Our ballet studio

Our ballet studio

The Ken & Jean Dance Studio is nationally recognized as one of the finest dance studios in the country. Founded in 1948 by Ken and Jean Phifer, the studio has earned its premiere status through more than 60 years of teaching experience - and for good reason: 

We are simply the best at what we do. 

Our students have gone on to pursue careers in dance all over the world, performing on Broadway, on television and in dance companies both here and abroad, as well as becoming successful teachers on their own. 

We are not a competition-driven school because we believe that constant participation in competitions not only detracts from the learning process, but is a very costly endeavor for students and parents that ultimately offers very little value. We participate in only one local competition every year, which is the Dance Masters. We have chosen Dance Masters because is the oldest and most respected dance organization in the country. Our successes at the local level have propelled us to compete in the Dance Masters Grand Nationals competition which takes place each summer. There, our students have won the prestigious top Grand National Champion title two of the three times that they competed. We are very proud of our record and of our students, but we see it as icing on the cake, and not the cake itself.

If you are considering dance training, you should know that dancing can enhance self-confidence, create positive body awareness, lend grace to everyday movement and become a lifelong creative outlet. Children who could never imagine themselves uttering a line in front of an audience often find true joy in the expressive nature of dance performance, which is one of reasons we go to great lengths to produce our yearly Showcase. And we are always mindful of age-appropriate costumes and themes.

We are immensely proud, and deeply gratified, that so many of our former students continue to keep in touch with us, telling us how their experiences at Ken & Jean’s continue to impact their lives in wonderful ways they could never have imagined. That’s precisely what we hope we are all about.

To request a brochure, email darcy@kenandjeandance.com.

Our Studio

Each of our studios is equipped with custom state-of-the-art dance floors that greatly enhance the dancer’s experience by facilitating soft landings when mastering leaps and jumps. It is our belief that students are more prone to the risk of injury in studios that do not have customized dance floors. In addition, the reception room has viewing windows as webelieve that parents should be able to see the way that their children are being instructed. It is also reassuring for young, first-time dancers to be able to see their parents while in class.

Our front studio

Our front studio


We are located on Route 30 (Lincoln Highway), at the intersection of Taylor Street, in North Versailles, PA. If you need additional help finding us, please call us at 412.823.2753 or email darcy@kenandjeandance.com.