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  1. Consistent training in a focused environment where each class plan has the goal of training solid technique.  This builds strength, coordination, performance quality, dynamics and motivation for movement so that you may become the best physical and expressive artist you can be.
  2. Students in this Program are with other like-minded students that are passionate about dance and would like to gain the experience needed to pursue a career in dance, and spur each other on.
  3. Dance careers happen when you are young, so getting the best training possible at a young age is crucial.  By the time you graduate high school you should be close to being able to get a job.  Part of training in the Pre-Professional Program is to learn skills in responsibility and organization that are required as a professional.
  4. With many performance opportunities, dancers become more capable and comfortable with their performance.  Because they know they have the training, stamina and strength needed, they can perform with confidence in their abilities.
There is a car-pooling rotation set up between the parents.  Some students take the public transportation (bus) from their school to the studio.
Our Program is designed to be a place where students can be challenged to be their best in a positive environment. Students excel when they push themselves, and will only improve and reach their goals if they have the self-discipline and motivation to work hard in class every day. We encourage our students to be supportive of one another. Team building exercises are part of the Program, as students are expected to work with others in a professional manor. The health, safety, and well-being of our dancers is a priority above anything else; dancers will not be expected to perform or participate when any of these things are compromised.
All of our students participate in CSB’s Nutcracker and local competitions – they must do at least 1 solo and all the group pieces that are a part of the Program. We strongly encourage our students to do extra conditioning exercises and stretching on their own time. Some students get ahead in school by doing online subjects (such as CAPP, English, Social Studies or PE) during the summer months.
Upon graduation, students will either attend further post-secondary dance training or audition for apprentice roles in companies. If a professional dance career is not the goal, students will have had enough training to enter a teacher training program, and possibly be able to start teaching or a teaching mentorship.
Some families within the program have been able to accommodate billets. Once these places are filled, there are other students in the general school that could be possible billets.
For Grades 10 and up, you could receive up to 12 credits per year from our program. You can receive credit for PE hours (through online PE), and Fine arts (through RAD exams), as well as possible Independent Directed Studies credit. The Independent Directed Studies would be for projects that are dance related that help you in your dance studies, and credit is given through the Ministry of Education via your school counselor. You need to speak to your school counselor to set this up, it does not happen automatically. For grades 8 & 9, individual schools award credit for courses in their own way. You must speak with your counselor or Vice Principal to obtain credit for courses.

Pre-Professional Program Auditions

Entrance into the Program is by Audition and Application.  Students must currently be dancing at RAD Intermediate Foundation level or higher to be considered.  Students must attend a 3 or 4 week (minimum) Summer Intensive Training Program to be eligible for our program.

Applicants will be accepted into the program based on our evaluation of their:

  • work ethic and focus
  • potential and abilities as a dancer (both technically and artistically)
  • apparent desire, drive, and ambition for dance

Audition dates were May 14th and 15th, but video auditions will still be accepted.  Please e-mail csbspreprofprogram@gmail.com for video requirements.

Please see upload the Audition Form to submit with your Audition video.

Further information is available upon request.  For inquiries, please make an appointment or contact us.