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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

Monday, October 21-Saturday, October 26, 2019
Family Observation Week
Peabody Preparatory Dance classes are open to observation for family members. Students have the opportunity to demonstrate what they have achieved in class, and family members can observe students’ progress. This week is also used to pass along important information to family members about upcoming Preparatory Dance events and performances.

Reminder: Preparatory Dance will have classes on Saturday, October 19 during the Baltimore Running Festival.

Preparatory Dance Faculty

Melissa Stafford

Director and Department Chair

Barbara Weisberger

Artistic Advisor Emeritus

Cover Photo: Paul Wegner