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A Note About COVID-19

COVID-19 is a serious health concern that affects everyone and every business.  To us, there’s nothing more important than the health and well-being of our students, our staff,  and their families.  To ensure everyone’s safety, we have adopted policies and procedures that apply to everyone, including guests and visitors. 

Our COVID-19 Guidelines

    • Please be on time;  no more than 5 minutes early or 5 minutes late
    • Parents are to drop off and pick up only. Please remain in your cars rather than waiting for your student in the lobby.
    • For the safety of our staff and students, upon arrival all students’ temperatures will be taken with a non-contact forehead thermometer. If the temperature is above 100 degrees, we will ask that your dancer return home.
    • Students are to arrive dressed for class and with hair fixed securely in a bun
    • Masks should be worn to enter and exit the building. Once class is ready to begin the new guidelines now require students to leave the mask on.  We have in place a break for keeping the mask on.  When a dancer gives the peace sign he or she will be allowed the go to a specific place and remove the mask for a few minutes.
    • Students will be assigned to the same spot for barre and center work
    • Limit belongings to 1 bag
    • Bring a yoga mat or large towel to sit on during lunch or snack break
    • Students are to use hand sanitizer before and after each class
    • If your child has any flu-like symptoms or has been exposed to Covid-19, we ask that your child remain at home
    • We will be adhering to all CDC and Montgomery County guidelines to ensure a safe and healthy environment
    • Social distancing will be adhered to as much as possible
    • All areas of the studio, including offices, will be adequately ventilated to ensure proper air flow
    • All common areas of the building will undergo proper cleaning, with special attention paid to barres, mirrors, etc.–as well as to restrooms
    • Extreme care will be taken to monitor for signs of ill-health and immediate actions will be performed accordingly

We appreciate the trust you have placed in us to help ensure your continued safety and the safety of your loved one(s). 


Who We Are

At Pennsylvania Dance Institute, we foster and develop the artistic abilities of the very young dancer as well as the aspiring pre-professional.  Our faculty encourages and supports each student in achieving a personal sense of strength and purpose through the study of ballet, pointe, and modern dance which is part of our contemporary dance program.  The positive, nurturing environment at PDI provides our dancers with the skills necessary to succeed, be it in dance or any chosen path in life.

Our Program

Don’t miss the opportunity to let your child experience the world of dance in a fun and creative way! Whether your child has taken classes at our location before or not, he or she will love the opportunity to be part of our Children’s Dance Program brought from the Joffrey Ballet of New York / Chicago. We also offer a Pre-Professional Program with ballet, pointe, and modern dance.

Click HERE to view our Fall Class Schedule.

Our program is designed to increase your child’s self-esteem in terms of spatial awareness and body movement. Research indicates that dance can help improve a child’s confidence level and help promote a healthy body image!

We provide dance lessons in the Huntingdon Valley area as well as Southampton, Willow Grove, Feasterville, Meadowbrook, Jenkintown, Rydal and Northeast Philadelphia.

What People Are Saying

I began dancing at the age of 6 at a neighborhood dance studio, but it wasn’t until I transferred to Pennsylvania Dance Institute at age 12 that my training really began! Under the direction of competent and caring instructors, I began to flourish as a dancer. I went on to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance from New York University and then later a Master’s in Dance/Movement Therapy. As a professional, I continued to express my love for the art of dance through choreography which was performed in the Philadelphia area. Now, I am a Mom and wouldn’t think of sending my little girl anywhere but Pennsylvania Dance Institute for training that is age appropriate, technically sound, and which nurtures the dancer in her!
Nicole Gonnella Doran, Philadelphia

Of all the things I am most thankful for in my life Pennsylvania Dance Institute is one of the top places on the list….kind souls are not easy to come by in ballet and this is a studio of  beautiful, sane, hardworking, fair, talented and through-and-through KIND dancers… very proud to be with you….. very thankful to have moved on from other studios and found my way to you.
Julia Brandenberger

PDI does more than train dancers – it cultivates artists.  From my earliest years in the children’s dance program, I was exposed to teachers and choreographers from widely varied backgrounds, and I was given regular performing opportunities with the professional company in residence. I learned discipline and technique while my creative spirit was nurtured, all in a loving environment that for me provided a second home and a solid foundation for success in other areas of my life over my 25 years of studying and working with the school.
Kyra Mumbauer, former student and company member

