Vermont Ballet Theater and School

Town Meadow Complex
21 Carmicheal Street – Suite 203
Essex, Vermont 05451


4066 Shelburne Road,
Building E
Shelburn, VT


Classes offered: Ballet

Description via Website: “Vermont Ballet Theater School, the largest ballet school in the state of Vermont, provides students with a choice of professional and non- professional dance training and performance experience in a friendly and nurturing environment; guiding students through the world of ballet.”

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Ballerina Profile: David Chapman

studio03This week’s adult ballerina profile is of David Chapman, who bravely started ballet at the age of 57 two years ago. Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions!

Adult Ballerina Project: Did you ever take lessons as a kid?

David Chapman: No–dance wasn’t on the agenda for anyone in my grammar school let alone boys, I played cricket and rugby.

 ABP: Why did you decide to take ballet as an adult?

DC: My wife and I always followed Strictly Come Dancing on the television and I’ve always danced “freestyle” with enthusiasm. We thought about taking ballroom lessons but I wanted a real challenge that involved athleticism, acting and dancing which I could do on my own and with others – ballet ticked all the boxes and we go together (my wife took ballet class ino her teens and so did our daughters).

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