Classes & Summer

Summer Intensive 2020 Ages 11-22

PDT’s renowned summer intensive’s strength is catering to the needs of each individual student. Our intensive is results-oriented and offers an exceptional roster of summer instructors, small class sizes, and exceptional individual attention in a warm and caring environment.

“Nya absolutely LOVED PDT and we were very impressed when she got back! Her technique just grew so much. I would definitely like to continue sending students to your program it was such a great fit!” Kahina A. Haynes, Executive Director of The Dance Institute of Washington

“PDT summer Intensive is result oriented and delivers an outstanding level of training. Not only have my students improved tremendously, my students have received training from the industry’s most sought-after master teachers and guest artists. Mrs Risa Kaplowitz, Director, provides each student a summer Intensive that is of the highest caliber….a marvelous program with complete student immersion, yielding results.” Donna Pidel Artistic Board of Examiners ABT, Director Ballet Conservatoire XIV.

Read more testimonials here.

Dates of the 2020 Summer Intensive: June 29 through July 31

Featured Guest Instructors

Karin Averty: Former Paris Opera Ballet and San Francisco Ballet Principal Dancer; Ballet Mistress of American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company, Instructor at ABT JKO school; and YAGP Teacher/Adjudicator

Franco De Vita: Co-author of the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum; former director of the JKO School at American Ballet Theatre; recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award by Dance Teacher Magazine.

Peter LeBreton Merz: Director of Ballet West Academy in Salt Lake City; named outstanding teacher by Youth America Grand Prix; former Artist Administrator of the USA International Ballet Competition.

More guests may be announced as the Intensive approaches.

Staff also includes PDT’s exceptional instructors including Risa Kaplowitz, PDT Director, ABT Artistic Board of Examiners, Former dancer with Houston Ballet, Dayton Ballet, and Ballet Manhattan; Maura Ryan, Associate Director, ABT/NTC Fellow; Nora Cotter, ABT/NTC Fellow; Talin Kenar, ABT/NTC Felow, Formerly of Hong Kong Ballet and Coloarado Ballet; Max Azaro, Ballet Austin Company member; Hillary Pearson, Modern; Lisa Bottalico, Flamenco; Tom McKie, Hip Hop.

Limited Class Size To Ensure Personal Attention.

Tuition is $2850 for the Summer Intensive Program, ages 11-22.  All fees must be paid by May 15th. The boarding fee is $3200.

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNTS: $2650 if registered by February 15 and $2750 if registered by March 15. A 50% deposit at the time of registration is required to hold your spot and lock in early bird pricing.

AUDITIONS: Local students can email studiomanager@princetondance.com to schedule an audition class. Out of state students can send a video audition and it will be reviewed promptly. See information below.

iBallet SI offers three levels. Training includes Ballet, Pointe, Variations, Jazz, Contemporary, Choreography, Conditioning, Flamenco, and Hip Hop. Students have a performance at the end of the session.

Program Hours: Monday through Thursday, 9:30AM – 4:30PM; Friday, 9:30AM – 3:30PM; Saturday AM optional class.  A typical day for all levels will consist of the following:

  • Technique class
  • Pointe or Men’s Class
  • Partnering
  • Rehearsal
  • Lunch Break
  • Contemporary, Choreography, Hip Hop, Jazz, Flamenco or additional Ballet Technique, Conditioning

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 studiomanager@princetondance.com. 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.

Women, please wear pointe shoes in the center. In the center, demonstrate adagio, pirouettes, petit allegro, and 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.

HOUSING 
Boarding is in a lovely and comfortable supervised house within walking distance to downtown Princeton. Breakfast and dinner will be provided daily. Students can choose to pack their lunch for the day or buy lunch at the food court next to the studio. Weekend outings may include going to NYC to see ABT, beach excursions, movies, the outlets, and more. Boarding fee is $3200. Check in on Sunday, June 28 and check out Friday, July 31. Space is very limited. UPDATE: The boarding house is now full but we may be able to arrange for a host family. Please email studiomanager@princetondance.com for more information.

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

Questions? Please contact the office at studiomanager@princetondance.com or call 609-514-1600.

2019 SI Video Promo




REGISTRATION

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 studiomanager@princetondance.com. 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.

MAKE-UP CLASSES

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 before the end of the session.

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. Makeup classes must be completed before the end of the same school year during which a class or classes were missed.

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. Makeup classes must be completed before the end of the same school year during which a class or classes were missed.

PERFORMANCE PARTICIPATION

Scholarship recipients and Conservatory Program dancers must participate in all PYB and PDT season performances.

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 PAYMENTS

Initial payment does not include the $55 non-refundable registration fee (assessed per year, per family). A $55 registration fee is applied to year-round class enrollments, and will be added to your balance. Registration fees are due with the first installment.

If paying by check, please make checks payable to: Princeton Dance and Theater 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.

DISCOUNTS

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.

LATE FEES

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.

OTHER

Instructors and schedule are subject to change.

Families are asked to please notify the office of known differences or conditions impacting the dancer’s physical, mental, emotional health and/or learning.

Consistent attendance is mandatory for participation in the PDT Spring Showcase.

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.

Please arrive on time for class. Dancers who arrive late should please wait for the teacher’s permission to enter and may be asked to observe if the warm-up portion of the class has concluded.

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.