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Danceartists Training Year is September 1, 2020 to June 30th 2021- 42 weeks 

Danceartists Celebrates 

The Royal Academy of Dance   

  100 years of Dance  

Change of Date TBA

Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker 

Oakdale Theater Ct 

Date TBA

Please email us for details:

[email protected]

Summer Intensive Registrations open on February 1st.

Private Coaching training courses are available.

Please continue to look here for further updates. 

In an abundance of Care we have taken note of the Massachusetts Academic System for our area of Worcester and Shrewsbury and surrounding areas which are either staying completely online or a hybrid of online. We will be paying close attention to the results of Covid 19 transmissions, vaccinations and decisions for in person classes are based on that.  Danceartists takes the safety and care of our students, faculty and staff seriously and we heed the scientific Medical advice. 


We invested in a State of the Art Virtual Training Program  which is a permanent part of our program. Our  students are achieving  excellent progress under the expert teaching of Joanna Duncan, Francoise Voranger, Rick Tjia, Heather Christensen and Nikki Ortiz - all established leaders in their field of expertise and highly skilled communicators. 


Danceartists follows  sanitizing,  hygiene and social distancing guidelines as advised by the CDC and Massachusetts Government.  Hand sanitizer stations are at each entrance door and must be used on entry and exit of the studio premises. Signs with written and drawn instructions for sanitizing and washing hands and Social Distancing procedure are at each entrance and exit door.  Masks must be worn to class and Social Distancing markers  are in place.  We are fortunate to have large open parking areas and  entrance areas which enable social distancing. We continue to have  small class sizes.  There will be a 15 minute transition time between all lessons where there is a change over of Students.  Students are to arrive dressed for class.  


Registrations are open for children from age 3 to Adult.

To Register: Download  our Students Registration Form   

on our registration page and email to: [email protected]

We accept a maximum of 9 students per class in line with Social Distancing Regulations and once places are filled further students may go on our waiting list.  Early enrolment is recommended.

Danceartists Ballet Academy has ongoing enrollment.

Contact [email protected]

or phone us at 917-261-8802.

 *Pearl Madnick - Darcy Bussell Award, Scholarship to Joffrey Ballet, Pearl also attends University of Massachusetts BFA in Business                                      *Marina Gatesy-Davis University of Utah BFA in Ballet, Marina was accepted to Indiana University, Oklahoma University, Butler University, Marymount Manhattan Dance program. 

*Congratulations to Rowen Sadlier, Emma Kriz, Pearl Madnick, Marina Gatesy-Davis on their outstanding performances at NYC Lincoln Center with Hybrid Movement Company.        

 The above Pre-Professional Students attend the Movement As Metaphor Intensives by Hybrid Movement Company training in Hybrid Genre, Acrobatics and Aerial Arts.

Summer 2021 Students accepted into the Movement as Metaphor Program have the opportunity to train in person 2- 3 students at a time for 3 days at a time on a revolving basis. Conditions will apply. 



Welcome to Danceartists Ballet Academy! 

Pre-Professional Ballet School

Phone 508-925-4112  and 917-261-8802

We are a Royal Academy of Dance registered Dance School teaching the International benchmark University Accredited Dance Programs.

Our Dance Programs offer enthusiasm led cutting edge training in a happy, non competitive environment.

Ballet training for children age 3 to Adult directed by Royal Academy of Dance and Vaganova Teacher Joanna Duncan RTS ARAD Solo Seal

Member of the International Dance Council CID, UNESCO, Paris.

Our class sizes are small to ensure that each student receives individual attention in their training.  Our daily sanitized large 47 x 29 ft studio with wifi  is equipped with state of the art Marley Sprung Floor System,  Full Length Wall mounted Mirrors,  Remote Control Sound and Computer Systems, Large Visual Display Screen, Airconditioned and Heated premises, with wall mounted hand sanitizer stations. Recently renovated with a newly designed  entrance with large comfortable waiting area for parents, and a large outdoor waiting area with extra large Parking area right at the door in a quiet yet convenient open  tree studded location.  Spacious separate students dressing room and 2 large separate 3 cubicle student  bathrooms with double sinks stocked with 2 sanitizer soaps dispensers and paper hand towels dispensers stations. Social Distancing markers are used in all area of our studios premises.  We care about the safety and happiness of our students and their families and offer our exceptional training programs by qualified faculty in a positive studio environment which fosters self confidence and a work ethic founded on happiness. 

