Pennsylvania

Dance Institute

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We’re so glad you are interested in our school.

If you would like to schedule a visit to our studios or a trial class, please email padanceinstitute@gmail.com to set up a date & time.

 

2935 Byberry Rd., Hatboro, PA. (215) 322-1137

 

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Classical Ballet Program

Beginner through Pre-Professional
Prestigious Training: From Studio to Stage

Classical Ballet Program (Ages 7+)

ABOUT | Our Classical Ballet Program exposes the student to the best of the renowned ballet pedagogy. 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. The program is designed to advance your dancer, each level’s progression is based on the successful competence and awareness of skills from the level before.

Students meeting the class requirements are invited and encouraged to participate in Dance Del Bello’s Annual Spring Production, with rehearsals taking place outside of valuable class time.

REQUIREMENTS & RECOMMENDATIONS |
Minimum of 1 class per week required for Pre-Ballet and Ballet I.
Minimum of 2 classes per week required for Ballet II.
Minimum of 3 classes per week & approved Summer study required for levels III and above.
The most advanced students in our school may dance/rehearse up to 6 Days /week.
* It is highly recommended that all new students take an (age appropriate) ballet fundamentals class in addition to their placement level regardless of ability.
** It is encouraged to complete a year of pre-pointe or supplement beginning pointe with pre-pointe to improve metatarsal and ankle strength and prevent injury or premature damage to the foot.

PLACEMENT | These classes are a combination of age/maturity/proficiency based, A placement class is encouraged for foundational levels, and required for intermediate & advanced levels.  Please call the school to schedule a placement class.

REGISTER |  Please register by completing the registration form or contacting the studio.

 

Find out more information about the classes and schedules below.

To Register or Schedule A Trial Class,
Call (215)-322-1137 or Email: padanceinstitute@gmail.com

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Ballet Foundations (Ages 8+)

In these fundamental levels, the Pennsylvania Dance Institute introduces class structure and begins to transition the young creative mover to develop core ballet techinque. These classes place emphasis on developing appropriate alignment, turn out, coordination, extension, musicality and fluidity in both barre and center practice.

  • Pre-Ballet (Ages 7-8): Age 7 at Registration
    | No Audition Required

 

  • Ballet I & Ballet I+ (Ages 8+): At least Age 8 at Registration
    | Placement Encouraged.
    | Ballet I Minimum Class Requirement is one class per week (1.5 hrs)
    | Ballet I+ Minimum Class Requirement is two classes per week (3 hrs)

 

  • Ballet II:
    | Placement Evaluation Required.
    | Ballet II Minimum Class Requirement is 2 Classes per week (3 hrs)

    • Pre-Requisites: This class builds on Ballet I & I+, a student enrolling in Ballet II should be able to demonstrate the following satisfactorily or exemplary:
      At Least 8 yrs old at Registration
      At least 1 year of dance classes
      Familiar with Ballet vocabulary/terminology
      Improved strength & flexibility
      Proper use of 1st, 3rd & 5th Position (Turnout)
      Proper use of the core and legs/ feet in Center Tendus
      Balance in Sous Sous for 8 counts
      Proficiency in sautes and changements
Schedule: Find A Class

Pre-Ballet: Monday | 5:00 – 6:00 PM
Ballet I: Monday | 6:00 – 7:15 PM
Ballet II: Tuesday | 5:00 – 6:30 PM, & Saturday | 10:15 – 11:45 AM
Schedules Subject to Change

Dress Code

Pre-Ballet Girls
Light Pink leotard, Footed Pink Tights or Dance Socks, Pink Ballet Slippers
Optional: Approved Ballet Wrap Sweater
Hair neatly secured from face in Ballet Bun.
Performance: Nude Camisole Leotard, Footed Pink Tights, Pink Ballet Slippers

Ballet I & I+ Girls
Lilac (light Purple) leotard, Footed Pink Tights or Dance Socks, Pink Ballet Slippers
Optional: Approved Ballet Wrap Sweater
Hair neatly secured from face in Ballet Bun.
Performance: Nude Camisole Leotard, Footed Pink Tights, Pink Ballet Slippers

Ballet II Girls
Royal Blue leotard, Footed Pink Tights or Dance Socks, Pink Ballet Slippers
Optional: Approved Ballet Wrap Sweater
Hair neatly secured from face in Ballet Bun.
Performance: Nude Camisole Leotard, Footed Pink Tights, Pink Ballet Slippers

Boys
White T-Shirt, Black Shorts, White Ballet Socks, Ballet Slippers
Hair: Neatly Groomed.

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INTERMEDIATE BALLET

Our intermediate level classwork builds on all of the foundational technique and focuses on phrasing, clarity, proper articulation of the foot, and proper development of epaulment, as well as increasing technical proficiency & difficulty of turns, allegro (jumps) and preparedness for pointe and performance.  A placement class evaluation is required for new/incoming students.

It is encouraged to complete a year of pre-pointe or supplement beginning pointe with pre-pointe to improve metatarsal , ankle strength & supporting leg strength  and prevent injury or premature damage to the foot.

