Pre-Professional Profiles

Click below to learn more about these featured programs:

Ready to take your training to the next level? Browse our list of conservatories and company academies offering rigorous pre-professional programs.

To add your listing to the guide, please contact Lila Angle, [email protected]

A&A BALLET Center for Dance

Alexei Kremnev

Chicago, IL

Company Affiliation: A&A BALLET

Age Range: 3-24

Technique: Classical Ballet, Contemporary, Children’s Division

Performance opportunities: Multiple, full performance season, international tours

Tuition: Various

Room/board: Yes

Alumni: ABT, Royal Danish Ballet, NYCB, etc.

Auditions: Yes

Daily Schedule: Morning and evening programs

Additional Opportunities: AGMA contracts, international tours, guest opportunities

Alonzo King LINES Ballet | Training Program

Karah Abiog

San Francisco, CA

Company Affiliation: Alonzo King LINES Ballet

Size: 36 students, 16–20 per class

Age Range: 18–24

Technique: Ballet, GYROTONIC®, modern, contemporary, improvisation, composition, choreography, LINES repertoire, pointe, partnering, Alexander technique, yoga, anatomy, Critical Perspectives of Dance

Performance opportunities: Winter and spring showcases, student choreography showcases, LINES BFA senior showcase, among others

Tuition: $10,050 per year, scholarships available

Room/board: Not offered

Alumni: Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Ballet BC, BODYTRAFFIC, Cirque du Soleil, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Gallim Dance, Hofesh Shechter Company, Idan Sharabi and Dancers, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Loni Landon Dance Projects, San Francisco Opera, Sidra Bell Dance New York, Stephen Petronio Company, Tanz Luzerner Theater, Tanz Mainz

Auditions: Required, open January–May

Daily Schedule: Monday–Friday, 3–5 classes per day; each day starts at 9 am with ballet class or GYROTONIC®, followed by a variety of other classes

Additional Opportunities: Training Ground, a parallel program that enables advanced/professional dancers ages 18+ to submerge themselves in the rigorous curriculum for a 3-month season. No audition required.

American Contemporary Ballet Trainee Program

Elise Filo

Los Angeles, CA

Company Affiliation: American Contemporary Ballet

Size: 5-10 trainees

Age Range: 18-22

Technique: Balanchine

Performance opportunities: American Contemporary Ballet season performances and special events

Tuition: $5200

Room/board: Not offered

Auditions: Required

Daily Schedule: M-F 11am-5/6pm. Daily class (on pointe) and rehearsal. Schedule changes on performance weeks.

Additional Opportunities: Trainees have first access to reserve a place in ACB’s August 2022 one-week intensive with Suki Schorer.

Anaheim Ballet School

Ashley Duree

Anaheim, CA

Company Affiliation: Anaheim Ballet

Age Range: 10-20

Technique: Ballet training methodology is based on the Russian, French, and Italian schools making a truly American method. A strong kinetic methodology is predominant in all classes drawing from the principles of physics and the belief that ballet is a natural system of movement.

Performance opportunities: ABS Recital, AB Nutcracker season including tour, and other AB performances

Tuition: $3,000-$4,500

Room/board: Not offered

Alumni: American Ballet Theatre, Ballet Idaho, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Houston Ballet, New York City Ballet, Orlando Ballet, Royal Ballet

Auditions: Contact us; enrollment open year-round

Daily Schedule: Ranges between 4:30-8pm weekdays and 10:00-12:00pm Saturdays. Consists of 2-3 ballet/pointe classes daily, plus contemporary, pas de deux and coaching weekly. Production rehearsals require additional hours.

Ballet Academy East

Julia Dubno

New York, NY

Size: 220

Age Range: 7-19

Technique: The school creates technically strong, artistically expressive dancers who adapt easily to the broad range of styles required of today’s professionals. The syllabus is based on the teachings of Marcia Dale Weary.

Performance opportunities: Winter Performance, Spring Performance, and Choreographic Workshops

Tuition: $3,900-$13,400

Room/board: Dorm-style housing, with many amenities, is located one block from BAE at 92Y Residence.

Alumni: New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Miami City Ballet, and others

Auditions: Auditions are required. In Person and video auditions accepted.

Daily Schedule: Curriculum includes technique, pointe, partnering, variations, men’s class, modern, character, stretch and strengthening, and hip hop.

Ballet Theatre of Maryland Conservatory Pre-Professional Program

Nicole Kelsch


Company Affiliation: Ballet Theatre of Maryland, Inc

Size: 8-20

Age Range: 13-18

Technique: Classical Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Tap

Performance opportunities: Up to 3 company productions per year, classical and contemporary work for BTM’s Annual School Show

Tuition: Approx. $7,500 per year, includes Summer Intensive

Room/board: Not offered

Alumni: Nashville Ballet, Texas Ballet Theatre, Ballet West, Milwaukee Ballet

Auditions: January-March by video, Open auditions in March

Daily Schedule: Classes 5-6 days per week include technique, variations, partnering, modern, and jazz. Additional 8-9 hours of rehearsal per week.

Additional Opportunities: Traineeship

Ballet Tucson Professional Division and Trainee Program

Margaret Mullin

Tucson, AZ

Company Affiliation: Ballet Tucson

Size: Varies

Age Range: 15-25

Technique: Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, Pointe, Classical Variations, Conditioning, etc.