 During Covid 19 Danceartist reserves the right to decide on virtual or in person classes for the safety of all our students, faculty and staff. We provide the same high quality of Dance Instruction both online and in person.

Our Training Programs include:

Royal Academy of Dance Ballet for Children aged 3 to Adult,  Vaganova Specialist Coaching Program in Classical Ballet, Contemporary Ballet, Neo Classical, Character, Limber Conditioning, Choreographic Composition,  Bio-mechanics of Dance, Theory of Dance, Repertoire, Pas de Deux, Stage production including Music as applied to Dance, Visual Projection, Costume construction, non competitive professional level Performance opportunities and YAGP to interested Private Coaching Students.

Private Coaching Lessons available.

Danceartists is one of only a handful of prestigious Ballet Schools in the world to have students qualify for the Genee Awards/ Fonteyn Awards 3 years in a row.

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Danceartists Also offers:

The CID International Certification of Dance Studies 

Royal Academy of Dance Examinations 

Vaganova Class Assessments

Community Stage Performances

Annual Stage Theatre Productions

Moscow Ballet Company Great Russian Nutcracker

Workshops and Summer Intensives

World Ballet Competition preparation

Teacher Training 

Hybrid Movement Company Education Workshop 

Please Note the Date Change

Open to All ages - Limited to 10  students

Backbending, Handbalancing, Wushu

Saturday 3/12 1pm to 6 pm, 2021

Sunday 3/13 10am to 3pm

With Françoise Voranger, Nikki Ortiz 

Inquiries 917-261-8802

[email protected]

Highly Recommended Invaluable training for Dancers of all ages.

An Enchanted Forest

Danceartists Ballet Theatre

 June 26th -3pm  

 2021 Outdoor Stage Performances

An Enchanted Forest

The wheels are in motion for our production 'Our Enchanted Forest' scheduled to be presented on our outdoor stage in the open air on our 10 acre property in Brimfield Massachusetts in the week of June 27, 2021.

Danceartists Ballet Theatre brings wonderful imaginative performances by mythical woodland characters on our purpose built outdoor stage with the backdrop of the forest.

We invite our audience to dress up in costumes of choice and travel the many winding fairy paths throughout the forest taking in the fresh air and beauty of nature. Search for Fairy dwellings among the trees and enjoy the beautiful Art Installations especially created for this Event by local and international artists.

Details, as they unfold, will be available here,

This is a Social Distanced Event suitable for the whole family and will also be live-streamed internationally.

Bring your own family picnic blanket ( we have chairs if preferred) Cook marshmallows over the supervised fire pit, visit the miniature goats, and much more to be announced.

On a personal note, I am very excited to bring Our Enchanted Forest to life working alongside the incredible imagination creative team of Francoise Voranger, Nikki Ortiz, Scott Duncan, Tony Mitch and further collaborative creative artists. 

The theme of  the story of an Enchanted Forest, being to look, listen, love.

Danceartists students are already actively involved in this creative process.

'There is no limit to the imagination and our goal is to bring happiness '

Joanna Duncan ARAD RTS Solo Seal 

Danceartists Director


8/7/2019 "Joanna Duncan is a gifted, dedicated, experienced and passionate teacher that provides professional high standard training with an emphasis on artistry and technique. She has created a nurturing, non-competitive, positive environment where she brings out the best in her students and enables them to reach their true potential as artists and people. She goes above and beyond in every aspect of supporting her students, we are SO GRATEFUL for this caliber of training and the confidence and skill that has been developed under Joanna's guidance."

Betsy West - daughter Pearl Madnick, 2019 Genee Semi-Finalist Toronto Canada

"Joanna Duncan, and her ballet academy, are hidden gems. Rigorous, world-renowned training, in a healthy, positive, caring environment. For children and youth who love the artistry, expressiveness, and discipline of ballet, and thrive in a cooperative environment, there is no better learning and performing environment."

Maryann Davis, Ph.D.

