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: 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.

Auditions are offered to prospective, eligible students free of charge. Review the audition options for the 2022-23 Pre-Professional Program below, or email Alyx Johnson, MBSA Administrator, with any questions.

  • Video Audition Submission

    To submit video materials, please email Alyx Johnson to request the online submission link.

    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: 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).

  • In Person Auditions

    In-person auditions for the 2023/24 season will be announced soon.

  • Experience Days: April 21 & 22

    Prospective students that attend Experience Days will immerse themselves in the program. Advanced registration required; spaces are limited.

    Experience Days for the 2023/24 season will be announced soon.

    Attend one or both days!
    Baumgartner Center for Dance
    128 N Jackson St, Milwaukee

    Dress Code
    Any style black leotard with pink tights and shoes or skin-tone tights and shoes,
    or a fitted, white T-shirt with black tights and shoes.

    Students should bring their own flat ballet shoes, pointe shoes (if applicable), low heel character shoes, knee length black character skirt, clean, non-marking sole sneakers, and jazz shoes.

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*
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 health and safety restrictions allow.
**Style classes include Variations, Flamenco, Hip Hop, African, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Jazz, Character, Dance History, Career Seminar, and more.

Schedule subject to change.

2022-23 Tuition

September – May | 9 monthly payments of $822 plus a one-time $25 registration fee | September tuition and the registration fee are due at the time of registration.

Includes all classes, rehearsals, all costumes, and performance participation. Students must secure their own housing, food, transportation, dance attire and shoes.

Online applications for financial assistance will be available for the 202/24 program starting June 2023.

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