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Classes & Programs

The School program consists of four divisions:

Preparatory Division

Intermediate Division

Advanced Division

Pre Professional Division

Pre Ballet I and II
Level I
Level II

Level III
Level IV
Level V

Level VI
Level VII

Level VIII

Classes in these divisions are graded by age, physical strength and development. Students are introduced to progressive levels of ballet technique following the school syllabus for each age-appropriate level. Advancement from level to level is based on annual faculty evaluations of the individual student’s technical ability, physical aptitude, strength, classroom effort and attendance. Entrance to Level I is by audition only. Students enrolled in Pre ballet would be reevaluated by the school faculty. The student’s feet, flexibility, turnout , structure and proportions are also taken into consideration, as these physical attributes are generally considered requisite for professional accomplishment in classical ballet.

General auditions take place periodically throughout the year. If you are unable to attend one of the auditions scheduled, please call 215-587-6942 to organize an individual one.

Each student’s development, work habits and progress through the curriculum will be evaluated each year to assure appropriate level placement for the subsequent year of study. Student progress is also evaluated on an ongoing basis and level adjustments will be made throughout the year when warranted. Students wishing to take on additional hours of study in lower level classes may do so, space permitting and with approval of the School Director, for an additional fee.

 

Students would be allowed on pointe when it is safe, without risk of injury and only at the discretion of the faculty. Partnering classes will begin in Level 5.  All upper division students will study modern dance, partnering, variations and take Pilates or Stretching classes. Students in studio work are supplemented with lectures on such topics as dancer health, nutrition, injury prevention, music theory and other related topics.

Students in our Pre professional Division take classes in the mornings where they have the opportunity to take some classes with Pennsylvania Ballet II . In addition, the men have the privilege to take some company classes taught by Artistic Director Angel Corella .

Students  at this level have the choice of taking extra classes in the evening and are mentored in their next steps as they go through the audition process and prepare for the profession.

NEW SCHOLARSHIP FUND FOR BOYS AGES 6 TO 17

The School of Pennsylvania Ballet is proud to announce the new Herbert and Joyce Kean Scholarship Fund for Boys that allows boys to explore ballet’s non-traditional form of athletic activity while helping them realize their talent and passion.

The Scholarship Fund provides full-tuition scholarships for boys ages 6 to 17 who are accepted into The School of Pennsylvania Ballet.  At The School of Pennsylvania Ballet, we understand that ballet is in competition with football, basketball, hockey, baseball and other sports for the best male athletes.  Accordingly, we assure the boys that start with us that they will be challenged athletically at the same time they are enriched artistically During the 35-week school year the students receive intensive instruction in classical ballet technique, partnership, men’s classes as well as modern dance, Pilates and weight lifting.

Students who receive scholarships are required to have excellent attendance and behavior. A poor record would deprive a student of a ballet scholarship.

PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES

As performance is an important aspect of the training of a professional dancer, all students of The School of Pennsylvania Ballet will participate on a end of the year performance and some of them would be afforded the opportunity to be cast for appropriate roles in Pennsylvania Ballet’s annual production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. Higher  level students may have the opportunity to be chosen to dance among the company members to participate in some of the Company’s repertoire with roles consistent with their level of training and development. In these cases the Pennsylvania Ballet’s Artistic Director and Ballet Masters cast the students from the School for company ballets. Casting decisions are made with considerable thought and care, but are not an indication of professional potential. 

THE NUTCRACKER

Pennsylvania Ballet presents over 30 performances of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker each season. The Nutcracker has many children’s roles, which will be filled ONLY by The School of Pennsylvania Ballet students. Per Pennsylvania child labor statutes, students must be 8 years old or older by October, to participate. Casting decisions are made based on height, musicality, presence, behavior, work ethic and technique.

TUITION
Tuition details will be distributed to families of students who have been invited to participate in the 2015-16 school year.
  

 Ainsliewear, The official leotard of The School of Pennsylvania Ballet.

ENROLL NOW, CLASSES START ON SEPTEMBER 15!

Professional dancers are highly-trained, superbly-conditioned athletes as well as artists.  But they do not start that way.  They start as young boys and girls who, perhaps, attend a performance of The Nutcracker and come away mesmerized by the story, the music, and above all, the movement.  Many careers begin with a question, “Mom, I want to do that, too!”

At the School of Pennsylvania Ballet, we not only understand this emotional response on the part of children who are six or seven years old – we celebrate it.  This is where it all begins, and we take as much care with the small children as we do with the established professionals.  Not everyone will have a career in dance, but any child can benefit from the joy, discipline and exuberance of learning at the School of Pennsylvania Ballet.  And, in addition to the life-long skills they will develop, certain ones will, slowly and carefully, mature into professional dancers.

It is easy to begin.  No audition is required.  The time commitment is limited.  Our goal is to encourage creative movement, self-expression and group interaction while introducing basic ballet vocabulary and music concepts. These classes are a prelude to formal ballet instruction and introduce children to music and movement through a progression of lessons and activities. At the end of Pre-Ballet both boys and girls will have been introduced to ballet steps and terminology, and to the basics of dance.

We offer a one-hour class on Saturdays to our students in Pre-Ballet I and a one hour class on Tuesdays and Saturdays for our students in Pre -Ballet II.

All classes are held at the Louise Reed Center for Dance, at 323 North Broad Street, where an added benefit is the opportunity to peek in at classes of the older students.     

For more information, to arrange for a no-obligation visit or to register your child, please call 215- 587-6942. Your child is welcome to join Pre-Ballet at the School of Pennsylvania Ballet at any time during the year, including the summer.  Please note that Pre-Ballet is not a part of the graded curriculum at The School of Pennsylvania Ballet and students seeking admission to Level 1 will be reevaluated it by the school faculty at the end of the year.

Pre-Ballet I (1 class per week)
4-5 years of age, no experience required

Annual tuition: $800

Saturdays ………….9:00 am- 10:00 am

Pre -Ballet II (2 classes per week required)
6-7 years of age, no experience required

Annual tuition:  $1440

Tuesdays…………. 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Saturdays …………10:00 am - 11:00 am

Download Pre-ballet Registration Form

To learn more and to sign up for classes call, 215-587-6942



  

 Ainsliewear, The official leotard of The School of Pennsylvania Ballet.

Open classes for adults have ended for the summer.