Students invited to the Pre-Professional Division concentrate on perfecting technique and developing artistry through an intensive full-day, 40-week, comprehensive program. Pre-Professional Division curriculum includes technique, pointe, variations, adagio, contemporary, modern, choreography, Pilates apparatus classes, Progressing Ballet Technique and seminars on such topics as nutrition, injury prevention and cross training. This program is designed to help students transition from student to professional dancer. North Texas Conservatory equips students with career planning by offering workshops and resources on resume writing and the audition/job search process, providing contacts for audition photos, and through individual counseling/conferences. Acceptance into the NTC Pre-Professional Division insures multiple opportunities a year for students to dance roles in Ballet North Texas’ productions exempt from auditions for the specific production.
Professional Division students are responsible for making their own housing arrangements during the school year, as North Texas Conservatory does not have year-round housing available. Students often choose to live with a roommate; most roommate situations are established before the end of Summer Course. Please contact our office for recommendations on housing arrangements.
Conferences are held in the winter and spring with Ms. Sessions and Ms. Lawson. The purpose of these conferences are to evaluate student progress, summer course training options, audition opportunities and following year plans.
Pilates & Strength Training:
North Texas Conservatory provides additional strength training through its 40 week course with classes in Processing Ballet Technique, Pilates and Conditioning. These classes are intended to enhance and protect dancers as they develop new muscles and strength outside of ballet technique.
Future Career Planning:
NTC is firmly committed to providing as many career planning resources and job placement opportunities as possible to Pre-Professional Division students upon graduation from the program. Resume building info sessions, audition workshops and photographer contacts for audition portfolios are available to students. Individual counseling and advice on careers in dance and/or college dance programs are also provided.
Company Rehearsals: North Texas Conservatory PPD students may be called to Ballet North Texas Company rehearsals. If called, students are expected to attend all scheduled rehearsals, whether or not they are cast to perform. The Conservatory office must be notified if rehearsals conflict with School classes. School dress code is required in rehearsals.
Company Performances: PPD students perform in Ballet North Texas’ The Nutcracker. A select number of students may be cast in other productions throughout the season. This information is included in the Professional Division student fall registration.
Teacher Assistants: PPD students may be selected to assist with Children’s Division and Student Division classes. Teacher Assistants gain valuable experience working with North Texas Conservatory instructors, learning to manage children in a classroom setting through demonstration and verbal instruction. Please see Ms. Sessions if you are interested in this opportunity.