Pre-Professional Program

Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy offers a robust Pre-Professional Program that educates, trains and prepares students for a career in professional dance.

Intended for recent high school graduates and current high school students with alternative academic study options, the program offers daily intensive training led by senior faculty member and Head of Training for Academy and Pre-Professional Divisions Tatiana Jouravel-Malinkine.

Inside Look: 2021 Pre-Professional Program

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 cover letter, resume, and photos (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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