About Us

Coconut Grove Ballet Dance Center is committed to bringing out the uniqueness of students through the art of dance. Our goal is to create strong artistic and technical dancers with the ability to go on to dance professionally, in college or just as a passion. The school provides students with an environment that promotes confidence, creativity, camaraderie and the joy of dance. Students start their dance training with one class a week, and gradually progress to more classes as their technical level increases. Students focus on improving alignment, strength, flexibility, coordination and artistry. All students advance on an individual basis, according to their ability and determination. Many Coconut Grove Ballet alumni have gone on to be accepted to pre-professional and apprenticeship programs such as National Ballet School of Canada, Orlando Ballet School, New World School of the Arts, North Carolina School of the Arts, among others, after completing their full training at CGB. With the discipline and skills learned through their training at CGB, many of our students have also gone on to be doctors, attorneys, architects, interior designers, and other professionals.

Read about our pre-professional division, children’s division, recreational division or adult division.


Coconut Grove Ballet, the family owned academy, and is celebrating its 25th year of sharing the passion of dance.

The academy began when Doris Noriega, a Peruvian immigrant, started teaching ballet to friends & family in her own home. News quickly spread of the private lessons. Before too long, there were so many students Doris had to move the school to a new location. Coconut Grove Ballet was established March 1996.

The school continued to grow not only in size but in course offerings as well, adding new forms of dance and new teachers.

Meanwhile, Carla, Doris’ daughter, was also studying several forms of dance and spending her summers in New York City training in different programs, such the American Ballet Theatre Intensive.

Doris saw her daughter’s potential when she noticed Carla helping students with their technique. She asked Carla to teach one of her classes and from that point, Carla fell in love with teaching. Every year Carla became more involved with the academy.

In 2009, Carla helped facilitate Coconut Grove Ballet’s transition to a brand new location in the heart of Coconut Grove. Since the move, the academy has grown into 4 major divisions: pre-professional, children’s, recreational, and adult.

Coconut Grove Ballet is the only academy in Miami that is certified in the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum. As certified teachers, Doris and Carla impart breakthrough, age-appropriate, and challenging techniques to their students. All Coconut Grove Ballet pre-professional division ballet teachers have to be certified.

The academy offers several dance forms including flamenco, jazz, tap, hip hop, acrobatics, lyrical, contemporary, and modern. Despite this growth, Coconut Grove Ballet has not forgotten its humble beginning. The academy strives to help its community and can be seen performing in various festivals, donating to school auctions and participating in American Ballet Theatre’s Project Plié.


Dance and Academics

Did you know? In addition to poise, discipline, musicality and enjoyment of the arts students that dance have been shown to have higher self-esteem and do better in school. Lessons learned from a well-founded dance education include perseverance, responsibility, commitment, goal setting, focusing and more. Coconut Grove Ballet students have known to excel in academic studies, while maintaining a busy dance schedule.



Coconut Grove Ballet Dance Center facilities are comprised of 2 large state of the art sprung floor studios and 1 smaller scale sprung floor studio. The space includes a reception area, bathroom and changing area for students.