Pre-Professional Training Program

About Pre-Professional Dance

For Dancers Ages 15 to 22

Performers enrolled in Emerge Youth Ensemble who are considering a professional career in ballet or contemporary dance are encouraged to enroll in our Pre-Professional Training Program (PPTP).

The comprehensive weekly training schedule for PPTP will require the mental strength, technical proficiency and versatility that a professional performance career demands. Curriculum will be tailored to each student’s individual needs through weekly private lessons, working as a soloist, audition preparation, somatic awareness and tools for navigating a career in dance.

Students will be expected to perform in The Nutcracker as well as Denver Ballet Guild and/or Youth America Grand Prix.

The Pre-Professional Training Program is open to dancers aged 15-22. Admission to the program is on a case by case basis. Please reach out to if you are interested in joining this program.



Minimum Mandatory Participation Requirements

  • The Nutcracker
  • Anti-Bullying Performances
  • Spring mainstage performance and production

Optional Performance Opportunities

  • Denver Ballet Guild (competition)
  • Denver Ballet Guild (performance only)
  • Youth America Grand Prix (competition)
  • Convergence
  • Lecture/Demonstrations
  • Additional pop-up performance opportunities

Please reach out to if you are interested in joining this program.

Training Requirements

Approximately 25-30 hours of training and rehearsal hours per week

Daytime Programs

  • Ballet Technique Classes
  • Private Lessons
  • Contemporary Partnering Classes
  • Anatomy for Dancers
  • Dance History
  • Navigate: Career Advising for Dancers
  • Free or discounted classes with local professional dance companies

Evening Programs

  • Four Ballet Technique classes
  • Three Pointe Classes or Power/Flight/Turns
  • Variations
  • Modern Technique Class
  • Contemporary Class
  • Either Tap, Jazz or Conditioning
  • Composition Class
  • Up to five rehearsal hours for The Nutcracker in the Fall Session
  • Up to six rehearsal hours with Emerge Dance Collective

*Colorado Conservatory of Dance will assist in communication with academic school administrators, counselors and teachers for students to attend at least three week-day training slots between 1:30-4pm.

Please reach out to if you are interested in joining this program.

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