Ballet Preparatory School



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Dear friends,

The National Theatre Ballet Preparatory School has entered its 66th season. The show we performed during the previous year has proven to be a great success. Before the end of 2018, we have in store yet another surprise related to our 65th anniversary. Just as in the past years, before Christmas we will release a DVD capturing our most recent annual performance. We assume that the 2018/19 season will be borne in the spirit of our school’s traditions we intend to continue to develop positively. For a number of our pupils, the current season will bring a watershed in their lives, as they will appear on the National Theatre stage for the very first time. We are preparing new casts for the children’s roles in the productions The Nutcracker – A Christmas Carol, Romeo and Juliet and La Bayadére, which will represent a great challenge not only for the new ballet performers but also the entire teaching staff.
We also attach major importance to the fact that out pupils will have the opportunity to participate in the new Czech National Ballet production of John Cranko’s renowned adaptation of Swan Lake, scheduled to premiere next spring. And audiences can look forward to our new annual performance in June 2019, which we will start preparing soon.

Let us believe that the current school year will become yet another bead in the necklace of our activity within the National Theatre.

Jana Jodasová
Head of the National Theatre Ballet Preparatory School


The National Theatre Ballet Preparatory School

is accepting applications for an audition for first-year pupils,
girls aged 6 or higher,
boys aged 6 or higher,
as well as older girls and boys, whose dance skills are of the standard commensurate to that of the respective grade of the National Theatre Ballet Preparatory School.
We provide children younger than 6 years with specialist consultations and the opportunity for further development.

The audition will take place on 20 May 2018.
On the basis of the applications sent, the children will be divided into groups.
We will give you more details about the audition at the beginning of May 2018.

Please send the applications on the respective form by 10 May 2018,
to the email address:

The applications: doc or pdf 


Dear friends,

Jana JodasováThe National Theatre Ballet Preparatory School is currently operating its 65th season. Time has been running fast, as it seems to have been yesterday that we were celebrating our 60th anniversary, still together with the long-time head of the school Naďa Sobotková and the educator Dagmar Špryslová.
Over the past five years, our pupils have successfully performed in a number of Czech National Ballet repertoire productions, including Goldilocks, The Sleeping Beauty, La Bayadére, Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker – A Christmas Carol, and The Nutcracker and the Cuddly Mouse. Furthermore, the children appeared in the annual performances: 60 Years of the Ballet Preparatory School, Dance Fantasies, Dance Splinters, From Mozart to Chanson and Dreaming. All of the shows earned enthusiastic responses, and have been recorded on DVD.

Moreover, the Ballet Preparatory School has published its own calendar and stamps. During the past five years, the pupils have also participated in numerous theatre projects and representative events. The school’s activities are shown on our website too.

During the said period, we were affected by the deaths of Naďa Sobotková and Dagmar Špryslová, who dedicated a great part of their lives to our institution.
The Ballet Preparatory School, however, has continued to pursue its activities at a high standard under the new management, drawing upon its long illustrious tradition. We have been striving to further improve the quality of the training under the new Artistic Director of the Czech National Ballet, Filip Barankiewicz, a former principal dancer of the Stuttgarter Ballett, who assumed his post at the beginning of the current season. In line with these endeavours, we have prolonged classes for our older pupils.
Related to the planned celebrations of the 65th anniversary of the foundation of the school will be our annual performance, as well as an accompanying programme and other activities. We believe that this school year will be yet another positive chapter in our history.

Jana Jodasová,
Head of the National Theatre Ballet Preparatory School

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