When it comes to ballet, Boston has no shortage of studios in which to learn this elegant performing art. The city’s ballet studios have everything from lessons for tots to advanced tutelage for professional-level students. Even adults who have no experience, but want to take advantage of the exercise ballet provides, can find a lesson in the city. It is not hard to find a studio anywhere near Boston, but some studios stand out among the crowd.

(Photo Credit: Boston Ballet)

(Photo Credit: Boston Ballet)


Boston Ballet School
19 Clarendon St.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 456-6333
www.bostonballet.org

As the official ballet school of the Boston Ballet, it is almost expected that the Boston Ballet School is among the best, if not the best in the city. The school has four programs including children’s, classical, adult and pre-professional. There are three studios available: the main studio in Boston, one in Newton and one in Salem/Marblehead. This allows students in the area greater access to the world-class expertise of the school’s instructors.

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(Photo Credit: Paulette's Ballet Studio)

(Photo Credit: Paulette’s Ballet Studio)


Paulette’s Ballet Studio
190 Oak St.
Newton, MA 02464
(617) 527-9565
www.paulettesballetstudio.com

Paulette’s Ballet Studio offers several levels of ballet instruction, including pointe lessons. The studio even has a “baby ballerina” class for three to four-year-olds. Visitors can watch these classes in session from the glassed-in reception area in the Newton Studio. Paulette’s also has a location in Medfield. Parents can even book the studio for a lesson-oriented birthday party, whether their kids take regular classes or not.

The Dance Complex
536 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139
617) 547-9363
www.dancecomplex.org

The Dance Complex is a multi-discipline studio that teaches everything from hip hop to classical ballet. There are multiple ballet classes daily and thus many opportunities for ballerinas of most levels to get instruction. The best part about this studio is the ability to take a number of different dance and fitness classes in one place. Ballerinas can brush up on their jazz. Contemporary dancers can take ballet to work on precision and flexibility. It’s a dance studio for everyone.

Fresh Pond Ballet
1798 Massachusetts Ave., Suite 3
Cambridge, MA 02140
(617) 491-5865
www.freshpondballet.com

Fresh Pond Ballet offers nine levels of ballet instruction. It starts with a playful class for three-year-olds to introduce them to being in class and away from parents. Classes then go all the way up to advanced pointe. Adult instruction includes regular classes and pointe, so every age and level is accounted for in the class schedule at Fresh Pond Ballet. This studio presents itself as inclusive for dancers of all body types and operates on a first-come, first-served basis.

(Photo Credit: Brookline Ballet School)

(Photo Credit: Brookline Ballet School)


Brookline Ballet School
1431 Beacon St.
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 879-9988
www.brooklineballet.com

Brookline Ballet School provides instruction for children, teens and adults. It is a newer school, having opened in 2010. It has two modern dance spaces and a vibrant look with an unmistakable purplish exterior. There are regular classes and a drop-in class schedule for adults who want to pop by for a lesson. The studios are also available to rent for individuals who want to host a private lesson or use the space for practice. Summer programs are available for dancers to fill their time over the long school break.

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