Top 10 International Dance Schools

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1The Royal Ballet School

Absolutely phenomenal teaching. I excelled more than I had ever hoped whilst studying, attending and learning here. Gives great opportunities for young dancers with high potential to succeed and become world renowned dancers in the future.

The Royal Ballet School is a division of the Royal Ballet Company, based in London. The school provides rigorous classical ballet training, in hopes to place graduates in famed ballet companies worldwide.

I go to the royal ballet school and I also have had a year at the American theatre ballet and I would say that the royal ballet school is the best.

Amazing teaching and outstanding results.

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2Joffrey Academy of Dance

Joffrey Academy of dance is not only one of the most famous ballet school because popular people like Chloe from Dance Moms is in there. It also because the teachers at this ballet school have a high quality dance citizenship and are very good demonstrators as well. They don't have many performances because they practise well and when they're in a competition they sure do place in the top 3.

The Joffrey Academy of Dance is a New York City- and Chicago-based contemporary ballet school that continues to push the standard of excellence in dance education and performance.

Our family has loved the experience of our daughters attending Joffrey Academy of Dance, Chicago, Summer Intensives! Thank you, Joffrey, for the excellent training and overall positive experience!

The Joffrey Academy of Dance Chicago has an excellent training program. My daughter has really excelled in her dance and we have been very happy with the professional way the school is run.

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3American Ballet Theatre

I love American Ballet Theater. I think this should be near the top. It is definitely one of the best ballet schools at least in America. I am performing with them and doing a Summer Program. Personally, I think ABT is one of the best ones in America because it doesn't just like one certain body type. They welcome in all different types of bodies.

In New York City, the American Ballet Theatre offers a premier dance technique education program. Known for its Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School's preprofessional programs, this school breeds the best dancers in the world.

I love the American ballet theatre! It is definitely one of my top options for college.

Usa is the winner

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4The Juilliard School

The Juilliard School has become a historical benchmark in performing arts. This New York City school produces big-name dancers and performers, including Siena Cherson Sigel and Paul Taylor. The school features precollege and college divisions in dance genres ranging from modern, tap, jazz, contemporary and more.

I hope I go here I am 13 years old and I have been dancing since I was a little girl so like almost 10 years I am amazing and I teach my little cousin how to dance I want into this school so bad

I hope I can go here I am a amazing dancer I. Am 9 years old I have been dancing for 6 years almost 7

I have not been but I heard Juilliard is the best ballet school to ever have been created!

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5Canada's National Ballet School

Absolutely exceptional. My daughter is blessed to attend this institution. The buildings are modern and beautiful and the studios are state of the art. The SI is the audition for full time acceptance so it is NOT a "money maker". One only gets in if being considered for full time. Students come from around the world and the school sits on judges panel at top comps (YAGP, Prix, etc), so students are also top prize winners from prestigious comps. Younger grades have performing opportunities with National Ballet of Canada in The Nutcracker. The teachers are exceptional and the academics and social environment excellent. This is one of the very very best.

I have seen many top talent dancers go to this school for summer intensive training with the intent of getting into the residence year round program. They have all been turned away. They may have 10 open slots for a grade level and only fill 2 slots. This is a very good dance school but if you try to get in their school in the later grades you are wasting your money. Personally I think there summer intensive dance program is mainly a money maker not just for NBS but for other schools as well.

I have a daughter attending NBS and it has been a life-changing event for her. Not only is the technical dance instruction absolutely outstanding, but the school focuses on ensuring the students receive an enriching experience all around - in ballet, academically and socially. By emphasizing some of the softer skills such as empathy and compassion, the school ensures its students are healthy in body, mind and spirit.

It's exceptional and I go there and I'm in grade 7

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6Paris Opéra Ballet School

Based in Paris, this ballet school is the official ballet company of the Opéra de Paris, or "Palais Garnier. "

I personally think that this school is where ballet started so it has the best and most classical ballet.

The best school. Leaps and boing above the rest!

Amazing and TOUGH! Graduate from here and you've done something.

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7Bolshoi Ballet Academy

I think the academy is amazing. Russians are the real experts in ballet, look at the history. and the school has amazing teachers. I ve heard many Americans transfer there and prefer it rather then American academies

The Bolshoi is amazing... More like fantastic!

There is nothing more beautiful than Russian Ballet, and the Bolshoi trains the best.

I love the teachers. I am so glad I came here.

