Profile Type: Creative Business
Creative Business
Deborah Mason Performing Arts Center

Deborah Mason is the founder and executive director of the Deborah Mason School of Dance. The studio celebrates dance every day, and about 700 students attend the school every year. DMSD began in Inman Square, Cambridge in 1975 and then moved to North Cambridge in 1999. The School moved to its current location on Somerville Ave in 2014 after a total of six moves in its history. DMSD is a home to many families, unlike any other dance school in the city. The studio is a hidden jewel in Boston and has boasted all-star faculty including Wyatt Jackson, Michelle Dorrance, Ebony Williams, Nina Pillar, Khalid Hill, Ian McKenzie, Chloe Arnold, and more. DMSD offers an unparalleled student experience and a generous financial aid program with over $25,000.00 awarded to more than 40% of our students.

DMSD is committed to excellence in teaching, learning, and developing dancers in many disciplines. Our school is a prominent institution in the community and is highly regarded on both the east and west coast. Our renowned faculty and esteemed visiting artists offer a depth of experience and approach that transform our dancers into empowered artists with a unique individual voice.  Our program embraces what is current and innovative in the field of dance and the faculty are engaged with teaching and pushing the boundaries of dance for students who are excited to work.


Our mission is to:

  • emphasize three elements: personal artistic excellence, appreciation for history, and sustaining diversity through an atmosphere of welcoming and acceptance.

  • employ faculty and staff dedicated to offering top-tier dance instruction to all.

  • prepare our students for the international world of dance while remaining devoted to our home and to       our community.


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624 Somerville Ave
Somerville, MA 02143
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624 Somerville Ave
Somerville, MA 02143
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Profile Type: 
Creative Business
Primary Discipline: 
Dance - General
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - Ballet
Dance - Ethnic
Dance - Hip Hop
Dance - Jazz
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Dance - Tap / Percussive
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General Public
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Schools of the Arts
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Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Performance / Concert / Reading
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
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Town / City