About KMAB

The Kintz-Mejia Academy of Ballet

KMAB is a private ballet school which offers programs for students, beginning at age 3 through graduation. Founded in 1985, KMAB lessons are given with structure, method and consistency. It is the goal of the KMAB to take students from the beginning levels to performing artists. Students not only receive the detailed information and rigorous structure of the Vaganova Method, but the artistic nuances of each aspect of classical dance. Students of KMAB are disciplined and respectful of the art form to which they are dedicated. At KMAB, the teacher and student work as one, toward a common goal. That goal is to realize the full potential of the student. Listed below are some aspects of KMAB that make it a one of a kind education in classical ballet.

 The Kintz-Mejia Academy of Ballet

has only two teachers, Miss Kintz and Mr. Mejia, who work closely together to evaluate each student and find the best way to help students learn, grow and benefit from their study here.

 The Classes

KMAB trains their students with a syllabus. Each level has specific material and each class is planned and presented to students after the cumulative effects of the previous lessons are apparent.

 The Teaching Method

As was mentioned above KMAB follows the Russian Vaganova Method of Classical Ballet. That simply describes the material offered, what is also important, is the way this program is presented. On a visit to KMAB one would witness students focused and working with physical and mental concentration. Miss Kintz and Mr. Mejia are neither taskmasters nor cheerleaders. In the quiet, disciplined atmosphere of KMAB, students absorb the maximum of each and every lesson.

 The Younger Levels

Nowhere will you find such care and attention paid to children of the pre-training ages. In most schools you will see a teenager or anyone willing, teaching “the babies.” This is not the case at the Kintz-Majia Academy of Ballet. Material is given to our youngest students which are intended to teach them how to take class, take direction and prepare them to begin serious training. There is no question that students who start at KMAB proceed with a clear advantage.

 The Attainable Level

Because Linda Kintz and Mark Mejia were both principal dancers with extensive experience, their students are able to learn and perform at the highest level according to their talent and ability. One example of this is the complex partnering presented to the more advanced student in productions tailored to the existing student body.

 The Ethics of Ballet

Teaching a child to be a dancer is more than having them execute exercises to build muscle and learn body positions. Students need to learn the purpose of what they do and how to control themselves. How to strive for perfection and work through the difficulties of their constantly changing minds and bodies. The proper attitude is required for young dancers to apply themselves to the daily labor with creativity and inspiration. A dancer is an instrument and has to first be built and then kept in perfect tune.