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Summer Program

2014 Summer Program, July 7 to August 8


Located in the Louise Reed Center for Dance in Center City Philadelphia, the home of Pennsylvania Ballet, the Summer Program of The School of Pennsylvania Ballet offers the serious ballet student an intensive, high level of instruction that includes classical ballet technique, pointe work, partnering, men’s classes, variations, as well as complementary classes in modern dance, Pilates and peak performance training.  Each year, The School of Pennsylvania Ballet holds an intensive, five-week Summer Program that attracts students from around the United States and Canada. Students are admitted to the Summer Program by invitation only, based on the results of a national audition tour held in January and February. Dates to be announced. The Summer Program culminates in a week-long Company Experience for students at the peak of their training.



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

Class Schedule

For Intermediate and Advanced students, the five-week program includes 5 hours of classes per day, Monday through Friday, with additional technique and pointe classes on Saturday mornings.  Levels 2 and 3 have 4 hours of class per day, Monday through Friday, with an optional strand of 1-hour enrichment classes each day.  Level 3 students will have an additional technique and pointe class on Saturday mornings. A regular schedule of classes for Pre-Ballet (1 to 3 hours per week) and Level 1 (7.5 hours per week) will also be offered. Current SPB students are not required to audition for the summer program.  SPB students’ will be placed at their current level for the Summer Program. An additional sixth week, The Company Experience, for advanced students and young professionals, ages 16 to 21, will be offered again this year.

Tuition and Fees

Intermediate-Advanced (L4-L6)
6 days/27.5 hours per week

Level 3       
6 days/22.5 hours per week

Level 2  
5 days/20 hours per week

Level 1
5 days/7.5 hours per week

5 days/5 hours per week

(Pre-Ballet students may register for 1 to 5 classes per week, space permitting, and will be billed accordingly.)  



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

In addition to the regular faculty of The School of Pennsylvania Ballet, School Director William DeGregory, Principal Teacher Arantxa Ochoa, Laura Bowman, Martha Chamberlain, Alexei Borovik, Sarah Cooper and Jon Martin, the Summer Program faculty will feature Pennsylvania Ballet principal dancers Zachary Hench, Julie Diana and Amy Aldridge, guest instructors for lectures and specialty classes and master classes taught by Pennsylvania Ballet Artistic Director Roy Kaiser.



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

Fully supervised and chaperoned housing in a secured dorm at Drexel University will be available for students ages 12 to 18 from Sunday afternoon, July 6 through Saturday morning, August 9.  Summer program housing includes air conditioned rooms, full meal plan, free laundry facilities, daily transportation to and from the studios, and regular dorm activities.  Housing costs in 2013 were $2750 for the five weeks, not including access to the University’s recreation center or optional trip fees.  Updated costs will be available shortly.




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