"Grace is the beauty of form under the influence of freedom." ~ Friedrich Schiller

Voted #1 year after year ~ Newburyport Daily News "BEST OF" and Wicked Local's "READERS' CHOICE AWARDS"!

The Dance Place is where children and adults can indulge in  their love for dance!  

Our non-competitive, nurturing environment allows dancers of any level and any age

to feel comfortable expressing themselves.

Adult Classes

Adults can drop in all year round for classes in Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, Ballet, Tap, Zumba, African, and Aerial. Our Luigi instructors learned from the master himself and have vast knowledge of its subtleties and style; Ballet instructors gently teach the proper alignment and intricacies of this classical discipline; Contemporary teachers mix the best of modern, blues and funk into their choreography for a fresh dance experience; Modern classes incorporate Limon, Graham, Cunnigham and Horton among others. Zumba classes are full of energy and camaraderie. Tap is a study in rhythm and traditional patterns that have been passed down for years.

Children's Classes

Children's classes run during the school year and during summer intensives and workshops. The same philosophy goes for our children’s classes. It’s about the creative process, the love of movement and artistic expression, while learning the fundamentals of dance in its various forms. Our Joppa Dance youth companies have the additional opportunity to perform throughout the year, attend master classes, mount their own pieces and tour the world! Auditions for Joppa are held every June.

 Joppa Dance Company's holiday performance was a hit! Thanks to the choreographers,

Fontaine, Jen Steeves, Erin Staffiere, Pam Smith, to our seniors, Caroline Doyle, Zoe Seese, Dylan Ware, the Firehouse Center and all the friends and family who attended and helped out! 

Extra thanks to Patti Stark, Nicole Chabot, Beach Plum Flowers and Port City Sandwich.



Joppa Dance Company's holiday performance December 2020, video below. Inspired by "Frozen" and filmed in                Newburyport's beautiful settings: Maudslay,  Atkinson Common, and the downtown waterfront!

Important Announcements

No Classes on Monday, Jan. 17th ~ Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Mask Mandate - January 2022

Newburyport has issued a mask mandate once again. Masks will be required for all dancers and for family members in the waiting area.

Dance Classes 

To register, please call (978)465-1485, or email danceplacenbpt@gmail.com 

ADULT classes are on-going and drop-in. (Gift Certificates also available.)

COVID-19 Updates 

Classes are open now, no limits. Masks required for all kids and teen classes. Masks for  adult classes are optional for those who are vaccinated. Masks required for adults who are not vaccinated. 


Exit's compilation of past work and new video projects as part of The Actors Studio of

Newburyport's Women's HERstory Month Festival can be seen at: http://whmdance.newburyportacting.org/

Upcoming performance at the Firehouse Center March 5th, 2022~ all new work! 

School Cancellation Policy

For cancellations we follow the Newburyport school system. If it cancels, we cancel, which includes snow days, (& other inclement weather), and holidays, but does not include teacher workshops or the like. *There are SOME EXCEPTIONS. Please check this page for postings.


Purchase Adult Classes Online!

You can purchase classes with PayPal here. Please present receipt at studio.

Adult classes on-going in: ballet, contemporary, Luigi jazz, tap, zumba, African, aerial.

Rates/schedule on "classes" page. Click here>

June Recital is scheduled for Sat. June 18th 2022

The Dance Place is proud to be a member of the newly formed Newburyport Arts Collective which brings arts and cultural organizations in Newburyport together to advocate for the arts, create integrated events/promotions, and share ideas and resources as we all strive to rebuild better than ever following the pandemic. Learn more and check the NAC website regularly for arts and cultural events happening in Newburyport: www.newburyportartscollective.org 

Other Scheduling Info:

Monday, Jan. 3 - All child/teen classes resume

Friday Jan. 28 - Last day of Session 1 for ages 5+

Monday Jan. 31 - First day of Session 2 for ages 5+

“Dance is the hidden language of the soul of the body.”

-Martha Graham

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