Princeton Ballet Workshop (PBW)

Princeton Ballet Workshop FAQs
Question: What is the Princeton Ballet Workshop?
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: Audition needed; optional participation for either or both seasons

  • Students in Level 6 Conservatory: Audition needed; optional participation for either or both seasons

  • 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: Audition needed; dancers considering PBW must choose any 3 PBS classes, in addition to the PBW Sunday class.

  • Students in Level 6 FLEX: Audition needed; dancers accepted into PBW must choose any 4 PBS classes, in addition to the PBW Sunday class.

  • Students in Level 7 FLEX: Audition needed; dancers accepted into PBW must choose any 4 PBS classes, in addition to the PBW Sunday class.

Question: How often does the company rehearse?
Answer: Rehearsals are determined by season.
Fall season: For Nutcracker, we are appearing alongside our professional company, American Repertory Ballet.  PBW company dancers are rehearsing both days of the weekend.  Saturday rehearsal for PBW Jrs begins at 2:15 and ends at 4:45; for PBW Srs, 2:15-6:15.  Sunday class for all PBW dancers begins at 12:30 p.m. The PBW Jr day ends at 4:30 p.m. and the PBW Sr day ends at 6:00 p.m. The first PBW Nutcracker rehearsal will be Saturday, September 21.  The full weekend rehearsals will begin Saturday 9/28 and Sunday 9/29.
Spring season: PBW Rehearsals begin on Saturday, March 21 and are on Saturdays only until 4/25.  From 4/25 until the performance, there will be rehearsals on both days of the weekend to accommodate the put-together of the show.  The end of the day will be determined by role but all rehearsals will end by 6:15.
For the Flex dancers: Audition needed.  Dancers accepted into PBW must enroll in the Accelerated Flex program.

Question: How much does it cost?
Answer: Dues for the full year are $750.00. Dues for a single semester are $425.00 with an early bird discount of $25.00. Only PBW Jrs. are permitted to sign up for a single semester; PBW Srs. must commit to a full year.  PBW company members are automatically cast in Nutcracker and pre-paid for the school spring show.

Question: How many performances are there for PBW company members?
Answer: There are two performing components to the year:
1) Nutcracker
2) Princeton Ballet School Spring Production, TBA (May 16, 2020)

Question: Do I have to be in both performances?
Answer: If you are an PBW Sr., full year participation is required.  We encourage dancers participating in PBW Jrs. to perform in both 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.