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.



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.


Our 10000+ square foot dance studio is state of the art located close to the Scottsdale airport.

  • 4 dance studios
  • 2 girls changing rooms
  • 1 boys changing room
  • Small kitchen with fridge/microwave
  • Restrooms
  • Lots of tables and seating for parents in our lobby
  • Free Wifi

Feel free to bring your electronics hang out while your child is in class.

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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) Former Student

Master Ballet Academy is more than a ballet studio… It’s home right from the time you walk in. With the warm reception from the front desk to the top notch teaching staff. My daughter has not only learned amazing dance skills, but also strength, discipline, and dedication. Thank you Master Ballet Academy.

Joe and Teresa Wheeler Parent

MBA is the best studio in the state. I have been blessed with the most amazing teachers I could ask for and I plan on staying here for years to come.

Jenna Jacobsen Student

My daughter started at Master Ballet Academy as a summer intensive student. Having attended several studios in the past and dancing myself as a child and college student, I immediately recognized what incredible training this ballet school provides. The faculty have all had successful professional careers and are pedagogy experts. My daughter immediately felt at home here with the teachers. They bring out the best in all of their students with attention to detail and constant coaching for improvement. If you are looking for a serious ballet school or a challenging summer intensive, this is the place for you. We are so happy here!

Shantha Wilson Parent

MBA is an incredible ballet school, with amazing teachers and great training. The people here are like my second family. Friendly competition keeps us thriving for greatness. My teachers and peers push me to be better every day and they remind me why I love ballet!

Julia Blackman Former Student

The teachers at Master Ballet Academy have given my daughter wings to fly! She has progressed beautifully at a challenging pace that inspires her to work hard – and dream big!

Mazie Hoffmann Parent

Master Ballet Academy is the best ballet school in the Phoenix area. Slawomir, Irena and their instructors are phenomenal and they have real world experience dancing in famous ballets all over the world. I feel so lucky to have found such an exceptional studio that cares so much about its students. It really is like a family.

Aaron Mueller Parent