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Professional Mastery Program

BalletCNJ's Professional Mastery Program is for the serious ballet students who wish to train for a future career as a professional dancer. Dancers in this program must take the required amount of Ballet, Pointe, Conditioning, Character, and Elective classes offered at their level during the weekly schedule. Also, classes will help intermediate and advanced students with further preparation and development for auditions and performance opportunities. Students are accepted into this program through Directors' invitation or through audition only.


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Preparatory Division

(Ages 8-11)

BalletCNJ starts considering students for the Professional Program at an early age. This division focuses on preparing young talents for the demands of higher level training. Students work on perfecting and expanding their technique, discipline and commitment to the art form. These classes are for the serious beginner ballet student who wishes to train for future admission into the Pre-Professional Division.

Pre-Professional Division

(Ages 12+)

This is for the serious intermediate ballet student who wishes to train for future admission into the Professional Division. Classes will help with further preparation for auditions and performance opportunities. Students will be taught to hold a strong work ethic and satisfactory ballet/pointe technique.

Advanced Professional Division

(Ages 14+)

Advanced students are promoted to this program through the Pre-Professional Division or through audition. Students should hold a strong work ethic and satisfactory ballet/pointe technique, as well as a strong performance quality. Classes will also advise and help students prepare for auditions, professional jobs, and performance opportunities at the soloist / principal level.

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In order to be accepted into these programs, students must attend our annual audition or be invited by a directors' invitation. Students must also audition yearly to be granted re-entry into these programs.


Please view our upcoming auditions page for more information, or to register for your audition. 


Performance Opportunities

In addition to the participation in BalletCNJ's Annual Winter and Spring Performances, our Professional Mastery Program students are also able to participate in:

International Ballet Competitions and Master Classes such as

  • Youth America Grand Prix

  • Miami International Ballet Competition

  • Dance Prix de New York


Students may also be presented with opportunities to participate in Outreach Seminars and Performances.



“The instructors have adapted to my style of learning and work with each student one-on-one. They show me how I need to apply my corrections specifically to my body.”

-Kaylie Schneider (17)

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