Pre-Professional Academy Program

For serious students ages 16 and older. Acceptance to the Academy is by invitation or audition.

Pre Professional ProgramThe Academy Program focuses on preparing dancers for entry into a professional career track and is structured to provide a supportive transition from completion of high school training to full-time pre-professional practice. Graduates of ARC’s Student program and other students who have reached an appropriately advanced level of training may apply for this program.

Our graduates have worked with companies such as: Mark Morris Dance Group, Nashville Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theater, City Ballet of San Diego, Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Eugene Ballet, Les Grands Ballet Canadiens, Alberta Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem, Cirque du Soleil and ARC Dance Company.

The Academy Program runs from September to June. Attendance in our Summer Intensive is mandatory for new students in this program. Students take a variety of classes including Ballet, Pointe as well as Contemporary Repertoire, Job field preparation, Nutrition, Anatomy, Choreography, and Music Theory throughout the program.

Students in our Academy program (both auditioning and returning) are responsible for their own accommodation and meals throughout the program.

The Pre-professional Academy program is competitive to a selected number of students annually. Acceptance to the program is by invitation or audition. The average number of years in the Academy Program is two to three years. Each consecutive year increases class and time commitment throughout the day. Academy students are members of Arc Youth Dance Company (AYDC) and perform in over 20 performances each school year.

Classes in Classical Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Pas de deux, Men’s technique, Jazz, African, Anatomy, Nutrition, Job field preparation, Music Theory, and Dance History.

Private classes and workshops on Specific Techniques, Répertoire, Artistry, Style, Musicality, Movement Connection, Gyrotonic®, Gyrokinesis ®, Pilates, and other supplemental movement

Prior to registration, written admission and consent to the program must be acknowledged.

Registration for this program will begin May 1st

  • Full Year (September- July) and Summer commitment
  • Two 18- week semesters (Fall and Spring)
  • Intensive summer training program
  • Number of classes per week: 11+
  • Performance opportunity: ASB and ARC Dance Company’s performance season.
* Technique3:30-5:00pm
5:45 - 7:15 pm
5:45 - 7:15 pm
5:45 - 7:15 pm
10:45 - 12:00 pm
* Pointe/Variations/ Men's7:15 - 8:15 pm7:15 - 8:15 pm
* Jazz/Modern
12:00 - 1:00 pm
* Supplemental/Conditioning9:00-9:45am
Rehearsal/Rep2:30 - 4:30 pm3:00 - 5:00 pm

* Possible combined classes

No photos accepted for this program. All applicants must audition in person in order to be considered for the Academy program, it is strongly recommended that you audition for the ARC Summer Dance Intensive prior to the school year you wish to attend The Academy.


Deadline for acceptance into the Pre-professional Academy program is: March 1.

If you would like to apply for the Pre-professional Academy program, please contact us ONLINE and place “ACADEMY Program” in your message.  


ARC has a limited number of scholarships. All students are considered for merit–based scholarships. Please contact the office for more information on our scholarship programs.


Audition tour 2020 dates coming soon…

**If you are unable to attend the audition tour, you may audition for the year long Academy Program in a SUNDAY Int/Adv Open Class in our Seattle studios. Please contact our office prior to March 1.

Bring to the audition:

  • Ladies:$18 class fee, pointe shoes (if applicable)
  • Men:$18 class fee, prepared for partnering
  • Completed Registration form and waiver with non–refundable $18 class fee and  $30 registration payment
  • Letter of intent expressing artistic goals and desires in the professional industry

Class/LevelClasses Per Week18 Week SemesterMonthly *
(5 payments/installments)
Academy Program11+$2500*$525
A $30 non-refundable annual registration fee will be applied to the first session.
*Tuition increase after August 2nd
Tuition is non-refundable.
All installments are due by the 1st of each month (a $50 late fee for payments after the 10th of the month.)
* Processing fee included.

Technique class:

Ladies: TURQUISE leotard (BLOCH #L5607/5407 Adult essential camisole leotard), ballet pink seamed footed tights (BODY WRAPPERS #A45 or #A46 Convertible Mesh Tight With Back Seam or TotalSTRETCH Mesh Back Seam Convertible Tight classic mesh seamed/transition; Color- Theatrical Pink) and pink leather or canvas ballet slippers.

Boys/Men: White or Black t-shirt, nude dance belt ( WEAR MOI #WM131 thong back dance belt/CAPEZIO #N5930 Men’s quilted dance belt) BLACK footless tights ( WEAR MOI #WM124 Mens “Hamada” Footless Tights/BODY WRAPPERS #M92 Mens Seamless Convertible Tights) white socks, white leather/canvas ballet shoes.


Class level uniform with matching leotard solid color wrap skirt (Similar length to the MIRELLA #S-12 wrap skirt – 12″ in front & 14″ in back)

Partnering/Pas de deux:

Class level uniform

Supplemental Conditioning:

Pilates/ Gyrokinesis®/ Gyrotonic®:  Women: Leotard and leggings/bike shorts – toe socks; Men: T-shirt, dance belt, and leggings/bike shorts – toe socks

Aerial work: Women: Leotard and ankle length leggings; Men: T-shirt, dance belt, and ankle length leggings

Swimming/Pool: Women: one piece swim suite; Men: Swim shorts

Jazz/ Musical Theater:

Girls/Women: class level uniform, black Jazz pants, black *lace up* jazz shoes

Boys/Men: class level uniform, black Jazz pants, black *lace up* jazz shoes

*Tap/ Character:

Girls/Women: class level uniform, elastic waist black mid-calf length character skirt, 2″ heel black character shoes

*Lace up Tap Shoes with instructor permission and *Heeled tap with instructor permission

Boys/Men: class level uniform, black Jazz pants, black *lace up* jazz shoes or black heeled character shoes

*Lace up Tap Shoes with instructor permission


Girls/Women: class level uniform, technique shoes or bare feet

Boys/Men: class level uniform, technique shoes or bare feet

Hair for all classes:

Girls & Women: Please have hair securely tied neatly away from the face. No floppy hair. Students with long hair should put hair in a nice secure ballet bun.

Boys & Men: Hair should be secured away from the face. Products (i.e. hair spray, mousse) or bandana/head bands may be used.


On Pointe Dancewear and Centerstage Dance Shop work with ARC to stock our dress code and uniform requirements. Please contact them for your dancewear needs. They will also ship directly to your home.

Discount Dance Supply offers a 5-10% discount to ARC Dancers. To apply discount, enter TP56153 during online checkout.

Learning Tools: Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet by Gail Grant; Spiral notebook/journal to write in; 60″ theraband; Yoga Mat