Trainee Division

Madison Ballet's Trainee Division offers a rigorous program focused on preparing each student for a career as a professional dancer.

Placement in this division is by audition only.


2019-2020 Season Audition

Sunday, Jun 1, 3-5pm

If you are interested in being considered, please submit your resume, headshot, and dance photo to



Benefits of the program include:

  • Technique, Pointe, Variations, Jazz, and Adagio classes each week.

  • A customized schedule of classes that may incorporate early dismissal from academic studies.

  • Opportunities to support Madison Ballet's professional company onstage.

  • Free classes in Madison Ballet's Open Division (subject to availability).

  • Free Master Classes by professionals in a variety of dance disciplines including: Ballet, Contemporary, African, Spanish classical, Flamenco, Capoeira, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Yoga and Musical Theater.

  • Personal mentoring from the School Director.

  • Tickets to Madison Ballet performances.

  • Ballet classes accompanied by a professional pianist.

  • Seminars on nutrition, auditions, and preparation for performance.


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Participation in the Trainee Division is through an audition process for students who are ready to move beyond Level 5. All students who would like to be considered for this program must participate in an open/company class audition.

Students in this division train daily to master advanced technical skills, consistency, musicality, articulation and natural expression within the technical parameters of the art form. Through this commitment, a foundation is laid on which to build a professional career. Trainee Division students are required* to attend all scheduled classes for their level.

*Failure to fulfill the requirements of the Trainee program may result in dismissal.

*Photo courtesy of Darren Lee Photography