New Classes Begin August 28th – Registration is open!
Welcome to Durham School for Ballet & the Performing Arts, Durham’s premier academy for classical ballet, pointe, modern, aerial silks & lyra.
Our instructors have been individually selected for their outstanding teaching and artistic abilities.
We are proud that all the members of our faculty either currently hold or are actively studying for teaching certifications in their field of
expertise. Our instructors are currently certified by ABT National Training Curriculum, Escola Nacional de Ballet de Cuba, Imperial School of
Dancing, and New England Conservatory of Circus Arts. We encourage and support our staff in pursuing continuing education opportunities for the
benefit of our students’ training.
Our school has three divisions: Children’s, Student and Adult and we also offer several recreational classes.
Children's Division classes (ages 2 – 6) introduce children to music and movement through a progression that stresses creativity and group
Student Division classes are open to young people aged eight and above. All Student Division classes are taught with methods designed to
prepare our students for success in the performing arts.
Adult Division classes are open to any student aged 14 years and older who enjoy dance and wish to begin or continue their training in
any of our disciplines.
DSBPA offers recreational classes to tweens and teens in a twelve week session. These recreational classes may include Beginning Aerial Silks,
Beginning Classical Ballet, and Beginning Modern and may expand depending upon instructor availability.
All of our ballet and pointe classes are taught using the American Ballet Theatre’s National Training Curriculum. This curriculum is a breakthrough
8 level program that combines high quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development using a comprehensive set of age
appropriate, outcome-based guidelines to provide the highest quality ballet training to dance students of all ages and skill levels.
We also offer workshops year-round in aerial silks, aerial lyra, ballet contemporary, jazz and theatre when an opportunity arises.
We post notices on Facebook when there is a potential workshop. These classes are open to anyone in the dance and theatre community.
While we are not a “competition” studio, our faculty are available to coach students who wish to compete.
We are proud that our DSBPA students have performed with professional companies or have been accepted at nationally known arts programs such as:
Professional and Pre-Professional Companies:
- Carolina Ballet
- Missouri Ballet Theatre
- Long Leaf Opera
- Durham Ballet Theatre
- American Dance Festival
- Playmakers Repertory Company
- Glimmerglass Opera Company
- New York Theatre Ballet
- Charlotte City Ballet
- Ballet Memphis
DSBPA students have been accepted and placed in international ballet competitions such as:
- International Ballet Competition - China
- World Ballet Competition
- American Ballet Competion
- Youth America Grand Prix