Pre-Professional Division

For aspiring dance professionals ages 14 -18.

Miami City Ballet School’s Pre-Professional Division trains students to be versatile 21st-century dancers with the necessary technique, artistry and physical strength to perform ballets in the Balanchine repertory as well as other choreographic styles.  The School’s renowned faculty, established syllabus and range of performance opportunities prepares students to join Miami City Ballet as well as other preeminent dance companies around the world.

Furthermore, Company artistic staff periodically teach the Pre-Professional Division students in order to share their knowledge and expertise, observe their progress, and consider them for positions within the Company.

Half of Miami City Ballet’s dancers are graduates of MCB School, including Principal dancers Jeanette Delgado, Patricia Delgado, Renan Cerdeiro and Kleber Rebello; Principal Soloist Nathalia Arja and Soloist Jovani Furlan. Other alumni have joined illustrious companies such as Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Hamburg Ballet, Batsheva Dance Company, among others.

The Pre-Professional Division is divided into two levels that meet six times a week and train between 20-30 hours per week. The Pre-Professional curriculum includes separate Men’s and Women’s Ballet Technique, Pointe, Variations, Pas de Deux, Repertory, Contemporary Dance and Choreography classes.  Supplemental training classes are offered in Pilates Mat and Gyrokenesis®, individual equipment training in Gyrotonic® and Pilates, and Weight Training for Men.

All classes are taught to live piano accompaniment, a critical element in developing a student’s understanding of the relationship between music and movement.

To round out their training and academics, Pre-Professional students have access to an array of services, including physical therapy, career counseling and recreational activities. MCBS also works closely with a network of medical professionals, as well as a licensed psychologist and nutritionist who are always available to students who require their guidance.


The School is committed to developing exceptional male dancers by encouraging dance participation at an early age and providing specialized training courses that are critical to men’s technical growth.

The curriculum includes daily Men’s Ballet Technique, Men’s Variations, three Pas de Deux classes per week and personalized Weight Training, along with the other classes in the Pre-Professional curriculum. Full scholarships are available.


Our acclaimed faculty focuses on individualized instruction for each student, drawing from extensive professional performing careers and solid pedagogical backgrounds in their respective schools of training. Their expertise paired with the MCB School syllabus creates a rigorous, comprehensive training program that develops a strong classical technique, refinement and musicality.

Company artistic staff, including Ballet Masters and Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez, will periodically teach the Pre-Professional Division students in order to share their knowledge and expertise, observe their progress, and consider them for Apprentice positions with the Company. Principal Company members also teach students on occasion.

Find out more about the MCB School Faculty.

MCB School demonstrates a commitment to the holistic development of each dancer through an array of academic, career planning and wellness services. We provide each student with:

Physical Therapy

Miami City Ballet’s Physical Therapy department offers comprehensive wellness training to all Pre-Professional students, including full-body screening to determine areas of weakness, individualized exercise programs to prevent injury, massage therapy and physical therapy sessions.

Counseling Services

MCB School is pleased to offer confidential counseling services with psychologist Dr. Millie Figueredo to all Pre-Professional students. This is especially helpful to students who are living away from home for the first time, dealing with an injury, or preparing for Company auditions. These services are offered free of charge.

Nutrition Counseling

MCB School’s registered dietitian, Suzanne Fisher, helps the serious dance student understand their bodies’ nutritional needs during rigorous training with seminars on choosing the right foods, learning to cook on their own for the first time, and advice on staying injury-free through healthy eating.  Private nutritional counseling sessions are also available.

Additional Services

  • A weight-training room with various gym equipment for Men’s personalized weight training class and individual use.
  • Career assistance to prepare Pre-Professional II students for auditions by instructing them how to research dance companies and college dance programs, write a resume and cover letter, and create and submit audition videos.
  • Professional filming of audition videos by a member of MCB’s production team, for an additional fee. Working with a coach, students will choose two variations and center work combinations for the video.
  • International student services offered by our professional, multilingual staff who assists with visa-related inquiries, orients students and parents, and facilitates adjustment to life in the United States.

Secure housing is available for out-of-town students at our elegantly appointed, large one-bedroom apartments. A Housing Supervisor is present at all times.

Tradewinds Apartments is home to the Miami City Ballet School Residence Hall.  The apartments have large, comfortable bunk beds that accommodate four students per apartment.  Some of the apartment features include:

  • Ample storage space
  • Fully equipped kitchens with granite countertops
  • Flat-screen televisions in the bedroom and living room
  • Attractive contemporary furnishings
  • Complimentary cable television and wireless internet

In addition, our Residence Hall offers the following amenities:

  • 24-hour building security
  • Housing Supervisor available around the clock to meet our students’ needs
  • Weekly housekeeping service
  • Laundry facility
  • Outdoor swimming pool and sundeck

The Residence Hall is conveniently located two blocks from the studios, three blocks from Miami Beach Senior High School and three blocks from the beach. Grocery stores, banks and the world-famous Lincoln Road shopping district are within walking distance, and public transportation is easily accessible.

For additional information, please contact Stella Ford at or (305) 929-7007 x1802.

The School partners with nearby Miami Beach Senior High School to allow students to complete their academic studies while participating in the Pre-Professional Division. Students may also enroll in online academic courses.

Miami Beach Senior High (MBSH) is located at 2231 Prairie Avenue in Miami Beach, two blocks from the Miami City Ballet School dormitory and studios. The school is part of the Miami-Dade County Public School system, which is the fourth largest school district in the country.

Miami City Ballet School has a long-time partnership with Miami Beach Senior High. Over the years, many of our year-round students have chosen to enroll in the school. In addition to its academic offerings, the school is very accommodating to the scheduling needs and career goals of our dancers.

  • After initial registration, students will meet with a MBSH counselor to discuss scheduling, coursework and academic programs.
  • Our Pre-Professional I students finish their academic classes in time for their afternoon dance classes at MCB School.
  • Miami Beach High allows our Pre-Professional II students to pair early morning classes with online coursework.

In 2009, MBSH was recognized as a magnet school.  Some of the academic programs offered at MBSH include:

  • Advanced Placement Courses
  • Scholars Academy
  • International Baccalaureate Program
  • ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)

In addition to these academic offerings, juniors and seniors enrolled at Miami Beach Senior High may apply for the Honors and Executive Internship Program (HEIP).

  • The Internship Program is an elective course which can be taken for one or two annual credits, depending on the student’s schedule. A local honors point is awarded for each credit earned.
  • Internship assignments include investigations, presentations, research projects and program designs.
  • Students interning at Miami City Ballet have worked on an array of projects in the Marketing, Finance and Development departments, as well as the MCB School Administrative Office.

For additional information, please contact Stella Ford at or (305) 929-7007 x1802.

Admission into the Pre-Professional Division (ages 14 – 18) requires an audition. You may visit our Audition page or email for more information on how to audition. Students may audition and will be considered for entry into the Pre-Professional Division based upon availability throughout the term of the school year. Limited partial and full scholarships are available based on merit and awarded at the discretion of the Director of Faculty & Curriculum.

Students may only register for the Pre-Professional Division if they have auditioned and have been accepted into the program.  Students will be provided the Registration Packet for the Pre-Professional Division upon acceptance.  Once received, please review the Registration Packet for details, and follow the instructions for online registration.


Contact MCB School at 305.929.7007 x1 or email