Ballet East, originally Susan Lyle Studios, was built on the foundation of educating students to become leading young artists and professionals in the dance industry. The school was founded in 1970 under the direction of Susan Lyle. With strong core values and teaching methodologies, the school has successfully trained numerous generations of dancers who have continued onto professional dance careers.

In 2010, the school changed hands and was transformed into one of the finest training institutions in the southeast. Ballet East, under the Direction of Chelsea Segrete boasts a world-renowned faculty, established curriculum, enriching student and parent experiences and diverse performance opportunities. In 2013, Ballet East became the official name of the school and relocated to a 5,000 square foot state-of-the-art training facility located in West Palm Beach.

Under Segrete’s leadership, the school quickly gained recognition in the community by presenting classical full-length ballets such as Coppélia, The Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella. In addition to the classics, Ballet East provides students with a unique opportunity to perform challenging contemporary and neo-classical works, allowing students to diversify their dance portfolios. Ballet East’s core values of Integrity, Excellence, Education, Care and Community remain the driving force behind the school.

Ballet East had been approached by many distinguished organizations to produce and set collaborative productions. From 2014 - 2016, Ballet East acted as the host school for Miami City Ballet’s The Nutcracker. Ballet East Faculty was responsible for setting George Balanchine’s work on children from Palm Beach County. The performances were attended by more than 14,000 patrons from Palm Beach and surrounding counties. In 2017 and 2018 Ballet East was honored to collaborate on a widely acclaimed symphonic-ballet performance of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, attended by more than 4,000 Palm Beach County District Students with the Palm Beach Symphony. In addition, Ballet East has been honored to perform in many Galas that include Youth America Grand Prix’s Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow Gala, Florida Youth Dance Gala and American Dance Competition’s Gala of the Stars.


In the past 10 years, students have attended and been accepted to the following distinguished companies and schools:

  • Alvin Ailey

  • Boston Ballet

  • Houston Ballet

  • London Contemporary Dance School

  • Miami City Ballet

  • Nederlands Dans Theater

  • New York City Ballet

  • North Carolina School of the Arts

  • Oklahoma City Ballet

  • Pennsylvania Ballet

  • Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

  • SUNY Purchase

  • The Harid Conservatory

  • The Juilliard School

  • The School of American Ballet

Current Students have been accepted on full or partial scholarship to the following internationally accredited Summer Programs

  • American Ballet Theatre

  • Ballet West, Boston Ballet

  • Dance Theatre of Harlem

  • Ellison Ballet

  • Houston Ballet

  • Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

  • Jacobs Pillow

  • Joffrey Chicago

  • San Francisco Ballet

  • Springboard Danse Montréal

  • Texas Ballet Theater

  • The Harid Conservatory

  • The Juilliard School

  • The Kirov Academy, Washington DC

  • The School of American Ballet

  • Washington Ballet 

Our most resent students were honored with the following internationally recognized awards and achievements:

  • 2009 Winner of So You Think You Can Dance, Eliana Girard

  • 2013 Princess Grace Award in Dance, Alexander Anderson

  • 2017, 2018 National Young Arts Merit Scholarship in Dance Composition/Choreography, Daisia Pulz

  • 2019 National Young Arts Honorable Mention in in Dance Composition/Choreography, Daisia Pulz