Pre-Professional Day Program

International Ballet Academy’s Pre-Professional Day Program (PPD)


The purpose of IBA’s Pre-Professional Day Program is to provide a transitional experience for dancers as they move from the academic ballet setting to the world of professional dance. It is also an opportunity to increase the stylistic range and versatility of a dancer by exposing them to a variety of dance styles in class, rehearsals, and performances. Students in this Division are primarily training for professional performing careers in classical ballet or modern dance but are also encouraged to pursue their interests in teaching and choreography.

Students in the PPD Program are placed in an atmosphere of high level training, where further exposure to repertoire and increased performance opportunities prepare them for a career in dance. Students are expected to maintain a high level of excellence and commitment in the classroom, performances, and community outreach. Participants must be enrolled in an alternative academic program which gives a flexible schedule.   Enrollment in the PPD program is by audition or invitation only.  Please contact IBA at 919-303-7200 to schedule an audition.


Special Highlights

  • Opportunities to work with all members of IBA’s faculty including Rossana Gahagan, Servy Gallardo and Hong Yang
  • Opportunities to work with guest teachers and choreographers throughout the year
  • Smaller classes with individualized attention
  • Coaching for YAGP, ADC preparation.  Please note that IBA Faculty will invite selected students to participate
  • Additional performance opportunities
  • Additional evening classes to supplement daily classes
  • Individual academic study time
  • Housing options available
  • Location in a small city known for affluent neighborhoods, emphasis on arts, quiet surroundings, and ranked as #6 on America’s Place to Live



Out-of-town students interested in year-round housing and host family options should contact Christina Fannéy, Administrative Director at 919-303-7200 or via email at


IBA Alumni

Alumni of International Ballet Academy can now be found dancing in the following professional companies and schools:

Peyton Anderson:  Trainee Washington Ballet (full merit scholarship); ADC Senior Silver Medalist 2016

Anissa Bailis:  Ballet Idaho, Pacific Northwest Ballet Professional Division

Paul Branco:  Corps de Ballet Sarasota Ballet

Preston Chamblee:  Corps de Ballet New York City Ballet; YAGP Senior Grand Prix Winner Tampa 2013

Nathan Compiano:  Royal Danish Ballet

Madeline Clark:  Pittsburgh Ballet Professional Program

Kiefer Curtis:  Soloist Carolina Ballet

Cy Doherty: Harid Conservatory (Marcelo Gomes full merit scholarship recipient); YAGP 3rd Place Junior Men’s Division Tampa 2014, Ballet West II

Nicole Fannéy:  Trainee Ballet West (full merit scholarship), Houston Ballet Academy (full merit scholarship); YAGP Senior Grand Prix Winner Tampa 2015

Carmen Felder:  Corps de Ballet Carolina Ballet

Regan Kucera:  Colorado Ballet Company

Xavier Nunez: Corps de Ballet Sarasota Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet

Chander Proctor: Corps de Ballet Tulsa Ballet; YAGP 1st Place Men’s Classical Division 2012, Top 12 YAGP New York Finals 2013

Sarah Salim: New Dialect


Every summer, IBA students are accepted into and attend (many on full scholarships) the following pre-professional schools:  American Ballet Theatre, Ballet West Academy, Boston Ballet, Chautauqua, CPYB, Houston Ballet, Orlando Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco, School of American Ballet, and Washington Ballet.