Peabody at Park

The Peabody Institute and Park School are excited to partner together to provide dance and music classes to the Baltimore community.


Peabody and Park share a progressive approach to arts education, empowering students to develop agency and voice on their educational journeys. With a shared commitment to innovation and equity, Peabody and Park inspire students to break new ground and become actively engaged leaders in the arts community.

Preparatory Dance offers classes at The Park School on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30-8:45 p.m. in the dance studio located in the Wyman Arts Center. Park will also host Early Childhood music classes on Saturday mornings in the Kindergarten Building.


Park students and parents can also enroll in Peabody’s year-long classes that are open to the public. Classes begin at 4:45 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. Registration opens on June 15 and takes place in Peabody’s registration system

Class Descriptions

Fall Session: September 9-October 28 (8 sessions)

Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m. (60 minutes)
Ages: 9-11 years old/Grades 4-6

Teacher: Nicole Bealand

Fall Jazz Dance Workshop
Curious about dance? Come join us for a fun and energetic introduction to the fundamentals of Jazz Dance! This workshop series is specifically designed for students ages 9-11 who are beginners to Jazz dance. It is taught in an encouraging and supportive environment. Students will learn foundational positions and steps along with simple combinations. Explore the use of expression and individual stylization of the body through movement. A variety of different Jazz styles will be incorporated including, but not limited to, Classic Jazz, Musical Theater, Street Jazz, and Latin Fusion.

Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m. (60 minutes)
Ages: 9-11 years old/Grades 4-6

Teacher: Nicole Bealand

Winter Ballet Dance Workshop
Curious about dance? Come join us for a graceful introduction into the world of Classical Ballet! This workshop is specifically designed for students ages 9-11 who are beginners to Ballet. It is taught in an encouraging and supportive environment. Students will learn the structure of a Ballet class, the terminology, foundational positions and steps, along with simple Ballet combinations. Experience the artistry and fluidity of movement through technical precision.

Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m. (60 minutes)
Ages: 9-11 years old/Grades 4-6

Teacher: Nicole Bealand

Spring Contemporary Dance Workshop
Curious about dance? Come join us for a creative exploration of Contemporary Dance! This workshop series is specifically designed for students ages 9-11 who are beginners to Contemporary dance. It is taught in an encouraging and supportive environment. Students will learn the basic principles and elements of Contemporary dance along with simple combinations. Discover how to use the body’s energy and gravity through space to create dynamic movement, which may include improvisation and floorwork.

This class is open to both Park students and the public. 

September 9, 2024–May 19, 2025 / No class on: 11/11, 11/18, 12/23, 12/30, 1/20, 2/17, 3/3, 4/7, 5/5

Time: 4:45-6:15 p.m. (90 minutes)
Ages: 9-11 years old/Grades 4-6

Teacher: Nicole Bealand

Join our Pre-Professional Program that encompasses intermediate students placed in Level 5 to the most advanced dancers in Level 10. This program, for students in ballet and contemporary dance, is the backbone of Peabody Preparatory Dance’s curriculum and continues to build on the foundation begun in the Early Childhood Program and Primary Program. Its intensive, tiered course of study is designed to help motivated, possibly career-minded, students meet the dance arena’s highest standards. The path to that goal is based on the Preparatory Dance’s collective belief in the proven results of sound, concentrated training: the more classes, diligently applied, the faster the student’s growth and progress. In the Pre-Professional Program, the training intensifies over time while students continue to hone their skills, broaden their required curriculum, increase their number of classes per week, and enlarge their schedule of rehearsals, performances, and special events. Students in Level 6 take a prescribed set of classes with their cohort throughout the week and must commit to the entire schedule of classes. During this level pre-pointe work is introduced at the discretion of the instructor. Most importantly, the entire Pre-Professional Program is designed to encourage and enable students to advance at a pace that matches their abilities, interests, and time commitments.

This class is open to both Park students and the public. 

September 9, 2024–May 19, 2025 / No class on: 11/11, 11/18, 12/23, 12/30, 1/20, 2/17, 3/3, 4/7, 5/5

Time: 6:15-7:30 p.m. (75 minutes)
Ages: 12-15 years old

Teacher: Nicole Bealand

Join us for a dance class that will use the structure of a traditional ballet class to prepare dancers for the 21st century. Designed for teen dancers ages 12-15, this class will inspire students to move with grace and confidence, executing exercises at the barre, in the center, and across the floor with gradually increasing difficulty. Students will be encouraged to work within a safe range of motion for their bodies, focusing on core stability, turnout, coordination, and performance quality. Emphasis is placed on building the flexibility and strength required to consistently execute basic turns and jumps, along with clear, articulate control over footwork and the upper body. This class is an opportunity for students to discover the joy of ballet, while feeling inspired and building confidence in themselves as a mover!

