The official school of the Pasadena Dance Theatre
offers the highest quality dance education and training
in the San Gabriel Valley.
Students in all programs enjoy the instruction of a renowned professional faculty invested in developing and guiding students throughout their training. Our approach is based upon the careful and systematic development of proper alignment, placement and strength to provide a base upon which to build more complicated and challenging movement skills.
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most respected dance school.
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This division is for students exploring dance for the first time through imaginative play and creativity, learning fundamental dance movement patterns and musical rhythms.
CREATIVE MOVEMENT Ages 3-5
Students begin their dance experience through creative play and use of imagination, learning fundamental dance movement patterns and musical rhythms. In time they learn further skills through a series of developmentally appropriate exercises based on the ballet curriculum. Children learn the importance of patiently waiting to take turns, and they gain the confidence to move alone or in a group.
Pre-ballet Ages 6-7
Students are trained through simple but traditional ballet structures. The class places importance on alignment and posture through codified barre exercises. Students learn the traditional language of ballet through a syllabus designed specifically for this age group. Stretching and strengthening exercises are developed throughout the class period. Classes are accompanied by a live pianist, and students experience and begin to recognize classical music.
Beginning at age 8, dancers are set to begin the pre-professional program. The levels run
Basic 1, 2, 3, Tech 1, 2, 3, 4, and Advanced 1, 2. Dancers typically stay in a class level for at least a year. Each level builds specific dance skills in terms strength, flexibility, balance, memory,
knowledge of dance and musicality.
When ready for a new level, faculty and the artistic director will inform dancers and parents prior to the start of the Fall trimester or as needed. Inquiries about levels can also be addressed to the front desk when registering for the new trimester.
Students over the age of 8 and new to PDT are required to take a placement class,
which can be scheduled at the front desk.
Boys Dance Too!
BDT! SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM: This tuition-free program offers boys a place to feel encouraged to pursue the art of dance in an environment that stresses hard work, dedication and a lot of fun! The program is designed to foster creativity, enhance athletic skills, increase flexibility, build muscle strength and help develop coordination.
OPEN DANCE PROGRAM
This program is designed for students ages 8-18 who want classical training as a supplement to gymnastic training, ice skating or more commercial dance styles. Students may choose to participate in fewer classes than required in the Pre-Professional Division and may also opt to take contemporary, yoga or Pilates alongside or in place of ballet classes. The number of days and hours spent dancing in this program will be tailored to the individual needs of the student.
Please note that advancement to higher levels depends on the dancers’ degree of commitment to their program. Students age 14 and above may also participate in the adult class program.
No prior dance experience is necessary.
This is the highest level program and is for the serious student who shows the aptitude for a professional career in dance. Dancers must be invited by or audition for PDT’s artistic director. They are expected to train a minimum of 10.5 hours per week as well as rehearse an additional 4 to 10 hours per week. They may be asked to participate alongside the PDT’s professional company.
PDT’s Conservatory offers two summer intensive programs for the Advanced and Beginner/Intermediate students. The first program “Advanced” runs in mid-June while the “Open Level” program takes place during the month of July after the Independence Day Holiday.
Both intensives are structured to advance the technical, artistic, and performance skills of dancers by exposing them to a wide variety of dance styles, repertory workshops, and performance opportunities. All classes are taught by PDT faculty, regional guest artists as well as international guest artists.
Technique and repertory classes with guest artists culminate in performances at our Studio Theater
at the end of the program’s Summer Showings.