About Draper Center

Draper Center

Draper Center, official training school for Rochester City Ballet, has approximately 150 students and offers a wide variety of programs in dance education:

Classical Ballet
Modern Dance


The school prides itself on providing the highest level of classical ballet and dance training, while adhering to a curriculum that teaches formation of character and stresses standards of excellence applicable to all areas of life.

We Make Dancers, We Make Careers

Many Draper graduates have joined notable professional companies including New York City Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, National Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Ballet Met, Nashville Ballet, Houston Ballet, Boston Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, National Ballet Of Canada, Alonzo King's Lines, Cedar Lake Dance, Hubbard Street, Cirque Du Soleil, Rochester City Ballet and many more.


Our Facility

Draper Center's facility features 5 state-of-the-art dance studios with 16ft ceilings, air-conditioning, high-end sound systems, marly floors, floor-to-ceiling mirrors, pianos, video, and built-in barres. Our facility also features spacious lounge areas for both students and parents with vending machines, refrigerator, microwave ovens, tables, chairs and couches, and locker rooms for the dancers complete with lockers, private bathrooms and shower facilities.


Draper Center History

In 1986 Timothy Draper recognized that the Rochester community was in need of a professional dance school – a place for students to receive a strong foundation in classical ballet while studying other forms of artistic dance. He founded what is now The Timothy M. Draper Center for Dance Education to meet that need.

In 2004, after the passing of Timothy Draper, Jamey Leverett took over as Artistic Director of Draper Center. Leverett and Executive Director Kathy Ertsgaard led Draper Center into a new era, moving the school into it's new facility and continuing to perfect a curriculum and teaching style that has garnered many awards and national recognition as one of the top dance training schools in the United States.

Former Draper Center alumni are currently dancing in many of the best dance companies and performing arts groups across the world.