Official Training Program for the New York State Ballet
The Professional Training Program is for committed
dancers who wish to pursue a career as a professional
dancer. Successful students are highly motivated,
demonstrate an ability to maintain focus and
consistently attend class and rehearsals. Enrollment
in the Professional Training Program is by invitation
only from the Artistic Director. The AD, Katherine
Johnson, in conjunction with input from her faculty,
will evaluate current students for this opportunity,
and auditions can be set up by appointment for
The Professional Training Program features an
enhanced curriculum which encompasses the
following; core strength, stretch, classical ballet,
variations, pas de deux and contemporary. Dancers
in this program will have the opportunity to perform
with the New York State Ballet Company dancers
during the 2017 – 2018 season.
While the highest standards of technical training will always be pursued in Professional Training Program, equally important is the inner development of the student. The learning environment is carefully created to foster a strong self-esteem, intrinsic motivation, being a good community member and contributing to a positive environment of growth. Those interpersonal skills are paramount to success as a professional dancer, as well as valuable life skills. Artistic Director Katherine Johnson, and her faculty, are passionate about the growth and well being of their students, believing in taking care of and building up their students rather than tearing them down. Extra care is taken to prevent injury, overuse is avoided, and any injury is assessed and cared for. Dancers are encouraged to stay well fed with nutritious foods and there is a constant reminder to keep group dynamics rooted in positivity and support of each other. In this program, perseverance, hard work, diligent attention to detail and a constant seeking of growth are the factors that lead to success.
Classes begin Tuesday September 5, 2017. On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday classes are from 3:30-7:00 pm, Friday from 4-9 pm and Saturday 10am-3pm.
Students in this program are also required to attend the four week Summer Intensive at Ballet Prestige unless given special permission by Director Katherine Johnson. In 2017, the dates of the Summer Intensive are July 3rd through the 28th, Monday through Friday 9 am until 3 pm. The cost for the Summer Intensive is $800 for current students and $1,000 for new students.
Tuition for the Professional Training Program is designed to be as all inclusive as possible. There is a $20.00 registration fee for new students. Registration takes place the week of August 28, 2017.
We offer three different payment options:
• Pay in full by September 1: $4,050 (includes a 10% discount)
• Pay in two equal installments, September 1 and January 2: $2,137.50 (includes a 5% discount)
• Pay in four equal installments, September 1, January 2, March 19, May 18: $1,125.00
There are extra fees for costumes in New York State Ballet performances, YAGP/Competition rehearsals and End of Year Performance.