On January 1, 2011 the Manhattan American Academy evolved to become the Bellus Academy. This is the first expansion of the Bellus brand recognized as the Best Beauty School in the Nation by Modern Salon. Bellus has made headlines for revolutionizing the beauty and wellness education and as important, the hiring process for top spas and salons.
We are so thrilled to bring the Bellus brand and our advanced curriculum to this premier school lead by David Yocum the previous owner and now Academy Director. David has always focused on providing his students and graduates with the finest educational experience in a well designed and equipped environment. As David was looking to grow and expand, merging with the Bellus Academy was a visionary commitment to the community and to the students in Kansas!
To celebrate the first expansion of the Bellus brand, the company held a Grand opening celebration on January 12, 2011. The event attracted over 350 guests from the Manhattan area including Salon and Spa professionals, current students, their family, clients, the community and Kansas elected officials. The evening included demonstrations by the Bellus Artistic Director and Master Educator – Diego Raviglione and Nick Berardi who engaged the audience with the latest styles and hair design. Joanne Berry, Director of Spa and Wellness introduced the International Certification (ITEC) that will be coming to Manhattan. This will allow graduates to be certified internationally and have the opportunity to work in 35 countries worldwide. Joanne also introduced the latest training from Dr. Murad – Inclusive Health. Paula Konce the Nurse and esthetic practitioner for Dr. Murad presented an overview of the value of balancing your life, nutrition and skin care routines. The Academy will be reviewing the opportunities to add the Bellus advanced curriculum into the Manhattan campus.
The Academy is planning our second event for April 2011 where we will unveil new opportunities for the Bellus Academy students and graduates – so stay tuned for your invitation!!!!!!!!!