Ballet Schools and Classes: Information for Adult Learners

A small number of schools have bachelor's degree programs in ballet for individuals who aspire to become professional ballet dancers, choreographers or dance instructors. Independent studios, recreational organizations and dance companies also offer adult ballet classes geared towards dancers.

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A select number of accredited 4-year schools offered bachelor's degree programs in ballet, but many more schools have general majors in dance (nces.ed.gov). Several independent studios and community recreation centers also offer ballet classes to the interested public.

Schools with General Dance Programs

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition (2015-2016)*
American River College Sacramento, CA 2-year, Public Associate's $1,104 in-state, $7,440 out-of-state
Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's $5,150
East Carolina University Greenville, NC 4-year, Public Bachelor's $6,580 in-state, $22,154 out-of-state
Fullerton College Fullerton, CA 2-year, Public Associate's $1,138 in-state, $6,010 out-of-state
University of Oregon Eugene, OR 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's $10,289 in-state, $32,024 out-of-state
George Mason University Fairfax, VA 4-year, Public Bachelor's $10,952 in-state, $31,598 out-of-state
Kent State University at Kent Kent, OH 4-year, Public Bachelor's $10,012 in-state, $18,212 out-of-state
New York University New York, NY 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's $47,750
Santa Ana College Santa Ana, CA 2-year, Public Undergraduate Certificate, Associate's $1,142 in-state, $6,902 out-of-state
University of California - Berkeley Berkeley, CA 4-year, Public Bachelor's $1,142 in-state, $6,902 out-of-state

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Here is some advice for ballet dancers considering general dance programs:

  • Look for programs that include coursework specifically in ballet.
  • Research the on- and off-campus performance opportunities for students, as well as summer programs offered by the school.
  • Check that a school has suitable floors, mirrors, mats and sound systems, according to standards set by the National Dance Council of America.
  • Search for schools that have a wide range of classes available with credentialed instructors.

Ballet Program Overviews

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Ballet

The BFA in Ballet is a fine arts program designed to train students for a professional career as performing artists or dance teachers. These 4-year programs focus on performance and choreography. Public performance opportunities may include both national and international tours.

Ballet Classes for Adult Learners

Adult ballet classes can be taken for fitness and enrichment through various organizations and dance companies around the country. Typically, sessions meet once a week for 4-8 weeks. Tuition can be flexible and may be paid by the class in some cases.

Students hoping to become professional ballet dancers can enroll in bachelor's degree programs in general dance that provide relevant training, while adult learners in search of less intensive training can take standalone classes in ballet.

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