Junior Division


BalletNova's Pre-Professional Ballet Program is one of the top training programs for serious young dancers in the Metropolitan Washington DC region. 

Class schedule and tuition: Click here for the 2020-2021 pre-professional division brochure.

New students must audition before enrolling: Click here to email us to schedule an audition.

Serious ballet training with the finest professional instructors in a nurturing and respectful environment is the hallmark of the BalletNova pre-professional program.

Our Junior through Conservatory Divisions offer intensive pre-professional ballet training that prepares young dancers for professional careers should they choose that path.

Our philosophy of teaching focuses on building not only technical strength and artistic excellence but also confidence and self-esteem. In addition to the professional experience and diverse backgrounds of our highly qualified faculty, our curriculum incorporates elements from a variety of techiniques.


Junior Division 

Ages 8-12

The Junior Division ballet curriculum incorporates principles from today’s leading classical ballet training methods. It is an integrated curriculum of required classes spanning several years of training.

The curriculum is divided into levels to ensure that students are introduced to new skills in a manner appropriate to their physical, mental, and emotional development. Our program provides a strong foundation in classical ballet technique and overall dance education. Junior Division 1, 2 and 3 classes incorporate beginning character and free movement work. Junior Division 3 female students begin preparing for pointe work, and Junior Division 4 students are evaluated for progression onto pointe, which takes place in the 2nd half of the school year for those who are strong and old enough.

The program is designed to guide the developing dancer toward the pre-professional Conservatory Division. All listed classes for each Junior Division level are required. All Junior Division students are eligible to audition for the company’s production of The Nutcracker and participate in the Annual Student Performance in June.