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 McBride, Laszlo Berdo, Kati Mayo 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. Our students receive top training in dance, and 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.


  • 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.

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

There are currently no openings for our 2017/2018 Pre-Professional Division. 

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
17/18 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 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 highly 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.

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

Dress Code

Academy dress code attire is available for purchase at M.A.Zing Dancewear, 101 N Main St Monroe, North Carolina, NC 28112.

Women’s Ballet Class Attire
Item Brand Style Color
Leotard 1
(required for classes Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays)
 WearMoi Faustine OR Emeraude Black
Leotard 2
(required for classes Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays)
 WearMoi Faustine OR Emeraude Maroon
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 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 Eurotard OR WearMoi Crew Neck Top OR Conrad White AND Black
Footed Tights Eurotard OR WearMoi Footed Euroskins OR Orion Black
Dance belt Capezio #CPN5930 Nude
Bloch #BLB3914
Shoes Bloch #BL208L, #BL208M Black Leather

Tuition Rates 2017/2018




SERBA PARTICIPATION FEE: Total charge of $1,000

Monthly: $703.50 ($6331.50 in total)
First month charged with registration. Automatic monthly payments continue on the first of each month from September 1, 2017 – April 1, 2018 (9 payments in total).

Semi-Annual: $3009 ($6018 in total)
First payment is due with registration. Second payment is automatically charged on December 15, 2017.

Annual: $5700
Total payment is due with registration.