About Us

Coconut Grove Ballet 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 professional, 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.


Coconut Grove Ballet, the family owned mother-daughter academy, is celebrating its 21st 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.

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 as well.

The academy offers several dance forms including flamenco, jazz, tap, Hip Hop, acrobatics, lyrical, and modern. Despite this growth, Coconut Grove Ballet has not forgotten its humble begins. 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 facilities are comprised of two 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.


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