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.