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The Estelle Dennis/Peabody Dance Training Program for Boys

Photo credit: Ben Johnson

The tuition-free Estelle Dennis/Peabody Dance Training Program for Boys, established in 2009, is a ground-breaking opportunity for selected boys from the Baltimore metropolitan area who have the potential and a strong desire to dance. Each May, June, and September, Peabody Dance holds auditions to select up to 25 exceptional boys — some with no or little previous training. Accepted boys receive tuition-free training in an all-boys dance class, some free dance attire, opportunities to view live performances and take master classes with successful male dancers, and to participate in performing opportunities with Peabody Dance.

Recent graduates have entered dance programs at Adelphi University, Point Park University, and the University of the Arts; attended summer dance programs hosted by American Ballet Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, the School of American Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, and Washington Ballet, among others; and continued their ballet training on full scholarship at Sarasota Cuban Ballet School and the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet's Men's Program. 

For more information, please contact Peabody Dance at 667-208-6648 or


May and June 2017 audition dates will be announced in January


Faculty member Paul Wegner teaching Boys 3.
Photo credit: Carin Morrell

Artistic Leadership and Faculty

Melissa Stafford, Peabody Dance Director and Department Chair
Barbara Weisberger, Peabody Dance Artistic Advisor
Jon Martin, Peabody Dance Faculty
Paul Wegner, Peabody Dance Faculty
Constance Dinapoli, Artistic Coordinator, Contemporary Dance


Boys' Program in the News

Ballet Boys: A tuition-free program at Peabody Dance has changed the lives of the boys involvedBaltimore Magazine

Boy Crazy: Five Strategies to Fill Your Program with MalesDance Teacher magazine

'Billy Elliot' resonates with boys in Peabody's Dance ProgramThe Baltimore Sun

"Mom! It's Ballet!"Johns Hopkins Magazine

Ballet SceneDance Studio Life

School BuzzDance Spirit

Boys at the barre—The JHU Gazette


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