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The heart of the Preparatory’s dance department philosophy is the expectation that all students, whether they are professional aspirants or young children and adults exploring the joys of dancing, will have the opportunity to reach their own desired level of achievement. In return, a nationally respected faculty are dedicated to meeting the needs of their students on an individual basis and to offering them exemplary training, inspiration, and encouragement.

Preparatory Dance provides a vital, diverse, strongly grounded curriculum encompassing five training programs:

Fall 2021

Preparatory Dance is focused on the health and safety of our students, their families, and our staff and faculty. We are pleased to offer in-person class opportunities this fall for students ages 2-adult. Classes will be held following protocols established by the Johns Hopkins University:

  • All students, family members, faculty, and staff must wear a mask while on campus (indoors and outdoors) regardless of vaccination status.
  • JHU has extended the vaccine mandate to include all Preparatory students ages 12-adult. All eligible students must be vaccinated to return to ANY Peabody campus, or receive an approved medical or religious exemption. Students will receive an email communication regarding vaccine verification and the process to request an exemption. Students who are granted the exemption will be allowed to return to campus; however, they will have to observe 6′ physical distance in dance classes.
  • All students must complete a daily health checklist through the AUXS Safety App. They must show their pass to their teacher or the designated Preparatory staff member. Parents are permitted to enter campus and will present the AUXS Safety App pass on behalf of their young children. Parents and family members are required to wear a mask and to observe physical distance.
  • Hand washing is encouraged; hand sanitizer is available in all dance studios and common areas of Peabody’s campuses.
  • Students attending classes at McDonogh will also follow the McDonogh School’s protocols. 

Students who wish to take classes virtually this fall may do so; some classes will have ZOOM options. Please contact the Preparatory Dance Office for more information: or 667-208-6648.