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Welcome to the Academy of Ballet

​Academy of Ballet offers a complete program for any dancer.


Academy of Ballet specializes in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and Hip Hop

The Academy of Ballet was established in 1985 in Enumclaw WA by Sandra and Glen Hasstedt. In 2016 the Academy transitioned to Buckley WA and Bethany Payne took over as the Artistic Director/Owner. The Academy holds two outstanding performances a year, a winter show and our annual end of the year performance. Our dance seasons start in September and end in June with the summer months off for a nice little break for all the students.

This year, we will be having our 3rd Annual Winter show taking place December 3rd, 2022 along with our 38th Annual End of the Year Performance on June 17th & 18th 2023!


We are located in downtown Buckley, WA. 

We hope you choose our studio to learn the beautiful art of dance!

Registration for season 22/23 is now closed. We will accept new students again in August, 2023.

A note from our Artistic Director/Owner: 

Hello inquiring AOB dancers and families! As going into my 8th year as owner my goal is to not only teach the highest quality of instruction, choreography and performance it's also to teach skills that will last a lifetime. Like being respectful, to always have fun and to be responsible. I love that my older dancers that've been with us for years can come to me anytime to discuss life, dance, or just something random. I love and adore each and every one of my students. Here at AOB, we truly are one big family. After the craziness of Covid-19, we did downsize. I am currently teaching all classes as well as working behind the scenes of the business (I do get some help from time to time from students and families). We are hoping to hire teachers again next year. We are excited to get back to where we were before Covid hit us all. As it is just myself running everything, it does sometimes take a little while to get back to my website inquiries/phone calls. If you don't hear back from us within a few days, send us an email @: and you should get a reply quickly. Our Creative Movement & Pre Ballet classes are currently full for the rest of the 2022/2023 season (we do have a waitlist). All other classes, we will be accepting new students again for the remaining of the year in January 2023. I am so excited for our season 38 year and hope you are too! Heres to a great year! 

- Bethany Payne 

Artistic Director/Owner

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