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Professional Level Program (PLP)

Professional Level Program (PLP)

An intensive program providing the foundation for a professional career

Fine tuning the skills that will take your ballet career to the next level

Professional Level Program (PLP)


  • A 1-2 year program nurturing and developing the next generation of artists
  • Performing opportunities with lecture demonstrations and community outreach programming
  • Opportunities for selected dancers to perform with the company
  • Reduced tuition opportunities available, dependent upon financial need


Click here for full Professional Level Program  details (PDF)


Click here for the 2019-20 PLP Video Audition Form (PDF)


Click here for the PLP Registration Form (PDF)


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Are you serious about pursuing a career in dance? The best route to becoming a professional dancer is to train with them every day – and that’s the experience offered through the Indianapolis School of Ballet’s new Professional Level Program (PLP), hosted in partnership with Indianapolis Ballet. 


This 1-to-2-year program is designed to guide our dancers through the transition from student life to professional dance or higher collegiate education. PLP dancers are considered for Apprentice positions within the Indianapolis Ballet company, and selected students may also have opportunities to perform in Indianapolis Ballet company productions throughout the year. Additional performance opportunities may arise via IB’s increasing schedule of community performances.


Dancers invited to take part in the PLP concentrate on refining technique and developing artistry through an intensive, full-day, 36-40 hour per week comprehensive program of instruction from August through May. Curriculum includes technique, pointe, variations, men’s class, adagio, modern, choreography, Pilates, strength training, and seminars on such topics as nutrition, personal safety, and injury prevention. The Indianapolis School of Ballet also assists students with career planning by offering workshops on résumé writing for the audition/job search process, resources for audition photos, and through individual counseling or conferences.


Acceptance to the Professional Level Program is by audition only; students will be notified verbally of their acceptance within seven days of audition.


The PLP registration process requires information from the prospective student, his/her parents, a recommendation from the student’s current ballet instructor, and financial assistance paperwork (if financial aid is needed).


Annual tuition cost for the Professional Level Program is $3,300 per year; tuition will be prorated depending on when the student joins the program. Prospective students and their parents must consider living arrangements (ISB does not offer year-round housing) as well as academics. PLP candidates who have not completed high school must have a plan to continue academic studies while attending ISB.


Please click the button below to obtain the full details on ISB’s Professional Level Program, including audition and application information. Dancers interested in obtaining more information about the PLP are asked to contact Paul Vitali, Indianapolis Ballet Associate Artistic Director and Ballet Master, at 317-955-7525 or at


Indianapolis Ballet is a non-profit organization and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religious creed, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or national origin.