Classes & Programs

The Student Division consists of Levels 1 through 7, for ages 8 through 18.  Classes in this division are carefully 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 the Student Division is by audition only.



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Student Evaluation and Level Placement
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.

Pointe Work and Curriculum Content
In general, mindful of the fact that each student develops at their own pace, pointe classes will begin in Level 3. Partnering classes will begin at Level 5. Upper division men (Levels 5 and 6) will have men’s classes and all upper division students will study modern dance, partnering, variations and have pilates classes. Level 7 students take daily company class with Pennsylvania Ballet II.

*In addition to their regular hours Level 6 students may take Pennsylvania Ballet II classes by invitation of the Director.

Performance Opportunities
As performance is an important aspect of the training of a professional dancer, all students of the School of Pennsylvania Ballet will be afforded the opportunity to audition for appropriate roles in Pennsylvania Ballet’s annual production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker and any other production in the Company’s repertoire with roles consistent with their level of training and development.

Although students may choose to pursue competition opportunities on their own, preparation for competitions will NOT be a part of the curriculum of the School of Pennsylvania Ballet. Participation in competitions should not interfere with a student’s class schedule or their training at the School of Pennsylvania Ballet.


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Pre-ballet classes are designed 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 structured progression of lessons and activities. At the end of Pre-ballet children will have been introduced to ballet steps and terminology and the basics of dance. No auditions are required.  Classes are for ages 6-7 and are one hour long.  The one-hour Saturday music class is an important component of the pre-ballet curriculum.  Students may register for Tuesday Ballet plus Saturday Music, Saturday Ballet plus Music or Tuesday and Saturday Ballet plus Music.  Registration for all three classes is strongly 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, 323N. Broad Street.


Tuesday, 4:15 to 5:15        Pre-Ballet

Saturday, 9 to 10 am         Pre-Ballet

Saturday, 10 to 11 am       Music for Pre-Ballet



35 weeks.

Tuesday Ballet plus Saturday Music (2 classes per week)

Saturday Ballet plus Saturday Music (2 classes  per week)

Tuesday and Saturday Ballet plus Saturday Music (3 classes per week)



No audition is required to register. Classes will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Your completed registration form, indicating specific classes and class times and accompanied by a $25 Registration Fee and 25% Tuition Deposit, should be sent to:

Joanne Smith, Registrar
The School of Pennsylvania Ballet
323 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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

Adult ballet classes are designed to accommodate a range of ability and experience levels. Classes are generally structured the same as classes for younger dancers, beginning at the barre for warming up and stretching, an important component of class for dancers of all ages, then progressing to the center for larger movements. Technique and turnout will be addressed, but the focus of the class will on developing proper form, with an emphasis on strengthening and toning the body. Taking part in an adult ballet class is good for your body as well as your mind. Besides promoting cardiovascular fitness and good posture, ballet is an enjoyable activity for people of all ages.

In addition to a full range of classes for students, ages 6 to 21, the School is offering open adult classes three evenings a week.  All classes are held at the Louise Reed Center for Dance at 323 N. Broad Street.  


Adult Ballet
Monday Evenings from 6:00 to 7:30.
Faculty: Natasha Levitas

Tuesday and Thursday Evenings from 6:30 to 8:00pm.
Faculty: Mr. Henry Roy

Tuition & Fees
Adult students may purchase a 5-class card for $80 or drop in for single classes at $18 per class.  Call the registrar, Joanne Smith, at 215-587-6942 for more information.

Individual classes (Ballet or Pilates): $18 per class

Five Class Pre-Paid Card: $80 ($16 per class)

Ten Class Pre-Paid Card: $150 ($15 per class)

What to Wear
If you feel uncomfortable wearing tights and a leotard, simply wear a T-shirt and sweatpants. Make sure you wear something that allows you to move freely. Before you buy ballet slippers, ask your teacher which type he prefers. Ballet slippers are typically made of either canvas or leather. Depending on the studio floor, one material may be preferable over the other.

All adult students must be pre-registered. Please fill out the form below and send to the Registrar, Joanne Smith at, to pre-register and to purchase SPB Class Cards.

Adult Class Registration Form



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