Ballet Classes in Tucson, AZ

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Our Approach to Ballet Classes

We believe every student is unique and wonderful. That’s why we offer such a wide variety dance class styles and levels. Each dance class is tailored to meet the needs of its students.

While focusing on foundational elements such as proper technique and dance terminology, our teachers also engage our students by using familiar music and dance trends. This includes movie theme music, popular songs on the radio, their favorite dance artists, etc. This blend of tradition and trends helps keep students motivated and to continue learning each week.

At Music & Dance Academy, anyone can learn to dance ballet

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Dance Lessons Should Be Fun!

We know that an interest in dance may be what first brings you into our school – but having fun is what keeps you coming back! Our goal is for every student to LOVE their dance lessons as they embark on a rewarding journey of progress and discovery. We put the “fun” in fundamentals!

Our knowledgeable staff blends a high standard of dance education with a creative, student-focused approach that gives students space to discover and nurture their passion for music and the piano. Whether it’s your first time in a dance studio or you’re a seasoned dancer, our teachers are ready to help you progress quickly toward your goals – while having fun along the way.

We Emphasize Healthy Technique

Healthy technique is critical to lifelong enjoyment of the dance. Our first priority is teaching strong fundamentals, including safe stretching, technique, vocabulary, and choreography. We believe that thoughtful instruction is essential to dance development and safeguards students from injury.

Once the fundamentals are in place, you can design your journey. Our qualified teachers will assist you in developing your dance and exploring different styles and programs. Learn with us as we infuse elements of performance throughout the year along with year-end recitals into our well-rounded approach to fostering dance excellence.

Ballet Classes

Tutus for Tots – Ballet for Toddlers in Tucson, AZ

Level: Early Childhood/Pre-School (3-4 yrs)

Tutus for Tots is an introduction to ballet for toddlers. Little ones use creative movement and begin to learn very basic ballet steps and terminology. Through movement games and activities children will learn and practice spatial awareness, rhythm, balance and coordination in this exciting class.


Pre Ballet Class in Tucson, AZ

Level: Children (5-6 yrs)

Pre-Ballet is an introductory ballet class that introduces the positions of the feet, port de bras, basic ballet steps, French vocabulary, class etiquette, barre work, center work, and choreography. Through games, creative movement, and imagery, the foundation for ballet technique will begin to blossom for young dancers.


Ballet 1

(7+ yrs) Beginner

Building upon fundamentals of classical ballet learned in Pre-Ballet, Ballet 1 will expand upon French vocabulary, barre, center, and choreography while adding more complexity and increasing difficulty. Class etiquette and traditions of ballet will be stressed in this level as dancers learn the structure of class and the importance of professionalism and respect. Our ballet curriculum is based upon the Vaganova technique while incorporating other styles including Balanchine and Cecchetti.  


Ballet 2

(8+ yrs) Intermediate

While Ballet 1 lays the foundation for technique, Ballet 2 focuses more upon proper body alignment, turnout, execution, balance, and strength. Because Ballet 2 is a preparation for the most advanced level, Ballet 3, and is considered a preparation for pointe shoes, students may study in this level for more than one year until they show a mastery of the steps and concepts of the course. Our ballet curriculum is based upon the Vaganova technique while incorporating other styles including Balanchine and Cecchetti.  


Ballet 3

(9+ yrs) Advanced

Our most advanced Ballet class ideal for Teens, Ballet 3 provides a strong technical foundation with a focus on more difficult combinations, petit allegro, pirouettes, and grande allegro. Choreography is a mix of classical with exposure to the great ballets and variations with original works of a more contemporary style included. Our ballet curriculum is based upon the Vaganova technique while incorporating other styles including Balanchine and Cecchetti.  



(11+ yrs)

With instructor permission, Pointe dancers learn the fundamentals of pointe technique and execution. Dancers must have adequate strength, stability, and precociousness to handle this exciting responsibility for advanced dancers only.


Adult Ballet Class in Tucson, AZ

Adult Ballet for Beginning to Intermediate Students

An open class for older teens and adults of any age, Adult Ballet is a fun and functional workout while incorporating ballet steps at the barre, center, and across the floor. Great for building strength, flexibility, and fine muscle tone, Adult Ballet is a nurturing environment for dancers of any age. Bring a friend or make a new one in class! See you at the barre 🙂


Mommy & Me Dance Class in Tucson, AZ

2 year olds

Mommy and Me dance class is designed to get 2 year olds and their caregivers moving! In this toddler dance class, little ones learn motor skills, listening skills, and basic dance skills through creative movement, games, and activities. Mommies, daddies, grandparents, and anyone else is welcome to assist their little one in this fun exploration of movement.


Starting dance is as easy as 1-2-3!

Together we explore students’ dance goals.

We match students with one of our expert instructors.

Start dancing! Parents get progress updates as we prepare for performances.

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“My daughter has been attending Music & Dance Academy since January 2023. She started with and is still taking tap and ballet. She loves it! She looks forward to going to each class, especially with Miss Giulia! On days she has dance her eyes shine in anticipation.”

— Donna

“My three kids enjoy their lessons here! Everyone is friendly and Ms. Tamara and Mr. Santacruz are very talented musicians and teachers.”

— Lynn

“My kids have been learning piano at the Music and Dance Academy for about 6 years now. I have to say it’s a great place for learning and also to build expertise in music. We have had a great experience with the teachers there.”

— Manju

Frequently Asked Questions

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What are the qualifications and experience of the dance instructors?

Our team is comprised of passionate and qualified professionals. All teachers participate in our classroom training and background checks. Many have performance experience and/or relevant degrees and are passionate about sharing their love for the art form with the next generation.

Do you offer private lessons?

The studio offers private dance lessons to give students that one on one attention. Preparation for college auditions, theater auditions and to help students to gain confidence, strength and technique.

When should my child start ballet classes?

Many dancers start class as young as preschool age, but dance is an activity that can be started at any age.

What are the benefits of ballet for young children?

The benefits of ballet for young children include improved coordination, social skills, and self-expression. 

How often are ballet classes held?

We offer weekly ballet classes. You can see our schedule here.

What should my child wear to class and what should we bring?

You can learn more about the dance attire for the classes here

How can I support my child’s ballet learning?

Support your child’s ballet learning by practicing basic movements at home, incorporating music into playtime, and celebrating their dance experiences.