About the Makaroff Youth Ballet

Our Mission

The Makaroff Youth Ballet (MYB) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to make the classical art of ballet accessible for dancers and audiences in the Fox Valley Region.  ​


Our organization works hand-in-hand with the Makaroff School of Ballet, where our Artistic Director Jeanette Makaroff shares her gifts with students in classes that run for twelve weeks each winter, spring, and summer.  

Our History


The rich Makaroff Legacy began with Nikolai and Juanita Makaroff over 50 years ago.  Nikolai and Juanita’s daughter, Jeanette Makaroff, continues her family’s legacy today.  As the current Artistic Director, she brings a significant amount of professional experience that has continued their legacy while enhancing and expanding on their work in ways that have transformed the arts' landscape in the Fox Cities.  She is a former dancer with the Milwaukee Ballet and the North Carolina Dance Theatre.

A large number of Ms. Makaroff’s students have gone on to professional ballet careers.​

MYB Staff

  • Frank Tower, Executive Director

Makaroff School of Ballet

  • Jeanette Makaroff

Board of Directors

  • Sara Mittlestadt, President

  • Jennifer Van Elzen, Vice President/Treasurer

  • Kristine Peterson Karow, Secretary

  • Brienna Kemmeter

  • Duyen Bagwell

  • Kimberly Schumacher

  • Lauren Ganther

  • Lydia Denzin