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Trainee Program

Credit: George Jones (left and middle) and Valerie Ford (right).

About Princeton Ballet School's Trainee Program

Princeton Ballet School is the nation’s second largest nonprofit dance school. It was founded in 1954. In 1996, the school moved into spacious new quarters, with four dance studios and a dance library. The School has a highly qualified faculty, dedicated to providing the training necessary to allow gifted students to achieve their goal of a professional dance career.
 
The American Repertory Ballet is a nationally recognized professional ballet company with a rich history of classical, neo-classical and contemporary work. The strong classical training of its dancers enables ARB to perform 19th and 20th century class works like Raymonda and The Nutcracker, while a distinct American style to the company allows for a diverse repertory of neo-classic works including Balanchine, Arpino, narrative works by Loring and Jerry, and great contemporary dances by Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, director Douglas Martin, and emerging choreographers.

The Trainee Program is the bridge between the student phase of training and that of a professional career.  ARB Trainees start each day with intensive classes designed to polish technique and build strength. These classes are exclusively for the Trainee dancers with a focus on the individual participant. The Trainees finish each day with two more classes in our Professional Training Program, the most advanced of our non-Trainee classes. These classes also include ballet, pointe/variations, partnering and modern dance. In between the two class segments of the day, Trainees join ARB company rehearsal where they understudy company roles. This exposes the Trainee to the expectations of a professional company, learning repertory, polishing technique and performance skills in the more intense professional atmosphere. Trainees also participate in the ARB Workshop, which is our pre-professional performance group.

How to Audition

We feel strongly that the best time to join the Trainee program is during our Summer Intensive.  Therefore, we consider the Summer Intensive Audition tour to be the most appropriate moment for us to view your work.  The schedule of auditions for winter 2015 will be posted soon, please pre-register for the one nearest you. 
 
If you are not able to attend one of these auditions, you can send us a video link, YouTube or Vimeo URLs accepted.  You will still need to fill out an Audition Form and pay a $30 audition fee. 
 
Or, if you have navigated to this page after the 2015 audition tour is completed, you could arrange a visit to our studios, to audition in person.  In order to do this, please contact Mary Pat Robertson (mrobertson@arballet.org) to set up an appropriate time.  The audition fee is $30.
Although we are allowing dancers to visit our studios and observe Trainee class during fall semester, we are not formally auditioning any dancers before the 2015 Audition Tour begins.  We will have a limited number of spots available for the 2014 entering group, and want to allot them fairly during our regular audition season.  Please contact Mary Pat Robertson (mrobertson@arballet.org) to set up a fall visit.

Click to download the Trainee Program Brochure

Click to see a typical Weekly Trainee Schedule

Click to learn more about the Current Trainees and Trainee Program Graduates

Please call 609.921.7758 for tuition information and scholarship availability. Housing not provided.

 

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