Pre-Professional Division
Academic Options

High School

For students still working toward their high school diploma, the Academy recommends the following academic options. Please note that these are not the only options available; if students are currently enrolled in an academic program that works for them, they are welcome to continue with that while attending our program. Home schooled or part-time college students are also eligible for this program.

Please contact Ruth Gibbs, Academy program manager, at 704.414.2770 with any questions or to request additional information.

Indiana University High School Correspondence Program

The Indiana University High School Correspondence Program is a highly accredited college preparatory program. Students work on their studies before and after their dance classes each day using the various textbooks and online programs that Indiana University offers. The Academy also has its own library that students can use for studying, wireless internet access and checking out books and other reference materials.

Northwest School of the Arts

Northwest School of the Arts (NWSA) is a perfect option for students seeking a traditional classroom environment. NWSA is a small, comprehensive secondary school with an enrollment of 1,200 serving grades 6-12. Students fulfill their artistic requirements through the Charlotte Ballet Pre-Professional classes and their academic requirements through NWSA. At NWSA, students are valued as individuals and have personal connections to faculty and staff. NWSA is a public magnet school within the Charlotte Mecklenburg School System with no additional fees to the student or family.

NWSA offers an A-day, B-day schedule of academics to allow the student the opportunity to study four core subjects each semester. Each student’s academic needs can be individually handled with the expert help of the NWSA student counselor. Previous high school credits can be transferred to NWSA from anywhere in the country.

Weekly schedule with NWSA:
  • Monday–Friday
  • 9:30–Noon        Charlotte Ballet classes
  • 12:20–4 PM       Northwest School of the Arts academic classes
  • 4:15–7 PM    Charlotte Ballet classes


UNC CHARLOTTE PROGRAM for college students

Earn an undergraduate certificate in ballet while pursuing a university degree.

Charlotte Ballet Academy and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte are offering an exciting program to college students enabling them to earn an undergraduate certificate in ballet while pursuing a university degree.

The Professional Training Certificate in Dance, equivalent to sixteen elective credit hours in the college degree, allows students to train, rehearse and perform with a professional school and company. Charlotte Ballet is the only professional dance company in the Southeast with an affiliated school that offers this kind of certification in conjunction with a major university.

Click here for more information on UNC Charlotte’s Dance program.

Program Courses

Any new or continuing undergraduate or graduate student enrolled at UNC Charlotte may audition for the certificate program, regardless of the degree the student is pursuing.

Upon passing an audition for acceptance into the UNC Charlotte/Charlotte Ballet program, students will take advanced level dance classes at the Academy. In addition, some select certificate students will have the opportunity to perform with Charlotte Ballet’s Repertory Ensemble and in Charlotte Ballet’s production of Nutcracker and other full-length ballets.

The certificate program will expand the range of opportunities for those wanting a college education, as well as a high level of professional ballet training.

With the establishment of Charlotte Ballet II, certificate students will have the unique opportunity to be considered for employment with this Company.

The Professional Training Certificate in Dance is a two-year, sixteen credit hour program, with the option to continue for an additional two years. All credits contribute towards the university degree as dance or general university elective credits.

Course descriptions are as follows:
Dance 3201-3202

Professional Training Certificate in Dance
Prerequisite: Audition and DANCE 2201 or permission of department chair. Both courses must be taken sequentially during the same academic year.

First year of a two-year program of pre-professional technical dance training in ballet, performance experience and professional dance company observation with Charlotte Ballet. Emphasis on adagio vocabulary and partnering skills. (Fall-Spring) (8 credit hours)

Dance 4201-4202

Professional Training Certificate in Dance
Prerequisite: DANCE 3202 and audition or permission of department chair. Both courses must be taken sequentially during the same academic year. Continuation of DANCE 3201-3202 with emphasis on allegro vocabulary, technical precision of complex combinations and advanced performance work culminating in the Undergraduate “Professional Training Certificate in Dance.” (Fall-Spring) (8 credit hours)

Department of Dance & Theatre

The Department of Dance and Theatre at UNC Charlotte offers the Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in dance, dance education, theatre or theatre education. Courses of study allow for students to double major, pursue a minor or enroll (upon audition acceptance) in the Professional Training Certificate in Dance.

The dance faculty members hold terminal degrees in dance and have performed and choreographed professionally. A new performing arts building which will serve as a focal point for the University is now open. The facility will house state-of-the-art studios, laboratory performance spaces, lecture rooms and a superb proscenium theatre.

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is located eight miles from uptown Charlotte on a 1,000-acre, wooded campus. Ranked as one of the top academic institutions in the Southeast, UNC Charlotte offers more than 80 degree programs.

The faculty brings real world knowledge and up-to-date experience into the classrooms and studios as they are actively engaged in research and community service. With 17,000 students, UNC Charlotte is large enough to offer diversity, a wealth of programs, and an array of extracurricular activities. But with a low student faculty ratio of 16 to 1, the University is also known for its friendly atmosphere and the individualized attention which each student receives.

Charlotte, North Carolina

Charlotte is a city of dynamic growth with a metropolitan population of over a million people. As the second largest banking center in the U.S., it is known as one of the fastest growing business and arts communities in the nation. Ranking number one nationally in corporate giving for the arts and sciences, Charlotte boasts fine museums, symphony orchestras, opera, theater and dance companies.

Nationally and internationally acclaimed artists along with tours of current Broadway shows are presented at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Spirit Square, Ovens Auditorium and at other venues. Professional sports teams, terrific restaurants and great shopping provide the added extras to Charlotte’s cosmopolitan vitality. With a moderate climate allowing for year-round outdoor activities, the city is in easy driving distance of pristine beaches and dramatic mountain vistas.

For additional information, please contact ayisha mcmillan cravotta, Academy director, at 704.414.2776. You may also contact delia neil, UNC Charlotte associate professor/director of undergraduate studies, Department of Dance at 704.687.0216.