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Ballet 180

Paoli, PA 19301
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Ballet 180 is a ballet company that aims to be the premier contemporary company of the Philadelphia Main Line. They provide positive transformation of the mind, body, and soul of their dancers. The school's studio, Studio 180, aims to empower students through dance artistry by self-discovery, expression, and encouraging technical proficiency. It offers various dance styles to all ages with high quality and professional trainers in a comforting and family like environment. The company was founded in 2009 and has since performed in various occasions such as festivals, school assemblies, black-tie galas, and many others.

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Bowman Dance Company and School

Bridgeport, PA 19405
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Bowman Dance Company and School in the Bridgeport, Pennsylvania area that offers dance lessons, choreography, performance, and production opportunities to dancers. They offer various dance styles such as ballet, jazz, hip-hop, for group classes, private lessons, competitive dance teams, and wedding and party dance classes. The school sets itself apart by having floating professional dance floors that help reduce fatigue and prevent injuries.

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4.8 / 5 (6)
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3.0 / 5 (2)

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Denise Gucwa's School of Dance

Lederach, PA 19438
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Denise Gucwa's School of Dance is a Lederach, Pennsylvania-based dance school that provides excellent dance education and a variety of dance style to students of all ages. They offer creative dance, pre-ballet, ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, modern, hip-hop, and acro dance. They also provide performing opportunities all year round to the Lederach Dance Company, the Nutcracker, and dance competitions. Denise Gucwa's School of Dance was established in 2003 by its director, Denise Gucwa, who has been dancing since the age of three years old.

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Institute of Dance Artistry

Fort Washington, PA 19034
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Institute of Dance Artistry is a dance company based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with other dance studios in Fort Washington and Plymouth Meeting that provides dance education by adhering to the philosophy of dance as an art and not a competitive sport to students of all ages. This dance company offers various classes such as ballet, tap, modern, hip-hop, pointe, jazz, street jazz, lyrical, and combo dances. The company also offers rental of their studio for dance birthday parties, rehearsal rental, and band or musician rehearsals. They also have black-box theater available for rent.

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Jeanette's School of Dance

Philadelphia, PA 19128
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Jeannette's School of Dance in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania provides an enjoyable dancing environment to students while learning proper techniques, developing confidence, poise, rhythm, and coordination. The school offers dance lessons at various levels to enhance the student's skills from beginner to intermediate. They also have daycare programs for students ages 2 to 6 years old where instructos encourage their students' bodies to move and dance in a playful and nurturing environment. Jeannette's School of Dance has been in the industry since 1988.

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Jenkintown Dance Arts

Jenkintown, PA 19046
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Jenkintown Dance Arts is a performance based dance and movement school located in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania that provides students with excellent training in a nurturing and inspiring environment. This school offers a variety of classes for all ages such as jazz, hip-hop, ballet, tap, lyrical, yoga, and choreography. They also offer special programs such as community yoga and summer dance activities. Chrissie Leech, the Director of Jenkintown Dance Arts, has fifteen years of teaching experience and has performed in notable venues in London, Paris, New York, and Philadelphia.

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Kristina Pulcini Ballet Academy

Havertown, PA 19083
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Kristina Pulcini Ballet Academy in Havertown, Pennsylvania believes in the philosophy of upholding the virtues of beauty, purity, and goodness of the ballet art form. This school offers various levels of ballet for students of all ages from preschool creative movement to their pre-professional training program. The school also has performing companies where students have the opportunity to perform in a full-length ballet. Kristina Pulcini, the owner of Kristina Pulcini Ballet Academy, is a professional ballerina and has won gold and silver medals in the year 2000 at the Youth America Grand Prix International Ballet Competition, one of the world's largest student ballet scholarship competitions.

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Marlyn Abramson's New Dance Workshop

Lansdale, PA 19446
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Marlyn Abramson's New Dance Workshop is dance school in Lansdale, Pennsylvania that provides community-based dance education programs with a developmental approach which enables students to learn at their own pace and in a non-competitive environment. The school offers ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, modern, Irish, and gymnastics classes. They also provide special programs such as dance birthday parties, preschool enrichment, and dance training camps. The studio is 45 years old since it's establishment.

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Merge Dance Studio

Philadelphia, PA 19127
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Merge Dance Studio is a dance studio in the Manayunk area of Philadelphia, PA that teaches not only various dance styles but also offers fitness classes. They offer classes for ages 2 to adult in ballet, jazz, tap, jazz funk/hip-hop, modern/contemporary, acro, creative movement, mommy/daddy & me, Zumba, Piloxing, and BARRE Fusion. They also offer dance services such as private lessons, dance workshops, dance birthday parties, and many others. The studio has received various recognitions such as 2016 Best Dance Studio and Best Dance Fitness by the philly.com, Reader's Choice Awards, 2016 Best Children's Activity by the Best of Manayunk awards, and Runner-up Best Dance Studio by the 2016 Philadelphia Family LOVE Awards. They are dedicated to providing professional dance and fitness instruction and strive to provide a fun and an encouraging learning environment where everyone feels welcome to come and dance and work-out.

