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From 8 to 17 years old, come learn and perfect your style and technique. PMDS offers children the opportunity to discover the foundations and values of dance classical ballet and contemporary dance. Come learn and perfect your style and technique. PMDS offers children the opportunity to discover the foundations and values of dance classical ballet and contemporary dance...

Registrations, class and courses exclusively online



Jean-Guillaume BART (FR)

Professor of the Paris Opera Ballet. Guest choreographer at the international level. Benois Dance Prize (2000), Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters.

  • classical ballet
  • repertoire
  • pre-professionals


Choreographer, Visiting Professor of Technique and repertoire classical ballet

  • neo-techniqueclassical ballet
  • repertoire neo-classical ballet
  • pre-pros

Ghislain de COMPREIGNAC (FR)

Dance teacher classical ballet, state graduate (D.E.), co-founder of Paris Marais Dance School

  • classical ballet and Neo-classical ballet
  • repertoire, Step-two
  • Children & Teens
  • Adults
  • Pre-professionals


Contemporary dance teacher, GRAHAM technique, co-founder of Paris Marais Dance School

  • Graham Contemporary: Tuesdays 6 pm and 7:30 pm, Fridays 6 pm and 7:30 pm
  • Barre au sol: Monday 12:30 p.m.
  • repertoire contemporary
  • Adults
  • Teens
  • Pre-professionals

Tancredo TAVAREZ (DOM)

Teacher of Contemporary Dance - Graham Technique (C.A.)

  • repertoire Graham
  • Pre-professionals
  • Adults

Nathalie BOCHENEK (FR)

Dance classical ballet, former soloist of the Ballet du Nord, D.E.

  • Classical Ballet
  • repertoire
  • Classes
  • Teens
  • Pre-professionals

Béatrice CORBIN (FR)

Dance classical ballet and contemporary, floor barre

  • classical balletBarre au sol
  • Restorative movement
  • Classes
  • Adults
  • Pre-professionals


International prima ballerina, classical ballet and repertoire teacher

  • Classical Ballet
  • repertoire
  • Pre-professionals
  • Classes
  • Adults

Irene van ZEELAND (NL)

Contemporary dance teacher, Cunningham, Limon, release

  • Dance research
  • Contemporary Limon
  • Contemporary Cunningham
  • Dance and video (with Omaro Productions)
  • Pre-professionals

Patrick ZORDAN (FR)

Teacher of contemporary dance, release technique, and American tap dance

  • Contemporary Release
  • American Tap Dance
  • Classes
  • Adults
  • Pre-professionals


Payments over 1 to 10 months

See the rates


  • Academic or tights and leotard, ½ point or point shoes, bun, short skirt.
  • No underwear: favor leotards reinforced at the upper bust; only if necessary, sports bra.
  • All outfits must be plain, with no printed designs.

Practical information

During each stay, dance workshops classical ballet and / or contemporary dance are organized: see the workshops

For school vacations: see school vacation dates.

Christmas-New Year: No class. workshop Children & Teens the 2nd week.

Fall, Winter, Spring: class ends on Sunday. No class during vacations. class contemporary/classical ballet/jazz the 1st week, class classical ballet and repertoire the 2nd week. Back to school Monday.._

Summer: No class. workshop Kids & Teens 4 weeks of your choice, 2 shows.Studio name link

Registrations, class and courses exclusively online

April 28, 2024

Annual show - April 28, 2024

December 30, 2022

End of year shows workshop

November 20, 2022

Recommended shows

Do I need to give notice of absence?

YES if the participant is a minor, please notify the teacher directly on the class whatsapp group.

NO if the participant is over 18. If you can't come on the scheduled day, you can choose another day or time to replace it, as long as it's roughly the same level.


26 boulevard de Sébastopol, 75004 Paris

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The studios benefit from an exceptional location in the heart of Paris, right next to the Forum des Halles (RER and metro entrance) and the Centre Pompidou.



Châtelet (240m), lines 1, 4, 7, 11, 14

Rambuteau (350m), line 11

Les Halles (350m), line 4

Etienne Marcel (380m), line 4

Hôtel de Ville (400m), lines 1, 11


o Chatelet-Les Halles (250m), lines A, B, D


Lines 27, 38, 45, 47, 58, 67, 70, 74, 75, 76, 85, 96

Line 38 stops just ahead.


Parking Sébastopol, opposite

20 parking lots less than 400m away

Checkrooms - services - lost and found

Changing rooms

Separate men's and women's changing rooms.

Separate men's and women's toilets and showers.

In practice :

> All persons entering the premises (participants, children, parents) are asked to remove their shoes at the entrance and to leave their shoes, coat or umbrella where indicated.

> We recommend that you leave your bag in the checkroom, so as not to take anything into the dance studio.

Lost & Found

Nothing is lost, everything is found!

The lost and found cupboard is located in the vaulted reception room.

Services :

You'll enjoy :

o new, clean studios

o floors with Harlequin flooring and carpets, designed for dancing

o new separate M/F changing rooms with toilets and showers

o a waiting and rest room

o beverages

o dance films

o a sales outlet for dancewear

o an Internet connection.

