Professional Training Program


The Professional Training Program serves students ages 12 to 19 who are focused on a professional dance career. Under the guidance of the Cary Ballet Conservatory faculty, students are immersed in a well-rounded training regimen where they can polish their technical skills, build necessary stamina, and evolve as artists.

Selected students will be challenged to understand and interpret various dance and performing styles through a carefully designed curriculum. They will also have the opportunity to participate in Cary Arts Center’s resident pre-professional performing company, the Cary Ballet Company.

PTP students will take classes in beautiful, spacious studios with the industry’s most advanced sprung flooring technology. In addition to their daily technique classes they will take classes in pointe/variations, partnering, jazz, contemporary, yoga, stretch/conditioning/pilates, progressing  ballet technique ©, repertoire, and choreography.

Students typically have 5-6 hours of classes daily with rehearsals, private, semi private, and group coaching on weekdays. Saturday’s training runs from approximately 11:00-4:00 p.m. (times and schedules subject to change). There are no classes on Sunday.

Students will gain an invaluable edge as they enter the competitive phase of auditioning and working for professional ballet companies. This comprehensive program provides the experience necessary to ease the transition from student to professional dancer, all while offering personal attention and thoughtful career guidance in a hands-on, nurturing environment.


“You knew regardless of how hard Mariaelena pushed you that there was love under every correction.”

Gabe Stone Shayer, former student – Currently, American Ballet Theater

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