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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 13 hours per week and will attend a schedule of requisite courses specifically tailored to their level, including ballet, pointe, modern, contemporary, jazz and PBT (Progressing Ballet Technique). Students are also encouraged to join as many elective courses as they can according to their personal schedule. Electives include tap, hip hop, musical theatre, leaps & turns, and acro/tumbling.


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. Instructors hail from prominent companies such as Joffrey Ballet, ABT, SAB, Alabama Ballet, Big Muddy Dance Co, and Ballet 314. Additionally, the program provides training from renowned companies through Master Classes and Auditions. We offer individualized mentorship and jury evaluations to identify each student’s strengths and opportunities, nurture aspirations and tailor personal recommendations for growth. 

Key Benefits

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

  • Discounted $25 private lessons 

  • Personal locker

  • Company leotard & tights set 

  • Complimentary headshots & artistic photos

  • Ignite Performing Company membership, eligible for principal production roles

*Does not apply to limited capacity courses such as Lyra

Program Levels

Pre-Professional Program students are split into three skill levels. Each skill level is also subdivided into A (less advanced) and B (more advanced). This structure allows us to better serve the individual needs and goals of our students through smaller class sizes while also enhancing the overall quality of the program. 

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

Level 2 is designed for students who have substantial technique training and are ready to take their technique, flexibility, and strength to a higher level. This level focuses on technical development and artistic growth. Students work to perfect their alignment through PBT and technique classes to prepare them for more advanced Repertoire in Level 3. 


Level 3 is geared towards students who have a strong foundation in dance with advanced technique and are ready for more intensive training. This level focuses on advanced technical skills, artistic expression, and challenging repertoire. Students work to increase their stamina, memorization, and stage presence preparing them to advance into professional companies.


Each level of the program offers a set weekly schedule to maximize the impact of their training with a healthy balance of rest. All levels train between the hours of 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm with optional additional courses at 4:30 pm each day. Students also have the opportunity to assistant teach outside of their requisite course hours.

Predictable Schedule
Ballet Class
Teaching Opportunities

Pre-professional students are encouraged to participate in our teacher training course which is offered two times each year. Once certified, students have the opportunity to assistant teach lower level classes that take place outside of their class 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.


Courtney, Level 3 Pre-Pro Member

“My favorite part of the program is all of the opportunities you that you get to show people your talent."
Other Fees

Audition Fee: $0 There is no fee to audition for the program.

Registration Fee: $75 One-time (per season) fee, includes the Company leotard and tights set.

Summer Intensive Fee: $200 Read about the Pre-Pro summer intensive in the Program Handbook.

Students are also responsible to pay for any required dancewear items (outside of the company leotard & tights), audition fees, costume fees, and fees related to Company performances (such as tickets to Busch Stadium for the St. Louis Cardinals performance).



To be considered for the program, students must attend an in-person audition or submit a video audition. Video audition requirements and application forms can be viewed by clicking the link below.


Students that attend jury evaluations at Bridgeman Academy are not required to audition. 

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