Professional Training Program

This program is for dedicated dancers looking to advance to a professional career path in a company. This program is for dancers 10+ years of age. Curriculum includes: classical ballet technique, core dynamics, pointe, classical variations, pas de deux, repertory, character dance, mime, music and stretch.

Our intensive training programs are aimed at the full cultural development of the young artist, to provide each student with a dynamic range of technical skills, coupled with that elusive quality known as the artist’s “sensitivity of soul.” We are committed to developing classical dancers who are capable of expressing powerful theatrical ideas in ballet through a rich understanding of other artistic disciplines, cultures, and traditions.


GKA provides year round full-time ballet training by the finest teachers in the world. Students range from 10 years of age to young adults and are selected from national and international auditions.

The training syllabus is based on traditional Russian and Danish techniques, incorporating kinesthetic and remedial practices, all guided by proven scientific methodology.

Ms. Kirkland’s training with teachers such as Stanley Williams, David Howard, Maggie Black and Pilar Garcia, as well as her training as a teacher with Nina Osipyan also informed the academy’s syllabus.

Ms. Kirkland’s personal experience in bringing the great classics to life, as well as working with some of the great choreographers of the 20th century, choreographers such as Tudor, Balanchine, Ashton, MacMillan, Robbins, etc, brings a unique sensibility to the syllabus, focusing it towards her belief in storytelling on stage.

2017-2018 School Year Begins Monday, September 18, 2017. Last Day of classes is May 20, 2018

Full Day Professional Training Program Dates

Monday, September 18th: Classes begin
Thursday, November 23rd: Thanksgiving (No classes. Please note that classes/rehearsals will take place on 11/24 and 11/25.)
GKA December Showcase – weekend of December 8-10
Monday, December 18th to Sunday, January 7th: Winter Break
Monday, January 8th: Classes resume
Saturday, March 24th: Last day of classes before Spring Break
Monday, March 26th to Sunday April 1st: Spring Break
Monday, April 2nd: Classes resume

Tuition $13,700.00

Acceptance by audition only

Click here to register for an audition

For more information please contact Alexandra Lawler –