Performance opportunities: The Nutcracker, Summer Dance Workshop Showcase, Trainee Only Performances, Ballet Tucson 2, Outreach Shows

Tuition: $0-$3,500.00 (16 Brady Fellowships fully endowed) Regular PD and Trainee tuition based

Room/board: Must be secured by individual, not offered by program

Alumni: Pacific Northwest Ballet, New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, Houston Ballet, Boston Ballet, Washington Ballet, Ballet West, Oregon Ballet Theater, Dutch National Ballet, Czech National Ballet

Auditions: April 10th in-person. Video auditions/Zoom meetings currently being conducted

Daily Schedule: Approximately 14 classes and 12 hours of rehearsals per week.

Additional Opportunities: Ballet Tucson Summer Dance Workshop. Access to career counseling and job placement assistance. Interested parties may also choose to serve as interns upon request.

Ballet West Academy Professional Training Division

Sarah Taylor

Salt Lake City, UT

Company Affiliation: Ballet West

Size: Professional Training Division: 60 students; Trainee Division: 30 students

Age Range: Professional Training Division: 14-20; Trainee Division: 17-22

Technique: Classical and Contemporary curriculum as developed by Ballet West Faculty

Performance opportunities: Trainees participate in Ballet West and Ballet West II rehearsals and tour with Ballet West for Children. Senior trainees perform in Ballet West’s The Nutcracker and the Ballet West Family Classics series. Many performance opportunities with the Ballet West Academy.

Tuition: $7,025 annual

Room/board: Not included

Alumni: Ballet West frequently promotes from this group, with 75% of 2021 – 2022 company members moving through professional training division, trainee division, and/or Ballet West II

Auditions: Required and offered year-round or by video

Daily Schedule: Varies, includes 4.5 hours on weekdays and 6 hours on Saturdays with some adjustment for company rehearsals

Additional Opportunities: Ballet West Outreach program Ballet West for Children tours through the state of Utah

Boston Ballet School's Professional Division at Walnut Hill School for the Arts

Jeanne ORourke

Natick, MA

Company Affiliation: Boston Ballet

Size: 65-70 students

Age Range: 14-18

Technique: America Classicism

Performance opportunities: Boston Ballet Nutcracker, Winter Showcase, Student Choreographic Project, Next Generation year-end performance

Tuition: $71,600 – boarding students; $55,000 – day students

Room/board: Included with boarding tuition

Alumni: Boston Ballet and major dance companies across the globe

Auditions: Early winter through the spring

Daily Schedule: Weekly Schedule: 22-26 hours of core training per week running Monday-Saturday, coupled with a rigorous academic program

Portland Ballet

Jim Lane

Portland, OR

Size: 20 Career Track, 200 academy students

Age Range: 14-22

Technique: ballet, contemporary, modern

Performance opportunities: 3 productions annually, plus community engagement

Tuition: $6,850 scholarships available

Alumni: Pacific Northwest Ballet, Houston Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, St. Louis Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre

Auditions: Call for audition information 503-452-8448

Daily Schedule: Classical technique, men’s class, pointe class, pas de deux, variations, contemporary, modern, acting for dancers, wellness and conditioning

Additional Opportunities: Balanchine répétiteur and protégé John Clifford in residence twice annually staging Balanchine repertoire and choreographing original works.

Cary Ballet Conservatory: Professional Training Program

Mariaelena Ruiz

Cary, NC

Company Affiliation: Cary Ballet Company

Size: 40 Students

Age Range: 12-19

Technique: Classical Ballet technique, pointe, contemporary, jazz, partnering, men’s program, conditioning, PBT, Pilates.

Performance opportunities: Cary Ballet Company, YAGP, ADC|IBC and more

Tuition: $5850 per year

Room/board: $10.800 per year

Alumni: Stuttgart Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Princess Grace Academy, Royal Ballet School, School of American Ballet, San Francisco Ballet School.

Auditions: contact [email protected]

Daily Schedule: 11- 5:30 pm

Additional Opportunities: Networking, mentoring, YAGP, ADC|IBC, Academic Program on site

Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet: Pre-Professional Division

Peggy Schryver

Carlisle, PA

Company Affiliation: N/A

Size: 75 students in Pre-Pro Div / 20 Max Per Class

Age Range: Up to the age of 19

Technique: Classical Ballet

Performance opportunities: George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®, Full Length Productions in Spring Performances, Balanchine and contemporary works as Founder’s Series

Tuition: $4,900

Room/board: Not offered at this time.

Alumni: Ashley Bouder, NYC Ballet; Leta Biasucci, PNB; Jeffrey Cirio, English National Ballet; Lia Cirio, Boston Ballet; David Gabriel, NYC Ballet; Abi Stafford, NYC Ballet

Auditions: Required

Daily Schedule: Begin mid-afternoon and ending by 8:15PM, Monday-Friday. Saturday classes begin late morning and end before 4:15PM.

Additional Opportunities: First-Steps workshop offers students exposure in choreography. Pilates, wellness, mental health sessions, conditioning and training center on site.

Cincinnati Ballet's Otto M. Budig Academy Pre-Professional and Professional Programs

Ginger Johnson

Cincinnati, OH

Company Affiliation: Cincinnati Ballet

Size: 250 students, 12 – 22 per class

Age Range: 8 – 22

Technique: Classically based ballet technique featuring a blend of American, European and Russian styles coupled with a strong emphasis on contemporary movement and versatility in a wide-range of dance styles.

Performance opportunities: Cincinnati Ballet productions, Academy Spring Production, Community Performance Series, student showcases, YAGP

Tuition: $1,300 – $6,400

Room/board: Not available

Alumni: Cincinnati Ballet, Royal Ballet, Boston Ballet, Ballet Austin, among others.