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Metropolitan Ballet Academy

Jenkintown, PA 19046
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Metropolitan Ballet Academy is a classical ballet school in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania that teaches children and students of various age groups how to develop their unique artistic qualities in a positive and encouraging atmosphere. The school offers beginner and advanced lessons on a variety of dance disciplines such as modern, jazz, pointe, men's technique, variations, and many others. Students are given the opportunity to work with nationally recognized choreographers, perform in regional art companies, and more. Director and founder of Metropolitan Ballet Academy, Lisa Collins Vidnovic, is a 3-time winner of YAGP Philadelphia Outstanding Teacher Award.

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Monarch School of Dance

Collingswood, NJ 08108
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Monarch School of Dance is a dance company and studio located in Collingswood and Moorestown, Pennsylvania that aims to make dance classes enjoyable, building a solid technical foundation, inspiring creativity, and matching the dancer's goals. This company offers ballet, jazz, hip-hop, tumble and creative movement for little kids, dance with fitness, dance with conditioning, and various levels of dancing. The founders of Monarch School of Dance, Chiquita and Kamilah, have more than 20 years of extensive dance training and performance experiences.

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Movements in Motion Dance Studio

Havertown, PA 19083
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Movements in Motion Dance Studio is a dance studio serving Delaware, Philadelphia, and Montgomery County, Pennsylvania that provides dance education to all ages and as early as two years old. They offer pre-dance, ballet, hip hop, jazz, tap, lyrical, point, and dancer's stretch. They also offer auditions for their competition team. The studio has been listed number 1 dance studio in bestofphiladelphia.org.

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Pennsylvania Ballet

Philadelphia, PA 19107
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Pennsylvania Ballet is a ballet company serving the Greater Philadelphia area that aims to maintain the finest artistry and performance in ballet, expands and diversifies classical and contemporary repertoire, and provides an excellent quality of instruction for aspiring dancers. Its affiliate, School of Pennsylvania Ballet, provides quality dance education with exceptional training and unparalleled performance opportunities. Every year, the school selects students to perform in various productions such as George Balanchine's The Nutcracker and annual spring performance. Pennsylvania Ballet was established in 1963.

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Performance Art Center for Kids

Philadelphia, PA 19147
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Performance Art Center for Kids is a children's theater and dance company located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that instills passion and appreciation of performance art in children by producing one musical per semester. The company offers ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, contemporary, and musical theater classes. The center also offers summer camps where children can have fun while fine tuning their acting, singing, and dancing skills in a musical theater production. They also offer Creative Dramatics or Creative Movement classes for children 3-4 to prepare them for dramatic play and dance.

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Philadelphia Dance Theatre

Philadelphia, PA 19119
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Philadelphia Dance Theatre is a ballet school in Philadelphia that provides a creative, pre-professional ballet program to children and adults using a current repertory pulse but maintaining the integrity and discipline of classical ballet training. The school offers adult and kids dance classes, ballet, Nut Cracker performances, hip-hop dance, jazz, and pointe ballet. The theater aims to set itself apart by inspiring and enriching the lives of their students with a strong desire to learn classical ballet through dance training and performances.

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The Allongee Technique

Philadelphia, PA 19106
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The Allongee Technique by bodyLOGIC located in Philadelphia is a unique fitness program with the original cardioBarre program inspired by ballet that aims to burn fat and build lean muscles. This school caters to the fitness needs of non-dancers and guarantees a total body workout. Their classes are designed for busy yet health conscious women by providing a 30-60 minute class workout using high intensity, low impact CardioBallet Choreography to slim and sculpt, and their signature CardioBarreBand prop sequences that will result in a fit and lean body.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Introduction

Ballet is an intense and beautiful sport. It can help people learn how to be more creative, as well as become physically stronger. And while most people who intend to become professional ballerinas start at a young age, people can take up ballet at any time. To learn ballet, you'll have to take professional lessons at a ballet studio, either privately or as part of a class. Of course, if you've never taken dance lessons before, you may be uncertain about how to decide which studio to choose. Keep reading for answers to the most common questions about ballet classes, so you can make an informed decision when selecting a studio.

What is ballet?

Ballet is an artistic dance form characterized by light, fluid, graceful, and precise movements. Ballet dancers wear pointe shoes that allow them to stand on their toes and twirl. This type of performative dance can tell a story to an audience. Ballet is very technical, often taking people years to master.

