La Academia: Pre-Professional Studies (Ages 7-23)


Training eclectic, versatile dancers that stand out in a competitive professional environment for their mastery of the classical ballet tradition, familiarity with contemporary technique, and exposure to Spanish dance.

La Academia, Ballet Hispánico's Pre-Professional Program, is a unique intensive training system developed with the full spectrum of the Ballet Hispánico curriculum that aims to produce a well-rounded dancer. After ten years of training in the Pre-Professional Program, a dancer will possess:

SCHOOL YEAR 2017-18 - Registration Open


Admission to La Academia is by audition only. Students can audition by attending an open call audition, scheduling a class audition appointment, or submitting a video audition. Interested in auditioning? Download our application and video submission instructions HERE.

Open Call Auditions:
Currently, there are no open call auditions scheduled.

Class Audition Appointments:
Auditions by appointment may be scheduled starting September 18, 2017. To request an audition appointment, contact

Video Auditions:
Please refer to our audition application for instructions on how to submit a video audition. You can access the application by clicking HERE.

Download and completed School of Dance Audition Form HERE
Arrive 30 minutes prior to audition time.
Bring a headshot and $20 audition fee.
Attire: Females in pink tights, ballet shoes, and leotard.
Males in fitted t-shirt and leggings.

Open and class auditions take place at:
Ballet Hispánico at the Arnhold Center
167 W 89th Street, New York, NY 10024

School of Dance Office Hours: Tuesday through Friday 2PM - 7PM and Saturdays 10AM-4PM. 

Financial Aid Scholarships are available to those who qualify. Financial Aid Scholarship applications are part of the program registration form. To apply for a Financial Aid Scholarship, you will be required to submit the following:

  • Completed Registration Form
  • 2016 IRS 1040 tax return forms
  • Completed Financial Aid Application Parts I and II

Applications are not considered complete unless all forms are submitted together. incomplete applications will not be accepted. Please allow two weeks for processing.

Questions? Email for assistance. 


The uniquely designed ballet program at Ballet Hispánico serves as the foundation of all the dance techniques. Students develop self-confidence and a mastery of technical skill in a disciplined yet nurturing environment. The program emphasizes attention to detail, dynamic movement, musicality, and expressiveness through dance quality. Training draws from the internationally classical Cuban technique, a methodology which emphasizes plasticity and virtuosity to create proficient and powerful dancers.


Meaning “on the tip,” this classical ballet technique is practiced using specially reinforced shoes called pointe shoes. This ballet technique is taught in combination with our Cuban methodology to strengthen and reinforce the technical abilities of our students.


Ballet Hispánico’s unique Spanish Dance curriculum incorporates varied regional dance styles from Spain, including flamenco and Escuela Clásica. This dramatic technique engages the entire body through hand, arm, footwork exercises, and castanet technique. Classes feature complex rhythm exercises, full-length choreography, and teach the history of the art form.

Classical Modern Fundamentals

Through an eclectic approach, the goal of this class is to cement a strong base of classical modern fundamentals that include basic concepts from the modern masters such as Limón and Graham, among others. Students will work on spine articulation, foot articulation in parallel, swings, undercurves, floorwork, and more. 

Graham-Based Modern Technique

Martha Graham’s unique dance technique broke the mold of classical ballet and remains at the forefront of modern dance. Graham’s deviation from classical ballet and use of specific body movements such as the contraction, release and spiral has profoundly influenced the development of modern dance. This class will strengthen the core as it emphasizes breath, energy and dynamism.

Modern / Afro-Cuban

This course introduces the polyrhythmic movement of Cuba, which is heavily influenced by West African dance. The class emphasizes isolations and proper body alignment and celebrates the stories behind each dance. The class will also challenge students aerobically to build stamina and strength.


 Level 1A

-MON 4:30-5:30PM Flamenco 1A
-MON 5:35-6:55PM Ballet 1A
-WED 4:30-5:30PM Flamenco 1A
-WED 5:35-6:55PM Ballet 1A


Level 1B

-MON4:30-5:55PMBallet 1B
-MON6:00-7:00PMFlamenco 1B
-WED4:30-5:55PMBallet 1B
-WED6:00-7:00PMFlamenco 1B


Level 2A

-TUE 4:30-5:55PM Ballet 2A
-TUE 6:00-7:10PM Flamenco 2A
-THURS 4:30-5:55PM Ballet 2A
-THURS 6:00-7:30PM Modern 2A
-FRI 4:30-5:45PM Flamenco 2A
-FRI6:00-7:30PMBallet 2A

Level 2B

TUE 4:30-5:55PM Flamenco 2B
TUE 6:00-7:30PM Ballet 2B
THURS 4:30-5:55PMModern/Afro-Cuban 2B
THURS6:00-7:30PMBallet 2B
FRI4:30-5:55PMBallet 2B
FRI 6:00-7:15PM Flamenco 2B


