Top 10 International Dance Schools

Have you wondered what the best dance schools in the world are well here is your list if you disagree with something just vote!

The Top Ten

1 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.

If you guys weren't truly the best dance company then why would you be known as the top 10. You guys surely do have a good dance company that I would like to visit sooner or later. Amazing dance school.

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.

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.

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2 Joffrey 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!

I want to join your academy.

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3 The Juilliard School

I am 16 and live in the uk, it would be amazing if anyone had the opportunity to go there, if I lived in america I would definitely choose this school over any. I have done ballet classes when I was little and am now self taught mainly.

I am 12, (almost 13) I have been taking dance classes for about 10 years, but I was born a true dancer. When I graduate from high school, I would like to go to a dance school that would assist in my life career, which would involve dance. Juilliard School sounds like a school that will be on my top list.

I am 13 years old and I love to dance. I have been wanting to go here when I grow up so I hope it works out!

I think this will be a great school

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4 American 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.

They don't care if you are not classic skinny dancer. They teach amazing technique and bring people to amazing levels in the dance world.

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.

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5 Paris Opéra Ballet School

The most prestyigious

Best school amostnd produces the most graceful dancers

Should be #1 on this list! This is by far better than the schools listed above. It's ridiculous to consider joffrey a good school haha!

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

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6 Bolshoi Ballet Academy

My grandmother studied at the Bolshoi since she was 12. She became a principal dancers and started touring around the world at 19 years old. She use to be a teacher until 60 and retired. She help me get into vaganova ballet academy and I got accepted at 11 years old! Best grandma ever!

I hope my english is correct

I study at bolshoi and it was a colol and ugly school.

Russians are the best in ballet. And most of Russian stars came from Bolshoi Ballet Academy. So it is obviously the best and most prestigious ballet school in the world.

I asked my mum if she knew what was the American Ballet Theatre she said no she said she only knew Bolshoi Ballet Academy so I think that it is a FAMOUS school! Russians are best in ballet!

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7 Abby Lee Dance Company

Her dancers are really good and the show just made them better

Horrible. Sorry

Amazing dancers

I love aldc so much and even if the footage MIGHT not be real they are amazing sweet and talented dancers!

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8 Boston Ballet School

It's all an act. The teachers have no intentions of excelling the future of a dancer. Be very cautious. If you take classes here you better have your eyes open. The school and professional studies are a fraud.

The school is all SAB body type. Everyone is connected it is a who knows who. The teachers don't care if you get hurt. Their training pushes injuries. Not a safe place to learn to dance. Beware!

Worst school ever!

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.

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9 Canada's National Ballet School

The most incredible school! State of the art training and academics, beautifully rain by artistic director Mavis Staines. This is ballet at its finest.

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.

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10 Teatro alla Scala Academy

Beautiful techniques

Prestigious and historical school

Simply the best in the world

Historically good

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The Contenders

11 School of American Ballet

The former director of the NYCB said that SAB has two functions to supply the NYC Ballet with its dancers as well as to train dancers for companies ALL OVER THE WORLD. SAB is a household name and should be #1.

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.

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

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

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12 Australian Ballet School

Australian ballet school is in my opinion one of the very best dance schools in the world. From the costumes to the long hours that the dances put in to produce such wonderful performances it really is quite amazing.
As well as nearly all the best ballet schools in the world the Australian ballet school is quite hard to get in to, as they only except the best of the best. Overall I definitely believe that Australian ballet school is one of the very best school to teach ballet in the world

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.

I learn at the Australian ballet school and the training and teachers are amazing and the dancers that graduate from the school are always outstanding

By far the very best dance school in Australia, and practically the world. This school definitely belongs at the top!

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13 The English National Ballet

My sister has been here before!

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.

14 Royal 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!

Amazing school, with amazing studios, artistic faculty, and environment for young dancers to train professionally

It's a great school! Been here for four years and I love it here!

Everyone is nice and you can learn a lot.

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15 Kirov 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...

Best dance school in my opinion it should be number one there 11 year olds are as good as the American professionals

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

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16 Vaganova Ballet Academy

It should be #1. Do some reaserch.

Not sure why it's not in the top ten. I love going here, learning so much and improving every day. This school deserves a much higher rating.

I agree with the others, I am not sure why this is not even in the top 3. Winning admission is itself a challenge, but the best ballet dancers in the world's best ballet country have gone here.

Vaganova ballet academy us definitely among the top 3!

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17 Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

I would love it there

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

I've always wanted to sing and dance

18 Elmhurst

Complete well rounded students with amazing job opportunities

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!

World class teaching and facilities. Elmhurst ballet school is the associate school of Birmingham Royal Ballet.

The teachers are absolutely brilliant here!

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19 The Ailey School

Should be way up on the list.

