ST. LOUIS BALLET SCHOOL
PROFESSIONAL DIVISION

SLB School invites students to audition for the Professional Division Program.  This is the top tier training offered by the SLB School and it is intended to help students transition from student to professional dancer. PDP students will join the professional Company as part of Saint Louis Ballet Second Company.  The Professional Division is a two-year program that concentrates on strengthening technique and developing artistry through a full-day, 35-week, comprehensive program. Professional Division program includes technique, pointe, variations, adagio, contemporary, and seminars on such topics as nutrition, personal safety, and life skills.

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Performing Experience

  • Company Rehearsals: Professional Division students may be called to SLB Company rehearsals. If called, students are expected to attend all scheduled rehearsals, whether or not they are cast to perform. The School office must be notified if rehearsals conflict with School classes. Professional Division dress code is required in rehearsals.\\

  • Company Performances: Professional Division students perform in “The Nutcracker”. Additional opportunities may include other SLB productions and a PD Workshop performance


Tuition: $327.60/month (9 months for the year)

Age Requirements: 18-22

Length of Program once accepted: Two years


Scholarships & Financial Aid

A limited number of partial scholarships are available and are awarded on the basis of financial need, class performance and potential for a professional career.  Scholarships are granted for no longer than one academic year.

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Program Dates:

September 7, 2021 through May 26, 2022

 

Sample Class Schedule

  • Monday: 12:30-2:00 Class; 2:15-3:00 Pas de Deux

  • Tuesday: 12:30-2:00 Class; 2:15-3:00 Pointe / Men’s Technique

  • Wednesday: 12:30-2:00 Class; 2:15-3:00 Contemporary or rehearsals with company

  • Thursday: 12:30-2:00 Class; 2:15-3:00 Pointe / Men’s Technique or rehearsals with company

  • Friday: 12:30-2:00 Class; 2:15-3:00 Variation or rehearsals with company

  • Saturday: 12:45-2:15 Class; 2:15-3:00 Pointe for ladies or Rehearsals with company

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More than just classes and performances


Student Conferences

Conferences with Artistic Director and Rehearsal Directors are held in the winter to discuss student progress, options for summer programs, the following school year, and audition tour plans.

Consulting Staff

SLB is committed to promoting the physical health of our students. The company’s Physical Therapist is available free of charge for physical treatment and counseling on a regular basis. 

Pilates & Strength Training

SLB senior company members offer the Pilates method to develop core strength and stability, promote long, lean muscles, and increase flexibility.

Career Planning

SLB is committed to providing as many career planning resources and job placement opportunities as possible to Professional Division students. A resume workshop/audition seminar is held in early December to help students begin the process of writing a resume and searching for a job in the dance field. Photographer contacts for audition portfolios are available to students, as well as an annual directory which provides extensive information on approximately 40 ballet companies in the United States, a useful resource in planning auditions. Individual counseling and advice on careers in dance and/or college dance programs are also provided.

(Offsite company auditions: Absences for company auditions outside of SLB must receive prior approval from the Artistic office before any travel arrangements are made.)

2019-20 Professional Division Job/College Placement

 

Total enrolled 2019–20:  7 Women 

Students received job offers or college acceptance for the 2020-21 school year at the following organizations/universities:

Ballet Met 2, Indiana University, Oklahoma University, University of Utah, Texas Christian University

Housing

Professional Division students are responsible for making their own housing arrangements during the school year, as SLB School does not have year-round housing available. Students often choose to live with a roommate; most roommate situations are established before the end of the summer. Many students have recommended searching online at Zillow.com to find prospective apartments in the vicinity of Saint Louis Ballet School.

Interested but unable to take Professional Division Daytime Classes Daily?

 

Approved students aged 16–22, Saint Louis Ballet School Level 8 students, and approved SLBS Level 7 students, have an option to register part-time for the daytime classes offered by the Professional Division.  Students participating in this way would not be considered a student of the Professional Division Program, but would have the option to supplement their regular dance schedule and education.

 

Students participating in this way would pay the following tuition rates monthly:

 

Non SLBS Student Rate for Daytime Classes:

1 day of attendance per week = $90 per month

2 days of attendance per week = $157.50 per month

3 days of attendance per week = $202.50 per month

 

SLBS Student Rate: SLBS students registered already into the evening program would receive a discount of 50% off these PD daytime daily rates.

For questions or to inquire email tanya@stlouisballet.org

Register to Audition:
For the 2021-2022 PD Season please apply by August 15

Thanks for submitting!

Questions?

If you have further questions please contact CiCi Houston at cicihouston@stlouisballet.org