Our mission is to provide complete and comprehensive instruction in an environment that promotes a positive self-image, opportunity for personal growth and an enthusiastic appreciation for the art of dance. We aim to provide all of our students with a lifelong passion for dance and the arts, and a positive exposure to all disciplines of dance.
Portsmouth School of Ballet is dedicated to professional instruction with one-on-one attention. The program’s focus is on Ballet Technique and the development of technical skills for each student. The school’s Ballet program is based on a Vaganova syllabus. The school director, Megan Edmonds, has danced professionally and performed all throughout the nation. The school’s faculty consists of professionals with extensive performing dance backgrounds as well as college degrees in Dance Education.
The school offers classes for students ages 2½ to adults in Pre-Ballet, Foundation, Combination classes (3½ to 6 years of age), Ballet Technique I – VII, Pointe, Variations, Boys Ballet Classes, Pas de deux, Tap, Contemporary, Lyrical, Jazz, Hip-hop, and Musical Theater.
The school performs an annual all-student production of the Nutcracker, end of the year Spring Performance and for the Prescott Park Arts Festival. The school has award winning Student Companies for students ages 7 and up. For more information regarding the Student Company, please visit the Student Company page.
The school has two semesters throughout the year — September to January and January to June. Every summer the school hosts a four-week Summer Dance Program, a week-long Summer Dance Intensive with guest teachers, exciting Camps and a Student Company Guest Teacher week.
Visit our beautiful facility! We are located at the Malt House Exchange in Portsmouth … a beautiful 4,000 sq. ft., state of the art facility with 2 large air-conditioned studios, sprung marley floors, plenty of parking and a large waiting area for the parents with a viewing window to watch class and closed circuit television.
We are dedicated to each student at the school and are available for the students and the parents. The school’s policy is that your dance education should be a fun and rewarding experience.
Any student can be asked to change levels, take additional classes or advance as to the discretion of the instructors and the schools artistic director. A student also can be asked to leave the program at any time for midconduct or unappropriate behavior as of the discretion of the instructors and the schools artistic director.