Trainee Program


The Roanoke Ballet Theatre Trainee Program is for dancers ages 17 and older who want to continue refining their technique while gaining performance experience in a professional company. Students are selected to participate in the Trainee Program by invitation from Artistic Director, Sandra Meythaler.

The Program is a rigorous learning environment in which dancers train and rehearse with the professional company in addition to taking evening classes throughout the week in ballet, pointe, variations, modern, and number of master classes throughout the season. In the fall of 2020, Rolando Sarabia of the Washington Ballet, became RBT's artistic consultant and resident guest teacher working with both the professional company members and dancers enrolled in the Trainee Program. This Program does allow time for dancers to have a part time job, or pursue further academic studies along with their training hours in the studio.


Schedule and Tuition:

The Trainee Program begins in mid-August and runs through the beginning of June.

Dancers will train and rehearse 6 days/week totally 25+ hours per week

Performance Opportunities:

2 Main Stage shows (winter, and spring)

4 Black Box performances- invited by audition to perform with the company

Touring Shows- invited by audition to perform with the company

Spring Recital

Community Outreach (teaching and performances)

Admission to the Trainee program is by audition only.

All applicants must submit the following materials:

A headshot with ballet hairstyle

First arabesque photo (ladies – on pointe)

A video or YouTube link of less than 5 minutes including class and performance work*

A resume


This year all auditions will be held virtually via submitted video, and may also include a follow up Zoom interview.

To set up an audition please email all materials to:

*Audition materials will not be returned


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