Open-call auditions: 11:00 a.m. – noon Sat, Aug 13 – click here to learn more



The Pre-Professional Program prepares intermediate/advanced students ages 10-18 for a successful career in the Dance Arts or Musical Theatre Arts.  Acceptance to the Program is by audition.  Pre-professionals participate in a rigorous training program and performance ensembles to learn necessary skills that prepare them for entry into a university dance program, university musical theatre program and/or professional career opportunity. Classes are designed to train the Pre-Professional in areas of technique, artistic development, production, wellness/nutrition and arts management.
Additionally, Pre-Professionals attend specialty workshops, where industry professionals offer guidance in audition preparation, business management and career longevity. Graduates of the program have entered some of the most prestigious programs across the nation, including those at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, the Juilliard School, Point Park University, New York University, Carnegie Mellon University and many more.


Program Options

The Center for Contemporary Dance prepares the next generation of dance artists through one of the most creative, comprehensive and intelligent programs in dance education.  Program options include:


Anna Ballet

The Pre-Professional Day Program

The Pre-Professional Day Program for dancers 10-18 is especially designed for the homeschool student who has made a full commitment to becoming a dance professional.  The Program gives intermediate/advanced students access to ballet and modern technique, performance skills, audition preparation and professional development.  Students accepted into the Program attend no less than 18 hours of class per week.  An additional 2 to 6 weekly rehearsal hours are required for students accepted into the Ballet or Modern Performance Ensembles, and may include weekend and evening hours. Students must commit to a full school year (10 months) of dance studies at CCD.  A typical schedule follows:


Class Schedule

7:30 a.m.  Students report to The Center for Contemporary Dance
7:45 – 10:00 a.m. Students attend virtual academic classes
10:00 -11:00 a.m.   Modern Technique (Horton/Graham Techniques with Audition Preparation) – with Dawn Branch
11:00 a.m. – 12: 30 p.m.    Classical Ballet Technique (Vaganova Method with Audition Preparation) – with Ingrid Lozano
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.    Pointe and Partnering (includes Variations) – with Ingrid Lozano
1:30 p.m. Students dismissed and may return for evening studies in Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, etc.



Rehearsal Schedule

Pre- Professional Students receive ongoing performance opportunities with bookings at community, corporate and professional events. A typical rehearsal schedule follows:

7:30 – 9:00 p.m. on Fridays: Modern Ensemble Rehearsal
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays: Ballet Ensemble Company Class
1:30 – 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays: Ballet Ensemble Rehearsal


Pre-Professional Evening Program

Includes Pre-Professional Musical Theatre StudiesOlivia Broadway
The evening program is designed for students ages 10-18) attending a traditional public or private day school.  Pre-Professional dance students in the evening program attend a minimum of 18 hours of required classes per week.  Pre-Professional musical theatre students attend a minimum of 10 hours of required classes per week with additional private studies in voice.  An additional 2 to 6 weekly rehearsal hours are required for students accepted into the Ballet, Modern or Musical Theatre Performance Ensembles, and may include weekend and evening hours. Rehearsal schedules will be provided in advance. Students must commit to a full school year (10 months) of studies at CCD.  The dance student’s classes are centered on Classical Ballet (Vagonova Method) and Modern (Horton/Graham Techniques) studies, and take place after regular school hours.  The musical theatre student’s classes are focused on dance for the stage (Tap, Jazz, Ballet) along with acting (Meisner Method) and voice.  Class and rehearsal schedules are tailored to the student’s needs and will be determined upon acceptance to the Program.



In order to gain entry into the Pre-Professional Dance Program, students must have a minimum of 3 years of consistent training in Classical Ballet and Modern dance.  To enter the Pre-Professional Musical Theatre Program, students must have a minimum of 3 years of consistent training in Ballet, Jazz and/or Tap, and at least 1 year of training in acting and voice. To maintain good standing in the Program, students must adhere to all Program requirements, including consistent attendance, demonstrable technical/artistic growth and at least a ‘B’ average in their academic studies. Pre-Professionals receive evaluations twice each semester to determine success in each of these areas.



Students gain entry into the Pre-Professional Program by audition.  Students may enter the program in August and January.  Resumés and headshots are required for all auditions.   In-person auditions for dancers consist of attending both an intermediate/advanced modern class and an intermediate/advanced classical ballet class on the current class schedule; the presentation of one ballet or contemporary solo work (3-minutes or less) is also required.  In-person auditions for musical theatre candidates consist of three parts:  1.) attending a musical theatre dance class on the current class schedule; 2.) the presentation of 2 ninety-second monologues (one dramatic, one comedic); and 3.) singing 2 musical selections (one ballad, one up-tempo) from a published musical.  Call (407) 695-8366 or email to schedule audition classes.  Digital auditions for dancers consist of submitting DVD work samples that demonstrate the candidate’s skills in classical ballet and modern dance.  Click here to download the Digital Audition Form for complete instructions on applying digitally. All audition candidates will be notified of placement via email within three weeks of the audition.



Program Fees


Audition Fee 

$25 per student

Program Tuition 

The Pre-Professional Program requires a 10-month commitment and runs from August 15, 2016 to June 4, 2017.  Tuition is not refundable.
Annual Registration Fee:  $35
Day Program (Dance):  $495 paid monthly or $4702 if paid in full; add $50 per month for 7:30 a.m. drop-off
Evening Program (Dance or Musical Theatre):  $495 paid monthly or $4702 if paid in full



A 5% discount is available to families registering 2 or more children.  Discounts cannot be combined with other offers and do not apply to registration fees, field trip fees and other non-tuition costs.  Discounted tuition must be paid in full at the time of purchase.


Additional Fees

Additional fees may be required for special projects, performances and off-site field trips.  Fees are non-tuition in nature and include but are not limited to costuming, travel, off-site activities, space rental, rehearsal costs, housing, meals and supplies.  Fees are outlined in advance and vary depending on the event, performance or opportunity.