Pre-Professional Division

Colorado Ballet€s Pre-Professional Division provides a necessary base to ease the transition from student to professional dancer in a focused, nurturing environment

Photo by Francisco Estevez Photography


Colorado Ballet Academy Pre-Professional Division is a daytime training program for career track students ages 13-20. CBA’s PPD provides the necessary training to transition students from the classroom to professional dancers and is geared toward developing ballet artists ready to take on the challenges of dance in the 21st century.

Acceptance into this program is by audition.

CBA offers two program options for aspiring professionals

Pre-Professional Division I
An afternoon program offered for students aged 13-16 with a schedule that allows for morning academic studies

Pre-Professional Divisions II & III
Daytime programs offered for students aged 14-20 who are enrolled in an online academic program or have graduated high school

Pre-Professional student by Francisco Estevez

Assessment for contracts with the Colorado Ballet

All Pre-Professional Division students are given the opportunity to work with Colorado Ballet’s artistic leaders, and qualified students are given first priority to openings in Colorado Ballet Studio Company. Studio Company members dance with Colorado Ballet as well as their own performances for organizations in the region.

Trainee positions

Eligible current Pre-Professional Division students are assessed each year by Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs for the opportunity to become a Trainee with Colorado Ballet for the following season. Trainees are Pre-Professional students who receive scholarships to train and work closely with Colorado Ballet and receive shoe allotments when performing with the Company. Depending on repertoire, Trainees may be required to take Company classes, as well as rehearse and perform with the Company in addition to training in the PPD. Trainees are given priority for Colorado Ballet Studio Company contracts.

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