This class is open to both Park students and the public. 

September 9, 2024–May 19, 2025 / No class on: 11/11, 11/18, 12/23, 12/30, 1/20, 2/17, 3/3, 4/7, 5/5

Time: 7:30-8:45 p.m. (75 minutes)
Ages: Adults and teens 16+

Teacher: Nicole Bealand

Floor Barre is structured around the basic ballet exercises traditionally done standing at the barre, adapting them to be done on the floor, from a seated position as well as laying on your back, side, and stomach. You will be guided through a variation of these exercises. It is designed as a low impact, high intensity class. It will focus on building core strength and stability, developing flexibility, and improving range of motion. Integrated throughout the class will be a variety of stretches that will compliment the exercises. The use of a technique called Tense and Release will target specific areas of the body that are tight and full of tension, leading to muscle relaxation, all of which will help reduce stress and improve overall well-being. No previous dance training is required, this class is for everyone!

Items you may want to consider bringing if you have them: a yoga mat, a towel, and an exercise band.

This class is exclusive to Park School students. Registration takes place seasonally as part of the registration for all after-school enrichment classes. 

Fall Session: September 4-October 30 (9 sessions)

Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m. (60 minutes)
Ages: 6-9 years old/Grades 1-3

Teacher: Asya Shaw

Join us for a fun filled exploration of dance fundamentals for students ages 6-9 at The Park School! Our Introduction to Dance sessions will explore codified dance techniques and self-expressive movement for children in Grades 1-3. Students will be able to engage in strengthening and stretching exercises to learn the importance of taking care of their bodies through movement. We will learn and practice dance styles (ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz) that excite and inspire young dancers to move their bodies in new ways, broadening our knowledge of dance icons and history. This class will integrate elements of SEL through mindful breathing techniques and meditative movement exercises to help us regulate and connect through social awareness. Peabody at Park for Grades 1-3 will inspire the inner dancer in all students! Join us for a fun- filled, creative, and expressive dance class dedicated to exploration and expanding our movement vocabulary. 

This class is open to both Park students and the public. 

September 4, 2024–May 21, 2025 / No class on: 11/13, 11/20, 11/27, 12/25, 1/1, 3/5, 4/9, 5/7

Time: 4:45-6:15 p.m. (90 minutes)
Ages: 9-11 years old/Grades 4-6

Teacher: Asya Shaw

Join our Pre-Professional Program that encompasses intermediate students placed in Level 5 to the most advanced dancers in Level 10. This program, for students in ballet and contemporary dance, is the backbone of Peabody Preparatory Dance’s curriculum and continues to build on the foundation begun in the Early Childhood Program and Primary Program. Its intensive, tiered course of study is designed to help motivated, possibly career-minded, students meet the dance arena’s highest standards. The path to that goal is based on the Preparatory Dance’s collective belief in the proven results of sound, concentrated training: the more classes, diligently applied, the faster the student’s growth and progress. In the Pre-Professional Program, the training intensifies over time while students continue to hone their skills, broaden their required curriculum, increase their number of classes per week, and enlarge their schedule of rehearsals, performances, and special events. Students in Level 6 take a prescribed set of classes with their cohort throughout the week and must commit to the entire schedule of classes. During Level 6, pointe work is introduced at the discretion of the instructor. Most importantly, the entire Pre-Professional Program is designed to encourage and enable students to advance at a pace that matches their abilities, interests, and time commitments.

This class is open to both Park students and the public. 

September 4, 2024–May 21, 2025 / No class on: 11/13, 11/20, 11/27, 12/25, 1/1, 3/5, 4/9, 5/7

Time: 6:15-7:30 p.m. (75 minutes)
Ages: 12-15 years old

Teacher: Asya Shaw

Join us for a Teen Contemporary Dance class that will explore elements of traditional modern dance techniques and exciting new contemporary forms. This class for teen dancers ages 12-15 will inspire students to move creatively through improvisation by learning various forms of expressive movement. Through the Horton, Graham, and Limón techniques, students will be able to gather new information about modern dance and integrate their movement vocabulary into student-led compositions. This class is dedicated to building the inner self confidence and creativity of engaged movers by building body strength and exploring self-expression in non-verbal forms. Let’s move, create, and learn together through movement styles that express, connect, and inspire! 

This class is open to both Park students and the public. 

