Top 10 International Dance Schools

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The Top Ten

The 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.
[Newest]Without a doubt this is one of the top 3 dance schools in the world.

2Joffrey Academy of Dance
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.
I want to join your academy.
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!
[Newest]This is an amazing ballet school so hard to get in but well worth all the wait

3Canada's National Ballet School
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.
Canada's national ballet school is way under rated! It is definitely in the top 2 schools in the world. It combines perfection in male and female professional training countrarely to some schools who mainly focus on guys OR girls. The school is very well connected and the dancer's who graduate from it are all breath taking and beautiful. Nehemiah Kish, graduated from there as well as greta hogkinson and many other principal dancers. It's just the sumum of the classical ballet training!
[Newest]Under rated. Should rank higher!

4American Ballet Theatre
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 go to American ballet theater
Usa is the winner

5Bolshoi 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!
Bolshoi ballet Academy is the best academy.

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

7Paris 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!

8Boston Ballet School

9Kirov 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.
I am a student here and 75% of their dancers become principal dancers.
The best school becer

10Teatro alla Scala Academy

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.

12The 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.

13School of American Ballet
Who made this list? The SAB should be right up at the top!

14Royal Winnipeg Ballet School

15Brent 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.

16San Francisco Ballet
Most people in the know consider SFB #3 behind Bolshoi and Royal. Odd it wasn't mentioned on this list.

17Abby Lee Dance Company

18Salzburg International Ballet Academy
Salzburg International Ballet Academy is based in Salzburg, Austria, and features a range of genres, including classical ballet, contemporary, modern dance, jazz and choreography. This school's mission is to refine the young dancer's personal skills and improving performing experience through producing four galas a year.

19Ballet West

20Broadway Dance Center
Its also one of the world's best dance academies


22The Ailey School
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Official School

23Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Europe's Leading Music and Dance school, internationally recognised and iconic for its unique and diverse training.

24Vaganova Ballet Academy
Vaganova ballet academy us definitely among the top 3!
Definitely among the top 3!

25Riga Choreography School
In this school studied Maris Liepa, well-known Latvian dancer in Russia and Aleksander Godunov. Also, before being accepted to Vaganova Ballet Academy, Mikhail Baryshnikov studied in Riga for 4 years!

26Sharon Lawrence Academy of Dance
Great school for all styles of dancing, highly skilled teachers, bringing the best out in the child

27Julie Bromage Dance Academy

28Clytie Adams School of Ballet

29Swansboro Dance Studio

30Children's Ballet Theater, Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City Utah

31Jason Coleman's Ministry of Dance

32School of Alberta Ballet
The second largest company in Canada with a top notch staff.. The students evolve into amazing dancers...

33Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet

34Ellison Ballet

35Princess Grace Academy
The Princess Grace Academy is an amazing ballet school in Monte-Carlo. It has world renowned teachers and has a great program for ballet dancers

36The School of Richmond Ballet
The State Ballet of Virginia


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