Pre-Professional Ballet Program
BalletNova's Pre-Professional Ballet Program is one of the top training programs for serious young dancers in the Metropolitan Washington DC region.
Serious ballet training with the finest professional instructors in a nurturing and respectful environment is the hallmark of the BalletNova pre-professional program.
Current BalletNova students should have received a placement letter. If you need us to re-email this letter, please email admin@BalletNova.org
FALL SEMESTER: September 6, 2016 - February 5, 2017
New students must take an audition class before enrolling.
Please contact us at info@BalletNova.org to schedule an audition.
Our Junior through Conservatory Divisions offer intensive pre-professional ballet training that prepares young dancers for professional careers should they choose that path.
Our philosophy of teaching focuses on building not only technical strength and artistic excellence but also confidence and self-esteem. In addition to the professional experience and diverse backgrounds of our highly qualified faculty, our curriculum incorporates elements from the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum™ syllabus.
Conservatory Division students have the opportunity to audition to be members of BalletNova, our resident company, which gives students valuable stage experience in a professional setting. Many of our students have gone on to professional careers with internationally known companies, including Pacific Northwest Ballet, Boston Ballet, Dresden State Opera Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet, Ballet Met Columbus, and the Royal Ballet. Others continue on to college dance programs and pursue other dance and theatre related career paths.
The Junior Division ballet curriculum incorporates principles from today’s leading classical ballet training methods. It is an integrated curriculum of required classes spanning several years of training.
The curriculum is divided into levels to ensure that students are introduced to new skills in a manner appropriate to their physical, mental, and emotional development. Our program provides a strong foundation in classical ballet technique and overall dance education. Junior Division I, II and III classes incorporate beginning character and free movement work. Junior Division III female students begin preparing for pointe work, and Junior Division IV students are evaluated for progression onto pointe, which takes place in the 2nd half of the school year for those who are strong and old enough.
The program is designed to guide the developing dancer toward the pre-professional Senior and Conservatory Divisions. All listed classes for each Junior Division level are required. All Junior Division students are eligible to audition for the company’s production of The Nutcracker and participate in the Annual Student Performance in June.