“Ballet is like any other art form in that we all start out knowing nothing about it.”

About The Belmont School of Ballet

The Belmont School of Ballet is a curriculum-based, classical ballet school. We derive our training methods from The Royal Academy of Dance in London, England and The Cecchetti Council of America.

About Our School

The Belmont School of Ballet is an extension of the Charlotte School of Ballet which was founded in 1968 by Gay Porter. The school offers the highest levels of instruction in classical ballet. Teachers are qualified and experienced in teaching both children and adults – from age 3 to 93!

The ballet curriculum is based on both the syllabus of the Royal Academy of Dance, London, England and the Cecchetti Council of America. Classes are also offer in pointe and variations, modern dance, tap, jazz and pilates.

Performing is an important aspect of a dancer’s training. We will seek opportunities to perform throughout the community as well as in full-length story ballets.

Ballet instruction offers students skills that can be used throughout life. Poise, grace, discipline and self-confidence are invaluable assets.

About the Curriculum

With over 14,000 members’ spread across 82 countries, The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) is one of the largest and most influential dance education and training organisations in the world. The training method begins with children at age 3 and takes sudents through a graded syllabus to the professional level. The Children’s Syllabus includes classical work, free movement and character dance. The vocational syllabus is for the students who desire a career in ballet. It takes much dedication on the part of the dancer to achieve the required level of training to progress at this level. Students are encouraged to participate in the RAD examinations at the end of each year.

The Cecchetti Council of America is an organization dedicated to maintaining the standards and method of ballet training established by Cav. Enrico Cecchetti. The organization is based in Holland, Michigan. The Cecchetti syllabus begins with five-year old students and progresses to the Diploma Level. As students progress, they may take examinations in this syllabus as well.

Examinations provide a goal for the students. It encouarges students to focus in class, build strength quicker and requires correctly demonstrated technique. It insures a wider range of skills and prevents dancers from only learning ‘tricks’.

Our Instructors

Here are our amazing teachers…

Bridget Porter Young

As a child, Bridget was selected to dance with New York City Ballet and Baryshnikov for the Washington Season. During this time she was invited to perform at the White House for President Carter. She has danced with Louisville Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theatre and Ocala Ballet. She toured the United States performing industrial shows and spent many summers performing summer stock including such as Jeannie in Brigadoon, and Dream Laurie in Oklahoma. She also appeared on All My Children and Guiding Light while living in New York. Bridget has choreographed many short works, ballets and musicals including South Pacific, The King and I, Once Upon a Mattress, Barnum and Big River. Her works have been selected and performed at the North Carolina School of the Arts Festival of Dance in Winston Salem for the past thirteen years. She also choreographed and directed The Nutcracker for Pueblo Ballet. Bridget holds the Teaching Certificate of the Royal Academy of Dance, London, England and is a Licentiate of the Cecchetti Council of America. She is also an affiliate of the American Academy of Ballet, She is the Ballet Mistress for the Charlotte Youth Ballet and the President of the Cecchetti Council of America, Southeast Committee.

Gay Porter

Gay was trained in London, England at the Arts Educational School. Her classmates included Ben Stevenson, former Artistic Director of the Houston Ballet and David Howard known as “Teacher of the Stars” in New York and London. After an extensive career in England, Spain, France and Germany Gay came to the United States where she danced in California before coming to North Carolina. As a choreographer Gay has worked with the Charlotte Symphony, the Charlotte Opera, the Singing Christmas Tree, Central Piedmont Opera and Theatre, Actors Theatre and the Charlotte Youth Ballet. Gay is a full teaching member of the Royal Academy of Dance, London, England and holds the Advanced Teachers Certificate of the Cecchetti Council of America. North Carolina School of the Arts honored Gay as: “Teacher of the Year” in 1994. Gay is the founder and Artistic Director of the Charlotte Youth Ballet. It is the premier performing company for young dancers in the area. Gay has directed and choreographed full length productions of Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Nutcracker and Coppelia for the company. She has also created original ballets such as The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, Thumbelina, and Pinocchio which she had also set on companies throughout the United States.

