Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet
Rich in history. Active in the community.
The Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet was established in 1974 to train students who wish to study the art of ballet and who also demand the very best dance training available. All Academy students, regardless of age or interest, receive the same high quality training whether enrolled in the Regular or Adult Division.
Academy founders, Margarita and John White, met as members of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba where they performed internationally as Principal and Soloist dancers. They began their teaching careers after learning the Vaganova teaching method from Soviet ballet masters. The Whites have extensive international performing and teaching backgrounds.
Twelve years after opening the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet the Whites established a non-profit organization. The Society was established in 1986 with the following mission:
- To educate the general public on the art of ballet and dance.
- To foster an atmosphere to raise cultural awareness to the general public.
- To provide performing opportunities for talented dance students.
- To assist career-oriented dancers to find professional artistic expression.
- To promote professionalism and excellence in the art of classical dance.
In The News
- The Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet's Cuban origins, ABC-6, October 3, 2017.