"Through its emphasis on improving clean technique, developing artistry, and inspiring hard work and dedication in its dancers, the School has improved me both as a dancer and person."

Katie Capristo, Pennsylvania Ballet II Dancer

The School of Pennsylvania Ballet offers the highest caliber dance education of any program in the Greater Philadelphia area, providing our students with exceptional technical training and unparalleled performance opportunities. Founded by Barbara Weisberger, a protégé of the great George Balanchine, the school carries on his honored tradition of (and devotion to) developing young artists and preparing them to become successful professionals in today’s competitive ballet landscape.

Situated in one of Philadelphia’s most up-and-coming neighborhoods, the School of Pennsylvania Ballet provides a complete education for our students, starting with the Dance with Me and Creative Movement classes for our youngest students and effectively progressing to the level of training needed to sustain a career as a working ballet professional. Each student is individually evaluated and placed according to their ability level by a dedicated faculty comprised of current and former members of Pennsylvania Ballet, along with some of the industry’s finest dance educators.


Under the direction of Interim Principal and Assistant Artistic Director Samantha Dunster, our students receive extensive instruction in each of the following disciplines: classical ballet technique, pointe work, partnering, men’s classes, and variations. Further complimenting their studies, students are also provided courses in contemporary/modern dance, stretch and strengthen, and Pilates, and, with the exception of our pre-ballet programs, a live pianist accompanies all classes. In addition, students of the school assume a close affiliation with Pennsylvania Ballet, providing them an invaluable opportunity to perform in professional productions alongside some of today’s foremost ballet artists. Each year, an average of 100 students are selected exclusively from the school to perform in the company’s holiday classic, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®. In addition to this and other performance opportunities with the company, the school also presents an annual spring performance.

Equally, the School of Pennsylvania Ballet also attracts students from across the nation and abroad to participate in its annual five-week summer intensive and weeklong Company Experience and Young Dancer Workshop. Students are admitted through auditions held in cities around the country January through March of each year.

 

CONTACT

The School of Pennsylvania Ballet
323 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19107

Joanne Smith, School Manager
215.587.6942 | jsmith@paballet.org

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Programs & Classes

Receive extensive instruction in classical ballet discipline. Earn opportunities to perform in professional productions and augment your training with expanded instruction in contemporary/modern dance, Pilates, and other strength-building techniques.

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Summer Programs

Learn about our annual five-week summer intensive and weeklong programs. Attracting students from across the nation and abroad, these programs boasts esteemed faculty and unique dance education opportunities. Select students may be invited to attend the School of Pennsylvania Ballet’s full-year program.

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Faculty

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

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Auditions

Don’t miss out! Learn the when, where, and how of our national audition tour, scheduled in cities around the country each January and February.

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Parent Community

As part of the Pennsylvania Ballet family, we gladly provide this page as a useful resource for important information pertaining to your child’s dance education.

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PBII Community Performances

Learn more about our troupe of next-generation professionals who serve as the company’s local ambassadors, performing at area schools, smaller venues, and alongside the main company of Pennsylvania Ballet.

Season & Tickets

Whether you enjoy the grandeur and pageantry of full-length ballets or the breathtaking innovation of more contemporary works, our 54th season consists of a mixed repertoire designed to thrill and delight.

Meet the Ballet

Pennsylvania Ballet comprises a team of dedicated professionals—each one devoted to bringing you the most thrilling and inspired works ballet has to offer.