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Ballet Theatre Of Phoenix Offers Pre-Professional Program For The First Time

For the first time, the Ballet Theatre of Phoenix will offer a pre-professional program for dancers this fall.

Jennifer Cafarella Betts is the theater’s director and owner. She says ballet companies are not hiring as many dancers due to the pandemic. She says the theater wants to give dancers a place to train during this challenging time.

Cafarella Betts says the dancers need a place to train to audition for ballet companies. The dancers in the pre-professional program could have days as long as seven hours. 

Cafarella Betts says the Ballet Theatre of Phoenix will help the dancers with solos and create audition videos. It will also help dancers with resumes and letters of reccomendations. 

She also says the program is by audition only and is for dancers 15 years and older.

Amanda Day is an intern at KJZZ who started in January 2021. She is currently a junior at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, majoring in journalism with a minor in theater.Day is from Minnesota whose interest in journalism was sparked during her senior year of high school. She had the opportunity to report for and anchor the newscast for her school. After she graduates college, she wants to become a local news reporter for either radio or television.When Day is not working, she enjoys acting, dancing, hiking and biking.