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Excellence and innovation in American dance training since 1914

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 eurhythmics offered in 1914, and throughout its remarkable life span, Preparatory Dance 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 an outstanding faculty, Preparatory 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 to 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 – many offered free of charge; and training and supporting male dancers through the ground-breaking Estelle Dennis/Peabody Dance Training Program for Boys.

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!

Peabody Preparatory is holding in-person classes for all ages and levels with strict COVID-19 protocols under the guidance of the Johns Hopkins University.

JANUARY 2022 UPDATE: All Preparatory Dance classes will be held over Zoom from Tue., Jan. 4 – Sat., Jan. 22, due to the surge of COVID-19 infections in Maryland.

Tuesday, January 4
Preparatory Dance classes resume over Zoom
(use existing Zoom links; see your email for details)

Monday, January 17
MLK, Jr. Day
Peabody Preparatory Closed, No Dance Classes

Tuesday, January 18-Saturday, January 22
Make-up Week
Normal classes are not held. Check the calendar below to see if your class(es) will be made up due to cancellation by Preparatory Dance.

Monday, January 24
Spring Semester Begins


Cover Photo: Paul Wegner