Ailey should be much further up on the list. Considering that many teachers from schools higher on the list, also teach at Ailey. An Ailey student gets the wealth of knowledge that those same top schools receive.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Official School

20 Ballet 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!

I watched their performance of the nutcracker and it was amazing!

I have taught there. An excellent school!

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21 Canadian Dance Company

Yes this dance company is the best.I have got so many audition because of this studio

The next step should be at the top of the list

I am interested.I would like to learn.

Canadian dance company is amazing have you seen briar nolet, Issac lupien or Devon brown they are amazing dancers

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22 Brent 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.

23 Broadway Dance Center

One of the best dance academies in the world

This is Broadway put it higher but not higher than miss abby lee miller's dance academy

Its also one of the world's best dance academies

Honestly the best choice of classes, loved it

24 San Francisco Ballet

I read and learned that the San Francisco Ballet was the first ballet companies in America

San Francisco Ballet IS actually one of the best companies in the country.

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

25 Dance In Motion

Surely it's my dream school.if only I could get admitted

26 Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance

Produces really wonderful dancers


27 The Rock School for Dance Education


28 School of Alberta Ballet

Danced at the school my whole life the teachers are supportive and caring but they still push you. They don't care about your body type and they don't push you past what it can do at that moment. I love the school so much

The second largest company in Canada with a top notch staff.. The students evolve into amazing dancers...

Did not improve while there.

29 Ellison Ballet

I think Ellison is great school.

30 Riga 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!

31 Princess Grace Academy

How is PGA not in the top ten?! It’s an amazing school with some of the most amazing ballet dancers in the world!

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

Beautiful technic

100 percent of the students of the 'Academie Princesse Grace' have a contract in a world renowing compagnie when they graduate. The school doesn't participate in competitions expect for Prix de Lausanne and so far each student that participated won a price. The training is very individual as they have just around 40 students each season between the ages of 13 and 19. The level of the school is increasing year by year and this is thanks to its very devoted and passionated director Luca Masala.

32 The School of Richmond Ballet

SRB, the School of Richmond Ballet, is based on the Balanchine goal of “first, a school”. The classes are truly pre-professional, designed to take dancers into a professional career if they are suited. The school is in the same building as the company, and students are able to audition for certain company shows such as Nutcracker. The faculty come from across the globe and are top notch. It is a smaller school than the big-name three letter schools, yet the training is just as good.

This school is wonderful and very impressive. I saw the nutcracker and it was mind blowing. The company members are beautiful and elegant and exactly what you want to see.

We go to the nutcracker every year and we still marvel at every surprise.

The School of Richmond Ballet is a wonderful school and company.

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33 PNB Pacific Northwest Ballet

I go to PNB and I learn more than just ballet. I got to learn African Brazilian, hip hop,music. I even got to go to Alvin ailey show, and a master class. I wrote a letter to our guest teacher.

34 Codarts

This is a contemporary dance academy with a very high technical level and excellent international teachers & choreographers.

Amazing school for up and coming dancera

Amazing school using a huge variation of techniques and offering so much for upcomming dancers AND chorekgraphers

35 The Palace Dance Studio

They are a Hip-Hop dance studio who have many different amazing crews such as, their mega crew Royal Family. They also have other crew such as Sorority, Duchesses, Bubblegum and ReQuest. They bring something new to the dance community which is why I think they should be included in the top 10 dance studios/companies.

36 Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet

There are excellent teachers here. There are many alumni that have continued on to be greats. They focus A LOT on technique. Renowned for Marcia's curriculum

37 Salzburg 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.

38 Club Dance Studio

Honestly amazing. Alexa Moffett is a genius. Anyone who says the a ldc is good is delusional. Kalani is the only good member there only because she came from Club Dance. Seriously look up their dances

39 The Harid Conservatory
40 Pineapple Dance Studios

This place is amazing

This place is so cool! I love it! The dancers are amazing!

I don't know this place but it sounds yummy...

I don't know his place but it sounds yummy...

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41 North Carolina School of the Arts

Definitely should be in the top 10. An incredible school!

Should be #5! One of the best schools for ballet in the country!

42 Miami City Ballet

It is here that I have recieved the best training

43 Pacific Dance Arts
44 Béjart Ballet Lausanne

The best of the bests. Thanks to Maurice!

45 Siobhan Collins-Mccarthy Dance Academy
46 American Repertory/Princeton Ballet School

Great training healthy attitude towards the ballet world

47 LINES Ballet Summer Program
48 Jason Coleman's Ministry of Dance
49 Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet

The training is amazing! It is true classical ballet at the source, plus it has an amazing faculty. I improved so much after just 3 weeks!

Amazing instruction.

50 Metropolitan Ballet Academy

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