Audition Day Questions
What do I need to do to prepare for my audition?
Boston Ballet does not pre-register for auditions. No headshots or resumes necessary. Arrive at the appointed time and location wearing appropriate dance attire; women, black leotard, pink tights, and bring Pointe shoes; men, black tights and white t-shirt.
Do women need to be on pointe to audition and be eligible for SDP?
No, Boston Ballet School recognizes that younger students may not yet be placed on pointe. Auditions are conducted accordingly. It does not affect a student’s eligibility for the program, we encourage all students to audition.
There are two auditions in my city – one for 10-14 year olds and one for 15-19 year olds. Which one should I attend?
Students must audition with their current age group. Audition group is determined by your age on the day of the audition.
What if I am unable to attend an audition in one of the Audition Tour Cities?
Attending an audition in person is strongly encouraged. If you are not able to attend a scheduled audition, you may audition by video. Video audition guidelines can be found here, on the "Video Auditions" tab.
How much does SDP cost?
- SDP-Newton (Ages 10-14) Tuition: $2,925; Housing: $2,400 (5 weeks, classes Mon-Fri)
- SDP-Boston (Ages 15-19) Tuition: $2,925; Housing: $2,400 (5 weeks, classes Mon-Fri)
Do I have to live in the residence hall?
No, students may choose to commute from home or find alternate housing on their own. Students aged 10-11 are responsible for finding their own housing.
My student is 10 years old and does not live locally. Can she live in the residence hall?
Housing is available for students ages 12 and up only. 10 and 11 year old students may attend, but families will need to arrange accommodations independently. Some students choose to stay with family or friends at their homes or nearby hotels.
What is the daily schedule like at SDP?
A typical day includes 4-6 hours of dance classes, with supplemental evening lectures and activities. More information for each program may be found on the “Dance Life” tab, here for Newton and here for Boston.
Are there different levels within the program? How and when does level placement happen?
All level placements are determined from a placement class that occurs on the first day of each program. No students are placed in any level prior to placement day.
SDP-Boston has 5 levels for women, with two classes per level, and 2 levels for men.
SDP-Newton has 4 levels for women, with two classes per level, and 1 level for men.
Can I request to room with a specific person?
Prior to arrival at SDP, all residential students fill out a Residential Information Form indicating living habits and preferences. Students may request a roommate on this form, but requests are not guaranteed. Our residential life staff pairs students based on age, curfew group and mutual roommate requests.
How do residential students commute between the residence halls and the Boston Ballet studios?
SDP-Newton students are bussed between Lasell College and the Newton studios each day.
SDP-Boston students take Boston’s subway (the “T”) and walk a short distance through Boston’s historic South End to the downtown studio. SDP-Boston residential students are provided with a prepaid "T" pass, required to travel in pairs, and are escorted by the Residential Staff at the beginning of the program to assist with the route. This "T" pass is included in the residential fees.
Is my student eligible for Boston Ballet School’s year round program after attending SDP?
During the second week of SDP, Boston Ballet School holds an audition for our year round pre-professional program. All SDP students are eligible to attend the audition, and if accepted, are notified within the third week of SDP. For more information about Boston Ballet School’s year round programs please click here.