Your child can take free sample classes in Primary Ballet, Dance with Me, Hip Hop, and Modern Dance on Saturday, August 24, and in Jazz and Tap on Saturday, September 7, during Princeton Dance and Theater Studio’s Open Houses. “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 schools is our exceptional offerings of dance education in a supportive environment.”
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 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 affiliate instructors, and Kaplowitz is on ABT’s Board of Examiners.
Kaplowitz explains why PDT uses the curriculum. “Anyone can put a dance studio shingle on their door, and parents have no way of knowing if the training is authentic and substantial. 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.” Scholarships are offered to boys in ballet who show promise and commitment.
PDT ballet students have two opportunities each year to perform in high-quality Princeton Youth Ballet (PYB) productions. PYB rehearsals take place outside of the class time so that the focus remains on improving skills in class. Additionally, all dancers can perform in a Spring Showcase.
PDT also offers the area’s finest tap, jazz, and hip hop instruction. Kaplowitz explains: “Our tap instructor, Karen Callaway Williams, was 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 NYC choreographer/director Dougie Robbins, and hip-hop is taught by New Jersey’s master of the genre, Tom McKie.”
While many PDT students have gone on to professional dance careers, others have gone on to continue their dance education in college, and still others have used the discipline learned in dance to propel them onto other successful careers.
One of PDT’s male students, Max Azaro, now with Ballet Austin, says, “PDT gave me the skills and confidence that I needed to take my dancing to a place I could have never imagined,” he says. Classes for adults and beginner teens are available several evenings a week in ballet, jazz, and tap. These classes are very popular for the working adult and teens who want stronger dance skills for musical theater productions.
Please visit www.princetondance.com for the schedule of classes and the links to reserve your spot. For more information, call 609-514-1600.
Princeton Dance and Theater Studio, 116 Rockingham Row, Princeton Forretal Village. 609-514-1600.