Classes & Programs

Summer Intensive 2017, Ages 11+

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2017 PDT Summer Intensive. Audition and program information for the 2018 Summer Intensive will be posted by December 2017. See below for information regarding our 2017 program.

PDT offers one of the country’s most rigorous summer programs. Unlike big company intensives, PDT summer students are exposed to exceptional individual attention and corrections. There is much improvement in every dancer who participates.

Dates of the 2017 Summer Intensive: June 26 through July 28

Featured Instructors

Karin Averty: Former Paris Opera Ballet and San Francisco Ballet Principal Dancer, Current Teacher at ABT JKO school, Master Teacher, and YAGP Judge

Aydmara Cabrera: Former Ballet National de Cuba Principal Dancer

Roy Kaiser: Artistic Director Emeritus, PA Ballet

Franco DeVita: former Principal of ABT/JKO School

Limited Class Size To Ensure Personal Attention.

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

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

AUDITIONS: Auditions are on Sunday, January 22 at Maryland Youth Ballet, and on Saturday, January 28 at Princeton Dance and Theater Studio. For both locations, registration is from 2:00 – 2:30 PM, followed by a 90 minute class. Please bring a head shot and first arabesque photo (4×6). Pre-registration for the audition can be done online using the links at the bottom of the page. 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 of technique and three levels of pointe. 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
  • 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.


Depending on the number of boarding students, housing is provided either at The Lawrenceville School in a private, secure, on-campus house occupied only by our summer intensive students and the resident adviser. Cost for the boarding school is $2800. Price includes breakfast, dinner, and outings such as seeing a ballet in NYC, trips to Six Flags, etc.

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.