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Dancers accepted into Ballet North Texas' Trainee Program focus on perfecting their technique while discovering what it takes to transition into a professional dance career. Ballet North Texas' Artistic Staff instructs the Trainee Program classes in ballet technique, pointe, variations, partnering, modern, and Pilates. Trainees learn and perform both repertoire by Artistic Director, Nicolina Lawson, and choreography created by the artistic staff. Performance opportunities include a fall concert, The Nutcracker, winter concert, spring concert, and festivals. 

The Trainee Program runs from August 12th, 2024 - June 1st, 2025 and is a two year program. Trainees will take company class with BNT each morning followed by classes specifically catered towards repertory, choreography and the dancers' individual needs. Trainees will be involved in BNT rehearsals throughout the day. In addition, trainees will have their own Saturday classes, rehearsals, career planning, resume writing and assistance in the audition/job search process with individual counseling and meetings. Trainees' hours will vary based on their rehearsal schedule.


The BNT Trainee Program is by audition and invitation only. A tuition fee applies. All Trainees must attend at least three weeks of the BNT Summer Course.


Trainee Program applicants who have not completed high school must make arrangements for continuing their academic studies.



Trainee dancers are responsible for establishing their own housing arrangements. Ballet North Texas does not have year-round housing available.  Dancers must also secure their own transportation to and from the studio and/or performance venues.


Trainee tuition is $5,500. (Monthly payment options are available.)

  *Discounts apply if full season tuition is paid by August 1st, 2024

Financial Assistance Applications are open from May 15 - June 17, 2024.

Dancers must be currently enrolled and deposits paid to be considered for financial aid.


School Code: 201114


For application assistance please contact TADs Family Support Center at (800) 344-8328 or email

Email for more information on the program.

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