Full Year Training Program

The California Conservatory of Dance – Full Year Training Program

In every class, regardless of emphasis or level, The CCD instructors approach each student as an individual on a unique path. Dancers come with a range of needs. Some want to dance only for a season. Others desire a longer commitment that requires years of careful planning and nurturing. For these dancers, the CCD’s goal is to instill a balance that can withstand the pressures and realities of a professional career.

Performing experience is an important part of any dancer’s training, and to that end, the CCD offers opportunities several times a year through the California Conservatory of Dance Ensemble. For younger students, the aim is to build readiness to enter a pre-professional instruction level that includes performing as part of training. The CCD Ensemble is a pre-professional company comprised of the most talented classical and modern students.

The California Conservatory of Dance is proud to include the American Ballet Theatre® National Training Curriculum, a breakthrough 8 level program that combines high-quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development. The ABT® National Training Curriculum consists of a comprehensive set of age-appropriate, outcome-based guidelines to provide the highest quality ballet training to dance students of all ages and skill levels.

Primary through Level 7 will be taught by ABT® Certified Teacher, Melissa Allen Bowman. Ms. Bowman who serves on the ABT Artistic Board of Examiners and Instructors and has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. Primary through Level 3 will be taught by ABT® Certified Teachers, Richard Bowman, Robin Mickle, Amy Oates and Maud Wachter, who have successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.


Q: Is there a registration fee?

A: Students have an annual registration fee of $30.00 that is due at the start of their term.

Q: What is the application process?

A: Prospective students can apply one of two ways. The first is by scheduling an in-person audition at The California Conservatory of Dance or by auditioning during the summer intensive audition. The second way is by sending a DVD, a photo in first-arabesque, a photo in tendu a la second and a headshot directly to the Conservatory. The DVD should include barre work, center and a classical variation en pointe. Interested students should submit a completed application form as soon as possible.

Q: When can a student apply?

A: We begin accepting applications for the fall term in February. Although students may submit an application form at any time during the year, space availability may be limited. Because The California Conservatory of Dance tends to fill up quickly, we encourage students to apply as early as possible.

Q: How often do students train?

A: Full Year/Boarding students will attend classes Monday- Friday from 4:00-8:30 pm and on Saturdays from 10:00-1:30 pm, respectfully. These students will also be offered optional classes from 10:00-11:30 pm Monday-Friday. Ensemble rehearsals are scheduled for Saturday afternoons and run from 1:30-5:00 pm. Selected students may be called for additional rehearsals during weekday afternoons depending on casting and up-coming performances.

Q: What is the tuition?

A: Tuition for the full-year is $7,200. This includes all performance fees.

Q: How much is it to board?

A: Full Year/Boarding tuition varies depending on a number of factors, including necessary chaperoning, transportation and types of housing. Interested students should contact The California Conservatory of Dance directly for boarding options and prices.

Q: How old do you have to be to apply?

A: Students must twelve years old to apply.

Q: Do you offer financial aid and merit-based scholarships?

A: Yes, we offer a number of merit-based scholarships to students who demonstrate admirable potential and a desire to work hard. The Conservatory Director awards merit-based scholarships upon acceptance. We also offer a financial aid and work-study program for interested students. For more information on the financial aid and work-study program, students should contact the Conservatory directly.

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