About Gainesville Ballet Theatre


"Every child who studies dance has the right to be trained slowly, carefully and correctly." ~ Joni Messler

Joni Messler Studio of Dance is the official School of the Gainesville Ballet Theatre.

JMSD trains young dancers the art of ballet and ensures each trainee receives the finest instruction in technique. The School maintains a commitment to offer children and adults of all ages a variety of dance courses designed to provide physical and aesthetic benefits unmatched by and other athletic endeavor. In keeping high standards and growth as priorities, the School’s goal is to continue to provide personal attention and training our students are accustomed to receiving.


Annual Recital

All students will have the opportunity to perform in the Recital. Participation in the Recital provides a meaningful performance experience, building poise, personality and the ability to conduct oneself in a situation that is both challenging and rewarding. The Recital is held the last weekend in May or the first weekend in June at the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts located on the University of Florida Campus.

Summer Program

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