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The tuition-free Estelle Dennis/Peabody Dance Training Program for Boys, established in 2009, is a ground-breaking opportunity for selected boys from the Baltimore metropolitan area who have the potential and a strong desire to dance. Each May, June, and August, Preparatory Dance holds auditions to select up to 25 exceptional boys — some with no or little previous training. Accepted boys receive tuition-free training in an all-boys dance class, some free dance attire, opportunities to view live performances and take master classes with successful male dancers, and to participate in performances with Preparatory Dance.

Recent graduates have entered dance programs at Adelphi University, Indiana University, Point Park University, and the University of the Arts; attended summer dance programs hosted by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet Chicago, Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, the School of American Ballet, Paul Taylor American Modern Dance, Pennsylvania Ballet, and The Washington Ballet, among others; and continued their training at AMDA New York, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Colburn Dance Academy, Sarasota Cuban Ballet School, and The Washington School of Ballet.

2018-19 Auditions

Don’t miss the last opportunity to audition on August 25th, 2018!
Held at the Peabody Institute in downtown Baltimore
Check-in: 1:45 pm
Audition: 2:00 pm

Auditions are open to:

  • Boys age 9-12 with some or no previous training and a strong desire to dance
  • Boys age 13-15 with prior training and a serious wish to improve technique and to take specialized men’s classes

Students do not need to prepare material in advance. The audition follows a dance class format. For more information about the program and audition process, please contact: or 667-208-6648.


Paul Wegner

Peabody Dance Faculty