All programs are in our studios at:
323 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19107
Age ranges for each program are approximate and the
Ballet will place students into levels based on their ability.
General auditions take place periodically throughout the year. If you are unable to attend one of these scheduled auditions, please call 215.587.6942 to arrange an individual evaluation.
Classes are graded on a student’s age, development, and physical strength. Through the school’s syllabus, students are introduced to progressive, age-appropriate levels of ballet technique with advancement between levels based upon annual faculty evaluation of each student’s technical ability, physical aptitude, strength, attendance, and classroom effort.
Entry into Fundamental A of the student division is by audition only (though students enrolled in our Primary Level can be reevaluated by school faculty to determine admission eligibility). A student’s feet, flexibility, turnout, structure, and overall physicality are also taken into consideration for admission, as these attributes are often considered requisite for professional accomplishment in classical ballet.
Student progress is assessed throughout the year on an ongoing basis, with in-year level adjustments made where warranted. Level placement for the following year of instruction will be determined by faculty evaluation of each student’s individual development, work habits, and progress throughout the previous year’s curriculum.
Students are permitted on pointe once it poses no risk of injury—a determination made at the sole discretion of the faculty. All upper-division students will study contemporary/modern dance, partnering, and variations as well as Pilates or stretching classes. Students in studio work will have their instruction supplemented with lectures on dancer health, nutrition, injury prevention, music theory, and similarly related topics.
Students in our Professional program take morning classes, where they will have the opportunity to do so with our second company (PBII) and with Pennsylvania Ballet Artistic Director Angel Corella. Students in this level also have the option of taking additional classes in the evening. As well, they will be mentored in all succeeding steps as they begin the audition process and prepare for the profession.
Performing is a crucial training aspect of any professional dancer; therefore, all students in the Professional Program are required to participate. The performance is optional for Pre-Ballet through Advanced A, but is highly recommended. As well, some students will be afforded an opportunity to be cast (for appropriate roles) in Pennsylvania Ballet’s yearly production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®. Professional Program students may also be cast (in roles consistent with their level of training) by Pennsylvania Ballet’s artistic director and ballet masters to perform alongside company members in select productions of the company’s repertoire.
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®
This year, Pennsylvania Ballet will present 30 performances of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®. The production contains numerous children’s roles, which will be filled exclusively by School of Pennsylvania Ballet students. Per Pennsylvania child labor statutes, students must be seven years old or older by the audition date in order to participate. Casting decisions are made based on height, musicality, presence, behavior, work ethic, and technique.