Ballet Arts Primary Program

The Primary Program is structured for 8–9-year-old dancers interested in becoming future company members. Its purpose is to supplement regular ballet training while providing engagement with Ballet Arts.


The Primary Program is structured to enhance ballet training and movement. Curriculum is taught within a nurturing and positive atmosphere and focuses on strengthening ballet technique, exploring creative movement, understanding dance concepts and vocabulary, learning stage makeup and bun techniques, and learning audition processes and overall discipline. Students will observe specific company studio or theater rehearsals, have Q&A sessions with members, and be presented at either (or both) The Nutcracker and Spring production. Students may also be asked to present flowers to professional dancers and soloists
at productions. This program is not required for future auditions with Ballet Arts, Inc. and is not a guarantee of future membership. Primary students are not offered parts within seasonal productions unless a specific need arises.


Although auditions are not held for the Primary Program, certain criteria must be met. Students must:

  • have turned 8 years old on or before October 1st of the application year
  • have at least one prior year of ballet training
  • maintain at least one regular ballet class at their choice of dancing school
  • have regular attendance within the ballet class at their choice of dancing school
  • have a general understanding of ballet technique and vocabulary 
Students must complete the enrollment form and submit a teacher evaluation form by August 25, 2023. 


Classes are held on Friday afternoons, 4:30 – 5:30pm, at Pat Brown School of Dancing. The 24 classes are split between two semesters. Fall semester begins the last week of August and ends the third week of November. Spring semester begins in January and ends the first week of April.


Tuition for the 24-week Primary Program is $360. The cost includes one Premium seat ticket voucher for The Nutcracker and Spring production. The tuition can be paid in one or two payments. It is the desire of the Board of Directors that no dancer is excluded from participation due to financial constraints. We will be happy to meet with you in regard to the fee schedule.

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This program is an excellent opportunity for your young dancer to experience Ballet Arts, Inc. Jackson. You may direct questions to We look forward to hearing from you.