Princeton Ballet Workshop

Princeton Ballet Workshop (PBW) is the pre-professional program at American Repertory Ballet/Princeton Ballet School. There are two levels in the program: PBW Juniors and PBW Seniors. PBW Juniors comprises the youngest group of dancers aspiring to a professional career in dance, while PBW Seniors are dancers who have achieved the two most advanced levels of training at Princeton Ballet School. PBW Seniors also includes our highly respected Trainee program which encompasses both local and international, post-secondary school dancers.

Participation in American Repertory Ballet’s The Nutcracker, will be based on an individual’s progress and performance. Casting for the Spring Performance is guaranteed.

For more information, contact Cheryl Whitney, PBW Administrator, at cwhitney@arballet.org.

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Princeton Ballet Workshop FAQs

Princeton Ballet Workshop (PBW) is the pre-professional performance program of Princeton Ballet School.  There are two divisions within the program:

PBW Juniors and PBW Seniors. 

This program offers students an experience of the performance life of a professional dancer: commitment to classes; thorough rehearsals; costume fittings; many aspects of production; stagecraft; time management of school and theater schedules; performance etiquette; and performance.  Admission is by audition.

The PBW Jrs are young dancers, ages 12+ in Levels 5 and 6. There are two divisions within these levels: Academy and Pre-Professional.  Dancers choosing the Academy Division within their level must enroll in the Accelerated Academy Schedule.

All students considering participation in Princeton Ballet Workshop are required to audition.  Once accepted, they are required to maintain attendance in their technique classes, as well as attend weekend rehearsals as called:

  • Level 5 Pre-Professional: Four technique classes per week. 
  • Level 5 Accelerated Academy: Three technique classes per week. To add  classes to your program, please contact Anna McDowell: amcdowell@arballet.org.
  • Level 6 Pre-Professional: Five technique classes per week. 
  • Level 6 Accelerated Academy: Four classes per week. To add  classes to your program, please contact Anna McDowell: amcdowell@arballet.org.

PBW Jrs have the option of participating in both the fall and spring seasons. Participation in American Repertory Ballet’s professional production of the Nutcracker will be by audition.

PBW Srs are student dancers 14–18 yrs old in Levels 7 and 8, two of the three most advanced levels in Princeton Ballet School.  Our highly respected Trainee program which encompasses both national and international, post-secondary school dancers is also part of the PBW Sr program.

  • Level 7 Pre-Professional: Five technique classes per week.  
  • Level 7 Accelerated Academy: Four technique classes per week. To add  classes to your program, please contact Anna McDowell: amcdowell@arballet.org.
  • Level 8 Conservatory: Five technique classes per week.

Full year participation is required of PBW Srs.  Participation in American Repertory Ballet’s professional production of the Nutcracker will be by audition.

Question: How much does it cost?
Answer: Dues for the full year are $800.00 if you register for PBW Fall and Spring at the same time. Dues for a single semester are $450.00. Only PBW Juniors are permitted to sign up for a single semester; PBW Seniors must commit to a full year. 

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