Pre-Professional Program

Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy offers a robust Pre-Professional Program led by senior faculty member and Head of Training for Academy and Pre-Professional Divisions Tatiana Malinkine.

Intended for recent high school grads and high school students with alternative academic study options, the Pre-Professional Program offers daily intensive training to prepare young dancers for a second-company experience. The Pre-Professional Program educates, trains and prepares students for a career in professional dance.

Audition & Enrollment

Students must be advanced level dancers in high school or post-high school.  Ladies must have at least 4 years of intensive pointe training.

Due to increased popularity and demand, limited capacities due to COVID-19, and in order to be fair and considerate to all prospective applicants, Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy is requesting students to attend an additional in-person audition or submit supplemental materials in order to secure final acceptance and registration details. Please see Option 1 and Option 2 below for more information on how to audition or confirm your acceptance for the 2021-2022 Rolando Yanes Pre-Professional Program.

Prospective students will be contacted with their acceptance and registration materials no later than May 31st, 2021. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, space is limited, and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage prospective students to register with a first month’s tuition payment as soon as possible upon receipt of their acceptance and registration materials to secure their place. Please contact Alyx Johnson, MBSA Administrator, with any questions.

  • Option 1: Video Submission

    To submit video materials, please complete the online form here. Video submissions are due by April 2, 2021.

    Video Guidelines
    Video length should be 10-15 minutes with combinations shown on one side.

    • Barre Work: plies, tendus, adagio, and grand battement
    • Center Work: pirouettes en dehors and en dedans, adagio, small and medium allegro, and grand allegro (32-64 bars including diagonal of turning steps)
    • Pointe Work, if applicable: echappe, retire, double pirouettes en dehors and en dedans
    • Variation of choice

    Additional Materials
    Please include a headshot and a photo in first arabesque (en pointe, if applicable).

  • Option 2: In-Person Audition at Milwaukee Ballet

    If you are interested in attending this audition, please email Alyx Johnson for details. Advanced registration required; spaces are limited.

    Sunday, April 18, 2021
    Baumgartner Center for Dance | 128 N Jackson St
    Check-In | 12:00-12:30
    Audition | 12:30-2:00pm

Program Highlights
  • Daily classes in ballet, pointe or men’s work
  • Weekly classes in variations
  • Guest teachers in various other dance styles
  • Outstanding international faculty
  • Inspiring live musical accompaniment
  • Small class size provides focused individual attention
  • Audition opportunities for Milwaukee Ballet Company productions
  • New, state-of-the-art studios at Baumgartner Center for Dance
Standard Schedule

8:15-9:15am | Pilates (Select days)
9:30-11:00am | Ballet
11:15-12:15pm | Pointe/Virtuosity*
12:15-1:00pm | Lunch Break
1:00-2:00pm | Repertoire
2:15-3:15 | Style Class**

*Pas de deux or Men’s class as enrollment and COVID-19 restrictions allow.
**Style classes include Variations Hip Hop, African, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Jazz, Character, Dance History & Appreciation, etc.

Schedule subject to change.

2020-21 Tuition

September – May | 9 monthly payments of $805 | September tuition is due at the time of registration.
Includes all classes, rehearsals, all costumes and performance participation.
Online applications for financial assistance are available for the 2021-22 program starting in Summer 2021.
Students must secure their own housing, food, transportation, dance attire and shoes.

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