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Preparatory Dance Program
Dayna Fox, Director
University of North Carolina School of the Arts
1533 South Main Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27127

Telephone (336) 734-2882 

General Information

The Preparatory Dance Program at University of North Carolina School of the Arts is an after-school pre-professional training program whose mission is to prepare students for entry into the School of Dance’s high school division. The Program offers classes in ballet technique, pointe and pre-pointe, Pilates, character, creative movement, music appreciation, and contemporary dance, as well as a special class for boys.  The Preparatory Program and its faculty are dedicated to nurturing young dancers, providing world-class instruction and helping students reach their full potential.

Special Opportunities for Preparatory Program Students

  • Attend classes in a state-of-the-art facility with live accompaniment
  • Observe classes and rehearsals by UNCSA faculty
  • Participate in special master classes and workshops given by visiting artists and choreographers
  • Audition for children’s roles in UNCSA's annual production of "The Nutcracker"
  • Participate in other School of Dance concerts presented throughout the year
  • Perform in the Preparatory Dance Program Workshop presented annually


Created in 1975, the Preparatory Dance Program was the brainchild of founding Dean of Dance Robert Lindgren and his wife, Sonja Tyven.  Working in conjunction with the WS/Forsyth County public schools, the Program was designed to seek out gifted children in the community and offer them tuition-free professional dance classes on the UNCSA campus.  In doing this, it served as a community outreach program while recruiting and training potential students for the School of Dance’s high school division. Many students who began their training in the Program have gone on to perform with major dance companies across the country and around the world. 


Selected UNCSA alumni who began their training in the Preparatory Dance Program
Rebecca Massey
Isaac Stappas
Kelley Potter
Brian Waldrep
Jerome Johnson
Claire Kretzschmar
Matthew Donnell
Lauren Alzamora
Daniel Cooper
Ashley Jackson
Elena Shapiro
Sam Shapiro
Jacqueline Oakley
Brian Gephart
Sara Havener

American Ballet Theatre
American Ballet Theatre
ABT II / Boston Ballet / American Ballet Theatre
ABT II / Houston Ballet
New York City Ballet
New York City Ballet
Kansas City Ballet
Eliot Feld / Ballet Aspen / Ballet Hispanico
San Francisco Ballet / Boston Ballet / Pennsylvania Ballet
North Carolina Dance Theatre / Alonzo King's "Lines"
Carolina Ballet
North Carolina Dance Theatre / Royal New Zealand Ballet
National Ballet of Canada
Houston Ballet / The Joffrey Ballet / Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada
Royal New Zealand Ballet


Path to UNCSA

Because the Preparatory Dance Program is an accelerated training program, consistent attendance is crucial to each student’s success. Parents must be committed partners with the School of Dance, dedicated to bringing their child to every class. Students are evaluated throughout the year and must be invited to return the following year. Parents receive biannual reports on each student to keep them informed of their child's class performance and progress. Students who complete the Preparatory Dance Program are uniquely well positioned to audition for entry into the School of Dance’s full-time high school program. UNCSA offers a complete academic program leading to the North Carolina high school diploma, and at the same time provides a conservatory atmosphere that fully develops each child’s potential as a dancer. This includes intensive classes and a large range of performing opportunities. The full-time high school program is also offered free of charge for all North Carolina residents (this includes tuition, fees, and room and board if the student resides on campus.)

The Preparatory Dance Program at UNCSA is committed to equality of educational opportunity and does not discriminate against applicants, students or employees based on race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, or sexual orientation. 

Preparatory Dance Program Faculty

Dayna Fox: Director
Ms. Fox is a member of the ballet faculty of the UNCSA School of Dance and has been the Director of its Preparatory Dance Program since 1989. She began her training at Ballet Met in Columbus, Ohio, and has studied under such illustrious teachers as the late Melissa Hayden, Duncan Noble, and David Howard. For 10 years, Ms. Fox was a featured dancer with the North Carolina Dance Theater and performed extensively throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, including appearances at the Kennedy Center; Brooklyn Academy of Music; the American Dance Festival; the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina; and the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy. During her tenure with NCDT, Ms. Fox performed soloist and principal roles in an eclectic repertoire including such works as Salvatore Aiello’s Piano Concerto #1; George Balanchine’s Pas de Dix, Allegro Brilliant, and Scotch Symphony; August Bournonville’s Napoli; Senta Driver’s Resettings; and Vicente Nebrada’s Di Pentemento. She has been guest instructor at Wake Forest University, Ballet Met, and UNC Greensboro, and was a founding faculty member at the Virginia School of the Arts. Ms. Fox holds a B.F.A. in Dance from the North Carolina School of the Arts (now UNCSA).

