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Words of Wisdom from Ms. Niki, ADT's Artistic Director

  • A well rounded dancer succeeds both academically and in the studio. Let dance reinvigorate your mind and keep you healthy so that you can focus on your studies.

  • Dance is both an athletic endeavor and an artistic pursuit. Be sure to work on both elements in class to find growth in your training.

  • In class, onstage, and in competition, the only person you're competing against is yourself! Try your best at everything and don't compare yourself to others.

  • A dancer is responsible for their own gear! Make sure that your bag is well prepared with shoes, tights, and leotards. No one else is to blame for you not prepared.

  • Lastly, don't forget to support your local arts community! Not only will you expand your appreciation of the arts, but the support will ensure that more art is created locally!


Niki Maple

Artistic Director

Ms. Maple received her early training from the School of Ballet and Ballet Etudes in Phoenix Arizona, under Nina Marlow.  She further supplemented her training by attending summer intensives with American Ballet Theatre in New York and Milwaukee Ballet. Ms. Maple was a company member with Milwaukee Ballet II, working closely with the professional company while furthering her dance education and training.  In 2007, Niki moved to Anchorage to dance with Alaska Dance Theatre. She has had the privilege to work with Eugene Ballet, James Sewell Ballet, and Pulse Dance Company along with notable choreographers such as Courtland Weaver, Alice Bassler Sullivan, James Sewell, Toni Pimble, Gillmer Duran, and Amy Seiwart. She has been teaching ballet for over 9 years in the traditional Vaganova style, ranging from intermediate to advanced levels. As a teacher and performer, Ms. Maple is passionate about sharing her love of ballet with the youth of Anchorage.


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