Summer Program


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Keep your kids physically active and creatively engaged with Summer Half or Full Day Performing Arts Programs and Intermediate/Advanced Intensives. Week-long summer dance programs for ages 4-18 encourage dancers to polish ballet technique while exploring new genres like theater dance, contemporary dance, Pilates, and choreography. There is an informal studio showing at the end of each program. Creative Movement classes for ages 2.5-4 and an Adult Ballet class are also available.

Summer 2016 Schedule – Enrollment Opens February 1

All summer programs only take place at our main location in Old City

Creative Movement (2.54 years old)

June 28–August 4

Tuesday / Thursday 10:30am–11:30am

$120 for 6-week program / $240 for 6-week program if enrolled in both classes
($50 non-refundable deposit due at time of registration, remainder due on the first day of class)

This program is designed to cultivate the joy for ballet in our youngest dancers while introducing them to the format of a dance class. The use of music, props, and imagination keeps students engaged while they learn basic ballet vocabulary.

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Half Day Performing Arts

(for students enrolled in Pre-Ballet I & II during the 2015-2016 school year, approx. 4–6 years old)

June 1324 & August 819

Mon–Fri 9:00am–12:00pm (eligible for Early Drop-Off)

$200 for one week / $175 for each additional week
($50 non-refundable deposit towards tuition fee due at time of registration)

This half day program explores ballet, theater dance, and voice with a structured but developmentally-appropriate approach.

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Full Day Performing Arts

(for students enrolled in Ballet I & II during the 2015-2016 school year, approx. 6–10 years old)

June 13–July 1 & August 8–19

MonFri 9:00am–3:00pm (eligible for Early Drop-Off and After Care)

$325 for one week / $300 for each additional week
($50 non-refundable deposit towards tuition fee due at time of registration)

This full day program’s curriculum includes a Pilates-based stretch and strengthening class, ballet, theater dance, voice, contemporary, and a student-inspired choreography class. This program is a great way for beginner and intermediate dancers to learn and polish basic technique as well as explore new genres.

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Intermediate Intensive

(for students enrolled in Ballet IIIA & IIIB during the 2015-2016 school year, approx. 8–13 years old)

June 13–July 1 & August 8–19

Mon–Fri 9:00am–3:00pm (eligible for Early Drop-Off and After Care)
Must sign up for at least 2 weeks
Students must have at least 2 years of ballet to be eligible

$300 / week (at least 2 weeks required)
($50 non-refundable deposit towards tuition fee due at time of registration)

This program is designed for serious intermediate young dancers. Students train nearly 30 hours per week. They will have Pilates and a two-hour ballet technique class each morning, and they will be introduced to various other genres including contemporary and theater dance. They will also have the opportunity to create their own choreography. Students will study ballet terminology and learn and rehearse choreography that will culminate in an in-studio performance at the end of the program. This program is an excellent opportunity for intermediate students to refine their technique and develop strength.

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Intermediate/Advanced Intensive

(for students enrolled in Ballet IVA, IVB, or V during the 2015-2016 school year, approx. 13-18 years old)

July 5–29 / Must Attend All 4 Weeks

Mon–Fri 9:00am–3:00pm
Students must have at least 5 years of ballet to be eligible. Students new to PDA must schedule a placement audition before May 1.

$1200 / 4-week program
($50 non-refundable deposit towards tuition fee due at time of registration)

This intensive is designed so intermediate and advanced dancers can really examine and perfect their ballet technique while they also explore their versatility as artists. The curriculum includes a daily Pilates mat class, two-hour ballet technique class, pointe, and specialty subject workshops (such as variations, partnering, contemporary, salsa, choreography, theater dance, and repertoire). Seminar topics have included: nutrition, anatomy, ballet terminology, stage make-up, and dance history.

Faculty has included:

Amy Aldridge, Principal with Pennsylvania Ballet
Laura Bowman
, Pennsylvania Ballet
Samantha Barczak
, Pennsylvania Ballet
Martha Chamberlain
, former Principal with Pennsylvania Ballet
Heidi Cruz
, Director of DanceSpora, former member of PA Ballet
Caralin Curcio
, Pennsylvania Ballet
James Ihde
, Soloist with Pennsylvania Ballet
Tara Keating
, BalletX Associate Artistic Director, former Soloist with Pennsylvania Ballet
Miro Magloire
, Director of New Chamber Ballet
Abigail Mentzer
, Soloist with Pennsylvania Ballet
Meredith Rainey
, Choreographer, former Soloist with Pennsylvania Ballet
Blythe Smith
, PDA Faculty and Dancer with DanceSpora and Danse4Nia
Jennifer Smith
, PDA Faculty and former member of Pennsylvania Ballet

The program will culminate with an in-studio showing including student-choreographed original pieces on the last Friday.

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Early Drop-Off

Available for all programs
Required for anyone arriving earlier than 9:00am
8:30–9:00am
$25 per week

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After Care

Available for only full-day programs
Required for anyone staying past 3:00pm
3:00–5:00pm
$75 per week

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Adult Beginner/Intermediate Ballet

June 21–July 26

Tuesday 7:00pm–8:30pm

$150 / 6-week program
($50 non-refundable deposit towards tuition fee due at time of registration)

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