Boston Ballet School requires all new students ages 9-19 to attend a placement class so Artistic Staff may determine the level of study most appropriate to their abilities. Prospective students do not need to audition at the location which they prefer to enroll in. Please note that most, but not all programs and levels are available at every studio location.
Pre-Professional Program Audition
Acceptance into the Pre-Professional Program is by audition only. Students must be between the ages of 13-19 at the start of the school year to which they are auditioning. Boston Ballet School students must be currently enrolled in Intermediate 2 or a higher level within the Classical Ballet Program to be eligible to audition.
Auditions are held at Boston Ballet School's Boston studio twice per year, in February and in April. An additional audition is held in the summer, only for students who are enrolled in Summer Dance Program. Students are encouraged to pre-register for the audition. There is a $30 audition fee.
For the audition, female students should wear black leotards and pink tights. Male students should wear black or gray tights and a white shirt or leotard. Skirts, leg warmers, and warm-ups are not permitted. Hair must be pulled back neatly and securely off the neck. Female students should bring pointe shoes.
Students are encouraged to come to one of these auditions, as we cannot take requests for individual auditions. Audition results will be mailed following the audition.
Auditions will take place on Saturday, February 20, 2016 AND Saturday, April 23, 2016. Please fill out the attached pre-audition registration form and mail it to Boston Ballet School.
Classical Ballet Program Group Placement Classes
Group placement classes take place at our open houses at the start of the school year, as well as periodically throughout the year. In addition, individual placement classes may be scheduled during the school year. Pre-registration is requested. There is a $30 placement fee. Please pay by check or money order made payable to Boston Ballet School. Please note that you are not required to enroll in classes at the same studio where you attend a placement class - your placement applies to any Boston Ballet School location. Students attending a summer program at Boston Ballet School will be assessed for a level in the upcoming school year and are not be required to attend a separate placement class.
Placement Class/Audition FAQs:
What should I wear to the placement class/audition?
Prospective students should arrive to the placement class wearing regular ballet attire (no skirts or leg warmers allowed) with hair pulled back neatly and securely off of the neck. Students with pointe experience should bring their pointe shoes.
How long will the placement class/audition last?
Depending on the ages and amount of applicants, students may be divided into two audition groups. Placement classes generally take one hour, although prospective students may finish prior to the scheduled end time. Occasionally, younger students between the ages of 9-11 may be evaluated within 15-25 minutes.
How will I know my child's results?
Following the placement class, you will be notified in the mail of your child's placement class results.
Individual Placement Class
If you are unable to attend one of the scheduled Group Placement Classes, please call 617.456.6333 to schedule an individual placement class. During an Individual Placement Class, the interested student is evaluated within a class level of other students with similar dance experience. Please note that Individual Placement Classes cannot be scheduled during the summer months.
If you have any questions regarding the placement process, please contact Boston Ballet School at 617.456.6333 or firstname.lastname@example.org