Who We Are


Amherst Ballet is a non-profit dance school located near downtown Amherst, Massachusetts. We offer classes in ballet as well as other types of dance to students of all ages and levels.

Our Mission

With a conviction of the value of dance in our society, and a commitment to quality dance education, Amherst Ballet seeks to build a diverse and inclusive community of dancers and dance enthusiasts through educational programming, performance and community partnerships.


Amherst Ballet was started under the name of the Amherst Ballet Center by Therese Brady Donohue in 1971 upon her arrival to the area. Despite being forced to move a couple of times, the Center quickly grew in number of students…


After the retirement of the founder, Therese Brady Donohue, three talented artists served as the Artistic Director of the school.
The school has also been overseen by a volunteer board of directors.
Many of our alumni have moved on to pursue professional careers in dance and many others have benefited from their dance training in their own ways.