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Dallas School

Explore classes and professional ballet development with Texas Ballet Theater's Dallas dance classes.

The Embodiment of Artistry

Classes range from creative ballet to advanced and pre-professional training. Our level-based curriculums are designed to advance technique in a wide range of dance styles and grow each student’s confidence on and off the stage. Classes are available year-round.

*TBT and TBT School health and safety policies are based on local COVID-19 conditions. These are subject to update as conditions change and we receive new guidance from our medical advisory team. Currently, all individuals are required to wear masks inside TBT facilities, regardless of vaccination status. All masks must completely cover the nose and mouth and comply with the CDC guidelines for acceptable face coverings. We appreciate your cooperation and look forward to updating these policies when the COVID-19 landscape improves in Dallas-Fort Worth.*

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Programs and Curriculum

Early Learners

These classes introduce young dancers to movement and musicality in a happy and supportive environment. Students ages 3 to 7 will learn the fundamentals of dance and make a few new friends too!

Creative Ballet 3 & 4

Classes for ages 3 and 4 meet once a week.

Pre-primary & primary level

Students ages 5 to 7 may take one or two classes per week.

Adaptive Dance

Our Adaptive Dance classes for the 2020-2021 school year have concluded, but stay tuned for upcoming information about future classes. Please contact Alexis Leffel, School Coordinator, at with questions.

Levels 1, 2, 3

Students become more familiar with the foundations of ballet during these leveled classes. Classes take on a more formal approach to classical ballet. Students in Level 2 become eligible to audition for supporting student roles in the Company’s annual production of The Nutcracker.

Level 1

Students ages 7 and 8 may take one or two classes per week.

Levels 2 & 3

Students are placed into levels 2 and 3 by teacher recommendation and take two classes per week.

Jazz, Tap, Modern

These fun classes offer students a way to broaden their skills in diverse dance techniques and do not require enrollment in a ballet level.

Levels 4, 5, 6

In these intermediate classes, students are introduced to a more rigorous level of study, incorporating training elements and influences from the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) curriculum. Classes continue to build on strength and coordination in modern and jazz dance. Pre-pointe work begins in Level 6 and continues with beginning pointe work in Level 6B.

Level 7 and Advanced 1, 2, 3

Our most intensive levels build upon the curriculum learned in Levels 4-6. Classes meet five to six days per week, emphasizing posture, placement, style, quality, artistic expression, strength, technique and musicality.

Men's Classes

Along with regular leveled classes, Texas Ballet Theater School offers an additional boys-only class, recommended for students ages 7-I4. This class helps provide important focused training and introduces young men to the specific strengths required for male ballet dancers.

Summer Programs

These classes combine the highest quality instruction with fun summer themes for an engaging experience. Classes range from ballet basics to advanced level training.

Registration & Schedule

Enrollment for Texas Ballet Theater School is done online. Class sizes are limited, so early registration is encouraged. Classes for the 2021-2022 school year begin Monday, August 16.

2021-2022 CALENDAR >

New Students Welcome

Students ages 8 and older are required to attend a placement class for placement into the appropriate class level. Placement is based on age, technique, physique, personal strength and maturity.

Meet the Staff

Ben Stevenson, O.B.E.
Artistic Director

Ben Stevenson, O.B.E.

Lyndette Galen
Dallas School Principal

Lyndette Galen

Rhodes Elliott
Advanced and Professional Training Division Instructor

Rhodes Elliott

Yvonne Leffel
Administrative Director of Schools

Yvonne Leffel

Artistic Director

Ben Stevenson, O.B.E.

World-renowned choreographer Ben Stevenson, O.B.E. has served as the Artistic Director for Texas Ballet Theater since 2003. His extraordinary skill and tireless effort has elevated Texas Ballet Theater to international acclaim. A true visionary, Ben’s contributions to the company inspire every performance.


His Story

Dallas School Principal

Lyndette Galen

Lyndette Galen received most of her dance training from her mother, Joyce Seaborne, in South Africa. After immigrating to the States in 1981, the two women established their own school in Dallas. In 2006, the school merged with Texas Ballet Theater, with Ms. Galen as principal.

Ms. Galen is a registered teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance and has entered students in both the grades and vocational examinations with successful results. She has coached students for the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) regionals and finals in New York, and the Texas Ballet Theater School Ensemble has been in the Top 12 twice at the YAGP finals. Past students have received Broadway contracts or contracts with ballet or modern companies, dance scholarships to universities, and many have moved on to a career of teaching dance.

