The Ballet Academy

5640 E Sunnyside Ave.
Beltsville, Maryland


Classes offered:  ballet, modern, stretch/tone

Description via website: “The Ballet Academy opened in 1981 under the direction of Alison Miller. The Academy teaches the foundations of Classical Ballet based on the Royal Academy and Vaganova syllabi with emphasis on placement, technique and musicality. Classes in Repertory/Variations, and Stretch and Tone are also offered. The Ballet Academy is the resident company of The Performing Arts Repertory Company (”

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Director Allison Miller of The Ballet Academy is highly knowledgeable, inviting and communicative. I’ve learned much helpful information as one of a few adults in her instructive teen/adult beginner pointe class. While The Ballet Academy’s location within a larger busy studio can be a little awkward, it is a place where students (adult and children) will definitely learn and enjoy ballet.
8 out of 10
-Helen Mao

Maryland Youth Ballet School

Maryland Youth Ballet School
926 Ellsworth Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20910


Classes offered: Ballet, Broadway Jazz, Core Conditioning

Description via website: “MYB has approximately 1600 students ranging in age from 2 years to 80+ years. Each year graduates of MYB are accepted directly into professional companies or the country’s most prestigious performing arts training centers and universities.  MYB’s faculty is regarded as among the finest in the country coming from successful professional careers with such companies as the National Ballet, American Ballet Theatre (ABT), The Washington Ballet, Houston Ballet, and many others.”

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Renowned for its strong classical training for youth, Maryland Youth Ballet (MYB) attracted my attention with its wide array of adult ballet classes, from beginner to advanced (for professional dancers). A live pianist accompanies students through 90-minutes of barre and center work. I have enjoyed various instructors and benefitted from clear instructions and class corrections. My favorite teacher is Julie Miles, who provides specific individual corrections and encouragement.

I love the classes’ organized structure and challenging curriculum. The class levels’ names can be a little deceptive. For example, a Beginner II class would be very challenging for a beginner and presupposes previous ballet training; the Advanced Beginner level (which often includes not only amateur dancers but also teachers and professional performers) is quire rigorous but anyone up to the challenge would enjoy it.

MYB boasts an inviting atmosphere to dancers of all ages and abilities. Daytime, evening and weekend classes are available to accommodate anyone’s schedule. An adult performance class is also sometimes available.

9 out of 10

–Helen Mao

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