School of Springfield Ballet
the official school of SBC
We believe in professional-quality training for dancers of all ages in an environment that encourages positivity, creativity, exploration and confidence.
Every child can dance, and should be afforded the opportunity to do so, whether they are aspiring to be a professional one day, or just because it brings them joy.
Adam Sage has enjoyed a four-decade performing, teaching, coaching, directing and choreographic career that has spanned four continents.
Mr. Sage is currently the Artistic Director of Springfield Ballet Company in Springfield Illinois, and has served as the Associate Artistic Director of Ballet Philippines, Founder/Artistic Director of Missouri Ballet Theatre, Artistic Director of Virginia School of the Arts, Ballet Master of Nashville Ballet, School Director of School of Nashville Ballet and Adjunct Faculty at Washington University in St. Louis Missouri.
He has been teaching for over 40 years with such institutions as School of Ballet Philippines, California Ballet School, Ballet West Academy, Hong Kong Ballet, Ballet Memphis, Nashville Ballet and has been a guest Master Teacher in Europe, Asia and across the United States.
Mr. Sage has coached dancers that have competed in the first “Beijing International Ballet Competition” in Beijing China, the prestigious “Prix de Lausanne International Ballet Competition” in Lausanne Switzerland, Youth America Grand Prix as well as the “American Ballet Competition” in Miami Florida were he also served on the jury panel for two years. He will have the honor of serving on the Jury panel of the Asian Grand Prix competition for 2021.
He has trained and mentored students that have gone on to dance professionally with Ballet West, Texas Ballet Theatre, Houston Ballet, Scottish Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Carolina Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Ballet Memphis, Nashville Ballet, Alberta Ballet, Hanover State Opera Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, `Martha Graham Dance Company, Paul Taylor Dance Company, LA Dance Project as well as in numerous Broadway touring shows.
Caitlin Helton Scherer
Caitlin Helton Scherer is the Ballet Mistress of Springfield Ballet and was the Artistic Director of the Springfield Youth Ballet Company from 2017 - 2022, creating many original children’s ballets and community outreach performances.
Ms. Helton Scherer, a native of Springfield, Illinois, and a Springfield Ballet alumna, has been teaching professionally for over 15 years. In addition to dancing many lead roles for SBC, she also trained at Nashville Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, the Rock School for Dance Education, and Ballet Austin. After placing in the Regional Top 12 of Youth America Grand Prix in Chicago in 2003, she competed at the international finals in New York City.
She studied dance performance at Butler University and graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in educational psychology from University of Illinois in Springfield. She is certified in Progressing Ballet Technique and in American Ballet Theatre’s National Training Curriculum Levels 1-3.