Professional Training NB

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.

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, Ballet West, Pacific Northwest Ballet and ABT Studio Company.

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.

Supplemental Education
A unique partnership with Belmont University allows dancers to apply their dance experience toward earning a Bachelor’s degree while dancing at Nashville Ballet. Dancers can pursue a degree through part-time enrollment and flexible class schedules. Click here for more information.

Performance Opportunities
Dancers have the opportunity to perform with the main company in Nashville’s Nutcracker. They are also featured in the School of Nashville Ballet’s Spring Performance and host their own in-studio showing each October. In addition, students have the opportunity to perform in Outreach & Education programs throughout the community with members of Nashville Ballet’s official second company.

Daily Schedule
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. Tuition information for the 2015-2016 season is forthcoming.


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, Primadonna or Grishko .


For more information, please contact the School Registrar at (615) 297-2966 x203 or