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8Boston Ballet School

Boston Ballet teaches ballet students to fit into the new generation of dancing. Students work hard with amazing, talented teachers, and have three beautiful studios. The Boston Ballet's company is breath taking, and hard working people, whom inspire and nurture young dancers to reach for their dreams.If your searching for a school to encourage, support, and challenge your dancer to become one of the greats, come to Boston Ballet.

Amazing instruction. Peter Stark is heading up the boys program and will continue to mold amazing, versatile danseurs that the world will admire.

With renowned visiting instructors and absolutely amazing facilities, Boston Ballet School draws in talent from around the world. There is no better place than Boston for education and that holds true for Ballet.

This school molds dancers to fit into the next generation of dancing.

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9Teatro alla Scala Academy

Prestigious and historical school

10School of American Ballet

The School of American Ballet is finest ballet school in the United States. More top dancers, choreographers, and ballet masters have come out of this school than any other school in the US. This school is one of the finest in the world. I do not understand your ranking.

Who made this list? The SAB should be right up at the top!

SAB should be #1! They are much better than any other American school!

Not sure how SAB didn't make the Top Ten?

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The Contenders

11Australian Ballet School

I study at the Australian Ballet School and it has been an amazing experience, we have teachers from all over the world, including ex Mariinsky principals, and a very authentic Australian style. It is relatively new, with its 50th anniversary this year in 2014, but has already made a name for itself and stands quite close to the best European schools.

12Abby Lee Dance Company

I absolutely love dancing for Miss Abby. It is so much fun and I just love to dance.

~Maddie Ziegler

ALDC is NOT a successful studio. Abby owes all of her success to Dance Moms. Just because the kids are famous and win rigged competitions doesn't mean they are even close to being the best.

It is amazing! I used to go there, and its really fun and not that much studying!

~Chloe Lukasiak

Successful dancers plus great technique!

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13Kirov Academy of Ballet

Another American ballet company, the Kirov Academy of Ballet, is a school based in Washington, D.C. that offers part-time and full-time instruction to children from grades 7-12. The Academy is distinctive among professional dance schools in that it has its own in-house academic and residence program, fostering the growth of young ballerinas.

My daughter is attending here soon she is an amazing dancer and this is an amazing school... Should also be in top 3...

I am a student here and 75% of their dancers become principal dancers.

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14Royal Winnipeg Ballet School

I've so far only been to the royal Winnipeg ballet once, for the 2015 two week dance intensive. By the end of the program, I felt like it became my second home. The counselors were amazing, the staff was excellent and the teachers were great and supportive. It was a very nice environment and they really care about you. There was even a doctor and Physio if you were sick or hurt. I went home with a lot of great new steps and knowledge. Great school and wonderful experience!

15The English National Ballet

The English National Ballet is a classical ballet company founded by Dame Alicia Markova and Sir Anton Dolin and based at Markova House in South Kensington, London, England. Along with the Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and Scottish Ballet, it is one of the four major ballet companies in Great Britain.

16Brent Street Schools

Brent Street is an Australian performing arts school based in Sydney. The school started in 1986 and since then has expanded its range of styles to ballet, jazz, hip-hop, tap, musical theater, singing, drama and acrobatics. The school now holds modern dance studios, a theater and a recording studio and rehearsal space for their subsidiary program through the Talent Development High School. With more than 1, 000 students, this school is the premier dance studio in Australia.


Inspiring school, everyone is really hardworking and the teaching and facilities are incredible, as well as a good graduate output into ballet companies, needs to be higher!

The teachers are absolutely brilliant here!

I am going to Elmhurst for their summer school this year and am not only extreamly excited but honared ti be going.

18Ballet West

I will be attending the summer program of 2015 and am seriously looking forward to it they have a great program.

Ballet west has an amazing summer program! This school deserves to be higher on the list!

Ballet West should be higher on this list and is becoming very well known worldwide with Artistic Director Adam Skulte at the helm. The reality show "Break Pointe" has also brought the company into the forefront.
BW has a Pre-Professional Division & Trainee Division that moves students into Ballet West II and then the company. My daughter has trained with them for 4 years and has seen great progress.

19San Francisco Ballet

Most people in the know consider SFB #3 behind Bolshoi and Royal. Odd it wasn't mentioned on this list.

SFB should be right behind SAB which should be #2 or #3 behind the Royal Ballet School and the Kirov

20Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Europe's Leading Music and Dance school, internationally recognised and iconic for its unique and diverse training.

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1. Canada's National Ballet School
2. The Royal Ballet School
3. Australian Ballet School
1. The Royal Ballet School
2. Canada's National Ballet School
3. American Ballet Theatre
1. Joffrey Academy of Dance
2. The Royal Ballet School
3. American Ballet Theatre



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