Marina O'Rourke with dancers Hannah Caylor and Stephanie Nelson

Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Academy of Ballet to properly train and expose students to the art of ballet.  It is our goal to develop a lifelong appreciation for this art as a dancer and as a knowledgeable member of the audience.

Tatiana Bechenova: Founder    

Marina O'Rourke: Director/Instructor    

Megan Macleod: Artist-in-Residence/Instructor       



Official School of the Dubuque City Youth Ballet


Elizabeth Runde - Grand Jete

The Academy of Ballet has been in continuous operation since 1958. Our curriculum includes Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Ballet Technique.  Additional classes include Partnering, Character, Modern, Floor Barre, and Variations.  Adult classes include Ballet Technique (beginning, intermediate and advanced) and Ballet Exercise classes during daytime hours.

Classical Ballet Training for Children ages 6 through Adult


Danielle Allen, Jac Breitbach - Tombe

The Academy of Ballet is located within the Grand Opera House, a Dubuque landmark, and a thriving community theater.  It is located at the intersection of 8th and Iowa Streets.  A public parking ramp is directly across from the front door of the theater.


Home of the Heartland Ballet


Fifth Position

 Studio Location:  Grand Opera House, 135 W. 8th Street, Dubuque Iowa 52001.

Office Location: 2085 Mullin Road, Dubuque, Iowa 52001.   563.583.2047