Durham School for Ballet & The Performing Arts

DSBPA is hosting Audition & Rehearsals for the Moscow Nutcracker. 

DSBPA is hosting Audition & Rehearsals for the Moscow Nutcracker. Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker OPEN auditions on Thursday, October 17, 2019. Registration begins at 5 pm. Auditions are open to ages 6 – 18. Auditions

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Fall Sessions Begin August 27th

Welcome to Durham School for Ballet & the Performing Arts, Durham’s premier academy for classical ballet, pointe, modern, aerial dance, both silks & lyra. 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, 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 Recreational. Children's Division classes (ages 2 –  7 ) introduce children to music and movement through a progression that stresses creativity and group interaction.


Student Division classes are open to young people aged eight and above. All Student Division classes are taught with recognized methods designed to prepare our students for success in the performing arts.


Recreational Division classes are open youth and adults. These classes are offered in both six(6)-week and twelve(12)-week session. These recreational classes may include Beginning Aerial Silks, Beginning Classical Ballet, and Beginning Modern and may expand depending upon instructor availability.


We also offer workshops year-round in aerial silks, aerial lyra, ballet contemporary, jazz and theater 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 theater 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

  • BHdos

  • New York Theatre Ballet

  • Charlotte City Ballet

  • Ballet Memphis 

  • Texas Ballet Theatre

Arts Programs:
  • 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 Ailey Extension

  • Univ of NC Greensboro

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

“Early training is key to building the best foundation for dancers but dance training is not just about training for dance — most dance students will go onto careers in other fields, making the need for high-quality dance instruction seem extraneous.  Dance teaches students to visualize ideas creatively and collaboratively; businesses today have to innovate to survive. So we are not only training dancers, we are helping develop our future.” ~ Boleyn Willis-Zeger