Contact Susan Collet
804-344-0906 x228

Trainee Program

Founded in 1993, the nationally recognized Richmond Ballet Trainee Program offers talented, advanced students a transitional experience that bridges the gap between the academic ballet setting and the world of professional dance. The Richmond Ballet Trainee Program is one of the few in this country that enables the aspiring dancer to pursue formal dance training and gain valuable performance experience with a professional company.

Richmond Ballet annually selects 18 – 20 students from its Summer Intensive Program to participate in the Richmond Ballet Trainee Program. Richmond Ballet Trainees are required to take a full course of study, which includes ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, character dance, pas de deux and variations, and spend six days a week in the classroom (and rehearsal) during the school year.

Attendance at the Summer Intensive Program is required to be considered for the Richmond Ballet Trainee Program. Performance opportunities with the Richmond Ballet professional company are part of the trainee experience.

The Richmond Ballet Trainee Program is tuition based. Merit scholarships are awarded to each trainee and financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Virginia Commonwealth University offers a joint BFA program with the Richmond Ballet Trainee Program. For more information, please visit VCU’s website:

If interested in the Richmond Ballet Trainee Program, please visit the auditions section. For more information, please contact Susan Collet at (804) 344-0906 ext. 228 or