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Pre Professional Frequently Asked Questions

Pre-Professional Program Frequently Asked Questions

What is the maximum number of students enrolled in the program?

The maximum number is 30 students.

What is the maximum number of students in each class?

The program is divided into two groups, with between 10-20 students per class.  Groups are sometimes combined.  Students are leveled according to age, ability, and company readiness.

What is the total annual cost of the program? 

The cost is $7,500 for the school year, which includes 26 hours per week of class time in addition to Winter and Spring performances, regional performance events and multiple performances in our Black Box Theater throughout the year.  Additional costs include housing, meals, transportation and activities.

Are Pre-Professional Division students invited to join the Studio Company?

Yes, the 2016/2017 program promoted four students into the Studio Company for the 2017/2018 year.  Company Artistic Director, Gil Boggs, keeps an eye on the talent in the Pre-Professional Division and the development of these students. 

Do Students perform in main company productions?

Yes, our Pre-Professional division students are asked to perform in full-length company productions such as The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, and The Sleeping Beauty. Students are chosen by the company artistic staff for these roles.

How are students chosen for the Pre-Professional Division?

We look at dancers with regard to previous classical ballet training, coach ability, physical attributes, strength, focus and potential for a successful career in ballet.  Students may audition online through, at our Summer Intensive or at an audition site listed on our website.  Students to may also be allowed to audition in a regularly scheduled class with current students during the school year.

How do auditions work for the Pre-Professional Division?

Students may audition during our Summer Intensive or via video which can be submitted through Students who auditioned for our Summer Intensive, were placed in our highest level and who checked that they were interested in the Pre-Professional Division are examples of students invited to participate in the program.  Many students interested in our program are either graduating high school this spring or are already enrolled in online academics for high school.

Where do Pre-Professional Division students live and go to school who aren't from Denver?

Generally about half of our PP students are in high school since they can start with us as young as 14.  We leave it to parents and students to choose the right online program for them and Colorado Ballet does not provide tutors or academic counselling.  There is a great apartment complex where a nice group of Company, Studio Company and Pre-Professional students live just two blocks from our studios called the Parkway Marquis.  Dancers share two to four students to a two-bedroom apartment.  Apartment stays are unchaperoned.  Host family living, where a student may rent a bedroom through an Academy family, is sometimes preferred for students under 17. 

When can students join the Division?

At the start of each semester beginning in September or January.


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