The Pre-Professional Division
is designed for the serious dance student who is interested in pursuing a professional career in dance or is preparing for a college dance program.
All classes in the pre-professional division are supported by a live accompanist, adding a secondary artist to support and facilitate our teaching faculty. Live piano accompaniment helps students develop musicality and awareness of rhythmic patterns, counts, accents and nuance.
Under the leadership of Artistic Director Cynthia Young, the PDT Conservatory has earned a reputation as San Gabriel Valley's foremost ballet schools offering dancers one of the most rewarding dance education available. It is also the official home of Pasadena Dance School. Our comprehensive curriculum is grounded in classical training designed to provide students with a deeper understanding of ballet and contemporary dance.
For any aspiring dancer one of the most invaluable experiences is to perform before a live audience. PDT Conservatory students are provided this opportunity. Each year our students are selected to appear with the company in Pasadena Dance Theatre productions of The Nutcracker. By performing with professionals students acquire stage decorum, bust self-esteem, and learn to transition from a student to a professional. All students must audition to be cast. Auditions for children's roles of this production are open to the public.
In the spring, all registered students are encouraged to take part in the end of the year performance of the Conservatory In Concert. This is a ticketed public event where each level demonstrates exercises and skills acquired throughout the year. Both productions take place at the historic San Gabriel Mission Playhouse.
The PDT Conservatory accepts students year-round. Tuition is prorated accordingly. We highly recommend that our students register at the beginning of each trimester, but are welcome at any time during our academic year. Our highly-regarded Summer Intensive Program is a perfect time to explore and experience our curriculum offers.
Evaluations will be provided by the student's teacher and school director upon request.
Once students are accepted into the program tuition will depend based on their level.
All students must pay a one-time registration fee of $50. Payment for all classes, including evaluation/audition classes, must be made prior to participation in the class. All classes paid in arrears will be charged at the single class rate. Late fees and penalties will apply.