Ballet II-III
| Ballet II-III Minimum Class Requirement is 2 technique Classes per week (3 hrs) &
| 30 – 60 minutes of pre-pointe work per week
| Approved Summer classes are required to advance to Level III

  • Pre-Requisites: Placement is required for this level.  This level is based on both age and ability.   This class builds on Ballet II. A student enrolling in Ballet II should be able to demonstrate the following satisfactorily or exemplary:
    At least 1 year of Ballet classes
    Familiar with Ballet vocabulary/terminology
    Improved strength & flexibility, ability to put concepts together.
    Proper use of 1st, 3rd, 4th & 5th Position (Turnout)
    Proper use of  strength and Turnout of the leg en’lair 90 degrees
    Proper use of the core and legs/ feet in Center Tendus & Adagio Practice
    Balance in Sous Sous for 8 counts
    Balance on one leg in coupe or passe for 8 counts
    Proficiency in petite allegro exercises: glissades, assembles, jetes, sissones
    Proficiency in spotting across the floor: Ex Chainne Turns

Ballet III & Ballet III-IV
Ballet III & III-IV curriculum is designed to expose our students to a variety of class levels and teachers to help master and refine skills, instill confidence and challenge our students whilst preparing them for Intensives and Workshops.
| Ballet III Minimum Class Requirement is 3 technique Classes per week (4.5 hrs) &
| 60-120 minutes of pre-pointe/beginning pointe work per week
| Supplemental Classes such as Conditioning or Modern Encouraged.
| Approved Summer classes are required to advance to Level to Levels IV and above

  • Pre-Requisites: Placement is required for this level.  This level is based on ability.   This class builds on the concepts learned in Ballet II and Ballet II-III. At the minimum, a  student enrolling in Ballet II-III should be able to demonstrate  proficiency in the requirements for Ballet II & II-III.   In addition to:
    Proper understanding of counting and musicality
    Ability to reverse combinations
    Ability to beat petite allegro
    Ability to turn on one leg (pique turns and pirouttes)
    Ability to move across the floor and sustain grande allegro without injury
    Ability to correctly work above 90 degrees
    demonstrating a readiness for pre-pointe / beginning pointe work

Pre-Pointe & Beginning Pointe
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Floor Barre & Conditioning Classes
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Schedule: Find A Class

Ballet III-IV-V: Monday | 6:15 – 7:45 PM

Pointe Barre: Tuesday | 4:30 – 5:30 PM

Modern: Tuesday | 5:30 – 7:00 PM

Ballet II-III w/ Pre-Pointe: Wednesday | 5:00 – 6:45 PM
Beg. Pointe: Wednesday | 6:45 – 7:15 PM

Ballet III: Thursday | 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM


Ballet III-IV-V: 
Saturday | 10:00 – 11:30 AM

Ballet II-III w/ Pre-Pointe: Saturday | 11:45 AM – 1:30 PM

Schedules Subject to Change

Dress Code

Ballet II-III Girls
Merlot (Burgundy/Wine) leotard, Footed Pink Tights or Dance Socks, Pink Ballet Slippers
Optional: Approved Ballet Wrap Sweater
Hair neatly secured from face in Ballet Bun.
Performance: Nude Camisole & requires tights/shoes.

Ballet III Girls
Purple Leotard, Convertible Pink Tights or Dance Socks, Pink Ballet Slippers
Optional: Approved Ballet Wrap Sweater
Hair neatly secured from face in Ballet Bun.
Performance: Nude Camisole & requires tights/shoes.

Boys
White T-Shirt, Black Shorts, White Ballet Socks, Ballet Slippers
Hair: Neatly Groomed.

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ADVANCED BALLET

Our advanced ballet classes continue to work on the strength, mobility and flexibility of the dancer. Exercises become more technical, refined and sophisticatedly more complex. Advanced dancers may be asked to join Dance Del Bello as an Apprentice or Jr. Apprentice.

  • Ballet IV

  • Ballet V

  • Conditioning
Schedule: Find A Class

Ballet III-IV-V: Monday | 6:15 – 7:45 PM + Pointe / Rehearsal
Ballet IV-V:: Tuesday | 4:30 – 5:30 PM + Modern
Ballet IV-V:: Wednesday | 6:15 – 7:45 PM + Pointe
Ballet IV-V:: Thursday | 6:30 – 8:30 PM + Pointe / Rehearsal
Ballet III-IV-V: Saturday | 10:00 AM – 11:45 + Pointe
DDB Rehearsals: Saturdays & Sundays TBA
Schedules Subject to Change

Dress Code

Ballet IV-V Girls
Black or Solid Color Leotard, Convertible Tights or Dance Socks, Pink Ballet Slippers
Properly Fitted & Sewn Pointe Shoes
Optional: Approved Ballet Wrap Sweater, Ballet Skirt
Hair neatly secured from face in Ballet Bun.
Performance: Nude Camisole Leotard, Black Camisole, Tutu Briefs, Warmups, Required Tights & Shoes

Boys
White T-Shirt, Black Shorts, White Ballet Socks, Ballet Slippers
Hair: Neatly Groomed.

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Pointe, Partnering & Variations

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Schedule: Find A Class

Pre-Pointe: Wednesday | 6:30 – 6:45 PM
Pre-Pointe: Saturday | 1:00 – 1:30 PM
Pointe (Int.): Monday | 8:00 – 9:00 PM
Pointe Barre: Tuesday | 4:30 – 5:30 PM
Pointe (Adv.): Wednesday | 8:00 – 9:00 PM
Pointe (Adv.): Thursday| 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Pointe (Int.): Saturday | 11:45 AM – 12:45 PM

Schedules Subject to Change

Dress Code

Girls
Approved Dress Uniform
Properly Fitted & Sewn Pointe Shoes

Boys
White T-Shirt, Black Shorts, White Ballet Socks, Ballet Slippers
Hair: Neatly Groomed.

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