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 This distinguished program is designed to develop young dancers (ages 8-18) in the art of performance and equip them with the necessary tools and technique needed for a successful career as a professional dancer. This conservatory-style training is modeled after prominent schools such as Balanchine’s School of American Ballet. 


Students in the program are required to train a minimum of 10 hours per week and will attend a schedule of requisite courses specifically tailored to their level, including ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, and contemporary dance. Students are also encouraged to join as many elective courses as they can according to their personal schedule. 


This program is a launching point for students to experience professional opportunities in the Saint Louis community and beyond. We encourage students to audition and perform with other prestigious organizations and provide them with the resources to be successful. 

ADMISSIONS: Admissions

Pre-Professional Dance Program

Advanced Training

 The Pre-Professional Program offers rigorous curriculum-based training taught by Bridgeman Academy’s experienced and distinguished faculty. The program offers individualized mentorship sessions with instructors to personally identify each student’s strengths and opportunities, nurture aspirations and design individualized recommendations for growth. 

Key Benefits

  • One complimentary elective course per student (optional). Add unlimited* courses for an extra $50/month per student

  • Discounted $20 private lessons 

  • Personal locker

  • Company leotard & tights set 

  • Complimentary headshots & artistic photos

  • Ignite Performing Company membership or apprenticeship and eligible for key production roles

  • Quarterly individual reviews with artistic director


*Does not apply to limited capacity courses such as Lyra

Program Levels

Pre-Professional Program students are split into three skill levels. This structure allows us to better serve the needs and goals of our students, and enhances the overall quality of the program. 

Level 1 is for students looking to master basic foundational dance disciplines. Through guided training, students will learn Balanchine technique and vocabulary with an emphasis in musicality. Students will also practice body control and develop physical endurance, strength, flexibility, and coordination.

Level 2 is designed for students who have prior training in dance and are ready to take their technique, flexibility, and strength to a higher level. This level will focus on technical development and artistic growth through consistent training. 


Level 3 is geared towards advanced students who have a strong foundation in dance and are ready for more intensive training. This level will focus on advanced technical skills and artistic expression. Students will work with instructors on more challenging repertoire.

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Each level of the program offers a predictable weekly schedule to maximize the impact of skill-building with a healthy balance of rest. Level 1 students train three days per week while Levels 2 & 3 train four days per week. All levels may take advantage of optional elective courses outside of their core curriculum at an additional cost.

Example Weekly Schedule
Tuition & Scholarships

Student tuition is $2499 annually (includes pay-in-full discount) or $249 monthly. Family tuition (up to 3 students) is $3499 annually (includes pay-in-full discount) or $349 monthly.

Each year, Bridgeman Academy provides thousands of dollars in scholarships to support prospective students and their families. This support is evaluated based on need and not awarded for student skill or talent. Complete the simple, secure online form to be considered for financial assistance.



To be considered for the program, students must submit an application along with a video audition or participate in a Bridgeman Academy jury evaluation.

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