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In 1991 the goal of Dance – The Next Generation (DNG) was to nurture the development of the entire individual with emphasis on discipline and self-esteem and the desire for higher education. It was initially planned that the students who attained high academic levels would be given the opportunity to continue their studies on scholarship at the University of South Florida (USF) if they did not wish to become professional dancers. 

The DNG program today remains a part of the education component of The Sarasota Ballet. It continues to provide the opportunity for those who are most at risk of dropping out of school to participate in a 10-year, full-scholarship program in dance.  The focus is no longer on career dance training, rather it focuses on instilling self-discipline inherent in the study of dance, resulting in achieving academic goals and becoming a positive, contributing member of society.  Upon completion of the program and graduation from high school, students may apply for scholarships to State College of Florida or USF Sarasota-Manatee.


For more information about the DNG program, please contact:

  Lisa Townsend, Program Director  |  [email protected]  |  941.359.0099 x126

Our Mission: To inspire, motivate and educate the Dance – The Next Generation students to graduate from high school through the discipline of dance.

Our Vision: Dance – The Next Generation empowers students to realize their FULL potential.



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The Margaret Barbieri Conservatory pre-professional training program, The Sarasota Ballet School and Dance - The Next Generation offer the highest standard of training for all ages and levels.



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With a mission to enrich lives, captivate emotions and strengthen the community through the art of dance, The Sarasota Ballet is one of the most unique organizations of its kind in the country.

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Box Office: 941.359.0099
Phone: 941.359.0099
5555 North Tamiami Trail  Sarasota , FL  34243