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Trainee Program


The Sarasota Ballet's Trainee Program offers talented students a well-rounded curriculum designed to prepare them for their next steps in their dance career.  The program focuses on training with performance opportunities and a chance to work alongside The Sarasota Ballet’s Studio Company.

The Trainee Program is led by Education Director Christopher Hird and Assistant Education Director, Dierdre Miles Burger who both have extensive experience in training professional dancers. 

Program Includes:
  • Classes in classical and modern technique, pointe, men's virtuosity, pas de deux, conditioning, variations and repertoire
  • Work alongside Sarasota Ballet Studio Company
  • Students may have the opportunity to understudy Company roles
  • Career advice and audition preparation
  • Exchange program with Canada's National Ballet School
  • Choreography Showcase for students who are interested in exploring choreography
  • Students are prepared for Youth America Grand Prix, ADC/IBC
  • Students receive free tickets to each Company production
  • Ladies have the special chance to give flowers to the Principal dancers at opening nights
  • Opportunity to assist in younger student classes and develop teaching skills
Extensive Performing Opportunities

In 2018/19 performances included:

  • Nutcracker Winter Showcase
  • Marie Selby Gardens - New Year's Eve celebration
  • Sarasota Opera House - hour-long performance with live music from Key Chorale
  • School Matinee performances
  • Lecture demonstrations at community organizations
  • Images of Dance - end of year performance at Sarasota Opera House
For more information and to audition, please contact:

Christopher Hird: [email protected]
Dierdre Miles Burger: [email protected]
Or call: 941-225-6520

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