The Academy of Ballet, Tap, and Jazz

Announcement March 2020: The Academy of Ballet, Tap, and Jazz is currently closed temporarily due to the COVID-19 crisis. Current students, please check your email for links to virtual classes and ongoing announcements. Future students, please check back in a couple of months and we will be happy to welcome you to our dance family! Please contact Bridget Wilde with any questions.

AZ Star’s Readers Choice Award

Voted Best Dance Studio in Tucson

Founded in 1981, the Academy of Ballet, Tap and Jazz in Tucson has distinguished itself as one of Arizona’s leading classical dance training schools.  Our highly skilled, professional staff, offers ballet, tap, and jazz dance classes for students preparing for a professional career, as well as those wishing dance lessons for the many other benefits. All ballet classes, jazz classes and tap classes are carefully graded for age and technical level. This allows each student to be given the individual attention necessary for his or her progress. Our dance studio offers fifteen levels of ballet and pointe classes, including a special technique class for our male dancers, and eleven levels of tap and jazz classes. Three spacious dance rooms are available to students from beginning through advanced levels, ages three through adult.

All students are treated as individuals and encouraged to work towards developing strong technique and discipline. The beautiful, artistic standard, taught by the professional staff and developed by the students, is proudly performed in the annual school recital and the intensive summer workshop performance. This season the school recital, held at the Tucson Convention Center Music Hall, will include a tap dance and jazz dance showcase along with the ballet Rapunzel.  All students are invited, but not required, to perform in this fun event. Pulling together, the self-expression and individuality of each student makes this performance most joyous for all families. The beautiful scenery changes and costumes allow all of the children, teen and adult dancers to experience the feeling of being in a professional ballet company production.

Featuring professional training through day and evening Tucson dance classes and intensive summer workshops for children, teen and adult students.

Classic ballet, tap, and jazz training
Beginners through Advanced
Children and Adults
Home of Tucson Regional Ballet Company
A Southwest Nutcracker

Academy of Ballet students have been awarded scholarships to, or have received professional contracts with, 57 dance schools and companies throughout the United States and Europe.


Academy of Ballet, Tap & Jazz classes commence August 19, 2019.  Students continue to build technique through the recital May 24, 2020.  Summer Workshops and Weekly Classes are also available commencing July 8, 2019.  Students beginning in the middle of the season will be mainstreamed into an appropriate level.  Quarterly dates mark the beginning and end of the tuition pay periods only.  Students are welcome to join classes in the middle of a quarter.  Tuition will then be pro-rated to the end of the same quarter. 

To enroll, please email:  or telephone the school at 886-1222. We will be happy to discuss class schedules with you. Students with previous training may wish to make an appointment for an audition to ensure proper placement.

Performance Opportunities

Season 2019-2020 annual recital will be Rapunzel. All students will have the opportunity to perform in this wonderful production held at Tucson Convention Center’s Music Hall, Sunday, May 24, with dress rehearsals on Friday, May 22 & Saturday, May 23. Each student purchases and keeps his/her own costume (approx. $46 – $98). To cover the cost of the theatre rental, programs, etc., a fee ($70) will be charged to each family choosing to participate.

Students choosing to complete the Intensive Summer Workshop will have an opportunity to perform. This informal demonstration, held at Tucson Convention Center Thursday, June 25, allows the students to demonstrate the quality of technique achieved during the intensive workshop. Classic leotards purchased by the students (approx. $20 – $24) are worn for the demonstration and through the season in regular technique class.


In December, Tucson Regional Ballet will once again present A Southwest Nutcracker with live accompaniment by the renowned Tucson Symphony Orchestra. Children seven years and older with ballet training are invited to the casting call.  A nominal performance fee per dancer is charged and all costumes are provided.  For more detailed information about children’s auditions and qualifications, please email: or telephone 886-1222


Advanced ballet/pointe dancers interested in becoming a teen/adult member of the TRB please email: or telephone 886-1222