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Students invited to the Pre-Professional Division & BNT II concentrate on perfecting technique and developing artistry through an intensive, comprehensive program. Pre-Professional Division curriculum includes technique, pointe, variations, contemporary, modern, choreography, Pilates, Progressing Ballet Technique, Gyrotonics 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. Ballet 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 BNTC 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.
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Pre-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 with Ms. Lawson and Artistic Staff are held in the winter to discuss student progress, options for summer programs and the following school year, and audition tour plans.
PILATES AND STRENGTH TRAINING
Ballet North Texas Conservatory provides additional strength training with classes in Progressing Ballet Technique, Gyrotonics, 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
BNTC 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: Pre-Professional Division 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. Students rehearsing with the company are still required to take their evening classes at the conservatory.
Company Performances: Pre-Professional Division 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 Pre-Professional Division student fall registration.
Private Coaching: Pre-Professional Division students are eligible for private coaching.
Teacher Assistants: Pre-Professional Division students may be selected to assist with Children’s Division and Student Division classes. Teacher Assistants gain valuable experience working with Ballet North Texas Conservatory instructors, learning to manage children in a classroom setting through demonstration and verbal instruction.