about the academy

Westport’s Academy of Dance has been teaching the art and joy of dance for over 35 years. In a state-of-the-art facility, the Academy offers classical ballet, pointe, jazz, jazz/hip hop, tap, modern, and partnering, with recital performance opportunities and an annual production of The Nutcracker. We offer tailored programs for both the serious dancer and the recreational dance student.


Our pre-professional advanced students have studied at New York City Ballet, ABT, Alvin Ailey, Boston Ballet, The Rock School of the Pennsylvania Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Kirov, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Interlochen Arts Academy & Walnut Hill. We have also had students attend The Broadway Theater Dance Project with Anne Reinking, and numerous ballet, modern, jazz, and musical theatre summer programs.

We believe that dance is a gift, an art that needs to be developed. A dancer’s body is his or her instrument, and through a structured program of challenging and concentrated work our students learn to access the artist within them. By teaching our students how to discipline their minds and train their bodies, they are able to joyfully interpret and recreate movement of any genre.

The gleam in the eyes of the little one putting on ballet slippers for the first time, the smile that widens from ear to ear as the applause rises from beyond the stage lights at recital, the tear on the cheek of the graduating senior as she dances in her last Nutcracker—these fleeting moments become memorable ones for children and their families. Our teachers, whose love of dance may have begun with just such a moment, are committed to every child’s care and education in dance. Dance cultivates sensibility, poise, and confidence, and our students carry these traits with them throughout their lives.

- Body, Spirit & Grace Through Dance

nutcracker 2017 rehearsal schedule & cast list is  posted here

2017-2018 class schedule is available here (rev. 10.3.17)

2017-2018 registration form is available here

nutcracker parent survey is posted here

link to Spring Recital 2017 photos by clicking here a huge thank you to kerry long for her beautiful photos, as always!!

link to Alice 2017 photos by clicking here and thank you to kerry long for her beautiful photos

Nutcracker 2016 full length movie is on the academy blog here 

link to Nutcracker 2016 photos by clicking here and thank you to kerry long for her beautiful photos

2017 - 2018 dress code can be found by clicking here