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At Grand Rapids Ballet School, we believe in the therapeutic power of dance. That’s why our Adaptive Dance program offers “Explorer Dance” for children with Down syndrome and “Moving with Parkinson’s.” We also take the power of dance to our community through partnerships with schools throughout Grand Rapids and West Michigan with Dance Immersion and Escape to the Ballet. These Adaptive Dance classes allow students to experience the joy of dancing who may otherwise not have the opportunity to do so. Classes are held at Meijer-Royce Center for Dance.

Explorer Dance for Down Syndrome

Grand Rapids Ballet School is committed to supporting people with Down syndrome to live fulfilling and productive lives. This 45-minute class, designed for children five and older, focuses on using dance movements to increase muscle tone, coordination, and ability to interact in a group setting. The result is a supportive environment where students form strong, lasting friendships.

2020-21 Explorer Dance Schedule
September 7 – January 22

10 and up

Dress Code
Girls: Black leotard, black leggings, and pink ballet shoes
Boys: Black pants, black socks, black ballet shoes, and plain white t-shirt


Explorer Dance classes will be held in person in Grand Rapids this year at Grand Rapids Ballet School.

It is the preference of GRBS that students who are not yet eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine continue to wear a mask while in our facility.



Registration is only available online.

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Moving with Parkinson’s

Because there is no cure for this chronic and progressive disorder, many patients turn to therapy to maintain some degree of independence—and we’re here to provide it in a less traditional, more holistic way. This doesn’t feel like a doctor’s office; you’re in a dance studio that’s invigorating and restorative while providing you with a true sense of community. It’s so much more than an exercise class. Join us and find out for yourself or tell someone you love today!

Dress Code
Comfortable, loose clothing




Beginning in September, classes will be held in person at Grand Rapids Ballet School. Please contact the School Office with any questions.

A generous $7,500 grant from the Parkinson’s Association of  West Michigan allows us to offer Moving with Parkinson’s classes free of charge. This is the third grant we have received from them and they have contributed $17,500 over the past 4 years.

A generous $15,000 grant from Spectrum Health supports Moving with Parkinson’s classes, Explorer Dance, Lincoln School dance class for students with Autism, and secure its position as our official sports medicine provider.

Payment Options:

Families may select to pay for the year-in-full (receiving a 8% discount), by the semester, or monthly* (incurring a 8% processing fee). Students that have a tuition credit from our 2019-20 school year are welcome to apply the amount to our fall semester.

*Monthly payment option requires payment by credit card, kept on file. Scheduled holidays, breaks and weather-related school closings do not alter monthly tuition.

Terms and Conditions:

Grand Rapids Ballet School maintains a policy of offering no refunds. Once the program in question has begun, tuition is non-refundable and if unused will be received as a donation.

All returned checks are subject to a $25 fee.  Students with outstanding balances from the previous term will not be permitted to re-enroll until all accounts are made current.

All students are charged a $20 registration fee.

Please note: The School does not accept responsibility for injury or trauma incurred by any student.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Each year the GRBS awards $68,000 in financial aid to students who demonstrate financial need or artistic excellence. The financial aid fund is made possible through contributions by Wege Foundation, Beusse & Porter Family Foundation, James H. Schindler, and Stephen Dunker Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Families interested in applying for financial aid should submit an application form to Grand Rapids Ballet School.

Ballet Program Handbook

Download the 2020-21 Grand Rapids Ballet School Handbook below.

Financial Aid Application

Download the 2020-21 Financial Aid Application below.

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