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Ballet Theatre Company

Celebrating 25 Years of Dance: A Journey of Passion and Inclusion

Since its inception 25 years ago, the Ballet Theatre Company (BTC) in West Hartford has been more than just a dance organization—it's been a beacon of joy, passion and inclusivity for the community. Led by Director Stephanie Dattellas, whose love for dance began at the age of 3, the organization has evolved from a performance ensemble to a thriving training school and professional ballet company, enriching lives and spreading the magic of dance far and wide.

"Dance has been a part of my identity since childhood. It's been my solace, my joy and my passion,” Stephanie says. “To be able to share that with others through BTC is truly a dream come true."

Starting as a performance ensemble, BTC has expanded its offerings over the years to include a wide range of classes, workshops and programs, ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to experience the transformative power of dance. With 130 students and 3 adult faculty members, the training school provides a nurturing environment where dancers of all ages and abilities can thrive.

In addition to its training school, BTC is a professional ballet company comprised of 10 talented professionals from diverse regions, including South Africa, Texas, Maryland and California. Together, they captivate audiences with their artistry and grace, showcasing the beauty of ballet and inspiring future generations of dancers.

But BTC's impact extends beyond the studio walls. Through community enrichment initiatives, such as partnerships with the Miracle League of CT, Girl Scouts of CT and Boys and Girls Club, the organization brings dance to underserved populations, spreading joy and fostering a sense of belonging.

"The arts have the power to transform lives, but they can also be exclusive,” Stephanie says. “That's why we're committed to making dance accessible to everyone, regardless of background or income level."

One of BTC's unique offerings is its behind-the-curtain program, which allows participants to explore the world of costume design and stagecraft. This hands-on experience gives aspiring artists a glimpse into the inner workings of a production and ignites their passion for the performing arts.

As the world continues to evolve, BTC remains steadfast in its mission to provide access to the arts, reach more people throughout the state and advocate for the importance of arts education. The COVID-19 pandemic served as a stark reminder of the vital role that the arts play in our lives, with many turning to dance and other forms of expression for comfort and inspiration during challenging times.

"Many of the kids who come to us start out shy and reserved, but through dance, they blossom into confident, outgoing individuals,” Stephanie says. “It's incredible to witness the transformation firsthand."

Looking ahead, BTC is poised to continue making a difference in the lives of countless individuals, spreading joy, passion and the magic of dance wherever they go, she adds. "Our journey is far from over. There are still so many hearts to touch, so many lives to enrich. Together, we'll keep dancing towards a brighter, more inclusive future.”

Ballet Theatre Company

20 Jefferson Ave., West Hartford

Phone: 860-570-0440


On Social: @Dancebtc

"We're committed to making dance accessible to everyone, regardless of their background." 

  • The Ballet Theatre Company dancers.
  • Stephanie Dattellas works with students of the Ballet Theatre Company
  • Ballet Theatre Company dancers.

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