The program was established in 2015 to supplement Olympic Ballet Theatre’s productions. The Trainee Program is a 1–2 year program for talented pre-professional dancers, offering an opportunity for young adult dancers to cross the gap between student and professional.

This program operates as a collaborative effort between Olympic Ballet Theatre and Olympic Ballet School (the official school of Olympic Ballet Theatre), offering regular dance classes throughout the training period, morning company classes with professional company dancers, and professional performance experience.



The program is open to dancers ages 18+ or with a high school degree. Trainees must be a United States citizen.

Schedule involves partaking in rehearsals, classes, and performances with company dancers. During the performance off-season, trainees take classes with the pre-professional level Olympic Ballet School students throughout the school year. Tuition is $4,320 per year, partial and full scholarships are available.

Interested applicants must attend Olympic Ballet School Summer Intensive to be considered for Trainee position.

OBT can assist with housing throughout the program.



Olympic Ballet Theatre (OBT) is seeking trainees for the 2023–2024 performance season.

2023–2024 training period: September 12, 2023–June, 2024

Please submit your headshot, a photo in arabesque, a resume, and class or performance video footage no later than September 1, 2023.

For more information or to submit materials, please email OBT Artistic Directors Mara Vinson at mara@olympicballet.org and Oleg Gorboulev at oleg@olympicballet.org. No audition fee is required.


Former OBT Trainee Paulina Christian
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