6-minute introductory video)

A ballet education is an investment in your future...

I think that I was waiting for something structured and disciplined like that, and that’s why I feel like the arts are so important for children. I think that whether or not they go on to become a professional or use that experience in their future jobs, it’s going to enrich their lives in some way… it did that immediately for me.

I never experienced such structure in my life. EVER. And I think I was just craving it, and I immediately just held onto this.

--- Misty Copeland, Principal dancer,
American Ballet Theatre