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Pre-Professional Dance Program

Placement is required for registration into these levels.  To be placed in a pre-professional class,  please contact Katie Newlon, Dance Program Manager at 330-264-2787 x217


Pre-Professional Ballet

The pre-professional school consists of four levels (A-D). Students are evaluated individually and placed into the level where they will benefit most. Classes consist of ballet, pointe, contemporary, variations, modern, and Master Classes taught by renowned teachers.  Performing opportunities give students the chance to further develop their artistic and technical skills.  Wayne Center for the Arts presents an annual Workshop, a Biannual Nutcracker, and other performance opportunities throughout the year.

Please click the image to see the Wayne Center Ballet’s performance of THE NUTCRACKER


Pre-Professional Contemporary Dance

Contemporary dance is a genre that developed during the mid-twentieth century and has grown to become one of the dominant genres for formally-trained dancers throughout the world. Although originally informed by and borrowing from classical, modern, and jazz, it has since come to incorporate elements from many styles of dance.  Contemporary dance technique tends to combine the strong and controlled legwork of ballet with modern dance’s stress on the torso, and also employs contract-release, floor work, fall and recovery, and improvisation characteristic of modern along with the unpredictable changes in rhythm, speed, and direction are often used as well.


Pre-Professional Modern

The modern dance course will highlight the modern dance techniques developed by Isadora Duncan, José Limón, and Jennifer Muller.  These techniques are divided among various physical extremes: fall and recovery, rebound, weight, suspension, and isolation. These ideas can be illustrated in the way a dancer uses the floor as a place from which to rise, return, and then rise again. The way a dancer explores the range of movement between the one extreme of freedom from gravity and the other of falling into it is the basis of this modern dance technique.


Monthly Payment Option:
If you wish to make monthly payments an additional 10% will be added to the total tuition amount.  Payments are due by the 15th of January, February, March, and April.Students wishing to participate in the pre-professional school must take all ballet classes within their level and strongly urged to take at least one modern, contemporary, or tap classes listed. This is necessary for the effective cross-training of dancers.  The tuition listed reflects the total cost for all classes in each level.  Students may also take unlimited classes below their level at no additional charge.


Dress Code





Girls – Black leotard, pink tights, and black canvas ballet slippers.  Tutus and skirts are not permitted.

Boys – White T-shirt, black tights, and black canvas ballet slippers.


  Contemporary and Modern:

 Girls – Black leotard, pink or flesh-colored convertible tights, rolled up over ankle.  Shoes are not required and class should be danced barefoot.

Boys – White T-shirt and black tights rolled up over ankle.  Shoes are not required and class should be danced barefoot.




 Girls – Solid colored leotard, pink tights, and black tap shoes.

Boys – White T-shirt, black jazz pants, and black tap shoes