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Welcome to Ballet Etc.

Located in Traverse City, MI

Ballet Etc. has provided dance education to the Traverse City region since 1996. We offer classes in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Irish and Pre-School Dance for ages 3 through adult. Ballet Etc. is a competition-free dance studio. That is, we do not promote sports-like competitions nor do we expect parents to shell out hundreds of dollars for expensive costumes, entrance fees and costly travel and hotel expenses.

Our mission is to provide dance education that focuses on technique and performance skills built on a solid foundation. Costumes for our annual spring performance are simple accessories added to the student’s required class attire. No costumes need to be purchased. The emphasis is to present a program that demonstrates the technical and artistic progress of our students, who relish a true feeling of accomplishment.

Additional performance opportunities are available with the Northwest Michigan Ballet Theatre, open to dancers 9-18 by audition. This non-profit 501c3 company performs an annual full-length ballet production as well as an elementary school outreach-touring program.

Whether a student is interested in a professional career, eager to master new skills or simply enjoys the exercise, consider joining the Ballet Etc. family…we are dedicated to developing a true appreciation for and accomplishment in the art of dance.

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Tremendous instruction and dedication to learning the art of dance.


Very personal, caring attention. Great choreography, and professional, personable instructors. Makes dancing a joy.


I am a principal dancer with the Dayton Ballet. Tom Morrell was the reason I continued dancing, and am at the level of professionalism I have attained. His enthusiasm for the art form is transferred into each and every student, and to this day whenever I make it back to northern Michigan I make a point to stop in and take a class, and he is still teaching me new things.


Ballet Etc. nurtures young dancers into beautiful, healthy young adults who have a respect and knowledge of the arts.


As a professional ballet dancer in NYC, Ballet Etc. gave me the foundation to achieve success in a competitive field.


The teachers focus on each student learning and growing as a dancer at his or her level of ability. They also focus on dance as an art form, not as a competition or sport.


My five-year-old daughter looks forward to her class all week. I'm amazed at how much she has learned in just a few months.


At Ballet, Etc., there is a sense of family and selflessness, that the school is looking out for the dancer's well-being even at the expense of its own profits. As the father of two young dancers, I see that Ballet, Etc. is playing a vital role in nurturing their love of dance. This is invaluable!


Everyone is very friendly here. This is a place to really grow and discover your true ability. Everyone is encouraged to do their best at ALL times. I am so glad to have my daughter be part of this studio.


Tom is the most amazing instructor I have ever had. After living many different states and cities over the past 10 years and attending many different studios no other could match Ballet Etc!


I spent 12 years at Ballet Etc. and I have no doubt that my time there was priceless. Not only did I receive tremendous dance training, I was loved, nurtured, and encouraged to become both a better person and performer by Tom and his incomparable staff. I can't say enough about how meaningful my experience at Ballet Etc. and with the Northwest Michigan Ballet Theatre was, and I wholeheartedly recommend the school to everyone and anyone.


My daughter started dancing with Ballet Etc. at age 3. I wanted a dance teacher who really wanted to teach her how to dance and not someone who wanted me to spend money on different stage outfits. Ballet Etc. is more then just a Dance class. Mr. M and all of my daughters' teachers she has had are really family to us. I love to see my daughter growing and really becoming the dancer she always wanted to be. She is always ready to get to class even on sat mornings at 9am she can't wait all week to get to class. I just wish I could get her to school that easy. We Love Ballet Etc and Mr. M.


I have two daughters who have been at Ballet Etc. for many years. Mr. M and the entire teaching staff are professional, loving, and dedicated to helping each young person achieve their personal Best. The kids have all formed close bonds, spanning the age spectrum, and are always eager to welcome new friends into this family atmosphere. If you are ever able to attend a recital or production put on by Ballet Etc., you will undoubtedly walk away amazed (and probably teary-eyed) by the passion and technique these kids possess. It's not because they are just "naturally talented", but the expert staff have made them the best they can be. I love that my daughters LOVE to DANCE -- and I can never thank Mr. M enough for the impact he has had on my children's lives...


Ballet Etc. is a fantastic program that well prepared me for pursuing a BFA in dance from the University of Michigan and career as a dance teacher. It is a very nurturing environment that encourages students to excel in technique as well as artistic expression. I would recommend this dance studio in a heartbeat to any aspiring dancer young or old.


We have been in and out of studios, because of the liberality of dress code, music and children behavior. When we found Ballet, Etc we found properly clothed dancers, suitable music and disciplined classes where kids can learn and grow. Tom Morrell is an excellent teacher, who has a gifted talent to make learning fun for all ages. His dance ability is superior as well and can be seen at the upper levels when you watch a class.


Ballet Etc. not only provides excellent dance training with many opportunities to perform but it also offers a positive, supportive atmosphere for children to learn life skills such confidence, poise, and kindness.


Ballet Etc. is really a family atmosphere and the students here really learn to dance, both the technique and the artistic expression of ballet, jazz and modern disciplines. The high-quality training challenges and inspires the students to excel! This is a studio for families looking for excellent dance training without all the hidden costs of costumes and accessories -- the focus is on the students, not the parents' wallets!


Ballet Etc Dance Institute offers excellent, challenging and thorough in-depth training in the technique and art of ballet, not just focusing on flash and sizzle. Tom Morrell is a truly gifted teacher, setting high standards for students while also instilling in them a love of ballet and a joy in performing and sharing it. He and his faculty also offer jazz and modern classes that are also top notch in their creativity and choreography. Classroom time is fast-paced and the students are always learning and growing as dancers and artists. They are not just cranking on a recital piece but learning to dance in every class!


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869 Robinwood Ct.
Traverse City, MI 49686

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