Auditions: Placement class required (offered year-round)

Daily Schedule: Varies by level. Classes include technique, pointe, repertoire, partnering, contemporary, modern, choreography, jazz, musical theater, and conditioning.

Additional Opportunities: Cincinnati Ballet’s Second Company

City Ballet San Francisco

Kenneth W Patsel

San Francisco, CA

Company Affiliation: City Youth Ballet

Size: 30 dancers

Age Range: 11 – 19

Technique: Vaganova

Performance opportunities: Yes

Tuition: $2,500 – $8,500

Alumni: San Francisco Ballet, ABT, Joffrey, Semper-Oper, English National, Boston Ballet, Mariiensky, etc

Auditions: Online / Video /

Daily Schedule: 2:30pm – 7:30pm

CNADM Summer Workshop: Ballet Forum; Dance & More

Michele StClair

Schaumburg, IL

Company Affiliation: Chicago National Association of Dance Masters (CNADM)

Size: 200 students, 40 per class

Age Range: 11-21

Technique: Classical ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz

Performance opportunities: CNADM Annual Banquet and Gala

Tuition: $645

Room/board: At own expense; hosted at Hyatt Regency Schaumburg

Auditions: Placement Classes

Daily Schedule: Monday evening; All day Tuesday through Friday


Meredith Wells

Sudbury, MA

Size: 15 max per level

Age Range: 8-18

Technique: ballet, contemporary and modern

Performance opportunities: 3 performances/year

Tuition: $5000-$10000 annual tuition

Room/board: no

Auditions: on going

Daily Schedule: highest level 6 days/week up to 22 hours/week

Ellison Ballet – Professional Training Program

Diane di Stasio

New York, NY

Size: 38 students, 12–15 per class

Age Range: 12-19

Technique: Ellison Ballet’s exceptional Vaganova-based training includes classical technique, separate men’s class, pointe, variations, male variations, pas de deux, contemporary, conditioning, character, music and workshops.

Performance opportunities: Two performances per year; selected students chosen for international competitions

Tuition: $14,100 per year

Room/board: $1,400–$2,700 per month

Alumni: American Ballet Theatre, Mariinsky Ballet, Paris Opéra Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Dutch National Ballet

Auditions: Required

Daily Schedule: Monday–Friday, 10:30 am–4:30 pm

Goh Ballet Academy Canada: Senior Professional School

Jess Bacon

Vancouver, BC,

Size: 100+ students (10–15 per class)

Age Range: 13–19 & up

Technique: Classical instruction based on the Vaganova method. Students are encouraged to become versatile dancers through exposure to a variety of disciplines.

Performance opportunities: Goh Ballet’s The Nutcracker, Annual Spring Showcase Performance, educational outreach programs, performance tours, local and international dance festivals and competitions

Tuition: Information provided upon request

Room/board: Homestay program available

Alumni: San Francisco Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, English National Ballet.

Auditions: Private or group (see website for dates); video auditions accepted.

Daily Schedule: 5–10 hours of classes and rehearsals per day in technique, pointe, men’s work, repertoire, variations, pas de deux, contemporary and stylistic dance, as well as stretch and strengthening, mental skills training and health/well-being.

Additional Opportunities: Goh Ballet Youth Company

Houston Ballet Academy Professional Program

Katie Wesche

Houston, TX

Company Affiliation: Houston Ballet

Size: 72 students, 12–15 per class

Age Range: 14 & up

Technique: Classical ballet technique based on Vaganova, but emphasizing RAD and Cecchetti methods as well; modern and contemporary classes weekly that are a mix of Limón, Cunningham and Graham styles of movement

Performance opportunities: Houston Ballet productions, annual Academy Spring Showcase, University of Houston Moores School of Music collaboration, Studio Series, among other opportunities

Tuition: $7,200-$8,200

Room/board: Subject to availability, by artistic invitation only

Alumni: Houston Ballet, Atlanta Ballet II, Royal New Zealand Ballet, ABT Studio Company and Estonian National Ballet

Auditions: Required, year-round

Daily Schedule: Ranges from 9 am–4:45 pm Monday–Friday; classes include ballet technique, pointe, men’s technique, variations, contemporary, modern, jazz, partnering, music, body conditioning, Yamuna Body Rolling and career planning

Additional Opportunities: HBII (Houston Ballet second company)

Interlochen Center for the Arts: An Unparalleled Dance Education

Hillary Troup

Interlochen, MI

Size: 550-2500 students from across the globe, 20 per class with individualized attention

Age Range: 8 – 18

Technique: Ballet and contemporary dance, among others

Performance opportunities: Perform in fully-produced dance productions and ballets, “in studio” performances, and other interdepartmental concerts.

Tuition: $1,625 – $9,950

Room/board: Yes

Alumni: Janet Eilber, Liz Lerman, Boston Ballet, Hubbard Street Professional Program, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, The Ballet West Academy Professional Training Division

Auditions: Required

Daily Schedule: Ranges between 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, with courses in pointe, choreographic composition, male and female dance technique, dance conditioning, and more.

Additional Opportunities: Students have access to specialists in nutritional counseling, dance medicine, and other related arts fields. Plus a 26,000 square-foot dance facility with professional studios, updated technology, fitness centers, and beautiful lakeside views.

