Classes & Programs

Summer Intensive 2018 Ages 11-22

We have changed the name and logo of our renowned summer intensive because our program’s strength is in catering to the needs of each individual student — as reflected by the (turned-out) “i” in the logo. Our intensive is different, and we hope the new intensive name and logo reflects PDT’s unique roster of summer instructors, small class sizes, and exceptional individual attention in a warm and caring environment.

“PDT summer Intensive is result oriented and delivers an outstanding level of training. Not only have my students improved tremendously, my students have received training from the industry’s most sought-after master teachers and guest artists. Mrs Risa Kaplowitz, Director, provides each student a summer Intensive that is of the highest caliber….a marvellous program with complete student emersion, yielding results.” Donna Pidel Artistic Board of Examiners ABT. Director Ballet Conservatoire XIV.

Dates of the 2018 Summer Intensive: June 25 through July 27

Featured Guest Instructors

Karin Averty: Former Paris Opera Ballet and San Francisco Ballet Principal Dancer; Instructor at ABT JKO school; and YAGP Teacher/Adjudicator

Roy Kaiser: Artistic Director, Nevada Ballet Theatre; Artistic Director Emeritus, PA Ballet

Franco DeVita: ABT National Training Curriculum Associate Emeritus; Former Artistic Director, ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School

Raymond Lukens: ABT National Training Curriculum Associate Emeritus; Former Artistic Director, American Ballet Theatre’s National Training Curriculum

Jillian Davis: Complexions Contemporary Ballet Company Dancer; Complexions Workshop Instructor

Staff also includes PDT’s exceptional instructors including Risa Kaplowitz, PDT Director, ABT Artistic Board of Examiners, Formerly dancer with Houston Ballet, Dayton Ballet, Ballet Manhattan; Maura Ryan, Associate Director, ABT/NTC Fellow; Nora Cotter, ABT/NTC Fellow; Talin Kenar, ABT/NTC Certified, Formerly of Hong Kong Ballet and American Repertory Ballet; Hillary Pearson, Modern; Lisa Bottalico, Flamenco; Tom McKie, Hip Hop

Limited Class Size To Ensure Personal Attention.

Tuition is $2725 for the Summer Intensive Program, ages 11-22.  All fees must be paid by May 15th.

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNTS: $2600 if registered by February 15 and $2650 if registered by March 15.

Live auditions have passed but we are still accepting video auditions. Students who live locally can also schedule an audition class by emailing the office at Please scroll down for video audition information.

Financial Aid: While Princeton Dance & Theater Studio does not offer scholarships, many communities do offer arts scholarships for summer study. The following link will take you to one such opportunity: Dance Council Scholarships. GoFundMe pages are also good ways to generate support to further your training.

We have three levels. Training includes Ballet, Pointe, Variations, Modern, Choreography, Pilates, Stretch, Flamenco, and Hip Hop. Students have a performance at the end of the session.

Program Hours: Monday through Friday 9:30 am – 4:30 pm,  A typical day for all levels will consist of the following:

  • Technique class
  • Pointe or Men’s Class
  • Partnering
  • Rehearsal
  • Lunch Break
  • Modern, Choreography, Hip Hop, Jazz, Flamenco or additional Ballet Technique
  • Pilates or Stretch

Requirements for Video Audition

To audition via video, please download and complete the registration form here. Completed forms, along with a link to your video, can be emailed back to Payment for the audition can be made via the registration link for Video Auditions at the bottom of this page.

Alternatively, the complete form may be mailed, along with your DVD and $25 payment, to Princeton Dance & Theater Studio, 116 Rockingham Row, Princeton, NJ, 08540.

Your video should run no longer than fifteen minutes. At the beginning, please clearly state your name, age, and where you currently study.

The video should encompass the basic barre elements. Do one side each of pliés, tendus, dégagés, rond de jambe a terre and en l’air, frappés, adagio, and grand battement.

Woman, please wear pointe shoes in the center. In the center, do adagio, pirouettes, petit allegro, grand allegro. Men, please demonstrate battu combination and tours en l’air.

Difficulty of combinations while maintaining proper technique will be taken into consideration while evaluating the video.

