About Dayton Ballet School

 Dayton Ballet School is dedicated to providing the opportunity to experience and appreciate dance for people of all ages and abilities. We embrace the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance's belief that the arts are for everyone, and we take pride in the fact that many of our students have not only gone on to become ballet professionals (dancers, costume designers, choreographers, and teachers) but also as business and community leaders that advocate and appreciate the arts.

We Have a History...


Founded by Josephine and Hermene Schwarz in 1927

The oldest ballet school in Dayton and among the oldest ballet schools in the United States


Pre-professional company founded by Miss Jo in 1948.


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. There is plenty of parking all around and the entrance is secure for the safety of your dancers.

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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Dayton Ballet School is an ACE Qualified Education Service Provider!