Summer Program

Photo: Victoria Bastian

Keep your kids physically active and creatively engaged with Summer Half or Full Day Performing Arts Programs and Intermediate or Advanced Intensives. Summer dance camps 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 week-long programs. Early Childhood dance classes for ages 2.5-6 and an Adult Ballet class are also available at our Old City location.

Summer 2020 Schedule –
Enrollment Opens December 1

Tues/Thurs Creative Movement (2.54 years old) – Old City Location

July 7– July 30

Tuesday and/or Thursday 10:30am

$80 for the 4-week program with 1 class per week | $160 for the 4-week program with 2 classes per week
($50 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of enrollment, remainder AUTOMATICALLY CHARGED two weeks prior to the start of the program)

This one-hour dance class 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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Saturday Creative Movement (2.54 years old) – Old City Location

June 20–August 15

Saturday 9:30am

$160 for the 8-week program with 1 class per week
($50 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of enrollment, remainder AUTOMATICALLY CHARGED two weeks prior to the start of the program.)

This one-hour dance class 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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Saturday Pre-Ballet 1 & 2 (4-6 years old) – Old City location

June 20–August 15

Saturday 10:30am

$160 for the 8-week program with 1 class per week
($50 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of enrollment, remainder AUTOMATICALLY CHARGED two weeks prior to the start of the program.)

This one-hour dance class begins to introduce more structure and ballet vocabulary than our Creative Movement class while still fostering a joy for ballet in our young dancers with the use of music, props, and imagination.

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Half Day Performing Arts (4-6 years old)

June 15-19 (Old City)

June 22-26 (Ardmore)

August 17-21 (Old City)

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

$250 per week
($50 non-refundable deposit towards tuition fee is due at the time of enrollment, remainder AUTOMATICALLY CHARGED two weeks prior to the start of the program.)

Young dancers explore Ballet, Theater Dance, and Pilates with a structured but fun and developmentally-appropriate approach. Please pack a snack and water each day.

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Full Day Intensive (6-10 years old)

June 15-19 (Old City)

June 22-26 (Ardmore and Old City)

August 3-7 (Old City)

August 10-14 (Old City)

August 17-21 (Old City)

August 24-28 (Ardmore)

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

$375 per week
($50 non-refundable deposit towards tuition fee is due at the time of enrollment, remainder AUTOMATICALLY CHARGED two weeks prior to the start of the program)

Beginner and intermediate dancers learn and polish basic technique as well as explore new genres in: Ballet, Theater Dance, Contemporary, Pilates, and a student-inspired Choreography class. Please pack a lunch and water each day.

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Intermediate Intensive (8-13 years old)

June 15-19 (Old City)

June 22-26 ( Old City)

July 6-10 (Old City)

July 13-17 (Old City)

August 3-7 (Old City)

August 10-14 (Old City)

August 17-21 (Old City)

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

$375 per week (at least 2 weeks required)
($50 non-refundable deposit towards tuition fee is due at the time of enrollment, remainder AUTOMATICALLY CHARGED two weeks prior to the start of the program.)

Serious intermediate young dancers train nearly 30 hours per week in: Pilates, a two-hour Ballet technique class, Contemporary Dance, Theater Dance, and Choreography. An excellent opportunity for students to refine their technique and develop strength. Please pack a lunch and water each day.

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Intermediate/Advanced Intensive (13-18 years old)

July 6–July 31 / Must Attend All 4 Weeks

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

$1500 / 4-week program
($50 non-refundable deposit towards tuition fee is due at the time of enrollment, remainder AUTOMATICALLY CHARGED two weeks prior to the start of the program.)

Intermediate and advanced dancers really examine and perfect their ballet technique while they also explore their versatility as artists. In addition to a daily two-hour Ballet technique class, the curriculum includes: Pointe, Pilates, Choreography, Contemporary, Ballet Repertoire, Variations, Salsa, Theater Dance, Yoga, and Franklin Method.  Specialty subject workshops have included: Music Theory, Nutrition, Partnering, Anatomy, Ballet Terminology, Stage Make-Up, and Dance History.

Faculty has included:

Amy Aldridge, PDA Faculty and former Principal with Pennsylvania Ballet
Valerie Amiss,
former Soloist with Pennsylvania Ballet                              Nora Gibson, Artistic Director of Nora Gibson Contemporary Ballet
Alexandra Hughes
, Soloist with Pennsylvania Ballet
James Ihde
, PDA Faculty and former Soloist with Pennsylvania Ballet
Tara Keating
, BalletX Associate Artistic Director, former Soloist with Pennsylvania Ballet
Miro Magloire
, Director of New Chamber Ballet
Abigail Mentzer
, Former Soloist with Pennsylvania Ballet
Meredith Rainey
, Choreographer, former Soloist with Pennsylvania Ballet
Blythe Smith
, PDA Faculty  Temple and Stockton University faculty
Jennifer Smith
, PDA Faculty and former member of Pennsylvania Ballet
Eli Torres, award-winning salsa dancer

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

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Maintenance Ballet Technique Classes (12-18 years old)

August 24-27 

Mon–Thur 5:00–7:00pm at Old City Location

$100

($50 non-refundable deposit towards tuition fee is due at the time of enrollment, remainder AUTOMATICALLY CHARGED two weeks prior to the start of the program)

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Early Drop-Off

Available for all programs
Required for anyone arriving earlier than 9:00am
8:15–9:00am
$35 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 16 – August 11

Tuesday 7:00pm–8:30pm at Old City Location

$150 / 8-week program (no class on June 30)
($50 non-refundable deposit towards tuition fee is due at the time of enrollment, remainder AUTOMATICALLY CHARGED two weeks prior to the start of the program)

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