Skyla Caldwell

Skyla Caldwell A.R.A.D (Advanced Royal Academy of Dance) trained at the Charlotte School of Ballet under Gay Porter and The Point Park Conservatory in Pittsbugh,P.A. as a scholarship student under the direction of Roberto Munoz. She has danced for the North Carolina Dance Theater as an apprentice under Salvatore Aiello and Jerri Kumery. Ms. Caldwell also danced at the National Ballet of Cuba under Laura Alonzo in Havana, Cuba and is associated with the Royal Academy of Dance in in London. Additionally, Ms. Caldwell danced with the Moving Poets Theater of Dance for 8 years and is currently Ballet Mistress for The Union County Youth Ballet in Monroe N.C. Ms. Caldwell has been a teaching artist for The North Carolina Dance Theater as well as the founder and Artistic Director of her own Company Studio 7 Dance Theater in Charlotte, N.C.

Danielle Everett

Danielle was born and raised in North Carolina where she studied dance starting at the young age of four. As a competition dancer Danielle won numerous regional and national awards. After one year at UNCWilmington where Danielle was a member of the varsity dance team, she had the opportunity to attend Dance Excellence, An International Dance Festival in Los Angeles as a scholarship winner. While in LA, Danielle auditioned for the Young Americans, a California-based performing arts company. As a member of the company, she traveled and taught in Japan, Germany, Holland, Luxemburg and all over the US. In addition, she stage directed a tour in Germany for The Young Americans. Danielle has spent the last five years dancing onboard Carnival Cruise Lines! Danielle lives and breathes dance. It has always been and will always be her passion in life. She is extremely excited to pass on her love and knowledge of dance to children of all ages!

Bethany Williamson

Bethany Williamson began dancing at 3 yrs old. She has trained under the watchful eye Gay Porter and Bridget Porter Young. Attended Northwest School of the Arts 6th-12th majoring in modern dance. Trained with Caroline Calouche & Co youth ensemble for modern dance. Performed with Charlotte Youth Ballet and various others. Currently working on certification for RAD and Cecchetti. She has been teaching modern at Belmont School of Ballet and assisting teachers with ballet lessons at both Belmont School of Ballet and Charlotte School of Ballet for 2 years.
Bridget Porter Young

Bridget Porter Young

Artistic Director

Gay Porter

Gay Porter

Senior Instructor

Skyla Caldwell

Skyla Caldwell

Ballet & Modern Instructor

Danielle Everett

Danielle Everett

Jazz and Tap

Bethany Williamson

Bethany Williamson

Modern and Ballet


Our Weekly Classes for 2015-2016


  • 3:30 – 4:20 Grade I Technique
  • 4:20 – 5:10 Grade II Technique
  • 5:10 – 6:00 Grade III Technique
  • 6:00 – 7:00 Grade IV with Pre Pointe
  • 7:00 – 8:30 Intermediate/Advanced Technique with Pointe


  • 1:00 – 1:45 Pre- Ballet/Tap (3-4 yr old)
  • 3:45 – 4:30 Primary Ballet ( 5 -6 yr old)
  • 4:30 – 5:20 Grade I
  • 5:20 – 6:20 Intermediate Foundations Technique
  • 6:20 – 6:50 Basic pointe technique
  • 6:50 – 7:50 Intermediate Technique
  • 7:50 – 8:20 Intermediate Pointe Technique


  • 3:30 – 4:20 Cecchetti 1&2
  • 4:20 – 5:10 Jazz
  • 5:10 – 6:10 Cecchetti 3&4
  • 6:10 – 7:10 Intermediate/Advanced Jazz
  • 7:00 – 7:50 Tap


  • 3:30 – 4:20 Grade II
  • 4:20 – 5:10 Grade III
  • 5:10 – 6:00 Modern
  • 6:00 – 7:00 Grade IV with pre pointe
  • 7:00- 8:00 Intermediate Foundations/ Intermediate Technique
  • 8:00 – 8:30 Pointe Technique

*All Belmont School of Ballet classes are based on classical techniques in dance.
*1 1/2 hour classes charged as two lessons.

Contact Us

 116 South Main Street, Belmont, NC 28012

(704) 829-7929

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