Pre-Professional Training

Our Pre-Professional Program consists of seven levels of training for elite students, ages 13-19.

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Designed to reflect Boston Ballet’s repertory, a carefully crafted curriculum trains well-rounded, versatile dancers to prepare them for the demands of today’s dance world—from Petipa, to Balanchine, to Kylián. Curriculum requirements include Technique, Pointe, Variations, Modern, Character, Pilates, and other enrichments.

The Pre-Professional Program consists of separate ladies' and men’s levels culminating with the Trainee level. Top graduates of the Trainee class are accepted into BBII, Boston Ballet’s second company. At the Trainee level, students rotate into company class, receive individual variation coaching, and may be selected to perform in company productions.

All Pre-Professional level students are given the exclusive privilege to audition for annual performances of The Nutcracker. The school year closes with the annual Next Generation performance featuring all levels of the program, in addition to BBII, performing on the company’s home stage at the Boston Opera House.

Ladies Levels:  PP1/2, PP3, PP4, Trainee Ladies
Men’s Levels: M1, M2, Trainee Men

New Students

Acceptance into Boston Ballet's Pre-Professional program is by audition only.

Accepted students

If you have attended a Pre-Professional audition and have received confirmation of your placement, please use the link in the acceptance email to register.

Total Training Hours:

Students train 6 days/week, an average of 3.5 hours/day, totaling 18 to 23+ hours per week
Ballet Technique: 1.5 to 3 hours per day
Modern: 1 hour per week
Character: 1 hour per week
Other: Up to 10 hours per week to include Partnering, Pilates, Pointe, Men’s Work, Strength and Conditioning, and rehearsals

Average Class Size: 18 students per class

Evaluation Process

All students receive bi-annual written evaluations as well as personal conferences. The School Director provides office hours one day per week to address student needs. In the fall in-person evaluation, the student sets goals for the school year. The second evaluation is a review of progress on those set goals, and support for the student’s individual next steps.


We celebrate diversity while fostering a team spirit.

Mikko Nissinen, Artistic Director