Pre-Professional Dance Training Program

Instructors: Ninel Cherevko, Dmitri Malikov, Shannon Torres, Danielle Homan, Lindsay Curlee

Proper training in classical ballet is the cornerstone of Mid-Atlantic Center for the Performing Arts. 

MCPA is proud to have exceptional teachers on staff to train our students in this beautiful art form.

For students ready to explore the professional world of dance, we offer a year-round Pre-Professional Dance Training Program. Admission into this program is by audition only, but for those dancers ready for a broader challenge the opportunity is unparalleled.

MCPA Dancers in Contemporary Pre-Professional Dance Class

 As our dancers develop in the Pre-Professional division, they learn an appreciation for the dedication and perseverance required to succeed in the world of dance. Our dancers begin their season with a professional, full-length production of The Nutcracker ballet. This provides our dancers the opportunity to perfect their performance skills and explore ballet as the foundational discipline of dance.

MCPA Pre-Professional Dancer in Nutcracker BalletMCPA Pre-Professional Dancer as Clara in Nutcracker Ballet

The fall season also brings audition opportunities to perform and compete individually or as part of our award winning ensembles in a multitude of dance styles. We invite amazing choreographers to join our extremely talented in-house coaches and choreographers to create our MCPA season performance repertoire. What sets MCPA apart from other dance schools? The ability to train professional level dance in classical ballet as well as in jazz, musical theatre, modern and contemporary- all under one roof. We also offer tap, hip-hop and Pilates to round out our dancer’s curriculum. 

Scott Fowler visits MCPA for new Broadway choreography

 Ashley Fitzgerald brings Broadway to MCPAMaeghan McHale of Giordano Dance Chicago coaches MCPA jazz trio

Jon Lehrer focuses on MCPA jazz repertoire

For those dancers offered the opportunity for solo performances in competition, those solos are customized to each dancer based upon their developmental needs. This customization ensures our dance instruction is focused on what will make each student a well-rounded dancer and advance their skills as an artist.



Selected dancers will attend a range of competitions during the season such as ballet focused Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) as well as contemporary focused workshops and competition opportunities such as New York City Dance Alliance (NYCDA). The preparation for these performances rounds out MCPA’s superb training.

Ballet solo in competition

Mid-Atlantic Center for the Performing Arts has been highly awarded at these dance competitions, providing our students many additional performance opportunities and scholarships to attend unique dance intensives.

#1 Junior Ensemble and Critics Choice Winners Onstage New York Nationals  

Lastly, what dance season would be complete without a performance for friends and family in the Spring Gala? Here, dancers from all levels and classes join together to share their joy of dance with performances of favorites like the Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, and Salute to Broadway.
MCPA is proud of our many graduating dancers who have received millions of dollars in college scholarships and perform all over the world in professional ballet companies and national Broadway tours. MCPA graduates are consistently accepted to prestigious schools and training programs, including Boston Ballet, Juilliard, American Ballet Theatre, Joffre Ballet, New York University, Mark Morris Dance Group, Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, and many others. Our most recent Juilliard graduate has gone on to be accepted into the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in New York City.

Miranda Wienecke, 2014 MCPA Graduate, Full scholarship, Juilliard

Students in the Pre-Professional dance program train year-round and attend class two to five days per week depending upon their class level. Should your dancer be interested in joining this dedicated group, please contact the studio at (443) 438-4525 or email for an audition.





See all of the classes available for open registration for ages 2 1/2 and older.


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A calendar full of important dates for our MCPA families. 




Find out more about our year round professional training program, and how to schedule an audition for ages 6 and older. 

News & Upcoming Events


MCPA has been nominated as Best of Baltimore for dance training. If you want to see MCPA selected as the best dance studio, click below for the link to vote! Of course then you'll see all the news on WHY our dance studio is nominated with all the fantastic successes at our recent ballet and dance competitions!