Teacher recruitment

Our criteria:

PMDS only recruits teachers who have had a significant career on stage, with recognized companies and choreographers.

The D.E. - state diploma - is compulsory. Teaching experience must be convincing, and can be verified at class . Additional training is provided by the school.

We do not recruit teachers who simply have the D.E., but who do not have an important artistic career or who continue a career on stage in parallel.

We're looking for teachers with a passion for teaching, who can work as part of a team with their colleagues.

The specialties considered are exclusively: dance classical ballet, contemporary dance in one of the main techniques (Graham, Horton, Limon ...), Eveil and Initiation to dance.

2023-2024 - When are there STAGES?

Courses are scheduled during all school vacations.

Please consult the section TRAINING of this site.

2023-2024 - What are your closing days and holidays?

Outside of school vacations, PMDS is open every day from Monday to Sunday.

PMDS is closed:

- December 25, January 1, Easter (Sunday and Monday)

- May 1st and 8th (in 2024)

- Ascension Day (Thursday to Sunday inclusive)

- month of August

- public holidays that fall on a Monday or Friday.

School vacations :

Regular annual class courses do not take place during zone C school vacations
Courses are scheduled for all vacations.

2023-2024 - When do class end and resume during school breaks?

How to get the Paris Marais Dance School membership card?

It will be given to you free of charge in October if you have a subscription.

This card is also your membership card for the Association des Amis de Paris Marais Dance School.

This card allows you to get a 10% discount in some dance stores.

Where can I buy dance gear?


26 bd Sébastopol, 75004 Paris

On site at our premises, you can now find a selection of leotards, tights and slippers, including :

Eveil 4 and 5 years: branded white leotards with skirts (€20)

Initiation 6 and 7 years: pink leotards with skirts (20€)

Children, teens, adults: leotards (30€), tights (10€), slippers (18€).

All items are selected for their quality and competitive prices.


23 rue de la Pépinière, 75008 PARIS
(10% discount if you have a class card or proof of subscription with PMDS)


87 avenue des Ternes, 75017 Paris

99 rue de Rennes 75006 Paris

- for dance shoes and tap shoes:
SANSHA 52, rue de Clichy, 75009 Paris

- for tip selection:
FLASHDANCE 17 rue de la Pépinière, 75008 Paris

BLOCH Paris 34, rue du faubourg Saint-honoré, 75008 Paris


REPETTO Parisian stores

Dance outfits for adults ?

Dance classical ballet

  • Women : leotard with tights, ½ pointe or pointe shoes, bun, possibly a short skirt.
    No underwear: favor leotards reinforced at the upper bust; only if necessary, sports bra.
  • Men : leotard or fitted t-shirt with grey or black tights or an academic, ½ pointe shoes. Long hair tied back.
    Boys' underwear: kit/dance belt (Bloch brand, thick), compulsory for all class, rehearsals, shows.

 Contemporary Dance

  • Women : a leotard with tights or academic, barefoot
    No underwear: leotards reinforced at the upper chest; only if necessary, sports bra
  • Men: grey or black leggings, with a fitted t-shirt or academic, barefoot

All outfits must be plain, with no printed designs.

No makeup, or light makeup. No jewelry (watches, bracelets, rings, necklaces, pendants).

Children and teenagers dance outfits ?

Contemporary Dance:

A leotard or fitted t-shirt (for boys) with footless tights or an academic

The contemporary is practiced barefoot.

Dance classical ballet :

    For girls:
  • a leotard (see: outfit to know the model according to class ) + pale pink tights
  • pink half slippers (preferably canvas, Sansha or Attitude brand)
  • spikes (from 12 years old, only for class spikes): it is advisable to test different models (Bloch, Attitude, Flashdance stores)
  • skirt: short, matched with the leotard, only for shows (do not wear in class)
For the Boys:
  • A white leotard with gray tights and ½ point slippers to match the tights. Long hair tied back.

  Boys' underwear: kit/dance belt (Bloch brand, thick), mandatory for all class, rehearsals, shows.

No jewelry (watches, bracelets, rings, necklaces, pendants).

What to wear for a first class (children and adults)?

A t-shirt, leggings, socks.

- dance classical ballet : preferably ballet shoes.

- contemporary dance, floor barre: barefoot.

You can then purchase an outfit that is more in line with regular practice, listed on the Outfits page.

Is it possible to do a class trial?

Outside of the open house, it is possible to do a class trial.

The class trial is free all year long for children.

The class trial is free in September for adults. The rest of the year, it costs the same as a normal class (22€).

It is not necessary to reserve for a class trial or to contact us.

Do you have open days?

OPEN HOUSE from SEPTEMBER 4 to 16, 2023: class FREE! *

During the open days from September 4 to 16, two free class per discipline for new participants!
Try out several disciplines, classical ballet, contemporary, tap, barre au sol, zen dance ..., within the limits of available places.
Come with your friends!


* class are FREE * : for new participants only
class Eveil, Initiation, Children, Teens, Adults, Pre-pros
See the SCHEDULING section for timetables.

