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

Tuition Fees

2019-2020 Schedule

Enrollment opened June 1

Enrollment is for the academic year: Sept 9, 2019–June 7, 2020 

Early Childhood

Dance Together – Toddler & Caregiver Class | 2–4 years old
Thursday 9:30-10:15a
Creative Movement | 2.5–4 years old (at least 3 if joining after Dec)
Monday 4:00–5:00p
Tuesday 10:30-11:30a
Thursday 10:30–11:30a
Saturday 9:30–10:30a, 10:30–11:30a
Sunday 10:00–11:00a, 11:00-12:00p
Pre-Ballet 1 | 4–5 years old
Tuesday 4:00–5:00p
Wednesday 4:00–5:00p
Thursday 4:00–5:00p
Saturday 9:30–10:30a, 10:30–11:30a
Sunday 10:00-11:00a
Pre-Ballet 2 | 5–6 years old
Tuesday 4:00–5:00p
Thursday 4:00–5:00p
Saturday 9:30–10:30a, 10:30–11:30a
Sunday 11:00a–12:00p

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Primary

Ballet 1/1X | 6–8 years old
Monday 4:00–5:00p
Thursday 4:00–5:00p
Saturday 11:30a–12:30p
Sunday 12:00–1:00p
Ballet 2/2X | 7-12 years old
Monday 4:00–5:30p
Wednesday 5:00–6:30p
Saturday 11:30a–1:00p
Sunday 12:00–1:30p
Ballet 3/3X | 8–13 years old
Each class section meets twice a week; must choose one section or enroll in both sections.
Monday & Wednesday (MW) 5:00–6:30p
Tuesday & Thursday (TTh) 5:00–6:30p

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Pre-Professional

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

Ballet 4/4X | 9–13 years old
This class meets twice a week.  Pointe work is included in both classes. Instructor approval required to buy pointe shoes. Those not yet en pointe will take the class in ballet slippers (pre-pointe).
Monday & Wednesday (MW) 5:00–7:00p
Ballet 5/5X | minimum 12 years old
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday classes required (8 hour minimum). All classes include pointe work.
Monday, required 5:30–7:30p
Tuesday (Variations), required 4:30–6:30p
Thursday, required 5:00–7:00p
Friday, required 4:30–6:30p
Saturday, 5X only (optional) 11:30a–1:30p (with Pilates)
Ballet 6 | minimum 13 years old
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday classes required (8 hour minimum). All classes include pointe work. Enrolling in more technique classes than the minimum requirement is strongly recommended.
Monday, required 6:30–8:30p
Tuesday (Variations) 4:30–6:30p (combined with 5/5X class)
Wednesday, required 6:30–8:30p (with Variations)
Thursday, required 6:30–8:30p (option to also enroll in 5/5X class at 5pm)
Friday 4:30–6:30p (combined with 5/5X class)
Saturday, required 11:30a–1:30p (with Pilates)

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Theater Dance

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

Theater Dance 1/1X/2 | 6–8 years old
Concurrent ballet enrollment is recommended but not required. Prior dance experience is not required.
Wednesday 4:00–5:00p
Sunday 1:30-2:30p
Theater Dance 2/2X | 7–12 years old
Concurrent ballet enrollment is recommended but not required. Prior dance experience is not required.
Friday 4:30–5:30p
Theater Dance 2X/3/3X | 9–13 years old
Concurrent ballet enrollment is recommended but not required. Prior theater dance experience is required.
Friday 5:30–6:30p
Wednesday 6:30–7:30p
Theater Dance 4/4X | 11+ years old
Concurrent ballet enrollment is required. Prior theater dance experience required.
Friday  6:30–7:30p
Theater Dance 5/5X | 13+ years old
Must also be enrolled in Ballet 5 or higher. Previous ballet and theater dance experience is required.
Friday 7:30-8:30p
Theater Dance 6/6X | 13+ years old
Must also be enrolled in Ballet 6 or higher. Previous ballet and theater dance experience is required.
Friday 6:30-7:30p

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Contemporary Dance

Contemporary 1/1X | 7–11 years old
Concurrent ballet enrollment is recommended but is not required. Prior dance experience is not required.
Friday 5:30–6:30p
Contemporary 2/2X| 10–14 years old
Concurrent ballet enrollment is recommended but not required. Prior dance experience is not required.
Wednesday 4:00–5:00p
Friday 4:30–5:30p
Contemporary 3/3X| 11–15 years old
Concurrent ballet enrollment is required. Prior dance experience is required.
Friday 7:30–8:30p
Contemporary 4/4X | 13+ years old
Concurrent ballet enrollment is required. Both contemporary classes per week are required.  Prior ballet and contemporary experience are required.
Thursday 7:30–8:30p (Contemporary Ballet)
Friday 6:30–7:30p
Contemporary 5/5X | 13+ years old
Must also be enrolled in Ballet 6. Both contemporary classes per week are required.  Prior ballet and contemporary experience are required.
Tuesday 6:30–8:30p (Contemporary Ballet)
Friday 7:30–8:30p
Teen Contemporary Dance | 12+ years old
Concurrent ballet enrollment is recommended but not required.  Prior dance experience is not required.
Thursday 6:30-7:30p

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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 7:00–8:00p
Adult/Teen Intermediate Ballet
Tuesday 7:00–8:30p
Teen Intermediate Ballet | 13+ years old
Wednesday 7:00–8:30p
Teen Contemporary Dance | 13+ years old
Thursday 6:30-7:30p

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Pilates

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

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