University of North Carolina at Charlotte: Professional Dance Training Certificate with Charlotte Ballet

In conjunction with Charlotte’s professional dance company, Charlotte Ballet, UNC Charlotte offers a Professional Training Certificate in Dance for degree seeking students specializing in ballet performance. Delia Neil, UNC Charlotte faculty member, provides students with individual advising and helps them integrate the Certificate with their other studies. Neil told us more about the Certificate.

Open by audition, the two-year, 16 credit-hour, Certificate provides classes with expert teachers at the Charlotte Ballet Academy. Training in a professional dance environment puts students in contact with internationally acclaimed teachers and gives them the opportunity to get an exclusive glimpse into the professional world of dance. The Certificate is awarded upon completion of the baccalaureate degree. Students may be enrolled in any university program. Pre-college credit is also available to high school students through this program.

Graduates have had success in a number of areas. Some now perform in small companies in New York City and in Portland, Oregon or work as ballet mistresses and teachers for regional companies. Others have gone on to graduate programs in dance therapy or, after further study in performance and choreography, work as college professors.

Delia Neil is a former member of Baltimore Ballet and Cincinnati Ballet. She holds the American Ballet Theatre Teacher Certification.

Photo: Jeff Cravotta

Mikale Kwiatkowski