The Texas Ballet Theater School Professional Division programs prepare advanced dancers for professional ballet careers. Students concentrate on perfecting technique and developing artistry through intensive full-day instruction. These comprehensive programs provide the experience necessary to transition from student to professional dancer, all while offering personal attention in an intimate, nurturing environment.
The Studio Training Company, for elite dancers ages 16-21, trains five days per week with classes in Ballet Technique, Pointe, Men’s Technique, Variations, Modern, and rehearses at Texas Ballet Theater – Fort Worth. STC dancers also have the opportunity to attend classes with the TBTS – Fort Worth Advanced Level for additional technique training in the evenings and on Saturdays. Classes and rehearsals are led by TBT School Faculty and Artistic Staff, along with guest artists. Dancers are given the valuable experience of working with Artistic Director Ben Stevenson, O.B.E., and his esteemed Artistic Staff.
At the discretion of the Artistic Staff, Studio Training Company dancers are given opportunities to understudy or perform in Texas Ballet Theater productions. The STC also rehearses classical and contemporary repertoire and performs throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Performances have included Peter and the Wolf at Bass Performance Hall and the Winspear Opera House, Dallas Dances at the Moody Performance Hall, Dance Planet at Booker T. Washington HSPVA, and Texas Ballet Theater Schools’ fall and spring performances.
The Professional Training Division, for advanced dancers ages 14-18, trains six days per week with classes in Ballet Technique, Pointe, Men’s Technique, Variations, Modern, and rehearses at Texas Ballet Theater School – Dallas. PTD dancers also have the opportunity to audition for the Dallas School Ensemble, which performs throughout the Metroplex. The PTD weekly schedule includes space for schoolwork to allow students completing high school or beginning collegiate study the opportunity to balance their academic and dance studies.
TBTS does not provide housing for out of town students but will offer recommendations for local apartment complexes and roommates. Students who have not completed high school are expected to continue and complete their formal academic education.
Prospective students should begin by attending a live audition during TBT’s National Audition Tour. Please bring a resume and letter of recommendation from a current ballet instructor to attach to your audition form. Auditioning dancers may be asked to attend the Summer Intensive or schedule a follow up audition at Texas Ballet Theater for further consideration. Studio Training Company candidates are encouraged to attend a Company audition, but may be considered during a Summer Intensive audition.
Participation in the TBT Summer Intensive is highly recommended for accepted Studio Training Company and Professional Training Division dancers.
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