Our Convenient Location & Contact Information

1458 County Line Rd. Unit G
Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006
Tel: 215-322-1137
Email:
padanceinstitute@gmail.com

About

Following a career with Joffrey II, Pennsylvania Ballet, and Sybil Modern Dance Company, Director Delphine Del Bello Spencer founded the Pennsylvania Dance Institute in 1983. To date, Ms. Del Bello Spencer continues to share her expertise and love of dance with students throughout the Delaware Valley. She and Associate Director Stephanie Mumbauer have worked extensively through the years to develop a strong classical program that provides quality instruction in a nurturing environment.

The PDI Children’s Dance Program enables our very youngest students to explore the joy of movement while developing strength, coordination and musicality. This provides a strong foundation for entry into our pre-professional program, where students begin working in a more structured environment. Formal training in classical ballet also builds a solid base for participation in other disciplines of dance. For this reason, classes in contemporary dance and jazz, are recommended and offered as part of the curriculum. Although not mandatory, performing opportunities with Dance Del Bello, a not-for-profit performing arts company in residence at PDI, are also offered. Students work alongside professional dancers and choreographers gaining insight into the inner workings of a performing arts company.

PDI students have continued their studies at prestigious dance programs including The Juilliard School, School of American Ballet, Alvin Ailey Dance Center, American Ballet Theatre, North Carolina School of the Arts, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Princeton Ballet, Walnut Hill Conservatory.  Many have gone on to pursue professional careers in dance with Chicago City Ballet, Hubbard Street Modern Dance Company, Atlanta and Georgia Ballet Companies, Louisiana Ballet Company. Other have attended degree programs in dance at New York University, Goucher University, Barnard, University of the Arts, Butler University, and Point Park University to name a few.

Whether studying once a week or on a daily basis, the individual progress of every one of our young dancers is our concern. We value each and every student for their unique qualities and abilities.

Classes

Children’s Dance Program

This program was designed after the Joffrey Ballet School (formerly located in New York City, now in Chicago) Children’s Dance Program. Training within this program prepares young dancers’ muscles and develops the coordination necessary for beginning ballet.

Dancers do a non-weight bearing floor barre, followed by creative movement with an emphasis on developing musical and motor skills. The excited, young dancers are motivated to dance and will be well-prepared for entry into the Ballet I class. This also prepares a young dancer for technique classes in Jazz at the age of 8.

Mommy & Me: Ages 2.5 and 3.5; Schedule to be announced (Winter)

Young Children’s Dance:  Ages 4 to 5; Tuesday, 5-6pm

Children’s Dance:  Ages 6 to 7; Monday, 5-6pm


Classical Ballet Program

Our Classical Ballet Program exposes the student to the best of the renowned ballet disciplines. Incorporating these ballet techniques into the classroom instruction provides the dancer with the proper placement, alignment, and fundamental technique necessary to develop and grow artistically.

Students in our ballet program have the opportunity to perform alongside professional dancers with Dance Del Bello, a not-for-profit performing arts company in residence at PDI.

Pre-Ballet
Ages 7 to 8; Monday, 5-6pm

Ballet I
Ages 8 to 10; Tuesday, 5-6:15pm

Teen/Adult Ballet
This class provides students with the fundamental technique for all dance movements by teaching placement, form, ‘center’ strength, balance, control, and grace. It is highly recommended that all students at Pennsylvania Dance Institute take ballet as it is the foundation for all styles of dance.

Ballet II-III+
Wednesday, 6:30-8 pm; Saturday, 10:15-11:45am

Ballet IV
Monday, 6:15-7:45pm; Wednesday, 4:45-6:15pm; Saturday, 10:15-12pm

Ballet IV–V
Monday, 6:15-8pm; Wednesday, 6:30-8pm; Saturday, 10:15am-12pm

Ballet V
Monday, 6:15-8pm; Wednesday, 6:30-8pm; Thursday, 6:30-8:30 with pointe; Saturday, 10:15-12pm


Contemporary Dance Program

Modern: Modern dance is a creative, expressive style of dance focusing on balance, center, and extension. At Pennsylvania Dance Institute we combine many techniques including Graham, Limon, and Horton.

