Pre-Professional Division

The Pre-Professional Division is open to dancers ages 15-22 by audition only and offers intensive study in ballet, pointe, male and female variations, pas de deux, men’s technique, modern, and jazz. The purpose of our Pre-Professional program is to provide a transitional experience for dancers as they move from the academic ballet setting to the world of professional dance. It is also an opportunity to increase the stylistic range and versatility of a dancer by exposing them to a variety of dance styles in class, rehearsals, and performances. Students in this Division are primarily training for professional performing careers in classical ballet or modern dance but are also encouraged to pursue their interests in teaching and choreography.

Charlotte Ballet is known for its eclectic repertory and we are committed to preparing our dancers to be as versatile as possible not only for work with our own Company but to increase their chances for employment with other dance companies. By working closely with instructors such as Patricia McBridejean-pierre bonnefouxdwight rhoden, and mark diamond, students benefit not only from their expertise in the studio but also from their wisdom and professional support as offered in conferences, counseling sessions, and letters of reference. Not only do our students receive top training in dance, they also learn how to write a resumé, make an audition video, and all students receive mentoring from our professional Company members. Pre-Professional students have the opportunity to work and perform with the Charlotte Ballet main Company, learn the repertoire of Charlotte Ballet II, and are considered for future employment with the Company and Charlotte Ballet II.

Please contact ruth gibbs, Academy program manager, at 704.414.2770 with any questions.

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  • APPRENTICE – Training culminates in the Apprentice position, in which dancers attend biweekly company class and understudy professional dancers while also participating in the Pre-Professional Division class and repertoire schedule. Apprentices are often engaged to perform in Charlotte Ballet and Charlotte Ballet II company productions. The Apprentice is a full scholarship position.
  • TRAINEE – Trainees rehearse and perform original choreographic works and eclectic repertoire as part of Charlotte Ballet Repertory Ensemble. Trainees have opportunities to perform in Charlotte Ballet company productions. The Trainee is a tuition-based position for which Charlotte Ballet offers a limited number of scholarships.
  • CONSERVATORY – Conservatory is the entry position of the Pre-Professional Division. Conservatory dancers are members of the Charlotte Ballet Repertory Ensemble, and have opportunities to rehearse and perform with Charlotte Ballet in company productions. Select Conservatory students are invited to attend morning Pre-Professional classes in addition to their afternoon and Saturday schedule. Conservatory is a tuition-based position for which Charlotte Ballet offers a limited number of scholarships.
  • UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHARLOTTE CERTIFICATE IN DANCE – The UNC Charlotte Certificate Program is designed for the serious dancer who wishes primarily to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Certificate Program dancers are full-time students of UNC Charlotte who complete requisite credit hours by attending afternoon classes in Charlotte Ballet’s Pre-Professional Division.

Class Descriptions

  • PRE-PROFESSIONAL BALLET – Highest level of ballet offered with emphasis on strength, speed, artistry, and technical proficiency.
  • SUPPLEMENTAL CLASSES –  Contemporary Ballet, Composition, Repertory Class, Pointe, Variations, Pas De Deux, Men’s Technique/Variations. These classes are designed to further develop the most advanced student’s artistry and skill.
  • MODERN –  This class will offer the highest level of challenge in the modern medium and the students will be encouraged to find not only their technical best, but also a high performance level in their focus, projection and musicality.
  • JAZZ –  Highest level of Jazz instruction offered with challenging combinations, body strengthening and creative choreography.
  • CHARLOTTE BALLET REPERTORY ENSEMBLE –  Conservatory and Trainee dancers are required to participate in the Repertory Ensemble. This most advanced level student performing company has the privilege of working with Charlotte Ballet choreographers to prepare for performances at the annual Regional Dance America/Southeast Regional Ballet Association festival (RDA/SERBA). Charlotte Ballet Repertory Ensemble is proud to be an Honor company with RDA/SERBA. Ensemble members have their own schedule of appearances, including dance festivals, workshop performances, and an annual spring performance. The Repertory Ensemble also participates in the Academy’s annual Benefit Performance at the Patricia McBride and Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance.

