2018 State of Maryland Governor’s Citation
Presented to Hope MacDonald, Owner of Bella Ballet
On behalf of the citizens of this state, in recognition of your dedicated efforts providing a quality dance education as the owner of Bella Ballet, and teaching over 400 girls this year the values of kindness, confidence, and respect for others; and as our citizens join in expressing our sincere best wishes for your continued success “Building Confident Ballerinas One Twirl at a Time”…
2017 Best Ballet Teachers Award
Bella Ballet is a dance studio in Gaithersburg, Maryland committed to building confident ballerinas one twirl at a time. Director Hope MacDonald believes that every girl deserves to be a princess and bases her teachings on an original character named Bella to give each lesson a hint of magic and inspire her students with confidence and self-esteem. MacDonald is a four-time nominee and recipient of the prestigious Cappie Award for Best Female Dancer and Best Choreographer presented at The Kennedy Center. She’s a member of the Living Your Dream organization, an association that assists children victimized by human trafficking. With over 400 students served, Bella Ballet offers a wide variety of classes for students of all ages, in addition to hosting birthday parties and summer camps. Bella Ballet has been the recipient of Best Dance Studio and Arts Program in Virginia, Washington, DC, and Maryland.
Best for FAMILIES 2017 Results
BEST ARTS PROGRAM
Best for FAMILIES 2016 Results
BEST ARTS PROGRAM
BEST BALLET OR DANCE STUDIO
2017 Best Ballet Studio
Bella Ballet was awarded the 2017 Best Ballet Studio in Montgomery county by Montgomery Magazine.
2016 Best Ballet Studio
Bella Ballet was awarded the 2016 Best Ballet Studio in Montgomery county by Montgomery Magazine.
2014-2017 #1 Best of Gaithersburg
Bella Ballet was awarded the #1 Best of Gaithersburg 3 years in a row!
“The Best Teacher”
Miss Hope introduced our 2.5-year-old daughter to dance and she has, by far, been the best teacher our daughter has known. Hope possesses an enthusiasm for dance that is infectious not only for her students, but also for their parents. Her passion for teaching dance is obvious and shines brightest in the classroom where the love shared between her and her students is palpable. Through positive reinforcement and leading by example, she controls her classroom masterfully which results in an experience rich in skill development with lots and lots of fun!
“She clearly has a special talent for working with children…”
Ms. MacDonald clearly has a way with young children. She is patient, energetic and obviously enjoys her profession. Ms. MacDonald took the time to focus on each child individually and provided them encouragement and direction in a manner that was highly conducive to learning and finding great pleasure in the activity. She is adept at translating ballet concepts and techniques into terms children can understand and appreciate. She uses a variety of educational techniques to demonstrate dance concepts, while addressing the multiple learning styles of the children (i.e. reading books, dressing-up, playing “pretend”).
“Creates a wonderful fairytale land that every princess must experience…”
Hope MacDonald of Bella Ballet creates a wonderful fairytale land that every princess must experience. Thank you for making my daughters first exposure to ballet such a memorable experience! She can’t wait for her next class.
“…a beautiful experience for not only our daughter but for our whole family.”
Dancing with Miss Hope is like taking lessons from a real live Disney Princess! From the moment you enter her studio, Miss Hope is larger than life and her energy transfers to the little girls as excitement and love for dancing. Dance instruction is infused with make-believe play in which every girl is a “ballerina princess.” I catch myself peeking into the studio windows to witness the magical fun my daughter is experiencing. This is a fun part about having a little girl!
“You cannot go wrong by choosing Miss Hope and Bella Ballet as your child’s dance studio”
If you are looking for an amazing and confidence building dance studio for your little one, you have come to the right place! Hope is so great with the kids and so professional. She has an awesome ability to be gentle yet firm during class. The kids really respond to her and adore her. We are blessed to know Hope outside of the studio and I can honestly say she is a young woman who has an exciting future ahead of her! She is kind and giving and truly loves to teach.
Miss Hope is an amazing ballet teacher!
My daughter just loves her and looks forward to her class each week. She has learned so much in short period of time and I even catch her practicing on her own. You can truly see how much Miss Hope cares for each of her students and adjusts her teaching style to fit each student’s needs. My daughter has just bloomed since she started Miss Hope’s ballet class.