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 professional careers and is structured to provide a supportive transition from completion of training to full-time 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 performed 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 School is mandatory 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.

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.

Register + Pay In Full
  • Full Year (September- July) and Summer commitment
  • Two 18- week semesters (Fall and Spring)
  • Four-five week Intensive summer training program
  • Number of classes per week: 9-12+
  • Performance opportunity: ASB and ARC Dance Company’s performance season.
* Technique5:00 - 6:30 pm5:45 - 7:15 pm5:45 - 7:15 pm5:45 - 7:15 pm12:45 - 2:00 pm12:00 - 1:30 pm
* Pointe/Variations7:15 - 8:15 pm7:15 - 8:15 pm1:30 - 2:30 pm
* Jazz/Modern2:00 - 3:00 pm
* Supplemental/Conditioning4:30 - 5:00 pm
AYDC Rehearsal6:30-8:00pm3:30 - 5:30 pm3:30 - 5:30 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 2018 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)
Pre-professional Academy ProgramUnlimited$2150$510
A $30 non-refundable annual registration fee will be applied to the first session.
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.