The Philadelphia Dance Academy (PDA) is located a few blocks from Society Hill in the Old City arts community, directly behind the Arden Theatre. In addition to a full class schedule at this main location, the Academy offers two satellite programs:
Our goal at The Philadelphia Dance Academy is to provide exceptional dance training in a professional and positive environment. We view each student as an individual and aim to ensure he or she reaches maximum potential. Students are placed in appropriate training programs and taught by a professional, experienced faculty.
Our programs prioritize refined technique, dancer wellness, and artistic development. At our main location in Old City we offer: Early Childhood Dance, Primary and Pre-Professional Ballet Programs, a Boys Scholarship Program, Theater Dance, Contemporary Dance, Adult/Teen Recreational Classes, and Pilates.
The Philadelphia Dance Academy is home to The Philadelphia Youth Ballet. PYB was founded to inspire dedicated young dancers by providing them with the opportunity to learn and perform a diverse repertoire. PYB rehearsals and performances help young dancers develop their artistry and build confidence, enhancing the technical precision demanded in their technique classes.
The Philadelphia Dance Academy is proud to include the AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE® National Training Curriculum, a breakthrough 8 level program that combines high quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development. The ABT® National Training Curriculum consists of a comprehensive set of age-appropriate, outcome-based guidelines to provide the highest quality ballet training to dance students of all ages and skill levels. Primary through Level 7 will be taught by ABT® Certified Teacher, Lori A. Lahnemann, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.