Statesboro Youth Ballet

Statesboro Youth Ballet (SYB) offers a structured ballet education to students of all ages. We emphasize the foundation of classical ballet, which includes placement of the arms, legs, head, and back, to properly develop turnout, muscle strength, and flexibility. Artistic Director Jurijs Safonovs received his dance education in Riga, Latvia, and designed SYB's program with the influence of his Russian style (Vaganova) training. The Vaganova method is proven to create harmony of movement and great expressive range in classically trained students. The most acclaimed stars of ballet, including Baryshnikov, Makarova, Godunov and Korsavina, achieved their excellence while training in the Vaganova technique.demi studio

Ballet, tap and modern jazz classes for boys and girls, ages 3 through adult are available.

Contact the Dance Studio at 912-212-2786.

We have moved into our new studios! Please visit us at our new location 41 West Main Street! (Pictured is our new Demi Studio - come in to see the Grande Studio!)

2015–15 Dress Code information and important dates for the year:

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July 13 – 24

Two week Summer Intensive program features daily ballet class to strengthen and further ballet technique, and a variety of other dance and related classes. To conclude the program, a showcase will feature excerpts of material that students have learned.


photoMeet our guest instructor from Latvia!
Regional/Georiga Dance Teachers: You’re Invited
July 22, 2015 at 6:00 pm. (Free event)
Regina Kaupuza
Coach of Latvian National Opera and Ballet Theater, Manager of Riga Choreography School, Educator of Latvian Music Academy department of choreography, president of Latvian Ballet and Dance Guild. Join the conversation about teaching methods in the Riga Choreography School. Share your own experiences. Connect with the educators of our region. Make new friends!

Private Ballet Lessons with Jurijs Safonovs, Jana Shivers or Mathyn Miller

Private lessons are available for students of any age and level. These lessons are designed to focus in specific aspects of their technique. Available by appointment only.

Meet Our Director: Jurijs Saraonovs

Jurijs Safonovs is the artistic director for the Statesboro Youth Ballet Program. He began his professional career with the Latvian National Ballet Theatre, where he danced for 5 years. After moving to the United States in 2001, he became a principal dancer with Virginia Ballet Theatre, located in Norfolk, VA .


Averitt Center for the Arts
33 East Main Street
Statesboro, Ga. 30458
(912) 212-2787 (ARTS)

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Box Office Hours:
Tuesday – Friday:
12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.