About Us

We are no longer located on Hyde Park Street.

Classes are by appointment only and are offered on a private / semi-private basis at:  
8031 Cooper Creek Blvd, University Park, FL (near UTC Mall in Sarasota)
or at a location of your choice!

If you are searching for the best studio for your child to begin or continue their dance training in,
please contact us for our professional recommendations.
info@floridaballetarts.com  /  941.330.6200



Sybil Manzano (photographed by MaryElizabeth Mock)


To train our students to their full potential while building self-esteem; educating and inspiring both dance students and professionals through a superior level of training, choreography and performance that is unmatched.


It is our belief that anything worth doing, is worth doing well.  Because you have chosen our team, we assume you hold the same belief.  Whether a student is training for a professional career in dance or just dances for the love of the art, we believe in giving the very best training and preparation to each student.

Our students learn discipline, proper technique, terminology and theory, classroom etiquette, backstage theater etiquette, self responsibility, and develop artistic abilities for performing in addition to their physical conditioning.

The rewards of proper training are priceless. The training and consultation students receive from our faculty is unparalleled, supplying them with the discipline, focus, work ethic, life skills and preparation needed to pursue any career or academic path.

FBA’s students’ great successes are a testament to our philosophy.  Our students who have pursued dance careers have gone onto dance for Boston Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal, Texas Ballet Theatre, Ballet Theatre of Maryland, Ballet West II, Royal Ballet in London, and On Broadway in the original cast of Mama Mia. Our students who have pursued academia, have attended Duke University, Johns Hopkins University, Vassar College, Cal Tech, NYU, Columbia University, Emory University, Stanford University, SMU, and New College, just to name a few.  Our graduates hold Juris Doctorate Degrees, Medical Doctorate Degrees, Ph.D.’s, Master’s Degrees and are working in a wide range of fields including Chemistry, Medicine, Engineering, Law, Business, Physical Therapy, Creative Writing, Stage/Screen Acting, and Dance.  Most of these students dedicated six days a week of study to their ballet curriculum, balancing class and rehearsal time with homework and school projects.  Many were also enrolled in rigorous academic programs such as I.B., Pine View, and the M.A.S.T. program.  The disciplined and rigorous training environment we have offered to students over the past five decades has greatly contributed to the massive success and achievement in so many lives of our alumni, while also having offered them a healthy athletic and artistic outlet in a professional dance environment.


Emily Kadow partnered by Addul Manzano, in Dress Rehearsal for Snow Pas de Deux in FBA's 2006 performance of The Nutcracker at the Sarasota Opera Hous


In 1962, Jean Spear founded Sarasota’s first professional ballet troupe, the Florida Ballet Company and its official school, Florida Ballet Arts (“FBA”). Eager to keep the FBA fire burning, MaryElizabeth Mock came on board in January of 2000 as the President and Artistic/Executive Director of Florida Ballet Arts Academy and soon after, founded the Florida Ballet Arts Ensemble, a pre-professional performing company featuring professional guest artists. Through Ms. Mock’s commitment to excellence, she not only carried on the traditions of the company and school that first introduced the art of dance to Sarasota, but brought the school to a higher level of training and performing for the enrichment of its students, while dazzling Sarasota audiences with cutting edge performances and choreography for more than a decade.


Recognizing the need for a resource organization for dance, MaryElizabeth, has transformed FBA into just that, while building an alliance of like-minded individuals and organizations. FBA is now Florida Ballet Arts – Professional Dance Alliance, offering Private Coaching & Consultation, bringing Master Classes and Workshops to the dance arena, as well as providing Guest Dancers, Choreography, Costumes & Scenery, and Audiovisual services such as Video Production & Sound Engineering for performances on a nationwide scale.  Notable past clients of FBA’s equipment/studio rental and costume  services include Dance Theatre of Harlem, Diana Ross – singer/performer, Geoffrey Owens – stage/screen actor,  Sarasota Ballet of Florida, and the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre.

As a prominent landmark in Sarasota’s introduction to the arts, we proudly continue to produce dancers and choreography of the highest caliber, while providing the most professional resources to the world of dance and entertainment!


As a Resource Organization, we offer the following services to Dance Studios, Dance Professionals, Students and Parents:

- Placing Highly Qualified Teachers in Dance Studios Desiring Effective, Long-Term Results
– For Serious Students Who Desire to be Coached Privately or Semi-Privately, Whether for Audition Preparation, Competition Preparation, as a Supplement to Ongoing Training, or Who Require a Training Schedule Not Typically Offered in Dance Studios
– Body Conditioning Through the Use of Active-Isolated Stretch Techniques, Pilates, Yoga, and Cardio Dance Fitness

- Student/Parent Consultation to Assist Aspiring Dancers in Mapping Out the Best Path to Fit Their Needs and Fulfill their College and/or Career Goals

– Professional Business Consultation for Dance Studios Who Need Real Solutions for Effective Management, Marketing, & Operating Success
– Professional Business Forms, Contracts, & Other Administrative / Marketing Material Available for Your Operating Needs
– Fundraising Plans
Click here to learn more about our Business Consultation Services

- Master Classes for Students – We Travel to Your Location
(Choose from our list of Master Teachers in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Contemporary, & Hip Hop!)
– Weekend Workshops for Serious-Minded Students & Professional Dancers
– Pedagogical Seminars for Teaching Professionals
– Business Seminars for Studio Owners

- Coordinating & Booking Auditions / Conducting Auditions for Your Summer Intensives or Performances

- Classical Ballet, Contemporary Ballet, Modern, Contemporary Dance, & Jazz Choreographic Works Available

- Providing Professional Dancers for Studios & Companies in Need of Guest Performers

– Professionally Made Costumes & Scenery Available to Studios, Companies, & Individuals for Rent or Purchase

Melanie Hamrick, Jose Manuel Carreno, MaryElizabeth Mock, with students Dea Hall and Andrea Roche

L to R: Melanie Hamrick (Dancer, American Ballet Theatre), Dea Hall (FBA Student), Jose Manuel Carreno (World Renowned Dancer and former Principal Dancer, American Ballet Theatre), Andrea Roche (FBA Student), MaryElizabeth Mock (Florida Ballet Arts-Professional Dance Alliance)