Performance Opportunities

Princeton Ballet School offers performance opportunities to its students

American Repertory Ballet and Princeton Ballet School are excited for the return of The Nutcracker this holiday season! Dancers will continue to experience the artistic growth and joy that come with live performance opportunities.

This year, we offer two ways for students to get involved! Please see below for details and reach out to us with any questions: or (609) 921-7758.

All students from Levels Primary B – Trainee may participate!

All students from Levels Primary B-Trainee my participate!

These outdoor performances, planned for Saturday, November 13 (subject to change with a rain date: Nov. 14) in Highland Park, will be a festive and newly reimagined version of the Princeton Ballet School’s Nutcracker Suite.  All rehearsals and performance details will follow the COVID-19 safety guidelines that Princeton Ballet School has successfully implemented throughout the past year.

Students who are 12 years old and up who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by November 1st are encouraged to register for American Repertory Ballet’s The Nutcracker.

Following theater requirements and ARB safety measures, all participating artists, backstage crew, and staff must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Masks will be worn for rehearsals and in backstage areas, but not onstage at the time of performance (subject to change).

Under the direction of Ethan Stiefel, students may join our professional dancers in rehearsals and onstage at the following venues:

  • McCarter Theater Center, Princeton
  • Union County Performing Arts Center, Rahway
  • Patriots Theater at the War Memorial, Trenton
  • State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick



Princeton Ballet Workshop (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 Seniors also includes our highly respected Trainee program which encompasses both local and international, post-secondary school dancers.

PBW dancers typically perform in American Repertory Ballet’s NUTCRACKER and Princeton Ballet School’s annual end-of-year spring performances.

Information on how to participate and register will be sent via email. You can also get further clarification from Cheryl Whitney, PBW Administrator, at