Class and Programs

Photo: Veronica Granika

Photo: Veronica Granika

Pre-School Divisions: (Ages 3-6)

Pre Ballet 1, 2, & 3 and Tot Hip Hop

A love of music and moment is encouraged through games and and guided imaginary play.  Exercises focused on gross motor skills, balance, coordination, rhythm, and finding joy in movement are at work.  As young dancers progress through to Pre-Ballet 3, beginning ballet steps and French terminology are introduced, however creativity and exploration are still emphasized.

 

Primary Division: (Ages 7 and up)
Ballet 1 through 6 - Modern, Jazz, and Pilates

Beginning with ballet technique, our syllabus focuses on engaging proper alignment, balance, musicality, and instruction with French vocabulary.  As the dancers progress through the levels, more intricate movement sequences are introduced, athletic steps such as jumps and turns, appropriate extension of the legs and feet are enforced, use of head is introduced, and proper preparation for center work are of continual focus.  Dancers are encouraged to add other dance forms by Level 3 to broaden their scope of understanding contemporary movement.

Pre-Professional Division: (Ages 14 and up)
Ballet 5 through 6 

Mastery of classical ballet technique continues with daily ballet classes, additional specialty classes of pointe for ladies, men’s class, partnering, and Pilates.  Contemporary dance forms of Modern and Jazz round out the training to prepare the dancer for a professional career.  As the repertory becomes more diverse, strength, fluidity of movement, and a sensitivity to musicality are all emphasized. While each dancer progresses, they are encouraged to master their own individual movement expression.  A rigorous class and performance schedule complete this distinctive program.

Adult  Division

The Adult Program offers classes that are fashioned for adult students of all levels of training, from former dancers/professionals to absolute beginners. Attention to correct body alignment/placement, strength and flexibility, and providing formal training in the foundations of classical ballet. The Adult Program is an open program offering single drop-in classes to all adults or a class card of 12 classes. Monthly tuition and annual registration is available for adults that wish to attend on a regular basis.  There is no dress-code for the Adult Division classes.  Adults may take any of the classes on the schedule, not just the Open or Adult classes.

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Ballet Dreams

Philadelphia Dance Theatre is proud to announce Ballet Dreams, an adaptive ballet class designed to allow children to experience the joy of dance regardless of their physical ability.This class allows students who have cognitive and or physical challenges enjoy the creative and physical benefits of dance in a safe and nurturing environment. Classes will be held Monday evenings 5:30-6:15from September 12th to November 7th.  Please note there are numerous steps leading into the studio. Please call 215.247.4272 to learn more.