About Dayton Ballet School

The Dayton Ballet School is dedicated to giving people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to experience and appreciate the art of dance.  Dance classes help create a community of people sharing the same experience and striving for the same goal.  We take pride in the fact that many of our students have gone on to become ballet professionals as dancers, costume designers, choreographers and teachers.

We Have a History...


Founded by Josephine and Hermene Schwarz in 1927

The oldest dance school in Dayton


Among the oldest dance schools in the United States


The only dance school in the Miami Valley associated with a professional dance company

Josephine Schwarz, referred to as Miss Jo, asked that we continue the tradition established by her and Miss Hermene of “offering the highest quality dance training to professionals and non-professionals alike.”

Dayton Ballet boasts spacious dedicated dance studios, with three studios occupying the fourth floor of the historic Victoria Theatre.

Marley floors, mirrored wall, and miles of barre ensure that there is plenty of space to move and grow as a dancer.

Dayton Ballet School Hall of Fame

Over the years many of our students have gone on to great accomplishments in the art of ballet.

Rebecca Wright

Joffrey Ballet/American Ballet Theatre

Dan Duell

New York City Ballet/Director: Ballet Chicago

Joseph Duell

New York City Ballet

Donna Wood

Alvin Ailey

Vicki Garlitz

Harkness Ballet

Stuart Sebastian

Dayton Civic Ballt/Washington National Ballet/Director/Choreographer: Dayton Ballet

Jeryldine Blunden

Director DCDC

Suzanne Walker

Dayton Civic Ballet/Broadway Dancer/Professor Wright State Dance Dept.

Peter Means

Milwaukee Ballet/Washington Ballet/Ballet Met

Timothy Williams

San Francisco Ballet

Are you ready to take your place in our legacy of greatness?
Begin your journey of self discovery with us today!

Contact Us

If you have any additional questions about our classes or professional training programs, please contact us, by phone, or completing the contact form.

(937) 223-1542

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