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.

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.

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.

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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!


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3 The 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

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, myself, don’t dance, but I was about a year ago doing acrobatics gymnastics at the toplevel which meant 30hours in a week training, which meant training everyday and being in a bording school, which meant training before school in the morning and after school, the thing is that I absolutley loved it..Training, and training and more training, learning, feeling your muscles hurt the next morning, the satisfaction of succeeding but still not being completley satisfied about your work, the pull to work even harder; after your succeeding, just to keep improving your skills.. It’s absolutley the best experience in my life that I will always be grateful for and I’m only 16 years right now. What I’m trying to say is that probably every single dance school on this list is rare on its on way and if you want to commit to your passion and work for it, you definitely should do it, because such a chance as going to a school where you can learn more about your passion isn’t something ...more

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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.

Great school I dance for there school JKO in NYC. SAB is not that good I went there and quit. They make you hate dancing. ABT is a loving yet strict unborn ENT where they work with you to make you better, not just to make a star.

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5 Paris Opéra Ballet School

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

The most prestigious, where classical dance originated. The best school without doubt, and one of the most demanding.

The best school. Leaps and boing above the rest!

The most prestyigious

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6 Bolshoi Ballet Academy

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!

The Bolshoi is amazing... More like fantastic!

You can’t do better than Russia. They are the epitome of all ballet companies”

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7 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!

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.

Worst school ever!

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8 Abby Lee Dance Company

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.

The teacher works extremely hard to give her pupils the best start in a dance career and to have the consistency and strict code of practice is rare to see. The moms who embrace this for their children should count it a privilege to be part of something that changes youngsters lives for the better giving them a sense of direction and understanding.

ALDC is an amazing dance company with amazing girls. They work so hard and they deserve every single award and win they get. I get it. It must be hard with the mom drama, but hey. Dancing is worth it. I love you girls and your a huge inspiration to me. I hope the hate against you girls stop. Your amazing, beautiful, and talented.

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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9 Canada'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.

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

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10 Teatro alla Scala Academy

Prestigious and historical school

Simply the best in the world

Historically good


The Contenders

11 School 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.

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!

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.

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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

World class dancers who have amazing and incredible facilities

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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

My daughter's alos attending here for 2 years and this is an amazing school

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16 Vaganova Ballet Academy

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!

Definitely the top ballet school in the world. This list is a complete joke. Nearly every famous ballet dancer has come through Vaganova, including Nureyev, Nijinsky and the fabulous Anna Pavlova. Vaganova IS ballet. To those looking at this, ignore this fake (American) list. Most American ballerinas would be rejected at the Vaganova. PS: Who cares what Americans think anyway! - swanning

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17 Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

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

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!

Great school!

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19 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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20 The Ailey School

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

Should be way up on the list.

21 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.

22 Canadian Dance Company

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

Yeah the best dancers from There are 1briar 2isaac 3devon. 4myles

23 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

24 Broadway Dance Center

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

25 Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance

Produces really wonderful dancers


26 Dance In Motion
27 Ellison Ballet
28 The Rock School for Dance Education


29 School of Alberta Ballet

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

Did not improve while there.

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 The School of Richmond Ballet

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.

The State Ballet of Virginia

32 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

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 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.

35 Princess 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

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.

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 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

38 The Harid Conservatory
39 Miami City Ballet

It is here that I have recieved the best training

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...


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41 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.

42 Béjart Ballet Lausanne

The best of the bests. Thanks to Maurice!

43 North Carolina School of the Arts

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

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

44 American Repertory/Princeton Ballet School

Great training healthy attitude towards the ballet world

45 Pacific Dance Arts
46 LINES Ballet Summer Program
47 Jason Coleman's Ministry of Dance
48 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.

49 Metropolitan Ballet Academy

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50 Siobhan Collins-Mccarthy Dance Academy
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