Dept. of Psychiatry

University of Massachusetts Medical School

"Joanna Duncan is one of the best teachers I have ever come across in over 40 years of my taking class and teaching. Highly professional yet caring. As a movement educator myself, I cannot stress enough the import of the teacher understanding and being able to communicate to students proper bio-mechanics. Joanna combines this with the desire and ability to have students connect with their internal awareness and create movement patterns that are true to each individual and to the genre of study. The depth of Joanna's knowledge is unparalleled. She creates an atmosphere where students are supported, and are encouraged to explore. She offers them tools to grow as dancers, artists, and human beings. Whether you/your student aspire to be professional dancers or not, here is high- quality professional training for anyone who wants to focus and work hard. The skills you will learn will serve you in all aspects of your life."

Karen Michaels LMT, CZB, CET

Boston Conservatory of Music

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

Field Of Study Dance

"Pristine training! It is the most incredible opportunity to learn from someone who has trained so many professional and famous dancers who have worked all over the world. Joanna Duncan is the real deal, providing an education to her students on an international level. The environment is so supportive and nurturing. Not only does DanceArtists Ballet Academy provide world-class ballet training, but true artistry is fostered here. At DanceArtists Ballet Academy, you won't find the pressure of competition like all the hobby schools. The focus is reaching your potential out of love for dance whether you want to go professional or not. Training at this studio is so rewarding with so many performance opportunities available to students. This is the only ballet studio I would ever recommend.  

My experience here as a student is one of the things in my life that I'm most grateful for." 

Nicole Marchand

Registered Nurse

"Wonderful instruction that motivates and instills discipline, focus, passion and drive in a nurturing environment ." Jessica Sadlier

Jessica Sadlier

University of California, Berkeley

M Arch, Architecture

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

BSAD Architecture 

Dedicated 150% to teaching the art of dance. If you are serious about your ballet career, willing to go the extra mile, then these are the teachers you need."

Julie-Ann Petterson 

"Absolutely wonderful training. Cultivates nothing short of excellence."

Galya Ponomareva

"DanceArtists is not your conventional hobby dance school. You will not find a more passionate classical ballet teacher in Massachusetts. DanceArtists programs develop proper classical ballet technique, artistry and musicality. If you are looking for StarDance-type competitions, look elsewhere. The only person you are expected to compete here with is yourself. Push hard today, work harder and smarter tomorrow than you did yesterday. The instructions are passed to you through generations of principal dancers and talented teachers. Listen well, find that elusive body placement, don’t give in to shortcuts. Even if dance is not your chosen career path, you will be trained with all vigor the professional dancers receive, but you will need to be equally committed. We are and we LOVE it here!"

Anna Apgar

Society of Actuaries   

"One of the first things everyone notices about Joanna Duncan, Director at Danceartists, is her gentle smile. She is considered by her peers to be a natural born teacher. Children gravitate towards her because of her goodness. She is a Ballet teacher, a Choreographer, an Artist’s Manager, and more. Joanna cares, it is clear that she regards each child she teaches as an important individual...she instills confidence and her students gain wonderful standards because they are happy...we feel so very fortunate that our daughter had Joanna as her Ballet teacher for over 10 years ”

Lydia Shapiro– SSWR Dance Center

"Joanna is the best Classical Dance coach I have met in my career as a dancer. Not only have I, first hand, witnessed the growth of Joanna's students but I have had the honor of working with numerous professional dancers trained by her.

In a choreographic and rehearsal setting, Joanna is nothing but professional. Her attention to detail is superb and expects nothing but the best from her pupils. Each dancer is instilled with proper etiquette and decorum to ensure a successful and prosperous, professional career.

In addition, I have also has the pleasure of taking class with Joanna. I have never had such a gratifying and, may I say, challenging ballet class in my life! After class I was told by colleagues that I looked taller, and carried myself with more pride.

Joanna is nothing short of an amazing coach and just a wonderful human being! I always look forward to working with Joanna every chance I get."

Brandon Grimm- DIAVOLO: Architecture in Motion

"Ms Joanna is an incredible, nurturing teacher. Her detailed knowledge of classical ballet is so very immense. Danceartists is such a positive, happy learning environment, and is my daughter's favorite place to be. We are so fortunate to have world class training right here in Shrewsbury. "

Michelle Ellis