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“Right away, we noticed the dedication the teachers had in helping their students recognize their full potential, making them aware of the importance of all aspects of ballet; strength, stretching, technique, self-discipline, and even nutrition.” - Inge Houghton



“Mandy and Liza received top-level training in SSC's Duxbury classes and are now dancing at a very high level in college with the Columbia Ballet Collaborative.” - Dan Kostreva


























































































































































































































Dance and Movement

Ballet Week at SSC

Ballet Lessons and Classes

José Mateo Ballet Theatre Young Dancers Program at South Shore Conservatory offers formal instruction in classical ballet for dancers beginning at age three. Ballet Theatre's philosophy – that every student has the right to a quality dance education – is unique in the ballet world. Acknowledging that children develop an interest in ballet at varying stages, Ballet Theatre at South Shore Conservatory's Duxbury campus offers a broad range of classes allowing children to enter the program any time between the ages of three and nine.


SSC reserves the right to cancel a class due to low enrollment.
32 weeks

Program has rolling admission.

PLEASE NOTE: Paying tuitions online with PayPal does not register you for programs and lessons. Click here to submit a Class Registration Request or contact our Registrar to complete the registration process. For more information, please contact Nancy Meredith at 781-934-2731, ext. 11.

2013-2014 schedule

The Elementary Division

Creative Dance

José Mateo Ballet Theatre

For three and four year-olds, this 45-minute class allows children to explore their imaginations through the experience of music and movement.
Duxbury: Tuesday 3:00-3:45 pm, Saturday 10:00-10:45 am
$550/year plus $25 registration fee


José Mateo Ballet Theatre

In this one-hour class for five and six year-olds, students learn to explore ranges of movement through basic dance steps (chasse, polka, skipping, etc.) that help them develop basic rhythm and movement skills and posture awareness.
Thursday 3:45-4:45 pm or Saturday, 9-10 am
$605/year plus $25 registration fee

Thursday 3:45-4:45 pm Saturday, 9 - 10 am

Ballet: Level I
José Mateo Ballet Theatre
Taught through structured exercises at the barre and center, this program for children ages seven through nine is a formal introduction to classical ballet and vocabulary.
Tuesday 3:45-5:15 pm
$900/year plus $25 registration fee

The Middle Division

Ballet: Level II
José Mateo Ballet Theatre
Continuing formal ballet training, this two-day-a-week class is recommended for students ages 8 - 11 who have successfully completed at least one year of Level I training. Enrollment is after evaluation only. Tuesday 5:15-6:45, Thursday 4:45-6:15
plus $25 registration fee

Ballet: Level III
José Mateo Ballet Theatre
Students having mastered Level II skills continue to advance their ballet technique and begin preparing for regular training en pointe.
Monday, 5:45-7:45 pm, Wednesday, 3:45-5:45 pm and Friday 5:45-7:45 pm
plus $25 registration fee

Ballet: Level IV
José Mateo Ballet Theatre
A technically more accelerated class, Level IV carefully guides students toward beginning to formulate their plans for intensifying their ballet studies.
Saturday 10:00 am-12:30 pm, Monday 5:45-7:45 pm, Wednesday 3:45-5:45 pm, Friday 3:45-5:45 pm
plus $25 registration fee

Ballet: Level V
José Mateo Ballet Theatre
Monday, 3:45-5:45 pm, Wednesday, 5:45-7:45 pm and Friday 3:45-5:45 pm
plus $25 registration fee

Students are expected to spend at least two years in Levels I – V. Placement for transferring students ages 8 and above is by audition.

Students ages six and older are invited to audition for children’s roles in Ballet Theatre’s production of The Nutcracker, which tours throughout the state.

Call (617) 354-7467 or visit for details.

SmARTy Dance

Create, Pointe, and Flex
Ages 3-6

Girls Groove (Hip Hop for Girls)
Ages 4-7

Hip Hop for Boys
Ages 4-7


Family Yoga Magic
Yoga can be a family activity.  Join with your child to the share healthy habits of movement, brain exercises, and breath awareness.  The class focuses on social, sensory and motor skills – all while having fun with your child.  There will be yoga poses with songs, picture books and games.  Every class ends with a quiet time where children and caregivers can explore a feeling of peacefulness.
Ages 3-6
Hingham Campus
Monday: 10:30-11:15 pm
10 weeks/$180
Register here

Summer Ballet 2014

Level I/II
Wednesdays, 4:00-5:30 pm
August 6, 13, 20
Level III
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00-5:30 pm
August 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21
Level IV/V
Tuesday-Thursday, 5:30-7:30 pm
August 5-21


Dance and Movement Faculty

Meg Durkin, Yoga

Teaching Artist Statement

Teaching yoga is about exploring a whole person: body, mind and breath. When students feel aligned in these three areas, their world expands. I feel extremely fortunate to be in a position to introduce life time habits of movement and mindfulness to children. These habits help nurture the spirit and calm the mind so it is easier to weather the storms that humans face on a daily basis. I am also happy to offer children at the Conservatory a safe and caring place to explore and reach their potential in a noncompetitive environment.

