About the School

The School of Pennsylvania Ballet provides the highest caliber of dance education in the Greater Philadelphia region, providing our students with exceptional training and unparalleled performance opportunities.
Our School was founded by Barbara Weisberger, a protégé of the great George Balanchine, who shared his devotion to training young artists. Today this school carries on that tradition - developing young artists' technical training and preparing students to become successful in today's ballet world. 
Situated in one of Philadelphia's most up-and-coming neighborhoods, The School of Pennsylvania Ballet provides a complete education for our students, starting with Dance with Me, and Creative Movement classes and progressing all the way to the training needed for a professional career. The faculty is comprised of current and former members of Pennsylvania Ballet, along with some of the area's best dance educators.
In the Summer of 2016 Artistic Director Angel Corella announced Anasasia Babayeva and Denis Gronostayskiy would be leading The School of Pennsylvania Ballet as Co-Principals. Anastasia and Denis trained at the world-famous Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, and had extensive performance careers dancing a wide variety of lead roles in classical ballets as well as works by George Balanchine, and other renowned comteporary choreographers. As teachers, they are committed to making sure their students have incredibly strong technical and incredibly beautiful artistry, and will bring with them a strong understanding of what is required for a successful career in today's ballet world.
Our students receive intensive instruction in each of the classical disciplines: classical ballet technique, pointe work, partnering, men's classes, and variations. To further assist in their studies, students are provided additional classes in modern dance, stretch & strengthen, and Pilates. All ballet classes (except for Pre-Ballet) are accompanied by a live pianist.
Students of The School of Pennsylvania Ballet have the unparalleled advantage of close affiliation with Pennsylvania Ballet, one of the country's leading ballet companies. Through this affiliation, The School of Pennsylvania Ballet students have the opportunity to perform in professional productions with the company. Each year, an average of 100 students are selected exclusively from The School of Pennsylvania Ballet to perform in Pennsylvania Ballet's holiday production of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker®. In addition to this and other performances with Pennsylvania Ballet, the School presents an annual Spring performance.  
Attracting students from around the United States and Canada, The School of Pennsylvania Ballet also holds an annual five-week summer course and a weeklong 'Company Experience'. Students are admistted through auditions, which are scheduled in cities around the United States in January and February of each year. 
 
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