The Performance Elite Trainee Program

The purpose of the Savannah Ballet Theatre Trainee Program is to prepare dancers for a career and life as a professional ballet dancer. Trainees must be at least 17 years old and complete high school by September 1, 2018. Students considered to have professional potential are accepted into the Trainee Program. Students may remain in the program for a maximum of three years. At the end of each school year, students are evaluated and notified of one of the following:

  • Remain in the program
  • Advancement to SBT Company as Apprentice
  • Released from the program and encouraged to pursue other professional dance opportunities

All classes are taught by the faculty of SBT, Trainee Program Staff, and weekly guest teachers. Trainees will meet 5 days a week. Each day consists of a technique class and rehearsal. The Trainee Program of Savannah Ballet Theatre uses a Vaganova syllabus, modified to SBT style. The Trainee Program follows the calendar of the Savannah-Chatham Public School system, August through May. Trainees are encouraged, but not required, to participate in Savannah Ballet Theatre’s annual Summer Dance Intensive.

Trainee Faculty is packed full with epic teachers and choreographers with college degrees and years of professional experience. Whether your future is in professional dance, or you are looking for a professional training program while earning your degree, the Trainee program is a wonderful option.  For more information, please contact Education Director, Abby McCuen at

Trainees will perform with SBT company members in three performances throughout the season at the historic Lucas Theatre. SBT is proud to be the official dance company of the Lucas Theatre. Other performance opportunities are available throughout the season as well.

Performances are slated for:
October 13th, 2018
November 30th-December 2nd, 2018
April 19th-20th, 2019

Trainees in SBT’s Performance Elite Trainee Program will train 12-25 hours a week. Classes will take place in the morning and optional evening classes are available for additional training. Dancers will train in ballet, advanced pointe work, variations, partnering, contemporary, jazz, musical theatre, pilates, yoga, and conditioning for dance every week. Classes begin August 20th, 2018.
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Trainees pay a monthly fee of $300.00. This fee includes all classes, and performances fees. Fees are paid from September-May. Tuition assistance is available.

Why Savannah Ballet

  • Savannah Ballet is the premiere dance company in Southeast Georgia.
  • Take class with established professional dancers everyday.
  • Perform in innovative productions for the ultimate company experience.
  • Train with world renowned choreographers and teachers.
  • Prepare for life as a professional dancer in the most beautiful city in the world.
  • Be an integral part of the Savannah Ballet Theatre family.

Audition Information

Saturday, April 14th, 2018

10:00 AM-11:30 AM

Pay online HERE

Headshot and Resume

Savannah Ballet Studio
115 Charlotte Road


Training & Technique

Class with fellow artists and training from epic teachers. The future is yours for the taking.


Artistry & Performance

Trainees will perform in innovative productions that help them to discover the artist within themselves

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