Ballet Master Class with ABT Ballet Mistress Nancy Raffa

  • anaheim ballet 280 East Lincoln Avenue Anaheim, CA, 92805 United States

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Nancy Raffa received her early training with Madame Gabriella Darvash. In 1980, she became the youngest and first American female to win the Gold Medal at the Prix de Lausanne competition in Switzerland. The same year, Raffa joined Makarova and Company on Broadway and, at age 16, became a member of the corps de ballet of American Ballet Theatre. She joined Ballet de Santiago in 1985 as a principal dancer and was also a principal dancer at Ballet National Française de Nancy. In 1992, she became a principal dancer with Miami City Ballet.

Raffa began her teaching career in Miami at the New World School of the Arts. In 1994, she joined the staff of the Miami City Ballet School, becoming the coordinator for the School’s summer intensive program and Ballet for Young People program. Among her many awards, Raffa was twice awarded a special teacher’s recognition from the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts and won a grant from the United States Information Services to act as a cultural ambassador and teacher for the company and school in Honduras.

Raffa holds an Ace certification in exercise physiology and graduated magna cum laude in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from St. Thomas University.

Raffa was appointed ABT Ballet Mistress in June 2007.


Class is open to Intermediate/Advanced level dancers (ABS Levels 4 and 5). (The 6 p.m. Ballet 5 class will not take place).
Fee of $35 for the class.

For more details, call (714) 520-0904 or email info@anaheimballet.org
Master Class • 6 p.m. • ANAHEIM BALLET SCHOOL