About Professional Training Division
The Professional Training Division was developed to give dancers age 16-20 a comprehensive program designed to further develop technique, strength and artistry in a rigorous pre-professional environment. Dancers selected for this program are chosen for their talent and potential to pursue a career in professional dance. The focal point of this program is to develop students into artists, and assist them in their transition to professional dancers with Nashville Ballet or other professional dance companies.
Where Will This Take You?
Students who graduate from our Professional Training Division have advanced into pre-professional and professional careers at Nashville Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Ballet Tucson, Texas Ballet Theater, ABT Studio Company, Ballet West, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Cleveland Ballet, Columbia Classical Ballet, Ballet Nebraska, and California Ballet of San Diego. Students have also gone on to attend college programs including Pointe Park University and University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
Comprehensive curriculum includes technique, pointe, variations, partnering and contemporary. In addition, students receive supplemental training on a rotational basis in other disciplines such as floor barre, conditioning, cardio, yoga and Nashville Ballet repertory.
Students also receive education in dance history, resumé writing, media training, audition tips, nutrition, video observation and other topics relevant to dance professionals.
Education Outside of the Studio
Recognizing that education is an important part of each student's development Nashville Ballet has a unique partnership with Belmont University that allows dancers to apply their dance experience toward earning a Bachelor’s degree while dancing in Nashville Ballet's Professional Training Division. Dancers can pursue a degree through part-time enrollment and flexible class schedules. Click here for more information.
Dancers have the opportunity to perform with the main company in Nashville’s Nutcracker. They have their in-studio showings each October, and Spring in collaboration with NB2. In addition, students have the opportunity to perform in Outreach & Education programs throughout the community with members of Nashville Ballet’s official second company.
The Professional Training Division meets Monday through Friday with approximately six hours of required daily classes. This schedule allows participants to attend classes or work a part-time job later in the day.
Admission & Tuition
Admission to the Professional Training Division is by audition only. Auditions are available through our Master Class Audition Tour or by appointment. Students may be accepted directly into the Professional Training Division at the audition or after attendance at our Summer Intensive. Tuition ranges from $5000 - $6000 annually depending on if a student has attended the Summer Intensive, and merit scholarships are available.
Footwear for Gentlemen & Ladies:
- Bloch Dansoft full sole ballet shoes in pink (ladies) or white (gentlemen)
- Pointe shoes upon teacher approval
- Black nylon/cotton blend socks for contemporary class
- White fitted T-shirts (no logos)
- Black convertible tights*
- White socks
*Black convertible tights are also worn in Contemporary class
- Any color and style leotard, neat
- Ballet skirts (any color)
- Body Wrappers tights A45 (adult) or C45 (child) in Theatrical Pink
- Black convertible tights, black socks (Contemporary class only)
- Practice tutus are required by October 1; we recommend Tutu.com, Primadonna or Grishko .
For more information, please contact the School Registrar at (615) 297-2966 x203 or School@NashvilleBallet.com