Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the daily schedule like at SDP?
A typical day at the studio runs from 9 am to 6 pm. Within this time frame, students will have between 4 and 6 hours of dance classes or supplemental lectures. Classes are only held Monday through Friday.
On the weekends, students are free to the spend the time as they please and need. While there are planned Weekend Activities that students may opt into, students are also welcome to explore the city in groups, spend the day relaxing from a busy week, do laundry, or hang out with new friends on campus.
Are there different levels within the program? How and when does level placement happen?
All level placements are determined based on a placement class that occurs on the first day of the program. Each SDP campus will have its own separate placement classes that are run by the core faculty members from that respective campus.
All level placement is at the discretion of Boston Ballet School’s SDP faculty and is non-negotiable.
What is the difference between the Boston and Newton campuses?
As Boston Ballet School’s Summer Dance Program continues to expand, we are ecstatic to be able to offer a growing number of serious-minded students five weeks of intense and rigorous training at two world-class facilities.
While both campuses offer similar core curricula, students are placed into Boston or Newton based on careful consideration of their individual needs. The faculty members that the students will work with are carefully chosen so that each student will be put in the best position to reach their full potential.
At both campuses, students will be taught by members of our year-round Boston Ballet School faculty as well as various guest teachers. These guests include internationally renowned faculty, company dancers from Boston Ballet, and other professionals in the field.
Are there scholarships and financial aid available?
A limited number of merit-based scholarships are available. These are awarded on a case-by-case basis, and any student receiving a scholarship will be notified at the time of their initial acceptance into the program.
A limited amount of need-based financial aid is available. Please note that we are unable to offer need-based aid to international students or to students who have been awarded a merit-based scholarship. For more information or to receive an application, please email upon acceptance into the program. Financial Aid applications must be received by Friday, March 6, 2020.
Do I have to live in the residence hall?
While our residential programs at Boston University and Lasell University are strongly recommended to ensure students have a fully immersed summer experience, students may choose to commute from home or find alternate housing on their own. Being a residential student provides you with many additional benefits including:

  • Access to public transportation to and from both the Boston and Newton campuses

  • Meals provided

  • 24/7 access to support staff

  • Participation in evening activities and events throughout the week

  • Built-in support network of like-minded students

Can I request to room with a specific person at Boston University / Lasell University?
Students are assigned to rooms based on age, gender, and mutual roommate requests.
Prior to the start of the program, all students will be sent a Supplemental Survey Form to complete. It is on this form that residential students may request a roommate. Please note that requests are not guaranteed and that a request cannot be honored unless the students in questions have mutually requested each other.
How do residential students commute between their residence hall and the Boston Ballet studios?
Student living at Boston University will use Boston’s subway – the “T” – before walking a short distance to commute to the Boston campus. Residential students are provided with prepaid “T” passes at the start of the program. Students can see their commute here.
Students living at Lasell University will be transported via chartered bus to and from the Newton campus.
Can my child be considered for Boston Ballet School’s year-round program after attending SDP?
SDP is the first step for enrollment into Boston Ballet School’s Professional Division at Walnut Hill, and all SDP students will be evaluated for potential admission.

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Mikko Nissinen, Artistic Director