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, 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!
Saturday, October 24
8-week classes for ages 4-6 begin (McDonogh campus)
Saturday, November 7
8-week classes in Creative Dance 2 and Contemporary Dance begin
Wednesday, November 25 – Saturday, November 28
Thanksgiving Break – no Preparatory Dance classes
Monday, November 30
Preparatory Dance classes resume
Cover Photo: Paul Wegner
Are you interested in earning a BFA in 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.