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Pre-Professional Division

Audition Required

Shaping the Artists of Tomorrow

Colorado Ballet Academy’s Pre-Professional Division provides diverse training to transform ballet dancers into true artists.
This division is offered across three levels and is open to students ages 12-20 who aspire to have a professional career in dance. 
 

AUDITIONS

Students are encouraged to audition for the Pre-Professional Division by participating in a Summer Intensive audition. After registering, you will receive a link to complete your audition form. You can opt to be evaluated for the Pre-Professional Division on this form. 

Other audition options include video submission. Short-term-study auditions are available by emailing preprofessionaldivision@coloradoballet.org 

PRE-PROFESSIONAL DIVISION I

Pre-Pro I is designed for dancers ages 13-15 and takes place in the afternoon to enable students to participate in morning academic classes. 

Students accepted into Pre-Pro I can expect to train approximately 20 hours a week with additional rehearsal hours for productions. Colorado Ballet Academy prioritizes individualized attention on every dancer in each class. A maximum of 12 students will study in an intimate studio setting and receive focused attention in classical ballet training, jazz, modern, character, contemporary, and conditioning. The Pre-Pro I curriculum also includes monthly performances as well as choreography and repertoire classes to give dancers opportunities to learn and perform as they prepare for their professional careers. 

PRE-PROFESSIONAL DIVISION II AND III

Pre-Pro II and III is designed for dancers ages 14-20 and takes place during the day. Students in this division must be enrolled in an online academic program or have already completed their high school career.  

Students enrolled in Pre-Pro II and III are immersed in a full training curriculum designed to transform their dancing into artistry and prepare them for the demands of what’s to come in their professional career. Dancers can expect to train for a minimum of 25 hours a week in a focused and intimate environment with an average of 18 students per class. Each dancer receives individualized attention in classical ballet training, necessary life skills and vital conditioning classes. Monthly performances are required and give dancers opportunities to learn and perform a wide range of repertoire as they prepare for their career. Additional time is always provided for students to fully engage in their academic schoolwork.  

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BOYS AND MEN'S TRAINING

Our Men’s Program is designed to support the physicality and athleticism necessary to maintain a professional career in dance. Males enrolled in the Pre-Professional Division are required to take technique and conditioning classes specifically designed for building technique as a male dancer. These classes are tailored to maximize each student’s potential while remaining mindful of the body’s limits and needs. Our facility provides a fully equipped room for body conditioning, pilates, weight lifting and cardio. Colorado Ballet Academy believes that training the body daily with proper form and technique is crucial for injury prevention and longevity.

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COLORADO BALLET

All Pre-Professional Division students are given the opportunity to work with Colorado Ballet’s artistic leaders. Qualified students are given first priority to openings in Colorado Ballet Studio Company. Studio Company is a paid position. Members dance in Colorado Ballet productions as well as their own performances in the region.

STUDIO COMPANY CONTRACTS

Pre-Professional Division students work with Colorado Ballet’s artistic leaders and are given first priority to openings in Colorado Ballet Studio Company. Studio Company positions are paid and members train and perform alongside Company dancers, as well as participate in additional performances across the region. 

Colorado Ballet Trainees are Pre-Professional students who receive scholarships to train and work closely with Colorado Ballet. Pre-Professional Division students are assessed each year by Artistic Director Gil Boggs to become a Trainee with Colorado Ballet for the following season. Trainees are often required to participate in Company technique classes, as well as rehearse and perform with the Company in addition to their training in the Pre-Professional Division. Trainees receive shoe allotments during performance runs with Colorado Ballet and are given top priority for Studio Company contracts. 

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PERFORMANCE

Colorado Ballet Academy values and prioritizes performance opportunities in order to allow dancers to achieve their greatest artistic growth. Pre-Professional students train with a series of rotating choreographers over each semester, culminating in monthly Saturday Soirée performances. Additional opportunities to perform and engage with the community include Fall Feature, First Friday Art Walks and an annual full-length production at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.  

