The Professional Program is designed for students who meet the artistic expectations set forth by the Artistic Director, Stanton Welch AM and for those students interested in a professional career in ballet. This does not exclude students who wish to enter college, however students must be prepared to focus on training as a priority along with meeting the artistic requirements set forth by the Artistic Director. Therefore all students are either required to audition or are invited to the program by the Artistic Director and/or Academy Director.

Professional I (Pro I)

Students will focus on technique as a priority. Pro I is designed to elevate a student’s foundation preparing them for performance.

Professional II (Pro II)

Students will continue with a strong focus on technique, however evaluation, performance goals and career planning are added to accelerate professional career readiness.

Houston Ballet II (HBII)

Houston Ballet Academy's Professional Program also includes Houston Ballet's second company, Houston Ballet II.


Everything you need to know about auditioning for Houston Ballet Academy's Professional Program.


Students will develop their technique and artistry with Houston Ballet Academy’s world-renowned staff and guest artists. Workshop topics include technique, coaching, character and more.

Performance Opportunities

Professional Program students have several opportunities to perform a diverse range of repertoire by Artistic Director Stanton Welch AM and other acclaimed choreographers.

Dance Training

Houston Ballet Academy aims to create well-rounded dancers. Students learn a variety of different dance styles.


Students are required to earn a high school diploma. Learn more about our non-traditional academic classes.


There are many places to live in the area near Houston Ballet. Both chaperoned and non-chaperoned housing options are available.

For more information regarding class attire, handbooks, tuition and financial aid, please visit our Resources Page.