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A Note Reprinted from the Previous Teachers’ Seminar
from our Founding Director Mignon Furman
I believe that teaching is a practical art that needs a practical approach — whether to a new class of five-year olds, or to teenagers with stars in their eyes who have other options for their energy.

Very often, teachers need to be inspired.

Ask yourself:

  • Has my teaching gotten stale?
  • What new ideas can I incorporate in my teaching?
  • Do my classes have enthusiasm and energy?
  • Are my dancers up to standard?
  • Are their parents satisfied with their progress?

  • The Teachers’ Seminar will provide the answers. Included is the marvelous Performance Awards program. Teachers, dancers, and parents love it.

    This note cannot describe the feeling of “being there,” the self- confidence that knowledge brings; and the inspiration that the Teachers’ Seminar infuses into all those who attend.

    -Mignon Furman, Founding Director



    “A series of steps is a series of steps. That is not ballet. It is the artist within the dancer who gives harmony, and mood to the picture drawn by the body.”

    —Anna Severskaya, My teacher in London

    Why You Should Attend the Teachers' Seminar

    *Learn 5 New Dances

    *Refresh Your Teaching

    *Be Inspired

    *Meet Other Teachers

    *Ask Questions


    The Young Child

    The "Steps" programs for the most important people in most schools.


    Observe the Best

    Distinguished teachers teach the dancers. Note the combinations, the images and methods that inspire the dancers.


    Performance Awards

    Initiated by Mignon Furman, they will bring new energy into your school.


    Make Contact

    Do not teach in isolation, unaware of new ballet developments. Teachers need other teachers for the sharing of knowledge. Every profession is updated.


    Summer Break

    Give yourself a break! Get away from your daily routine. Learn and enjoy! A low rate at the Doral Hotel has been arranged. For scholarships.



    A certificate on your studio wall instills confidence in parents.


    Doral Hotel




    “Ballet is the art of the dissatisfied. Never be self-satisfied with your achievements.”

    —Margot Fonteyn (in conversation)

    About Mignon Furman

    With only her talents, courage, and determination to give definition to her vision for ballet education, Mignon Furman started the American Academy of Ballet: It soon became the premier Summer School in America.

    She composed the Performance Awards which are taught all over America, and are an international phenomenon, praised by teachers in America and in 10 other countries. The success of the Performance Awards is due to Mignon’s choreography: She was a superb choreographer. Her many compositions are free of cliché. They have logic, harmony, style, and ultimately, beauty.

    Margot Fonteyn, with whom she was friendly, gave her invaluable advice, during several discussions about the technical, and artistic aspects of classical ballet. Mignon had the good fortune to benefit from the wisdom, and unique experience of the most famous ballerina of the 20th century.

    Mignon also composed seven instructional DVDs for the teaching of classical ballet. She was a remarkable teacher. Her prodigious knowledge, and classical style gave her dancers the recognizable “Furman” look. She was also qualified to teach ballroom and Victorian dance.

    Coupled with Mignon’s ballet skills, was a tireless energy in organizing. She was a planner and administrator par excellence.

    Before coming to New York, Mignon was the Director of the University of Cape Town Ballet School, with special responsibility for teacher-training. She formulated the program for the 80 trainee teachers, and 400 students at the Ballet School. She was nominated for the Distinguished Teacher Award from amongst the entire university’s academic staff of professors, and lecturers. She also formulated the syllabus for ballet in the public schools; was the head-examiner for many years; and was president of the dance section of the city’s performing arts program.

    We all at the AAB have the honor of keeping

    Mignon’s flags proudly flying.

    © American Academy of Ballet