Studio Philosophy and Policies

While we at PDT are committed to providing exceptional dance training, we are also devoted to the growth of the whole person. The integrity, strength, and perseverance of dance depend on more than just excellent technique.

Our commitment to compassionate dance training within a culture of high expectations includes a focus on personal integrity. At PDT, students acquire skills that help them succeed in every aspect of their lives: confidence, respect, self-expression, promptness, determination, problem-solving, and more.

Students are expected to work diligently in every class, and to be attentive, prompt, and respectful at all times. To that end, families/caretakers of minors are responsible for getting students to class and picking them up on time. Dancers are called upon to show compassion for one another, refrain from negativity/disparaging talk/gossip in and out of the studio, work with integrity, communicate, and support and respect their own effort and that of faculty, guests, volunteers, and fellow students. These actions will ensure that each dancer at PDT has the opportunity to thrive.

Our students and their families must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Students should arrive to class on time. If you are running late, you must contact the studio. Students arriving more than 10 minutes late to class will be asked to sit and watch.
  • Dancers who are habitually late or absent are unable to improve at the rate of their peers. Absences should be infrequent and multiple absences will not be tolerated. Dancer absences must be reported to the studio.
  • Students are expected to attend all their assigned classes. Excessive absences or habitual tardiness will result in exclusion from participation in the year-end performance (PDT Showcase) and ABT Exams. (In cases of illness or extreme/extenuating circumstances, please contact the studio.)
  • Students enrolled in Ballet (Primary through Conservatory Program levels), Jazz, and Tap are expected to arrive to class in a clean uniform and with the proper shoes. Dancers with long hair should wear their hair neatly in a bun for ballet or tied securely away from the face for all other classes. Students not in uniform or with hair unsecured will not be permitted to take class. As Susan Brooker of the prestigious American Ballet Theatre® National Training Curriculum once stated, “The care taken and confidence associated with caring for one’s appearance reflects in a student’s work.”
  • All students are expected to behave with respect for themselves, one other, and the instructor with no exceptions.

PDT’s dance programs are inclusive with options for almost everyone. A rigorous ballet curriculum and year-long commitments may not suit every dancer. Children, teens, and adults who are looking to enroll in recreational classes, whether in ballet or other dance forms, or who are interested in improving their dance skills for fun, fitness, or for the purposes of participating in musical theater or other genres of dance performance, please browse our pages for options, or contact to find your class.

We look forward to seeing you or your child at the studio!