At Kirov Academy of Ballet, artistic faculty train aspiring young dancers in the pedagogy based on the Vaganova Ballet Academy and the performance aesthetic of The Kirov Ballet.

The program includes a world-renowned artistic program, fully accredited and highly acclaimed academic program for students in grades 7-12, and a campus life program that provides a safe and caring environment for the resident community.

Click below to learn about each program

Year Round Programs (September 3, 2017 – June 9, 2018)

The centerpiece of our ballet training programs is the Year-Round (Academy) Program, in which aspiring young dancers are trained in the same program as used in the famous Vaganova Ballet Academy, as the great ballet artists of the Mariinsky Theatre have been through. The program offers daily ballet instruction in a residential setting, complete with fully-accredited academics (grades 7-12) and a vibrant resident life — all under one roof!

The Pre-Professional Program has a performance-oriented track, otherwise referred to as the Junior Company trainee program. It is a pre-professional trainee program designed for students who wish to pursue further ballet training following their graduation from high school with the goal of pursuing a career as a professional dancer.

The After School Program offers excellent training to young dancers for ages 4-18. Our highly qualified instructors work with each dancer in a step-by-step approach instilling the solid foundations of classical ballet, along with character building qualities such as focus, a strong work ethic, determination, and self-esteem.

Academics are a very important part of a KAB education. We are the only ballet school in the United States that has academic classes taught on site. The Academy offers a full curriculum, for students in grades 7 through 12, that is accredited by The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Subject areas include: English; mathematics; history of art; ballet history; French; biology, human anatomy and chemistry; U.S.and world history, and social studies.

Other Programs

The Summer Intensive Program (SIP) is a 5-week course with intense ballet training in the Vaganova method, along with a myriad of other dance styles to provide students with a summer of diverse education. Each day consists of up to 6 hours of dance training; classes may include ballet technique and ballet repertoire with some of the finest ballet instructors from around the world, character, contemporary, floor barre, pilates, pas de deux, history of ballet and nutrition.

  • International Youth Summer Program  –  two-week program (coming soon)

For audition and registration information, visit our Admissions Process page.


“Work with instructors who help legends happen, and you’ll gain confidence to fulfill your dream. That’s what Kirov Academy of Ballet did for me.”
– Michele Wiles, Former Principal Dancer, American Ballet Theatre