Teaching bio
Meg Durkin, MS, RYT, RCYT has been studying and practicing yoga since 2007. She is a Certified Radiant Child Yoga Instructor, a Licensed Yoga 4 Classrooms Instructor, and also completed her 200 hour RYT Teacher Training through Yoga of Energy Flow. She has a master's degree in Library and Information Science from Simmons College, and a BA in American Studies from Middlebury College. Meg began teaching yoga at the South Shore Conservatory in 2009 to preschool and kindergarten children. Yoga for children teaches them about proprioception, social and emotional skills, self regulation, and body awareness through strength, flexibility and balance. When she not spreading her love of yoga with others, Meg enjoys spending time with her four children. She and her family live in Hingham, MA.

Meg is featured in the South Shore Living article: The Zen Life - Half-pint Style Holistic methods keep South Shore youngsters healthy

Susan MacNichol Guthro, Principal, Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre Young Dancer's Program at South Shore Conservatory Principle, levels III & IV

Susan is a former company member of Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre where she performed corps de ballet and soloist roles. She has danced with Indianapolis Ballet, Boston Early Music Festival, Boston Liturgical Dance Ensemble, Margot Parsons, and The Portland Ballet.
Susan began her teaching as a student teacher at Joffrey Ballet School in New York. Over the last ten years she has taught for many area schools including Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre Young Dancer’s Program. Having the opportunity to work with many great teachers and choreographers throughout her training and career, Susan is thrilled to impart all that she has learned with her students.  She is proud to bring encouragement and a positive atmosphere to all her classes.
Susan was a scholarship student at Joffrey Ballet School’s trainee program and has studied ballet with Boston Ballet School, Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Pennsylvania Ballet School, and North Carolina School of the Arts. She received her early training at The Portland Ballet in Maine.
Susan also shares her love of dance as a licensed ZUMBA ® Fitness teacher.

Duxbury article: Notes from the Conservatory: Ballet – a love affair

Julia Mifsud-Stetson

Julia Mifsud-Stetson

Julia was introduced to dance at the age of three with the Medina Academy of Classical Ballet. There she completed Grades III-V with distinction. Later becoming the teaching assistant to the Creative Movement and Pre Ballet classes at the age of thirteen. She was selected to join the Ohio Youth Ballet Company. She went on to Cincinnati and attended The School of Creative and Performing Arts. She was among the student dancers selected to represent the school while performing in Japan. After high school, Julia chose to attend the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. She completed her BFA as a Dance Major with emphasis in ballet, while simultaneously completing all prerequisites for a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy.

Julia is a certified instructor of the Burdenko Method at the The Burdenko Water and Sports Therapy Institute. She has also has trained under the Royal Academy of Dance, Vaganova, Balanchine, Cecchetti, and Paul Taylor techniques. Julia has taught and danced professionally with the Cincinnati Ballet, Albany Berkshire Ballet, Ballet Quad Cities, Burklyn Ballet Theatre and the Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre. She feels that providing dancers a well rounded curriculum, blended with the joy of dance are keys to success.

Rachel Miscenich-Catanzariti 

Rachel Miscenich-Catanzariti began her training in New Orleans with Leila Hallar at age of four and continued with Harvey Hysell and Vincenzo Celli in the Cechetti Technique, with Natalia Krassovska in the Vaganova Technique and Barbara Forbes from the National Ballet of Canada School. She received extended training with the North Carolina School of the Arts and the San Francisco Ballet School. While still a student in New Orleans, Rachel won first place two years consecutively at the Jefferson Performing Arts Competition.

She enjoyed an international career touring extensively throughout Europe, the United States and Taipei, while performing Soloist and Principal roles with the New Orleans Ballet, the Jackson Ballet, the Cincinnati Ballet, the Basel Ballet of Switzerland, and Bejart Ballet Lausanne in a wide-ranging repertoire from the pure classics of Petipa, to the more contemporary works of Balanchine, Paul Taylor, John Butler, Nils Christie and Maurice Bejart.
After returning to the States in 1992, Rachel was principal guest artist with the Uptown Dance Theatre, the Portland Ballet, North Shore Civic Company, and Boston Dance Company.

Over the years, she has taught at various schools in the New Orleans, Boston and South Shore areas. She has been teaching for Jose Mateo for 14 years.

Early in her career, Rachel sought out and worked with Maggie Black and Finus Jung in New York to discover a more organic approach to ballet. This perspective helped sustain the original motivation for beginning dance so many years before, the love of movement and the freedom found within the discipline of ballet. This passion continues to influence her teacher’s mission today… to guide each student toward perfecting his or her technique, while always beginning from, and returning to, the liberating joy of dance.

Adrienne Perfetuo Zopatti, SmARTy Dance.

Adrienne Perfetuo Zopatti has a B.A. in Dance and Performance Studies from Roger Williams University . She has been studying dance for 16 years, from Ballet to Jazz, Tap to Hip Hop, although her main focus is Modern and Creative dance. She has also trained thoroughly in Figure Skating.

Teaching and choreographing is a huge passion for Adrienne. "Working with children is so fulfilling and rewarding, there isn't anything I would rather do," says Adrienne. A piece Entitled "Emotional Divide," choreographed by Adrienne, was featured and adjudicated in the American College Dance Festival, and received great reviews! In the future, she plans to attend graduate school to pursue more education in the field of teaching.

Adrienne joined the South Shore Conservatory faculty in 2005.

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