Advanced Training Program

Advanced Training Program

The UNCSA Preparatory Dance Program Advanced Training Program is designed to provide high school students with a comprehensive and rigorous training experience that prepares them for diverse careers and collegiate studies in dance. With a balanced focus on both contemporary and classical ballet techniques, we aim to cultivate versatile dancers who are ready to excel in today's dynamic dance landscape.

Program Objectives

Comprehensive Technique Training

The curriculum offers a well-rounded approach to dance training in both classical ballet and contemporary techniques.

Performance Opportunities

Students will take part in rehearsals for multiple pieces that are created by faculty and guest artists, and will showcase their talents in a variety of settings, including:

  • The UNCSA School of Dance’s presentation of Holiday Suite (December)
  • Group piece presented at Youth America Grand Prix (January or February)
  • Group piece presented at UNCSA’s Festival of Dance (February or March) 
  • Preparatory Dance Program Spring Performance (June)
  • Community outreach events across the Triad region (throughout the year) 

College and Career Readiness

Monthly seminars will support students in navigating the transition to collegiate study and the dance industry. From audition preparation to resume building, these workshops will equip students with the tools they need to succeed in the broad context of the dance industry.

Mentorship and Guidance

The Advanced Training Program faculty consists of experienced dance professionals who are dedicated to nurturing the next generation of dancers. Through personalized mentorship meetings each semester and individualized feedback, the faculty aim to support each student's unique journey and aspirations

Artistic Exploration

In addition to technical training, students will have the opportunity to engage in creative exploration and choreographic experimentation during improvisation and composition classes. They will develop their own artistic voices and broaden their understanding of dance as an art form.

The Preparatory Dance Advanced Training Program is designed to be flexible with four days per week of required training to meet the demands of high school academics and other non-dance activities. Students have the option to register for additional classes according to their goals and schedules. 

An audition is required to gain entry into the Advanced Training Program. All prospective students are expected to successfully execute intermediate level work through Level 5 of the ABT National Training Curriculum or its equivalent, and have an intermediate to advanced understanding of contemporary technique. Current Preparatory Dance students who have successfully completed Level 5 will receive an invitation into the program following their annual assessment.

Program Coursework

Core Classes

  • Ballet Technique: three times per week
  • Contemporary Technique: three times per week
  • Jazz Technique: once per week
  • Composition and Improvisation: once per week
  • Repertory: once per week
  • College and Career Readiness Seminars: once a month


  • Ballet Technique: up to 2 extra classes per week
  • Pointe Technique (by invitation only): up to 2 classes per week

Upcoming Auditions and Events

All students who will be entering high school (9th through 12th grade) in the fall of 2024 must audition on one of the dates below to be considered for entry into the Advanced Training Program. 

Saturday, May 18th or Saturday, August 3rd

  • Ballet and Pointe* Technique: 11:00-Noon
  • Contemporary Technique: Noon-12:30 

* Optional - Pointe audition component only for those who wish to be considered for the elective pointe class. 

To register for the audition, please click the link below and pay the audition fee. Parking information and studio location will be emailed a few days before the audition date. Please reach out to Samantha Burns at with any questions.

ATP Audition Registration