Bette-Ann Libin
Principal Ballet Teacher


The West Hartford Press (August 10, 2017)

On referral from a friend, our daughter started at the studio in the spring of 2017. She really responded to Bette-Ann's teaching style, and was thrilled to be part of the spring production. With any activity, it seems that you either get incredible coaching without any warmth, or lots of warmth and less-than-serious coaching, but here you get both. What stood out to us--in addition to the quality of instruction--was how quickly we became part of the studio family. We felt we belonged there as much as the longtime dancers did. We're all looking forward to another year with Bette-Ann!

Joanna, West Hartford

We met Bette-Ann in 1995 when our two oldest daughters began dance. I can only describe their experience as wonderful. Bette-Ann, without question, is highly competent as a teacher. She knows what she's doing. Bette-Ann has something more, however. She has a passion and love for teaching. This is so obvious in the way she approaches instruction--something I would describe as "unanxious high expectations" for her students.

What she doesn't do, though, is create an atmosphere that is overly intense or developmentally inappropriate for her students. My girls progressed beautifully under her guidance--without the physical and emotional toll that some other programs can create.

If you want a rock solid foundation of ballet and dance for your child, there is no other choice in my mind.

Leesa Wallace

It is not every girl that gets the opportunity to learn ballet from someone who lives and breathes dance. Bette-Ann's enthusiasm for dance is contagious and each girl in her classes is infected with the joy of dance. There is no better place for a little girl to grow into a strong confident woman than at the Studio of Dance. Each girl attending Bette-Ann's classes is considered very special and she shows on a daily basis that she is honored to teach and share her art with each student.

Katrina Cohen

"Our daughter has been dancing with Bette-Ann Libin since the age of three (3) years old. She is now thirteen (13) years of age and in seventh grade.

Bette-Ann's exceptional training has taught our daughter not only the fine art of ballet but a discipline and focus that carries over into her personal life and schoolwork. Bette-Ann is dedicated to all her students and takes a personal interest in "her children". Her knowledgeable training curriculum and devotion has helped our daughter develop into a beautiful young dancer and a poised, accomplished young woman."

The Papandrea's

"My daughter will be 16 in June of 2011. She has been dancing with Studio of Dance & WHYB since she was 3. Due to the exemplary instruction from Bette-Ann Libin, she was prepared and has actually performed in professional shows in both small venues and at the Bushnell in Hartford, CT.

One of the many reasons for staying with Studio of Dance is I trust Bette-Ann's judgment. In this world of short cuts and immediate satisfaction, ballet is about preparation and there are no short cuts. While my daughter pressured us to get her on Pointe (since all of her friends at other dance schools were) Bette-Ann kept our focus on safety and ONLY when my daughter's body was ready, it would happen."

Glenn MacIntyre

"Bette-Ann Libin met my teenage daughter right where she was and welcomed her into her existing class of beautiful, young ballerinas in the making... It didn't matter that my daughter was about two-feet taller - and older than everyone else... Bette-Ann's warm, professional and caring hand brought each child to the place where she/he needed to be. My daughter thrived under her tutelage and has remained devoted to dance at Studio of Dance throughout her high school years. Thank you Bette-Ann, for your professionalism, exceptional training, and your caring spirit."

Doreen R. Oshinskie

"The School offers high quality dance training from experienced and highly trained instructors with student's individual abilities and needs in mind, in the convenient location of West Hartford Center."

Emily Gresh, former soloist, Boston Ballet (1989-1997);
Hartford Ballet and School of American Ballet, alumnae.

"I was fortunate to study as an adult with Bette-Ann Libin after having studied at the New England Conservatory as a girl where I was taught that the quality of instruction is paramount. Now my daughter is a student of the Studio of Dance and her progress has been astounding under the tutelage of the director. I cannot imagine a more professional and nurturing course of instruction in the art and language of dance. We are fortunate to have a studio of this quality in West Hartford."

Melanie L.

"Our daughters have taken classes at the Studio of Dance for most of the last 11 years. Having Bette-Ann as a teacher in my children's lives has been a gift to them and to me. She has been a powerful force in nurturing not only their bodies but their characters. Bette-Ann has a singular ability to call the children to excellence. At the same time, she offers a safe and secure place in which the children can explore and learn gleefully. Bette-Ann's first priority is the proper growth and development of the children. Her focus is on helping them develop awareness of their bodies and of the fundamentals of ballet, rather than on elaborate recitals. Because of her wealth of knowledge, wisdom, and a great deal of love, Bette-Ann offers a truly superior experience."

Eileen M.

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