Classes & Programs

The School of Pennsylvania Ballet offers classes in four divisions, as well as open classes:
Children's Program
School Division
Pre-Professional Division
Trainee Program
Open Classes
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 would be allowed on pointe when it is safe, without risk of injury and only at the discretion of the faculty.  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 classes with Pennsylvania Ballet II and with Artistic Director Angel Corella .
Students in 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.
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.
George Balanchine's THE NUTCRACKER®
This year Pennsylvania Ballet will present 25 performances of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. 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 details will be distributed to families of students who have been invited to participate in the 2016/2017 school year.