Alaska Ballet was established to preserve the art of classical dance while providing professional instruction to aspiring professionals and recreational dancers in the community of Alaska and beyond.
The Alaska Ballet Academy is committed to excellence in dance education. The classical curriculum, based on the Vaganova Method, includes lessons in ballet technique, including pointe, pas de deux, character/historical dance, and repertoire. This method combined with a well-rounded education produces dancers of the highest caliber.
Born in New Orleans, Michelangelo Canale’s education includes The Juilliard School in New York City and the Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg. He is a graduate of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Professional Division under David Moroni and later continued on full tuition scholarship at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Teaching Division. His professional dance credits include the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, André Eglevsky Ballet, New Orleans Delta Festival Ballet, Eugene Ballet, Ballet Idaho, Kalinin Dance Theatre, Fedicheva Ballet, Juilliard Opera Center and Manitoba Opera Association. He has taught and been ballet master for various schools, companies, and universities throughout the United States, Hong Kong, China and Canada. A two-time recipient of the Paddy Stone Choreographic Award, his choreographic credits include the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Winnipeg School for the Performing Arts, Characters Dance Collective, Manitoba Dance Festival, André Eglevsky Ballet, Las Vegas Dance Theatre, Anchorage Opera, Anchorage Symphony Orchestra and Alaska Theatre of Youth. In 2009, he was the artistic director of the Okanagan Summer Dance Intensive, formally the Banff Centre training program. His students have placed in finals at the YAGP Competition in New York City from 2002 - 2018. He has studied under Oleg Vinogradov (Artistic Director of Kirov/Mariinsky Theatre of Saint Petersburg, Russia) and danced in his 2013 production of Romeo and Juliet. He was the Founder and Artistic Director of Anchorage Ballet and the Anchorage Classical Ballet Academy since 1997. Mr. Canale is the founding artistic director and executive director of the Alaska Ballet since 2019.
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Michelangelo Canale has prepared many young aspiring dancers to dance professionally across Europe, Russia and North America, at dance centers such as Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada, School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Kirov Academy, The Juilliard School, the Royal Ballet (UK), Elmhurst Ballet School (UK), London Studio Centre (UK), Ecole de Danse Superieure de Cannes (FR), Houston Ballet, Riverdance, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Harlem School of the Arts and Ballet Arizona. Our students have placed in the finals at the Youth America Grand Prix in New York City, and are being placed in companies around the globe, establishing an international reputation of excellence.
Students are accepted and placed into their appropriate level according to age, talent, physique (facility to execute classical dance), attitude, and musicality. Careful attention is given to introduce the advanced students to the discipline, physical demands and standards of the classical dancer. Scholarships are available for students demonstrating talent and financial need.
Alaska Ballet Academy admits students of any race, color, or national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs and other school-administered programs.
Emphasis on Performance
For more than 25 years, Michelangelo Canale has included in his annual shows guest performers from 20 different Alaska dance organizations to increase the performance and education opportunities available to students and instructors across the state. In addition, He has produced more than six one-act ballets, toured globally, and hosted guest instructors and performers from North America and abroad. He has participated in International exchanges as part of the Alaska International Exchange Program
Michelangelo Canale and Alaska Ballet are funded by the Garold Gardner Scholarship Foundation, Susan Olson and Lauren Miller, VanSecurity, Gia Dinh Vietnamese Cuisine, the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Rodarte Foundation.