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Information for New Students

Princeton Ballet School

Many dance schools place students in classes based solely on age. At Princeton Ballet School, age is only one factor in determining a student’s placement. Our placement process allows us to place each student in an ability-appropriate class.  Please continue reading for placement class information (at bottom of this page).

This evaluation process continues throughout the student’s time at Princeton Ballet School with evaluations given at the end of each school year.

Lisa de Ravel, Dean of Students, is available to help all families with student placement and advisement. Lisa is a former ARB company dancer and faculty member who also serves as Alumni Relations Coordinator.

For Beginners:

For students with no previous experience or who haven't studied in several years, the following classes for are available for registration.

Hand in Hand (ages 3-4)

Beginning Dance (ages 4-5)

Children's Ballet 1 (ages 5-6)

Children's Ballet 2 (ages 6-9)

Boys' Ballet

Middle School Ballet (ages 10-14)

These classes are available at Princeton Ballet School's Princeton, Cranbury, and New Brunswick locations, and the School's new Downtown Princeton location.

Adults (age 13 and up): Open Enrollment Classes for Beginners

For Adults:

Adult/Open Enrollment Classes are available for dancers ages 13 and older who are interested in dancing on a drop-in, pay-per-class basis.  Students may also enroll in these classes if they intend to attend the same classes regularly, or may purchase a class card to receive fifteen hours worth of classes at a discounted rate.

For Students with Prior Experience:

We look forward to finding the right class for your child, and to helping her or him grow as a dancer. We offer placement classes that allow us to assess the level of your child so that they can thrive in the most appropriate environment.

Placement classes are conducted for entering students with prior dance training for 1st-5th graders, and for 6th and up. They are not an audition -- we welcome all to Princeton Ballet School -- they merely help us find the most appropriate class for your child.

Placement Classes do not necessarily take place at the studio where you wish to study. They are set up based on level and availability of appropriate faculty members.

Placement Classes are not drop-in events, and all dancers will participate throughout the entire class time. Placement Classes during the year are arranged during an actual class. After the class, the teacher will consult with our Dean of Students, who will then contact you to discuss registration.

Placement Class Schedule:

Wednesday, June 8, 2016
1st-5th grade: 5:15 p.m. | 6th grade and up: 7 p.m.

Thursday, June 23, 2016
1st-5th grade: 5:15 p.m. | 6th grade and up: 7 p.m.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016
1st-5th grade: 5:15 p.m. | 6th grade and up: 7 p.m.

Thursday, July 28, 2016
1st-5th grade: 5:15 p.m. | 6th grade and up: 7 p.m.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016
1st-5th grade: 5:15 p.m. | 6th grade and up: 7 p.m.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016
1st-5th grade: 5:15 p.m. | 6th grade and up: 7 p.m.

Saturday, September 10, 2016
1st-5th grade: 2 p.m. | 6th grade and up: 3:30 p.m.

To sign up for a placement class or to discuss other options, please contact Lisa de Ravel, Dean of Students, at (609)921-7758, ext.11 or by email at
We look forward to meeting you and teaching your young dancer!
If you are contacting us about placement into one of the divisions of our Summer Intensive, please call Carol Bellis, Summer Intensives Coordinator, at 609-921-7758 x14, or
All Placement Classes will be held at Princeton Ballet School,301 N. Harrison St, Princeton, NJ 08540. We are located in the Princeton Shopping Center above McCaffrey's grocery store.

Click here to download the Placement Class Form

Click here to download Princeton Ballet School's general information brochure.

Click for Information about the Children's Division

Click for Information about the Student Division

Click for Information about the Advanced Division


2015-16 Princeton Ballet School Calendar

School Year Fri., Sept. 11 – Sun., June 5
Closed Thanksgiving Closed Tues., Nov. 24 – Sun., Nov. 29
Closed Winter Break Closed Mon., Dec. 21 – Sun., Jan. 3
Closed Spring Break Closed Fri., March 25-Fri., April 1
Swan Lake (school show - no classes) Saturday, May 21
Closed Memorial Day Break Sat., May 28-Mon., May 30
Last Class Sunday, June 5




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