International Dance Academy Off to London Representing The United States of America

Dancing together since age five, these butterflies thrilled the audience at twelve! Today, Paula Zapata, Indie Hurley, and Elizabeth Haeflinger are working hard to prepare for “The Fonteyn International Dance Competition” in London in October 2023. The Fonteyn, formerly the Genée, is the pinnacle of achievement for the Royal Academy of Dance candidates and is considered the Olympics of Ballet worldwide. 

While in London, these firm friends will spend a week training under-celebrated teachers and choreographers, dancing alongside qualified students worldwide!  

They will perform at His Majesty’s Theater in London’s West End!

International Dance Academy (IDA) is the ONLY school in South Florida that offers preparation and certification in the Royal Academy of Dance, whose patron for many decades was the late Queen Elizabeth II. 

Examinations start from age 6 with Primary and go through each year to Advanced II in their graduating year. IDA is proud of its 100% pass rate, with most dancers receiving the highest mark of distinction. These certificates are impressive additions to college and university applications. Only dancers with distinction for their Advanced II examination qualify to dance in “The Fonteyn.” Usually, between 30-35 dancers qualify worldwide. This year, IDA has three who qualified and have been accepted!
An incredible achievement indeed!

The management and readers of Our City Media wish you Bon Voyage as you dance your way to London, representing THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!

The International Dance Academy (IDA), Florida’s premier ballet school, is entering their 24th year serving the community with excellence in Classical Ballet training. The school offers students a wide array of disciplines, including:

  • Classical Ballet – Pointe – Repertoire – Jazz – PBT
  • Highly Qualified International Faculty with Dance Degrees and Professional Company Experience  
  • Royal Academy of Dance – RAD Certified
  • American Ballet Theater – ABT Certified
  • Progressive Ballet Technique – PBT Certified
  • 5,500 sq.ft. State-of-the-art Facility
  • 3 Studios with Sprung Flooring, Mirrors, and Air- Conditioning, in a Safe and Quiet Location


IBC is a non-profit youth organization affiliated with IDA that allows beginner to pre-professional dancers to take their pure classical ballet technique, taught in class, to the professional stage. Dancers experience:

  • Spectacular shows with stunning costumes, magical special effects, wonderful music, and exciting and interesting original choreography.
  • Dancers experience the professional stage with two full-length ballets each year.
    • The Nutcracker – 5 performances
    • Spring Show – Fairy Tale Classics

All Welcome!

  • Saturday, August 26th from 1:00pm–4:00 pm 
  • 1:00–2:00 pm (Class ages 10 and under)
  • 2:00–4:00 pm (Class ages 11 and over) 
  • Meet Artistic Director Deborah Buttner, ARAD, RTS
  • Director Mary Buttner 
  • Teachers & Staff
  • Registration & Refreshments 
  • Ballet Classes for Dancers
  • Aged 3 Years to Professional
  • Classes Start Tuesday, September 6, 2023

International Dance Academy, founded in 2000, is located in the Broward Lakes Business Park at
825 Shotgun Road in Weston. For more information on all programs call 954-476-4419 or visit