Joffrey Ballet School Trainee Program

Michael Waldrop

New York City, NY

Company Affiliation: Joffrey Ballet Concert Group

Size: 180

Age Range: 13-25

Technique: wo Concentrations Available: Ballet and Jazz & Contemporary. Ballet Program: Ballet Technique, Pointe, Variations, Men’s Technique, Pas de Deux, Character, Jazz, Contemporary Dance, Contemporary Ballet, Performance Studies. Jazz & Contemporary: Ballet Technique, Contemporary, Modern, Contemporary Partnering, Theater Dance, Hip Hop, Jazz, Street Jazz, Latin Jazz, Voice, Acting, Performance Studies.

Performance opportunities: Two mainstage performances (including Nutcracker for Ballet Trainees) and additional opportunities throughout New York City and Texas. Past events include New York Fashion Week, short films, music videos, immersive theater, live music collaborations, and in-studio performances. Auditions available for trainees to join the Joffrey Ballet Concert Group.

Tuition: $10,450 per term

Room/board: Available, but not required. $9,488 per term

Alumni: Ballet Memphis, Ballet Hispanico, Ballet West, Boston Ballet, Broadway, Cirque Du Soleil, Dance Lab New York, Joffrey Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, RWS Entertainment Group, Sarasota Ballet, Tanzcompany Innsbruck, West Side Story Feature Film

Auditions: Required, Year-Round

Daily Schedule: Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:00pm

Additional Opportunities: arn collegiate credit towards a BFA in Dance, through the Joffrey/New Jersey City University partnership. Trainees can also audition to join the Joffrey Ballet Concert Group, a pre-professional, touring ensemble. A Trainee Program extension is available in Frisco, Texas.

JoffreyRED Apprenticeship Program

Michael Waldrop

Los Angeles, CA

Company Affiliation: BalletRED

Size: 16

Age Range: 14-19

Technique: A strong classical foundation start each day with technique classes, Pointe, Men’s Technique and Partnering, while afternoons expand into genres including Contemporary, Modern, Gaga, and Improvisation.

Performance opportunities: Nine choreographic residencies will premiere as a part of three fully-produced performances each season. All works are created and performed exclusively by the dancers of JoffreyRED. Apprenticeship opportunities also available with Los Angeles-based, contemporary ballet company, BalletRED.

Tuition: Available upon acceptance

Room/board: Not Available

Auditions: Required, Year-Round

Daily Schedule: Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Additional Opportunities: Experience life in a professional company as an apprentice with BalletRED. Also, earn collegiate credit towards a BFA in Dance, through the Joffrey/New Jersey City University partnership.

Kansas City Ballet School Pre-Professional Division

Andrea Wilson

Kansas City, MO

Company Affiliation: Kansas City Ballet

Size: 600 students, 10-25 per class

Age Range: 3-19

Technique: Varied blend of Cecchetti, Vaganova, Balanchine and French Schools

Performance opportunities: Academy performances, KCB company performances, Kansas City Youth Ballet, YAGP, community engagement

Tuition: $600-$5,000 per year

Room/board: Not offered

Alumni: Louisville Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Sarasota Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Pacific Northwest Ballet

Auditions: Placement or audition class required

Daily Schedule: Classes include technique, pointe, variations, men’s partnering, character, modern, jazz, contemporary, conditioning and seminars.

Additional Opportunities: Trainee program, KCB II, Daytime Program, 2 Campuses

Koltun Ballet Boston (YAGP Outstanding School 2018/19/20

Alexandra Koltun

Boston, MA

Company Affiliation: N/A

Size: 100

Age Range: 3-20

Technique: ABT National Curriculum (Ballet, Classical Variations, Repertoire, Pas De Deux, Modern, Stretching)

Performance opportunities: 3 annual performances per year, as well as various ballet compétions including YAGP

Tuition: $1.250 – $11.000

Room/board: School assists in finding housing

Alumni: Atlanta Ballet & Atlanta Ballet II, Finnish National Opera Ballet, Indianapolis Ballet, Croatian National Ballet, Estonia National Opera Ballet, English National Ballet Trainee, Dutch National Ballet School, Washington Ballet School Trainee

Auditions: In Person or by YouTube Video

Daily Schedule: Classical Ballet Technique Class, Stretching, Pointe, Classical Variations, Repertoire, Pas De Deux, Modern

Additional Opportunities: KBB assists in finding professional carrier opportunities, as well as higher education


Coralie Muroni

Montreal, QC, Canada,

Company Affiliation: Les Grands Ballets Canadiens

Size: 200 students, 12 per class

Age Range: 8–23

Technique: Classical, contemporary and character dance

Performance opportunities: School annual shows, special projects with major partners, among others

Tuition: $1,620 – $9,100

Room/board: Boarding offered five days a week for high school students by our school partner, the Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie

Alumni: Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Ballet de l’Opéra national du Rhin, Ballett Zürich

Auditions: Required, year-round

Daily Schedule: Full-time program given in partnership with the Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie and the Cégep du Vieux Montréal for students from grade 7 to third year of college; after-school program for students from grades 3 to 6

Additional Opportunities: Choreography workshops, The Nutcracker with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens or Ballet Ouest

Maryland Youth Ballet Pre-Professional Program

Amy Neal

Silver Spring, MD

Size: 275 students, 12-16 per class

Age Range: 11-20

Technique: Varied, under the direction of Olivier Munoz

Performance opportunities: The Nutcracker, Spring Concert, Gala, End-of-Year Performance, Summer Festival, Studio Company

Tuition: $2,960-$5,500

Room/board: Not offered

Alumni: ABT, San Francisco Ballet, NYCB, Pennsylvania Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Houston Ballet, Texas Ballet Theatre, Ballet West

Auditions: Required- in-person, virtual, or by video

Daily Schedule: Technique and pointe daily with variations, pas de deux, modern, jazz, pilates, or flamenco. Weekend rehearsals.

