Frequently Asked Questions

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Program Questions

How much does SDP cost?

  • SDP-Newton Tuition: $2,995; Housing: $2,600 (5 weeks, classes Mon-Fri)
  • SDP-Boston Tuition: $2,995; Housing: $2,600 (5 weeks, classes Mon-Fri)

What is the difference between SDP-Boston and SDP-Newton?
SDP-Boston is an intensive summer program for aspiring professionals that are at a high level of proficiency. This program is a good first step towards year-round training at Boston Ballet School and intense study with BBS faculty and guest teachers. SDP-Boston is designed for students interested in a fulltime career in Boston Ballet and the dance industry.
SDP-Newton is designed for the serious-minded dance student interested in developing their training through a diverse dance experience including ballet technique, exploration of choreography, improvisation, and contemporary movement. SDP-Newton students take classes from BBS faculty and guests from prestigious collegiate dance institutions.

Do I have to live in the residence hall?
Our residential program is strongly recommended to ensure students have a fully immersed summer experience but 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:
- Transportation to and from studio
- 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

Is there scholarships and financial aid available?
A limited number of scholarships are available for issuance and is awarded on a case-by-case basis to students at the time of audition. A limited amount of financial aid is available and information for applying will be sent to families at time of registration. 
What is the Dress Code?
solid color leotards, pink tights, pink technique slippers, pointe shoes (only if student is on pointe; we suggest1-2 pairs), black character shoes, black character skirt (just below the knee, typically 21-24" long)
Men: White short-sleeve leotard or t-shirt, black tights, white ankle socks, white ballet technique slippers, black character or jazz shoes

What is the daily schedule like at SDP?
A typical day includes 4-6 hours of dance classes, with supplemental lectures and activities. 

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 pair students based on age, gender, and mutual roommate requests. Supplemental documents, including Residential Information Form, will be sent to families in early April.

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 for students participating in SDP-Boston. All SDP-Boston students are eligible to attend the audition, and if accepted, are notified during the third week of SDP. SDP-Newton students are not eligible for Boston Ballet School’s year round program. More information.

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Mikko Nissinen, Artistic Director