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At The Philadelphia Dance Academy, we believe that ballet is for boys too. We are proud to announce that our Boys Ballet Scholarship Program has expanded. In September of 2011, PDA began a boys-only class for ages 8 and older, and the 2012-2013 school year brought the addition of a second. We now offer one class for ages 6-10 and one for ages 11 and older. We also offer a Partnering class once a month for Ballet IVB, V, and Boys II.
To encourage boys to foster a love of dance, all boys enrolled in our co-ed Primary or Pre-Professional Divisions (Ballet I and higher) can take ballet class (not Theater Dance class) on scholarship. PDA has offered this scholarship for 8 seasons. To date, we have over 20 male students enrolled in all levels, from Creative Movement to Pre-Professional.
Students who are ages 8 and older and enrolled in 2 or more ballet technique classes also have the opportunity to audition for The Philadelphia Youth Ballet, PDA’s youth company. Performance fees may apply.
Boys Program faculty includes Meredith Rainey, choreographer and former soloist with Pennsylvania Ballet. Rainey was on the original faculty at the successful Boys Scholarship Program at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore.
Acceptance into the boys-only classes is by audition, but no prior dance training is required. Dress code is a plain white tee shirt, solid blue or black pants or shorts, and black or white ballet shoes. For students with financial need, shoes can be provided. The class is a year-long commitment. Students are allowed two absences per semester, and excessive absence will lead to dismissal from the program. This scholarship only applies to ballet classes, not our Theater Dance program.
If your child performs in The Nutcracker, the $175 participation fee still applies. If your child performs in the annual Spring Showcase, the $70 costume and participation fee still applies.
We offer Boys classes only at our main location in Old City. See this page for our class schedule.
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