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Dance Education 


The Ajkun Ballet School, in New York since 2001, reflects the philosophy and creative vision of choreographer, dance teacher, and cultural leader Chiara Ajkun through exceptional training, performance experience, and financial aid set in a multicultural ambiance. We offer both Year-Round and Intensive programs.

Year-Round Programs

Designed to prepare talented students for a professional career in the U.S. and abroad.

Trainee Program

Ages 16+

Dancers of advanced level learn the Company's exclusive repertory and are trained in the Ajkun Methodology while experiencing the New York City Performing Arts Scene. The program meets the standards for H-3 visas.

Pre- Professional Program

Ages 11-17

Dance students in prevocational classical ballet training are nurtured to excel by our Saturday classes taught by Director Dr. Chiara Ajkun. Performance opportunities with the Company.

Performance Program

no age limit

Ballet Students and Dance Schools are offered the opportunity to perform with the Ajkun Ballet's professional company in selected classical ballets such as the Nutcracker.

Children Programs

Ages 3-13

Fun dance activities are offered during the Nutcracker, Spring, and Summer with insights into the dance world behind the scenes.

Dance Teacher Program

Ages 18+

Our Integrated Ballet Field program is suitable for collegiate and graduate students pursuing a teaching career. 

Intensive Programs

Intensive Programs

Dance programs to experience our New York City company and the highest standard of ballet training.

Performing in New York

Ages 14+

4-week experience with Ajkun Ballet Theatre to enhance the training, and performing expertise, and to receive exposure to career opportunities. Housing available. 

New York Winter Festival

no age limit

A week-long celebration of dance open to dancers and dance groups. Monday through Friday Workshop and Saturday Showcase for a panel of New York City experts. 

Dance in Italy Festival

Ages 11-28

Organized by the University of Dance, Theater &  Arts on the shores of Italy, the 2-week workshop & performances see Ajkun Ballet Theatre as a resident guest. Dancers may audition through AjkunBT and receive college credits toward bachelor's degrees. Housing available. 

Ajkun Open Classes

no age limit

Ballet Classes are independently offered by Company Artists in New York City, during periods when the Company is off or part of the Company is on tour. There is no audition to attend. 


“I owe so much to the incredible Chiara Ajkun, but a life-changing experience is the one that comes to mind.”

Sophia Sing, former dance

student from Phoenix (AZ)

Any questions about choosing the right program? You are encouraged to contact us, we welcome all inquiries!

You may email or meet with our Artistic Staff at our Open Auditions and Workshops

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