Additional Opportunities: Studio Company (pre-professional performing company) and Conservatory (day-time program)

Metropolitan Ballet Academy & Company

Lisa Collins Vidnovic

Jenkintown, PA

Company Affiliation: Pre-professional training company

Size: 350 students; 10-16 per class

Age Range: 7-18

Technique: Classical

Performance opportunities: 3 fully staged productions annually

Tuition: $1,895 – $4,175 per year

Room/board: Not offered

Alumni: San Francisco Ballet, Philadelphia Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet

Auditions: Placement auditions required (call 215-663-1665 to schedule)

Daily Schedule: Ballet / Pointe / Men’s classes weekdays 4:30-8pm and 12-6pm Saturday. Additional classes include repertoire, partnering, and modern.

Additional Opportunities: Boys’ Scholarship Program for ages 7 and up

Miami City Ballet School


Miami Beach, FL

Company Affiliation: Miami City Ballet

Age Range: 14 and up

Technique: Miami City Ballet School’s Pre-Professional Division trains students to be versatile 21st-century dancers with the necessary technique, artistry and physical strength to perform ballets in the Balanchine repertory as well as other choreographic styles. The School’s renowned faculty, established syllabus and range of performance opportunities prepares students to join Miami City Ballet as well as other preeminent dance companies around the world.

Performance opportunities: Each spring, students from the Pre-Professional Division perform in the MCB School Ensemble Performances and the Student Workshop Performances, giving them the opportunity to perform in Balanchine ballets, works from the classical repertoire, or original works by faculty members.

Tuition: $6,600.00 – $6,900.00

Room/board: N/A

Auditions: Required

Daily Schedule: The Pre-Professional Division is divided into two levels that meet six times a week and train approximately 20 – 30 hours per week. The Pre-Professional curriculum includes Men’s and Women’s Ballet Technique, Pointe, Variations, Pas de Deux, Repertory, Spanish Dance, Contemporary Dance and Choreography classes. Supplemental training classes are offered in Pilates Mat, Progressive Ballet Technique and Weight Training for Men.

Additional Opportunities: Students in the Pre-Professional II level perform with the MCB School Ensemble and are considered for Apprentice positions with the main Company. The MCB School Ensemble performs in MCB’s signature education and outreach program, Ballet for Young People, as well as in other special events and public performances at some of South Florida’s premier performing arts venues such as Adrienne Arsht Center, South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center and Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, among others.

Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy: Rolando Yanes Pre-Professional Program

Kristin Dimmer

Milwaukee, WI

Company Affiliation: Milwaukee Ballet

Size: maximum 50 students; average class size is 15

Age Range: 15–21

Technique: classical ballet training daily from international faculty; includes men’s classes, pas de deux, pointe and variations; additional style classes in African, character, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, musical theater, Pilates and flamenco weekly

Performance opportunities: biannual performances, along with the opportunity to audition for Milwaukee Ballet productions; other opportunities

Tuition: 7398

Room/board: not offered. Suggested recommendations

Alumni: Butler University—Jordan College of the Arts, Milwaukee Ballet II, Milwaukee Ballet Company, Smuin Ballet, University of Utah—School of Dance

Auditions: required, year-round. Please see our website for more details.

Daily Schedule: ranges from 8:15 am–4 pm daily. Ballet technique classes daily along with weekly style offerings as well as dance history, dance appreciation and repertoire rehearsals.

Additional Opportunities: scholarship and financial aid available

Neglia Ballet Pre-Professional Program

Bronwen Battaglia

Buffalo, NY

Size: 125

Age Range: 12 – 24

Technique: Ballet, Pointe, Partnering, Contemporary, Conditioning, Men’s Class

Performance opportunities: The Nutcracker, Spring Gala, End of the Year Showcase, YAGP

Tuition: $3,500 annual (Sept – May). Tuition support available

Room/board: please email [email protected] for details

Alumni: Washington Ballet Company, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, BalletMet, Colorado Ballet, Charlotte Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Urban Bush Women, American Repertory Ballet

Auditions: please email [email protected]

Daily Schedule: 4 – 7 pm weekdays, 10 am – 2 pm Saturdays

Additional Opportunities: Private lessons, Choreography, Competition Preparation, Preparing for auditions, Recording audition videos, Suggestions for costumes, Referrals to guest instructors, Lists of potential ballet companies or college programs, Career advice


James Holstad

Portland, OR

Company Affiliation: Oregon Ballet Theatre

Size: 12-17

Age Range: 18-22

Technique: Classical and Contemporary Ballet

Performance opportunities: OBT2 spring tour, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, Annual School Performance, OBT Company Productions

Tuition: $6,125.00

Room/board: Not applicable

Alumni: Hannah Davis, Kangmi Kim, Zuzu Metzler, Abigail Concannon, Leigh Goldberger, Elizabeth Kanning, Tatum Quinonez, Emily McGeehan, Rachel Harrison, Alessandro Angelini, Jacob Williams, Mesa Burdick, Bryn Perry, Ava Anderson

Auditions: Summer Intensive Program: June 27, 2022-August 6, 2022

Daily Schedule: Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Oklahoma City Ballet (Yvonne Chouteau School) Pre-Professional Division