Modern I 
Schedule to be announced

Advanced Modern
Tuesday, 6:30-8pm


Adult Dance Program

In this program adult dancers are offered classes in Ballet, Modern and Jazz. Cheryl Pento directs this successful program, sharing her extensive background as a dancer and choreographer, which allows the adult student to recapture their love of movement.

Jazz: Jazz technique develops strength, flexibility, coordination, and the controlled movement of each part of the body. These one-hour classes include a warm-up of stretching & isolations, center floor technique, and progressions and combinations. The style of jazz classes at Pennsylvania Dance Institute incorporate both the traditional (or Broadway) style and a more funk-style jazz to popular music.

Modern: Modern dance is a creative, expressive style of dance focusing on balance, center, and extension. At Pennsylvania Dance Institute we combine many techniques including Graham, Limon, and Horton.

Jazz
Thursday, 7:30-8:30pm

Modern
Thursday, 8:30-9:30pm


Open Class Policy:  The Pennsylvania Dance Institute extends an Open Class Policy for PDI alumni, college dance majors, pre-professionals with advanced training and  professional dancers for $15 per class.  If you are new to the studio, please call first.

 

Faculty

Faculty & Staff of the Pennsylvania Dance Institute

Delphine Del Bello Spencer, formerly of Joffrey II Ballet Company, Ballet Repertory of New York, Pennsylvania Ballet Company and Sybil Modern Dance Company is the director of the school and it’s resident professional company Dance Del Bello, a 501-(c)(3), non-profit performing arts company.

Our associate director, Stephanie Mumbauer, received her training in classical ballet from Edmund Novak and Irina Kovalska, former soloists of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. As associate director, she developed a curriculum for beginner to intermediate students and continues to oversee their instruction.

Administrators:

Director: Delphine Del Bello Spencer

Associate Director: Stephanie Mumbauer

Children’s Dance Coordinator: Tara George

Artistic Advisor: David Kloss

School Administrator: Rhonda Wilson

Faculty:

David Kloss, Cheryl Pento, Pamela Hetherington, Christina Weigand, Judy Ungaro

Guest Faculty: 

Andrew Pap, Tara George, Henry Roy, Sarah Brower, Diana Jewell, Thomas Gant, Fang Ju Chou Gant

Click Here for Faculty Biographies.

Dance Del Bello

Dance Del Bello is a non-profit dance company which brings a professional level of performance in Ballet and Modern Dance to the Delaware Valley from its Montgomery County home at the Pennsylvania Dance Institute. The Company is composed of a spirited troupe of dancers under the artistic direction of Delphine Del Bello Spencer.

The quality of the dance and commitment of the dancers is a direct result of both Ms. Spencer’s expertise in the field and her unlimited devotion to excellence in the world of dance. In addition to its classical and neoclassical ballet repertoire, the Company also performs originally choreographed modern works by Ms. Spencer.

Dance Del Bello has been a part of the performing arts community since 1982 and presently has two performing seasons annually. Now in its twenty-eighth year, Dance Del Bello continues to take pride in presenting accessible, affordable, and consistently high quality performances to its audiences, and actively promotes dance awareness and appreciation, as well as talent development, in the Delaware Valley regions of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

Dance Del Bello’s mission is to:

    • Provide high quality professional ballet and modern dance performances to Delaware Valley audiences;
    • Promote educational programs through local schools and community organizations which encourage interest and participation in the performing arts, specifically ballet and modern dance;
    • Create opportunities for dancers and choreographers to pursue educational and professional goals related to the performing arts;
    • Develop meaningful professional relationships among dancers and choreographers, with particular focus on mentoring young artists and those with emerging talent.
    • Work daily to display and inspire a genuine love and appreciation for the performing arts.

Dance Del Bello is a proud recipient of a 2009/2010 Project Stream Grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

    • Dance Del Bello’s Outreach and Educational Programming is supported by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency, through its regional arts funding partnership, Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA).
    • State government funding for the arts depends upon an annual appropriation by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
    • PPA is administered in this region by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance
    • Additional support of the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) Partnership in Southeastern Pennsylvania is provided by PECO.

Contact us dancedelbello@gmail.com