Classes & Registration

Trainee Program

Princeton Ballet School is the nation’s second largest nonprofit dance school. It was founded in 1954. The school, under the leadership of School Director Aydmara Cabrera, has a highly qualified faculty dedicated to providing the training necessary to allow gifted students to achieve their goal of a professional dance career.

American Repertory Ballet is a nationally recognized professional ballet company under the Artistic Direction of Ethan Stiefel and Artistic Associate Gillian Murphy. ARB has a rich history of classical, neo-classical and contemporary work.

The Trainee Program is a two-year program, and is the bridge between the student phase of training and that of a professional career. ARB Trainees start each day with intensive classes designed to polish technique and build strength. The program includes ballet, pointe class, variations, contemporary, bio-mechanics/conditioning, character, choreography and repertoire to further develop classical, contemporary technique and performance skills in a professional environment. Based on an individual’s progress and performance, trainees will have the opportunity to dance in American Repertory Ballet productions.

Additionally, trainees will receive the valuable experience of having classes and coaching from ARB artistic staff throughout the year.

International Students: Princeton Ballet School’s Trainee Program is certified by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) to enroll nonimmigrant students on F-1 visas

Trainee’s participation in classes and performance with ARB are by invitation ONLY.

How to Apply
We feel strongly that the best time to join the Trainee program is during our Summer Intensive.

To learn more: please contact Carol Bellis, Summer Intensive Programs Coordinator, at [email protected] or call 609. 921.7758, ext. 30.


Pay in Full:
$6850 + $80 registration fee due at registration

Payment Plan:
$500 due at registration
$1363 + $80 registration fee due 9/15/23
$1363 due 10/15/23, 11/15/23, 1/15/24, 2/15/24


Trainees get an $800 scholarship for Trainee 2023-2024 if they register (and pay the deposit) for SI 2023 and Trainee 2023-2024 by March 15. $800 scholarship is applied to the Trainee 2023-2024 tuition (last payment if paying on the payment plan). This applies to all new and returning trainees.


Click here to order Trainee’s uniforms

Uniform Color: White

Adult sizes: x-small, small, medium, large, xl

Wrap Skirt sizes: xs/s, m/l