Advanced and Professional Training Division Instructor

Rhodes Elliott

Rhodes Elliott was born in Florence, SC and received his early dance training at the School of Dance Arts and South Carolina Dance Theater under the tutelage of the esteemed Susan Rowe. He continued his training at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and upon graduation joined Houston Ballet II. Rhodes danced for Houston Ballet for 11 seasons where he eventually rose to the rank of Demi-Soloist. Throughout his career, Rhodes enjoyed performing many works, including those by Stanton Welch, Ben Stevenson, O.B.E., Jiri Kylian, Christopher Bruce, William Forsythe, Mark Morris, David Bintley, Christopher Wheeldon, Jerome Robbins, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Sir Frederick Ashton, Twyla Tharp, and George Balanchine. He has also had the privilege of performing in works by Andy and Dionne Noble with their critically acclaimed company NobleMotion Dance. Upon retiring from Houston Ballet in 2018, Rhodes became the Assistant Ballet Director at Texas Academy of Dance Arts in The Woodlands, TX.

Administrative Director of Schools

Yvonne Leffel

Administrative Director of Schools Yvonne Leffel has a long history with Texas Ballet Theater leading up to her current role. As Administrative Director she oversees programs, operations, and activities for both Texas Ballet Theater School campuses. She joined TBT in 2012 as Texas Ballet Theater School’s Dallas Campus administrator where she managed daily operations. Prior to becoming Administrative Director of Schools, Yvonne was an integral part of the TBTS transition team for the opening of TBT’s new Dallas campus location.
Her previous roles in restaurant management and as a small business owner provide unique insight to her current position. Both of Yvonne’s daughters trained in classical ballet and are TBTS alumnae.


Student Scholarship Fund

Texas Ballet Theater School trains the next generation of dancers and arts patrons. Our Scholarship Fund helps keep the program growing by offering tuition subsidy and scholarships for students in need.


Tuition is based on the class level in which the student is enrolled. Tuition and registration fees are non-refundable. Students are responsible for tuition for the entire year. Full tuition is due for students who choose not to participate in the Spring Performances. Students with outstanding account balances are not eligible for re-enrollment until outstanding payments are paid.

Students who enroll after the beginning of the regular year may receive a prorated tuition rate. There are no credits for classes missed and no make-up classes offered. Reimbursements are not given for classes missed for vacations or school functions. Students are obligated for a full semester’s tuition even if they withdraw before the end of the session.

Tuition credits may be applied to the following semester in the event students withdraw from classes due to a prolonged illness or injury verified by a doctor’s written confirmation. Texas Ballet Theater School must be informed in writing if a student decides to discontinue classes.

Payment Options & Discounts

Payments may be made by check, credit card (preferably online through the Parent Portal), or automatic credit card charges. Cash is not accepted for tuition payments.


Due on the first weekday of each month, August 1, 2021, through May 1, 2022. The annual tuition is divided into 10 equal payments, so no discount is given for partial months.


Additional children in the same family will receive a 10% discount. For discount purposes, a student in the highest level is considered the “first student”. The family discount does not apply to drop-in or special classes and cannot be combined with any other discount, including annual payment or semester payment.

Payment Policies & Fees


A $65 registration fee is due for each student at the time of enrollment. This fee is non-refundable and must be received in order to hold your student’s place in class. This fee will be charged to your credit card upon registration.

Professional Training Division students: $150 non-refundable registration fee is processed upon acceptance into the program to hold a student’s spot in class.


The annual Spring Performance Fee is $75 for an individual student or $125 for a family. Due October 11, 2021.

Each performance costume requires a $40 deposit. Due November 8, 2021. Remaining costume balances will be due in February 2022.


All payments are due on the first weekday of each month. Accounts that have not been paid by the 7th of the month will incur a $10 late fee. Tuition payments not received by the 15th of the month will be automatically charged to your card on file, along with the late fee.


In the event that a student withdraws during the year, the parent/guardian is responsible for all school year tuition payments until written notice is submitted. Written notice is required prior to the first of the month. Past payments are still due and will not be refunded or prorated. If a student must withdraw due to prolonged illness or injury, paid tuition may be credited to a future enrollment if proper medical documentation is provided. Parent/Guardian is also responsible for any costume balances on costumes that were purchased for the student.


Texas Ballet Theater School will not refund tuition payments or registration fees for any reason. Refunds will not be given for missed or cancelled classes.


Virtual programming is available at a 20% reduction in tuition.

COVID-19 Update

If a positive COVID-19 case or new government guidelines prompt dismissal or temporary closure, the program will continue in a virtual format until reopening. The tuition will be adjusted for the upcoming month at a 20% reduction and will continue at the reduced rate until we return to the studios.

In the event that you are registered for in-person and the program is forced to go into an all-virtual format, your tuition will convert to the virtual tuition amount for the following month. Example: If in week 2 of the month, we must go to an all-virtual format, the following month’s tuition will reflect the 20% tuition reduction for the all-virtual format.

Ballerina Birthday Party

A Party En Pointe

Girls and boys of all ages love our Ballerina Birthday Parties. The package includes: 45 minutes in the dance studio with a real ballerina, a brief dance lesson and, of course, a pair of commemorative pointe shoes. Guests will be treated to a ballet-themed storybook reading, a dance lesson and photo opportunities with a TBT ballerina.