Dancers in their dressing room before A Midsummer Night's Dream in August 2010
About Ballet Misha
Ballet Misha is a non-profit performing dance company founded in 2008 by Amy Fortier. The company was designed to bring quality dance training and performance opportunities to the greater Manchester area.
New Hampshire is one of the only states without a resident professional dance company, Ballet Misha aims to fill the void by offering the community professional caliber dance performances. Ballet Misha also gives dancers of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds an opportunity to grow and improve as dancers and performers.
Ballet Misha brings dance performances to local schools to increase children’s exposure to the arts, and awards scholarships for dance training to promising young dancers to encourage their artistic growth and reward their hard work.
About Director Amy Fortier
Amy Fortier received her earliest training with private instruction from Michele Leslie, a former ballerina with Dance Theatre of Harlem. Amy continued her training with the Boston Ballet on the professional track and received a scholarship to attend Walnut Hill School for the Arts, a boarding school for young artists in Natick, MA. Amy toured with the National Youth Ballet and performed at Lincoln Center, NYC. Amy spent her summers at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. She graduated from Goucher College, Baltimore, MD., with a triple concentration in Dance, English Literature, and Art History, where she received an award for her dancing. Amy was given lead roles in pieces choreographed by dancers from the NYC Ballet, Ballet Austen, Nashville Ballet, and the Pennsylvania Ballet. In 2003, Fortier received her Master's Degree in Literature and Art History from the University of London where she was a fellowship scholar. In London, she continued training with dancers from the English National Ballet. Amy currently teaches Art History at SNHU, is the owner and director of Dimensions in Dance, Ballet Misha’s affiliate school, and continues to perform with and direct Ballet Misha.