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Worldwide List of Dance Studios Offering Open Adult Ballet Classes

Hi everyone! I've started compiling a list of studios (across the United States and worldwide) that offer good ballet classes for adults. This one is a work in progress (will be adding a search function, adding more studio details, and building up the list of studios and recommended teachers). All the studios and classes listed have been vetted by someone - so people have taken class there and confirmed details and can say the classes are good. If you have any to add please reach out to me -- comment below or message me through the contact form. Enjoy! Photo Credit: Alexis Bartlett

UNITED STATES

CALIFORNIA

Berkeley

Berkeley Ballet Theater

Recommended Teachers: Xiao Liu-Moore, Robert Greer

Insider Tips: On Sundays, Robert Greer teaches adult pas de deux class.

Hesperia

Multi-Cultural Dance Center

Insider Tips: $15 drop-in (all levels welcome including those on pointe). Ballet is Monday evenings with a Lyrical class afterwards that is open to adults. Also, Modern and Improv open to adults on Wednesday evenings.

Los Angeles

Marat Daukayev School of Ballet

Recommended Teachers: Marat Daukayev

Mountain View

Western Ballet

San Francisco

Alonzo King Lines Dance Center

Recommended Teachers: Kathy Mata, Liezel Austria

Insider Tips: Kathy teaches a variety of adults with classes 7 days a week (mornings and evenings). Liezel teaches Vaganova technique for adults on Monday and Wednesday evenings.

City Ballet School

Recommended Teachers: Amy Seiwert, Joanna Berman

Insider Tips: Variety of levels and ages. Professionals from local companies like San Francisco Ballet drop in as well from time to time.

ODC

Recommended Teachers: Augusta Moore, Elizabeth Castenada, Marika Brussel

San Francisco Ballet

COLORADO

Colorado Springs

Zamuel Ballet

CONNECTICUT

West Hartford

Fisher Academy of Dance and Ballet

Insider Tips: Classes are held at 1153 New Britain Ave. in West Hartford. Check the Facebook group for up to date information. Open adult intermediate class on Sunday 10-11:30am and open adult beginner from 9-10am on Sundays.

FLORIDA

Sarasota

Sarasota Ballet

ILLINOIS

Chicago

Hubbard Street Dance

Joffrey Ballet

Lou Conte Dance Studio

NEW JERSEY

Ridgewood

Art of Motion

Recommended Teachers: Olivia Galgano (10AM Wed, Fri and Sat).

NEW MEXICO

Alamogordo

575 Dance

Recommended Teachers: Jessica Trembly (very good for adults with little experience)

Las Cruces

KinD Motion Studios

Insider Tips: Beginner Ballet 13+ on Tuesday evenings is recommended (mostly adults now). Intermediate/Advanced Ballet 13+ on Mondays evenings is also recommended (all adults). It is recommended that you contact the studio in advance as some classes get canceled due to low attendance.

Los Ranchos

Starlet Dance Studio

Insider Tips: Adults are included in annual production of Nutcracker and in recital.

NEW YORK

New York

OREGON

Portland

Portland Ballet

PENNSYLVANIA

Philadelphia

Koresh Dance Company

Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Ballet Theater

WASHINGTON

Seattle

eXit Space Dance

Recommended Teachers: Jennifer Carroll, Annie deVuono

Insider Tips: Open and beginning class is good.

Pacific Northwest Ballet

Recommended Teachers: Beginning class is good.

 

 

