Boston Ballet Founder E. Virginia Williams established Boston Ballet School in 1953, ten years before the official launch of the Company, with the vision of establishing the highest quality dance education facility in the region.
The program was officially incorporated as Boston Ballet School in 1979.
The Center for Dance Education was established in 1983 to administer both Boston Ballet School and a unique array of summer and outreach programs that engage and serve the community including: Summer Dance Program, Ballet Stories, Ballet Journeys, Summer Dance Workshop, Technique & Pointe Workshop, Citydance, Taking Steps and Adaptive Dance.
Boston Ballet School is the largest ballet school in North America. Over 1,600 students are currently enrolled in our school year program. The total school population exceeds 10,000 annual participants when adult classes, summer programs and outreach students are taken into account.
The School has three studio locations - Boston, Newton, and Marblehead- and operates its outreach programs in multiple locations throughout Boston and the North Shore.
Each year over 300 Boston Ballet School students delight in the opportunity to participate in Boston Ballet's The Nutcracker, an acclaimed Boston holiday tradition.