The Mill Ballet School was founded in 1995 by Melissa & Mark Roxey. The “Mill” received its name from the original home of the school: the Prallsville Mill in Stockton, New Jersey. The school began in the linseed oil building located on the historic property.
After many years of experience as professional principal dancers and teachers around the globe, the Roxeys thought the Mill would be the perfect place to generate artists. The magical backdrop of nature served the school until the school grew too large to remain at the “little Mill”. In 1999, the school moved from its humble one room studio in Stockton, NJ to a spacious state-of-the-art facility in Lambertville, NJ. Over the 20 years plus at this location the school grew and we became an integral part of the community. We watched what was just a residential area with a ballet school become a bustling part of Lambertville filled with food, music, and art. We now look forward to building on what we created in Lambertville in our new home in New Hope.
Since then, the school has lifted the bar in its cutting edge approach to dance education and high quality artist development. The Mill is recognized as a premier dance training facility in the NY, NJ, & PA area. Dancers of all ages and levels can be found training daily.
The Mill Ballet School's mission is to provide every student with world class dance educational opportunities while studying with the highest caliber professional faculty in both a positive and creative environment. All classes are taught by dance educators from the country's leading dance companies and schools. Instructors communicate with students of all ages and levels in a positive, constructive, and encouraging manner.
The school has launched many professional careers in dance. In addition, it provides a cultural and educational destination for thousands of NJ & PA residents and ultimately cultivates life-long supporters of the art of dance.
To spark a passion inside each one of our students. We believe that great role models produce great role models. We are committed to maintaining an environment in which all students are inspired to explore the art of dance.
We will provide the very best education in dance that is relevant to today's dance world. As teachers, we promise to always be prepared, listen and observe the needs of our students, and above all, educate from the heart.
We will create an environment where students feel safe to explore, try new things, and to not be afraid to fail and try again. We will create dancers that respect, support, and encourage those around them as they learn to achieve their best in the art of dance.
While many of our students go on to successful professional careers in the performing arts, we are most interested in developing healthy, happy, talented, and productive young artists. Our students are recognized as highly trained artists wherever they venture. We want each of our students to be life long supporters of the arts and successful in whatever endeavors they purse. For almost two decades, our students have gone on to perform in most of the major ballet, theater, and television companies in the US and abroad. The Mill Ballet School is the official school of the professional Roxey Ballet Company.
The directors and faculty at the Mill Ballet School are so very proud of the work that is accomplished in each class. We want our parents to recognize and encourage the progress of their child; therefore, class observation is open to all parents at any time with prior notification. We ask that visitors be respectful by keeping conversation to a minimum and remove all street shoes prior to entering the studio. Remember that no food or drink is allowed in the studio (excluding water). Parents and students are welcome to discuss their progress with the directors by scheduling an appointment to meet. We ask that teachers not be stopped in between classes to discuss students' progress.
Classes are offered to students of all ages, at all levels, from beginner through professional. All students are assigned to the class level where they will make the greatest progress. Placement in any class is not based on age or previous dance training. The directors develop a personalized schedule based upon the needs and personal goals of each and every student. The number of classes per week increases as the student becomes technically proficient. Evaluations are given to each student in the spring with suggestions for summer and yearly study. Students taking the recommended number of classes per week can expect a much faster rate of progress. Ultimately, all placement is based on the director's evaluation of the ability, anatomical development, and strength of the dancer. The formal process for enrollment is to first meet with the director for an interview and evaluation. You will then need to be seen in a class. To schedule your placement interview and evaluation click here or call 609.397.7244.
Dancers who are aspiring to dance on pointe should understand that a dancer is not placed on pointe according to age or previous training. All students interested in pointe work are recommended to take pre-pointe to better prepare them for the start of pointe. Students must take a minimum of three ballet classes each week. Each student will be evaluated individually as to when they can begin the study of pointe work.
All students will participate in a Spring in-class demonstration. We provide this for the students and families of The Mill Ballet School and our community to show our accomplishments and to enlighten all about the art of dance. Dancers who have a desire and love to perform are encouraged to audition for the professional company, Roxey Ballet, and its many full length productions, such as "Nutcracker" & "Cinderella." New productions in Roxey Ballet are performed annually. Both the musical theater and trainee program have many performing opportunities through the year. For information on Roxey Ballet's upcoming productions and audition dates, visit the website or call 609.397.7616.
We feel that every student, regardless of his/her goals, should receive the best possible training. The faculty takes pride in making sure all students receive personalized training and individual attention. No two dancers are alike. Therefore, it is very important for each student to know how he/she can approach the technique in a safe and thoughtful manner.
We strive to provide our younger students with self confidence, focus, discipline, and a love for dance by encouraging their creativity and imagination. We begin providing lessons to students as young as three. Dance is a language. The sooner the student begins to speak the language, the easier it is for them to speak it fluently! The Mill Ballet School is not orientated toward competitions and recitals. We feel that students should compete within themselves to achieve a perfect balance of creativity, style, strength and grace. Dance is an art form we strive to preserve. Our students are taught the value of the performing arts so they may become a life-ling supporter of the arts regardless of the paths they may choose.
The professional artists of Roxey Ballet can be seen every day through the halls and studios of the Mill Ballet School.