Open Enrollment Classes

Open classes are intended for students ages 13 and over. This includes intermediate and advanced drop-in classes and enrollment sequences for beginner students. Intermediate and advanced adult students may also opt to enroll in a series of classes.

We have a long history and a strong track record of providing high-quality dance instruction to adult students. Many of our adult students have told us that other ballet schools seem to only offer a couple of classes for adults as an after-thought, with teachers who are not really interested in training adults. But Princeton Ballet School has over 50 classes weekly specifically for adult students. These classes are led by knowledgeable, charismatic and caring teachers who are here to help you explore new types of dance safely, improve your technique, and have a great time, too.

Who else will you find in your class? People of all ages from 13 to 70 plus. Most of our dancers are adults from all walks of life, who enjoy dance class as their life sport. Some are retired dancers or local dance teachers from other studios and colleges, who take class to keep up their skills and strength. We also have many dancers who are students at Rider University, as we provide the studio classes for the degree in Fine Arts with a dance specialization offered by Rider. We extend a warm welcome to all, and have many different levels of class to accommodate dancers of all skill levels.

Ballet and modern dance classes are accompanied by one of our staff of a dozen highly-skilled accompanists.

You can participate in these classes in three different ways, depending on the amount of background you have:

  1. BEGINNERS for all dance forms follow a special calendar and payment schedule.  First Week gives new students the option to try any beginner dance class for $20. Save your receipt- if you decide to register, your payment will be applied to the 8-week tuition.*
  2. INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCED DANCERS — may purchase single classes for any type of dance at any time.
  3. INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCED DANCERS — may also purchase dance cards to get a reduced rate by buying in bulk. There are also specially priced dance cards for college students, and special rates for professional dancers.*
  4. PROFESSIONALS – working professional dancers or dance teachers can purchase Dance Cards at a special rate.  Please speak to Cindy Mahoney at the Princeton studio to discuss procedures for receiving this special rate.*

Adult Dance Cards: $185
Student Dance Cards: $135
Single Classes:  $20

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Classes

Modern Dance - Int/Adv Adult Open Classes
Each different teacher takes the class in different directions, as does each dancer! If you are looking for a class to pop music, you’re thinking of jazz class. If you are looking for a class with both a seated and standing warm-up, followed by combinations done to a variety of musical accompaniment, ranging from Bach to contemporary improvisation, you’re in the right place.
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Jazz/Theater Dance - Advanced Adult Open Classes
A classic jazz warm-up, then American theater dance in center combinations. Assumes prior dance training.
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Hip-Hop and Jazz - Intermediate Adult Open Classes
Angela Cusumano has been teaching her high-energy class for Princeton Ballet School since the summer of 2008. Angela’s class is a fusion of street jazz, funk, and hip-hop. Class starts with a warm-up to stretch and strengthen the body, followed by a combination consisting of energetic, sexy and hard hitting choreography. Students should have a basic understanding of the jazz technique before taking this class.
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Ballet 401 - Advanced Adult Open Classes
Dancers in the class are a mix of current and retired professionals from ballet and modern dance companies, students from Rider and Princeton Universities, Princeton Ballet School faculty members, our professional company members during lay-off weeks, and community members with strong ballet experience. Most dancers in this class are taking class multiple days of the week, but drop-ins are welcome as well.
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Ballet 301 - Intermediate Adult Open Classes
The 301 class is for students with a good grasp of barre and center work. Some knowledge of pirouettes will be assumed, and more study will continue. Jump combinations will become more complex.
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Ballet 201 - Beginner/Intermediate Adult Open Classes
The 201 classes assume a basic knowledge of the ballet barre and center work, and introduce the beginning study of pirouettes and other turns. The combinations given will be more complex. Placement within this levels is at your discretion—you might want to confer with the teacher to check whether they feel your choice of level is a good one for you.
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Modern Dance - Beginner Adult Open Classes
If you are looking for a class to pop music, you’re thinking of jazz class. If you are looking for a class with both a seated and standing warm-up, followed by combinations done to a variety of musical accompaniment, ranging from Bach to contemporary improvisation, you’re in the right place.
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Jazz/Theatre Dance - Adult Open Classes
A classic jazz warm-up, then American theater dance in center combinations. Assumes prior dance training. These theater dance classes move fast and assume a strong knowledge of dance technique.
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Hip-Hop and Jazz - Adult Open Classes
Angela Cusumano teaches hiphop in Princeton, with a beginner class first and an intermediate/advanced class afterwards. These classes are best enjoyed by dancers with some prior background and excellent physical conditioning. Her class is a fusion of street jazz, funk, and hip-hop. Class starts with a warm-up to stretch and strengthen the body, followed by a combination consisting of energetic, sexy and hard hitting choreography.
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Ballet 101 - Adult Open Enrollment Classes
For the total beginner, or for those returning to the study of ballet. Basic barre work and placement are introduced, and the study of many petit allegro steps begins.
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CoMBo - Conditioning for the Mind and Body
CoMBo means Conditioning for the Mind and Body. It begins with a contemplative movement practice, morphs into deep core work, spends focussed time on strengthening major muscle groups and finishes with neuro-specific choreography and improvisation.
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CardioBallet
CardioBallet is for anyone looking for a good workout – the barre exercises work the major muscle groups, lengthen the torso and strengthen the core, and additional dance-related exercises will give a good cardio workout.
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