Preparatory Dance - UNCSA

Preparatory Dance

UNCSA’s Preparatory Dance Program is a unique opportunity for aspiring dancers to explore the world of dance and hone their budding talents. This after-school, pre-professional training program, which has received national recognition for its excellence, is open to third-ninth graders.

No matter what skill level, students will be trained to develop their versatility in dance. Our exceptional faculty teaches courses in ballet technique, pointe and pre pointe, men’s technique, contemporary dance, jazz technique, character, creative movement, music appreciation, acting, clowning and dance history.


Saturday, May 7, 2016 Saturday, August 6, 2016

Auditions for the Preparatory Dance Program are held in May and August each year, and those accepted are placed into one of four classes based on age and ability. Students in the third and fourth grades do not need to have any previous experience dancing, whereas the older students will need to exhibit an understanding of the basics of dance.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. Auditions for rising third through sixth grade is from 10–11 a.m. (free) and auditions for rising seventh through ninth grade, with ballet experience, is from 11 a.m.–12 p.m. and costs $15 for audition/master class.

Special Offerings

Students in our Preparatory Dance program get to practice in state-of-the-art UNCSA facilities with live accompaniment, and even get to attend classes and rehearsals of the UNCSA high school and college programs. They also have access to special master classes and workshops held by visiting choreographers and artists. Students will be able to audition for children’s roles in UNCSA’s annual performance of “The Nutracker,” exposing them to the inner workings of a major, professional performance and the opportunity to work alongside remarkable dancers. They will perform in "Drosselmeyer's Nutcracker Tea," "Letters to Santa," the Winter Festival, the end-of-year Workshop Performance and many other concerts presented throughout the year.

Tiny Dancer Saturdays in April 2016

Preparatory Dance presents its newest addition: Tiny Dancer. Pre-primary dance instruction will be offered for the first time each Saturday in April from 9–10 a.m. for ages five and six, and from 10–11 a.m. for ages seven and eight. Space is limited, and enrollment is open now.

Summer Program

Summer 2016 Preparatory Dance July 25 – August 5, 2016

For students who cannot commit to the program during the school year, the Preparatory Dance Program is also offered as a two-week summer intensive for children ages nine through 14. There are no auditions, but previous training in classical ballet is required. Students will take four classes each day that include ballet technique, pointe and pre pointe, modern, creative movement, jazz, character dance, body conditioning, repertoire, music appreciation and other dance related subjects. At the end of each week, an informal performance will be presented.

The summer Preparatory Dance Program is held 9 a.m.–2 p.m. daily, with a break for lunch. The cost for this program is $250 for one week or $475 for both weeks.

Tiny Dancer Camp July 25 – August 5, 2016

The Preparatory Dance Program is pleased to offer a new, two-week summer camp for children ages five through eight. Tiny Dancer Camp will give pre-primary dance instruction and will be held Monday – Friday from 3–5 p.m. The cost for this camp is $150 for one week or $275 for both.

Please note: There is a $75 deposit due at the time of registration for either summer program.

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Students in the Preparatory Dance Program are uniquely poised to audition for the high-school dance program at UNCSA. Dancers who began their training in Preparatory Dance now work for the American Ballet Theatre, the Boston Ballet, the Houston Ballet, the New York City Ballet, the San Francisco Ballet, the National Ballet of Canada and many other dance companies.


Matthew C. Donnell
Director, UNCSA Preparatory Dance Program
Phone: (336) 734-2939