Director and Department Chair
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!
UPDATE: 3:30 PM ON THURSDAY, APRIL 11
Power has been restored to the Towson branch campus. All classes will meet as scheduled.
Sunday, May 5, 2019
Preparatory Dance hosts the Estelle Dennis Scholarship Awards Audition
for talented, ballet-trained young men on the brink of their careers
Contact Preparatory Dance for details about eligibility requirements (residency, proof of age): email@example.com or 667-208-6648
Rehearsal calendar for:
Pre-Professional Program Levels 4-6
Estelle Dennis/Peabody Dance Training Program for Boys 4-5
Director and Department Chair
Artistic Advisor Emeritus
Cover Photo: Paul Wegner
Are you interested in earning a BFA in Dance?
The Young Children's Program is designed to spark innate creativity and to begin to build a foundation for more in-depth technical training.
Preparatory 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.
The Peabody Preparatory's exceptional Summer Dance programs offer a full range of instruction taught by Preparatory 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.