LIFE IN DENVER

Students navigate life in Denver outside of the studio with Colorado Ballet Academy through organized day trips. Outings include traveling to the Rocky Mountains for the annual Pre-Pro hike, attending theater, opera and symphony performances at Denver Performing Arts Complex, and viewing art at local museums. Colorado Ballet Academy is located in the heart of the Santa Fe Arts District near downtown Denver where there are many options in walking distance for housing, grocery stores and entertainment. Students looking to board in Denver have apartment share options or can stay with a host family.

Pre-Professional Division I
Tuition: $5,995
Registration Fee: $100
Performance and Production Fee: $395
Activity Fee: $150 

Pre-Professional Division II and III 
Tuition: $7,995
Registration Fee: $100
Performance and Production Fee: $395
Activity Fee: $150 

*$1,000 non-refundable deposit and all fees due at time of registration.* 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How are students chosen for Pre-Professional Division?

Students are assessed for the PPD based on their previous classical ballet training, ability to receive and apply correction, physical attributes, strength, focus, attitude, and overall potential for a successful career in ballet.

How do I audition for Pre-Professional Division?

Auditions are held across the country in specific locations in conjunction with our CBA Summer Intensive audition schedule. Students who auditioned for and attended SI may be invited to participate in the Pre-Professional Division. Please complete pre-registration for the city in which you are auditioning.

Arrangements may also be made for a student to audition by attending a regularly scheduled class during the school year. Please contact the CBA Administration for requests to schedule an audition or shadow day by emailing academy@coloradoballet.org

Students may audition online, see details and deadlines under the audition tab.

How are Pre-Professional students chosen for Trainee?

Eligible Pre-Professional Division students are assessed each year by Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs for the opportunity to become a Trainee with Colorado Ballet for the following season. Trainees must be current Pre-Professional students in order to be considered.

Where do Pre-Professional Division Students live and go to school?

Most PPD 2 & 3 students participate in an online high school program. Parents and students choose the online program best suited to their individual needs. Colorado Ballet Academy does not provide tutors, however, teachers from Denver Online Highschool visit CBA once per week during the lunch/study break provided in the schedule.

The schedule for PPD 1 allows those attending school to customize their education.

The Parkway Marquis is an apartment complex where current Company, Studio Company and Pre-Professional students live, located just two blocks from Colorado Ballet’s studios and two blocks from King Soopers. Students typically share a two-bedroom apartment with up to four students. Apartment stays are unchaperoned and arranged by the student. Other apartment options are also available within walking distance.

Students may have the opportunity to stay with a host family or rent a room from a CBA family. These opportunities vary from year to year. Please contact the CBA Administration if you are interested in staying with a host family.

When are students able to register for Pre-Professional Division?

Upon invitation to the program, students may register as soon as they receive the registration link. Mid-year acceptance into the program is possible depending on availability, however, priority is given to students who attend the entire school year.

Are scholarships available?

Scholarships are offered based upon merit and skill.

How many opportunities do PPD students have to perform?

PPD students have approximately four Saturday Soiree performances, three Fall Feature performances, and two Spring Production performances as part of their curriculum. Additionally, PPD students may perform in several First Friday performances throughout the year, YAGP or DBG performances, community showings, and Colorado Ballet Company productions.

Can Colorado Ballet Academy and PPD students participate in Youth America Grand Prix or Denver Ballet Guild?

Yes. CBA allows all their students to participate in YAGP or DBG. Auditions are held annually at the beginning of the Academy year. The auditions allow the CBA faculty to cast students in ensembles as well as guide each eligible student to choose variations suited to their age and skill level.

Do students need their own transportation?

Yes. Colorado Ballet Academy does not provide transportation for students; however, Denver is a thriving city with a well-established public transportation system that includes RTD Bus & Light Rail. There are several very nice apartment complexes within a few blocks of Colorado Ballet, a large grocery store, and artistic and cultural entertainment. Downtown theaters, museums, attractions, and shopping are a 15-20 minute walk from the studios.

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