The boarding home is full. Please email us at if you require boarding. We may be able to make alternative arrangements.
Boarding students will stay in this incredible home! Breakfast and dinner will be provided daily. Students can choose to pack their lunch for the day or buy lunch at the food court next to the studio. Weekend outings include going to NYC to see ABT’s Whipped Cream, beach excursions, Six Flags, movies, the outlets, and more. Boarding fee is $3200. Check in on Sunday, June 24 and check out Friday, July 27. Space is limited.

Tuition paid is non-refundable. If a dancer withdraws for any reason, tuition can be held as a credit towards next year’s summer program, but cannot be used towards school year tuition.

*Guest/Staff Subject to Change

If you have questions about registration, please contact the office at or call 609-514-1600.


Registration may be conducted here online, in person, or by mail and must be accompanied by the initial payment.

Registration sent by mail should be directed to:
Princeton Dance & Theater Studio
116 Rockingham Row
Princeton, NJ 08540

By filling out this registration form, you are registering for the entire class as listed on this page. For full year classes, division into payments is made only for the family’s convenience. If you withdraw during the school year for any reason, it is your responsibility to contact the Office Manager immediately at 609-514-1600 or by email ( You are required to give 30 days notice of dropping a class A drop fee of $25 will be charged. NO REFUNDS OF TUITION PAID FOR ANY REASON. UNUSED FEES (after the 30 days notice and the $25 drop fee) WILL BE KEPT INDEFINITELY FOR CREDIT.

We offer a 2, 4 & 8 installment payment plan. Installment plan carries a $15 per class, per installment fee. There is no additional fee for payments made in full by September 15th.

Please note that our policy does not guarantee make up classes.

Make-ups may be arranged for Dance With Me, Pre-primary, Just Adults and Adult/Teen Ballet classes at the discretion of the instructor if there is room in a comparable class.

Dancers in Levels 1 through Level 3 may take a make up class on an alternate day from their usual schedule if the instructor allows. CP, Level 4 and Level 5 students may make up classes in a level below if cleared by the instructor and arranged through the office.

Primary A, B and C students may be allowed one make-up class per semester IF there is space in a comparable class. All make-ups must be scheduled through the office. If there is abuse of the make-up classes and parents bring students to classes without scheduling them in advance, we will revert to our strict no-make-up policy.

Those registering after the start of classes will be charged based on a prorate of the 32 week session. Any class with a registration of seven students or less may be cancelled at the discretion of the School Director.

Please note that new students wanting to enroll in a Level 1 and above class need to schedule a placement class. Dancers in lower levels MUST be of specified age by September 30. Only an instructor can finalize any placement. There is a charge of $20 to be subtracted from tuition upon enrollment (provided enrollment is within 2 weeks of placement class date).

Prospective students may take a risk-free trial class. No fee will be charged if the student decides not to register. If the student registers for the class, the cost of the trial class will be included in the overall tuition. For classes that offer a drop-in rate (eg. Adult/Teen Jazz), free trials are not permitted and the drop-in rate should be paid.

Initial payment does not include a $45 non-refundable registration fee (per year, per family). This fee will be added to your balance and is due with first installment. This registration fee applies to year-round classes only. There is no registration fee for Dance With Me, Pre-Primary, Adult/Teen, and other classes offered in 10 and 12 week sessions. Please note that discounts (sibling and multi-class) also do not apply to classes offered in 10 and 12 week sessions.

If paying by check, please make checks payable to: PDT Studio.

MasterCard, Discover and Visa are accepted for your convenience. Charges will be listed on your statement as PAYPAL.

Sibling and multi-class discounts will be applied to the final installment. Discounts not valid if registering after December 31. See above – discounts are only applied to year-round classes and not to classes offered in 10 and 12 week sessions.

A late fee of $25 will be charged each time a payment is received more than 5 days past due.

There will be a fee of $25 assessed for returned checks.

There will be a fee of $25 assessed for class changes made more than 2 weeks after classes have begun. This fee will be applicable per each change made.

PDT Studio is not responsible for items lost or stolen.

PDT Studio is does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or creed in the administration of its admission. PDT Studio is an equal opportunity employer.