September 4, 2024–May 21, 2025 / No class on: 11/13, 11/20, 11/27, 12/25, 1/1, 3/5, 4/9, 5/7

Time: 7:30-8:45 p.m. (75 minutes)
Ages: All ages

Teacher: Asya Shaw

Join us for a multidisciplinary dance and movement class dedicated to exploring various techniques and social dances of the world! Together, we will engage our bodies in movement that expresses, connects, and communicates a shared understanding of community and culture that centers dance techniques of the African Diaspora, Latin America, and beyond! This class is community based and encourages all to join who wish to move their bodies in both familiar and new ways. This class will integrate elements of mindfulness and meditation to center self-regulation, relationship building, and connection within our shared space. Let’s dance, connect, share, move, and groove as we learn more about ourselves and the world around us with Peabody at Park! 

This class is open to all families. Registration opens on June 15 and takes place in Peabody’s registration system.

Time: 9-10 A.m. (60 minutes)
Ages: 4-5 years old

Ready to nurture your child’s inner musician? Groovin’ Gurus is a dynamic program where preschoolers and kindergarteners master the fundamentals of music, all while having a blast!

Why Groovin’ Gurus?

  • Sing in Tune and Move with Rhythm: Develop true music competency in a fun and supportive environment.
  • Harmony and Creativity: Explore and expand harmonic vocabulary and garner confidence as a musician.
  • Lifetime of Music: Prepare them for a lifelong love of music making through state-of-the-art, engaging activities.

Independent Learners: Parental attendance optional after the first class.

Enroll today and watch their musical journey take off!

This class is open to all families. Registration opens on June 15 and takes place in Peabody’s registration system.

Time: 10-10:45 A.m. (45 minutes)
Ages: 3-4 years old

Ready to watch your child blossom as a musician? Joyful Jammers is an innovative program where young explorers discover the joy of music through a variety of engaging musical activities.

Why Joyful Jammers?

  • Explore and Learn: We spark curiosity with a rich tapestry of musical experiences, fostering a natural understanding of music.
  • Sing and Move: Develop singing voices, rhythmic coordination, harmonic understanding, and expressive movement in a fun and nurturing environment.
  • Build a Musical Foundation: Expand your child’s musical vocabulary with a growing repertoire of songs and chants.

Parental Involvement: Active participation encouraged throughout the year for optimal learning. This helps your child feel comfortable and learn best. Occasionally, these classes migrate to be independent of parents. We can chat about your child’s progress and how to keep the music fun at home!

Enroll today and spark their musical journey!

This class is open to all families. Registration opens on June 15 and takes place in Peabody’s registration system.

Time: 10:45-11:15 A.m. (30 minutes)
Ages: 17-35 months

Tuneful Tots is a lively and interactive class designed for toddlers to explore music through playful discovery.

Unlock your child’s musical potential at our engaging and interactive music classes for toddlers! Watch as your little one blossoms into a curious and playful participant by exploring rhythms, melodies, and movement in a fun and nurturing environment. Join us for an unforgettable musical journey filled with laughter, learning, and creativity.

Why Tuneful Tots?

  • Musical Discovery: Sing, move, and create rhythms together in a fun and nurturing environment.
  • Nurture Creativity: Expose your child to a world of music, fostering a lifelong love of learning.
  • Building Skills: Develop your toddler’s musicality, creativity, and social skills through the joy of music-making.

Enroll today and watch your little one blossom into a curious and playful music maker!

All Tuneful Tots classes are strongly encouraged to stay together through the spring semester (even if children are over 3 years old by then) as the group dynamic will be more playful and comfortable for them.

This class is open to all families. Registration opens on June 15 and takes place in Peabody’s registration system.

Time: 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. (45 minutes)
Ages: 3-4 years old

Ready to watch your child blossom as a musician? Joyful Jammers is an innovative program where young explorers discover the joy of music through a variety of engaging musical activities.

Why Joyful Jammers?

  • Explore and Learn: We spark curiosity with a rich tapestry of musical experiences, fostering a natural understanding of music.
  • Sing and Move: Develop singing voices, rhythmic coordination, harmonic understanding, and expressive movement in a fun and nurturing environment.
  • Build a Musical Foundation: Expand your child’s musical vocabulary with a growing repertoire of songs and chants.

Parental Involvement: Active participation encouraged throughout the year for optimal learning. This helps your child feel comfortable and learn best. Occasionally, these classes migrate to be independent of parents. We can chat about your child’s progress and how to keep the music fun at home!

Peabody’s Early Childhood music classes are open to all families and will take place in the Kindergarten Building on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Registration for these classes opens on June 15 and takes place in Peabody’s registration system.

Visit the Peabody website to learn more about their mission, policies, and financial assistance opportunities.

The Park School is located 20 minutes north of downtown Baltimore.

The Park School
2425 Old Court Road
Baltimore, MD 21208
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For questions about Park’s partnership with Peabody, please contact the Director of Auxiliary Programming
(Nate Edmunds; nedmunds@parkschool.net).