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.

All auditionees will be contacted with their audition results by April 29, 2022.

  • Video Audition Submission

    To submit video materials, please complete this online form no later than April 30.

    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).

  • In Person Audition: March 19

    Saturday, March 19, 2022
    Check-In 3:30pm | Audition 4:00-5:30pm

    Baumgartner Center for Dance
    128 N Jackson St, Milwaukee

  • Experience Days: April 21 & 22

    Prospective students that attend Experience Days will immerse themselves in the program. Complete this online form to reserve your spot at Experience Days. Advanced registration required; spaces are limited.

    Thursday, April 21 and Friday, April 22, 2022
    Attend one or both days!
    Baumgartner Center for Dance
    128 N Jackson St, Milwaukee

    Thursday Class Schedule
    8:15am Pilates
    9:30am Ballet
    11:00am Pointe or Men’s Class
    12:00pm Lunch Break
    12:30pm Character
    1:30pm Hip Hop
    2:45pm Repertoire

    Friday Class Schedule
    9:00am Ballet
    10:30am Pointe or Men’s Class
    11:30am Lunch Break
    12:00pm Classical Repertoire
    1:15pm Pilates
    2:00pm Jazz

    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/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.

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.
Online applications for financial assistance are available for the 2022-23 program starting June 2022.
Students must secure their own housing, food, transportation, dance attire and shoes.


GROHMANN TOWER APARTMENTS at Milwaukee School of Engineering
233 E. Juneau Ave, Milwaukee, WI  53202

Students ages 18+ only | Domestic and international students welcome
For additional information, please contact

Apartments are furnished with a bed, dresser, desk, and chair.  Each kitchen area also has a stove, refrigerator, and microwave.  An additional bed is added if the Apartment has two occupants.

  • Studio Apartment (2 occupants maximum): $1470 per month (with 2 occupants this would be $735 per month per person)
  • One-bedroom Apartment (2 occupants maximum): $1550 – $1800 per month  (with 2 occupants this would be $775 – $900 per month per person, depending on style/layout of apartment)

Milwaukee Ballet student residents must be on a meal plan.  The meal plan is all-you-can-eat in the Dining Commons in Campus Center.  Weekday meals include Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.  Weekends include Brunch and Dinner.  Late hours (7-10:30pm) include food options at Roscoe’s Grill.

  • 7-day Meal Plan (Sunday – Saturday): $1422 (3 months)
  • 5-day Meal Plan (Monday – Friday): $1020 (3 months)

Optional parking is available inside the Grohmann Tower for a fee of $603 for 9 months.

Each floor is secured by card swipe.  One needs to swipe one’s access card to gain access into the building, operate the elevator, and enter each floor.  For safety, there are cameras throughout the complex’s public spaces.

There are two full-time professionals in Grohmann Tower (building manager / maintenance). The building is staffed, cleaned, monitored, and maintained by 40+ student staff members known as Tower Assistants. Tower Assistants handle daily cleaning, furniture repair, painting, carpet cleaning, conference set-ups, certain trash removals, behavior/emergency response, snow shoveling, checking in/out of residents, tours, mailroom duties, front desk coverage, and special projects.

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