Westchester Ballet Company
Welcome to Westchester Ballet Company (WBC), one of the oldest regional, nonprofit ballet companies in the United States. Founded in 1950 by celebrated ballerina and choreographer Iris Merrick and located in Ossining, New York, the company is comprised of approximately 100 dancers who are selected each September through open auditions held at Logrea Dance Academy, the official school of WBC.
As WBC approaches its 70th anniversary, the company is as vibrant, forward looking, and eager as ever to engage with young dancers and the local community in the pursuit of excellence in dance education and programming.
While the world and how we engage in culture and entertainment has changed dramatically since our founding, WBC is steadfast in its firmly held belief that there is great value in bringing people together through shared, communal performing arts experiences, and that there is an imperative to continue to preserve and pass on the knowledge and wisdom of classical ballet.
To dance is to be fully present in the moment—to manifest something meaningful that was not there before. These truths are at the core of what, how, and why we do what we do. We celebrate and support dance—how it connects us to our past, helps us navigate our present, and allows us to build our future.