Our Story

In 2007, my wife Irena, and our two sons Michael and Slawomir Jr moved from Poland to the United States and we started our ballet school – Master Ballet Academy. Miss Irena had just retired from dancing and I recently graduated from the University of Music in Warsaw. It was a natural transition from being a Principal Dancer of Poland, and already recognized choreographer to become a teacher, and to be able to transfer our experience, knowledge and passion onto younger generations of ballet dancers.

Of course, my entire dream will come true when we will be able to run our own company based on the dancers we raised, and have them perform around the World in full ballet repertoire, but it takes time, but we are striving to make it happen. And just as we started dancing as children, because we felt it was our desire, passion and destiny – we wanted to continue our “mission” as teachers to fulfill our love to ballet. Probably that’s why our sons’ without any input from us, became ballet dancers as natural order, as they saw how much we love what we do and decided to follow that path.

Ballet was all our life and it will be as long as we will be able to be involved. As we believe dance is the most wonderful form of art, we would like to make sure that people who don’t know it, will fall in love with it by seeing our great quality performances. We also would like to provide dance education for our students at a level that they will be an important part of the dance world and they will be able to become a part its history by creating the future.

Our Faculty

Slawomir Woźniak
Artistic Director
Slawomir Woźniak attended the Poznań ballet school in Poland. He gained first stage experience partnering artists of Teatr Wielki in Poznań in the performances of Cinderella.

Irena Woźniak
Ballet Mistress
Irena Woźniak has recently joined Ballet & Friends in 2007 as Ballet Mistress after retirement from a successful career as a soloist with the Warsaw National Opera House in Poland.

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Our Studio

Come see our beautiful new studio! We have 4 dance studios, 2 girls and 1 boys changing room, 2 restrooms, and plenty of tables and seating for parents in our lobby. We also provide free Wifi so feel free to bring your electronics hang out while your child is in class.

Our New Address is:
7625 E Redfield Rd, Ste# 200
Scottsdale, AZ 85260


MBA is such an Amazing studio that has brought me so much joy, progress, and many opportunities. I am so grateful for such fantastic teachers whose work ethic has improved mine and many others greatly over these past few years. I have also been lucky enough to, through MBA travel across the globe in order to compete in international competitions that have taught me so much, and benefited my dancing and performance quality. I am so thankful for MBA. I would not be the dancer I am today without them 🙂

xoxo Dolly (Gisele Bethea) , Student

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