Do I need a medical certificate?

‍Forchildren and teenagers, a medical certificate is required every year for annual registration, even in class year. The medical certificate must be provided within one month of online registration.
For courses, the certificate is not required.

For adults, no medical certificate is required.

Whatever the class and the age of the participant, the teacher can ask for a medical certificate if he/she considers it useful.

How do I know if there are still places available?

It's as simple as registering on the online registration platform (link Online registration).

If class or workshop is fully booked, you are automatically put on the waiting list.

Can I participate in a workshop if I am not registered with PMDS?

Yes absolutely, it is not necessary to be registered at class or to have already participated in it to participate in our workshops.

Selection of participants ?

There is no selection of participants, everyone can participate in our class.

In case of doubt, the teachers can ask for a medical certificate.
To preserve the beautiful atmosphere of class and the progress of all participants, the teachers reserve the right to refuse students at any time.

How to find your level?

If you are a complete beginner or an experienced person, the question does not arise:

- beginner 1e class Initiation 1 year

- beginner : 2 to 4 years of practice after the age of 8

- confirmed / advanced : + 6 to 8 years of practice after the age of 8

If you have an intermediate level but haven't danced for a long time, no problem, you choose the level you want (beginner, intermediate or beginner/medium) and you will readjust if necessary.

classical ballet You can present yourself at the level you usually take. Then you will adjust if necessary.

Contemporary-Graham: It is imperative to start with the basic technique, and first of all, with class floor bar with Maggie Boogaart.
For the intermediate level: you must have done all the necessary preparation to be able to do the turns around the back (including "going to the elbow") and at least the first 3 developments of "back leg extension" and "exercise on six" (complete).
For the advanced level: by invitation of the teacher. You must be able to do the 6 developments of back leg extension, a pitch turn, and a tilt up in balance.

How can I subscribe to class ?

Subscriptions can only be taken online on this same site. From the button at the top of the page, choose the teacher, then Annual Activities.

How can I subscribe to several class ?

For the 1st class weekly, choose "1st class".

For the 2nd class weekly, use the button "add a class", then choose "2nd class". 60€ of discount will be deducted automatically.

For the 3rd class weekly, use the button "add a class", then choose "3rd class". 80€ of discount will be deducted automatically.

For the 4th class and following, use the button "add a class", then choose "4th class", then "5th class" .... 80€ of discount will be deducted automatically.

Can I pay in installments?

You can pay in 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 10 times for subscriptions.

You can pay in 1, 2, 3 or 4 times for the cards.

A schedule is provided during the registration process.

The withdrawals are made on successive months.

Is it true that you can pay up to 10 times?

It's true, you can pay up to 10 times for subscriptions taken out in September and October.

When can we start class dancing?

You can start whenever you want, regardless of age or time of year.

Teachers are used to seeing newcomers at every class dance.

Age for the class of Eveil à la danse : 4 and 5 years old

Age for the class of Initiation to dance : 6 and 7 years old

Minimum age for dance classical ballet : 8 years old

Minimum age for contemporary dance: 8 years old

Minimum age for contemporary dance - Graham technique: 14 years

Minimum age for floor bar: 8 years old

What is contemporary dance?

Contemporary dance was born at the beginning of the last century in America, and was created in opposition to dance classical ballet. Great names of contemporary dance: Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, Paul Taylor, Merce Cunningham, Alvin Ailey, Horton ...

In Europe, it has developed with Maurice Béjart, Carolyn Carlson, Pina Baush, JiriKilian, Philippe Découflé and many other living artists whose creations can be seen regularly.

Martha Graham was the first to establish the technique and vocabulary of contemporary dance, and she has trained many great American choreographers, each of whom has used some of her technique.

The Graham technique is the absolute reference, and remains the basis of most contemporary dance styles.

Contemporary dance uses all existing music.

What are the differences between the Graham technique, the Release technique and Modern Fusion?

The Graham technique is an academic technique, the basic reference for most contemporary techniques. Training in this technique helps to develop self-confidence, provides strong energy and promotes self-expression.

The release technique appeared in the 1990s. It is characterized by very fluid passages on the ground and requires less technical knowledge; it is easily accessible.

The Modern fusion technique is a blend of contemporary and neo-classical ballet. A basic knowledge of classical ballet is required for this technique.

I want to start in Graham technique, which class should I take?

To get started in Graham at class , start with a class floor bar with Maggie Boogaart (Mondays at 12:30pm). The teacher will then guide you.

What are the proposed levels?

Awakening and Initiation to dance

  • Awakening : 4-5 years old
  • Initiation 6-7 years
  • Boys : Eveil 4-5 years old and Initiation 6-7 years old

Dance classical ballet - levels: beginner, intermediate, advanced

  • Children from 8 years old + pre-professional track
  • Boys from 8 years old + pre-professional course
  • Teenagers from 13 years old + pre-professional course
  • Adults

Contemporary dance - levels: beginner, intermediate, advanced

  • Graham technique : from 14 years old
  • technique release : from 8 years old
  • Limon and Cunningham techniques: pre-professional track

Barre au sol - all levels