Professional Division - Classical Training Program


With Internationally renowned faculty & guests

School Year

A year-round finishing program for advanced dancers. While the main focus is on classical ballet technique this intensive program covers a range of styles and educational opportunities for becoming a well-rounded artist.  Sept ’22-June ’23

Application deadline May 10, 2022 for 2022/23 season


CTP Summer

A two week intensive program where dancers can come live in the TDC housing (Frisco, TX) and experience well-rounded training from our own year-round CTP faculty.   June. 7-18, 2022

Application deadline April 5, 2022 for 2022 summer intensive



Mr. Birkadze specializes in all areas of classical dance and choreography.  He is highly regarded for his coaching of both female and male advanced students, his pupils continue to seek his guidance as they join the most prestigious companies and schools around the world.  Hailing from one of the world’s greatest schools and having danced around all the world, Mr. Birkadze is undoubtedly a fountain of knowledge. His passion and dedication for dance, art, and history is nothing short of inspiring.

This program, curated by Mr. Birkadze, is designed to best prepare advanced students to successfully enter life in a professional company. The environment is designed to help artists thrive as they prepare for this big step in their careers, emphasizing strong classical technique, performance opportunities, versatility, and developing individual artistry.



American Ballerina, Ashley Ellis stepped down as Principal Dancer of Boston Ballet in May of 2021, to take on the role of Associate Director of the Classical Training Program at TDC. She will be passing on an abundance of rich knowledge from her time dancing on stages around the world, working with some of the world’s most prominent choreographers, and working alongside internationally acclaimed dancers. Ms. Ellis holds a wealth of artistic insight and experience which will be of great value to future generations.

Joining husband and Artistic Director of the program, George Birkadze, Ms. Ellis will teach and coach dancers to prepare them as versatile artists who have an impact in the world of dance.


This intensive program offers an abundance of stage experience and a well-rounded educational curriculum, all in an environment of support and encouragement.

  •  Ballet
  • Pointe
  • Pas de Deux
  • Stage Acting
  • Repertoire
  • Ballet History
  • Performances
  • Character
  • Contemporary
  • Conditioning
  • Choreography
  •  Makeup
  •  and More…

Season 2022/23 Performances

  • Dallas Fall Arts Festival
  • The Nutcracker 
  • La Bayadere – full classical production
  • Contemporary, classical, & Neo-classical repertoire



GEORGE BIRKADZE – Artistic Director Classical Training Program

ASHLEY ELLIS – ABT, Boston Ballet

JACQUELINE PORTER – Executive Artistic Director

CLAIR CULIN – Associate Artistic Director, TDC

MELISSA REED – Boston Ballet

JEFF AMSDEN – Joffrey Ballet

VINCENT HARDY – Complexions, Zion Dance Project

+ GUEST COACHING AND MASTER CLASSES with renowned teachers and dancers

Packages and Pricing

  • Tuition – $9,000 2022/23 Season: August-June 
  • Tutoring and ESL assistance available upon request for those still in school
  • Registration/performance fee – $400 Includes registration, and other materials 
  • Housing – various options available: (see section below for details)

TDC Housing

Luxury apartment style living just a 1 minute walk from TDC Frisco!  

The Isaac Apartments at Frisco Square:

  • 24-hour concierge 
  • resort style pool 
  • fitness center 
  • in-home laundry 
  • game room lounge 
  • indoor & outdoor common areas
  • Shared room $950/mo
  • Single room $1900/mo

Available On-Site

  • Physical therapy
  • Academic tutoring 
  • Healthcare 
  • Professional Photography 

Nearby Amenities

Frisco Fresh Market 9 min walk Outdoor market with fresh, local goods – Every SAT & SUN.

Municipal center 2 min walk library, post office, art exhibitions

Restaurants 1-4 min walk Mexican, sushi, sandwiches, pizzeria,

Movie theater 4 min walk Cinemark frisco square and XD featuring luxury seating

Just a short drive to nearby grocery stores, shopping, beauty salons, and much more.

Contact CTP

The Dallas Conservatory is a six-time winner of the Youth America Grand Prix’s Outstanding School Award. TDC’s students and alumni have been accepted to all major dance company summer intensives, and many have gone on to dance with these companies and attend prestigious university programs.

Please email us regarding our Professional Classical Training Program directly at

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