In conjunction with Charlotte's professional dance company, Charlotte Ballet, UNC Charlotte offers a Professional Training Certificate in Dance for students specializing in ballet performance. This unique partnership provides the student an association with a professional dance company while earning a college degree. The 16 credit hours earned in the Certificate are included in the requirements for the baccalaureate degree. Pre-college credit is also available to high school students.
Open by audition to a student in any academic major, the two-year Professional Training Certificate in Dance provides training with teachers at Charlotte Ballet. Rehearsal and performance opportunities are available in addition to classes in ballet technique, pas de deux, pointe, and variations. The Charlotte Ballet is an exceptional company whose Artistic Director, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, and Associate Director, Patricia McBride, include both classical and contemporary works in the repertory.