Where did ballet originate?

Ballet originated in Italy in the early 1500s. In fact, the word ballet stems from the Italian word "ballare," which means "to dance." Although it originated in Italy, ballet was introduced to the French and Russian courts, where it was really transformed. By 1850, Russia had become the leader in creating and transforming ballet into what it is today.

How long are ballet classes?

The length of a ballet class depends on the student's age. Children aged three to eight will only take a 30-minute to one-hour class. From there, class length increases with age:

  • Nine year-olds take one-hour classes
  • Ten year-olds take one-1.5 hour classes
  • Eleven year-olds take 1.5-hour classes
  • Twelve to eighteen year-olds take 2-hour classes

Can you learn ballet as an adult?

You can absolutely learn ballet as an adult. In fact, ballet is a great way to get physical exercise and increase your strength as an adult. Of course, starting as an adult means it's unlikely you’ll become a professional ballet dancer, but it does mean you can do it for fun!

Can adults learn ballet en pointe?

There's a benefit to learning to dance ballet en pointe in your younger years. As your feet develop, dancing ballet helps ensure they gain the strength, flexibility, and shape to dance en pointe. However, it’s not impossible for adults to learn en pointe. It will just take a lot of time and dedication.

How do I become better at ballet?

Ballet is all about dedication and practice. You should be committed to going to your classes every week (multiple times a week is ideal), warming up before classes, and wearing the right shoes. You can also improve your ballet by staying fit and taking part in other types of physical exercise.

Is ballet dangerous?

Ballet is a form of physical exercise, and like any activity, it can come with an element of danger. Most notably, ballet can cause foot pain, foot injuries, and even permanent foot damage. Additionally, ballet dancers may be susceptible to falling and breaking bones in their arms, legs, ankles, and feet.

Is ballet good exercise for adults?

Yes, as ballet is incredibly intense, it’s a great form of exercise for adults. Ballet is a weight-bearing exercise, so it provides a workout for the entire body. Adults taking ballet classes will burn calories and fat, as well as strengthen their muscles.

What should I wear to ballet class?

Ballet is often about precise and graceful movements, so you don’t want loose clothing getting in the way. Women are encouraged to wear form-fitting leotards, tights, and ballet flats. Men should wear black footed or footless tights, a form-fitting white T-shirt, and ballet shoes.

How do I make a bun for ballet class?

Ballerinas often opt for a bun hairstyle, so their hair is up and out of their face and doesn't distract them. There are various styles of buns, including sock buns, high buns, low buns, etc. You can find tutorials on YouTube that will guide you through making a bun in a style you like.

What should you wear to your first ballet class?

Consider wearing ballet flats, a fitted shirt and leggings to your first class, Once you're sure you want to continue with the classes, you can invest in ballet tights and leotards.

What should you eat before ballet class?

Your body will need fuel for an intense ballet class, but you can't eat too heavy a meal, as you may be spinning and moving around a lot. Instead, opt for calorie-dense food that's not too filling. Some great examples are nuts and seeds, protein bars, granola bars, hummus and crackers, cheese and crackers, and fruit.

How many calories are burned in ballet class?

How many calories you burn during a ballet class depends on various factors, including your body mass index and metabolic rate. However, on average, an individual burns 462 calories during 30 minutes of a ballet class. More calories are burned during ballet classes than with many other types of dance, such as the waltz, samba, and Zumba.

How can I learn ballet at home?

You can try to learn basic ballet at home with video tutorials or virtual lessons from an instructor. However, nothing can replace in-person training where a teacher can adjust your form and show you how to improve. Consider starting with video tutorials and progressing to in-person classes.

Can I make a ballet barre at home?

Yes, you can make a ballet barre at home. You can purchase the supplies a home improvement store and watch a video on how to install the barre at the right height. This barre can help you practice and improve your ballet skills at home.

How much do ballet classes cost?

Ballet classes can vary in cost depending on the student's age, the school's location, the class size, whether it's beginner's or advanced instruction, the school's reputation, and other factors.
In general, you can expect to pay:

  • $40 per class for a toddler
  • $40-$50 per class for a child
  • $50 to $85 per hour, and average of $60 per hour, for an adult class

How much are ballet shoes?

The price of ballet shoes will depend on the brand, quality, and other factors. Typically, a pair of ballet shoes can cost between $45 and $125. However, if you’re purchasing a popular brand, prices are likely on the higher side at $65 to $90, on average. 

Who painted the ballet class?

The ballet class is a famous painting by Edgar Degas. It’s estimated that Degas painted it between 1871 and 1874. The painting was commissioned by Jean-Baptiste Faure and showcased young dancers at the end of a ballet lesson with French master Jules Perrot.

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