Christine Spizzo: Ballet, Pointe
Born in Belleville, Illinois, dancer Christine Spizzo trained at the San Francisco Ballet School, the North Carolina School of the Arts (now UNCSA), and the School of American Ballet in New York.  She first performed professionally with the National Ballet of Washington (DC), and the Ballet Repertory Company (NY), before joining American Ballet Theater in 1975.  A soloist with ABT, Ms. Spizzo appeared in many of ABT’s Live from Lincoln Center and Dance in America telecasts, the Herbert Ross movies “The Turning Point” and “Dancers”, and in Baryshnikov’s “Nutcracker” and “Don Quixote” video films.  She was a principal dancer with Ballet Arizona from 1988-1990, and with the Nureyev & Friends North American tour in 1990.  She performed in “The Phantom of the Opera” on Broadway for 10 years before retiring from the stage in 2000.  In that same year, she joined the dance faculty at UNCSA, where she remained until 2010.  Ms. Spizzo was the original Artistic Coordinator of ABT’s Summer Intensive Programs (1996, ’97) and has remained a principal teacher in all subsequent ABT Summer Intensives in NYC and Austin, TX.  She currently enjoys free lance/guest teaching in various studios throughout North Carolina, New Mexico, California, Connecticut, and Puerto Rico.

Melinda Mueller: Ballet, Pointe, Pilates
Originally from Parkersburg, West Virginia, Ms. Mueller received her formal dance training from the North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) and the Hungarian Dance Academy in Budapest, Hungary, and danced professionally with Ballet Internationale in Indianapolis, Indiana. She has been a faculty member of the Noyes Academy of Ballet Internationale and the Budig Academy of Cincinnati Ballet and has served as Children’s Ballet Mistress for Ballet Internationale, Dance Indianapolis’ and Cincinnati Ballet.  Ms. Mueller is Pilates-certified through the PhysicalMind Institute and teaches Pilates in the high school-college divisions at UNCSA.  She has been a guest instructor for the Festival of North Carolina Dance, UNCSA’s Summer Dance Comprehensive, and the Preparatory Program’s Summer Intensive for Young Dancers.

Erin Edge: Ballet, Pointe
Ms. Edge is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA), where she studied on scholarship. She has danced professionally with Southern Ballet Theatre and has served on the faculty of the school of North Carolina Dance Theatre, Reston Conservatory Ballet; and South Florida Ballet. She has been a guest faculty member for the Festival of North Carolina Dance and the Preparatory Program’s Summer Intensive for Young Dancers.

Jan Adams: Ballet
Ms. Adams studied ballet at the North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) and was a member of the North Carolina Dance Theater.  She served as dance captain for the national touring company of “A Chorus Line”, and as Ballet Mistress for the Ballet Theater of the Virgin Islands in St. Thomas, USVI.  Ms. Adams has been teaching in the WS/Forsyth public school system for over 20 years and recently renewed her National Board Certification as a Middle Childhood Generalist.  She is also an A+ Fellow with the nationally acclaimed A+ Schools Program, working with teachers to develop comprehensive arts-based educational programming.  She currently teaches at the Arts Based Elementary School in Winston-Salem and serves as the primary instructor for the Preparatory Program’s entry-level class.


Auditions for the Preparatory Dance Program are held in May and August in studio A on the UNCSA campus (see map). Children must be rising 3rd thru 8th graders to be eligible.  No previous training is required for 3rd and 4th grade students, as acceptance is based on the child’s potential and natural facility for classical dance.  Older students must demonstrate rudimentary knowledge of classical ballet in order to be placed into our more advanced levels. 

If accepted, students are placed into one of four class levels based on age and ability.  Class level will determine the number of days per week students attend classes and tuition.  All classes are held weekdays in studios on the UNCSA campus between the hours of 4:00 and 7:30pm.


