Schrader Youth Ballet Company was founded by, and is under the direction of Velma Schrader, who has been teaching dance in the Mid-Ohio Valley for 50 years.  The Schrader Youth Ballet Company (SYBC), is a non-profit 501-C(3) corporation established in 1985 to promote and foster dance in the Parkersburg area.  SYBC is supported by ticket sales, donations, fundraisers, grants and tuition.



Schrader Youth Ballet Company provides training in classical ballet technique, as well as in jazz/contemporary and clogging for students ages 3 through adult.


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Schrader Youth Ballet Company stages an annual holiday performance of "The Nutcracker: Clara's Dream", as well as biannual company performances of such pieces as "Peter and The Wolf", "Songs Along the River", and "Alice in Wonderland".  All students participate in the annual end-term Spring Performance.

Schrader Youth Ballet Company will welcome famed Russian ballerina Madame Nina Danilova, professor of ballet at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, for intensive master ballet classes at their studios August 22nd through the 25th. 

Ballet and pointe classes are intended for students ages 11 and up who are considered intermediate students, and take two or more ballet technique classes weekly.  Classes in ballet and pointe will be followed each day by work in choreography created for Schrader Youth Ballet students by Madame Danilova. 

Madame Danilova studied at the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet in St. Petersburg, Russia for nine years, and upon graduation, danced with the world renowned Kirov Ballet.  She later danced with the Moscow State Ballet Theatre, and while performing with the company, also furthered her education at The Russian University of Theatre Arts.  After graduation, she worked as a professional teacher and ballet mistress.

In 1991, Madame Danilova moved from Russia and joined the teaching faculty of the Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle, Washington.  In 1996, she joined the teaching staff of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.  She has been a guest instructor at Wake Forest University, the University of South Carolina, and the esteemed Jacob's Pillow in New York.

Madame Danilova also worked as a contributing editor for Soviet Ballet magazine, and choreographic editor for the book Thirty Classical Ballets from Russian Choreographers.  In 2014, Oxford Press published her book Eight Female Classical Ballet Variations.

For more information on the classes with Madame Danilova, or about SYBC's 2015-16 season, call the studio at 304-485-0181, or email us at


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