The ACBT Performing Arts Academy which is the official school of the Atlantic City Ballet, was started in 1982 by Phyllis Papa. Ms. Papa, founder of the school, wanted to develop professional dancers in a nurturing enviorment where they could be immersed in the art. Many of her former students have gone on to have very successful careers in the world of dance.
Dancers from the school are now in many major companies around the world including American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, The Israeli Ballet and so many more. Many have also performed on Broadway, in films, and television.
In 1999 Ms. Papa acquired the wonderful facility that the academy is now in. Nestled on 7.2 acres, the Academy has two studios and an Olympic pool with beautiful landscaping including a pond with live fish and a stage on the property. The facility houses the year round Academy and the summer camps and is a perfect place for students who are really interested in pursuing a life of dance. The camps include the International Performing Arts Camp, Youth Performing Arts Camp and the Swim Academy. The Academy also offers a Winter Intensive.
Because the Academy is the official school of the Atlantic City Ballet, students from the school are chosen to be in selected productions. ACBT Academy students are given high priority for acceptance as apprentices for the professional company. The academy is an educational facility for dance and offers year round classes and instruction.