Welcome to Durham School for Ballet & the Performing Arts, Durham’s premier academy for classical ballet, pointe, modern, contemporary, tap, jazz and aerial dance -- both silks & lyra. We offer three class divisions: children's classes, student-level classes, and recreational classes for teens and adults. Our instructors have been individually selected for their outstanding teaching and artistic abilities.
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 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, 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.
In addition to our repertoire of classes, we also offer workshops year-round in aerial silks, aerial lyra, ballet, contemporary, jazz and theater when an opportunity arises. We post notices on our Facebook when there is a potential workshop. These workshops are open to anyone in the dance and theater community.
Children's Division classes introduce children to music and movement through a progressive curriculum that stresses creativity and group interaction.
Current Children's Division classes include Ballet Levels Pre-Primary - Primary 2.
All Student Division classes are taught with recognized methods designed to prepare our students for success in the performing arts.
Current Student Division classes include Ballet Levels 1-5, Pointe Levels 1-2, Classical Pas de Deux, Contemporary Ballet, Modern Beginning-Advanced, and Aerial Silks Beginning-Intermediate.
Recreational Division classes are open to teens and adults of any age who enjoy dance and wish to begin or continue their training in any of our available disciplines.
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, been accepted at nationally recognized arts programs and participated in international competitions such as:
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
Texas Ballet Theatre
UNC School of the Arts
American Ballet Theatre
The Rock School of Dance Education
Miami City Ballet
Interlochen Center for the Arts
Butler University Jordan School of the Arts
Fordham University Alley Extension
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
International Ballet Competition - China
World Ballet Competition
American Ballet Competition
Youth America Grand Prix