Racheal Nye

Oklahoma City, OK

Company Affiliation: Oklahoma City Ballet

Size: 50 students, 15 per class

Age Range: 11-22

Technique: Classical technique based on French, Italian, and Russian training methods

Performance opportunities: BRIDGE Choreography Initiative, Spring Performance, Winter Showcase, Ballet Under the Stars, Student roles in Company productions

Tuition: Starting at $3,200

Room/board: Contact for details

Alumni: Oklahoma City Ballet, Tulsa Ballet

Auditions: Required, year-round

Daily Schedule: Day/Post-Graduate Program 8:45 am-2 pm weekdays & 9-11 am Saturdays | Evening program 5-7:30 pm Monday-Thursday >> Ballet Technique, Pointe, Pas de Deux, Variations, Modern Technique, Contemporary, Conditioning, Professional Development

Additional Opportunities: Youth America Grand Prix, Outreach performances with Studio Company, consideration for Trainee program

Orlando Ballet School Academy & Pre-Professional

Meredyth Davis

Orlando, FL

Company Affiliation: Orlando Ballet

Size: 110 students, 25 per class

Age Range: 12-21

Technique: American Ballet Theatre curriculum

Performance opportunities: Opportunities with Orlando Ballet company, Showcases and Community Enrichment.

Tuition: $5,500

Room/board: n/a


Daily Schedule: Monday PBT Conditioning •Ballet • Pointe or Men’s class • Character • Musical Theater • Tuesday Ballet • Variations • Modern • Partnering • Wednesday PBT Conditioning • Ballet • Ballet/Pointe • Hip Hop • Thursday Ballet • Partnering • Contemporary • Friday PBT Conditioning • Ballet/Pointe • Saturday Men’s Class • Ballet • Pointe •

Additional Opportunities: Academy students feed into the second company and the opportunity to continue with Orlando Ballet.

Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet Apprentice Program

Melinda Pendleton

Narberth, PA

Size: 2 – 3 apprentices

Age Range: 18 – 22

Technique: Classical technique based on the Vaganova syllabus

Performance opportunities: Public performances, community performances, school assembly lecture-demonstrations

Tuition: Full scholarship

Room/board: Not offered

Alumni: Arizona Ballet, Grand Rapids Ballet, Oklahoma City Ballet, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Philadelphia Ballet

Auditions: Required

Daily Schedule: Monday and Wednesday: 11:30 am – 3:30 pm; Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday: 9:30 – 11am; additional evening hours each weekday; Saturday: Up to 2 hours of class; possible weekend rehearsals depending on the time of year; includes technique, repertoire, rehearsal, and individual coaching

Additional Opportunities: Weekly stipend, shoe allowance, audition guidance included

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, Pre-professional program

Aviana Adams

Pittsburgh, PA

Company Affiliation: Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

Age Range: 13+

Technique: Ballet, repertoire, variations, Men’s technique, modern, jazz, conditioning, seminars

Performance opportunities: Year-round. Ballet, contemporary and choreographic opportunities offered

Tuition: $4,982-$6,445

Room/board: Limited. High school students only

Alumni: Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Washington Ballet, Ballet Met, Tulsa Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre

Auditions: Required, year-round

Additional Opportunities: Possible performance opportunities with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

Princeton Ballet School's Pre-Professional Trainee Program

Pasqualina DeBoer

Princeton, NJ

Company Affiliation: American Repertory Ballet

Size: Size: 20-30

Age Range: 18-24

Technique: Princeton Ballet School methodology based on a combination of all major schools including Russian, French, Cuban and American

Performance opportunities: American Repertory Ballet’s Nutcracker, spring full-length ballet, American Repertory Ballet’s gala

Tuition: Varies

Room/board: Not offered

Alumni: American Repertory Ballet, New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Broadway, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Paul Taylor Dance Company

Auditions: By Appointment

Daily Schedule: The program includes pointe class, variations, contemporary, bio-mechanics/conditioning, choreography and repertoire to further develop classical, contemporary technique and performance skills in a professional environment.

Additional Opportunities: ARB2 – American Repertory Ballet’s second company

Professional Track Trainee Program

Denise Grimm

Santa Barbara, CA

Company Affiliation: State Street Ballet

Size: 20-25

Age Range: 17-23

Technique: Classical & Contemporary/Modern

Performance opportunities: With State Street Ballet

Tuition: $6000 for 32 weeks

Room/board: N/A

Alumni: State Street Ballet, Disney Cruise Line, Oklahoma City Ballet etc

Auditions: Details on State Street Ballet website

Daily Schedule: 9:00am-3:00pm

Additional Opportunities: Touring, teaching

Professional Training Division and Studio Training Company

Yvonne Leffel

Dallas and Fort Worth, TX

Company Affiliation: Texas Ballet Theater

Size: 15-20 students in each program

Age Range: 14-21

Technique: Classical and contemporary ballet

Performance opportunities: With TBT School, TBT Company, community engagements

Tuition: $4700-$6600, merit and need based scholarships available

Room/board: Not offered

Alumni: TBT, Kansas City Ballet, Alabama Ballet, Colorado Ballet, State Street Ballet, NW Arkansas etc.

Auditions: Required, in-person or by video: summer intensive highly recommended

Daily Schedule: Daytime ballet, pointe, variations, contemporary, conditioning and/or rehearsals 6 days a week. Optional additional classes during the evening.

Additional Opportunities: Company traineeship and apprentice consideration

Sacramento Ballet Second Company & Trainee Project .

Jill Krutzkamp

Sacramento, CA

Company Affiliation: Sacramento Ballet

Size: Second Company: 6 dancers. Trainee Project: 13-20 dancers.

