Our nationally known and highly respected ballet program provides authentic training for preprofessionals and the necessary base for most other forms of dance. Whether a student desires to train for a professional career or takes ballet for fun and fitness, PDT’s ballet classes are among the best in the country.
Princeton Dance and Theater Studio is proud to include the AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE® National Training Curriculum, a breakthrough 8 level program that combines high quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development. The ABT® National Training Curriculum consists of a comprehensive set of age-appropriate, outcome-based guidelines to provide the highest quality ballet training to dance students of all ages and skill levels.
PDT’s ABT® Certified Teachers include: Risa Kaplowitz, Director (Primary-Level 7), Nora Cotter who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum and received her NYU masters degree in ABT Ballet Pedagogy; and Talin Kenar (Primary through Level 7). All four instructors are ABT® NTC Affiliate instructors having presented students for examinations.
Our advanced ballet students have been accepted to the top summer intensives in the country. These include: American Ballet Theater/NYC; School of American Ballet; Joffrey/Chicago; Julliard; Boston Ballet; Orlando Ballet; San Francisco Ballet; Pittsburgh Ballet Theater; Atlanta Ballet; Pacific Northwest Ballet; Kaatsban; Houston Ballet; Complexions Contemporary Ballet Company
Our dancers are or have been members or trainees of ballet companies including: Royal Danish Ballet, Dresden SemperOper Ballett, Complexions Contemporary Ballet Company, BalletX, Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet, Orlando Ballet, Ballet Met, Washington Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Columbia City Ballet, and Sacramento Ballet. Others have gone on from PDT into some of the most esteemed college dance programs including: Indiana University’s Jacob School of Music’s Ballet Department, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Rutger University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, North Carolina Dance Theatre, and The University of Utah, Department of Ballet. Still others have used their dance to help secure entrance into some of the top universities in the country where they continue dancing in the school’s ballet company. These include Princeton University and Columbia University.
Please note that new students wanting to enroll in a Level 1 class and above need to schedule a placement class.
Important payment information: Registration is for an entire year of classes (32 classes). A 20% deposit is required at the time of registration, and the balance (80%) is due in September. Installment plans are available for your convenience. A $15 fee is assessed to each installment. Please note that the once yearly family registration fee of $45 is added to the September invoice. Sibling and multi-class discounts are applied to the last installment.
Class placement is at the discretion of the instructor. As long as there is room in a class, registrations are accepted even after classes have started. Tuition will be prorated based on the number of classes left in the school year. If you have questions about registration, please contact the office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 609-514-1600.
Early bird registration for the 2020/2021 school year ends April 30th. For levels that require you to pick 2 or 3 days from several offered, please consult the schedule to figure out which days you would like your child to attend. Use the text box to write in the days/times.
Please register on a laptop or desktop. All class and payment options do not appear when registration is viewed on a mobile device.
NEW: Class size will be limited and all dancers must wear a mask. Students in levels 2 through CP will have the option to dance in person, or simultaneously via zoom. Please indicate your preference in the first box under Optional Information. Dancers in level 1 may register for an all virtual class on Sundays at 10:45AM. Please choose that option from the drop down menu under level 1.
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
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING BEFORE REGISTERING:
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 (email@example.com). 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. A CREDIT CAN ONLY BE USED BY THE STUDENT OR HIS/HER IMMEDIATE (NUCLEAR) FAMILY. IT IS NOT TRANSFERABLE TO OUTSIDE FAMILY MEMBERS OR FRIENDS.
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.
BALLET PLACEMENT CLASSES:
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.
RETURNED CHECK FEE:
There will be a fee of $25 assessed for returned checks.
CLASS CHANGE FEE:
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.