Trainee Program

Front row on the floor from left to right is Dalliany Rivera, Lily Sargent.
Back row from left to right is Megan Brooks, Emma Nelson, Erin Troost, Nashializ Gomez, Claire Kiser

Cleveland Ballet’s Trainee program is a unique 2-year program that challenges aspiring professional ballet dancers to put the finishes touches on their training while performing with Cleveland Ballet’s professional dancers.

Daily Activities

Trainees’ daily activities include: company class, company rehearsals during the early part of the day as well as advanced professional ballet technique, pointe and variation classes with the Pre-Professional Division of the School.


Open audition to dancers 18 to 22 with solid background in classical ballet training, the Trainee Program prepares promising dancers for successful career with Cleveland Ballet as well as other professional dance companies.


The Trainee Program’s tuition is purposely kept reasonable with the intent of facilitating accessibility for a broad range of dancers. We are fully aware of the necessity for trainees to work to cover their expenses while attending the program and that paying tuition on top of their expenses could be tough. Trainees pay $500.00 per month, August to May, with a total of $5,000.00 per year.

Room and Board At Andrew Osborne Academy

Just 30 minutes from downtown Cleveland and located on a beautiful 300-acre campus, our partner AOA offers special price for housing.


Trainees are evaluated twice each year by Cleveland Ballet artistic staff to receive detailed feedback on their progress. Trainees who successfully graduate from the program receive individual career advice, assistance and counseling towards a career in dance and professional performance. Graduating trainees are seriously considered for apprenticeship positions in Cleveland Ballet as they become available, though such positions are not guaranteed.

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For more information regarding acceptance into trainee program email