A B O U T   M. S. B.

MSB is proud to celebrate its 45th SEASON!
Founded in 1971 by director Paula K. Shiff, MSB is a school for the aspiring professional and for people who just love to dance. We offer a variety of classes for young children, teens, and adults.

Our graded BALLET PROGRAM ranges from Creative Movement all the way to pointe and repertoire work. We also offer other related disciplines such as Stretch & Strength, Modern, and Pilates. In addition, we teach partner dances such as Salsa, Tango, Ballroom, Latin, and Swing! Learn more about our full range of classes:

 
MSB is home to the NORTH SHORE CIVIC BALLET COMPANY, founded in 1974 by Paula K. Shiff and Florence C. Whipple. We are also a proud member of the North Shore Dance Alliance.

  • a female ballet dancer releves at the barre

    1978

  • 4 women in full body leotards pose in a dance with modern lines

    1978

  • 3 ballet dancers hold an identical pose on an empty sandy beach

    1980

  • A graceful dancer is captured mid leap with only sky and clouds behind her

    1982

  • 5 ballerinas prepare to go on stage in traditional long tutus

    1982

  • male and female ballet dancers dance together

    1985

  • male dancer mid jump in ballet studio surrounded by photographer's lights

    1993

  • male dancer dressed as a prince presents his princess ballerina in her tutu and pointe slippers

    1995

Dance enriches all of life, teaching discipline, grace, self-control, musicality, and other qualities that carry over into all professions. We learn to dance and we learn from dance. We celebrate the elegance and power and range of the human form, the beauty of storytelling, the mastery of the musician, the visual artist, and the sculptor.

– Paula K. Shiff
  Director | MSB
Artistic Director | NSCB

Paula K. Shiff
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