Winner of the Outstanding School Award of the
Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) Indianapolis Regional
2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017

IBC students Ethan Holder and Alexandra Manuel

IBC students Ethan Holder (YAGP International NYC Finals Top 12 Finalist 2014, currently: "The King & I” on Broadway) & Alexandra Manuel (3rd Place Winner at YAGP Chicago 2015) - Renzulli Photography.

Based on a 300-year legacy of excellence, The Vaganova curriculum that IBC employs provides ballet students with a structured, scientific dance methodology, and encompasses a holistic pedagogical approach that goes beyond basic technique. The educational depth of IBC’s program not only provides for a broad exposure to many different dance forms including more contemporary styles built upon a classical base, but also inculcates a broader understanding and appreciation of art in general. Students will be educated in music, theater history, ballet history, and ballet theory. This kind of complete, comprehensive dance education is one that many other dance institutions do not offer, so students of IBC will have the rare advantage of participating in a conservatory-like approach to their overall ballet training.

Our Story

IBC is a pre-professional ballet school committed to providing the best classical ballet training to its students and launching the next generation of dancers unto the world stage. We have one of the largest gentlemen’s programs in the Midwest and enroll more than 140 students; training students from around the country in our ballet programs. We stage two major performances a year that expose more than 1000 Indianapolis residents to ballet. In addition, IBC students continually place in top positions in national and international competitions and many pursue professional careers in dance around the world.

This sought-after training is provided by ballet notables: Alyona Yakovleva-Randall, Founding Artistic Director, Master Teacher, & Coach; Tatiana Pali, Academy Principal and Ballet Mistress; Alexei Moskalenko, Day Program Director, Master Teacher, and Coach; Sergey Sergiev, Gentlemen’s & Contemporary Instructor and Choreographer; and Hailey Agran, Administrative Director & Head of the Preparatory Division.

Students at IBC receive training based on the Vaganova method, a 300-year-old foundation of excellence that has produced many of the best-known dancers, choreographers, and teachers of all time. IBC’s program fuses the finest classical ballet instruction with the very best of modern and contemporary training. Through its educational programs, performances, and community outreach efforts, IBC strives to make dance accessible wherever talent, potential, and enthusiasm exist.

IBC’s curriculum, based on the Vaganova method, encompasses a structured, scientific and methodological approach to dance, which takes the human anatomy into consideration and emphasizes both technical prowess and artistic creativity. Students receive performance experience through professional productions, community festivals, as well as national and international competitions and foreign exchange programs.

Through our Preparatory and Pre-Professional programs and performances, students will also be educated in music, theater history, ballet history, and ballet theory in a complete dance education that is rarely offered at other American ballet schools. This unique conservatory-like approach gives students a life-long respect for the arts as well as the foundation to excel as professional dancers.

IBC students Olivia Behrmann and Glenn Kelich

IBC students Olivia Behrmann (1st Place Winner at YAGP Indianapolis 2014 & 2015) & Glenn Kelich (1st Place Winner at YAGP Indianapolis 2014, currently: Ballet Major at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music) - Renzulli Photography.