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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 eurythmics 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, 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 – most offered free of charge; and training and supporting male dancers through the ground-breaking Estelle Dennis/Peabody Dance Training Program for Boys. In Fall 2018, Peabody Conservatory’s  BFA Dance program will begin to prepare 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!


Fall classes begin on Wednesday, September 5
Limited spaces still available for the fall:
Training programs
View the class schedule
Contact Preparatory Dance to schedule a placement class: prepdance@jhu.edu.

Preparatory Dance Faculty

Melissa Stafford

Director and Department Chair

Barbara Weisberger

Artistic Advisor Emeritus

Cover Photo: Paul Wegner