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"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" for best dance studio!

The Dance Place is a Newburyport dance studio 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.

Joppa Teen 2024 - Between Villages, choreography by Jen Steeves, music: Noah Kahan

Adult Classes
Newburyport dance studio

Adults can drop in all year round for classes in Luigi Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, Ballet, Tap, Zumba, &  African. 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 engage dancers with original, expressive movement. 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
Childrens dance classes Newburyport

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. 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.

Important Announcements

Celebrating 40 Years!
Our treasured manager, Joppa director, teacher, and choreographer extraordinaire, Jen Steeves, will be leaving us for her new home in Florida. She will continue to manage enrollment remotely, but we will truly miss her constant presence at the studio. She has been such a gift to The Dance Place. Her kindness, patience, talent and generosity have helped make The DP such a special, creative space. Jen, we love you!

Kids' weekly summer drop-in classes begin week of June 17th. Go to Classes link.

KIDS' Summer Session with Julie Pike, Mon-Fri, July 15th-19th!
Ages 3-4 9:15am
Ages 5-6 10:00am
Ages 7-8 10:45am
NEW Adult Intro to Luigi Jazz is now on Saturdays 9:00-10:15am.
New Wednesday & Friday 9:00am ChoreoMotion with Fontaine. Jazz-HipHop-Latin mix!
2024/25 Season Enrollment has begun.

Email or call 978-465-1485 for assistance.

Summer schedule on Classes link. Adult classes are ongoing and drop-in.

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>

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: 

Established in 1987 & based at The Dance Place, Exit performs several times a year. Visit

for information. Exit's compilation of past work and video projects as part of The Actors Studio's 2020 HERstory Month Festival can be seen at:

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