Pre-Professional Training
Level IV
Monday
PBT - 4:30-5:30
Ballet - 5:30-7:00
HBT Rehearsal 7:00-8:30

Tuesday
Ballet - 6:00-7:30
Pointe/Variations - 7:30-8:30

Wednesday
Contemporary - 4:30-5:45
Ballet - 5:45-7:15

Thursday
Ballet - 4:30-6:00
HBT Rehearsal - 6:00-8:00

Saturday
Modern/Jazz - 9:15-10:15
Ballet - 10:15-11:45
HBT Rehearsal - 12:00
Level V/Pre-Professional
Monday
PBT - 4:30-5:30
Ballet - 5:30-7:00
HBT Rehearsal 7:00-8:30

Tuesday
Ballet - 6:00-7:30
Pointe/Variations - 7:30-8:30

Wednesday
Contemporary - 4:30-5:45
Ballet - 5:45-7:15

Thursday
Ballet - 4:30-6:00
HBT Rehearsal - 6:00-8:00

Saturday
Modern/Jazz - 9:15-10:15
Ballet - 10:15-11:45
HBT Rehearsal - 12:00
Our Pre-Professional Training Program provides high-quality training for professional/collegiate careers in ballet/modern. The faculty is led by founder, Jennifer Grapes Croughan and HBT director, Nicole Miller, and includes Foye DuBose, Patrick Willison, and Julianne Woldjakowski.  

The comprehensive HDA syllabus was created by Jennifer Grapes Croughan and is based on several different styles and methods of classical dance training. The syllabus is designed to develop technically strong, expressive ballet dancers, who ultimately can adapt to any style. The syllabus caters to the American dancer, one which must be well-versed in all styles and techniques.

All faculty members are current or former professional dancers who hail from companies such as Alabama Ballet, Albany Berkshire Ballet, Houston Ballet, Inaside Chicago Dance, Joffrey Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Montgomery Ballet.  Former HDA dancers who have completed the HDA pre-professional training program have gone on to study dance at Butler University, University of Cincinatti-CCM, University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Point Park University.  HDA dancers have also received professional contracts with the Finnish National Ballet, Albany Berkshire Ballet, Kentucky Ballet Theatre, and Minnesota Ballet.  Students have also received scholarships to summer intensives with the American Ballet Theatre, Ballet Austin, Boston Ballet, Jose Manuel Carreno, Milwaukee Ballet, and Montgomery Ballet.

The Pre-Professional Division begins at Level IV and finishes at the Pre-Professional level. Each student is evaluated by the HDA faculty and placed into the level where she/he will benefit most from their classes. Students should expect to spend more than one year in a level.


Pre-Professional Training Program Dress Code Requirements
Level IV Mirella black camisole leotard, Capezio theatrical pink convertible tights with seams, Capezio pink canvas “Hanami” ballet slippers, Capezio black slip-on jazz shoes (for Level IV/V/Pre-Pro Jazz), pointe shoes, and hair in a bun. NO SKIRTS OR TUTUS.

Level V Wear Moi “Abbie” Fuchsia camisole leotard, Capezio theatrical pink convertible tights with seams, Capezio pink canvas “Hanami” ballet slippers, Capezio black slip-on jazz shoes (for Level IV/V/Pre-Pro Jazz), pointe shoes and hair in a bun. NO SKIRTS OR TUTUS.

Pre-Professional Yumiko “Tamara” dark blue camisole leotard (not available at Saxton’s), Capezio theatrical pink convertible tights with seams, Capezio pink canvas “Hanami” ballet slippers, Capezio black slip-on jazz shoes (for Level IV/V/Pre-Pro Jazz), pointe shoes and hair in a bun. NO SKIRTS OR TUTUS.

Pre-Professional dancers