Pre-Trainee Program

Auditions required
Students chosen for the Pre-Trainee program have shown exceptional potential and discipline. This program has been designed as a full day program to allow students to have more extensive and exclusive training throughout the day. Students will train 4.5 hours every week day as well as 4 hours on Saturday. Training will include ballet, pointe, variations, stretch and strength, repertoire and contemporary. Students entering into this level are selected by the Artistic Director. Participation as a Pre-Trainee is not a requirement to be considered for the trainee program.

Trainee Program

Auditions required
Students enter into the Trainee Program when they have reached their highest potential, and have completed the technique required to endure the day-to-day life of a professional dancer. In this level, students will work on furthering their knowledge of classical and contemporary repertoire, and learn how to connect their technical expertise with their artistry. Students in this level will be given more opportunities to perform. This will occasionally include performances with the Company as well as PBII. More performance experience allows them to fully understand what is required of them in the professional world.

*Please note: Ages listed are approximate. The School will place students into levels based upon individual ability.

To schedule an audition, contact Joanne Smith, School Manager, at 215.587.6942 or

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