Professional Trainee Program
Training Dancers for Today’s Ballet Companies
Our Professional Trainee Program is a specialized intensive year-round training program for serious female and male ballet students ages 12-20 who strive for the highest standard in classical ballet and contemporary ballet education, with the goal of a professional ballet career. Under the expert guidance of famed Russian ballet masters, students will receive world-class training in the Vaganova ballet method, studying both technique and artistry required for a career as a modern day professional dancer. Students will also participate in full-length performances, competitions, and an optional trip to Russia, as well as benefit from the new exchange program partnership developed between the Academy and Russia’s famed Perm Ballet Academy.
Working daily under our professional staff, students will develop the essential skills to fully explore and realize their greatest individual potential.
What Makes our Program Unique? Experience…Knowledge…Versatility
The level of education offered in our program is not available anywhere in the State of Michigan, and the instruction is on par with top international academies, with the unique aspect of being conducted in a small, supportive and personal environment. Our instructors are truly invested in each and every student, working hard to develop and nurture students individual talents. Our new faculty members are the only instructors in Michigan with such a substantial level of experience and knowledge – not only graduating from some of the best ballet academies in the world, but also a combined 75 years of experience as professional ballet dancers, performing the Principal roles in every major classical ballet, as well as Principal roles in works by Balanchine, Robbins, Forsythe, Possokhov, and multiple contemporary pieces. They have toured the world, performing throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America. Our instructors have their Masters in Teaching in Ballet Pedagogy from the esteemed Perm Institute of Arts and Culture, and have taught full-time for Russia’s Perm Ballet Academy, one of the top professional ballet academies in the world. Additionally, one of our newest faculty members – Mr. Ivan was nominated twice for “Gold Mask Award” as the “Best Male Ballet Dancer” of Russia. Their many years of experience, and versatility as dancers performing Principal roles in both classical and contemporary works, combined with excellence in teaching, award them the ability to pass along incomparable first-hand knowledge to their students, providing a truly unique experience for Michigan dancers.
AUDITION & ENROLLMENT
Acceptance is by audition only. To audition students may attend an open audition, or send a video. The program is open to advanced students. Scholarships are available for advanced level male students.