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Sean Musselman

Artistic Director/Ballet Master

Sean Musselman began his ballet training in St. Petersburg Florida at the age of thirteen. At age fifteen he auditioned for George Balanchine's prestigious School of American Ballet in New York City. He was awarded a complete Ford Foundation scholarship from the School of American Ballet and after turning sixteen moved to New York City to begin his ballet training at the school full time. Mr. Musselman remained at The School of American Ballet for the next four years where he had the rare opportunity to work under the legendary George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins of the Broadway classic West Side Story fame and with the Russian superstar Danseur Rudolph Nureyev. One particular ballet Mr. Musselman was featured in was "Le Bourgeois Gentillhomme" produced by the New York City Opera was to become the only ballet George Balanchine ever choreographed on Rudolph Nureyev making it an historic and auspicious event. Mr. Musselman worked again with Nureyev in 1980 with the Boston Ballet for the "Nureyev and Friends" series in the ballet La Sylphide at the Uris theater on Broadway.

Mr. Musselman's professional career included dancing with many greats of the ballet and opera world to include Mikhail Baryshnikov, Luciano Pavarotti, Peter Martins, Gelsey Kirkland, Suzanne Farrell, among others. He was a member of the Eglevsky Ballet under the direction of Edward Villella, The Milwaukee Ballet under the direction of Ted Kivit, The Chicago City Ballet as well as Chicago Lyric Opera under the direction of iconic American ballerina Maria Tallchief. Some of his roles included a solo in the opera "Aida" starring the late opera great Luciano Pavarotti. Lead in George Balanchine's Valse Fantasy and the lead in the Second theme of George Balanchines The Four Temperments with The Chicago City Ballet and again with the Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seatle Washington.

Returning to St. Petersburg Fl Mr.Musselman ran his own non-profit ballet school and small performing company for 15 years and guest taught in Russia, Spain, Costa Rica, and several colleges and universities in the Tampa Bay Area. Mr. Musselman also taught as an adjunct ballet instructor in the magnet program for the local school system.

Why Us?

It is our passion, experience and dedication to every student. In a professional, state of the art studio. With a staff of skilled, caring Professionals.

L'Academie of Dance was created to give ALL students the highest quality classes available so if they choose later to apply what they have learned in a professional manner they have been given the correct tools to do so.

We provide a solid foundation of professional dance instruction which is based in classical ballet. Our dance program includes positive feed back, assesment, placement, coaching, performance and competition in a nuturing, caring and positive environment.

Every student is important to us! We work as a team to provide classes that are age appropriate, challenging, positive and goal oriented. Our focus is developing technique, artistry, confidence and happy dancers who excel in life.​

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  • Monday
  • TuesdayClassical ballet
  • Wednesday
  • ThursdayClassical balletadult ballet
  • FridayBy Appointment
  • SaturdayClosed

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