We place students in the level that will challenge the student technically, yet build and maintain self-confidence. It is common to remain in the same level for more than one year. Students are most successful when they progress at their own pace.
The school offers classes in Ballet and Pointe, Tap, Modern, Jazz, African, Hip-Hop, Creative Movement, Irish, Break Dance, Highland, Musical Theater, and Pilates. We base the ballet program on the Vaganova Syllabus, as set up by the school of the Kirov Ballet in Russia. We welcome the student who works toward a career in dance, as well as the student that dances purely for the joy of movement and the benefits that transfer into daily living.
Classes we offer
First Steps (Age 3)
Creative Movement I (Ages 4-5)
Creative Movement II (Age 5)
In these introductory classes we focus on imagination, musicality, enhanced motor skills, flexibility, and classroom etiquette.
Pre-Ballet (Ages 6-8)
Pre-Ballet 2 (Ages 7-9)
Introduction to Tap and Jazz (Ages 6-8)
Stronger fundamentals of these techniques are presented while still allowing students to thoroughly enjoy the learning process through various games and imaginative exploration.
Classic Joy of Movement
The Pottstown Dance Theatre is different from many other local schools in that we try to create and encourage students to be artists in their own right. True artists focus on the creative process and know that training is a lifelong process; therefore we do not place a heavy emphasis on an end of year recital and our teaching curriculum spans the entire school year. Every student, regardless of long term goals, is encouraged to master skills they learn in order to appreciate self-discipline, determination, and the confidence that comes from setting and achieving goals. We have positively affected students’ lives for over fifty years.
Our Classic Joy of Movement Program is for students aged 8 to 18 with some adult classes as well. Classes meet once a week and various styles are oﬀered:
*Denotes classes for children, teens, and adults. Advanced level classes that meet are by invitation to non-Intensive dancers, and it includes some adults that have serious dance backgrounds. Teens and adults with a strong background are encouraged to study with Intensive students as well. Adults are free to also study with children in various styles if they feel comfortable to do so.
Intensive and Academy Programs
The Intensive Program is set up as a minimum of two ballet classes weekly (preferably three), and another dance genre of the student’s choice. When the student is ready, pointe work is often introduced to female students.
The Academy Program is set up for semi-private classes studying ballet, modern dance, some jazz, Pilates, visual art as it relates to dance, choreography, dance history, theater costuming and techniques, and anatomy.