Old City (main location)

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The Philadelphia Dance Academy (PDA) is located a few blocks from Society Hill in the Old City arts community, directly behind the Arden Theatre. 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 Scholarship Program, Theater Dance, Contemporary Dance, Adult/Teen Recreational Classes, and Pilates.

All students in Pre-Ballet I and up, Theater Dance I, and Contemporary I 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

2016-2017 Schedule

(classes remain the same Sept 12, 2016–June 11, 2017)

Early Childhood

Creative Movement | 2.5–4 years old
Monday 10:30–11:30am
Tuesday 4:00–5:00pm
Thursday 10:30–11:30am
Saturday 9:30–10:30am, 10:30–11:30am
Sunday 10:00–11:00am
Pre-Ballet I | 4–5 years old
Monday 4:00–5:00pm
Tuesday 10:30–11:30am, 4:00–5:00pm
Thursday 4:00–5:00pm
Saturday 9:30–10:30am, 10:30–11:30am
Sunday 11:15am–12:15pm (combined with Pre-Ballet II)
Pre-Ballet II | 5–6 years old
Tuesday 4:00–5:00pm
Wednesday 4:00–5:00pm
Thursday 4:00–5:00pm
Saturday 11:30am–12:30pm, 12:30pm–1:30pm
Sunday 11:15am–12:15pm (combined with Pre-Ballet I)

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Primary

Ballet I | 6–8 years old
Monday 4:00–5:00pm
Wednesday 5:00–6:00pm
Thursday 4:00–5:00pm
Saturday 11:30am–12:30pm
Sunday 12:30pm–1:30pm
Ballet II | 6–9 years old
Monday 4:00–5:30pm
Wednesday 5:00–6:30pm
Saturday 9:30–11:00am
Ballet IIIA | 7–10 years old
Each class section meets twice a week; must choose one section.
Monday & Thursday 5:00–6:30pm
Tuesday & Thursday 5:00–6:30pm

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Pre-Professional

Note: A placement audition is required for students who are not starting in Ballet I or II to ensure appropriate placement. Ages listed for each level are merely guidelines.

Ballet IIIB | 9–12 years old
Monday & Wednesday required.
Pointe classes (2 per week) – Instructor approval required.
Monday 5:00–6:30pm
Monday–Pointe I 6:30–7:00pm
Wednesday 5:00–6:30pm
Wednesday–Pointe I 6:30–7:00pm
Ballet IVA
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday Ballet/Pointe classes required.
Friday & Saturday with permission.
Monday, required 5:30–8:00pm
Tuesday, required 5:00–7:00pm
Wednesday, optional 5:00–6:30pm (this is the Ballet IIIB class; Ballet IVA is invited to enroll for additional training)
Thursday, required 5:00–7:30pm
Friday, with permission 4:30–6:30pm
Saturday–Pilates 11:00–11:30am
Saturday, with permission 11:30am–1:00pm
Ballet IVB / V
All Ballet technique classes include Pointe work.
IVB
: Minimum of 4 technique classes per week required. 5+ strongly recommended.
V: Minimum of 5 technique classes per week required. 6 strongly recommended.
Monday 6:30–8:30pm (5:30pm optional barre with Ballet IVA)
Tuesday 5:00–7:00pm
Wednesday 6:30–8:30pm
Thursday 6:30–8:30pm (5pm optional class with Ballet IVA)
Friday 4:30–6:30pm
Saturday–Pilates 11:00–11:30am
Saturday 11:30am–1:00pm

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Theater Dance

Notes: Theater Dance I, II, and III will include jazz and tap technique. Tap shoes may be required.

Theater Dance I | 5–7 years old
Wednesday 4:00–5:00pm
Theater Dance II | 7–11 years old
Wednesday 4:00–5:00pm
Friday 4:30–5:30pm
Theater Dance III | 11+ years old
Wednesday 6:00–7:00pm
Friday 5:30–6:30pm
Theater Dance IV | 11+ years old
Friday 6:40–7:40pm
Teen Theater Dance | 12+ years old
Wednesday 7:00–8:00pm

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Contemporary Dance

Contemporary I | 7–11 years old
Concurrent ballet enrollment recommended but not required, prior dance experience not required.
Friday 5:30–6:30pm
Contemporary II | 10–14 years old
Concurrent ballet enrollment recommended but not required, prior dance experience not required, two classes per week recommended but not required.
Thursday 7:30–8:30pm (combined with Teen Contemporary)
Friday 4:30–5:30pm
Contemporary III | 13+ years old
Must also be enrolled in ballet, Tuesday & Saturday required, prior ballet and contemporary dance experience required.
Tuesday 7:00–8:30pm
Saturday 1:15–2:15pm
Teen Contemporary Dance | 13+ years old
Concurrent ballet enrollment recommended but not required, prior dance experience not required.
Thursday 7:30–8:30pm (combined with Contemporary II)

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Adult/Teen

Note: 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.

Adult/Teen Beginner Ballet
Monday 7:00–8:00pm
Adult/Teen Intermediate Ballet
Tuesday 7:00–8:30pm
Teen Theater Dance | 12+ years old
Wednesday 7:00–8:00pm
Teen Contemporary Dance | 13+ years old
Concurrent ballet enrollment recommended but not required, prior dance experience not required.
Thursday 7:30–8:30pm (combined with Contemporary II)

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Pilates

Pilates Mat Class
Tuesday 9:15–10:15am
Thursday 6:30–7:30pm
Private Pilates
By Appointment

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