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The Gayle Corkery School of Ballet opened in 1970. In 1972 Violette Verdy, representing School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet, selected the Gayle Corkery School of Ballet to be a part of the School of American Ballet Services to Ballet Students and Teachers under a Ford Foundation Grant. The aim was to strengthen professional ballet in the United States. Since 1972 students have  auditioned for and been accepted to professional ballet companies, opened their own ballet schools, and become directors of their own dance companies.

The Gayle Corkery School of Ballet invites all students in the metroplex to participate in its outstanding ballet training program. The school provides quality ballet instruction for all levels of advancement. From the youngest pre-ballet student to the aspiring professional, each student is guided through a curriculum designed to enhance both physical skill and the appreciation for the artistry of dance. The goal of the Gayle Corkery School of Ballet is to provide a firm foundation for each dancer to attain his or her full potential through a combination of the highest quality training and exciting performance opportunities