ContempraDance School is the area’s most comprehensive state of the art dance facility with spacious studios including sprung and marley floors, high open ceilings with track lighting, spacious dressing and waiting areas and convenient parking for parents and students with easy access to shopping. ContempraDance School, owned by director Gail Vartanian, offers more then 60 classes per week to children, teens and adults, in ballet, jazz, modern, hip hop, tap, pre-dance, contemporary lyrical, pointe, creative dance and musical theater.  ContempraDance School is voted the Best of Philly, by Philadelphia magazine, “Best Dance Studio in the Main Line” by Main Line Life and Main Line Times and Nickelodeon’s Parents Pick Choice Award. The School was recently voted 2021’s Best Dance Studio by Main Line Parent’s Love Award and 2022 Family Favorite.  The studio offers various levels of classes for dancers from beginners to professionals and is dedicated to providing instruction in a warm and caring environment.

ContempraDance School is the home of the critically acclaimed, ContempraDANCE Theatre Company, a professional Dance Company founded in 1993 by artistic director, Gail Vartanian. The Company performs throughout Philadelphia and surrounding areas. For more information about upcoming performances, check out the company website at ContempraDance Theatre

ContempraDance School has a pre-professional student company, ContempraYouth Dance Company formed in September 2003. These dancers range in age from 10-18. They are selected through an audition process and perform throughout the year in ContempraDANCE Theatre’s hilarious holiday spoofs, “Philly-Nutt-Crak-Up”, Youth Regional Dance Festival, Disney World, Competitions and various community events. For more information on the junior division, check out the youth dancers section or call: 610.225.3007.

Photo: Gail Vartanian, owner


Studio Tour

Waiting Area

Our Office..

Dressing Area

Quiet Room

Studio A

Studio A

Studio B

Birthday Parties

ContempraDance School offers a variety of birthday parties for all ages… from hip hop to ballet. You name it we have it! Our professional Party Instructors have lots of ideas for you. Feel free to call us anytime! 

The party is 2 hours. This includes 1 hour dance instruction, 20 minutes cake/party, 10 minutes freeze dance/games and half hour for the set up and clean up.  The kids have a fantastic time… and so do the parents! 

The cost is $325.00 for the party. Limit to 15 children.

Please call the studio at 610.225.3007 for more information and to book your party. Or email us at


  • Students can join a class at anytime during a session and will be charged a pro-rated fee.
  • Classes missed during any payment period can be made up at any time during that period, this includes snow days. Please check with the office when making up classes.
  • Any weather related cancellations will be announced on our voicemail and or posted on the home page website. Please call 610.225.3007 for updated information.
  • Billing notices will not be sent out. A $25 late fee will be charged for payments made later than the first week of the new payment period.
  • There is a $35 charge for any returned checks.
  • Sorry, No credits or Refunds!

Class Attire

  • Jazz/Musical Theater: Any color leotard or camisole top and black jazz pants. Must wear bloch or capezio canvas tan jazz shoes only. No Sneakers!
  • Tap 1-4: Black tap shoes, black jazz pants and any color leotard or camisole top. Please make sure you buy your tap shoes from a local dancewear store. We recommend bloch or capezio shoes. When better quality the shoes will not mark up the marley dance floor.
  • Modern: Any color leotard or camisole top with black jazz pants or tights and shorts. Bare feet.
  • Contemporary/Lyrical: Any color leotard or camisole top with black jazz pants or tights and shorts. Tan lyrical slippers, half sole (turners)
  • Hip Hop: White soled sneakers (no black soles, it can ruin our dance floor), t-shirt or any color tank top, sweat pants or jazz pants
  • Ballet 1-5: Black leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes. Hair pulled back in bun away from face. Ballet skirts only if teacher allows. 
  • Pre-Dance: Pink leotard (tank, spaghetti strap or short sleeves preferred), Pink tights, Pink ballet slippers and black tap shoes. (We prefer Bloch tyette with snap closure only. No ties if possible). Please make sure you buy your tap shoes from a local dancewear store. When better quality the shoes will not mark up the marley dance floor. Ballet skirts are only allowed by teachers permission. Please ask your predance teacher before purchasing a skirt or tutu ban
  • Boys Ballet: Black shorts, white t shirt and black canvas ballet slippers.

Main Line Parent and Philadlephia Family LOVE award. ContempraDance School 2016, 2017, and 2021 LOVE award winner for "Best Dance Studio on the Main Line". 2019 LOVE award and 2022, 2023  "Family Favorite"

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