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 Trainee Program is a 2-year commitment for dancers who are preparing for a professional dance career. The goal of this program is to create working professionals and perfect their ballet training.

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 on the school.


We hold open auditions once a year for dancer 18 to 22 years of age with solid background in classical ballet training.


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 can be tough. Trainees pay $500.00 per month, August to May, for 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 prices 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.

For more information regarding acceptance into trainee program email