Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley, Inc. was founded by Marjorie Berlin Fink in 1958 and serves as the umbrella organization for the Pennsylvania Youth Ballet school and performing company. Miss Fink invited Alexi Ramov, former dancer with the Ballets Russe de Monte Carlo, to serve as the organization’s second Artistic Director where he served for over 30 years.
In 1987, he established the Ballet Guild’s first school and was its first Director. Alexi Ramov directed the Lehigh Valley’s first “Nutcracker” production in 1968 – a beloved holiday tradition which continues to this day. Unfortunately, if you were looking to audition for this year’s performance of the favorite Nutcracker, you just missed the tryouts; they were last week.
In addition to the Nutcracker, the Ballet Guild puts on a Spring Ballet and classes for students of all ages and ability levels. They offer pre-professional classes for the highly skilled, serious dancer and community division classes for children through adults who have had any to no dance experience in their entire lives.
For those of you still hunting spooks, The Ballet Guild is believed to have a ghost, or perhaps the well-known Sun Inn ghost crosses the alleyway into the Ballet Guild at night. On several occasions, when the third floor studios were empty, ballet guild staff and board members on the 2nd floor heard music playing up on the third floor. They were certain that no one was using the 3rd floor studios at the time.
The Ballet Guild leaves a light on in the hallway at all times, perhaps because of the theatrical superstition of a “ghost light”. A “ghost light” is a light that is left energized on the stage of a theater when the theater is unoccupied and would otherwise be completely dark. It’s even been said that every theater has a ghost, and the light gives the ghost the opportunity to perform onstage to prevent it from cursing the theater.