Student Program

Ages 8+
Audition Required

At School of Philadelphia Ballet, we believe in nurturing not just dancers, but well-rounded individuals equipped with the tools for success on and off the stage. Students develop not only their physical abilities but also their artistic sensibilities through a curriculum that refines classical ballet training, fostering a lifelong love for ballet’s beauty and expression. In the Student Program, dancers undergo a transformative journey of disciplined training, refined etiquette, and enriched classical ballet vocabulary. Our structured classes emphasize the importance of technique and expression. School of Philadelphia Ballet instructors guide students with a keen focus on developing finer motor skills and enhancing turn-out, imparting not only the “how” but also the “why” behind each technique taught at their level.

Dancers interested in enrolling in our Student Program must be considered by audition. School of Philadelphia Ballet holds annual auditions for our school year programs, and video auditions are accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more and register for an audition at the link below.

UPCOMING AUDITIONS

2024-25 School Year Programs

September 3, 2024 – May 31, 2025
Registration opens June 1, 2024.

LEVEL 1

Ages 8+
Hours Per Week: 4.5

Level 1 begins the formal structured training in the art of ballet. The students gain an understanding of their body as an instrument through developed body alignment, coordination, and proper execution of basic ballet foundation steps. Students continue to engage their imagination and explore creative expression through movement.

Monthly Tuition Installment: $320.00
Registration Fee: $80.00 | $50.00 for each additional student

Schedule:
*Subject to Change*

Wednesdays: 5:15 PM – 6:45 PM Ballet; 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM Conditioning
Saturdays: 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Ballet; 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM Conditioning


 

LEVEL 2

Ages 9+
Hours Per Week: 6.5

Solidifying the work accomplished in the previous year and increased physical vocabulary are the goals for this level. Faster repetition of ballet vocabulary, increased steps in each exercise, and faster tempos are used. More work on demi-pointe and work across the floor are implemented, as well as bigger jumps and turning movements.

Monthly Tuition Installment: $365.00
Registration Fee: $80.00 | $50.00 for each additional student

Schedule:
*Subject to Change*

Wednesdays: 5:15 PM – 6:45 PM Ballet; 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM Conditioning
Thursdays: 4:15 PM – 5:45 PM Ballet; 5:45 PM – 6:15 PM Conditioning
Saturdays: 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Ballet; 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Conditioning


 

LEVEL 3

Ages 10+
Hours Per Week: 9

The goal of this level is for students to perfect the material they learned in Levels 1 & 2, and expand their knowledge of classical ballet technique. Alignment, coordination, flexibility, and overall strength are focused on here, as well as more batterie-beating of legs during jumping movements.

Monthly Tuition Installment: $515.00
Registration Fee: $80.00 | $50.00 for each additional student

Schedule:
*Subject to Change*

Tuesdays: 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM Ballet
Thursdays: 4:15 PM – 5:45 PM Ballet; 5:45 PM – 6:45 PM Conditioning
Fridays: 4:15 PM – 5:45 PM Ballet; 5:45 PM – 6:45 PM Pre-Pointe/Pointe
Saturdays: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Ballet; 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Variations


 

LEVEL 4

Ages 11+
Hours Per Week: 12.5

Training at the Level 4 level intensifies as students develop a more comprehensive knowledge of classical ballet and a stronger ability to properly execute the vocabulary. More complex allegro work as well as more diverse pirouettes are introduced. Students also begin contemporary ballet studies.  Ladies entering this level need to have a high level of self-discipline and the strength/alignment necessary for pointe work. Students should not purchase pointe shoes until requested to do so.

Monthly Tuition Installment: $615.00
Registration Fee: $80.00 | $50.00 for each additional student

Schedule:
*Subject to Change*

Mondays: 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM Ballet; 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM Pointe/Variations
Tuesdays: 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM Ballet; 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM Pointe
Thursdays: 4:15 PM – 5:45 PM Ballet; 5:45 PM – 6:45 PM Pointe
Fridays: 4:15 PM – 5;45 PM Ballet; 5:45 PM – 6:45 PM Pointe
Saturdays: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Ballet; 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Variations


 

LEVEL 5

Ages 12+
Hours Per Week: 15.5

Students entering this level need to possess a strong understanding of their current physical vocabulary and proper execution of that vocabulary, as well as a strong commitment to their training. Students in Level 5 work longer combinations while raising their level of execution. A major focus at this level is how they transition from step to step creating a better quality of movement. Ladies’ pointe work includes more work on one leg, while gentlemen work on more specific male vocabulary. Contemporary ballet work, Variations, and Flamenco are included at this level.

