Trainee Program

Virginia National Ballet’s Trainee Program is intended for talented dancers ages 18-22 who wish to bridge the gap between their student training and professional work.

Trainees will take company classes with the professional company each day, as well as supplemental afternoon/evening classes in ballet, pas de deux, variations, contemporary, and jazz.  Trainees will have the opportunity to perform in VNB’s mainstage productions and tours as well as community outreach events, and to understudy roles.  Additionally, Trainees will learn about best practices for creating resumes, cover letters, auditioning, social media/marketing, and more.  A typical daily schedule is company class in the morning followed by rehearsals, then afternoon classes between 4:30-8:30.

The Trainee Tuition is $3,000 for the 2022-23 season (September through the 1st week of June).  Scholarships are available.  Trainees are responsible to find and pay for their own housing.  VNB is happy to recommend and connect Trainees who wish to room together.  Applications for 2021-22 are now open.

VNB’s Trainee Program is advantageous as the size of the professional company and the small number of Trainee slots available guarantees greater attention to each individual dancer.

To audition for the Trainee Program, applicants must submit the following form. Trainees are encouraged to attend the summer intensive.  There is no application fee to apply.  Foreign dancers who are accepted to the program will be given information regarding visas.  Foreign dancers requiring visas must pay for their visas.

If you need to ask a question before or after you submit the application, please contact us through the CONTACT page, or call 703-753-5005.