Director and Department Chair
Excellence and innovation in American dance training since 1914
Peabody Dance, the dance department of the Peabody Preparatory, is one of the oldest continuously-operating dance training centers in the United States. Starting with the first class in eurythmics offered in 1914, and throughout its remarkable life span, the Preparatory’s dance department has pioneered new dance forms, mounted numerous collaborative projects, partnered with prominent figures in 20th and 21st century American dance, and produced accomplished professional dancers, choreographers, directors, and teachers.
Under the leadership of Melissa Stafford and Barbara Weisberger, Peabody Dance is keeping in step with the progression of American dance into the 21st century and remains committed to: offering high-quality dance training for students of all levels age 3-adult; presenting imaginative professional-level performances; offering pre-professional ballet and modern dance summer intensives; partnering with our community through master classes, seminars, workshops, and other dance events – most offered free of charge; and training and supporting male dancers through the ground-breaking Estelle Dennis/Peabody Dance Training Program for Boys.
In 2018, the Preparatory’s dance department will be joined by Peabody Conservatory’s BFA Dance program, preparing undergraduate students to be at the forefront of dance innovation through performance, choreographic and critical historical and theoretical exploration.
Become a part of the tradition of excellence and innovation – join us for a performance, buy a class card and explore, or schedule a placement class or audition today!
The heart of the Preparatory's dance department philosophy is the expectation that all students, whether they are professional aspirants or young children and adults exploring the joys of dancing, will have the opportunity to reach their own desired level of achievement. In return, a nationally respected faculty are dedicated to meeting the needs of their students on an individual basis and to offering them exemplary training, inspiration, and encouragement.
Director and Department Chair
Cover Photo: Paul Wegner
The Young Children's Program is designed to spark innate creativity and to begin to build a foundation for more in-depth technical training.
Peabody Dance’s class cards offer flexibility for Open Program students age 13-adult. Students can attend classes in Ballet, Contemporary Dance, and Flamenco and Spanish Dance.
The tuition-free Estelle Dennis/Peabody Dance Training Program for Boys, established in 2009, is a ground-breaking opportunity for selected boys from the Baltimore metropolitan area who have the potential and a strong desire to dance.
Peabody Dance's exceptional Summer Dance programs offer a full range of instruction taught by Peabody Dance's outstanding faculty and notable guest artists. They are designed to accommodate all students ages 3 to adult who wish to continue their dance training with concentrated study during the summer months - from complete beginners to professional-level aspirants.