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Class Observation

Peabody Preparatory Dance classes are open to observation by family and friends for at least one session each semester. Students have the opportunity to demonstrate what they have achieved in class, and family members can observe students’ progress. For upper-level students, these informal class observation sessions are replaced by “open house” days and formal performances. These observation classes and “open house” days are also used to pass along important information to family members about upcoming Preparatory Dance events and performances.

The schedule for observation classes may vary and is announced ahead of time. If you have any questions regarding these classes, please speak to your child’s instructor or┬ácontact the Dance Office.

Keeping in Touch

Email lists are distributed every semester for each class and are the Peabody Preparatory Dance Department’s resource for communicating any of the following:

  • Class cancellations due to inclement weather
  • Studio presentations and performances
  • Receptions, refreshment contributions, etc.

Please note that email is our primary method of communication. Announcements will also be posted online. The information on the Email List is taken from Student Information System (SIS), so please be sure your information is accurate in SIS, and submit a contact form. Please notify with any contact information changes. Peabody Preparatory Dance is responsible to communicate to account holders (parents); therefore, student email addresses cannot be used for the Email List.

Visit regularly for the most up-to-date information on the following:

  • Class schedules
  • Summer programs
  • Dress code
  • Master Classes and other Preparatory Dance events
  • Rehearsal and performance schedules

Peabody Dance Contact Form

Inclement Weather

The Dance Department follows the Peabody Preparatory class cancellation policy due to inclement weather. Please note that classes are not necessarily canceled when academic schools are closed. Since most dance classes are scheduled during the late afternoon and evening hours on weekdays, inclement weather in the morning may not indicate that classes will be canceled. Please check the Johns Hopkins University Weather/Emergency Information page to find out if Peabody Preparatory classes have been canceled. You may also call the JHU Weather Hotline at 410-516-7781 or 800-548-9004. In the event that classes are canceled, instructors will contact class parents and messages will be passed through the class Email/Phone Trees. Once classes resume, make-up sessions will be scheduled, most often during the Peabody Preparatory make-up week. Make-up sessions can also be scheduled during Peabody Preparatory breaks or at other times as determined by the Department Chair and the instructors.

Volunteer Opportunities

Preparatory Dance could not possibly make it through a season without our parent/family volunteers! Please contact the Dance Office if you are interested in volunteering your time and skills for any of the following:

  • Refreshments for the December open house, Choreography Showcase reception (in March or April), or for the end-of-season performance in May
  • Costuming
  • Scenery/Props
  • Phone-a-thons for the Choreography Showcase
  • Assistance at performances
  • Assistance with mailings (folding, stuffing, labeling, etc.)
  • Other skills or abilities you would like to offer (graphic arts, publicity or fundraising, website maintenance, etc.)

Thank you to all our hard-working volunteers!