Trainee Program and ARB2

Princeton Ballet School is the nation’s second largest nonprofit dance school. It was founded in 1954. In 1996, the school moved into spacious new quarters, with four dance studios and a dance library. The School has a highly qualified faculty, dedicated to providing the training necessary to allow gifted students to achieve their goal of a professional dance career.

The American Repertory Ballet is a nationally recognized professional ballet company with a rich history of classical, neo-classical and contemporary work. The strong classical training of its dancers enables ARB to perform 19th and 20th century class works like Raymonda and The Nutcracker, while a distinct American style to the company allows for a diverse repertory of neo-classic works including Balanchine, Arpino, narrative works by Loring and Jerry, and great contemporary dances by Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, director Douglas Martin, and emerging choreographers.

The Trainee Program is a two-year program, and is the bridge between the student phase of training and that of a professional career. ARB Trainees start each day with intensive classes designed to polish technique and build strength. These classes are exclusively for the Trainee dancers with a focus on the individual participant. The Trainees finish each day with two more classes. These classes also include ballet, pointe/variations, partnering and modern dance. In between the two class segments of the day, Trainees join ARB company rehearsal where they understudy company roles. This exposes the Trainee to the expectations of a professional company, learning repertory, polishing technique and performance skills in the more intense professional atmosphere. Trainees also participate in the Princeton Ballet Workshop, which is our pre-professional performance group. Trainees are under consideration for ARB2 after their first year in the program.

ARB2, American Repertory Ballet’s second company, is a development company for talented young dancers. Dancers in ARB2 will work directly with the main company on a daily basis, rehearsing and understudying the professional company in order to develop their performance skills.  ARB2 will also have a repertory of dance designed expressly for ARB2 dancer development, which they will perform at local schools, assisted-car facilities, festivals and outreach events.

The mission of ARB2 is to develop the next generation of artists and insure that our talented young dancers are ready for the next step in their careers.

How to Apply

We feel strongly that the best time to join the Trainee program or ARB2 is during our Summer Intensive. Therefore, we consider the Summer Intensive Audition Tour to be the most appropriate moment for us to view your work.

If you are not able to attend one of these auditions, you can send us a video link, YouTube or Vimeo URLs accepted. You will still need to fill out an Audition Form and pay a $30 audition fee.

Or, if you have navigated to this page after the 2017 audition tour is completed, you could arrange a visit to our studios, to audition in person. In order to do this, please contact Carol Bellis (cbellis@arballet.org, (609)921-7758, ext. 14) to set up an appropriate time. The audition fee is $30.

Although we are allowing dancers to visit our studios and observe Trainee and ARB2 class during fall semester, we are not formally auditioning any dancers before the Summer Intensive Audition Tour begins. We will have a limited number of spots available and want to allot them fairly during our regular audition season. Please contact Carol Bellis (cbellis@arballet.org, (609)921-7758, ext. 14) to set up a fall visit.

Please call 609.921.7758 for tuition information and scholarship availability. Housing not provided.

Trainee Program: Sample Daily Schedule

Monday

9:30-11:00 Ballet – Douglas Martin
11:00-12:30 Modern Dance – Janell Byrne & guest teachers
or 11:00-3:00 Rehearsals with American Repertory Ballet
3:15-4:45 Ballet class -Douglas Martin
4:45 – 5:45 Partnering – Douglas Martin

Tuesday

9:30-11:00 Ballet – Kathleen Moore
11:00-12:00 Pointe/Variations -Kathleen Moore
or 11:00-3:00 Rehearsals with American Repertory Ballet
3:15 – 4:45 Ballet – Maria Youskevitch
4:45 – 5:30 Modern Dance & Pilates – Janell Byrne

Wednesday

9:30-11:00 Ballet – Mary Barton
11:00-12:00 Pointe – Mary Barton
or 11:00-3:00 Rehearsals with American Repertory Ballet
3:15 – 5:15 Ballet – Maria Youskevitch
5:15 – 5:45 Lecture/Discussion Series – Douglas Martin
(to include pointe shoe information, diet/health, audition advice, and dance history).

Thursday
9:30-11:30 Ballet – Maria Youskevitch
or 12:00-3:00 Rehearsals with American Repertory Ballet
3:15 – 4:45 Ballet – Mary Barton
4:45 – 5:45 Pointe – Mary Barton

Friday
Day Off

Saturday
8:45 – 9:45 Pilates Mat Work (optional) – Anthony Rabara
9:30 – 11:00 Advising Hours – Lisa de Ravel
11:00 – 12:30 Ballet- Kathleen Moore
12:30 – 1:30 Pointe & Variations -Maria Youskevitch
2:00 – 6:00 Rehearsals – Maria Youskevitch

Sunday
11:00 – 12:45 Ballet – Douglas Martin
1:30 – 6:00 Rehearsals – Douglas Martin

This translates to approximately 35 hours of study per week (21 in studio classwork, 14 in rehearsal). Above schedule subject to change. Note: There will be regularly assigned appointments to talk with Lisa de Ravel, Dean of Students. There will also be drop-in time left to discuss issues that come up