Pre-professional Division

The pre-professional division is a special, select-only, group program that will provide students ages 6-18 with the highest standard of education in classical ballet and other forms of dance.

Pre-professional Dance Classes

Alma Dance School’s Pre-Professional Division is a premier program that establishes the strong, healthy foundation required of students who wish to enjoy a lifetime of dance or advance to collegiate levels of participation. Importantly, this program fosters the technical and artistic abilities necessary to pursue a professional career in dance.

The pre-professional division is a special, select-only, group program that will provide students ages 6-18 with the highest standard of education in classical ballet and other forms of dance. The program has a highly detailed and focused approach emphasizing skilled coaching of individual steps, concepts, and techniques. The students selected for this program are highly motivated, coachable, and eager to learn.

Options are provided for more training, including private lessons, as each dancer advances their skills.

The dancer needs to attend an audition prior to enrolling.

Class Information

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PPBA

1.5 hrs. class a week:
Wednesday Ballet
4:15pm – 5:45pm

PPBB

2.5 hrs. class a week
Wednesday Ballet & Conditioning
4:15pm – 6:45pm

Cuban-method Ballet Training Chicagoland, IL
PPBB+

2.5 hrs. class a week
Monday Contemporary/Modern
6:30pm – 7:30pm

Wednesday Ballet & Conditioning
4:15pm – 6:45pm

Pre-professional Dance Classes Glen Ellyn
PPBC

5 hrs. class a week
Monday Ballet & Contemporary/Modern
5pm – 7:30pm

Wednesdays Ballet & Conditioning
4:15pm – 6:45pm

Cuban-method Ballet Training Chicagoland, IL
PPBC+

6 hrs. class a week
Monday Ballet & Contemporary/Modern
4pm – 7:30pm

Wednesdays Ballet & Conditioning
4:15pm – 6:45pm

Pre-professional Dance Classes Glen Ellyn
PPBD

8.5 hrs. class a week
Monday Conditioning, Ballet & Contemporary/Modern
4pm – 7:30pm

Wednesday Ballet & Conditioning
4:15pm – 6:45pm

Saturday Ballet & Pre-pointe
9:30am – 12pm

Pre-professional Dance Classes Glen Ellyn
PPBE

14 hrs. class a week
Monday Conditioning, Contemporary/Modern, Ballet & Pointe
4pm – 8:30pm

Wednesday Character/Ballet, Pointe/Variations & Supplementary Ballet Technique
4:15pm – 7:45pm

Friday Conditioning, Ballet & Pointe/Variations
4pm – 7:30pm

Saturday Ballet & Pointe/Variations
9:30am – 12pm

Pre-professional Dance Classes Glen Ellyn
PPBF

17.5 hrs. class a week Monday Conditioning, Contemporary/Modern, Ballet & Pointe
4pm – 8:30pm

Tuesday Conditioning, Ballet & Pointe/Variations
4:15pm – 7:45pm

Wednesday Character/Ballet Pointe/Variations & Supplementary Ballet Technique
4:15pm – 7:45pm

Friday Conditioning, Ballet & Pointe/Variations
4pm – 7:30pm

Saturday Ballet & Pointe/Variations
9:30am – 12pm

Cuban Method Ballet Training

The pre-professional division’s methodology of training is based on the renowned Cuban method of ballet. This program is led by award-winning principal dancers and licensed ballet teachers of the Cuban method of ballet, Guillermo Leyva and Vilma Machin. Both have extensive experience and knowledge from their professional ballet careers and numerous years of teaching.

Performances & Competitions

As part of the Pre-Professional Division, students participate in a well-balanced, weekly class schedule, and perform in the Alma Dance Theater, NFP annual Nutcracker and Simply Classic Series Productions.
Dancers in this division will receive guidance and training to prepare for competitions like the World Ballet Competition, Youth America Grand Prix, Prix de Lausanne, and others. The Pre-Professional Program is a fantastic opportunity for all students to discover their vocation and love for ballet.

Highly Successful Program

Our Pre-Professional Division produces results. It has launched the careers of former students, with recognition and awards at renowned international ballet competitions. Such exposure has led to scholarships to renowned schools, such as The American Ballet Theater, Houston Ballet, Canada’s National Ballet School, Ballet West, Stuttgart Ballet, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Kansas City Ballet and Boston Ballet.

Past students have also pursued careers in dance medicine, dance physiotherapy, dance podiatry, arts administration, costume design, choreography, teaching and many other highly desirable dance-related professions.