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Premiere Dance Academy opened it’s doors for the first time in April of 2015. After dreaming of owning a dance studio since she was a little girl, our owner/director, Theresa Pelicata, made it a reality.​

Premiere strives to not only create a well rounded dancer, but a better person overall. Dance is a more than easy exercise. It’s an art. A discipline. Dance teaches you the value of teamwork, the results of hard work, self-love, and determination. It’s not just “dance”, life lessons are being taught. Our young are being groomed to take on leadership roles.


Offering classes in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, hip-hop, and pointe, Premiere is looking to create a well rounded dancer that can keep up anywhere the dancer wants to go, and book as many jobs as the dancer hopes to land. We offer the best training in all techniques, and expect nothing but our student’s best at all times.


At Premiere, we will take trips to see professional dance performances, take part in showcases, take master classes, and explore all areas of dance. We never know if we are creating a dancer, dance instructor, choreographer, lighting designer, costumer, stage manager, etc. But, they will be prepared for whatever our students decide to do.

Our Misson



To Create a Well Rounded Individual that Exemplifies Great Technique in Each Area of Dance. ​



Theresa Pelicata began her dance training at age 3 at La-Cher-Tari dance studio (Philadelphia, PA). From there, her studies led her to the Wissahickon Dance Academy, Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA), Philadanco’s Training Program and the Alvin Ailey/Fordham University BFA program. While in college, Theresa began performing with the Fred Benjamin Dance Company and became a member of the World Famous Radio City Rockettes. Upon returning from her first year with the Rockettes, she began teaching dance at local Philadelphia dance studios and at her HS alma mater.


Theresa has spent the last 9 years as the Dance Director of the Young Performers Theater Camp (Phila.,PA) and for several years she has been teaching at various local dance studios. Theresa spent 12 years with the Radio City Rockettes, and  has performed on the Today Show, The Wendy Williams Show, The Meredith Vieira Show, America’s Got Talent, and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade just to name a few. Theresa is currently an Artist in Residence at The Philadelphia Charter School for Arts and Sciences, a String Theory School.

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