Ballet Initiative

 Ballet INITIATIVE is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to raise the profile of dance in the Saint Louis community through preservation, promotion and the presentation of affordable exposure and access to quality ballet. We teach students to dance, help them excel in dance and educate the public about ballet in an effort to help sustain the art form for generations to come. Ballet INITIATIVE strives to make the art of ballet accessible, understood, supported and enjoyed by our community.

Ballet Initiative Summer Intensive

The 2019 BI Summer Intensive will not take place this year as Ms. Cudnik will be pursuing her Master's degree and studying abroad. Please contact Ms. Cudnik for information regarding private lessons and coaching throughout the school year. 


Jennifer Welch Cudnik -


"That's the crux of the organization is to educate and enhance lives through dance and through the arts.'' 

Alicia Graf Mack, Alvin Ailey American Dance Company


"Great dancers require great instructors, and dancers can find the tools they need to succeed at Ballet Initiative. Jennifer shares her extensive expertise, and brings in top tier guest faculty to provide the best training to her students. I recommend this program to any dancer who can get to it!"                                   

Maria Chapman Kennedy, Principal, Pacific Northwest Ballet 


"Teaching with the same integrity as the people who helped shape dance in America is paramount. Jennifer cares about her students, the community, and the future of the art form. Ballet Initiative gives young dancers the opportunity to receive world-class training in America‚Äôs heartland."                                                    

Benjamin Millepied, former Artistic Director, Paris Opera Ballet


"Jennifer and Ballet Initiative have such a wonderful environment for students to grow and learn in where tradition, history and etiquette matter. You'll be missing out if you don't go..."                                           

Margaret Severin-Hansen, Principal, Carolina Ballet

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