Summer Dance Program-Boston

An intensive summer program designed for the aspiring professional, ages 12-18.

Photo credit: Rosalie O'Connor

SDP- Boston is an intensive summer program designed for the aspiring professional.  Students ages 12-18 from around the world are drawn to Boston Ballet School to immerse themselves in the rich training of a professional ballet environment.  Classes take place Monday- Friday in Boston Ballet’s headquarters in Boston’s South End.  Students will focus on classical ballet technique, pointe, variations and partnering under the expert guidance of an internationally renowned faculty.  SDP-Boston can be the first step towards year-round training at BBS.  During SDP, students have the exclusive opportunity to audition for Boston Ballet School’s highly competitive Pre-Professional Program, designed to prepare students for a career in Boston Ballet and the dance industry. 

  • Supplemental classes in Pilates, Men’s Conditioning, Mordern, Pas de Deux, and Character
  • Internationally-renowned faculty, including Boston Ballet’s Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen, Assistant Artistic Director Russell Kaiser, and Boston Ballet School Director Margaret Tracey
  • 2019 Tuition: $2,995   2019 Housing: $2,800
  • Program Dates: June 23-July 27, 2019
  • Residential students live in a community on Boston University’s campus
  • Financial assistance is available
Residential Experience

SDP-Boston students reside at Boston University, a private research university in Boston, Massachusetts. This urban campus setting provides local access to the Boston Studio and provides a vibrant environment for students to hone their dance skills while also providing access to the rich culture and history of Boston. The residential experience provides opportunities personal growth and forming lasting friendships with other students aspiring to dance professionally. Students are given opportunities to participate in programs and events in residence as well as chaperoned off-campus outings. Options will include small group excursions for shopping, movies, or entertainment in the city of Boston.

Residential Staff 
The student to residential staff ratio is approximately 15:1. Our residential program is designed to offer the best balance of structure and fun appropriate for an adolescent population. The program is managed by residential leadership with years of experience creating and managing living-learning residential experiences. Residential Counselors are available to talk with students and offer friendly support while students adjusting to life away from home. The RCs serve as mentors and resources for students and are an integral part of the student experience. The Residential Life office is staffed 19 hours a day, and rotating staff members are on-call 24 hours a day. Students carry a Boston Ballet School student ID with pertinent phone numbers at all times. =

The residential student meal plan consists of breakfast, bagged lunch and dinner Monday through Friday. Brunch and dinner are provided on Saturday and Sunday. The dining hall is a short walk from the residence. A sample lunch may include, (but will not be limited to), a salad or sandwich to-go, a piece of fruit, a whole wheat bagel, and a bottled drink. 

Weekend Activities
In addition to residence hall activities, Boston Ballet School plans optional weekend outings for all residential and commuter students. Members of the residential staff chaperone activities and transportation is provided. Activities are optional, and spaces are limited and are filled on a first come first served basis. Students must pre-purchase tickets to these activities. Students have the opportunity to go on any or all of the exciting weekend activities. 

Past SDP Activities have included:

  • Performances at Saratoga Performing Arts Center
  • Day trips to local beaches
  • Musical theatre performances
  • Chartered Dinner Dance Cruise on Boston Harbor
  • Local tour attractions around the city of Boston
Audition Tour

Acceptance into SDP-Boston is by audition only. Audition Tour dates and registration.

Our artist/athletes are always pushing themselves to the edge. That passion and energy is what makes watching them so exhilarating.

Mikko Nissinen, Artistic Director