Your child can take free classes in Primary Ballet, Dance with Me, Hip Hop, Jazz, and Tap during Princeton Dance and Theater Studio’s open house on Saturday, September 6, from 9 a.m. to noon. Please visit www.princetondance.com for the schedule of event classes and call 609-514-1600 to reserve your spot.

“This is a great opportunity to try out classes and meet our faculty,” says PDT’s Director, Risa Kaplowitz. “What sets PDT apart from other studios in the area is our instructors’ compassionate training within a culture of high expectations.”

Princeton Dance and Theater Studio is proud to include the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum, a breakthrough nine-level program that combines high-quality artistic training with the basics of 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. All of the PDT ballet instructors are ABT affiliated.

Kaplowitz explains why PDT uses the curriculum. “Anyone can put a dance studio shingle on their doorstep, and parents have no way of knowing if the training is just fluff or something authentic and substantial. PDT has a reputation of providing stellar dance education, and we want to ensure families that their child is being taught correctly. Physical habits are very hard to break, so it is important to learn correct technique early on.”

Young boys can experience the joy and rigor of ballet in their own ballet class. Scholarships are offered to boys who show promise and commitment. One of PDT’s male students, Max Azaro, recently received a coveted full scholarship to study at American Ballet Theatre in New York. “PDT gave me the skills and confidence that I needed to take my dancing to a place I could have never imagined,” he says.

PDT ballet students have several opportunities to perform each year in high-quality productions such as DanceVision’s “The Snow Queen” and two spring shows. Additionally, advanced dancers in the Conservatory Program may compete at the premier ballet competition, Youth America Grand Prix. Rehearsals take place outside of the class time, usually during the weekends, so that the focus can remain on improving skills rather than on repeating a dance as many other local schools do.

PDT also offers the area’s finest tap, jazz, and hip hop instruction. Kaplowitz explains, “Our tap instructor, Karen Callaway Williams, was recently inducted into the International Tap Dance Hall of Fame. It is incredible that our students get to study with someone of that caliber every week.”

“The other instructors are also exceptional. Jazz is taught by Broadway choreographer Matt Williams, and hip hop is taught by New Jersey’s master of the genre, Tom McKie.”

Princeton Dance and Theater Studio, 116 Rockingham Row, Princeton. 609-514-1600. www.princetondance.com.

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