Boys' Tuition-Free Program

Jorge Rullan

Jorge Rullan

 

Boys' Tuition-Free Program

In 2007, the Boys Tuition-Free Program was initiated.  This program provides a venue for young men with a passion for classical ballet and dance.

The Boys Tuition-Free Dance Program was created to make ballet accessible to boys in the Philadelphia and suburban areas. The weekly offers all-boy classes for ages 4 and up.   It is designed to enhance athletic skills, increase flexibility, build muscle strength and help develop coordination. Registration in at least one ballet class is mandatory in order to participate in the program.

Ballet teaches discipline and produces superior core strength, and is the first discipline of all dance forms. The unique and athletic energy of boys is given proper attention in any class. Boys that continue training in the ballet program will in time study alongside girls during classes. When they advance sufficiently, boys will learn partnering skills, which will be necessary for them to forge a career in dance or any college level classes. Learning how to use their larger muscle groups to attain male technique, including jumps and turns specific to their gender are of constant focus. 

Participants in the program also enjoy performance opportunities, including an invitation to audition for PDT’s A Philadelphia Nutcracker. Our male students have played parts in this production year after year, learning theatrical and performance skills along with the athleticism ballet demands. Boys have fun being Soldiers, Bon Bons, Candy Canes, and participating as mischievous young men in the Party Scene.

We are grateful to our generous partners for their support in the 2016-2017 season.