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Registration for the 2014-15 year has begun, and admission into the program is done on a rolling basis. Please call 716-664-9766 for more information or click the links in the column at right to download and print current forms.

Snow Day Policy:  We do not automatically close on Snow Days since the weather often clears by late afternoon.   Decision to close is generally made by 1:00 and is posted on the website, facebook and also send via email.


Monika Alch |Elizabeth Schmitz |Sue Spencer| Melody Overend | Jennifer Barczak P Monika Alch, Artistic Director

Ms. Alch began her ballet training at age four in the Vienna Conservatory, Vienna, Austria.  Her first professional engagement followed after receiving her diploma as a soloist in dance at age 15.  In the summer in 1960 in Cannes, France, she studied in an advanced student seminar under teachers Rosella Hightower, Anton Dolin, Jerome Robbins and Alicia Markova and with such illustrious fellow students as Rudolf Nureyev, Eric Bruhn and Milorad Miskovitch.

Ten years of professional experience followed in opera theaters of Klagenfurt, Gratz, and Salzburg (summer festivals under Herbert von Karajan with ballet master Waszlav Orlikovsky).  In the United States, she performed with Ballet Metropolitan for five years with director Wayne Soulant.

Her first choreography in the United States was in the production of Smetana’s TheBartered Bride, an opera theatre production at SUNY-Fredonia.   She also has choreographed La Traviata, Die Fledermaus, Romeo and Juliet and un Ballo in Maschera for Opera/Columbus, in Columbus, Ohio, and The Merry Widow, The Magic Flute and Carmen for Ohio State University.

Ms. Alch also has held staff teaching positions teaching ballet and ballet history at Shenandoah Conservatory of Music, in Winchester, Virginia.  She operated her own private ballet studio while living in Columbus, Ohio.  She was rehearsal director for the Columbus Dance Ensemble and taught on the staff of Ballet Metropolitan.  She served as president of the Lily Dale Fine Arts Council for ten years.

Ms. Alch has been artistic director with the Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet since 2000-


Elizabeth Schmitz, instructor

Ms. Schmitz joined the staff at the Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet in 2004 She is a graduate of the three-year teacher training program at the National Ballet School in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Prior to joining CRYB, Ms. Schmitz taught Cecchetti-based classical ballet for ten years both in private studios and for George Brown College School of Dance and the children's program at York University.

Sue Spencer, instructor
Sue has spent her whole life on stage or behind the scenes of area
theatres. Ms. Spencer’s experience includes directing and co-directing
musicals, producing, performance, dance and choreography with
experience in costuming and set design. Sue is presently also employed
at the Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet, Jamestown, N.Y. as dance
instructor with Artistic Director, Monika Alch. Following her time working
with the Reg Lenna Civic Center’s Drama Enrichment Program with
Director Michele Constantino in Jamestown, NY Sue began the Allegheny
Regional Theatre Experience musical theater educational classes at the
Struthers Library Theatre. Sue’s recent directing credits include Maury
Yeston’s, Phantom, John Ferry’s,Servants of the Wind, and Titanic. Sue lives in Russell
with her husband, Steve.

Melody Overend, instructor

Melody has been dancing since the age of two. She joined Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet at the age of 8 under the instruction of Chelsea Destefano, Beth Elkins, Jean Pierre-Bonnefoux, and Monika Alch. Through out her years of ballet training she has studied under many additional instructors such as Sergio Neglia, Susan Stowe, Kathy Thibodeaux, and Elaine Gardner at ballet schools such as Chautauqua Institution, Neglia Ballet Artisits, Pick of the Crop, Ballet Magnificat!, Ballet Met, and studied ballet at Point Park University for 2 years. Melody is excited to be teaching and performing at Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet once again.




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