Pre-Professional Division

Colorado Ballet€s Pre-Professional Division provides a necessary base to ease the transition from student to professional dancer in a focused, nurturing environment

Photo by Francisco Estevez Photography


Colorado Ballet Academy Pre-Professional Division is a daytime training program for career track students ages 13-20. CBA’s PPD provides the necessary training to transition students from the classroom to professional dancers and is geared toward developing ballet artists ready to take on the challenges of dance in the 21st century.

Acceptance into this program is by audition.

CBA offers two program options for aspiring professionals

Pre-Professional Division I
An afternoon program offered for students aged 13-16 with a schedule that allows for morning academic studies

Pre-Professional Divisions II & III
Daytime programs offered for students aged 14-20 who are enrolled in an online academic program or have graduated high school

Pre-Professional student by Francisco Estevez

Assessment for contracts with the Colorado Ballet

All Pre-Professional Division students are given the opportunity to work with Colorado Ballet’s artistic leaders, and qualified students are given first priority to openings in Colorado Ballet Studio Company. Studio Company members dance with Colorado Ballet as well as their own performances for organizations in the region.

Trainee positions

Eligible current Pre-Professional Division students are assessed each year by Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs for the opportunity to become a Trainee with Colorado Ballet for the following season. Trainees are Pre-Professional students who receive scholarships to train and work closely with Colorado Ballet and receive shoe allotments when performing with the Company. Depending on repertoire, Trainees may be required to take Company classes, as well as rehearse and perform with the Company in addition to training in the PPD. Trainees are given priority for Colorado Ballet Studio Company contracts.

More Videos

Welcome to the Academy Pt. 1: First Steps
Welcome to the Academy Pt. 2: Next Steps
Welcome to the Academy Pt. 3: Big Steps

Audition Information & Registration

Colorado Ballet Academy provides the opportunity to audition through either a live virtual audition or by submitting an audition video. Live virtual auditions will be combined with our Summer Intensive Virtual Regional Auditions. There will be one Pre-Professional only virtual audition on Sunday, March 21, 2021.

  • All students will need to complete an online registration.
  • Audition registration fee $40, credit card only.
  • All audition fees are non-refundable, regardless of circumstances.

 Virtual Regional Summer Intensive & Pre-Professional Only Audition Dates:

January 10, 2021 - Northeast:
(ME, NH, VT, MA, NY, RH, CT, NJ, DE, MD, PA)


January 24, 2021 - Northwest:
(WA, OR, ID, MT, WY, ND, SD, NE, AK, MN)


January 31, 2021 - Midwest:
(WV, OH, IN, KY, MI, IA, MO, IL, WI, PA)


February 7, 2021 - Southwest:
(OK, TX, NM, AZ, CA, NV, UT, CO, KS, HI)


February 14, 2021 - Southeast:
(TN, VA, NC, SC, GA, AL, FL, MS, LA, AR)


Pre-Professional Only Audition
March 21, 2021 - 10:00-11:30am


 Video Auditions:

Video Auditions will be accepted through March 21, 2021. The audition video should be between 5-10 minutes in length. The video should be created in a space this is easily accessible and safe during this time. Renting studio space outside of your home is not required. Please adapt the following exercises to fit your space safely and include in your video.

Advanced gentlemen and ladies should include a variation from the classical repertoire.

Videos will be reviewed upon receipt and results will be communicated within four (4) weeks. Due to the number of auditions, we are unable to provide individual feedback.


  • One side only with one, short combination per category

Center floor work

  • adagio

  • pirouette combination

  • petit allegro

  • grand allegro

Pointe work

  • echappe

  • releve in arabesque

  • pirouettes en pointe

  • diagonal turning combination


  • tour en l’aire

  • petit allegro with batterie

  • men’s grand allegro

  • grand pirouettes

 Steps to submit your video audition:

1. Complete online registration.

2. Upon registration you will receive a receipt containing a link to complete your audition form. You will provide the link to your video on this form as well as uploading the required photos:

  • (1) Digital – high resolution photo in first arabesque (on pointe)

  • (1) Digital – high resolution photo ballet headshot

  • Photos do not need to be professional quality but must clearly portray student.

  • This form must be completed immediately upon receiving receipt in order to participate in the audition. Receipt will be generated from Colorado Ballet Ticketing and sent to the email address provided during the registration process.


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