Why Choose Dance Class with Peterborough Dance Theatre?


Peterborough Dance Theatre's mission is simple. We believe that everyone can dance! 


It is our goal to create a fun and welcoming environment where all students can learn, gain confidence and have fun while growing a love for the art of dance!



We believe that every student has their own unique potential and should be encouraged to reach their own, personal goals. 


We use an educational approach, where student’s abilities can be nurtured through a positive, supportive environment. We offer a comprehensive dance program that was designed based on the various stages of a dancers development. Dance History is a part of curriculum at PDT.


More about us:

The school takes pride in giving back to its’ community through various community events and sponsorships.  We are thrilled to be recognized by many as “the friendly, vibrant dance school in Peterborough!” We are honored to have the opportunity to watch our students grow into beautiful dancers, as well as people.  We believe that dance education can be a prominent part in helping to develop children into confident, happy young adults.


...Peterborough Dance cares about developing the whole person/performer as an individual. We're interested in finding the best dancer inside each student.


...Peterborough Dance offers dance classes for Ages 3 to Adults, at all Levels! We believe DANCE is for everyone, and that everyone should have the opportunity to express themselves through dance!


When you choose dance class with Peterborough Dance, you can expect to be challenged in a positive, caring, supportive, nurturing, inspiring and fun environment. Dance is hard work, but it is FUN!


Peterborough Dance instructors are current adult performing artist professionals, who possess the education, experience, knowledge, and passion necessary for providing sound artistic and technical training to young developing dancers. Our approach to teaching is from an anatomically correct perspective at all times. 


Studies have shown that children who participate in the arts, develop skills that last a lifetime, intersocial and personal, and can have a positive impact on their academic success.


The Facility & More...


Peterborough Dance is conveniently located in the Monadnock Community Plaza in beautiful downtown Peterborough, a community known for it's thriving cultural arts scene. Just steps from the towns best restaurants, shopping, entertainment and services, there are lots of options for parents while their children are in dance class, including a welcoming, comfortable, spacious waiting area complete with viewing window to watch your childs progress. PDT also has a "Student Homework Room", a designated quiet area for dancers to keep up with their academics while waiting or in-between classes, as well as two changing/restrooms. Parents love our "curbside drop off & pick up", restaurants and gas/convenient stores all within footsteps from our door!


Peterborough Dance boasts a bright, airy and cheery inviting atmosphere, adding to the inspiring atmosphere while you dance. Our floors are professionally sprung dance floors, softer and even more desirable and hygienic than wood, (the same floors as the Joffrey Ballet School, the American Tap Dance Foundation, & the Broadway Dance Center, all of New York City), providing safety as dancers train & develop, greatly lessening chances of strain, fatigue or injury to develop.


Conveniently located on the Conval School Districts Bus Route (#9), Peterborough Dance provides easy ground level entrance access, including wheelchair accessible, and ample hassle free parking.


Smoke free and Fully Climate Controlled and Air-conditioned.


Artistic Director Pati Cloutier owned & operated the highly successful Monadnock Performing Arts Academy in Peterborough NH for 14 years. Many of her students have gone on to pursue professional careers in the Performing Arts, including Dance, Music and Theatre, via college dance programs and/or advanced professional training.


Peterborough Dance welcomes you to come and try a dance class free ANYTIME to see whether PDT is a good fit for you!


So whatever your goals are as a dancer, be it a Pre-Professional, Pre-Collegiate, or Recreational, Peterborough Dance Theatre has a dance class for you and has what it takes to help you achieve your goals!



*We are a "Non-Competition Dance Studio", a rarity in this business, meaning we do not participate in mass-marketed dance competitions for "trophies".

PDT chooses rather to maintain its artistic integrity through the learning "process", choosing to devote more time spent on providing sound traditional dance technique training with the benefit of additional performance opportunity if desired (See "Cloutier & Co. Dance" Page), preventing dancer "burn out" and working toward goals of a long time career in dance if that is your desire. We see them on television all the time, along with every other type of competition programming. If dance competition is what you seek, that is your choice, but we recommend that Parents consider wisely the benefits vs. risks. Competition Dance Teams can require a high cost of additional time and money for costumes, entrance fees and travel such as hotel stays etc. beyond your regular tuition. And at what cost? Is it really worth it? Is it right for your child, your family? We recommend attending a dance competition before deciding what is right for you and your family. 


And as a Parent, you can always count on us being "age appropriate" when it comes to both music and movement, whether it be in class or performance!