Student Support

Housing, academics, career preparation, and health and wellness resources for the aspiring professional.

Photo credit: Igor Burlak Photography

Residential Program

Boston Ballet School offers supervised housing for Pre-Professional Program students at International Guest House in Boston's Back Bay. The Residential Supervisor lives in the building with students, creating a safe, nurturing environment. Space in the residential program is limited and fills up quickly. Interested students are encouraged to audition and register in the spring in order to secure housing for the following school year. Alternatives to supervised housing are also available. Students often find apartments together and BBS can assist in matching students who are looking for other students to live with.

Academic Options

Boston Ballet School values the importance of an academic education, and provides students with resources to find the best fit.
Students who relocate to Boston for the Pre-Professional Program complete their education either through online schools or through a private school in the Boston area. Students attend the Newman School or British International School whose schedules work well with BBS classes. 

Career Preparation

Graduating students receive mentoring in their final year at BBS with resume preparation, audition photos, and audition videos. In addition, Trainee students are coached in a classical ballet solo. Many major companies hold auditions for professional positions at Boston Ballet. If the faculty thinks college is a positive route for the student, they will be notified and given a list of recommended schools to consider.

Student Wellness

Boston Ballet School is committed to nurturing the whole student. Faculty and staff partner with parents and health care providers to educate and develop healthy habits in students. We offer resources to parents and students to assist in their progression. Our wellness consultants have been carefully chosen because of their specialized skills in working with young developing dance students. They collaborate closely with faculty and staff, and are also available for private consultations with our BBS families. Visit our Health & Wellness Recources page to learn more.

Student Health Policy

Students who are deemed at risk of injury to themselves or others for any reason may be required to receive a medical clearance and/or subsequent follow ups in order to continue participating in classes, rehearsals, or performances. This decision will be solely at the discretion of Boston Ballet School Principals with the input of Boston Ballet School’s Director and Administrative Director. Concerns regarding risks of injury may result from any number of reasons including a student who demonstrates erratic behavior, sudden weight loss or weight gain, or visible physical limitations to class participation.

A student’s parent or guardian will be immediately notified and offered guidance and support in setting up required appointment(s) with one of Boston Ballet School’s wellness experts. The confidentiality of students and families is always carefully guarded. All student health concerns are approached with care and are discussed in a private conference with a parent or guardian present. Students/ parents are responsible for paying for any mandatory clearances and follow ups, though most evaluations are covered by major insurance providers. 

We celebrate diversity while fostering a team spirit.

Mikko Nissinen, Artistic Director