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 Apply

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.

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 2016 audition tour is completed, you could arrange a visit to our studios, to audition in person. In order to do this, please contact Carol Bellis (, (609)921-7758, ext. 14) 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 Summer Intensive Audition Tour begins. We will have a limited number of spots available and want to allot them fairly during our regular audition season. Please contact Carol Bellis (, (609)921-7758, ext. 14) to set up a fall visit.

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

Trainee Program: Sample Daily Schedule


9:30-11:00 Ballet – Douglas Martin
11:00-12:30 Modern Dance – Janell Byrne & guest teachers
or 11:00-3:00 Rehearsals with American Repertory Ballet
3:15-4:45 Ballet class -Douglas Martin
4:45 – 5:45 Partnering – Douglas Martin


9:30-11:00 Ballet – Kathleen Moore
11:00-12:00 Pointe/Variations -Kathleen Moore
or 11:00-3:00 Rehearsals with American Repertory Ballet
3:15 – 4:45 Ballet – Maria Youskevitch
4:45 – 5:30 Modern Dance & Pilates – Janell Byrne


9:30-11:00 Ballet – Mary Barton
11:00-12:00 Pointe – Mary Barton
or 11:00-3:00 Rehearsals with American Repertory Ballet
3:15 – 5:15 Ballet – Maria Youskevitch
5:15 – 5:45 Lecture/Discussion Series – Douglas Martin
(to include pointe shoe information, diet/health, audition advice, and dance history).

9:30-11:30 Ballet – Maria Youskevitch
or 12:00-3:00 Rehearsals with American Repertory Ballet
3:15 – 4:45 Ballet – Mary Barton
4:45 – 5:45 Pointe – Mary Barton

Day Off

8:45 – 9:45 Pilates Mat Work (optional) – Anthony Rabara
9:30 – 11:00 Advising Hours – Lisa de Ravel
11:00 – 12:30 Ballet- Kathleen Moore
12:30 – 1:30 Pointe & Variations -Maria Youskevitch
2:00 – 6:00 Rehearsals – Maria Youskevitch

11:00 – 12:45 Ballet – Douglas Martin
1:30 – 6:00 Rehearsals – Douglas Martin

This translates to approximately 35 hours of study per week (21 in studio classwork, 14 in rehearsal). Above schedule subject to change. Note: There will be regularly assigned appointments to talk with Lisa de Ravel, Dean of Students. There will also be drop-in time left to discuss issues that come up