UNC Charlotte Program

Charlotte Ballet Academy and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte have an exciting partnership allowing both college and high school students to work toward receiving college credit while training at Charlotte Ballet Academy.


High School students registered in the Ballet 4 level or higher in the Academy may apply to the UNC Charlotte Escrow Program. If accepted, students can receive 4 credit hours per semester for their training hours spent at the Academy for a potential 16 hours of elective credit. The credit earned through the Escrow Program can be requested to transfer to another institution of higher learning upon high school graduation.


  • • The Escrow Program at UNC Charlotte provides an opportunity for highly qualified high school students to take college credit courses while still enrolled in secondary school. Applicants qualified for participation in this program are academically gifted and recommended by their high school principals or guidance counselors and the director of Charlotte Ballet Academy.
  • • The director of admissions at UNC Charlotte will determine the eligibility of each applicant based on standardized test scores (preferably PSAT, SAT or ACT testing), high school course selection and GPA, as well as the recommendations of the school principal or guidance counselor and the director of Charlotte Ballet Academy.
  • • Students need to submit a UNC Charlotte Escrow Application, one official high school transcript, official standardized test scores and a $50 application fee. Escrow students, who subsequently apply to UNC Charlotte as a freshman, will have their freshman application fee waived. Students may obtain a UNC Charlotte Escrow Application by directly emailing Tina McEntire, director of admissions. She will either send the Escrow Application directly to your email via a PDF file that you can print and complete or she will mail a paper application directly to your home. Please express your preference for delivery.  
  • • Once all materials (application, transcripts, scores, recommendations and fee) have been received by UNC Charlotte, Ms. McEntire will make a decision on the file and send a decision letter directly to the applicant’s home address with instructions for advising and registration. The student would then register for course: DANC 3201, which is the dance course offered in collaboration with Charlotte Ballet.  Also, Escrow students are allowed to register for other college-level courses at UNC Charlotte as approved by the Escrow Advisor.  Please note that if a student enrolls in courses other than the courses offered at Charlotte Ballet, the student must provide their own transportation to UNC Charlotte and pay for parking.
  • • The University tuition and fees for the dance course, for an in-state student, is approximately $585 per semester (costs are subject to slight increases each year). Students who enroll in more than one course per semester will pay higher tuition and fees.

If you are interested in registering for advanced level ballet classes at Charlotte Ballet Academy contact Ruth Gibbs, Academy Program Manager, via email.


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, principal, Charlotte Ballet Academy at 704.372.0101 x2776. You may also contact Delia Neil, UNC Charlotte associate professor/director of undergraduate studies, Department of Dance at 704.687.0216.