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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.

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!

Important Information
Fall Class Schedule
2019-2020 Preparatory Dance Calendar
Inclement Weather Alerts
Training programs

November 10 UPDATE
Day of Master Classes has been moved to March 8, 2020.

November 27- December 2
Thanksgiving Break- No classes for students, offices are open on 11/27. Regularly scheduled classes will resume on 12/2.

December 14
Please join us on December 14th for our annual Winter Open House! We will have student presentations, information about the upcoming Spring 2020 performance; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and light refreshments.

Rehearsal Calendar Levels 3-6 (including Estelle Dennis Boys)

*This is a temporary location for our rehearsal calendar. Calendars will be available under your child’s specific training level. *

Cover Photo: Paul Wegner