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Perfecting a Classic

Positive Learning Environment

The Dallas Ballet Center creates a positive learning environment within 7 spacious and professionally-designed studios, where nurturing faculty teach all dance disciplines in the most effective, safe, and productive manner, encouraging students to excel to their full potential.

High-Level Performances

The Dallas Ballet Center is well known known for its high caliber productions and full-length ballets, all enhanced by professional quality sets, choreography, lighting design, and elaborate costumes.  Artistic directors Brent and Judy Klopfenstein are committed to offering students performing opportunities of the highest quality not only for the benefit of their dance education and stage experience, but also for their development as future arts patrons.  Dallas Ballet Center students also participate in productions of the Dallas Ballet Company, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, founded by the Klopfensteins in 1989 to provide further pathways for pre-professional dancers to perform for the community.

Technical Dance Classes

The Dallas Ballet Center’s curriculum provides students with a strong technical foundation and strives to produce dancers well-rounded in strength, stamina and flexibility, all while fostering their growth as performing artists. The school’s classes are divided into three divisions: pre-school, elementary, and pre-professional, in order to help students practice proper classical technique appropriately according to their age and ability.  Classes emphasize the importance of correct placement, connectivity of movement, overall agility, and performing ability.

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Performance – Nutcracker


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the Dallas Ballet Center Story

The Dallas Ballet Center is one of the oldest dance institutions in Dallas, having been established prior to 1965 and originally known as the Wilshire Academy of Dance under the direction of Phil Johnson, located at the Wilshire Theater. Later, Mary and Jim Wilcox became the owners and changed the name to the Dallas Ballet Center, relocating to Northwest Highway and Abrams Road.

In 1987, Brent and Judy Klopfenstein became the owners and artistic directors and moved to the present location at 8530 Abrams Road near Royal Lane in 1996. The Klopfensteins have directed the studio to become one of the largest and reputable studios in the Dallas area. Dallas Ballet Company (formerly City Dance Theatre), a pre-professional non-profit organization was established in 1989 as a result of the training to further the performing opportunities for many dedicated young dancers. Dallas Ballet Center is not only known for the annual full-length classical ballet productions, but also the excellent jazz and tap programs as well as summer intensive workshops in all dance disciplines.

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Spotlight On Dallas Ballet Company

Dallas Ballet Company, formerly City Dance Theatre, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization devoted and committed to providing a pathway for pre-professional dancers to perform for the benefit of the community in productions of professional caliber. Established in 1989, DBCo is under the artistic direction of Brent and Judy Klopfenstein.

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