Whether you’re looking to introduce your child to the world of classical ballet, build upon lessons and techniques already acquired, or just instill in them a love of dance and a true sense of accomplishment, Pennsylvania Ballet has you covered. Our Children’s Summer Program aims to instruct, delight, and inspire—all within a creative and nurturing environment led by a dedicated and passionate staff of ballet professionals. Your children will have the time of their lives, make new friends, and perhaps even learn a little bit about themselves along the way.

Our children’s program has an open enrollment policy, and auditions are not required. But please note: classes fill up quickly and are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Four-week summer session:  July 2nd –  July 28th

DANCE WITH ME

Ages 2 – 4
Saturdays 9 – 9:45am

A special summer class where children ages 2 – 4 invite their beloved grown-ups to dance with them!  An interactive movement class celebrating the bond between child and care giver. Together we will move through space, explore our bodies, and practice coordination while gaining strength. In Dance with Me we utilize our ever-expanding imagination to evoke our movement. We use our imaginations to tell stories and express them with our bodies as we dance our way through parks and beaches, magical forests, and castles. We learn about different levels in space, musicality, and diverse movement qualities. At SPB, we aim to enhance the self-esteem and joy of the child. In the Dance with Me classes, the dancers find a little more support with the help of their caregiver.

PRE-BALLET

(Ages 5 – 6)
Saturdays 10 – 11am

Pre-Ballet classes focus on the introduction of basic ballet terminology and execution of steps. Classes are taught by experienced classically trained faculty who are extremely passionate about fostering the young dancer’s individuality and sense of self. In addition to learning the classical ballet basics, the Pre-Ballet class will be guided through creative movement exercises used to explore the many ways in which dance can expand one’s expression of life. We touch on spatial and body awareness, the dancer’s connection to feelings and translation into movement, story-telling, team work, and discipline.

PRIMARY

(Ages 6 – 7, 2 class per week requirement)
Tuesdays 5 – 6pm
Saturdays 11 – 12pm

Primary class will focus on gaining muscular strength and conditioning to support the young dancer’s proper alignment. We will continue to develop our understanding of the beginning principles of classical positions and steps; both at the barre and in center. During Primary, we aim to properly prepare our young dancers to enter The School of Pennsylvania Ballet’s Pre-Professional Program. At SPB, we seek to not only teach an outstanding level of classical ballet technique, but to emphasize the importance of the love and joy of dance. We want to inspire our dancers at a young age to be curious and to always be hungry to learn more. Dancers are sure to leave class inspired by their own amazing accomplishments.

SLEEPING BEAUTY CHILDREN’S DANCE CAMP

Ballet, Creative Movement, Arts & Crafts, and a Performance!
(Ages 4-7)
June 25th – June 29th
Monday – Friday, 9 – 12pm
Tuition: $250

SNOW WHITE CHILDREN’S DANCE CAMP

Ballet, Creative Movement, Arts & Crafts, and a Performance!
(Ages 4-7)
August, Dates TBA
Monday – Friday, 9 – 12pm
Tuition: $250

Some camps have canoes. Others involve campfires and nature hikes. Ours, however, calls for mystical woodland creatures, jealous queens and evil spells, magic mirrors, beautiful princesses and handsome princes, seven friendly dwarfs, and fairy tale adventures through an iconic fantasy world filled with wonder, surprise, and imagination. With classes daily, this is a fun filled and exciting way for your child to spend the week—making new friends (real and imagined), crafting art, creating dance, and bringing the stories of The Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White to life through the magic of ballet!

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Children's Program

Introduce your child to the joy of dance while laying a foundation for continued ballet studies.

Faculty

Meet our school’s highly respected roster of dance educators as well as our lineup of renowned guest instructors.

Family Programming

Ballet isn’t just for grownups! It can open doorways to imagination and cast a spell that excites the kid in all of us.