City Name of Studio Name of Recommended Teacher(s) Other Comments (Prices, Accessible by Transport, anything special?)
Vienna, Austria Move On Dance Center
Toronto, Ontario National Ballet of Canada
Tokyo, Japan Angel R Ballet School Most teachers recommended. The class is all in Japanese, except an Italian teacher Mashimo Akuri, he sometimes throws in some English. Studio is located in the central part of Tokyo (2 locations)
Tokyo, Japan Architanz There are English speaking teachers. They have special workshops by international dancers/choreographer like Toni Rizzi or ex NDT dancers etc.
Tokyo, Japan Ryabina All Russian teachers teaching Vaganova method
Seattle, WA Exit Space Dance Jennifer Carroll, Annie deVuono open and beginning class is good
Seattle, WA Pacific Northwest Ballet Beginner’s class is good
Sarasota, Florida Sarasota Ballet Sarasota Ballet has an exclusively adult program.
San Francisco, CA Alonzo King Lines Dance Center Kathy Mata, Liezel Austria Kathy teaches a variety of adults with classes 7 days a week (mornings and evenings). Liezel teaches Vaganova technique for adults on Monday and Wednesday evenings..
San Francisco, CA ODC Augusta Moore, Elizabeth Castenada
Ridgewood, NJ  Art of Motion Olivia Galgano (10AM Wednesday, Friday and Saturdays)
Portland, OR Portland Ballet
Pittsburgh, PA Pittsburgh Ballet Theater
Philadelphia, PA Koresh Dance Company
Paris, France Centre de Danse du Marais
Paris, France Studio Harmonic
Paris, France Paris Marais Dance Ghislain de Compreignac; Maggie Boogaart This is the school, tucked away in a beautiful old building in the Marais. Ghislain is a lovely and kind and a fine teacher. His class is more intermediate than beginning. They have a wide range of classes for adults.
New York, NY Steps on Broadway
New York, NY Peridance Capezio Center Kat Wildish Morning beginner class is great and geared for all levels; Kat give great corrections and attention to students, reall attentive with her adult students
New York, NY Kat Wildish (Peridance, Gibney, Harlem School of the Arts) Kat’s classes follow the same syllabus for the whole week. Sudents can really hone their technique without being bewildered by new combos all the time. Her Absolute Beginner class is derivative of the her Advanced Beginner class. So if you can only make it to an Absolute Beg class, you still get a good class, likely with some offered modifications if something is “too easy”. Kat teaches classes Monday-Saturday with privates (by appt.) all day Sundays. Connect with Kat Wildish here.
New Orleans, LA Live Oak Dance
Nashville, TN Nashville Ballet
Mountain View, CA Western Ballet
Los Ranchos, New Mexico Starlett Dance Studio Adults are included in annual production of Nutcracker and in recital.
Los Angeles, CA Marat Dukayev School of Ballet/ Dance Arts Academy Marat Dukayev Studio has different faculty now, but Marat is always a good teacher to take.
London, UK Danceworks More for contemporary
London, UK Pineapple Dance Studio Roland Price, Ian Knowles British Accents, Centrally located in Covent Garden near Tube.
Las Cruces, NM KinD Motion Studios Beginner Ballet 13+ on Tuesday evenings is recommended (mostly adults now). Intermediate/Advanced Ballet 13+ on Mondays evenings is also recommended (all adults). It is recommended that you contact the studio in advance as someclasses get canceled due to low attendance.
Japan (10 locations) Chacott Satomi Ota All in Japanese, the studios are small but more casual than Angel R (no live pianists)
Hesperia, CA Multi-Cultural Dance Center $15 drop-in (all levels welcome including those on pointe). Ballet is Monday evenings with a Lyrical class afterwards that is open to adults. Also, Modern and Improv open to adults on Wednesday evenings.
West Hartford, CT Fisher Academy of Ballet and Dance Open adult intermediate class on Sunday 10-11:30am and open adult beginner from 9-10am on Sundays. Classes are held at 1153 New Britain Ave in West Hartford. Check the Facebook group for up to date information.
Colorado Springs, CO Zamuel Ballet
Chicago, IL Joffrey Ballet
Chicago, IL Lou Conte Dance Studio Vanessa Valecillos Very clean floors
Chicago, IL Hubbard Street Dance
Boston, MA Jose Matteo Ballet Theater
Berlin, Germany Marameo More for contemporary
Berlin, Germany Tanzfabrik More for contemporary
Berlin, Germany Center of Dance
Berkeley, CA Berkeley Ballet Theater Xiao Liu-Moore, Robert Greer Studio now has two locations in Berkeley.
Bangkok, Thailand Bangkok City Ballet
Austin, TX Ballet Austin Alexa Capareda, Kevin Murdoch-Waters Their facilities smell like a spa! First class free, 2nd half price. Most of their teachers are dancers with the company
Alamogordo, NM 575 Dance Jessica Trembly (very good for adults with little experience)

 

 

10 comments

  1. Hello! I teach adult ballet classes and they are open or people can take regularly and perform!

    If you want to add it, it’s called Multi-Cultural Dance Center (we really go by MCDC) and it’s in Hesperia, California, US. I don’t know what other details you would want, but it’s $15 to drop in and all levels are welcome, including pointe, if they’re already en pointe. It’s Mondays at 4pm-5pm and the Lyrical class after (5pm-6pm) is open to adults also. Same price, all levels welcome. Same also goes for Modern Technique (Wednesdays at 6pm) and Improv (Wednesdays at 7pm) – different teacher, same price. I’d love to see new faces, even if they’re just dropping in. Hesperia is basically between Las Vegas and Los Angeles. I found your blog through Dorky Dancing! I’m subscribing to yours too. I love seeing all the adult ballet love!

    facebook.com/MCDC.Hesperia

    -Erika 🙂

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    1. Hello! Thank you for commenting and I will be sure to add your rec! Please feel free to reach out anytime with more ideas:-)

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  2. I have taught Adult Ballet in Bradenton Florida for about 17 years. Our group is called Dancing thru the Years, with a Facebook page with the same name. Also I helped form a fantastic (now huge) group in S.E. Michigan in Farmington Hills led by Christina Kammuller a former principal ballerina from Brazil. You can find Christina on Facebook also. She offers around 20 or so classes a week, all adults, all levels with also very often visiting professionals who need to keep their toe in while they are in town.

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    1. Thank you for the rec! I will be happy to add them to the list! Can you provide a link to your website (or FB group) as well as Christina’s? thanks!

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