Old City (main location)

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The Philadelphia Dance Academy (PDA) is located in the Old City arts community, directly behind Arden Theatre Company. Our dance programs prioritize refined technique, dancer wellness, and artistic development. At our main location we offer: Early Childhood Dance, Primary and Pre-Professional Ballet Programs, a Boys Ballet Scholarship Program, Theater Dance, Contemporary Dance, Adult/Teen Recreational Classes, and Pilates.

All students in Pre-Ballet 1 and up, Theater Dance 1 and up, and Contemporary Dance 1 and up are eligible to participate in our Spring Showcase, which occurs in June each year. Students learn their Showcase dance during normal class time and rehearse together at our main Old City location during the mandatory Dress Rehearsal the Sunday before the Showcase. All ballet students age 5 and up are eligible to audition for our annual production of the Nutcracker. Nutcracker rehearsals take place at our main location on the weekends.

Address: The Creative Arts Building, 219 Cuthbert Street, 3rd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19106

2017-2018 Schedule (enrollment opens June 1)

Classes remain the same Sept 11, 2017–June 10, 2018

Early Childhood

Creative Movement | 2.5–4 years old (at least 3 if joining in Jan)
Monday 10:30–11:30am, 4:00–5:00pm
Tuesday 3:30–4:30pm
Thursday 10:30–11:30am
Saturday 9:30–10:30am, 10:30–11:30am
Sunday 10:00–11:00am
Pre-Ballet 1 | 4–5 years old
Tuesday 10:30–11:30am, 4:00–5:00pm
Wednesday 4:00–5:00pm
Thursday 4:00–5:00pm
Saturday 9:30–10:30am, 10:30–11:30am
Sunday 11:00am–12:00pm
Pre-Ballet 2 | 5–6 years old
Tuesday 4:00–5:00pm
Thursday 4:00–5:00pm
Saturday 9:30am–10:30am, 10:30am–11:30am
Sunday 11:00am–12:00pm

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Primary

Ballet 1/1X | 6–8 years old
Monday 4:00–5:00pm
Thursday 4:00–5:00pm
Saturday 11:30am–12:30pm, 12:30pm–1:30pm
Sunday 12:00pm–1:00pm
Ballet 2/2X | 6–9 years old
Monday 4:00–5:30pm
Wednesday 5:00–6:30pm
Saturday 11:30am–1:00pm
Sunday 12:00–1:30pm
Ballet 3/3X | 7–10 years old (formerly Ballet IIIA)
Each class section meets twice a week; must choose one section.
Monday & Wednesday (MW) 5:00–6:30pm
Tuesday & Thursday (TTh) 5:00–6:30pm

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Pre-Professional

A placement audition is required for new students who are not coming from our Primary program to ensure appropriate placement. Ages listed for each level are merely guidelines.

Ballet 4/4X | 9–12 years old (formerly Ballet IIIB)
Each class section meets twice a week; must choose one section. Each class includes a 30-minute Pointe class. Instructor approval required to buy Pointe shoes. Those not yet in Pointe shoes will take the class in ballet slippers.
Monday & Wednesday (MW) 5:00–7:00pm
Tuesday & Thursday (TTh) 5:00–7:00pm
Ballet 5/5X (formerly Ballet IVA)
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday classes required. All classes include Pointe work.
Monday, required 5:30–7:30pm
Tuesday, required 4:30–6:30pm
Thursday, required 5:00–7:00pm
Friday, required 4:00–6:00pm
Saturday, 5X only 11:30am–1:30pm (with Pilates)
Ballet 6 (formerly Ballet IVB/V)
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday classes required. All classes include Pointe work. Enrolling in more technique classes than the minimum requirement is strongly recommended.
Monday, required 6:30–8:30pm
Tuesday 4:30–6:30pm (combined with 5/5X class)
Wednesday, required 6:30–8:30pm (with Variations)
Thursday, required 6:30–8:30pm (option to also enroll in 5/5X class at 5pm)
Friday 4:00–6:00pm (combined with 5/5X class)
Saturday, required 11:30am–1:30pm (with Pilates)

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Theater Dance

Theater Dance curriculum may include jazz and tap technique. Tap shoes may be required.

Theater Dance 1 | 5–7 years old
Concurrent ballet enrollment recommended but not required, prior dance experience not required.
Wednesday 4:00–5:00pm
Theater Dance 2 | 7–12 years old
Concurrent ballet enrollment recommended but not required, prior dance experience not required.
Friday 4:00–5:00pm
Theater Dance 3 | 9–13 years old
Concurrent ballet enrollment recommended but not required, prior theater dance experience required.
Friday 5:00–6:00pm, 6:00–7:00pm
Theater Dance 4 | 11+ years old
Must also be enrolled in ballet, prior theater dance experience required.
Wednesday 6:30–7:30pm
Friday 7:00–8:00pm (combined with Teen Theater)
Theater Dance 5 | 13+ years old
Must also be enrolled in Ballet 5 or higher, previous ballet and theater dance experience required.
Friday 7:00–8:00pm
Teen Theater Dance | 13+ years old
Concurrent ballet enrollment recommended but not required, prior dance experience not required.
Friday 7:00–8:00pm (combined with Theater 4)

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Contemporary Dance

Contemporary 1 | 7–11 years old
Concurrent ballet enrollment recommended but not required, prior dance experience not required.
Wednesday 4:00–5:00pm
Friday 4:00–5:00pm
Contemporary 2| 10–14 years old
Concurrent ballet enrollment recommended but not required, prior dance experience not required.
Friday 5:00–6:00pm
Contemporary 3| 11–15 years old
Concurrent ballet enrollment recommended but not required, prior contemporary experience required, 2 contemporary classes per week recommended but not required.
Thursday 7:00–8:00pm (combined with Teen Contemporary)
Friday 6:00–7:00pm
Contemporary 4 | 13+ years old
Must also be enrolled in ballet, both contemporary classes per week required, prior ballet and contemporary experience required.
Tuesday 6:30–8:30pm (this class will have a Contemporary Ballet focus)
Friday 6:00–7:00pm
Teen Contemporary Dance | 13+ years old
Concurrent ballet enrollment recommended but not required, prior dance experience not required.
Thursday 7:00–8:00pm (combined with Contemporary 3)

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Adult/Teen

These classes are recreational and not part of the Pre-Professional program. Ballet classes do not participate in the Spring Showcase. Teen Theater and Teen Contemporary do participate in Showcase.

Adult/Teen Beginner Ballet
Monday 7:00–8:00pm
Adult/Teen Intermediate Ballet
Tuesday 7:00–8:30pm
Teen Intermediate Ballet
Wednesday 7:00–8:30pm
Teen Theater Dance | 13+ years old
Friday 7:00–8:00pm (combined with Theater 4)
Teen Contemporary Dance | 13+ years old
Thursday 7:00–8:00pm (combined with Contemporary 3)

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Pilates

Pilates Mat Class
Tuesday 9:15–10:15am
Private Pilates
By Appointment

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