Age Range: 17-23 years of age.

Technique: Ballet and Contemporary Ballet.

Performance opportunities: Dancers rehearse classical and contemporary works in preparation for our Performance Series. We learn and polish a great amount of repertoire that is repeated through the year, choreographed by notable choreographers in the field. Additionally, there is an annual choreographic workshop, where the trainees have the opportunity to choreograph on their fellow colleagues and perform these works as part of the performance series. Additionally, performance opportunities include Nutcracker, other full length productions, as well as the pre-show for the annual Beer and Ballet production alongside the main company

Tuition: Second Company: Full Tuition Scholarship + Stipend. Trainee Project: Full-price tuition is $5,500 per year.

Room/board: Dancers will be responsible for finding their own housing. Dancers are urged to consider the availability of public transportation routes to Sacramento Ballet, safety and security, and cost when selecting accommodations.

Auditions: Contact: [email protected] for more information.

Daily Schedule: Monday-Friday: 9:30AM-4:00PM. Saturday’s: 9:30AM-12:15PM. Dancers will be expected to rehearse until 6:10PM when performing in Sacramento Ballet’s full-length ballets.

Additional Opportunities: Resume and audition assistance. Improvisation workshops. Videography and cinematography workshops. Health and wellness seminars. Pointe shoe seminars.

Saint Louis Ballet Professional Division

Tanya Strautmann

Chesterfield, MO

Company Affiliation: Saint Louis Ballet

Size: 15-20 students

Age Range: 18-22

Technique: Classical ballet technique, pas de deux, contemporary and variations

Performance opportunities: Saint Louis Ballet Company performances including The Nutcracker, Spring Season Performance, and outreach performances among other possible future new projects

Tuition: $335 per month for 9 months ($3015 school year)

Room/board: No room and board provided; host family opportunities and guidance provided

Alumni: BalletMet 2, Indiana University, Oklahoma University, University of Utah, Texas Christian University

Auditions: To audition please see the SLB PD website page to complete the submission form and provide a video class/performance link.

Daily Schedule: Monday – Friday 12:30-3:00pm, Saturday 12:45-3:00pm

School of Ballet 5:8 – Pre-Professional and Conservatory Programs

Julianna Rubio Slager

Orland Park, IL

Company Affiliation: Ballet 5:8

Age Range: 7-22

Technique: Classical Ballet, Contemporary, Pointe, Pas de Deux, Variations, Jazz, Modern, Progressing Ballet Technique, Ballet 5:8 Repertoire, Choreography, Composition, Pilates, Strength Training, Men’s Allegro and more.

Performance opportunities: School of Ballet 5:8 has several performing groups that invite dancers to perform throughout the school year including roles in two full-length original productions in the Spring and Winter. Additionally, several outreach performance opportunities are available.

Tuition: Detailed tuition and payment information is available by request. Some financial aid, work, men’s and merit scholarships are available.

Room/board: Not offered

Alumni: Alonzo King LINES Ballet, The School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Ballet 5:8, Boston Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Charlotte Ballet, Houston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, The Kirov School, Orlando Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet.

Auditions: Contact us to schedule placement classes or audition. Classes will run for 36 weeks August 22, 2022 through May 27, 2023.

Daily Schedule: Dancers train 6-30hrs per week depending on age and experience. Technique, pointe, variations, pas de deux, pilates, Progressing Ballet Technique, strength training, contemporary, modern, repertoire, men’s allegro and more are offered each year in a carefully constructed progression for dancers of every age and stage.

Additional Opportunities: School of Ballet 5:8’s Pre-Professional and Conservatory programs are comprised of world-class instructors, doctors, fitness trainers, physical therapists and mental health experts to give dancers the opportunity to grow emotionally, mentally and spiritually with well-rounded and scientific ballet education. Spaces are limited and applicants are encouraged to apply if they are intermediate through advanced dancers looking for a challenging and nurturing environment.

School of Cleveland Ballet Pre-Professional Division

Julia Tze

Cleveland, OH

Company Affiliation: Cleveland Ballet

Size: 200 students, 15 per class

Age Range: 8-22

Technique: Classical Ballet Technique, Pointe, Variations, Men’s Class, Modern, Jazz, Body Alignment, Conditioning, Character, Spanish Dance

Performance opportunities: In-studio Monthly Presentations, End-of-the-Year Performance, Community Events, Story Ballets, Cleveland Ballet Company Performances

Tuition: $220-$600 per month

Room/board: Offered

Alumni: Cleveland Ballet, New York City Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet

Auditions: Required, year-round

Daily Schedule: Ranges between 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday’s

Additional Opportunities: Cleveland Ballet Youth Company, Trainee Program, Apprentices

School of Nashville Ballet Pre-Professional Division

Sarah Dey

Nashville, TN

Company Affiliation: Nashville Ballet

Size: 40

Age Range: 16-22

Technique: Curriculum includes technique, pointe, variations, partnering, and contemporary. Students receive supplemental training on a rotational basis in other disciplines such as floor barre, jazz, modern, conditioning, Pilates, yoga, and Nashville Ballet repertory.

Performance opportunities: Showcases at The Martin Center for Nashville Ballet at the end of the fall and spring semesters and main stage performances alongside the professional company

Tuition: $4,000-$6,000

Room/board: N/A

Alumni: Nashville Ballet, Ballet West, Houston Ballet, Butler University, Charlotte Ballet, Fort Wayne Ballet, Louisville Ballet, Ballet Idaho

Auditions: Required, year-round, video auditions accepted

Daily Schedule: Ranges between either 9:00-4:30p.m. or 2:00-7:30p.m.

