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Pre-Professional Training Program 

YAGP Official Partner School


The Conservatory is overseen by Margaret Barbieri, a world-renowned Prima Ballerina with The Royal Ballet, and Assistant Director of The Sarasota Ballet. Through an inclusive and nurturing environment, the exceptional instructional staff are committed to excellence by providing the highest quality dance education. 

Our philosophy of training is to educate and train young dancers to become not only technically strong and versatile, but also have a true sense of clean, classical artistry, musicality and style. We also believe in supporting a dancers mental health through a collaboration with Artists Becoming and our Wellness Team. We work to guide our students as they prepare for a career in the dance industry or higher education.  The Conservatory offers a safe place for students to grow and develop at their own pace with small class sizes and individual attention.


Education Director - Christopher Hird
Assistant Education Director - Dierdre Miles Burger
Assistant Education Director - Lindsay Fischer 
Faculty Member - Risa Kaplowitz 
Faculty Member - Addul Manzano

Guest Faculty
Franco De Vita (former Artistic Director, ABT JKO School)
Raymond Lukens (former Artistic Director, ABT National Training Curriculum)

Classical and Modern Technique
Pas de deux both classical and contemporary
Progressing Ballet Technique - new for 2022-2023
Career Preparation
Extensive Performing Opportunities

The Sarasota Ballet's Trainee Program is the highest level of the Margaret Barbieri Conservatory. The program offers talented students a well-rounded curriculum designed to prepare them for their next steps in their dance career. Trainees will have the opportunity to work alongside The Sarasota Ballet’s Studio Company and may be asked to attend Company rehearsals. The Trainee Program also provides performing opportunities as well as career advice and preparation. Each year Trainees are chosen to join The Sarasota Ballet Studio Company which is the first step to being a member of the main Company.

We offer a Day Program which will allow students who would like extra training the chance to add-on classes starting at 2pm each day. Students will then continue into their regular classes as per their level. 

Students may take private lessons and we also offer preparation for competitions such as YAGP and ADC/IBC.

Conservatory Location
500 Tallevast Road, Suite 101, Sarasota, FL, 34243

Audition and Contact Info:
To arrange an audition in-person, via Video or for more information, please contact: [email protected] | 941-225-6520



Box Office: 941.359.0099
Phone: 941.359.0099
5555 North Tamiami Trail  Sarasota , FL  34243