Pre-Professional

The Atlanta Dance Academy is committed to providing a world-class education built on a foundation of classical ballet to students who have a desire to dance. With the talents cultivated at TADA, students can pursue careers as professional dancers at companies throughout the world, higher education opportunities in dance, or success in other fields. Through TADA’s programs, students develop a diverse set of skills including artistry, creativity, discipline and confidence, among others. Located in Atlanta, GA, the 7,500 square foot facility boasts state-of- the-art studios with sprung floors, Harlequin Marley, and a Black Box theater performance space with seating for ~170.

TADA’s Pre-Professional Training Program:

  • The program will focus on superior classical ballet training, developing strong technique, and a beautiful sense of musicality and artistry, all of which are required to become a successful, professional ballet dancer.

  • The program includes opportunities to perform and compete at prestigious international ballet competitions, including YAGP, IBC (Varna), and Jackson, Mississippi IBC.

  • Unlike other programs, our non-profit partner, Cultural Bridges, will offer international collaboration with European schools and companies, furthering the development of all students participating.

  • Guest teachers of the program may include Fiona Fairrie, Darina Bedeva – prima ballerina of National Ballet of Bulgaria, Diana White –former soloist with New York City Ballet and stager at the George Balanchine Trust and others.

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Who is eligible to apply?

  • Intermediate to advanced level male and female ballet students. Pre-Pro (ages 13+). Pre-Pro Junior (ages 10-12).

  • Those who are home schooled or in an academic program with flexibility, willing and able to commit to a 9-month training season from August 2018- May 2019.

  • Tuition. Pre-Pro (ages 13+): $575/month. $50 Registration Fee. Pre-Pro Junior (ages 10-12): $240/month. $50 Registration Fee.

  • Schedule: Pre-Pro (ages 13+) Monday-Friday 10:30-3:00 pm daily

General Audition Information

Admission into the Pre-Professional Training Program is by audition only.

Applicants must submit:

  • A headshot (women hair in a bun)

  • First arabesque photo

  • Resume

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Remote/Distance Auditions

Students who are unable to attend an audition in person may audition by sending a video to k.jacobson@tadaatlanta.com

Audition video must be no longer than 10 minutes in length and include:

  • Barre: Grand Plié, Grand Battement, and Adagio on Relevé

  • Center: Adagio, Pirouette, Petite Allégro and Grande Allégro, en pointe (when appropriate)

  • One solo: (Not mandatory) in practice clothes

About the Artistic Director of TADA’s Pre-Professional Program, Momchil Mladenov:

Momchil Mladenov is a former principal dancer with the National Ballet of Bulgaria and The Suzanne Farrell Ballet. A native of Bulgaria, Mr. Mladenov trained in the Vaganova Method at the National School of Ballet in Sofia, Bulgaria, from 1984 to 1993. In 1997 he earned a B.A. degree from the National Academy of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria. His honors and awards include Laureate of Arabesque Competition and the prize for best performance in P.I. Tchaikovskys Sleeping Beauty, Perm, Russia (1998), Laureate of Masako Ohya World Ballet Competition, Osaka, Japan (1995), prize for Best Partner in seniors category at the National Ballet Competition, Dobritsch, Bulgaria, and a nomination for the prestigious award, “Crystal Lire,” in the field of performing arts. Mr. Mladenov first came to America as a dancer and Ballet Master at the University of Texas in El Paso, under the directorship of Ingeborg Heuser. He assisted choreographer Kathryn Posin and danced the lead in her production of Scheherazade, at Milwaukee Ballet. Mr. Mladenov has been Assistant Director of the Syracuse University Summer Dance Intensive, under the artistic leadership of Danita Emma. In 2010, Mr. Mladenov founded Cultural Bridges Association with its mission to expand the repertoire of Bulgarian ballet and enhance its standing by introducing the dancers to the diverse range of American Ballet. As the first project in 2011, Cultural Bridges presented The Suzanne Farrell Ballet and the National Ballet of Bulgaria in a shared program titled Balanchine and Farrell: American Ballet for Bulgaria at the National Opera House in Sofia, Bulgaria. In 2012, the second program featured Balanchine’s famed La Source performed by The National Ballet of Bulgaria dancers. In both projects, Mr. Mladenov choreographed and premiered two new ballets for the National Opera and Ballet of Bulgaria. Cultural Bridges 3 rd project of American Ballet for Bulgaria 2013 was of their most ambitious projects to date. The program included works of George Balanchine, William Forsythe and Jerome Robbins performed by National Ballet of Bulgaria with a special featured performance of Ailey II. This rich tapestry of program illustrates the depth and diversity of American dance culture, with choreography ranging from neo- classicism to the African American influences. Mr. Mladenov is excited to be named the Artistic Director for TADA’s Pre-Professional Training Program.

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