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. Founded by Barbara Weisberger, a protégé of the great George Balanchine, the school carries on his honored tradition of (and devotion to) developing young artists and preparing them to become successful professionals in today’s competitive ballet landscape.

Situated in one of Philadelphia’s most up-and-coming neighborhoods, School of Philadelphia Ballet provides a complete education for our students, starting with Movement classes for our youngest students and effectively progressing to the level of training needed to sustain a career as a working ballet professional. Each student is individually evaluated and placed according to their ability level by a dedicated faculty comprised of current and former members of Philadelphia Ballet, along with some of the industry’s finest dance educators.

Under the direction of James K. Payne, our students receive extensive instruction in each of the following disciplines: classical ballet technique, pointe work, men’s classes, and variations. Further complimenting their studies, students are also provided courses in contemporary/modern dance, stretch and strengthen, and Pilates, and, with the exception of our children’s programs, a live pianist accompanies all classes. In addition, students of the school assume a close affiliation with Philadelphia Ballet, providing them an invaluable opportunity to perform in professional productions alongside some of today’s foremost ballet artists. Each year, an average of 100 students are selected exclusively from the school to perform in the company’s holiday classic, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®. In addition to this and other performance opportunities with the company, the school also presents an annual spring performance. Although COVID-19 has altered the performance schedule for the 2020-2021 season, SPB is committed to once again offering these opportunities when it is deemed safe to do so.

Equally, School of Philadelphia Ballet also attracts students from across the nation and abroad to participate in its annual five-week summer intensive and weeklong Company Experience, Choreographic Workshop, and Coaching with the Company Dancers. Students are admitted through auditions held in cities around the country January through March of each year.


School of Philadelphia Ballet
323 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19107

Joanne Smith, School Manager
215.587.6942 | [email protected]



Programs & Classes

Receive extensive instruction in classical ballet discipline. Earn opportunities to perform in professional productions and augment your training with expanded instruction in contemporary/modern dance, Pilates, and other strength-building techniques.

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Summer Programs

Learn about our annual five-week summer intensive and weeklong programs. Attracting students from across the nation and abroad, these programs boasts esteemed faculty and unique dance education opportunities. Select students may be invited to attend School of Philadelphia Ballet’s full-year program.

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Meet our school’s highly respected roster of dance educators as well as our lineup of renowned guest instructors.



Don’t miss out! Learn the when, where, and how of our national audition tour, scheduled in cities around the country each January and February.


Parent Community

As part of the Philadelphia Ballet family, we gladly provide this page as a useful resource for important information pertaining to your child’s dance education.


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PBII Community Performances

Learn more about our troupe of next-generation professionals who serve as the company’s local ambassadors, performing at area schools, smaller venues, and alongside the main company of Philadelphia Ballet.

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.