Student Apprentice Program

NMBC’s Student Apprentice Program for dancers aged 12 – 18 aims to provide dedicated and aspiring ballet students with consistent technical training, a variety of performance opportunities, development of personal goals and artistry, and a pre-professional experience dancing with NMBC. Auditions for interested dancers will take place during auditions for The Nutcracker Ballet in late August. If accepted as a Student Apprentice, dancers must commit to the following minimum requirements for the season.

Student Apprentice Requirements

  • High intermediate to advanced / pre-professional level
  • Ages 12 to 18
  • Strong pointe work (if applicable) and at least one (1) full year en pointe
  • Minimum of three (3) ballet technique classes* per week at NMBC
  • Stretch and Strengthen and/or classes in other styles are highly recommended
  • If performing in The Nutcracker, dancers must be available for rehearsals as cast on Monday/Wednesday/Friday evenings and Sundays
  • If performing in The Nutcracker, dancers must be available for technical rehearsals and performances at NMBC & Popejoy Hall over Thanksgiving break (7 days) and the following week (7 days)

* Dancers en pointe must also attend pointe class 3x per week, in addition to ballet technique classes, for safety and consistent progress.

Audition Dates & Times
  • Sunday, August 21, 2022: Ages 12 – 13, 12:15-1:45pm
  • Sunday, August 21, 2022: Ages 14 – 17, 2:00-4:00pm
  • Monday, August 22, 2022: Age 18, 6:00-8:00pm

For more information, please contact:

Anna Bridge, NMBC School & Artistic Director