Dayton Ballet School
The mission of the Dayton Ballet
School is provide the very finest dance training to any child or adult
who seeks to experience the wonder and the fun of dance.
The goal of the School is to
serve the community by not only strengthening legs and arms, but also
by introducing accomplishments and discipline to the spirit of all participants.
For 81 years, Dayton Ballet
School has provided excellence in dance training. Founded by Josephine
and Hermene Schwarz, the Dayton Ballet School is not only the oldest
dance school in Dayton, but is one of the oldest dance schools in the
United States. As the only ballet school in the Miami Valley
associated with a professional dance company, the Dayton Ballet
School continues the tradition established by Miss Jo and Miss Hermene
of "offering the highest quality dance training to professionals and
From the beginning, Dayton
Ballet School’s primary goal has been to prepare dancers for professional
careers. However, Dayton Ballet School realizes that most of our students
will not pursue a career in dance. These students benefit from
dance in many ways by building grace and poise and obtaining the mental
and physical discipline that promotes a strong and focused character.
Many students follow related careers in physical therapy, costume design,
scene design or teaching. They also form an appreciative dance audience.
Dayton Ballet School students
enjoy many performing opportunities. Dayton Ballet II Senior and Junior
are our pre-professional training companies chosen by audition and often
perform with the Dayton Ballet dancers in selected works. Dayton Ballet
II and Level V students also perform a special presentation at the end
of the school year.
Some of our best known graduates are:
Many others have dances professional
with ballet and modern dance companies; others have performed on Broadway
and taught in school and universities.