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Marblehead School of Ballet Launches National Dance Week With Launching on April 1st of Poetry Contest Open to the Public

The Marblehead School of Ballet (MSB) celebrates National Dance Week from Friday, April 14 through Sunday, April 23.  To thank the public for its support for 51 years, the MSB is holding a special National Dance Week Poetry contest.


"The Marblehead School of Ballet takes pride in joining other organizations across the country in celebrating National Dance Week and spotlighting the importance of dance in our society.  During our 51st anniversary, we want to introduce more people of all ages -- children, tweens, teenagers, adults, and seniors -- to the wonders and benefits of dance and our school's programs in ballet, creative movement, stretch and strength, West Coast Swing, Argentine Tango, Ballroom and Latin," said Paula K. Shiff, Director of the Marblehead School of Ballet.


Dance Poetry Contest


In celebration, the Marblehead School of Ballet launches a National Dance Week Poetry Contest opening on April 1.  Current and former students of the Marblehead School of Ballet and the general public are invited to submit a poem with the theme, What does dance mean to you?.  Contestants should submit the poem with their name, a photo of themself, their age, and contact information.  Submissions will be accepted from April 1 through April 23.  Submit entries to


Three prizes will be awarded, with first prize a $100 gift certificate and second prize a $50 gift certificate both to On Your Toes Dancewear.  The third prize recipient will receive a copy of Apollo's Angels by Jennifer Homans.


For information, contact 781-631-6262 or send an e-mail to


About Marblehead School of Ballet


Celebrating its 51st year, the Marblehead School of Ballet, founded in 1971 by Paula K. Shiff, has earned a wide reputation for the excellence of its training and integrity of purpose.  Classical ballet forms the core of teaching with particular emphasis on correct alignment and development of strength and agility.  The sheer pleasure of dance and music is always central to the classroom experience.


The basic graded program for children includes classes in ballet technique with advanced work in repertoire and pointe.  The school also offers a modern dance department, classes for young children in creative movement and classes in improvisation and technique for the older student.  A full range of adult classes is offered.


MSB is home to the North Shore Civic Ballet Company (NSCB).  The NSCB gives concert performances and a variety of educational programs for schools; all are suitable for different age groups and levels of development.


For further information, call 781-631-6262, send an e-mail to or visit  Follow MSB on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @MSB_ballet