Weekend Academy

All students who have completed the Dancing Classrooms Residency in their school are invited to participate in our Weekend Academy, which takes place during the school year. These dance training and social development classes are held in Manhattan on Saturdays and Sundays.

The classes provide an opportunity to meet children from other public schools, develop friendships, work with many partners, and to understand the civility, social manners, and dress codes expected in adult life.

The Weekend Academy is an extension of what the child did in his or her school. Therefore students who have not participated in the 10 week ballroom residency in their school are not eligible to sign up. (See below.)


Annual registration takes place each June for all students who have completed the 10 week program during 4th or 5th grade. Registration must be done in person at our studio. There are 250 slots available to new 1st year registrants with only 600 students in total able to participate each year. The Academy is a year-long program from September through June and students may not sign up in the middle of the year. First year students pay $200 for an entire year, which is broken into 30 weekends.

The Weekend Academy is a program that is separate, yet builds upon, the Dancing Classrooms in-school residencies. The Academy operates on weekends when school is in session. All questions must go through the Academy staff.

2019-2020 Weekend Academy Schedule

  • September: 14/15, 21/22, 28/29
  • October: 5/6, 12/13, 19/20, 26/27
  • November: 2/3, 9/10, 16/17, 23/24
  • December: 7/8, 14/15
  • January: 4/5, 11/12, 25/26
  • February: 1/2, 8/9, 29/Mar. 1
  • March: 7/8, 14/15, 21/22, 28/29
  • April: 4/5, 25/26
  • May: 2/3, 9/10, 16/17, 30/31


500 8th Avenue (between 35th & 36th Streets)
Manhattan, New York 10018

NEVER PHONE Pearl Studios directly. Instead, email academy@dancingclassrooms.org

Did your student NOT have an in-school residency experience?

For those children whose schools do not have our Dancing Classrooms In-School residency, the Academy offers a summer ‘crash course’. Completion of this summer course then allows those children to become eligible to join the Weekend Academy the following September.

Children interested in the summer course must have finished 4th grade or higher as of June 30th, 2019. Classes will take place twice a week for five weeks beginning late June thru early August. Exact dates & cost are TBD.

For more information, email the Academy at academy@dancingclassrooms.org