Princeton Ballet Workshop (PBW)

Princeton Ballet Workshop FAQs
Question: What is the Princeton Ballet Workshop (ARBW)?
Answer: PBW is the pre-professional program at American Repertory Ballet/Princeton Ballet School.  There are two levels in the program: PBW Juniors and PBW Seniors. PBW Juniors comprises the youngest group of dancers aspiring to a professional career in dance, while PBW Seniors are dancers who have achieved the two most  advanced levels of training at Princeton Ballet School. PBW Srs. also includes our highly respected Trainee program which encompasses both local and international, post-secondary school dancers.

Admission to the PBW program is as follows:

  • Students in Level 5 Conservatory: No audition needed; optional participation for either or both seasons

  • Students in Level 6 Conservatory: No audition needed; full year participation expected but not required

  • Students in Level 7 Conservatory: No audition needed; full year participation required

  • Students in Level 8 Conservatory: No audition needed; full year participation required

  • Students in Level 5 FLEX: Must audition. Dancers accepted into PBW must choose any 3 classes in addition to PBW.

  • Students in Level 6 FLEX: Must audition. Dancers accepted into PBW must choose any 4 classes in addition to PBW.

Question: How often does the company rehearse?
Answer: Rehearsals take place on Saturday afternoons after technique classes, and Sundays, from late morning through early evening. The Sunday rehearsal includes a special technique class from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (during production weeks this will vary). This day includes a scheduled lunch break. There are additional mandatory rehearsals during production week.

Question: How much does it cost?
Answer: Dues for the full year are $695.00. Dues for a single semester are $360.00. Only PBW Jrs. are permitted to sign up for a single semester; PBW Srs. must commit to a full year.  The fee for the optional August mini-workshop (Summer Repertory Week), which precedes Cranbury Day, is $175.00.  These dues cover your class and rehearsal direction.  PBW company members are automatically cast in Nutcracker and pre-paid for the school show (Coppélia is the 2018 production).

Question: How many performances are there for PBW company members?
Answer: Currently there are three performing components to the year:

1) Summer Repertory Week/Cranbury Day

2) Nutcracker

3)  Princeton Ballet School Spring Production –Coppélia (matinee and evening performances on May 19, 2018).

Question: Do I have to be in all three performances?
Answer: If you are an PBW Sr., full year participation is required.  We encourage dancers participating in PBW Jrs. to perform in all three productions but we recognize that PBW Jrs. are at the ‘rite of passage’ age so if you have a bar or bat mitzvah or first communion for which you are preparing, you may enroll in the semester that does not conflict with your schedule.