Classes & Programs
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 Tuesday afternoon and another one-hour class on Saturday morning to our students in Pre-Ballet. In addition, after the Saturday class, we offer an hour-long music class. Beginners can register for one, two or all three of these classes. Registration for all three classes is recommended for maximum progress and eventual movement to Level 1. All classes are held at the new home of Pennsylvania Ballet, 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 six- or seven-year old child is welcome to join Pre-Ballet at the School of Pennsylvania Ballet at any time during the year, including the summer.
The Pre-Ballet Weekly Schedule
- Tuesday, 4:15 to 5:15 PM – Pre-Ballet
- Saturday, 9:00 to 10:00 AM – Pre-Ballet
- Saturday, 10:00 to 11:00 AM – Music for Pre-Ballet
- Tuition is based on a 35-week calendar.
- Tuesday Pre-Ballet plus Saturday Music (2 classes per week) - $1,200
- Saturday Pre-Ballet plus Saturday Music (2 classes per week) - $1,200
- Tuesday and Saturday Pre-Ballet plus Saturday Music (3 classes per week) - $1,700
- Summer Session is based on a 5-week calendar (5 classes per week) - $420.
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