Cultivating the next generation of young dancers


Grades served: 1st-5th
Total served in-school: 274
Total served at SPAB: 17
Schools served:Julia De Burgos Elementary School, Fitler Academics Plus, Kearny Elementary School, Add B Anderson Elementary School, Tacony Academy Charter School

Dance Chance is an instructional program that brings ballet to first-grade classrooms in Philadelphia schools. The goal of this program is to empower children from diverse and primarily underserved communities to find new space for physical, emotional, and intellectual growth.

All first-grade students in our partner schools actively participate in weekly virtual dance classes in creative movement and ballet vocabulary, regardless of physical ability or previous dance experience.  All students are invited to attend an open audition at School of Philadelphia Ballet. Students that show particular promise and dedication have an opportunity for a full scholarship, allowing us to forge a meaningful and sustained impact on future generations of potential professional dancers.

Students are invited to attend school matinees and performances of Philadelphia Ballet as well as take a tour and masterclass at Philadelphia Ballet Studios.


Students are invited to attend dress rehearsals and performances of Philadelphia Ballet at the Academy of Music


Classes are taught by experienced teachers with a focus on creativity, physicality, artistry, self-discipline, and collaboration


Students are given weekly opportunities to express themselves through movement

Funding support fromand the Hassel Foundation


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Meet the Ballet

Philadelphia Ballet comprises a team of dedicated professionals—each one devoted to bringing you the most thrilling and inspired works ballet has to offer.

The School

School of Philadelphia Ballet offers the highest caliber dance education of any program in the Greater Philadelphia area, providing our students with exceptional technical training and unparalleled performance opportunities.