Apprenticeship Program

Creating opportunities for young artists who need it most

When Dreams Aren't Enough
Students from low-income areas are less likely to attend college.

One in three will not enroll.

Another one in three will start but never finish.

So many young people have dreams about becoming dancers, but dreams don’t prepare you for everything it takes to succeed in the arts world. And those who come from financial hardship find it even harder. That’s why the Sonia Plumb Dance Company created the unique Dance Apprenticeship Training Program—a two-year training program providing the skills necessary for a career in dance. Classes include: multiple levels of Ballet, Modern/Contemporary, Creative (Improvisation/Choreography) and specialty classes such as dance on film, partnering and Laban movement analysis. Trainees learn SPD repertory alongside Company members and shadow teach in our award winning, nationally recognized arts integration programs in Greater Hartford elementary and middle schools. In addition, Apprentices learn the business side of the arts including marketing, database management and administration. These emerging young artists get the support they need to keep their dreams alive -- and stay on track during these post-high school “gap” years. Scholarships and Work-Study financing available.

Interested in making a difference in a young dancer's career?

F     A     Q

How long does the apprenticeship last?
Apprentices accepted into the program train for 13 weeks per semester.

What will I be doing?
Our apprentices take class, rehearse, and perform alongside professional company members. They also shadow teach for our award-winning arts integration programs, learn arts administrative skills and receive individual guidance with their career transitions and counseling for continuation in college programs.

How many apprentices are selected?
There is no limit.

What happens when the apprenticeship is completed?
Apprentices may audition to become a Sonia Plumb Dance Company member. They are also given recommendations and references for dance jobs in the area.

How can I become an apprentice?
For an application and instructions contact us at