The Rock School currently has alumni in every major ballet company in the United States, on Broadway and in Europe.

The Rock School mission focuses on excellence in dance training and in nurturing children and young people. At The Rock School they learn patience, persistence, attention to detail, discipline, teamwork and self-motivation. 

The Rock School for Dance Education has developed a reputation as one of the nation's top pre-professional training programs.  The School's primary goal is to produce classically trained and versatile dancers, which The School has done for over 50 years.

The School's exceptional faculty, individual attention, unique in-house academic program, supervised residence program, nurturing environment, personal attention, and the success of its alumni attract dancers from around the globe. Approximately 1,500 dancers audition each year.



ROCK CENTER is the School's main facility, located on the Avenue of the Arts at 1101 S Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147.  Rock Center houses five floors fully equipped with six state of the art sprung-floor studios, in-house costume shop, a delicious & nutritious 2nd floor Ballet Bistro and a Boutique for dancewear and Rock School merchandise.  Rock Center also offers Residence for students training far from home as well as an Academics program for grades 7-12.  

Rock Center is primarily geared for those seeking training in classical ballet, but Rock Center also offers instruction in Hip Hop/Urban Dance.  Students range from as young as three years old all the way up to 20+ years for students training for Company placement. Parking is available on the North West corner of Broad and Washington streets. 


ROCK WEST is the School's suburban campus, located in the Goshen Village Shopping Center at 1510 Paoli Pike, West Chester, PA 19380.  Rock West houses five state of the art sprung-floor studios and offers dancer wear and Rock Merchandise.  The Rock School West is a not for profit dance school that offers instruction in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, theatre, and contemporary dance styles for all age groups.

The School trains students from suburban Philadelphia, preparing talented young artists for careers as professional dancers, as well as providing an exceptional experience for those who simply enjoy dance as an activity. The School instills creativity, discipline and confidence and has seen firsthand how the study of dance can inspire productive work habits in students' other activities and careers.


  • 2015 World Ballet Competition, Orlando Bronze - Professional Division & Silver - Pre-Professional Division
  • 2015 Youth America Grand Prix Finals - Over 20 dancers accepted to compete, Bronze medal Pas de Deux, Bronze medal Ensemble
  • 2015 Philadelphia YAGP Semi-Final - 10th consecutive Outstanding School Award; 1st Place Pas de Deux; 1st place senior classical and contemporary women's division; 1st, 2nd, 3rd place in senior classical men's division; 1st and 2nd place in senior contemporary men's division
  • 2014 World Ballet Competition; More medals than any other competing organization; three solos and ensemble performed at the final gala
  • 2014 NYC YAGP Finals; The Rock School ensemble was the only student piece selected to perform at the YAGP 15th Anniversary Gala; Over 30 dancers accepted to compete; Silver medal Classical Pas de Deux; Bronze Medal Ensemble; Zachary Downer - Mary Day Award
  • 2014 Philadelphia YAGP Semi-Final; 1st place men's contemporary and classical; 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in Pas de Deux
  • Gold Medal winner for Ensemble at 2012 Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) International Finals in New York City.
  • The School has won Grand Prix, Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at Youth America Grand Prix International Finals in New York City and has had more Soloists qualify for the NYC Finals than any competing school.
  • Jerome Robbins Foundation recipients for four years running.
  • Two Princess Grace Foundation Award Winners
  • Two Marian Anderson Award Study-Grant recipients.
  • Gold and Bronze medal winners at Moscow International Dance Competition and USA International Ballet Competition (the Olympics of Ballet).
  • Best of Life 2000-2011 as voted by Main Line Life readers.