Saturday, May 10, 2014
9:30am -10:00am - Open registration for all students*
10:00am – 11:00am – Audition for rising 3rd – 5th grade students
11:00am – 12:00pm – Audition for rising 6th – 8th grade students

Saturday, August 9, 2014
9:30am -10:00am - Open registration for all students*
10:00am – 11:00am – Audition for rising 3rd – 5th grade students
11:00am – 12:00pm – Audition for rising 6th – 8th grade students

Students who have had no previous training may wear a T-shirt and shorts with bare feet at the audition. Older students should be dressed in dance attire for ballet class.

*You may pre-register for the audition date of your choice by downloading the form below.  There is no fee to register. Please mail completed pre-registration forms to Program Director, Dayna Fox, at UNCSA School of Dance, 1533 South Main Street, WS, NC, 27127.

Pre-registration form (PDF) 

Summer Programs

The Preparatory Dance Program offers a 3-week Summer Intensive for Young Dancers, which is designed specifically for children ages 9 thru 12.  No audition is required, however students must have had some level of previous training in classical ballet (NO beginners).  Students are placed in the appropriate class level based on their ability. Classes meet Monday thru Friday from 9:00am – 2:00pm in the dance studios on the UNCSA campus. Students who attend the Intensive receive a minimum of 4 classes a day, which may include ballet technique, pointe/pre-pointe, modern, creative movement, jazz, character dance, body conditioning, repertoire, music appreciation, and other dance related subjects. Students may choose to attend one, two, or all three weeks of the Intensive.  An informal performance is presented at the end of each week session. 

First Session: July 21 - 25
Second Session: July 28 – August 1
Third Session: August 4 - 8

1 week -   $250.00
2 weeks - $425.00
3 weeks - $575.00
Siblings will receive a 10% discount on their tuition

Space is limited!  Please send your completed form and payment to the Program Director, Dayna Fox at UNCSA School of Dance, 1533 South Main Street, WS, NC, 27127.

Summer registration form (PDF)


Support for the Preparatory Dance Program

The Preparatory Dance Program receives no funding from the state of North Carolina and is offered tuition-free to its students; therefore, sustaining its growth remains a challenge. To help meet this challenge, the organization En Pointe was established in 2009. En Pointeis a group of parents, friends, and alumni who, in conjunction with the UNCSA Development Office, help support and spread awareness of the Preparatory Dance Program. En Pointe members donate funds and/or their time to plan fund-raising events throughout the year. The money raised helps pay for continued program development as well as faculty and staff positions, and provides scholarship funds for gifted students who demonstrate need.

Membership amounts start as low as $25! If you are interested in making a donation, please fill out the form below and mail to: UNCSA Foundation, 1533 South Main St., Winston-Salem, NC 27127. If you would like more information about En Pointe or how you can become a volunteer, please contact president Susan Mann at

En Pointe membership form (PDF) 

2012-2013 Calendar


Saturday, August 11
Sunday, August 26
Tuesday, September 4
Monday, September 24
Wednesday, October 3
Saturday, Oct. 6 – Tuesday, Oct. 9
Thursday, October 11
Monday, October 31
Monday, November 12
Wed, Nov. 21 – Sunday, Nov. 25
Monday, Dec. 3
Friday, December 7
Thursday, December 13
Friday, Dec. 14 – Sunday, Jan. 6

Auditions for new students
Orientation for new students
Classes begin
Kickoff party!! NO Prep classes
Nutcracker auditions - NO Prep classes
Fall break - UNCSA closed
Nutcracker rehearsals begin
Halloween - NO Prep classes
Veterans Day - NO Prep classes
Thanksgiving break - UNCSA closed
Intensive Arts begins - for students not in Nutcracker
Nutcracker campus night
Intensive Arts showing
Holiday break - UNCSA closed

Monday, Jan. 7
Monday, Jan. 21
Saturday, March 2 - Sun, March 10
Thursday, March 28 - Sun, March 31
Friday, April 26
Saturday, April 27
Sunday, April 28
Monday, July 22 - Friday, Aug. 9
Classes begin
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - NO Prep classes
Spring break - UNCSA closed
Easter holiday - NO Prep classes
Last day of classes
Rehearsal for Workshop Performance
Preparatory Workshop Performance - Thrust Theater
Summer Intensive for Young Dancers


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