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Acton School of Ballet
Chip Morris, Director
Melissa Morris, Administrator
3 Spruce Street
P.O. Box 796
Acton, MA 01720
Acton School of Ballet (978) 263-6572

Overview of ASB

Photo by Mike Nyman
Level 1 "Butter Churners" from Coppélia

The Acton School of Ballet is owned by Chip (Director) and Melissa Morris (Administrator). All schools have different mission statements and methods of operation, and we hope that by sharing this simple outline of our year, we can answer many of your questions. We are always available to discuss your concerns, and look forward to a wonderful year filled with many happy returning faces and as well as many new ones!


ASB is comprised of an upper and lower school. The Lower School includes Creative Dance (3 year olds), First Steps (4 year olds), a two-year syllabus of Pre-Ballet (5-6 year olds in kindergarten & 1st grade), and Levels 1 (2nd grade) and 2 (3rd grade). Students in these levels take class once a week, unless they wish to enroll in more than one section of their level.

The Upper School comprises Levels 3-10, Modern 1/2 and 3, Beginning Ballet for Teens and Adults, and Advanced Ballet, and various supplementary classes. As students move through these levels, the number of classes they take increases. For instance, Levels 3 and 4 take 2 classes per week, Levels 9 and 10 take 5 or more. Descriptions of individual syllabus levels are available here.

We divide the year into three terms: a Fall session (16 weeks), a Spring session (16 weeks for the lower school and 19 weeks for the upper school), and a three-week Summer Intensive.

Photo by Mike Nyman
Level 10 student Malia Moses with Brette Sjoblom as Swanilda and Franz in Coppélia

Students stay in some levels for one year, and in others for two or more. We may offer several sections of each syllabus levels, to keep the size of classes small.

Location and Office Hours

ASB is located on 3 Spruce Street in West, Acton, in a large historic apple barn converted to three large studios, our offices, lobbies, dressing rooms, costume and prop rooms, and facilities. Parking is available in the large adjacent parking lot and also on the street. Office hours during the school year are 3-7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and by appointment.

The school phone is 978-263-6572. Our mailing address is Acton School of Ballet, P.O. Box 796, Acton, MA 01720. Please do not mail letters to 3 Spruce Street, as the post office will not deliver to that address.

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions for additional information about the school and its policies.