"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 express themselves through 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, aerial, and barre workout. 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.

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

Important Announcements

June 19th Recital was a smash success at Spencer Peirce Little Farm.
Thank you to all the families, dancers and teachers! 
SUMMER SESSIONS:  Kids' Creative Movement with Miss Julie ~ Mon-Fri, July 12th-16th
                                   ages 3-4 9:00 & 10:00am, ages 5-7 11:00am  $95.00
                                   Teen/Youth Intensive  Mon-Fri, July 12th-16th 12:30-5:00. $295.00
Memorial Celebration of Dance Place founder Irene Weiss Miller ~ July 10th 2021  4:00-6:00pm
at The Dance Place ~ Tannery Marketplace 50 Water St. Newburyport
COVID-19 Updates 
  • Adult & Kids' Classes are currently in session with limited numbers and social distancing.

  • Surfaces are wiped down between classes and masks are required.

  • Masks are required for everyone.

  • Creative movement classes for ages 3-4 are on hold for the time being

  • As Luigi said, Never Stop Moving!


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/

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>

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

-Martha Graham

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