Our nationally-recognized and highly-regarded ballet program provides authentic classical training for pre-professional dancers, while providing a useful foundation for most other dance forms. Whether students are looking to train for a professional career or dancing for fun and fitness, PDT’s ballet classes are among the finest 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 presents high-quality artistic training with attention to 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® Instructors include Talin Kenar, Director (Primary through Level 7), Nora Cotter (Primary through Level 7/NYU masters degree in ABT Ballet Pedagogy), Saya Harada (Primary through Level 7/NYU masters degree in ABT Ballet Pedagogy), Violeta Angelova (Primary through Level 7), Lili Griffiths, (Primary through Level 5), Tori Hey (Primary through Level 5/BFA in Dance from the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program), Audrey Yeager (Primary through Level 3/BFA in Dance and BA in Public Relations from Rider University), and Elyse Mertz (Primary through Level 3/BFA in Dance from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University). Ms. Kenar and Ms. Cotter are ABT® NTC Affiliate Teachers and Fellows having successfully presented students for multiple examinations.
Our advanced ballet students have been accepted to top summer intensives affiliated with prestigious companies and year-round programs. These include American Ballet Theater JKO School/NYC, School of American Balle,; The Royal Ballet School (London, England), Joffrey Ballet School/Chicago, The Juilliard School, Kaatsbaan Ballet Intensive, as well as the schools of Boston Ballet, Orlando Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Atlanta Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Houston Ballet, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet.
Our dancers have become professional company members or trainees of ballet companies including The Royal Danish Ballet, Dresden SemperOper Ballett, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, BalletX, Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Orlando Ballet, Ballet Met, The Washington Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Columbia City Ballet, Ballet Austin, Sarasota Ballet, and Sacramento Ballet.
Our dancers have graduated from PDT to attend esteemed college dance programs, including Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music (Ballet), NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, North Carolina School of the Arts, and The University of Utah’s School of Dance.
Our dancers have added PDT’s exceptional dance training to their college résumés to help gain entrance to top universities, and many have continued dancing in prestigious university-affiliated ballet companies. In recent years, 9 PDT alumni have gone on to attend Princeton University.
IMPORTANT: New students seeking to enroll in classes Level 1 and above must schedule a placement class. Email us at: email@example.com
Important payment information: Ballet program registration is for the entire school year. A 20% deposit + registration fee is required at the time of registration. Installment plans are available for your convenience. A $15 fee is assessed for each installment. Sibling and multi-class discounts (if applicable) are applied to the last installment.
Looking to join mid-year? As long as there is room in a class, new students are welcome to enroll. Tuition will be prorated based on the number of classes remaining in the session. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information or call 609-514-1600.
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Dancers in Level 1 who would like to take the ABT Exam Class, must register to take two Level 1 ballet classes per week.
Dancers in Level 3 who would like to become eligible to participate in pointe classes should register for 3 ballet classes per week. Progression to pointe work for dancers age 11+ is by invitation. Level 3 dancers under age 11 are encouraged to enroll in 3 classes per week in order to participate in pre-pointe training.
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 begun. 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 email@example.com or call 609-514-1600.
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Please read the below information in its entirety before registering.
Registrations may be submitted online or in person.
Registrations MUST be accompanied by an initial payment to be confirmed.
By filling out this registration form, you are registering for the entire class as listed on this page. Division of fees into installments is available for an additional fee. If you withdraw during the school year for any reason, it is your responsibility to email the studio manager immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org. You are required to give 30-days notice if withdrawing from any class. A drop fee of $25 will be charged for withdrawals. NO REFUNDS OF TUITION PAID FOR ANY REASON. UNUSED FEES WILL BE KEPT FOR 18 MONTHS AS CREDIT.
We offer 2-, 4-, or 8-installment payment plans. Installment plans carry a $15 fee per enrolled class, per installment. Fees are capped at $30 per installment.
Those registering after the start date of classes will be charged based on a prorate of the full session. Any class with fewer than seven enrolled students may be cancelled at the discretion of the owner/director.
Please note that our policy does not guarantee make-up classes.
Make-ups may be arranged for Dance With Me, Pre-Primary, and Adult/Teen Ballet classes in a comparable class at the discretion of the instructor if there is room available.
Primary A, B, and C students are allowed one make-up class per semester IF there is space in a comparable class. All make-ups must be scheduled through the office. Make-up classes may not be misused for scheduling convenience. Students may not attend make-up classes without advance approval.
Dancers in Levels 1 through 3 may request a make-up class on an alternate class day. CP, Level 4, and Level 5 students may request a make-up class in the level below their assigned level. Students in Level 3 and above may also request a make-up class in the Thursday night Adult/Teen Ballet class. Make-up classes in a level above the dancer’s assigned level are not permitted. All make-up classes must be arranged through the office and approved by the instructor.
A NOTE ABOUT ZOOM CLASSES
All classes are offered in-person unless otherwise mandated or stated in the class description. Virtual instruction may only be requested for students who meet quarantine criteria (as determined by a healthcare professional, the local school district, or the NJ Department of Health). Virtual instruction may not be requested for convenience.
BALLET PLACEMENT CLASSES
Please note that new Ballet program students ages 8 and above must schedule a placement class. Dancers in Dance With Me, Pre-Primary, and Primary levels MUST be of the specified age for their class type by September 30th. The studio director/designated instructors finalize all level placements. $20 will be subtracted from tuition upon enrollment (provided enrollment is within 2 weeks of placement class date).
RISK-FREE TRIAL CLASSES
Prospective students may take a risk-free trial class. No fee will be charged for students who opt not to register. For students who do register, the cost of the trial class will be included in the overall tuition. Trial classes are open to first-time students only. In classes with a “drop-in” option (e.g. Adult/Teen Jazz and Adult Beginner Ballet), risk-free trials are not permitted.
Initial payment does not include the $45 non-refundable registration fee (assessed per year, per family). A $45 registration fee is applied to year-round class enrollments, and will be added to your balance. Registration fees are due with the first installment. There is no registration fee for Dance With Me or other 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. If you are paying online, American Express is also accepted. Please note that online charges will be listed on your statement as PAYPAL.
NO REFUNDS FOR ANY REASON. UNUSED FEES WILL BE KEPT FOR 18 MONTHS AS CREDIT.
Sibling and multi-class discounts will be applied to the final installment. These discounts only apply to school-year classes, and not to those classes offered in sessions. Discounts are not valid for registrations received after December 31st.
A late fee of $25 will be charged each time a payment is received more than 5 days past due. Students whose tuition is more than 30 days past due may be dismissed from classes. Accounts more than 60 days past due may be sent to collections.
RETURNED CHECK FEES
There will a $25 fee assessed for returned checks.
PDT Studio is not responsible for items lost or stolen.
PDT is not responsible for your child before or after their assigned class. Please do not drop off your child early or pick them up late and expect the staff to supervise. Parents will be charged a fee if they habitually arrive late to pick up their child class.
Waiting in the lobby/hallways and observation of classes is not permitted.
Photography or filming of classes is not permitted.
PDT Studio does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or creed in the administration of its admission.
PDT Studio is an equal opportunity employer.