at The Dance Artist Prep

The virtual and in-person training program customized for your dancer's journey

When you join Training Club at TDA Prep you gain a partner in your dance journey.

Join as an Apprentice, Trainee, College Candidate, or Graduate and transform your dance journey with our Virtual Curriculum, In-Person Training, and Dance Parent Club.

Apprentice Program

Apprentices are committed to a rigorous studio/dance life and want to supplement their training with a secret weapon. The Apprentice Program is designed to keep things headed towards your dancer's specific goals with flexibility.

What's Included:

- TDA Prep Virtual Curriculum

- Dance Parent Club (more details below)

Cost: $200 per mo. (paid monthly)

Training Club is for serious and dedicated student-dance artists. Our youngest dance artist is 10 and our oldest is 27. We prioritize focus over age, so we encourage artists 10+ to submit an application.


Trainees look to TDA Prep to serve as a key foundation to their training. If you're not yet a senior in high school, this is the program that allows us to work together the most. Beyond the benefits of the Apprentice Program, Trainees receive a deeper customization towards goals through Private Lessons and Director Check-Ins.

What's Included:

- TDA Prep Virtual Curriculum

- Private Lessons (2 per mo. virtual or in-person)

- Director Check-Ins (2 per semester)

- Dance Parent Club (more details below)

Cost: $2,450 per semester 

(paid in 3 installments)

Training Club is for serious and dedicated student-dance artists. Our youngest dance artist is 10 and our oldest is 27. We prioritize focus over age, so we encourage artists 10+ to submit an application.


College Candidates are high school seniors that receive elite college preparation and support. Our hands-on guidance & college matchmaking tools help student-artists apply for college and commit to the best school for them. ENROLLMENT FOR THE COLLEGE CANDIDATE PROGRAM IS ONCE PER YEAR. ENROLLMENT FOR THE CLASS OF 2024 WILL OPEN IN JUNE 2023.

What's Included:

- TDA Prep Virtual Curriculum

- College Prep Classes & Office Hours

- Director Check-Ins (2 per semester)

- Audition Prep Private Lesson (1x in Feb, no addtl. charge)

- In-Person Training Weekend Included:  4/21 - 4/23 

  (no addtl.  charge)

- College Candidate Signing Day (4/21)

- Dance Parent Club (more details below)

Cost: $2,600 per semester (paid in 3 installments)

The College Candidate Program is for High School Seniors ONLY.


Graduates at TDA Prep are pursuing professional experience and receive coaching, training, and guidance towards beginning and continuing their careers in dance. Most Graduates are in college or recent college graduates.

What's Included:

- TDA Prep Virtual Curriculum

- Director Check-Ins (2 per semester)

- Dance Parent Club (more details below)

Cost: $850 per semester. (paid in 3 installments)

The Graduate Program is for dancers college-level or older.

Professional dancers

TDA Prep supports professional dance artists through coaching, matchmaking, and employment. To work with TDA Prep, please email Heath Gustafson at

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Virtual Curriculum?

The training program that adds a high level, real-world preparation for dance artists no matter where you're located. These LIVE virtual classes are designed specifically to transform your body into an instrument as you go through your daily schedule, preparing you for performances, college auditions, and a career in the arts.

Classes are optional but the more you attend, the more we can customize for you! Classes are held LIVE and RECORDED for your convenience.

Prep Training Sessions are weekly virtual training sessions with our Directors. These intense 1.5 hr workouts allow us to deliver you customized feedback. (3x per mo.)

Expert Training Sessions are weekly virtual training and coaching sessions with experts of Graham and Horton Modern techniques. Consider these classes your expert tutors for the parts of dance that can make a big difference to your longterm journey. (3x per mo.)

Master Classes in Training Club are virtual and hosted by Principal Dancers with a genius to share. We like to look at these as immersive TED Talks for student-dance artists. (2x per semester)

How can I train In-Person?

In-Person Training Sessions are 3-4 day weekends held twice a month at The Shed, the TDA Prep training facility located 30 min outside of Chicago, IL. In-Person Training Sessions are an exclusive add-on available to Training Club members only. The weekends are designed for easy travel in and out, welcoming dancers from around the country into a community of dedicated student dance-artists. Our Directors design and teach these sessions to transform how dancers view themselves as artists with Ballet, Graham, and Horton techniques. These intense days focus on athleticism, artistry, and forming strong habits ensuring high-level customization by welcoming only 10 dancers per weekend

One In-Person Training Weekend Pass: $500

*Unlimited In-Person Semester Pass: $2,500 

*Dancer can attend every In-Person Training Session throughout the semester and is guaranteed a spot every weekend.  

Sample In-Person Training Session Schedule


7:30pm - 9pm

Welcome Class

Scheduled to allow dancers time to travel and settle with a class before the grind begins.


11am - 4pm

Athleticism DAY

Saturday has an intense 3 hour training session followed by a choreography and performance session designed to push stamina and reveal habits.


10am - 3pm

artistry DAY

Sunday is all about artistry as dancers train for 2 hours before performance Study for the rest of the day.

What's a Director Check-In?

These private conferences between families and TDA Prep Directors bring a confidence and clear direction to a dancer's journey. We'll help you establish goals and a clear path forward based on what you have access to at home. After our initial deep dive, we'll check-in throughout the semester to help keep things on track.

Can I do Private Lessons?

Private Lessons with our Directors are available both In-Person and Virtually for members of Training Club. Trainees receive two private lessons monthly while all others have the ability to schedule single or multiple sessions on our online scheduler. Our Private Lessons are intense one or two hour sessions and will be a clear game-changer towards athletic and artistic goals.

Single Private Lesson (1 hr): $200

*Two Private Lessons (2 hrs): $350

*Can be scheduled as two 1-hour privates or one 2-hour private.

What is THE Dance Parent Club?

Dance Parents get the ultimate support in the Dance Parent Club. Dance Parent Workshops exclusive to the Club provide parents live coaching with customized support while our College Coaching and Guidance programs give the unprecedented support that makes the Dance Parent Club the ultimate resource for anyone raising a dancer.

Where is TDA Prep's studio located?

Our training facility The Shed, is located in the West Suburbs of Chicago, IL. Driving distance from both O'Hare and Midway Airports, The Shed is comfortably situated in a large hotel and corporate housing market making weekend trips for In-Person Training easy and convenient.

The Shed

458 Randy Rd.

Carol Stream, IL 60188

Throughout a semester, Training Club can transform your entire dance situation.