At the urging of George Balanchine, the Pennsylvania Ballet School was established in 1963. Officially renamed The Rock School for Dance Education in 2006, it continues to offer the highest quality dance training for talented young artists from around the world, as well as an extensive dance and movement community outreach program. With annual enrollment exceeding 1,200 students at its Center City and suburban locations and a budget exceeding $5.8 million, The Rock School awards more than $900,000 in annual scholarships, maintains a year-round supervised residence program in Philadelphia, provides a cutting-edge academic program for grades 7-12, and offers extensive performance and competition opportunities. Our current students hail from 19 states, and 6 countries: Argentina, Canada, China, Japan, Mexico, and Venezuela. Our professional-track students are the future dance stars of tomorrow; Rock School dancers are in virtually every major dance company in the United States, Europe, and Asia, as well as in film and on Broadway. Our dancers are consistently ranked among the highest levels at Youth America Grand Prix, the largest ballet competition in the world, and at the World Ballet Competition. For an unprecedented ten consecutive years, The Rock School was named “Outstanding School” at Youth America Grand Prix and was the only school asked to perform at the YAGP 15th Anniversary Gala in Lincoln Center, New York City.
Rock Center, located in Philadelphia, offers a professional-track training program to highly motivated students. The building houses five floors, fully equipped with six state-of-the-art sprung floor studios, two classrooms for Rock Academics, the Ballet Bistro, and an in-house costume shop.