Pre Professional Program (Ages 7-17)

The Pre-Professional Program offers a diverse curriculum-based program for students ages 7 to 17 taught by The Ailey School’s experienced and distinguished faculty. Designed to develop well-rounded young dancers, the Program offers a graded curriculum of classical ballet, enriched by several other dance techniques including modern, West African, Spanish, tap and character. Performance opportunities are offered in The Ailey Citigroup Theater and a larger NYC Theater in May.


Featured Press Coverage

Backstage - Dance Training for Children and Teens

It takes many years of study to acquire a professional level of dance technique, so aspiring dancers must begin training at a very young age. Even those who start performing professionally as youngsters must continue training through their adolescent years.

New York Post - You Go Girls

When you're a young dancer, talent is no guarantee for success: You need to mix it with passion and a lot of hard work.