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Pre-Professional Division

September 8, 2021 – June 6, 2022


For aspiring dance professionals ages 14 and up.

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, Nathalia Arja, Renan Cerdeiro and Kleber Rebello; Other alumni have joined illustrious companies such as Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Hamburg Ballet and Sarasota Ballet, among others.

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

All technique 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.


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, Pas de Deux classes and personalized Weight Training, along with the other classes in the Pre-Professional curriculum. Full scholarships are available.


Limited partial and full scholarships are available for the Pre-Professional Division based on merit and awarded at the discretion of the School Artistic Director.

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 Rehearsal Director 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:

Masterclass Series

Miami City Ballet School’s Masterclass Series is part of our Pre-Professional Program. This series was created to further enrich our curriculum by exposing MCB School students to a wider range of artistic styles and repertory. These masterclasses will provide our most advanced students with a unique opportunity to engage with and learn from acclaimed Guest Master Teachers who have made celebrated impacts within the world of dance and the performing arts.

MCB Mentor Program

The Mentorship Program strives to bridge the transition between students to professional life.

Topics covered inherent in the dance world include; confidence building, understanding the unknown, overcoming obstacles, strategies to stay focused, how to approach the stage, professionalism, summer intensive auditions, and company auditions.

Injury Prevention and Nutrition Seminars

Miami City Ballet School partners with Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s Sports Health Program to bring dance medicine, injury prevention, and nutrition education to the students. Seminars and workshops include guided exercises, self-care strategies, and nutrition recommendations to reduce injury risk and improve dance performance. Students will learn the importance of connecting with their bodies to promote a healthy dance career.

Additional Services

  • A weight-training room with various gym equipment for Men’s personalized weight training class and individual use. Note: due to the impact of COVID-19, students may not be able to use the gym equipment.
  • 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.

Miami City Ballet School is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant students.

Due to the impact of COVID-19, Miami City Ballet School will not offer housing for our dancers during the 2021/22 School Year.

Option 1: Many families choose to enroll their students in correspondence or online high school programs. Miami City Ballet School does not have a partnership with any particular program. Our Dean of Student Affairs can assist you with options that have worked well with our students.

Option 2: 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.
  • 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.

Admission into the Pre-Professional Division (ages 14 and up) requires an audition.

For more information on how to audition visit our Audition page or email School@miamicityballet.org.

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 School Artistic Director.

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 follow the instructions for online registration.

Students in the Pre-Professional II level perform with the MCB School Ensemble and are considered for Apprentice positions with the main Company.

MCB School Ensemble
The MCB School Ensemble performs in MCB’s signature education and outreach program, Ballet for Young People, as well as in other special events and public performances at some of South Florida’s premier performing arts venues such as Adrienne Arsht Center, South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center and Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, among others.

The Apprentice Program allows select students, chosen by MCB Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez, to take class, rehearse and perform with the Company during the season. Apprentices are considered for Company positions with Miami City Ballet.

Performance Opportunities
Each spring, students from the Pre-Professional Division perform in the MCB School Ensemble Performances and the Student Workshop Performances, giving them the opportunity to perform in Balanchine ballets, works from the classical repertoire, or original works by faculty members.


Contact MCB School at 305.929.7007 or email school@miamicityballet.org