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.

 

Level

Days Per Week

Hours Per Week

Tuition

1

3

4.5

$2,000

2

4

6

$2,360

3

4

9

$3,300

4

5

12.5

$4,160

5

6

15

$5,040

6

6

17*

$5,460

7

6

23.5

$5,460

 

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.

Competitions
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.



  

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

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.

Schedule

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

Saturday, 9 to 10 am         Pre-Ballet

Saturday, 10 to 11 am       Music for Pre-Ballet

 

Tuition

35 weeks.

Tuesday Ballet plus Saturday Music (2 classes per week)
$1200

Saturday Ballet plus Saturday Music (2 classes  per week)
$1200

Tuesday and Saturday Ballet plus Saturday Music (3 classes per week)
$1700

 

Registration

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

Download Pre-ballet Registration Form

 



  

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