Professional Studies (Ages 15-23)


Advanced level training for students preparing for a career in dance


Professional Studies--the highest and most challenging arm of La Academia, Ballet Hispánico's Pre-Professional Program--is designed to further the development of the advanced student in Classical Ballet, Flamenco and Contemporary forms. This subprogram is tailored for those students attending performing arts schools, those interested in college preparation for conservatory programs, and/or those pursuing a career in dance. Admission to Professional Studies is by audition only, and students have the option of pursuing the full curriculum or one of three specialized tracks—Ballet, Flamenco or Contemporary. Performance skills are honed through exposure to repertory and preparation for a year-end recital.


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 2-7PM and Saturdays 10AM-4PM

Financial aid is available for 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 considered complete unless all forms are submitted together. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Please allow two weeks for processing. 

Questions? Email for assistance.

Full Curriculum

The student who pursues the full curriculum of Professional Studies receives the highest level of training to develop versatility across the entire spectrum of Classical Ballet, Flamenco and Contemporary offerings. Our comprehensive curriculum ensures that students are fully equipped to stand out in the professional dance world. The student is placed into one of three levels according to ability.

Ballet Track

The Ballet Track follows the internationally renowned Cuban technique, a methodology that emphasizes plasticity and virtuosity to create proficient and powerful dancers. In order to diversify and strengthen their education, students must supplement their ballet training with two contemporary or flamenco classes.

Contemporary Track

The Contemporary Track exposes students to repertory of different contemporary choreographers, including that of Ballet Hispánico, while maintaining strong modern technique with influences of Limón and Graham as a base. In order to diversify and strengthen their education, students must supplement their contemporary training with two ballet classes.

Flamenco Track

The Flamenco Track will solidify students’ technique as they develop their artistry through the focused study of repertory in Clásico Español, Spanish Folklore and Flamenco dance. As flamenco is a structured improvisation, students will have hands-on experience working with letras, llamadas, cierres and escobillas. In order to diversify and strengthen their education, students must supplement their flamenco training with additional technique classes. 




MON 5:00-6:25PM Ballet/Pointe
MON 6:30-8:00PM Modern: Fundamentals
TUE 4:45-6:10PM Ballet/Pointe 4B & PS
TUE 6:15-7:45PM Flamenco
WED 4:30-5:55PM OPTIONAL: Ballet/Pointe 4A & 4B
THURS 5:00-6:25PM Ballet/Pointe
THURS 6:30-8:00PM Modern: Dunham
FRI 5:00-6:25PM Ballet/Pointe
FRI 6:30-8:00PM Flamenco
SAT 11:30AM-1:30PM Ballet Pointe/Variations
SAT 2:00-3:25PM Repertory Workshop
SAT 3:30-5:00PM Flamenco 4A/PS: Specialized Studies


Class Attire and Mandatory Student Dress Code
All students are required to have a Stretch Out Strap, available for purchase here.

Professional Studies 
Classes – Students may wear solid black leotard of choice. NO color piping and logos.
Performance - Black Cap Sleeve V Back leotard for performances in Capezio style #11116W
Black flamenco skirt (recommended Capezio style #9100C/9100)
Castanets for Flamenco (available at Menkes)
Black Flamenco shoes (available at Capezio or Menkes)
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
White Capezio Tactel Crew Neck style #10358B/10358 (Men's Sizes)
Black flamenco shoes (available at Capezio or Menkes in NYC)
Castanets for Flamenco (available at Menkes)
Black Jazz pants for flamenco use
Body Wrappers B190, B400 WHT
Body Wrappers convertible tights B92/M92
White ballet slippers (recommended Daisy style #205 or Men's Canvas Romeo style #2021)
White socks
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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