10 Things our Families love about KP Ballet
From the start, we’ve been a ballet-oriented dance academy, staffed with true professionals who know how to teach proper (and safe!) ballet and dance technique, with magical performing opportunities in front of big, enthusiastic audiences. Yes, that’s important, but we knew our families wanted more — a studio where everyone from the littlest to high school dancers is inspired; where they learn and grow in confidence in a place that’s fun and safe, where they have strong friendships; a place where respect, kindness, inclusiveness, and encouragement are both expected and found. A place where dreams come true and cups are filled.
Our joy is watching every dancer in our program find their sparkle. Our full-length ballets and contemporary dance performances open up a world that inspires, one filled with creativity and exciting moments in the warmth and glow of stage lights and cheers from the audience. We love watching their talents and confidence blossom because in the end that’s what truly counts.
Magical Performing Opportunities
KP Ballet has two different dance companies, providing our dancers magical performing opportunities. Delaware Valley Ballet Theater (DVBT) is our classical ballet dance company. Every dancer — from youngest to our graduating seniors – is invited to perform in our DVBT classical ballet productions, like the Nutcracker and Swan Lake. Our contemporary company is called Delaware Valley Ballet Contemporary (DVBC). Dancers starting in early elementary school can join DVBC and be trained in modern, jazz, lyrical and contemporary technique so they can perform in our wide repertoire of DVBC productions.
Thrilling professional costumes
What could be more thrilling for any dancer than performing in real, professional, exquisite, handmade ballet costumes and tutus? We use the same costume shops and designers as professional ballet companies.
Kindness And Relationships Matter to Us - A Lot
We’re passionate about our culture of kindness. At KP Ballet the dancers are kind and encouraging to one another, there’s no bullying allowed, and our dancers are passionate about keeping our culture of kindness. We require that everyone treat one another with respect, kindness and inclusiveness, and we talk about how dancers can be kind and inclusive with one another.
We believe in connections, relationship-building and community. So, we create lots of opportunities in and outside of dance classes to build friendships – we host social events at the studio such as dessert parties, stage make-up parties, movie nights, and much more. There’s also opportunities for dancers to give back and support worthy causes such as the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.
A Place to Achieve Dreams
Our graduates take many different paths. Some dancers going on to college love dance so much that they keep it in their lives by majoring or minoring in dance in college. A few love it so much they go on to dance in a professional ballet company. However, we know that most of our graduates will take different paths not associated with dance, and we design our program so that while they’re at KP Ballet, their dreams can come true and they can graduate feeling like they’ve experienced real classical ballet productions and exciting contemporary performances. And after that, they’re off to conquer the world!
More flexible than most
Many other programs require elementary aged dancers to take two classes per week and to rehearse for productions all day Saturday and/or Sunday. We don’t do that because specialization at such a young age isn’t healthy and we know that dancers need other activities and experiences to enrich their lives, AND because we know how to mount an amazing quasi-professional ballet without asking dancers to spend every weekend in the studios!
A Real Professional Ballet Experience
Kristina has an impressive professional ballet bio (see full bio here) as do our teachers and choreographers. They bring their professional experiences, knowledge and know-how right here to the classroom and theater where your child trains and performs.
ENGAGING, CARING STAFF AND TEACHERS
Your dancer isn’t just a number here. Our teachers and staff will get to know your dancer’s unique talents and personality. In our early childhood classes we have two teachers in the classroom.
SAFETY, SAFETY, SAFETY
Our training facility is newly designed, clean and has state-of-the-art, professional sprung floors with Harlequin® marley vinyl overlay to protect dancers’ joints and muscles as they train. Our studios and grounds are professionally, camera-monitored. All staff have up-to-date, State of PA and Federal background clearances.