Classes & Programs

Summer Intensive 2017, Ages 11+

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

Susan Jaffe: Former American Ballet Theatre (ABT )Principal Dancer and current Dean of Dance at North Carolina School of the Arts

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

Special guests.*We always have a surprise guest or two.In 2016, Franco DeVita (former Principal of ABT/JKO School) taught and in 2015, Sarah Hay (former soloist with Semperoper Ballett and star of Flesh and Bone) taught classes.

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 Thursday 9:30 am – 4:30 pm, Friday 9:30 am – 3:30 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.

Several payment plans are available. Click "Register Online" to view the available options.

Class Days & Times Ages Gender Instructor(s) Tuition
Summer Intensive Tuition
Jun 26, 2017–Jul 28, 2017
Mon, 09:30am–04:30pm
Tue, 09:30am–04:30pm
Wed, 09:30am–04:30pm
Thu, 09:30am–04:30pm
Fri, 09:30am–03:30pm
11+ Girls/Boys Risa Gary Kaplowitz, Hillary Pearson, Lisa Bottalico, Nora Cotter, Susan Jaffe, Talin Kenar, Maura Ryan, Karin Averty, Roy Kaiser $2,725Register Online
Summer Intensive Boarding
Jun 25, 2017–Jul 28, 2017
TBD 11+ Girls/Boys TBD $2,800Register Online
SI Audition Pre-Registration for PDT Location
Jan 28, 2017–Jan 28, 2017
Sat, 02:00pm–04:00pm 11-21 Girls/Boys Risa Gary Kaplowitz $25Register Online
SI Video Audition TBD 11+ Girls/Boys TBD $25Register Online
SI Audition Pre-registration for MYB Location
Jan 22, 2017–Jan 22, 2017
Sun, 02:00pm–04:00pm 11-21 Girls/Boys Risa Gary Kaplowitz $25Register Online