Colorado Ballet

Pre-professional Program

Pre-professional Trainee Program

Photo by Francisco Estevez PhotographyStudents must be in high school to be invited to join the pre-professional trainee program and must meet the minimum standards regarding pointe work (for girls) and the physicality generally considered necessary for professional success in classical ballet. 

Several of our pre-professional students this fall will participate in online academic programs to allow for more concentration on their ballet training.

When not in a concentrated academic environment, students will attend 2 daily ballet technique classes, augmented with pointe, pirouette and allegro, pas de deux, modern, character, pilates, variations and choreography classes taught by Colorado Ballet Academy faculty members as well as occasional guest artists. Pre-professional trainees may be invited to perform with the Colorado Ballet Company when repertory permits. They may also perform in outreach programs at schools, community centers, and special events, as well as their own full evening performances. Our year-long program culminates in the entire schools Spring Showcase performance in mid-May. At the end of each year, pre-professional students are given first priority for openings in the Colorado Ballet Studio Company as well as admittance to the following year's program. 

Our all inclusive training program provides a necessary base to ease the transition from student to professional dancer in a focused nurturing environment. Housing and billeting options are available on request. Click here to download a registration form.

Studio Company members work directly with the Company throughout its season and perform with the corps de ballet as well as community sponsored performances.

For more information or to schedule an audition, please contact Academy Director Valerie Madonia at

Sample Daily Schedule:

9:30 - 11 a.m. Ballet
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Pointe
12 - 1 p.m. Lunch
1 - 4 p.m. Academics
4 - 8 p.m. (these times are approximate) Evening classes with level 7 Academy students, which include Ballet, Modern, Contemporary

Saturdays include Ballet and Choreography as well as an opportunity for semi private coaching.

After daily ballet class, rotations will include: Variations, Pas de Deux, Rehearsal, Conditioning, Art History, French language, Theatre Arts, Character.

Stage Experience

Colorado Ballet Academy offers the unique opportunity to gain stage experience at a young age with our acclaimed professional ballet company as well as through student showcase performances and outreach programs. Students learn through coaching and observation the discipline imperative to preparing for performance, stage etiquette, confidence, and decorum which are inherent in performance environments.

The Nutcracker
Each year more than 60 students are selected to dance with Colorado Ballet in its celebrated production of The Nutcracker. Participation is only open to our students committed to our ballet program for the entire academic year, students are chosen by audition only, for ages 8 and up.

Student Showcase
The School produces an annual student showcase, it is open to a paying public. Our students and teaching faculty present age appropriate pieces to demonstrate student progress for each level of training.

Additional Opportunities
Other ballets that provide stage opportunities for students include Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake and Cinderella. Our pre-professional students may be selected to perform with  the Company and the Studio Company in some of Colorado Ballet’s largest productions.

In the fall of 2014, Academy students will have the opportunity to audition for roles in Colorado Ballet's A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Nutcracker.  Must be at least 8 years old and participate in our ballet program, which include levels 1-7.  Click here for more information.


Photos by Francisco Estevez Photography


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