Pre-Professional High School

Preparing for Professional Development

Bridging the gap between the student and professional world of dance.

In 2012, NFB launched the NFB Pre-Professional Program (PPP) for high school students. The PPP is an extension of the NFB Académie for high school students in ninth through twelfth grades and is another collaboration with the Okaloosa County School District. This program is meant to bridge the gap between the student and professional world of dance. Students participate in a rigorous dance schedule emphasizing career preparation and professional development.


NFB Pre Professional Program Alumni have danced with American Ballet Theater, The Juilliard School, Boston Ballet Pre-Professional Division, Ballet West Pre-Professional Division and the University of South Florida.


Each year, auditions are held at the end of the spring semester for the NFB Académie and are by reservation only. Audition information for the 2023-2024 school year will be released as soon as available.

Artistic Program

Students train thirty hours per week in dance classes, coaching, and rehearsal, and also perform with the NFB Company. Tuition is charged at a reasonable rate for the remainder of dance training and is approximately $3,750 per academic year.

Guest Master Teachers from major professional ballet companies and schools are brought in four times a year. Students take at least one field trip per school year to a professional ballet company, where they take a week of classes and watch rehearsals and performances.

Academic Program

Students study core academic subjects through an Online provider or participation at a local high school on a modified schedule. Students earn eight fine art credits needed for graduation, including Ballet 1-4 and Dance Repertoire 1-4. Artistic tuition is charged at a reasonable rate for dance training.