The Company's mission is to present the highest standard performing outlet for its dancers in quality productions for the community.  Highlighting all BEC productions are internationally recognized guest artists whose talents and professionalism contribute to the education of the dancers and enrich the experience for the entire audience. 

Ballet Etudes Company has developed Educational, Audience Development and Outreach programs that are supported by local businesses, foundations and individual patrons.  These programs have helped bring more than 10,000 area students and their teachers to the theatre, many for the first time. 

The Company includes advanced and pre-professional students, professional dancers and world-class guest artists from major ballet companies.         

The Company presents two major productions, the "Nutcracker" annually in December and a spring production biannually, both at the Westport Country Playhouse.                               

   Former guest artists                                                                                                                                          

Charles Askegard (principal NYCB)

Sterling Baca (ABT)

Adrian Danchig-Waring (principal NYCB)

Christina Fagundes (soloist ABT)

Gonzalo Garcia (principal NYCB)  

Arch Higgins (soloist NYCB)      

Ben Huys (soloist NYCB)    

Yuriko Kajiya (soloist ABT)

Carlos Lopez (soloist ABT)

Jared Matthews (soloist ABT)

Sara Mearns (principal NYCB)

Georgina Pazcoguin (soloist NYCB)  

Hee Seo (principal ABT)

Sean Stewart (ABT)

Michelle Wiles (principal ABT)  

Zhiyao Zhang (ABT) 

Performing Guest Companies include Ballet NY and Elise Monte.