The highly competitive and audition-only Pre-Professional Program is a rigorous training program designed to prepare students for a professional career with Boston Ballet and in the ballet industry. The program attracts elite students from around the world who compete along with upper-level BBS students for the few open spots in this program each year.
Students train intensively, six days per week at the Company's headquarters in Boston's historic South End. Curriculum requirements include technique, pointe, variations, separate men’s classes, modern, character and Pilates/conditioning. Students also gain valuable skills from specific performance workshops by learning how to function in a corps de ballet, the importance of being an understudy, and developing a strong work ethic. Additional professional development lectures are offered to provide education in nutrition, injury prevention, and performance anxiety. Students are mentored in their next steps as they go through the audition process and prepare for the profession. Our annual Next Generation graduation performance features Pre-Professional Program students along with BBII at the Company’s home, The Boston Opera House.
Interested applicants must attend an audition. Merit scholarships are available based on audition. Financial assistance is available through an application process.
For the school year, BBS is approved to host international students age 17 and older. School administration assists with student's visa application.
Watch this video narrated by BBS Director Margaret Tracey to learn more.
Photo by Igor Burlak