Auditioning & Program Eligibility

Charlotte Ballet will accept a video audition for the 2016/2017 Pre-Professional Division June 2016 through August 2016. Submissions must include a completed Pre-Professional Division Audition Form, a $40 audition fee, a 4×6 headshot, and a 4×6 photo in first arabesque. Video auditions should be no longer than 15 minutes in length and must include a live introduction with name, age, years of study, and current place of study. Video should have center work including adagio, petite allegro, grand allegro, pirouettes (en dehors and en dedans), and pointe work for women. Men should include tour en l’air and allegro that includes beats and pirouettes. Video should also include one classical variation, and one contemporary ballet variation.

Please submit all audition materials together by mail:
Charlotte Ballet
16/17 Pre-Professional Division
Attn: Ruth Gibbs
701 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28202

If you prefer to submit your video audition materials via email, you may do so by submitting one video link. Video auditions sent in separate/multiple links will not be reviewed. The video audition form and required photos (see above) must be submitted together as one PDF email attachment.

Dancers may audition in January and February 2016 either by video or in person in part of our National Audition Tour. Students are evaluated on the following criteria to determine eligibility for this intense level of training:

-Natural physical attributes such as flexibility, coordination, body proportion, arch of the foot, line of the leg, muscle strength, stamina, jump, turn-out
– Musicality
– Focus, level of discipline, ability to learn quickly
– Commitment level which includes desire, drive, passion for the art form, attendance record

Those who are interested in the year-round program are encouraged to attend our summer intensive. The Academy uses the Summer Intensive as a time to evaluate dancers for acceptance into our year-round training programs at the Conservatory, Trainee, and Apprentice levels.

For further program information and audition inquiry, please contact Academy Program Manager, Ruth Gibbs.

Please note Charlotte Ballet Academy is not an SEVP certified school. 

Dress Code

Academy dress code attire is available for purchase at Morris Costumes (4300 Monroe Road, Charlotte, NC, 28205).

Women’s Ballet Class Attire
Item Brand Style Color
Leotard 1
(required for classes Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays)
Motionwear MW 2515 with custom logo. Available at
Morris Costumes only.
Leotard 2
(required for classes Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays)
MC 1000 with custom logo. Available at
Morris Costumes only.
Skirt Skirts are not  allowed except for variations/rehearsals
Tights Capezio #CP9C (youth sizes) Classic (ballet) Pink
Capezio #CP9 (adult sizes) Classic (ballet) Pink
Rehearsal Tutus

All female dancers in the Pre-Professional Division of the Academy are required to purchase a black rehearsal tutu to be used in pas de deux and variations classes and in rehearsals as needed. A tutu bag for storage should be purchased as well.

Women’s Hair

Slicked back into a tightly secured bun with no loose ends. Short hair must be slicked back and held in place with a headband or tiny ponytail.

Men’s Ballet Class Attire
Item Brand Style Color
Shirt M. Stevens #MS1441 (youth sizes) White and Black
M. Stevens #MS1442 (adult sizes)
or Leotard M. Stevens #MS3410 (adult sizes) White (cotton)
Footed Tights M. Stevens #MS1097 (youth sizes) Black (milliskin)
M. Stevens #MS1099 (adult sizes)
Dance belt Capezio #CPN5930 Nude
Bloch #BLB3914
Shoes Bloch #BL208L, #BL208M Black Leather
Modern Class Attire

Solid colored leotard, footless black tights or unitard, bare feet. Boys same as above, bare feet.

Jazz Class Attire

Solid colored leotard, black jazz pants, black jazz shoes, no sweatpants. Boys shirt same as ballet class attire.



$ 596.50

Monthly Installment*Afternoon/Saturday class only.
*Semi-Annual and Annual tuition payment plans also available.

Conservatory/Trainee Program

$ 703.50

Monthly Installment* *Semi-Annual and Annual tuition payment plans also available.

Repertory Ensemble

$ 300