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Pre-Professional Program

The Pre-Professional Division is open to students by audition only and offers intensive study in ballet, pointe, male and female variations, pas de deux, men’s technique, modern, and jazz. Students train with some of the dance world’s most renowned instructors such as Patricia McBride, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, Dwight Rhoden, Mark Diamond and Kathryn Moriarty. Students have the opportunity to perform with NC Dance Theatre as well as with their own performing company, the North Carolina Dance Theatre Repertory Ensemble, an honor company with RDA/SERBA. Scholarships are available for this division based on merit and financial need.

The Pre-Professional Division was developed to prepare students for professional careers in dance. Students are evaluated on the following criteria to determine eligibility for this intense level of training:

  • Natural physical attributes such as flexibility, coordination, body proportion, arch of the foot, line of the leg, muscle strength, stamina, jump, turn-out
  • Musicality
  • Focus, level of discipline, ability to learn quickly
  • Commitment level which includes desire, drive, passion for the art form, attendance record

Students in this Division are primarily training for professional performing careers in classical ballet or modern dance but are also encouraged to pursue their interests in teaching, choreography or arts administration. Students are counseled during the course of their training to prepare for college as well as for professional careers in dance.