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DanceArtists Ballet Academy is a Pre-Professional Ballet Academy providing exceptional training by qualified Dance Teachers for students aged 4 to Pre-Professional and Adults in the following genres:

Classical Ballet - Children's and Pre-Professional Program

Contemporary Ballet

Progressive Ballet Technique





Dance Choreography

Dance Theory and History

Private Ballet Coaching for enrolled students

The Fonteyn Awards 

Prix de Lausanne 



We are dedicated to the care and advancement of all our beautiful Dancers

Registrations are now open. DanceArtists accepts up to 40 students per training year September 1st 2022 to June 30 2023

Our student places fill fast and early registration is recommended to ensure placement in our  classes.

All inquiries by email to: [email protected]

DanceArtists Ballet Academy 2021/22 Dance Program 

DanceArtists Yearly program 42 weeks, 8 weeks longer than most US dance schools,  of detailed training from our expert Faculty. 

September 1st, 2021 to June 30th, 2022. 


We offer choices of  both In-Person and Virtual Classes which run simultaneously side by side from our state-of-the-art Dance Facility in Shrewsbury Ma and our Brimfield Ma location ensuring that our expert training programs continue smoothly year-round. 

Our premises are equipped with IQ​ Hospital Grade Air Purifiers to 0.03m, Free-standing hands-free Purell Sanitizer Stations, Free standing Temperature station and we adhere to social distancing spacing within our studio.

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Our students are excited for the upcoming  Royal Academy of Dance Examinations in May 

 Our Academy Student Performance and excerpts from our production from the newly published book 

"What time is it little Dandelion?" by Joanna Duncan 

 Sunday,  June 19th 3.00pm to 4.30pm 2021 

This is an Guest Invitation Only Event for All our wonderful DanceArtists Ballet Academy Families.

Filming for "What Time is it little Dandelion?" is scheduled to begin in October 2022

DanceArtists Classes are open to all our parents to view via our closed Zoom Parent Meeting ID

Bookings to: [email protected]

Advanced Class Fridays in March / April /May  / June  - 6.30pm to 8pm

Pre-Intermediate Mondays  March / April / May / June - 5.00pm to 6.00pm

Intermediate Tuesdays March / April / Amy/ June - 6.15pm to 7.30pm 

Junior Ballet Class Tuesdays in March / April / May / June - 4.45pm to 5.30pm 

Danceartists Pre-professional Ballet Training Programs train aspiring Dancers from age 4 to professional Level. 

Our enthusiasm driven training philosophy develops  achievement through  happiness. 


"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 - daughter Pearl Madnick, 2019 Genee Semi-Finalist Toronto Canada

2020/22 Trainee Program Joffrey Ballet 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. 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

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 Cincinatti 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 

"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

"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

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