Boston Ballet - Post Graduate Program Post Graduate Program – Boston Ballet

Graduate Program

The Graduate program is an extension of Boston Ballet School’s Professional Division, designed for accomplished ballet students who have completed their academic grade school education. Students are given the opportunity to continue artistic vocational training by joining a cohort of peers who train, rehearse, and perform alongside members of Boston Ballet’s second company (Boston Ballet II), as well as with Boston Ballet’s main company on selected basis.

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Boston Ballet School’s Graduate program is tuition free, offering a training program 5-6 days per week, with 2.5 hours of daily instruction, additional weekly rehearsals, and coaching with Boston Ballet School and Boston Ballet Artistic staff. Focus for this program is aimed at introducing aspiring ballet artists to the daily life of a professional ballet company, proper development and preparation for a career in professional ballet, and interaction with Boston Ballet dancers, artistic staff, and guest artists as they observe, train, and perform.

Program Benefits

  • Daily ballet class 5-6 days per week
  • Daily supplementary classes (pointe, men’s, partnering, conditioning, contemporary, etc.)
  • Weekly repertoire rehearsals and coaching
  • Master classes with guest faculty, including Boston Ballet guest artists
  • Opportunities to train in Boston Ballet company class
  • Understudy and performance opportunities with Boston Ballet II
  • Understudy and potential performance opportunities with Boston Ballet
  • Mentorship and targeted assistance for future career placement including audition video preparation (class work, variations); access to contract with Boston Ballet’s partners in photography/videography; individual assessment for determination of potential job matches; and resume review and support
  • Pointe and soft shoes provided
  • Physical therapy consultations and access to additional treatment off-site through Boston Ballet partner, Boston Sports Medicine



The Graduate program follows the Boston Ballet II calendar, which often mirrors the scheduled weeks for the main company and may include internal break periods. Invited participants will be provided with a current draft of the season calendar. Graduates are required to be available for all Boston Ballet and Boston Ballet II rehearsal and performance weeks.


Selection for the Graduate program is by audition only, at the invitation of Boston Ballet Artistic staff*. Participants may be invited to train in the Graduate program by applying through the AUDITION PAGE.


For all inquiries related to the Graduate program please contact the PROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR.

Frequently asked questions

Is there a cost for the Graduate program? NoBoston Ballet School’s Graduate program is tuition free.
Do I have to audition for the program? Yes, participation in the the Graduate program is audition only. Participants may be invited to train in the Graduate program by applying through the AUDITION PAGE.
Do graduates get a salary? No, participants in the Graduate program are not employees of Boston Ballet and do not recieve a salary.
Does Boston Ballet provide health insurance for graduate students? No, Graduate students must provide proof of their own health insurance.
Is there a dress code? Yes, required dress code for classes and rehearsals will be communicated upon acceptance and registration and will be the responsibility of the dancer to provide.
Is the graduate program open to students outside of the U.S.? Yes. However, while Graduate program students may be eligible for M1 (Vocational Training) status, BBS does not cover cost of associated fees.

*Invited Graduates will be contacted directly by program artistic staff.