The Preprofessional Dancer Institute (PDI) is open to serious-minded dance students, ages 12 to 18, who demonstrate exceptional potential and readiness to take the next step in preparing for their dance careers. The program is limited to no more than 60 dancers (split into two equal groups), so acceptance is limited to the most dedicated, motivated and prepared young dancers.

Participants will be selected through an online application process including video submissions, a personal statement, and references. PDI has an established scholarship program for both New Mexico residents and dancers traveling from outside the state. Full and partial scholarship award decisions are based on a combination of financial need/merit. PDI is committed to reducing the impact of financial barriers on participation.


The cost of the Preprofessional Dancer Institute is $725.00 for the five-day program.  Participants all receive individualized performance assessments from our master faculty.  Included in the tuition is a ticket to the performance of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet on Saturday evening.

If admitted to the Institute:

  • A 50% deposit will be due by May 15 in order to secure your admission to the Class of 2019.
  • The remaining balance will be due by June 15.

Scholarship Consideration and Deadline

Full and partial scholarships are awarded for especially deserving and financially restrained dancers. Scholarships will be allocated according to combined consideration of both financial need and merit. The goal of our scholarship program is to remove financial barriers to participation. Talent is universal, but opportunity is not.

To apply for a scholarship, please complete the scholarship application which is included toward the end of the online Institute application.

The deadline to apply for scholarships is the same as the admission application which is April 1.