About Draper Center for Dance Education

Draper Center is Western New York’s premier dance academy. Come see why we’re considered one of the most distinguished dance training & ballet schools in the United States.

Draper Center Ballet School, Monroe County, Rochester NY

Located in Monroe County, we are the official training school for Rochester City Ballet, Rochester’s premiere professional ballet company. We offer a wide variety of educational dance programs including kid’s dance classes & adult dance classes. 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 throughout the United States and around the world, including New York City Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, National Ballet of Canada, Kansas City Ballet, Ballet Met, Nashville Ballet, Houston Ballet, Boston Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, National Ballet Of Sweden, Finnish National Ballet, Alonzo King’s Lines, Cedar Lake Dance, Hubbard Street, River North Chicago, Cirque Du Soleil, Rochester City Ballet and many more. You can also find Draper Center alumni on Broadway and touring shows throughout the United States. 

The curriculum and environment at Draper Center provides students with the tools, discipline, and work ethic to be successful in whatever career they pursue. Many Draper Center alumni have gone on to pursue professional careers in the medical field, law, and science, as well as dance education and administration. 

Draper Center students are often the recipients of prestigious college and university scholarships for both academics and dance.

Timothy M. Draper - Draper Center ballet school, Rochester, NY

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 its 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.

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Building strong and healthy individuals.

Building strong and healthy individuals.

Draper Center for Dance Education offers a preeminent training experience. My daughter came to the studio at age 12 with a goal of focusing on classical ballet. She was immediately made to feel included, which speaks to the welcoming nature of the studio. Within the...

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Artistry, Discipline, Technique, Expression.

Artistry, Discipline, Technique, Expression.

Artistry, discipline, technique, expression are the first words that come to mind when we think of our daughter's experience at Draper Center for Dance Education. When she began at the age of 5, we had no idea that her work there would become a cornerstone in her...

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