Overview         Evaluation        Dress Code         Attendance


At MSB, we place a strong emphasis on the building of a strong, well placed technique with a great emphasis on alignment and the development of strength and agility. The basic graded program for children includes classes in ballet technique, leading to work in pointe and repertoire. There is a modern dance department, including classes for young children in creative movement and classes in improvisation and technique for the older student. A full range of adult classes is offered.

We offer a full graded curriculum of dance for the recreational dancer as well as for the pre-professional student. The program includes creative movement, ballet, modern and other disciplines such as Pilates method mat work, and Stretch and Strength . We offer a highly successful summer dance intensive programs which attracts students from other areas of the county, and from abroad.

Marblehead School of Ballet is open year round and has an open enrollment policy. So you can start dancing any time.

  • Dance studio full of ballet students pose in Arabesque
    Photo by Joseph Puleo
  • Paula K. Shiff gives private instruction to male and female ballet partners
    Photo by Joseph Puleo
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    Photo by Paula K. Shiff
  • 2 girls in traditional pink tutus lace up their pointe shoes
    Photo by Peter Smith
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    Photo by Paula K. Shiff

MSB requires all new ballet students ages 8-19 attend a placement class so faculty may determine the level of study most appropriate to their abilities. Prospective students do not need to audition.

Individual evaluation classes may be scheduled at any time during the year. Pre-registration is requested.

After the evaluation class, we will meet with the student and parent(s) to discuss placement. 

Dancer is captured in mid air as she pirouettes
Photo by Joseph Puleo

In general no matter how talented a student is, she will need to wait to begin pointe until the age of 11. Young girls who advance very quickly will not have the physical maturity to begin pointe work, as starting before the growth plates have closed can cause lasting physical injury and damage.

We also recommend that pre-pointe/pointe work is only for those with a firm grasp of ballet who take 3+ ballet classes per week. Here at MSB, we want to make sure you progress safely and steadily, stay healthy, and become the best you can be. 

Dancer is captured in mid air as she pirouettes
Photo by Peter Smith

Ballet (women)

Black leotard
Pink tights
Pink ballet shoes
Hair secured off neck

Photo by Amber Primm, 2018
Photo by Amber Primm, 2018

Ballet (men)

White t-shirt
Black tights
Dance belt
White socks
White ballet shoes

Creative Movement
& Pre-Ballet

Bare feet
Hair secured off neck
GIRLS:  Leotard & Tights
BOYS:  Shorts & T-shirt


Modern  |  Jazz

Bare feet 
WOMEN:  Leotard & Tights
MEN:  Shirt & Tights

  • Progress is achieved through consistent attendance. Each class builds on the previous one, so attendance at all classes is highly encouraged.
  • Please notify the office regarding absences and/or scheduling a make-up class.
  • IF students have registered and paid for the next term, they have an additional 2 weeks to make up a class. Children taking Creative Movement or Pre-Ballet also have a 2 week grace period for making up classes.
  • There are no refunds for classes not taken.
  • Important school notices will be sent electronically through email.
Male ballet dancer puts on his dance shoes.
Photo by Joseph Puleo

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115 Pleasant Street
Marblehead, MA 01945


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The majority of our photos are currently provided by NSCB board member Peter Smith of HEADSHOTS PHOTOGRAPHY.