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Admission Requirements and Enrollment Prerequisites

The Trainee Program is designed for post-secondary dancers aged 17-20 intent on a professional career in dance. The program may also facilitate dancers in their final years of high school who meet the acceptance criteria. This full-time program focuses on developing the dancers’ technical and artistic abilities while challenging their versatility as an artist. Dancers must be working at an advanced level in classical ballet technique with extensive experience in contemporary dance. Dancers must have the physical and artistic potential for a professional career in dance.

Interested applicants are required to attend Tulsa Ballet’s Summer Intensive and can apply by attending a Summer Intensive audition in-person or by registering for a Summer Intensive video audition and sending their video link and resume to education@tulsaballet.org. Students will receive audition results via email.  Selected students may be invited from their audition application to attend the in-person Spring Trainee Audition, held in March 2024.

Dancers selected to join the Trainee Program will receive an acceptance letter clearly stating enrollment deadlines, tuition, fees, and start dates. The program has limited class sizes, so placement in the program past the enrollment deadline is not guaranteed.

Tulsa Ballet is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students in the Trainee Program.  Administered through the Student Exchange Visa Program (SEVP), students can obtain an M-1 Visa.  More information about this process is shared with international students when they are accepted.

Registration and Tuition

Dancers accepted into the Trainee Program will receive a Trainee Program Enrollment Agreement, which will need to be filled out and returned with the Enrollment Deposit for a dancer’s registration to be complete.  Dancers will follow the tuition and fee schedule outlined below. Dancers may apply for financial assistance. Request for application forms can be made to the Education Manager. All tuition and fees are due by the contracted date unless satisfactory arrangements have been made with the Education Manager.

Enrollment Deposit

A $150.00 non-refundable deposit is due with the enrollment packet in order to secure a spot in the program.


Tuition for the Trainee Program 2024-2025 year is $6278.

Annual Payment

Dancers will receive a 5% tuition discount when full tuition is received on or before the first day of classes.  

Installment Payments

Dancers may choose to pay tuition in four equal payments, August 1, September 1, October 1, and November 1.