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 Inspirational training for aspiring  Dancers 


We are a Registered Royal Academy of Dance School and invited member school of the prestigious International Dance Council, UNESCO, Paris

Our comprehensive Ballet Programs provide exceptional training by Royal Academy of Dance qualified Teachers.

Our In Person and Online Dance Training programs  run simultaneously side by side from our state-of-the-art Dance Facility in Shrewsbury,  Massachusetts, 

ensuring that our expert training programs continue smoothly year-round. 

Specialized Dance Programs

Littlies Dance Classes from age 3

Children's Ballet Program

Pre-Professional Dancers Extension Program (PDEP)

2023-2024  Registrations are Open 

September 5, 2023  to June 30, 2024

 41 week Dance Program 

email : 

phone: 917-261-8802 / 508 925 4112

Children 3 to 11 accepted without  audition. Students 12 and over by class audition


Parents of registered students can view their children's classes via  Zoom on our secure VPN network.

We keep a strong communication open with our students parents with daily easy access via mobile text to our Director Joanna Duncan    

Our spacious State of the art Sprung Floor studio premises are equipped  with IQ​ Hospital Grade Air Purifiers, 2 x large Wall mounted monitors,  Free-standing hands-free Purell Sanitizer Stations, spacious Waiting Room, Dressing rooms and Restrooms, Fully Air conditioned and HVAC Heating and ample off street parking.

Our class sizes are small designed to provide every student with detailed attention in their Dance training.

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We break for November 23-24 Thanksgiving and December 23 to Jan 1,

Memorial Day, Presidents Day, MLK Day, Veterans Day 

Nutcracker! Magical Christmas Ballet

Open Auditions September 24th at 4.30pm at Danceartists and all rehearsals at Danceartists

Pre- Register at:

December 7, 2023 at 7pm  Wang Theater, Boston, NUTCRACKER ! Magical Christmas Ballet





October 26, 2023 Hilton Hotel, Project Smile Fundraiser  ( earn your school Community  Volunteer Credits)

November 18 and 19, 2023 Royal Academy of Dance Examinations


Our enthusiasm driven training philosophy develops  high achievement through  happiness. 

Pre-Professional Dancers program designed exclusively for DanceArtists by our Director Joanna Duncan.

Please Click here  to learn more about our training programs 


"DanceArtists Ballet Academy is the best place to go for top notch ballet training. Ms. Joanna is an incredible teacher and beautiful person with so much knowledge and wisdom. I'm so grateful for the wonderful , nurturing environment she has created at DanceArtists. It is a pleasure to come into class everyday and receive such immaculate , detailed  training. I'm always encouraged to improve in each class. The pristine classical ballet training I received here  has enriched my life  in so many ways. Thank you  Ms. Joanna for all the generations of knowledge you have passed on to your students and the amazing training you provide !!!

Shreya Valdynathan 2022 Honors Graduate DanceArtists Ballet Academy- 2022 Distinction Royal Academy of Dance Intermediate/ 2022 Distinction Royal Academy of Dance Repertoire 3 Princess Florine Variation / 2022 Distinction Royal Academy of Dance Repertoire 3 Class. 

BYU Economics  

"Incredible Ballet training that cultivates both strong technique and artistry in a Dancer. It is a warm and supportive environment where students feel motivated to work hard and improve. A great place for any dancer eager to learn and grow. Ms. Joanna is extremely knowledgeable and I learned so  much about the art of Ballet in my time at Danceartists. If you want truly  detailed ballet training in a kind, focused and creative environment, Danceartists Ballet Academy is the place to go!"

Pearl Madnick

2020 Honors Graduate Danceartists Ballet Academy. Fonteyn Awards Darcey Bussell Travel Scholarship. 2022 Joffrey Ballet School Trainee Program. 

"I'm so thankful for everything that Ms Joanna has done for us, she constantly puts so much time into our work  into our improvement. It is an incredible honor to have such a qualified person as our teacher and director." 

Polina A,

DanceArtists Pre- Professional Student 2022

"Joanna is someone I admire so much. An absolutely brilliant artist I have had the opportunity to work with in a piece  where she brought my vision to life .... it was phenomenal.  I always look forward to seeing her posts in instagram about her advanced students .. love her ! "

Alexander  Diaz Salisbury

Entrepreneur/ Creative Director of Joseph Film /Interior Designer/ Director Josephs Dream Play/ Producer AJ Productions

"Joanna Duncan is a gifted, dedicated, experienced and passionate teacher  who 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 - mother of Danceartists Alumni Pearl Madnick

"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. S​he 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

 "I have worked with Joanna Duncan on various creative projects, each time she has proven to be not only efficient, but also full of integrity. I highly recommend her as an asset to any team."

Christopher Harrison Founder AntiGravity Inc.

"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

 Nurse Practitioner

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

Jessica Sadlier mother of '21 Alumni Rowen 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 

Bachelor of Commerce

Young World Singers

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

Galya Ponomareva                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cincinnati University Bachelor of Arts  Dance 

Dublin University Pre -Med  

"Joanna is a gifted artist who has been true and unwavering to her craft all her life. She continues to be the creative spirit and provide guidance and proper technique for her students, schools and organizations that are fortunate to have her." 

Ruben de la Peña Artist/Designer 

Diana Ross Dancer 

"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 an Artiste, a Ballet teacher, a Choreographer, an Artist’s Manager,  a mother  and a person of  immense knowledge in the field of dance. She understands  the many aspects  of child development. and I have found , through my own first hand experience of  her teaching ability,  that she  genuinely cares about  each child as individuals.  Joanna's training  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

Arts Administrator​

"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  she 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

BFA Fashion Institute of Technology NYC

2016 PWN Awards  Choreographer of the Year


"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


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