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The Pre-Professional Program at The Center for Contemporary Dance prepares dedicated and passionate dancers ages 9-17 and 18-25 (Adult Track) for a career in the Dance Arts. Pre-professionals participate in a rigorous training program and performance Company to learn necessary skills that prepare them for entry into a university dance program and/or professional dance company, including those operating out of The Center for Contemporary Dance. 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 dance programs across the nation, including those at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, the Juilliard School, Point Park University, New York University and many more.


Requirements and Curriculum

In accordance with The National Standards for Dance Education, 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. Pre-Professionals attend at least 10.5 hours of class per week over the course of each 16 to 17-week semester; students must commit to attending the Program for at least one calendar year.

In order 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 (K-12 students). Pre-Professionals receive evaluations twice each semester to determine success in each of these arenas.

Required curriculum for the Pre-Professional Program is customized to meet the individual needs and availability of each student.


Students gain entry into the Pre-Professional Program by audition or invitation from the Artistic Director. Students may be invited into the Program without an audition only after demonstrating their abilities and dedication through the completion of a specialty program, such as CCD’s Summer Intensives or Master Classes. Students may audition to enter the program in July/August and December/January.

Learn about upcoming auditions.


In addition to the core artistic and academic benefits of the Program, students also receive:

  • Unlimited access to all classes on the Class Schedule, including those not required by the Program
  • Discounts on all specialty programs, including Master Classes, Workshops and Intensives
  • Entry into the Pre-Professional dance company (U-Turn Dance Company) with performances
  • Featured performances in CCD’s Student Concerts, taking place each winter and spring
  • Invitations to closed rehearsals featuring CCD’s professional dance ensembles
  • Invitations to apprentice/understudy with CCD’s professional dance ensembles
  • Access to world-renowned guest artists, including special classes and small-group dialogues

Pre-Professionals make a commitment to attend the Program for at least one calendar year.

Program tuition is $3,540 per year, payable in 12 monthly installments of $295.

Additional fees apply for participation in the Winter and Spring Student Concert only; all other performances by the Pre-Professional Company are included in the cost of tuition. Scholarships may be available; please inquire at the time of your audition.