Programs

Programs

Early Childhood

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The Early Childhood Program includes Creative Movement and Pre-Ballet classes. 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.

Primary

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The Primary Program begins with Ballet 1, a beginner class for ages 6 through 9 years old.. This fundamental class focuses on body alignment, proper external rotation from the hip, articulation of the feet, and elementary barre and center exercises.  Students progress through these levels at the discretion of the faculty.

Pre-Professional

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The Pre-Professional Program begins with Ballet 4/4X. As students progress through these levels, their coordination and control is developed through more demanding and complex exercises. As they advance, an emphasis is placed on developing personal artistry through port de bras and epaulement (head and arm movements).

Theater Dance

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The Theater Dance Program pulls from many techniques, genres, and styles. The class focuses on balancing technical ballet training and stylized theater choreography. Students will learn a vast repertoire of classical, as well as contemporary, Broadway and Movie Musical choreography.

Theater Dance

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The Theater Dance Program pulls from many techniques, genres, and styles. The class focuses on balancing technical ballet training and stylized theater choreography. Students will learn a vast repertoire of classical, as well as contemporary, Broadway and Movie Musical choreography.

Contemporary Dance

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The Contemporary Dance Program is an opportunity for students to become more versatile dancers by exploring strength and subtlety in a non-classical dance genre. Students work on becoming grounded through floor work and inversions, reaching beyond their kinesphere, creating movement through improvisation, and exploring parallel versus turned-out alignment.

Adult/Teen

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Adult/Teen classes are open to all levels. Enrollment is by semester, but you may join mid-session. Classes are structured and build during the course of the semester, so for that reason we do not do “drop-in” classes.

Pilates

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Group Pilates sessions are designed for adults of any experience level. Classes are structured and build during the course of the semester, so for that reason we do not do “drop-in” classes. Private lessons are also available.

Boys Program

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At The Philadelphia Dance Academy, we believe that ballet is for boys too. To encourage boys to foster a love of dance, all boys enrolled in our Primary and Pre-Professional Divisions (Ballet 1 and higher) can take class on scholarship.

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 programs for ages 4-18 encourage dancers to polish ballet technique while exploring new genres. Weekly summer classes are offered for young dancers and adults.