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 Giselle and Nutcracker, while a distinct American style to the company allows for a diverse repertory of neo-classic works including Balanchine, Arpino, and great contemporary dances by Paul Taylor, Trey McIntyre, 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. The program includes pointe class, variations, contemporary, bio-mechanics/conditioning, choreography, career development and American Repertory Ballet and classical repertoire to further technique and performance skills in a professional environment. Trainees also participate in the American Repertory Ballet’s production of Nutcracker, Princeton Ballet Workshop – the rehearsal and performance training program for the top levels of Princeton Ballet School, and the Winter Intensive.

International Students Princeton Ballet School is authorized and accredited by the federal government to enroll non-immigrant students.

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-care 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.

See this year’s ARB2 dancers HERE.

How to Apply

We feel strongly that the best time to join the Trainee program or ARB2 is during our Summer Intensive.

To learn more: please contact Carol Bellis, Summer Intensive Programs Coordinator, at or call 609. 921.7758, ext. 30.

Princeton Ballet School is authorized and accredited by the federal government to accept foreign students.



Full year tuition plus Winter Intensive (included in fee)
$6750 + $80 registration
If paying on payment plan:

  • $500 due at registration
  • $1416 due 9/15
  • $1336 due 10/15/21, 11/15/21, 1/15/22, 2/15/22