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Professional Level (PL) Program

Professional Level (PL) Program

An intensive program providing the foundation for a professional career

Fine tuning the skills that will take your ballet career to the next level

Professional Level (PL) Program


  • Two-year program nurturing and developing the next generation of artists
  • Performing opportunities with lecture demonstrations and community outreach programming
  • Opportunities for selected dancers to perform with the company
  • Reduced tuition opportunities available, dependent upon financial need


Click here for full 2018-19 Professional Level Program details (PDF)

Are you serious about pursuing a career in dance? The best route to becoming a professional dancer is to train with them every day – and that’s the experience offered through the Indianapolis School of Ballet’s new Professional Level (PL) Program, hosted in partnership with Indianapolis Ballet. 


This two-year program is designed to guide our dancers through the transition from student life to professional dance or higher collegiate education. PL Program dancers are considered for Apprentice positions within the Indianapolis Ballet company, and selected students may also have opportunities to perform in Indianapolis Ballet company productions throughout the year. Additional performance opportunities may arise via IB’s increasing schedule of community performances.


Dancers invited to take part in the PL Program concentrate on refining technique and developing artistry through an intensive, full-day, 36-40 hour per week comprehensive program of instruction from mid-August through mid-May. Curriculum includes technique, pointe, variations, men’s class, adagio, modern, choreography, Pilates, strength training, and seminars on such topics as nutrition, personal safety, and injury prevention. The Indianapolis School of Ballet also assists students with career planning by offering workshops on résumé writing for the audition/job search process, resources for audition photos, and through individual counseling or conferences.


Acceptance to the PL Program is by audition only; students will be notified verbally of their acceptance within seven days of audition.


The application process requires information from the prospective student, his/her parents, a recommendation from the student’s current ballet instructor, and financial assistance paperwork (if financial aid is needed).


Tuition cost for the Professional Level Program is $3,300 for the full tenure; tuition will be prorated depending on when the student joins the program. Prospective students and their parents must consider living arrangements (ISB does not offer year-round housing) as well as academics. Professional Level candidates who have not completed high school must have a plan to continue academic studies while attending ISB.


Please click the button below to obtain the full details on ISB’s Professional Level Program, including audition and application information. Dancers interested in obtaining more information about the PL Program are asked to contact Coleen Szulc, Indianapolis School of Ballet Director of Student Services/Outreach, at 317-955-7525 x224 or at


Indianapolis Ballet is a non-profit organization and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religious creed, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or national origin.

Click for full 2018-19 Professional Level Program details (PDF)