PDT FAQ

Why do you have a class dress code?


The dress code is in place for every class, and each level has a different color. It is a valuable part of the students' professional development, learning camaraderie, and being part of a team. It may also help motivate the student, giving them something to look forward to as well as work towards as they move to a new level.




What are the performance opportunities for the students of the Conservatory?


We thank you for your patience as we navigate new COVID-19 related obstacles. Prior to the pandemic, our performance schedule included the following: PDT Company • The Nutcracker: upon audition for children's roles/invitation only for learning Company roles, but no guarantee of performing these parts - all parts are auditioned and based on height and costume requirements. • Additional Company performances based on performance season. Performances require rehearsals outside of class time which generally always take place on Saturdays and/or Sundays. No special classes or privates are required. Rehearsals depend on the season and the performance. The more involved a student is the more commitment is necessary. The Conservatory (Pre-Professional Division) • The Nutcracker (by audition only), Student Choreographic Project, Conservatory in Concert (Spring), Annual Summer Program Performance




Is there a ticket quota, performance or costume fee?


No, we do not have a ticket quota. There is a nominal performance fee for the end of year Conservatory Concert, to help pay the production expenses. During “The Nutcracker “or any other large scale ballet production, parents are asked to volunteer in any capacity they feel comfortable. Volunteers act as chaperones, help with lobby sales, mailing, donate time or financial support. If parents cannot volunteer there is an opt out fee.




Private Coaching: Spotlight Awards/YAGP


A student who wishes to participate/compete in Spotlight or YAGP would likely need private coaching. Coaching fees are set by the faculty member that the student chooses to work with. Fees are generally $75 - $100 per hour, plus a studio rental fee of $25.00.




How and when are students’ promoted? What are the qualifications for promotion?


Requirements differ based on age, body alignment and strength as well as regular and dedicated class attendance. Students are reviewed annually. Students develop at different rates and at different times based on the individual body type and genetic structure. While every student is looked at individually, faculty also look at the class the student will be moving into. It is important that the student is able to meet the expectations of the class as they move up. Faculty will assess the student in all areas to be sure that the appropriate technical and artistic skills are well defined.




When are girls put on pointe?


In general, anywhere from 11 to 13 years of age. However, it is also based on the individual, physical strength, proper alignment and specifically core and ankle strength. A student must be secure and able to balance on half pointe while standing in passé on one leg, in order to be ready to be assessed for pointe work. It never hurts a young dancer to wait a bit longer before going on pointe in order to have the proper amount of strength to support the body including completely stretched knees and the control to lift out of the legs, not “buckling” or “sitting” in pointe shoes. Once the body is ready, steady progress can be made.




What is your COVID-19 protocol?


• All faculty and staff are required to be fully vaccinated and wear masks • Masks and social distancing is required for every individual upon entering the studio • Masks are required for children over the age of 2 • All students must choose either in-studio or virtual classes. Virtual classes cannot substitute, replace or be used simultaneously with In-studio classed. • All parents, relatives and family members accompanying students must agree to comply with all PDT health and COVID-19 requirements. • PDT reserves the right to limit the number of people in hallways and lobby area Pasadena Dance Theatre installed brand new HEPA filters before reopening the studio in May 2021. Additionally, we have air purifying units stationed inside each studio.




I want to rent space. Can I come see the studio in person?


Yes! Our studio hours are listed on the contact page. If you have more specific needs, or inquiries for your rental please email Cynthia Young at cynthia.young.pdt@gmail.com to discuss the nature of your rental.




My student wants to audition for the Nutcracker, what should we expect in terms of rehearsal?


Rehearsals usually takes place on Saturdays and Sundays. They will not necessarily be called both days. The more involved a student is, the more commitment will be required. All dancers cast are required to attend all tech rehearsals and dress rehearsals. These dates are usually announced along with the audition.




Private Lessons


Private lessons are set by the faculty member that the student chooses to work with. Fees are generally $75 - $100 per hour, plus a studio rental fee of $25.00.