Preschool and Early Adolescent Program

Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet is as committed to the experience of its youngest dancers as it is to its most advanced. PAB wants to be a part of your child’s journey through dance; let us help your child discover confidence, creativity, and joy through movement.

Our studio is small by design to foster warm and personal teacher-student relationships that form the cornerstone of a lifelong love of dance. With 50 years of experience teaching students from their very first ballet steps in the classroom to performing on stage, we are deeply committed to helping each student reach their potential.

PAB is conveniently located in Narberth – 20 minutes from Philadelphia and 15 minutes or less from Bryn Mawr, Haverford, Havertown, Ardmore, Bala Cynwyd, and more. Easily accessible by car, by public transportation … and on foot! We are your neighborhood ballet studio.

Below you will find everything that PAB has to offer our littlest movers ages 3.5-7, all designed to engage the young mind as well as the young body. In addition to a broad range of dance and creative movement classes, PAB also offers camps and community events, such as story times and free performances.

There’s something for every child with art in their heart at PAB. Come join our family and see!

Pre-Ballet Program

Creative Movement (3.5-4 years of age)

This 45 minute class is designed to introduce young dancers to the concepts of musicality, rhythm, and movement in a fun, inclusive environment.

Creative Movement offers a multitude of benefits for young dancers.

  • Develops and reinforces the concepts of right and left
  • Improves gross motor and fine motor skills
  • Fosters creativity, imagination, and fun
  • Enhances musicality and rhythm
  • Stimulates movement through a variety of music selected with an ear to different styles, tempos, and beats
  • Pre-Ballet (5-7 years of age)

    This one hour class focuses on coordination, rhythm & musicality, and basic ballet steps to foster a love of dance and music.

    Pre-Ballet builds on the concepts introduced in Creative Movement.

  • Fosters social engagement
  • Promotes full body coordination and confidence
  • Improves spatial and kinesthetic awareness
  • Develops memory and ability to follow two-step instructions
  • Introduces more structured ballet concepts while still encouraging creativity through free dance
  • Ballet Preparatory (7 years of age)

    This 1.5 hour class focuses on preparing students for success, ensuring their big step into the leveled ballet technique classroom is taken with confidence.

    Ballet Prep continues to build on the skills that Pre-Ballet has introduced and reinforced.

  • Develops and improves memory with multi-step instructions
  • Promotes strength, flexibility, balance and good posture
  • Introduces more complex ballet concepts and class structures with barre and center work
  • Fosters a deeper understanding of dance through a combination of structure and creativity
  • We offer rolling enrollment for Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet and Ballet Preparatory. Call 610.664.3455 to speak with us about class placement.

    Summer Camps

    Adventures in Dance

    This innovative program for dancers ages 4.5-8 includes a daily dance lesson, dance-related crafts, and a different kid-friendly theme each week to spark the imagination and creativity of our campers. Dancers will have the opportunity to learn, create, choreograph, and perform!

    Held over multiple week-long sessions in the summer, our camps have delighted and entertained children for many years. Registration links appear here when camps are open for registration.

    Community Events

    Let’s Dance Storytime

    See our calendar for our next FREE first-Friday ballet story time. Children of all ages are treated to a ballet-related story time and a chance to dance in our studio!