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Danceartists Online Full Lesson Schedule is available to all our registered students. Students please check your emails for class URLs.  

Continuing our daily comprehensive detailed training programs!

We see so much success and progress from our dedicated students!

Well done everyone !! 

Our online program covers more than 60 hours per week of classes.

See what our students say about their online training here. 

Danceartists Celebrates The Royal Academy of Dance ~      100 years of Dance  

Please join us  on November 15th 2020 at 7.30pm for this historical event celebrating the Royal Academy of Dance Centennial 

Tickets Brickbox Theater Worcester  

Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker November 29th 2020

Oakdale Theater Ct 

Auditions at Danceartists Ballet Academy from August 29 in person and via online  

Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker  2020  Children's Audition Director   Joanna Duncan 

Please email us for details:

[email protected]

Please continue to look here for further updates. 

Danceartists Ballet Academy  2020/2021 enrollment is now open:  [email protected]

phone us at 917-261-8802

Danceartists is set to physically re-open on September 1st 2020 under Massachusetts Stage 3 Regulations.   This date may change in line with any changes to the  Massachusetts  Regulations. Our comprehensive training programs will also continue online alongside our in person classes for students who would like to continue to attend their training in an online setting. Our Online Zoom classes happen simultaneously with our studio in person classes with each class  geared for permanent live streaming from our state of the art facility. 

Danceartists is following  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 are at each entrance and exit door.  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.  Parents are to drop students at the door and not enter the studio until such dates as the Massachusetts Government and CDC advise otherwise.  

Danceartists state of the art Online Virtual Ballet Studio Training Program is now an established part of our Danceartists Training Program and will remain in place indefinitely alongside our physical  Studio location at our Shrewsbury Massachusetts location. Both online and physical present classes run at the same time each day. 

Registrations open for children from age 3 to Adult.

Registrations are for the full year only payable by the year or on our monthly installment program.  Our lesson program  can be  fulfilled in both physically person at our studio and/or  online.  New students interviews are available by Zoom appointment online and/ or over the phone and email.  

To secure your place, please fill out the registration form on our registration page and email to: [email protected]

Students News! Congratulations to:  *Pearl Madnick Scholarship to Joffrey Ballet  *Marina Gatesy-Davis University of Utah BFA in Ballet beginning 2020. Marina was accepted to Indiana University, Oklahoma University, Butler University, Marymount Manhattan.

*Congratulations to Rowen Sadlier, Emma Kriz, Pearl Madnick, Marina Gatesy-Davis on their outstanding performances at NYC Lincoln Center with Hybrid Movement Company in January 2020.        

 The above Pre-Professional Students attend the Movement As Metaphor Intensives by Hybrid Movement Company July 7th to July 28th. 

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. 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. 


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. 

Private Coaching Lessons available.

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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

Hybrid Movement Company Education Workshop 

Please Note the Date Change

Open to All ages - Limited to 10  students

Backbending, Handbalancing, Wushu

Saturday 12/12  1pm to 6 pm

Sunday 12/13 10am to 3pm

With Françoise Voranger, Nikki Ortiz and Marcus Anthony

Inquiries 917-261-8802

[email protected]

Highly Recommended Invaluable training for Dancers of all ages.

Danceartists 2020 Summer Intensive Online coaching with master teacher Joanna Duncan August 3 to 21

In an abundance of care for all our wonderful Students and Faculty, our 2020 Summer Intensive is presented online.

Our Online Studio is equipped with large screens, wireless microphone headsets, and music streamed direct from the studio.

 Our detailed specific training program is created by Director Joanna Duncan.  

Daily Monday to Friday 

Registration Form 

Book from 1 week to 3 Weeks

  9am - 10 am  Condition/Limber $15.00 per class All ages 

10.10am - 10.40 Demi-Pointe Class $7.50 per class Intermediate Foundation upwards 

Ankles, Articulation and strength of feet in rises, Releve. 

10.45am - 11.15am  Pirouettes $7.50 

11.20am - 11.50am Petite Allegro $7.50 per class Intermediate upwards 

11.55pm - 12.40 Port de Bras/Adage $12.00 per class Intermediate upwards

12.55 pm - 1.30pm Pointe $7.50 per class Intermediate Upwards

Private Coaching Lessons from 2pm - 5.30pm All ages

(PC Duration 30 minutes and 1 hour)  *Subject to availability

For registration forms please email:  [email protected]

Once registered with us you will be sent your individual class URL. 

 *Our online classes use a waiting room with access only to registered students. 


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