The Palm Beach Atlantic University Preparatory Program in Dance, administered by Dr. Kathleen Klein, offers the highest quality, multi-disciplinary dance training available in South Florida to students and professionals at all levels.
Classes provide the tools, discipline, and attention each student needs to achieve his or her own personal goals. All students are challenged and encouraged to reach their highest potential while developing a respect and joy for dance in all its forms.
For ages 3 through the teens, the PBA Preparatory Program in Dance offers classes at age appropriate levels in all programs. Students experience the joy of the body moving in space while developing their technical skills as they progress through each level.
In order to keep skill levels consistent in each class, admission to intermediate and advanced levels requires participation in a placement class and permission of the instructor. Some courses may require a prerequisite.
Dance Department Guidelines
The PBA Preparatory Program in Dance is proud to include the AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE® National Training Curriculum, a breakthrough eight-level program that combines high quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development.
The ABT® National Training Curriculum consists of a comprehensive set of age-appropriate, outcome-based guidelines to provide the highest quality training to dance students of all ages and skill levels.
Primary through Level 3 will be taught by ABT® Certified Teacher, Eileen Hebron, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.
Advanced classes will also include partnering, pointe, men’s class and repertory.
The Preparatory Contemporary/Modern Dance program is based on a unique blend of the techniques of modern dance greats Lester Horton and Merce Cunningham, with additional studies in movement analysis, dance composition and improvisation.
The Preparatory Jazz Dance program is based on styles and techniques first developed in the 1940’s under the guidance of such pioneers as Jack Cole and Katherine Dunham. The syllabus for this truly American dance form begins with simple isolations and progressions. It later incorporates refined body conditioning exercises.
The Preparatory Tap Dance program uses barre and center work to explore the various aspects of tap vocabulary including shuffles, clogs, softshoe, military rhythms and single, double and triple sound techniques. Dance routines are taught to stimulate coordination and memory retention.