Monthly Tuition Installment: $680.00
Registration Fee: $80.00 | $50.00 for each additional student

Schedule:
*Subject to Change*

Mondays: 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM Ballet; 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM Pointe/Variations
Tuesdays: 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM Ballet; 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM Pointe
Wednesdays: 5:15 PM – 6:45 PM Ballet; 6:45 PM – 8:15 PM Repertoire
Thursdays: 6:15 PM – 7:45 PM Ballet; 7:45 PM  – 8:45 PM Contemporary
Fridays: 4:15 PM – 5:45 PM Ballet; 5:45 PM – 6:45 PM Repertoire
Saturdays: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Ballet; 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Variations


 

LEVEL 6

Age 13+
Hours Per Week: 17.5

Students at this level are ready for a much more demanding course of study regarding both strength and stamina. Pointe work for ladies increases significantly at this level. These dancers work to refine their classical ballet technique as well as demonstrate a high level of Ballet vocabulary, musicality, and artistry in their movement. Complex forms of adagio and pirouettes are a focus here. These students also work on developing graceful and seamless connections when moving from one pose or movement to another. Contemporary ballet work, Variations, and Flamenco are included at this level.

Monthly Tuition Installment: $735.00
Registration Fee: $80.00 | $50.00 for each additional student

Schedule:
*Subject to Change*

Mondays: 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM Ballet; 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM Pointe/Variations; 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM Repertoire
Tuesdays: 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM Ballet; 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM Pointe; 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM Floor Barre
Wednesdays: 5:15 PM – 6:45 PM Ballet; 6:45 PM – 8:15 PM Repertoire
Thursdays: 6:15 PM – 7:45 PM Ballet; 7:45 PM – 8:45 PM Contemporary
Fridays: 4:15 PM – 5:45 PM Ballet; 5:45 PM – 6:45 PM Repertoire
Saturdays: 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM Ballet; 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Repertoire


LEVEL 7

Age 14+
Hours Per Week: 17.5

Students at this level are ready for a much more demanding course of study regarding both strength and stamina. Pointe work for ladies increases significantly at this level. These dancers work to refine their classical ballet technique as well as demonstrate a high level of Ballet vocabulary, musicality, and artistry in their movement. Complex forms of adagio and pirouettes are a focus here. These students also work on developing graceful and seamless connections when moving from one pose or movement to another. Contemporary ballet work, Variations, and Flamenco are included at this level.

Monthly Tuition Installment: $735.00
Registration Fee: $80.00 | $50.00 for each additional student

Schedule:
*Subject to Change*

Mondays: 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM Ballet; 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM Pointe/Variations; 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM Repertoire
Tuesdays: 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM Ballet; 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM Pointe; 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM Floor Barre
Wednesdays: 5:15 PM – 6:45 PM Ballet; 6:45 PM – 8:15 PM Repertoire
Thursdays: 6:15 PM – 7:45 PM Ballet; 7:45 PM – 8:45 PM Repertoire
Fridays: 4:15 PM – 5:45 PM Ballet; 5:45 PM – 6:45 PM Repertoire
Saturdays: 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM Ballet; 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Repertoire


OPEN 7

Age 14+
Hours Per Week: 5-5.5 minimum

The Open 7 level is designed for students who have reached Level 7 but are unable to commit to the full training schedule. Open 7 students must register for a minimum of three (3) Ballet technique classes per week. Female-identifying students must also register for one (1) pointe lesson/week. All other Level 7 classes are available as optional add-ons. Students must attend the dates/times registered; classes cannot be substituted throughout the week. Any schedule adjustments made after September 1, 2024, must be reviewed and approved by School administration. Tuition for Open 7 is based on the number of hours of training per week. Students in Open 7 will not participate in the Spring Performance.

Monthly Tuition Installment: Minimum $300.00-330.00
Registration Fee: $80.00 | $50.00 for each additional student

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