Level 3A

-TUE4:30-5:55PMBallet/Pointe 3A
-TUE6:00-7:30PMModern: Fundamentals 3A
-WED4:30-5:55PM Modern: Fundamentals 3A
-WED6:00-7:30PM Ballet/Pointe 3A
-THURS4:30-5:55PMBallet/Pointe 3A
-THURS6:00-7:30PMFlamenco 3A
-SAT12:00-1:25PMBallet/Pointe 3A & 3B
-SAT1:30-2:55PMFlamenco 3A

Level 3B

-TUES 4:30-5:55PM Flamenco 3B
-TUES 6:00-7:30PM Ballet/Pointe 3B
-WED 4:30-5:55PM Modern: Graham 3B
-WED 6:00-7:30PM Ballet/Pointe 3B
-THURS 4:30-5:55PM Ballet/Pointe 3B
-THURS 6:00-7:30PM Modern: Graham 3B
-SAT12:00-1:25PMBallet/Pointe 3A & 3B
-SAT2:00-3:25PMRepertory Workshop
-SAT3:30-5:00PMFlamenco 3B


Level 4A

-MON4:30-5:55PMBallet 4A
-MON6:00-6:55PMPointe/Variations Ballet 4A
-TUES4:30-5:55PMBallet/Pointe 4A
-TUES6:15-7:45PMFlamenco 4A
-WED4:30-5:55PMBallet/Pointe 4A & 4B
-WED6:00-7:30PMModern 4A
-THURS4:30-5:55PMModern 4A
-THURS 6:00-7:30PMBallet/Pointe 4A
-SAT12:00-1:30PMBallet/Pointe 4A & 4B
-SAT 2:00-3:25PMRepertory Workshop
-SAT 3:30-5:00PMSpecialized Studies in Spanish Dance 4A/PS

Level 4B

MON4:30-5:55PMModern 4B
MON6:00-7:15PMBallet 4B
MON7:15-8:00PMPointe/Variations 4B
TUES4:45-6:10PMBallet/Pointe 4B & PS
WED4:30-5:55PMBallet/Pointe 4A & 4B
WED6:00-7:30PMModern 4B
FRI4:30-5:55PMBallet/Pointe 4B
SAT12:00-1:30PMBallet/Pointe 4A & 4B


SAT2:00-3:25PMRepertory Workshop






Class Attire and Mandatory Student Dress Code

Students must be in proper dress to participate in class
  • Girls’ hair must be pulled back in a neat bun
  • Short hair must be secured from swinging about the face
  • No jewelry or watches should be worn. Small stud earrings are permitted.
  • No plastic pants, extra tee shirts, baggy sweatpants or legwarmers are permitted
  • A Capezio warm-up wrap sweater style #TC0010C/TC0010
  • A dance belt is required for males ages 10 and up
  • Nude undergarment recommendations Capezio style #3564/3678


All students Level 2 and above are required to have a Stretch Out Strap, available for purchase here.

Ballet & Pointe
All La Academia levels will use Capezio Leotard Style # TB1420C/TB1420 in the following colors:
Level 1A & B - White 
Level 2A & B - Vibrant Violet
Level 3A & B - Turquoise 
Level 4A & B - Purple

Pink convertible tights
Pink ballet slippers (recommended Capezio style #CANVAS JULIET-2028/COBRA-2030/SCULPTURE II 20321)
Students may wear their preferred choice of Pointe shoes

Males All Levels:
White Capezio Tactel Crew Neck Style #10358B/10358 (men’s sizes)
Body Wrappers B190, B400 WHT (boys)
Body Wrappers Convertible Tights B92/M92  
White ballet slippers (recommended Daisy style #205 or  MEN’S CANVAS ROMEO style #2021)
White socks
Dance  belt

Level leotard
Black Flamenco skirt (recommended Capezio style#9100c/9100)
Pink convertible tights
Black Flamenco shoes (available at Capezio or Menkes)
Castanets (available at Menkes NY)

White Capezio Tactel Crew Neck Style #10358B/10358
Black Jazz pants
Dance belt
Black flamenco shoes (available at Capezio or Menkes)
Castanets (available at Menkes NY)

Modern & Contemporary
Level leotard
Pink convertible tights
Bare feet

White Capezio Tactel Crew Neck Style #10358B/10358
Black Leggings or Black convertible solid opaque tights
Bare feet
Dance belt

Where to Purchase

Ballet Hispánico school uniform requirements are available at:

  • Families will receive a discount at the Capezio located on 201 Amsterdam Ave. at 69th Street. There are 30% Private Shopping Nights offered periodically throughout the year. See our School of Dance staff for details.
  • Flamenco shoes and castanets are available at Menkes, 250 West 54th Street, 8th floor (between Broadway and 8th Avenue). Please purchase pollopas castanets only.  Ballet Hispánico students will receive a discount.

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