Pre-Professional Division FAQ

Francisco Estevez

How are students chosen for Pre-Professional Division?

Students are assessed for the PPD based on their previous classical ballet training, ability to receive and apply correction, physical attributes, strength, focus, attitude, and overall potential for a successful career in ballet.

How do I audition for Pre-Professional Division?

Auditions are held across the country in specific locations in conjunction with our CBA Summer Intensive audition schedule. Please see schedule above. Students who auditioned for and attended SI may be invited to participate in the Pre-Professional Division. Please complete pre-registration for the city in which you are auditioning.

Arrangements may also be made for a student to audition by attending a regularly scheduled class during the school year. Please contact the CBA Administration for requests to schedule an audition or shadow day by emailing

Students may audition online, see details and deadline above.

How are Pre-Professional students chosen for Trainee?

Eligible 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 must be current Pre-Professional students in order to be considered.

Where do Pre-Professional Division Students live and go to school?

Most PPD 2 & 3 students participate in an online high school program. Parents and students choose the online program best suited to their individual needs. Colorado Ballet Academy does not provide tutors, however, teachers from Denver Online Highschool visit CBA once per week during the lunch/study break provided in the schedule.

The schedule for PPD 1 allows those attending school to customize their education.

The Parkway Marquis is an apartment complex where current Company, Studio Company and Pre-Professional students live, located just two blocks from Colorado Ballet’s studios and two blocks from King Soopers. Students typically share a two-bedroom apartment with up to four students. Apartment stays are unchaperoned and arranged by the student. Other apartment options are also available within walking distance.

Students may have the opportunity to stay with a host family or rent a room from a CBA family. These opportunities vary from year to year. Please contact the CBA Administration if you are interested in staying with a host family.

When are students able to register for Pre-Professional Division?

Upon invitation to the program, students may register as soon as they receive the registration link. Mid-year acceptance into the program is possible depending on availability, however, priority is given to students who attend the entire school year.

Are scholarships available?

Scholarships are offered based upon merit and skill.

How many opportunities do PPD students have to perform?

PPD students have approximately four Saturday Soiree performances, three Fall Feature performances, and two Spring Production performances as part of their curriculum. Additionally, PPD students may perform in several First Friday performances throughout the year, YAGP or DBG performances, community showings, and Colorado Ballet Company productions.

Can Colorado Ballet Academy and PPD students participate in Youth America Grand Prix or Denver Ballet Guild?

Yes. CBA allows all their students to participate in YAGP or DBG. Auditions are held annually at the beginning of the Academy year. The auditions allow the CBA faculty to cast students in ensembles as well as guide each eligible student to choose variations suited to their age and skill level.

Do students need their own transportation?

Yes. Colorado Ballet Academy does not provide transportation for students; however, Denver is a thriving city with a well-established public transportation system that includes RTD Bus & Light Rail. There are several very nice apartment complexes within a few blocks of Colorado Ballet, a large grocery store, and artistic and cultural entertainment. Downtown theaters, museums, attractions, and shopping are a 15-20 minute walk from the studios.

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