The Dance Center of San Antonio offers pre-professional training that provides your child with the necessary preparation for a career in professional dance. DCSA's pre-professional training program is open to students ranging from ages 6 through 18 and consists of 2 divisions, the After School Program and Day Program. The After School Program is designed to give students the best possible foundation, focusing on the development of technique, esthetic and artistry, as well as to instill a love and joy for dancing. In addition, it is our goal to help students develop work ethic, confidence, and leadership skills to prepare them for whatever their future may hold. The Day Program provides essential training to our most advanced and dedicated students - dancers in this division meet during the day to allow for increased hours of training as they work to perfect the skills learned in the foundational levels. For the Day Program students, there is a greater emphasis on mastering their artistry and performance, with a goal to prepare them for professional careers in dance. Please read below for further details and highlights of our program.
Acceptance into the Pre-professional track is by invitation only - please contact us today to schedule a placement class for your dancer,
We would love to be a part of training your child for their future!
Vaganova Training Method
All pre-professional students are trained in the Vaganova technique by experienced teachers, including artistic director Vanessa Bessler who was named "Outstanding Teacher" by the Youth America Grand Prix in both Houston and Austin in both 2016 and 2017 and in Chicago in 2018 and 2019 as well as Lauren Ader-Cumpston. The Vaganova training method continues to produce the world’s best dancers and is founded on a codified technique and curriculum that develops the necessary strength, flexibility and artistry required for a professional career in dance. The Vaganova method of training builds a dancer by teaching the fundamentals of placement, strength, flexibility and technique in stages that are appropriate for a dancers age and development. Dancers progress each year to a new level of training that builds upon the previous years training, producing dancers who are ready to enter the professional world of dance upon completion of the program.
Ballet classes for Pre-professional students include Ballet Technique, Pointe and Variations/Repertoire.
World Class Training
Training in Classical Ballet is supplemented by a program of classes on par with the top training programs in the world. These supplementary classes are essential to developing a dancer for today’s professional field:
Cross-training: Progressing Ballet Technique
Through our program, we also connect students with various dance personalities from the national and international stage, providing invaluable contribution to their development. For a list of our Guest Master Teachers, click here!
Students in the Pre-professional program are also given the opportunity to participate in unparalleled performance opportunities through The Children's Ballet of San Antonio where students participate in full length Professional level productions and have the opportunity to work with internationally renowned ballet masters as well as with local choreographers.
Pre-professional students are also encouraged to participate in high-level competitions such as The Youth America Grand Prix to assist in developing performance skills, artistry, and technical excellence. Our students have received numerous awards at the YAGP competitions and scholarships for Summer Intensive Programs including the Bolshoi Academy, Houston Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Harid Conservatory, Oklahoma City Ballet, and Kansas City Ballet, New Generations Ballet, and Burklyn Ballet . Our students have also been invited to attend the year-round training program at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy and Houston Ballet Academy. For a full list of our awards and recognitions please click here!