Placement Classes

Boston Ballet School requires all new students ages 8-18 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. 

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Placement Classes

Classical Ballet Program Group Placement Classes 

Group placement classes take place at our open houses at the start of the school 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 FAQs:

What should I wear to the placement class?
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 last?
Depending on the ages and amount of applicants, students may be divided into two 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 by mail or email 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

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