The IAD Story

Dance for JOY!

Adult & Children’s classes in Classical Ballet, Hip-Hop, Lyrical, Tap,
Modern, Spanish Dance, Broadway Jazz, & Zumba.

The International Academy of Dance (IAD) is home of the Santa Cruz City Ballet, and provides many performing opportunities for dancers.  Of course, includes the annual Nutcracker at Cabrillo’s Crocker Theater, and a large scale production in June. Read on to learn about the IAD Story, and discover why we dance for joy!

Who We Are

The IAD Story begins with ballet, as classical ballet training is at the heart of our training curriculum! But we also offer expert classes in Lyrical, Hip-Hop, Tap, Dance Conditioning, and Musical Theater. Because of this, we encourage all dancers to become well-versed in many styles, so they can learn any choreography. IAD dancers are empowered and versatile, strong and powerful—on stage and off.

IAD provides professional training for dancers of all ages and abilities in a warm and encouraging atmosphere. Each instructor is an accomplished artist and prioritizes each dancer’s safety, physical, mental and emotional wellness. As a result, they approach technique and performance with laser focus and the highest realistic expectations based on achievable goals.

Who We’re For

Everyone can enjoy the benefits of dance classes! From two year old “Little Tutu” students, kids, and adults looking for an enjoyable way to exercise, to professional dancers looking for a great class to drop-into, and pre-professional students ready to take on the invigorating discipline of pursuing a career in Classical Ballet, Broadway or Beyond! We have something for all levels here at the International Academy of Dance.

How We Do It

IAD is equipped with a spacious state-of-the-art facility with four beautiful studios. Firstly, each studio has sprung floors. And secondly, each studio has the same Marley dance surface used by the Royal Ballet to reduce injury and fatigue in dance. We’ve also doubled down on our cleaning regiment, to keep all of us safe and healthy during these unprecedented times.

IAD currently has the only certified Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) instructor in the Bay Area, as well as instructors offering Vaganova, ABT, Pilates, Finis Jhung & Lisa Howell teaching certifications. Thanks to our stellar staff, we are continually striving to be the best we can be. We’re here to help you achieve your dreams! So let’s continue to move forward together, one dance step at a time, finding the JOY and self-fulfillment learning to dance brings to our soles and our souls.

Join Us!

More than dance…dance is health, balance, poise, grace, joy, energy and synergistic motion. Join the movement to dance with JOY!

We look forward to seeing you in the studio and the opportunity to share our love of dance…and we hope to see you at the Nutcracker on December 15th & 16th at Cabrillo’s Crocker Theater. Tickets at