Northwest Florida Ballet will hold auditions for the Pre-Professional Program from 10:30 a.m. to noon May 12 at the NFB Sybil Lebherz Center for Dance Education, 310 Perry Avenue SE in Fort Walton Beach. Auditions are by reservation only with an audition fee of $20.

This training program is for advanced young dancers in grades nine through 12. Students should have had at least six years of classical ballet training, and female dancers should have at least three years experience on pointe.

The mission of the NFB Pre-Professional Program is to provide comprehensive dance training complimented by academic and fine art curriculum to students who plan on pursuing a career in dance or intend on applying for a university-level dance program. The NFB nurtures those in ballet for careers as professional artists while inspiring all students to pursue an enriched life. Selection is based entirely upon the student’s potential and desire to dance.

Students accepted will receive eight fine art credits over four years toward their high school diploma. Dance classes are from 11:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday followed by additional training and rehearsals from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

All dance classes are taught by local professional classical ballet teachers as well as visiting guest artists. Tuition is charged for dance classes. Students receive academic classes either from a participating high school from 7 to 11 a.m. or from an online provider. All academic classes provided by local high schools are free.

In addition to the rigorous academic and artistic training, dancers in the Pre-Professional Program also have the opportunity to perform with the Northwest Florida Ballet Company. NFB Pre Professional Program students have been accepted into prestigious programs at The Juilliard School, American Ballet Theater, School of American Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Houston Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet. Students have also been accepted into university dance programs at University of South Florida and Florida State University.

An informational meeting will take place at 5:15 p.m. May 10 at NFB. This will be a time to ask questions about the program and get more information before auditions.

For complete details and registration, visit nfballet.org/pre-pro/auditions/.