Additional Opportunities: class assistant opportunities, resume writing/building, additional seminars, audition prep

School of Philadelphia Ballet

Melissa Chasse

Philadelphia, PA

Company Affiliation: Philadelphia Ballet

Size: Professional Program, 24; Trainees, 18

Age Range: 13–19

Technique: classical

Performance opportunities: community engagement, spring show, and with Philadelphia Ballet, including its production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

Tuition: 7800

Room/board: for summer session only

Alumni: Atlanta Ballet II, Ballet Austin, Philadelphia Ballet, Philadelphia Ballet II

Auditions: general auditions throughout the year. If necessary, individual auditions can be organized by calling the school.

Daily Schedule: 4+ hours per week; ballet technique, pointe, partnering, men’s classes, variations, modern, body conditioning

Additional Opportunities: traineeship, Philadelphia Ballet II

The HARID Conservatory

Gordon Wright

Boca Raton, FL

Company Affiliation: None

Size: Average of 40 students

Age Range: 14 – 18 years (academic grades 9 – 12)

Technique: Vaganova-based ballet

Performance opportunities: Two series of performances are presented each year. (

Tuition: None

Room/board: $13,500



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The Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory

Donna Mattiello

Torrington, CT

Company Affiliation:

Size: 50, 15 – 25 per class

Age Range: 13-21

Technique: Vaganova, with contemporary influence

Performance opportunities: The Nutcracker, spring and summer series

Tuition: TBD See website for details

Room/board: TBD See website for details

Alumni: Boston Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ballet West,

Auditions: In-person, virtual and video

Daily Schedule: Morning academics for high-school age students. Pre-class stretching, technique, men’s, pointe and partnering in afternoon. Repertoire in evening. Weekly modern/Pilates classes

The Rock School for Dance Education

Alisa Moore

Philadelphia, PA

Company Affiliation: N/A

Size: 75-100 students in program, 20-35 per class

Age Range: 12-19

Technique: Amalgamation of Romantic, Classical and Neo-Classical Training

Performance opportunities: Nutcracker 1776, Spring Showcase, Annual Gala, RockReach Outreach Performances and Lecture Demonstrations, Community Partnerships

Tuition: $8,050

Room/board: $20,750

Alumni: Principal dancers currently in American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Boston Ballet, English National Ballet in addition to scores of graduates dancing in companies world-wide.

Auditions: Required

Daily Schedule: 10:30 AM-5:30 PM Monday through Friday, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM Saturday; classes include ballet technique, pointe, men’s, variations, partnering & contemporary

Additional Opportunities: Rock Academics, YAGP, Summer Ballet Intensive, Locations in Philadelphia and West Chester, PA

Tulsa Ballet Center for Dance Education: Trainee Program

Colleen Lahti

Tulsa, OK

Company Affiliation: Tulsa Ballet

Size: 15-20 students

Age Range: 17-22

Technique: Based on the Russian system

Performance opportunities: Winter presentation, spring showcase, community events and performances with Tulsa Ballet and Tulsa Ballet II

Tuition: $5,040 per year

Room/board: Not offered

Alumni: Tulsa Ballet, Houston Ballet, Texas Ballet Theater

Auditions: To schedule, call school at 918.712.5327, or see website for audition locations

Daily Schedule: 30+ hours per week in ballet, pointe, variations, repertoire and contemporary

Additional Opportunities: Tulsa Ballet II (Tulsa Ballet’s second company)

Young Dancers Initiative

Irene Roberts

Ann Arbor and Kalamazoo, MI

Company Affiliation: Jodie Randolph Dance

Size: 3-15 company members accepted per location

Age Range: 13-18, students must be in high school at the start of their first season

Technique: Contemporary and Modern

Performance opportunities: Company members perform in both the Kalamazoo and Ann Arbor annual concerts in December, the Midwest Regional Alternative Dance Festival, Emerging Choreographers Project Choreographic Residency performance, collaborative community performances, and community outreach performances

Tuition: Training Track: $175/mo for a full year contract (classes only, no performance), Performance Track: $250/mo for a full year contract

Room/board: Not available

Alumni: Past students have received advanced placement in the dance programs at Pointe Park University, Western Michigan University, Wayne State University, University of Michigan, the Joffrey Ballet School Training Program, and other notable university and professional training programs

Auditions: Kalamazoo: May 28, 2022 Ann Arbor: May 29, 2022, Auditions required for all company members. Additional audition opportunities available upon request

Daily Schedule: As a supplemental training program, YDI dancers are required to attend a minimum of two ballet classes and one modern class at a dance school of their choice. Additional study in jazz dance and improvisation are highly encouraged. Kalamazoo company schedule: Saturdays, classes 12 PM – 1:30 PM, rehearsals 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM, Ann Arbor Company Schedule: Sundays, classes 1 PM – 3 PM, rehearsals 3 PM – 5 PM, Spring Specialty Workshops scheduled based on company member availability

Additional Opportunities: Admission to the YDI summer intensive, creative residency with a renowned choreographer, weekly classes with guest instructors, mentoring by company leaders and professionals working in the industry, specialty workshops on dance technology, teaching, business, and choreography, immersive study trip (when available), professional photo shoot experiences and high quality performance video, volunteer opportunities, internship opportunities, college prep mentoring and resources, flexibility to participate in outside performances.