Pre-Professional Academy Program

For serious students ages 15 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 supportive transition from completion of training to full-time professional practice. Graduates 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.

Our full-Time program runs from September to August. Attendance at 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 during the school year, with the exception of the option for Summer program housing and meals.

The Pre-professional Academy program is competitive to only 10 women and 8 men into the program annually. Acceptance to the program is by invitation or audition.

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

  • 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.

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


Deadline for acceptance into the Mentor/Apprentice program is: March 1.

Please submit the following items:

  • Letter of intent expressing your artistic goals
  • Resume/CV

Please submit to and place ”Audition for (ENTER THE PROGRAM)” in the  subject line.  

By mail: ARC Dance Mentor/Apprentice Program Admissions, PO BOX 9997 Seattle, WA 98109


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.


**If you were unable to attend the audition tour, you may audition for the year long Mentor/Apprentice Program in a SUNDAY Int/Adv Open Class in Seattle. Please make arrangements through the office prior to March 1.

Bring to the audition:

  • Ladies:$10 audition fee, pointe shoes (if applicable)
  • Men:$10 audition fee, prepared for partnering
  • Completed Registration form with non–refundable $10 audition fee and  $30 registration payment
  • Letter of intent expressing artistic goals