pursuing excellence

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

Saturday, August 24, 11:00 - 1:00pm

If you are interested in being considered, please submit your resume, headshot, and dance photo to smb@madisonballet.org.



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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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