Who We Are
At Pennsylvania Dance Institute, we foster and develop the artistic abilities of the very young dancer as well as the aspiring pre-professional. Our faculty encourages and supports each student in achieving a personal sense of strength and purpose through the study of ballet, pointe, and modern dance which is part of our contemporary dance program. The positive and nurturing environment at PDI provides our dancers with the skills necessary to succeed, be it in dance or any chosen path in life.
Don’t miss the opportunity to let your child experience the world of dance in a fun and creative way! Whether your child has taken classes at our location before or not, he or she will love the opportunity to be part of our Children’s Dance Program brought from the Joffrey Ballet of New York / Chicago. We also offer a Pre-Professional Program with ballet, pointe, and modern dance.
Our program is designed to increase your child’s self-esteem in terms of spatial awareness and body movement. Research indicates that dance can help improve a child’s confidence level and help promote a healthy body image!
We provide dance lessons in the Huntingdon Valley area as well as Southampton, Willow Grove, Feasterville, Meadowbrook, Jenkintown, Rydal and Northeast Philadelphia.
What People Are Saying
I began dancing at the age of 6 at a neighborhood dance studio, but it wasn’t until I transferred to Pennsylvania Dance Institute at age 12 that my training really began! Under the direction of competent and caring instructors, I began to flourish as a dancer. I went on to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance from New York University and then later a Master’s in Dance/Movement Therapy. As a professional, I continued to express my love for the art of dance through choreography which was performed in the Philadelphia area. Now, I am a Mom and wouldn’t think of sending my little girl anywhere but Pennsylvania Dance Institute for training that is age appropriate, technically sound, and which nurtures the dancer in her!
– Nicole Gonnella Doran, Philadelphia
Of all the things I am most thankful for in my life Pennsylvania Dance Institute is one of the top places on the list….kind souls are not easy to come by in ballet and this is a studio of beautiful,sane,hardworking,fair,talented and through–and-through KIND dancers… very proud to be with you….. very thankful to have moved on from other studios and found my way to you.
– Julia Brandenberger
PDI does more than train dancers – it cultivates artists. From my earliest years in the children’s dance program I was exposed to teachers and choreographers from widely varied backgrounds, and I was given regular performing opportunities with the professional company in residence. I learned discipline and technique while my creative spirit was nurtured, all in a loving environment that for me provided a second home and a solid foundation for success in other areas of my life over my 25 years of studying and working with the school.
– Kyra Mumbauer, former student and company member