The regular Leveled student program, Pre-Ballet, Adult, and Pre-Professional training programs comprise our 36-week academic year session beginning in September and ending in June.
PAB offers multiple classes per week for our Leveled students from Level 1 through Level 7. Levels are determined by age and experience. Our Pre-Ballet Division is designed to foster a love of dance and lay the foundations of ballet technique in our youngest students. The Adult Division offers a range of classes for motivated adults to begin and continue their ballet education with rigor, precision, and joy. Our Pre-Professional program provides the serious ballet student a path to a career in ballet with personalized training, additional classes, performance opportunities, and audition assistance when the time comes.
During the summer months we offer a variety of Intensives, Camps and Workshops for all ages and levels of dancers.
PAB’s Classical Ballet Summer Intensives may vary slightly from year to year, but always include a curated blend of classes designed to create a well-rounded ballet dancer, including Classical Ballet Technique, Pointe work, Variations, and Partnering, as well as other genres of dance such as Modern, Jazz, and Contemporary. We also incorporate conditioning and cross-training classes such as Progressing Ballet Technique, Ballet Floorwork, and Gyrokinesis® to enhance dancers’ strength and flexibility. Acting, Historical Dance, and Character Dance classes are a part of our summer curriculum, as well, to foster stage presence, a love of performance, and an understanding of the origins of dance in our students.
Adult Summer Session
PAB offers a complete schedule of classes for our Adult students during the entirety of our Summer Session, from Introductory Beginner classes through Intermediate and Advanced class designed for the adult dancer. Our Adult classes follow the Vaganova teaching method which focuses on the building blocks of ballet: proper body position, musicality, artistry, and control.
For Summer 2020, we have made the difficult decision not to offer our camp programming. We are hopeful that 2021 will permit us to return to our normal summer schedule and again offer these popular programs.
During the month of August we offer a selection of camps for children starting at age 4. These camps are a fun and creative way to keep participants moving!
Adventures in Dance This innovative program for dancers ages 4-6 and 6-8 includes a daily dance lesson and an introduction to some of the most famous ballets, such as Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake and Coppelia. Dancers will have the opportunity to act out the stories themselves. In addition, there will be crafts related to dance that will help round out this fun-filled dance experience.
Narberth Creativity Camp Calling all creative friends ages 8-15 years!! What do you get when you put a dance, needle-arts, and craft studio together?? An amazing opportunity to Dance, Create and Sew your way to the stage! The Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet brings their 40+ years of dance and performance education experience to bring life to the stage, Sweet Mabel provides their expertise in prop and set creation and The Handwork Studio fosters creativity through designing and sewing costumes and stage props to create a wonderful camp experience.
Margarita de Saá Choreography Workshop Provides students the experience of working with seasoned choreographers and dancers. This workshop is a one-of-a kind opportunity to explore new movement and immerse students in the choreographing process, bringing PAB students of yesterday to the students of today.
During studio breaks, we offer drop-in Open Classes. Open Classes are typically taught at an Adult Intermediate/Advanced level. Dancers do not need to be enrolled in our studio to attend Open Classes. These classes can be paid for individually or by purchasing and using our 10-class card.
For Summer 2020, our open classes will follow the “hybrid” approach, in which each class will have a limited number of dancers participating in-studio along with dancers participating from home. Classes are fully interactive and offered through Zoom. All participants must register online in advance using the link below.
Click here to read our COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan.