To reach the highest artistic standards, and prepare dancers physically, emotionally, and mentally; to meet the demanding requirements of top-tier collegiate and conservatory programs, and the professional world of dance.


The curriculum includes rigorous classical ballet and contemporary training with supplemental classes in conditioning, improvisation & choreographic techniques. Dancers participate in weekly rehearsals and monthly workshops in a variety of topics essential to an overall comprehensive dance education. The program provides students the ability to adapt to many styles and techniques of dance, transforming passionate dance students into versatile, individualistic artists able to collaborate and evolve fluidly in an ever-changing dance world and society.
As the organization’s reputation continues to build worldwide, dancers in this division have the opportunity for national and international travel giving them additional performance and professional experience. Dancers also have the unique opportunity to create and perform in student-choreographies that are presented at the annual “Back Stage” performances at the NCDC Theater.

Mentoring & Support:

Dancers will receive assistance as they transition from high school to the Collegiate, Conservatory or professional world of dance. Directors provide personal support with letters of recommendation, creating resumes & audition videos, scheduling auditions and making connections in the professional world.


Dancers have a comprehensive performance schedule each season both locally and abroad. Since the inauguration of the NCDC in July 2006, students of the esteemed NCDC Pre-Professional division have been invited to perform at “Jacob’s Pillow” – MA, “Stage de Royan” Festival – France, National Ballet School Gala Performance – Berlin, Germany, “Young Tanzsommer” Festival – Austria, with the Limon Dance Company, and at the “Dance under the Stars” Palm Desert Choreography Festival – CA among others. – Alumni have been accepted into leading collegiate and conservatory programs, have received numerous awards at dance and choreography competitions, and are dancing with professional companies throughout the world.

Auditions & Programs:

The Upper Conservatory Division is compromised of the advanced ballet levels and acceptance is by audition. Students are evaluated on artistry, physicality, maturity and technical skill and should be proficient in modern and contemporary movement.
Upper Conservatory Division dancers receive a tremendous amount of exposure that will prepare them for top tier collegiate programs and professional work. At this level, they have the opportunity to work with national and international choreographers, teachers, and dance companies. They perform in choreography set on them and have the opportunity for solo work. Dancers experience how a professional company works and undertake national and international touring at different festivals. Students also have the unique opportunity to create student-choreography that is presented at the annual Back Stage performances at the NCDC Theater.
Because today’s dance world offers so many diverse opportunities, it is important for students in the Upper Conservatory Division to cultivate their own personal and diverse talents and interests. NCDC produces great dancers and performers in many genres by offering 3 focused programs within the Upper Conservatory Division: Classical, Modern, or Integrated.
Directors of this division will assist aspiring advanced students in the transition from high school to the next chapter in their lives by providing personal support to create resumes, audition DVDs, schedule auditions, and make connections in the professional world.


Students who choose Contemporary Focus will spend more time in contemporary or modern related disciplines. They will still maintain their core ballet classes but will be required to add more modern or contemporary classes to their schedule.


  • Minimum of 4 days & 4 ballet tech classes (5 days offered)
  • Contemporary
  • All UCD rehearsal
  • 13-hour minimum training per week
  • 1 additional  Conservatory Division modern, contemporary, or jazz class
  • All UCD performances


Choosing Classical Focus will maximize the amount a student trains in Classical ballet, including pointe, variations, and repertoire. This focus will leave very little room to pursue other interests and genres.


  • 6 days including Friday & Saturday class and rehearsal
  • All pointe and ballet tech classes as per the schedule
  • Modern
  • All UCD & BF rehearsal and performances


  • Additional elective classes

*UCD: Classical Focus requires a level of proficiency on pointe and acceptance is at the discretion of the ballet director.


Choosing Integrated focus will allow a student to balance their week with tap, hip hop, contemporary or other genres and interests. The Integrated Focus will allow the flexibility to pursue other interests such as voice or acting classes while maintaining the core ballet and modern requirements to keep your training at the required level for Upper Conservatory Division.


  • Minimum of 4 days & 4 ballet tech classes (5 days offered)
  • Modern
  • All UCD rehearsal
  • 12-hour minimum training per week
  • All UCD performances


  • Pointe (minimum of 3 pointe classes if doing pointe)
  • Additional elective classes such as tap, hip hop, modern/contemporary, and jazz


Supplemental technique is an additional technique series offered to all Upper Conservatory Division students. Supplemental Technique is primarily meant for students who wish to increase their hours to train more. However, it may also be utilized to fulfill hourly requirements or to add more flexibility during normal class times.
Supplimental Technique is offered prior to the regular class schedule.

Attendance Policy:

Members of the Pre-Professional division are expected to take all of their required classes an attend all rehearsals and scheduled performances. At this level as technique becomes increasingly more difficult, regular attendance is crucial in order to maintain and develop the required strength, skill and artistry, and safeguard against injury.